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Museum Events in New York City This Weekend - January 17-January 19

Museum Events in New York City This WeekendPhoto: F. Dassan/Flickr 

The Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Natural History— that is just a sampling of the many great museums open to the public in NYC. If you're wanting to spend some time exploring these cultural gems and others, then City Guide's guide to museum events in New York City this weekend will be your best companion. History never gets old, and thanks to the constant curation of new exhibits at some of the world's best centers of cultural and scientific cataloguing, neither do museum visits. Grab your friends and family and make a trek to any of these museum events happening this weekend in New York City to experience history at its finest.

Block Lab - Brooklyn No Museum
January 17, 2020 - Brooklyn

Freestyle Fridays in Colorlab - Brooklyn No Museum
January 17, 2020 - Brooklyn

K2 Friday Night Tour - Rubin Museum of Art
January 17, 2020 - New York

Much of the art from the Museum's collection is centuries old, but it provides fresh perspectives on our world today. Take a guided tour to learn more about the beautiful and thought-provoking objects in our galleries.

Museum Events in New York City This Weekend

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Watson Adventures Met Madness Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
January 18, 2020 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults! Discover the weird and wacky side of art on an unforgettable tour of the best of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Youll discover some of the most startling and humorous works in galleries you never knew existed. Highlights include the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, a tranquil Chinese garden, ancient animal mummies, a saints tooth, an incontinent Cupid and a medieval Mick Jagger. A smartphone is required for each team to participate on this hunt. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Truth to Power - Rubin Museum of Art
January 18, 2020 - New York

Be transported to the great expanse of Siberia by Yuliyana Krivoshapkina and Nachyn Choreve, virtuosos whose music underscores the power of nature and the timeless connections between humanity and the universe.

Candied Corrosion - The Rubin Museum of Art
January 19, 2020 - New York

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour.

New! Watson Adventures Women of the Brooklyn Museum Scavenger Hunt - Brooklyn Museum
January 19, 2020 - Brooklyn

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt highlighting the women of the Brooklyn Museum. Youll follow a trail of tricky clues and answer fun questions about the museums world-class collection of art about women, by women, and the stories behind them. Learn more about Georgia O'Keefe, the Peale sisters, an Egyptian princess, a Roman goddess and more. Plus, visit the museums Herstory Gallery with its rotating exhibition of feminist art. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Tween Primes - National Museum of Mathematics
January 19, 2020 - New York

He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.

Unlimited - National Museum of Mathematics
January 19, 2020 - New York

Don't miss the next installment of Unlimited, MoMath's mix-n-mingle evening for students in late middle school through high school.

Vera Paints a Scarf - Museum of Arts and Design
Through January 26, 2020 - Manhattan

Vera Neumann is best known today for her design of women's scarves, but her 50-year career produced a wide range of textile patterns based on her watercolor and ink paintings, including fabric, linens and wallpaper.

Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds Traveling Exhibition - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through January 26, 2020 - New York

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds, a national traveling exhibition exploring the fascinating world of space and astronomy, from November 7, 2019 to January 26, 2020. The exhibition examines the pursuit of habitable worlds beyond our solar system, how NASA scientists are searching for these worlds and how similar they are to Earth. Discover Exoplanets: The Search for Alien Worlds features hands-on multimedia activities allowing visitors to build their own solar systems, see the most recent NASA discoveries and learn about which popular TV shows and movies feature science fact or fiction. The Queens Public Library will host a partner exhibition in the Childrens Library Discover Center and both institutions will offer a series of related programming for audiences of all ages. Individuals with library cards can gain free entrance to the Intrepid Museum by reserving through Culture Pass.We are proud to be one of seven sites nationwide to host this remarkable exhibition. Visitors will gain a better understanding of exoplanets and the importance of searching for evidence of life beyond our solar system, said Elaine C... (read more)

Guercino: Virtuoso Draftsman - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 02, 2020 - Manhattan

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino (15911666), was arguably the most interesting and diverse draftsman of the Italian Baroque era, a natural virtuoso who created brilliant drawings in a broad range of media. The Morgan owns more than twenty-five works by the artist, and these are the subject of a focused exhibition, supplemented by a handful of loans from public and private New York collections, to be held at the Morgan in the autumn of 2019. The exhibition will include sheets from all moments of the artist's career. His early awareness of the work of the Carracci in Bologna is documented by figures drawn from everyday life as well as brilliant caricatures; two drawings for Guercino's own drawing manual are further testament to his interest in questions of academic practice. Following his career, a range of preparatory drawings includes studies made in connection with his earliest altarpieces as well as his mature masterpieces, including multiple studies for several projects, allowing the visitor to see Guercino's mind at work as he reconsidered his ideas. The Morgan's holdings also include studies for engravings, as well as highly finished landscape and figure drawing... (read more)

Museum Events in New York City This Weekend

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The Art of Rube Goldberg - Queens Museum
Through February 09, 2020 - Queens

Rube Goldberg's seven-decade career as an artist, illustrator and cartoonist gets its first retrospective since 1970 at the Queens Museum.

Exhibition, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s1980s" - Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Through April 04, 2020 - New York

Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s1980s explores the development of abstraction in the Arab world via paintings, sculpture, and works on paper dating from the 1950s through the 1980s. Examining how and why artists investigated the expressive capacities of line, color, and texture, Taking Shape highlights a number of abstract movements that developed in the Middle East, North Africa, and West Asia, as well as the Arab diaspora. Across these regions, individual artists and artist collectives grappled with issues of authenticity, national and regional identity, and the decolonization of culture. Drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the exhibition features nearly 90 works by a diverse group of artists such as Etel Adnan, Shakir Hassan Al Said, Kamal Boullata, Huguette Caland, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Rachid Korachi, Mohamed Melehi, and Hassan Sharif, among others. On view are works produced by artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates. Curated and organized by Suheyla Takesh, Curat... (read more)

Sloomoo Institute - Sloomoo Institute
Through April 18, 2020 - New York

A sensory playground centered around slime, Sloomoo Institute is an artistic universe made to intrigue, delight, and evoke your inner child. Slime encourages wonder and joy, regardless of age. More than a childhood memory or satisfying social media trend, slime has been known to be a source of stress relief and it lets you unleash your imagination. Sloomoo Institute is a limited engagement. We are only open in New York Citys SoHo for nearly six months and then we will pack up and bring our recipe for happiness to another city.So wear comfortable shoes, clothes you dont mind getting messy (tip: wear pants and shirts with sleeves you can easily roll up) and get your ticket to indulge!

Sloomoo Institute - Sloomoo Institute
Through April 18, 2020 - New York

A sensory playground centered around slime, Sloomoo Institute is an artistic universe made to intrigue, delight, and evoke your inner child. Slime encourages wonder and joy, regardless of age. More than a childhood memory or satisfying social media trend, slime has been known to be a source of stress relief and it lets you unleash your imagination. Sloomoo Institute is a limited engagement. We are only open in New York Citys SoHo for nearly six months and then we will pack up and bring our recipe for happiness to another city.So wear comfortable shoes, clothes you dont mind getting messy (tip: wear pants and shirts with sleeves you can easily roll up) and get your ticket to indulge!

Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate - ISAW
Through May 24, 2020 - New York

In fall 2019, ISAW will present A Wonder to Behold, an exhibition exploring ancient ideas about craftsmanship and the power of clay, glass, and stone through the display of the surviving fragments of Babylon's iconic Ishtar Gate and Processional Way.

The Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 25, 2020 - Manhattan

Celebrate the return of this seasonal vivarium, which is filled with hundreds of live butterflies.

Fear & Force: New York City's Sons of Liberty - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through August 22, 2020 - New York

Opening August 22 // Mesick GalleryWe may not like paying taxes but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance.Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor.Opening reception on August 21 by invitation only. Become a Museum Member today and receive an exclusive invitation!

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation - The Brant Foundation
Through September 03, 2020 - New York

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation is the second exhibition at The Brant Foundations New York space, featuring over 20 artists integral to its collection. The selected sculptures, installations, and other works oscillating between painting and object represent the multifaceted practices of the artists on view, offering visitors the opportunity to encounter artists who have been collected in depth by Brant Foundation founder Peter M. Brant over the past 50 years. With a focus on sculpture and installation, The Brant Foundation pays tribute to the history of its East Village space, formerly the longtime studio of artist and sculptor Walter De Maria.

The Alexander Hamilton Prequel: Day-by-Day With One Founding Father - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through October 16, 2020 - New York

Evening Lecture Presented by Barbara ChernowThe Syrett edition of the Papers of Alexander Hamilton was one of four projects to collect and edit the complete papers of the Founding Fathers that began in the 1950s. Not only did these projects establish a new standard of documentary editing, they also collectively created a more complete and human picture of the day-to-day lives of these leaders. In this lecture, Chernow will discuss the importance of Hamilton to the foundation of America, as well as the important role historical research techniques play in forming our perceptions of the past.

Museum Events in New York City This Weekend

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Picasso's Le Tricorne - New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 - Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso's "Le Tricorne." It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical's collection.Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Lonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called "Le Tricorne" the artist's "supreme theatrical achievement." The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet.Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict... (read more)


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