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Museum Events in New York City This Weekend - October 13-October 15

October 9, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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The Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Natural History ? these are just a sampling of the many great museums open to the city. If you're wanting to spend some time exploring these cultural gems, then City Guide's guide to museum events in New York City this weekend will be your best companion.

The World is Sound American Sign Language Tours - Rubin Museum
Through September 21, 2017 - New York

The exhibition The World Is Sound encourages you tune into the world with your whole body. It juxtaposes new site-specific commissions and works by prominent contemporary sound artists with historical objects from the museum's collection of Tibetan Buddhist art to encourage reflection on how we listen and to challenge entrenched ways of thinking. Christine Sun Kim, a Deaf artist whose work is featured in the exhibition, explores how sound can be represented visually and how it impacts her socially. In a similar spirit, the Rubin is offering a special American Sign Language tour, which delves into how sound goes beyond what we can hear with our ears. The tour is open to the public and free with museum admission. Please make sure to RSVP in order to guarantee a spot. The tour is led by Deaf Guide Maleni Chaitoo. Voice interpretation will not be provided. Enjoy complimentary tea and conversation in the museum's Café Serai after the program.

Stroller Tour Through History - New-York Historical Society
October 13, 2017 - New York

Second Friday of each month, 9:15 – 10 am Children under 24 months and their adults $25 per family ($20 per Member family) (includes up to 2 adults plus kids) Take a stroll through history with your little one! Grownups and their children (up to 2 years old) will explore America's past, present, and future in this lively and interactive tour. Our early childhood educator will lead you on an exploration of art, history, and creativity—all before the museum opens for the day! Singing, movement, texture exploration, and art-making in the galleries will make for a memorable morning. "The museum educators create a welcoming space for children and their families, making the visit accessible to children in all stages of mobility. The walk is interactive and children are encouraged to run, touch, explore, sing, and parents can feel comfortable letting them express themselves. Our 20- month-old son had a blast!" -Gina S.

LUNCHTIME LECTURE – IMMIGRATION IN THE 19TH CENTURY - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
October 13, 2017 - New York

The early 19th century saw an influx of Irish and German immigrants to the United States. Did each group experience America differently? This lunchtime talk explores the different experiences of these two immigrant populations, and looks at their lives, their jobs, their geographical areas of settlement, and their everyday lives and aspirations. Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

Gallery Tour: American Art - Brooklyn Museum
October 13, 2017 - Brooklyn

As the face of America changes and becomes more diverse, this major reinstallation of our American Art galleries attempts to take a more inclusive approach. It embraces work by women and people of color and extends the definition of America to encompass not only the United States but Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean basin, beginning with the art of the first peoples who lived in the region thousands of years before contact with European colonizers. Works on view include a broad range of mediums, periods, and objects, from furniture and other decorative arts, to sculpture and painting, to ceremonial and functional stone, ceramic, and buckskin works. Highlights include Gilbert Stuart, George Washington (1796); Albert Bierstadt, A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie (1866); a Maya artist's Figure Emerging from a Water Lily (600–900); Herter Brothers, Cabinet (circa 1872); and Red River Metis or Yanktonai Sioux artist, Dress Shirt (before 1830).

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
October 13, 2017 - Brooklyn

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour exploring our collection in depth. To find out which collection areas this tour will visit, check at the Admissions Desk when you arrive.

New Perspectives Tour - New Events Hello Museum
October 13, 2017 - New York

Leather, beads, hair, and paint. Air, light, scent, and white noise. The artists in "Trigger: Gender and a Tool and a Weapon" engage with a staggering range of media, from the tactile to the ephemeral and intangible. In this tour, we will look closely at a selection of works in which the chosen artistic medium(s) are integral to the viewer's experience of the expression of identity. Sometimes the material may be significant because we as visitors bring with us associations related to certain materials, such as nail polish, neon lights, embroidered textiles, or lace, or because materials express personal or community-based histories—as with braided hair, leatherwork, and old photographs. Other times, a material's significance arises because it is fundamentally immaterial (like sound, scent, or mist), asking us to rely on sensorial perception beyond our eyes and hands to experience the work. Together, we will discuss the role of materiality and immateriality within an exhibition that asks us to consider the innumerable forms that gender—in its categorization, fluidity, and undoing—can take. New Perspectives tours are led by the New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in ar... (read more)

New Perspectives Tour - New Events Hello Museum
October 13, 2017 - New York

Leather, beads, hair, and paint. Air, light, scent, and white noise. The artists in "Trigger: Gender and a Tool and a Weapon" engage with a staggering range of media, from the tactile to the ephemeral and intangible. In this tour, we will look closely at a selection of works in which the chosen artistic medium(s) are integral to the viewer's experience of the expression of identity. Sometimes the material may be significant because we as visitors bring with us associations related to certain materials, such as nail polish, neon lights, embroidered textiles, or lace, or because materials express personal or community-based histories—as with braided hair, leatherwork, and old photographs. Other times, a material's significance arises because it is fundamentally immaterial (like sound, scent, or mist), asking us to rely on sensorial perception beyond our eyes and hands to experience the work. Together, we will discuss the role of materiality and immateriality within an exhibition that asks us to consider the innumerable forms that gender—in its categorization, fluidity, and undoing—can take. New Perspectives tours are led by the New Museum Teaching Fellow, an emerging scholar in ar... (read more)

Open House New York | Free Admission - The Noguchi Museum
October 14, 2017 - Long Island City

Admission is free all day October 14–15 with special programming as part of Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. Each October, this citywide event unlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an opportunity to meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. Learn more at ohny.org.

Watson Adventures’ Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 14, 2017 - New York

It’s a trivia quiz! It’s a scavenger hunt! Wait, it’s both! Here’s a chance to show off your knowledge of unusual facts on this unique trivia scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On this hunt, each question challenges your team to come up with an answer to a trivia question. That answer then becomes a crucial clue to answering a question about an object on display. Experience in art is not required! The trivia comes from movies, pop music, history, sports, science, books – you name it. If you love pub quizzes, you’ll enjoy this hunt. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Free Saturdays - Jewish Museum
October 14, 2017 - New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. Made possible by the Neubauer Family Foundation. During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

Hands-On at Noguchi | Place-Based: Drawing from Observation - The Noguchi Museum
October 14, 2017 - Long Island City

The Noguchi Museum was founded, designed, and opened by Isamu Noguchi in 1985. Participants in this program will spend time focusing on the architecture in the Museum's open-air galleries and enclosed outdoor sculpture garden while also taking inspiration from Noguchi.

Infinite Blue - Brooklyn Museum
October 14, 2017 - Brooklyn

The works of art in Infinite Blue feature blue in all its variety—a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue—the color of the skies—has often been associated with the spiritual but also signifies power, status, and beauty. The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation, and international commerce. This cross-departmental survey includes objects from our holdings of Asian, African, Egyptian, American, Native American, and European art, among them paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, the decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts, printed books, and contemporary art. It will expand as subsequent chapters unfold, eventually almost filling our first floor.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 14, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt! A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out whodunnit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK - Museum at Eldridge Street
October 15, 2017 - New York

The Museum is participating in Open House New York, America's largest architecture and design event. Join us for free synagogue tours that tell the story of our home, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. This magnificent landmark is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. We offer tours at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm. At noon join Hanna Griff-Sleven, a folklorist and the Museum's program director, for a special tour on the design, traditions and folklore of the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Families can take part in our self-guided scavenger hunt and rose window art activity from 1 to 3 pm.

Sunday Family Workshop/ Taller de Familias - Queens Museum
October 15, 2017 - New York

Architecture and Design with Legos/ Arquitectura y Diseño con Legos Spend Sunday afternoons at the Queens Museum and enjoy art making, dance, music and storytelling. All Family art making workshops are drop-in, except where stated. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. Storytelling sessions run for 15mins and begin at the top of every hour, at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Lego Architecture Design by AIA (American Institute of Architects) Queens Chapter Join us for a design workshop using legos lead by the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Queens Chapter. This workshop is in connection with our permanent exhibit, The Panorama of New York City, and our current exhibit, Never Built New York. Storytelling: Listen to stories about building. Ages 2 and up. —–

Studio Art Sessions - Jewish Museum
October 15, 2017 - New York

Floor 4 Studio Ages 3 & up Use a variety of drawing materials to create animated drawings of people in the style of Amadeo Modigliani. Free with Museum Admission and RSVP Sign up for email updates on upcoming Family programs.

Buddha, Mara, and the Question of Evil with Stephen Batchelor - Rubin Museum
October 15, 2017 - New York

Prominent Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor talks about the philosophy and psychology of good and evil through the figure of Mara, the Buddhist equivalent of the Devil. Having overcome Mara in his struggle for awakening, Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama) nonetheless continues to engage with him until the very end of his life. Mara symbolizes the obstacles in the way of our becoming wholly human and fully alive. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from early Buddhist discourses to the poetry of Dante and Baudelaire, Batchelor will explore the complexity of this archetype and its continuing relevance across cultures. The figure of Mara has informed Batchelor's work for many years: from his book Living with the Devil (Riverhead, 2004) to his libretto MARA: A Chamber Opera, the first full concert performance of which will be held at the Rubin Museum on both Wednesday, October 18 and Friday, October 20.

Open House New York | Free Admission - The Noguchi Museum
October 15, 2017 - Long Island City

Admission is free all day October 14–15 with special programming as part of Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. Each October, this citywide event unlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an opportunity to meet the people who design, build..

The Glories of the Han Dynasty - China Institute
Through October 18, 2017 - New York

Just fifteen years after Qin Shi Huang united seven warring states to establish China's first imperial dynasty, instability following the emperor's death led to the founding of a new dynasty known as the Han (206 BCE – 220 CE). For most of the next four hundred years, the Han Dynasty presided over a golden age of economic prosperity where the empire expanded, trade flourished, and culture thrived. These formational years, played an important role in the development of China's imperial bureaucracy and the growth of Confucianism which have had a lasting impact on all of the dynasties that followed. "The Glories of the Han Dynasty" is a 5-week lecture series exploring the culture of the Han Dynasty through its history, literature, economy, politics, scholarship, and visual arts. Each lecture will be delivered by a prominent scholar covering a crucial aspect of Han Dynasty civilization, including the growth of the Silk Road, the role of Confucianism, and the writing of Sima Qian's Records of the Grand Historian. The topics will elaborate and expand upon many of the themes touched upon by China Institute's exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han... (read more)

Fall Birding Tour - Bryant Park
Through October 19, 2017 - New York

Meet at Heiskell Plaza Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, Bryant Park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow! Tours begin at Heiskell Plaza. Look for the birding sign! Part of the Birding Tours program.

Back in Time Walking Tours - Back in Time Walking Tours
Through October 21, 2017 - NEW YORK

The Big Apple is filled with a rich and colorful history. Every cobblestone has a story, every building a lifetime of lives. Join us as we roll back the clock to explore the old days of New York’s most interesting neighborhoods and the lives of the people who walked these same steps decades and centuries ago. On one of the specially crafted Back In Time Walking Tours, guides in period costume will whisk you away to a long forgotten era. See New York City as it was while being entertained along the way by riveting stories, melodic songs and nostalgic poetry performed by professional actors and musicians.

Exhibit: The Rise of Newspapers in the 19th Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 22, 2017 - New York

Controversial elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery! In 1820s New York, as these issues inflamed public discussion, the burgeoning newspaper industry fanned the fire and competed as forums for debate! This exhibit looks at the newspaper industry of the 1820s –and the bold entry of women and African Americans into the business of print.( Open during Museum hours, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.) Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details. The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues). Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Early Morning Bird Walks in Central Park - Walks begin across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street.
Through October 27, 2017 -

Eight Tuesdays, September 5–October 24, 7–9 am Eight Wednesdays, September 6–October 25, 7–9 am Eight Thursdays, September 7–October 26, 7–9 am Eight Fridays, September 8–October 27, 9–11 am $85 per person Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with Museum ornithologists Paul Sweet (Tuesdays, 7 am and Fridays, 9 am) and Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 am). Learn how to use field marks, habitat, and behavior to identify warblers, thrushes, sparrows, and raptors as they pass through Central Park en route to their winter homes. Birder field cards included.

Folk Art Reflections - American Folk Art Museum
Through December 07, 2017 - New York

This interactive and discussion-based program for individuals with Alzheimer's and their family members or care partners brings the world of folk art to life through conversation. Museum admission and program are free. Registration is required. Stools are provided.

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson - Grey Art Gallery, NYU
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced modern design to North America. The exhibition’s story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” Featuring more than 100 objects—including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition traces the development of modern design from its origins at Bauhaus to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their homes in New York City to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibition in the 1930s and beyond.

Free Saturdays - The Jewish Museum
Through December 23, 2017 - Upper East Side

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. Made possible by the Neubauer Family Foundation. During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

k2 Friday Night Tour - Rubin Museum
Through December 29, 2017 - New York

There's more to the Rubin's artwork than meets the eye. Discover the ideas behind these exquisite objects on a guided tour, where close observation and dialogue with a trained educator will open your mind to new experiences. Tours last approximately forty-five minutes. Reservations are not required for groups of ten or less. About K2 Friday Nights at the Rubin Museum admission is free every Friday night from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Friday Nights. During K2 Friday Nights Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special pan-Asian tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ and programs. Happy Hour runs from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a two-for-one special on all beer, wine, and well drinks.

Charles White—Leonardo da Vinci. Curated by David Hammons - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through January 01, 2018 - New York

Charles White (1918–1979) taught drawing in Los Angeles from the mid-1960s until the end of his life, and mentored a generation of students. Among them is David Hammons (American, born 1943), who studied with White early in his career. This exhibition, curated by Hammons, includes White's monumental work Black Pope (Sandwich Board Man)(1973), from The Museum of Modern Art's collection, and a brush and ink drawing on blue prepared paper by the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, lent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection. Created over 450 years apart, the two works share formal similarities and reveal a devotion to drawing by both artists, linking their lasting influence on future generations. White and Leonardo also shared a more personal connection: both were born in the first half of April. With this in mind, Hammons commissioned Vedic astrologer Chakrapani Ullal to read both artists' natal charts, also on view in the exhibition and discussed by Ullal on the accompanying audio guide. By presenting their destinies as written in the stars, Hammons shifts our attention from the gallery to the galaxy and asks us to consider commonalities between the... (read more)

Max Ernst: Beyond Painting - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through January 01, 2018 - New York

This exhibition surveys the career of the preeminent Dada and Surrealist artist Max Ernst (French and American, born Germany. 1891–1976), with particular emphasis on his ceaseless experimentation. Ernst began his pursuit of radical new techniques that went "beyond painting" to articulate the irrational and unexplainable in the wake of World War I, continuing through the advent and aftermath of World War II. Featuring approximately 100 works drawn from the Museum's collection, the exhibition includes paintings that challenged material and compositional conventions; collages and overpaintings utilizing found printed reproductions; frottages (rubbings); illustrated books and collage novels; sculptures of painted stone and bronze; and prints made using a range of techniques. Several major, multipart projects represent key moments in Ernst's long career, ranging from early Dada and Surrealist portfolios of the late 1910s and 1920s to his late masterpiece—a recent acquisition to MoMA's collection—65 Maximiliana, ou l'exercice illégal de l'astronomie (1964). This illustrated book comprises 34 aquatints complemented by imaginative typographic designs and a secret hieroglyphic script of the... (read more)

Max Ernst: Beyond Painting - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 01, 2018 -

This exhibition surveys the career of the preeminent Dada and Surrealist artist Max Ernst (French and American, born Germany. 1891–1976), with particular emphasis on his ceaseless experimentation. Ernst began his pursuit of radical new techniques that went "beyond painting" to articulate the irrational and unexplainable in the wake of World War I, continuing through the advent and aftermath of World War II. Featuring approximately 100 works drawn from the Museum's collection, the exhibition includes paintings that challenged material and compositional conventions; collages and overpaintings utilizing found printed reproductions; frottages (rubbings); illustrated books and collage novels; sculptures of painted stone and bronze; and prints made using a range of techniques. Several major, multipart projects represent key moments in Ernst's long career, ranging from early Dada and Surrealist portfolios of the late 1910s and 1920s to his late masterpiece—a recent acquisition to MoMA's collection—65 Maximiliana, ou l'exercice illégale de l'astronomie (1964). This illustrated book comprises 34 aquatints complemented by imaginative typographic designs and a secret hieroglyphic script of th... (read more)

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

This exhibition highlights more than 150 master drawings from the Thaw Collection, one of the world's finest private collections containing over 400 sheets. Assembled over the last fifty years, and made a promised gift to the Morgan in 1975, the collection has now been given in full to the museum by Life Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare. Drawn to Greatness focuses on pivotal artists and key moments in the history of draftsmanship. Works by major masters from the Renaissance to the modern era will be on view, including Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Piranesi, Watteau, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Daumier, Redon, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock.

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times - New-York Historical Society
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times is a new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy's private life and public trajectory. One of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, it brings together images from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives that capture public and private moments from Kennedy's life. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. Kennedy's administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. No single politician was photographed more than Kennedy—from his first congressional bid as a decorated war hero in 1946 and his fairy-tale wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 to his run for the White House in 1960 and the tragedy of his death in Dallas in 1963. Documentary photographers such as Ed Clark, Lisl Steiner, Ralph Crane, Philippe Halsman, Ted Spiegel Jacques Lowe, Lawrence Schiller, Steve Schapiro, and Sam Vestal captured the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. New-York H... (read more)

Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Treasure bindings—book covers encrusted with gold, silver, and gemstones—were a luxury in the Middle Ages. Few survive, and some of the finest examples are in the Morgan's distinguished collection. Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings presents these masterpieces in context for the first time. The treasure bindings on view include star sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets, alongside illuminated manuscripts and printed books that depict two-dimensional representations of these precious materials. Among the exhibition highlights will be the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, one of the two finest Carolingian jeweled bindings in the world, and the thirteenth-century Berthold Sacramentary, the most luxurious German manuscript of its time. In these and other examples, we learn that the application of gemstones and precious metals served to venerate the texts inside and embellish church services, as well as reflect the status and wealth of the patrons who commissioned them. Images of "imagined" gems are also featured on the pages of manuscripts and printed books presented, including three examples of Venetian books, hand-painted by Girolamo da Cremona. The artis... (read more)

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 21, 2018 - Prospect Heights

In the ancient burial ground at Saqqara, Egypt, one animal cemetery alone has yielded over four million individual ibis mummies. And the nearby dog cemetery contained over seven million mummies, with countless others found throughout Egypt. This unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery. Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many. Drawn from our renowned collection, the exhibition features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most animals had connections to a particular deity. After death, mummified animals' souls could carry a message to a god. Yet not all animal mummies are what they seem. Scientific investigation of the mummies reveals that the corruption in the animal cemeteries that some contemporaneous texts allege was all too real. CT scans displayed in the exhibition uncover the empty wrappings, doubl... (read more)

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

In the ancient burial ground at Saqqara, Egypt, one animal cemetery alone has yielded over four million individual ibis mummies. And the nearby dog cemetery contained over seven million mummies, with countless others found throughout Egypt. This unusual aspect of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals—has remained largely a mystery. Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt explores the religious purpose of these mummies, how they were made, and why there are so many. Drawn from our renowned collection, the exhibition features choice examples from among the many millions of mummies of birds, cats, dogs, snakes, and other animals preserved from at least thirty-one different cemeteries throughout Egypt. Animals were central to the ancient Egyptian worldview. Most animals had connections to a particular deity. After death, mummified animals' souls could carry a message to a god. Yet not all animal mummies are what they seem. Scientific investigation of the mummies reveals that the corruption in the animal cemeteries that some contemporaneous texts allege was all too real. CT scans displayed in the exhibition uncover the empty wrappings, doubl... (read more)

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History - Asia Society
Through January 21, 2018 - Upper East Side

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers how contemporary art from societies in transition may be read as an expression of the ambiguous and sometimes contentious relationship between individual artistic practices and sociopolitical context. The exhibition explores the cultural repercussions of political ruptures through sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installations by seven contemporary artists and one artist group from three Southeast Asian countries—Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam—whose lives and art practices have intersected with defining historical moments. Featured artists: FX Harsono, Htein Lin, Dinh Q. Lê, Nge Lay, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, The Propeller Group, Angki Purbandono, and Tintin Wulia.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 - The Met
Through January 28, 2018 - New York

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not." Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions was installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing will be on view in its complete state through January 28, 2018, when it will be painted over.

Views of Rome and Naples: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through March 18, 2018 - New York

During the second half of the eighteenth-century, a journey to Italy was considered an essential component in the education of young artists and noblemen from Northern Europe. Although Venice and Florence were requisite stops on the journey, artists tended to make their longest stay in Rome, and they generally also spent time in Naples. Both cities offered celebrated archeological sites and a taste of the unspoiled rural life of the campagna. Working outdoors, artists recorded their observations of these natural and man-made wonders in small-scale studies, mostly executed with oil paint on paper. In these oils, painters captured the grandiosity of Rome's classical ruins and the sublime natural beauty of Naples, with its famous view of Mount Vesuvius. Artists from France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and Sweden are featured in this selection. Views of Rome and Naples is the fifth exhibition in a series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare. Mr. Thaw is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - The American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Inside You - American Musuem of Natural History
Through June 16, 2019 - New York

Did you know that your gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria? That's more organisms than there are stars in the Milky Way! Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and introduces some of the scientists who are breaking new ground in microbiome research.Inspired by the Museum's popular exhibition The Secret World Inside You, this exhibition introduces visitors to microbes that live in, on, and around all of us. Engaging graphics detail how microbes aid digestion, influence your immune system, and help fight harmful microbes. You'll find out how we acquire our microbiome and how it is shaped by the foods we eat and the environment we live in. Inside You is co-curated by Susan Perkins and Rob DeSalle, curators in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology and the ... (read more)

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 Léonide 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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