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Museum Events in New York City This Weekend - October 20-October 22

October 16, 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.

AIM Artists: Cocktails & Culture - The Bronx Museum of the Arts
October 20, 2017 - Bronx

Learn more about our current exhibition Bronx Calling: The Fourth AIM Biennial. Join us for a free, guided tour and evening of screenings and Q & A with exhibiting AIM artists.

New Perspectives Tour - New Events Hello Museum
October 20, 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)

Spirit of the Seaport: A Victorian Haunting Aboard the Wavertree - Seaport Musem New York
October 20, 2017 - New York

Join the Seaport Museum as you get ready for Halloween at this spectacular event, an eerie Victorian social soirée aboard the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree and a guided tour that will reveal the grisly secrets of Schermerhorn Row. As you board Wavertree you will enjoy a champagne welcome, and then take a step into the late Victorian period, when people were drawn towards the paranormal, supernatural, and occult. Aboard this storied 19th-century vessel you will meet magicians, mentalists, and tarot readers while listening to a live band perform jazz and ragtime music of the late 19th-century and sipping on signature Seaport cocktails, beer, and wine. The evening's highlight will be the chance to witness an authentic recreation of a Victorian séance in the spooky captain's saloon. An exclusive addition to this devilish night is the opportunity to explore Schermerhorn Row, one of the oldest warehouses of New York City and home of the Seaport Museum. On this candlelit guided tour through a preserved piece of the past, including the remains of a 19th-century hotel, guests will hear the terrifying stories of the gruesome deaths that took place there over a hundred years ago. At... (read more)

Spirit of the Seaport - Pier 16
October 20, 2017 - New York City

The South Street Seaport Museum and J&J Events present Spirit of the Seaport: A Victorian Haunting Aboard the Wavertree on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8pm to midnight aboard the restored 1885 full-rigged cargo sailing ship Wavertree. Tickets are $75 ($65 for members) and are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10208323. For 21 and up.   Celebrate Spiritualism, a strange and fascinating time most popular from the 1840s to 1920s when ghosts were regularly conjured and spirits were high. Relive a time in the late Victorian period when people were drawn towards the paranormal, supernatural, and occult, of which the most popular forms included mesmerism, clairvoyance, thought-reading, and above all, Spiritualism, a belief that the dead communicate with the living.    Spirit of the Seaport guests will enjoy a champagne greeting as they board the Wavertree, a newly-restored sailing ship built in 1885. Step into another time aboard the Victorian vessel as magicians, mentalists, and tarot readers peek into the future while conjuring up the past. Listen to a live band perform jazz and ragtime music of the late 1800s, witness an authentic recreation of a Victorian séance in t... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Museum of Natural History Scavenger Hunt - Museum of Natural History
October 21, 2017 - New York

Someone, or some “thing”, has been bumping off museum staffers involved in acquiring a sacred Egyptian relic at the Museum of Natural History. Is it the dreaded Curse of Ahtchu? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a hieroglyphic code and uncover the museum’s secrets to stop the killings. While solving the crime, you’ll get an amazing whirlwind tour of the Museum of Natural History. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Free Saturdays - Jewish Museum
October 21, 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.

Flow.17 Photo Tour - Randall's Island
October 21, 2017 - New York

Can photography change how we see our surroundings? What comprises a beautiful photograph? How can photography and history interrelate? Join RIPA's selected 2017 FLOW artist Rose DeSiano to address these questions, and take some photographs of your own! We'll meet on Randall's Island Connector at 2:00pm to learn about this year's FLOW art pieces, discuss some of Randall's Island's history, and talk about photographic composition and story-telling. Bring your camera or camera phone (RIPA will also offer a few Polaroid cameras to borrow for the event) and spend the afternoon capturing Island images that you can take home with you. We hope you'll return throughout the year to continue your photographic journey on Randall's Island. Free admission. All ages welcome! The FLOW art series is planned in conjunction with the Randall's Island Park Alliance, the Bronx Museum and the New York Department of Parks and Recreation.

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.

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

Controversial elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery! In 1820s New York, while these issues burned in the minds of the public—newspapers exploded and competed as forums for debate! This exhibit looks at the newly exploding newspaper industry of the 1820s –and the entry of women and African Americans into the business of print.

Taller de Escultura Avanzada en Español - Queens Museum
October 22, 2017 - New York

Con la artista Liene Bosquê Through this 7-week long advanced sculpture workshop, participants will learn various mold making and casting techniques by experimenting with positive and negative three-dimensional shapes. The instructor will introduce how to utilize different material such as plaster, paper pulp and papier-mâché into the making process and use the repetition method to compose a larger artwork. Participants will also have the chance to have a close look at upcoming exhibitions to learn about how artists transform daily objects into artwork, as well as how mold making and casting techniques can be applied to architectural projects. Workshop in Spanish. Liene Bosquê is a Brazilian visual artist based in Queens. Her installations, sculptures, performances, and site-specific works investigate the sensorial experience within architectural, urban and personal spaces, emphasizing context, memory, and history. She received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. She received her BFA from the Sao Paulo State University, and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the Mackenzie University, both in Brazil. Her work has been included in museum and gall... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Cloisters Capers Scavenger Hunt - The Cloisters
October 22, 2017 - Bronx

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt in one of upper Manhattan’s most unusual treasures! Explore the Cloisters and solve mysteries like a latter-day Brother Baskerville. You’ll tackle tricky clues among the breathtaking architecture that dates from the 12th through the 15th century and the nearly 3,000 works of art. Discover gruesome faces hidden in demons, take a ladder to Heaven or fall into the mouth of Hell, and learn why dead princes sleep with dogs. Prices include museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Studio Art Sessions - Jewish Museum
October 22, 2017 - New York

Construct an imaginative mask using colorful paper and found objects inspired by artwork in the exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. Free with Museum Admission and RSVP Sign up for email updates on upcoming Family programs.

Sunday Story Time: The Museum by Susan Verde - New-York Historical Society
October 22, 2017 - New York

What is a museum? This week at Sunday Story Time we will explore all the kinds of things you can see and do in museums. We will read The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.Afterwards everyone will create a masterpiece of their own to take home! The Museum written by Susan Verde. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, 2013. Support for Sunday Story Time provided by Macy's.

The Bronx’s Main Street: Walking the Grand Concourse with Sam Goodman - The Bronx Museum of the Arts
October 22, 2017 - Bronx

Bronx native Sam Goodman, an urban planner in the Office of the Bronx Borough President, will lead a tour of the Grand Concourse, the borough’s major thoroughfare that’s also home to the Bronx Museum. Goodman visits key sites, provides a brief history of the Grand Concourse, and discusses the health issues impacting its communities. Location: Meet at the Museum Lobby

Picture This - The Jewish Museum
October 22, 2017 - New York

Gallery Tour, Art Workshop & Concert Skirball Lobby Ages 4 – 10 The Picture This! series takes place on October 22, November 19, and December 17. Create art, share ideas, listen to storybook readings, and enjoy live music as a family in this exciting series. Each Picture This! begins with a 10 am gallery program which includes interactive activities, art viewing, and a PJ Library collection book reading. At 10:45 am head to the art studio to create original art and enjoy a snack. Finish up the program with an 11:30 am concert featuring Lisa Loeb. Each program features a different performer as a part of our family concert series. This month's art project and gallery tour will feature the art of Modigliani from our striking exhibition Modigliani Unmasked. Series package (3 programs): $60 per person and $54 for Jewish Museum Family Members Individual program tickets: $25 per person and $22 for Jewish Museum Family Members For more information, contact: familyprograms@thejm.org This program is supported through a grant from PJ Library®, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Sign up for email updates on upcoming Family programs.

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.

Halloween Murder Mystery - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through October 28, 2017 - New York

Saturday, October 21, Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28, 2017 (3 days; two sessions each day: Start times 6:15 & 7:30 PM All new for 2017! In this fictional mystery game, loosely based on an historic newspaper account, an unidentified skeleton has been discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel. Explore the Museum by candlelight, and collect clues to unravel the mystery and solve the case. Appropriate for adults and families with children 10 and over. [Reservations required] Please call (212)838-6878 to make reservations for this “tickets only” event. 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.

Drone: Early Access Tour - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

Take an in-depth tour of the exhibition Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? Learn about the earliest attempts to use unmanned flying machines, advanced systems of the 21st century and exciting developments on the horizon. An expert guide will show you real drones, historical artifacts, model airplanes, three-dimensional computer renderings, rare videos and immersive installations. This tour offers access to the exhibition before the Museum opens to the public.

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.

Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017 - Guggenheim Museum
Through December 16, 2017 - New York

Cocurated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen, this series presents 20 independent documentaries by China’s most daring artists and filmmakers investigating the political, social, economic, and cultural conditions of contemporary China. This 10-week festival encompasses twice-weekly daytime screenings and three featured evening events, and is presented concurrently with the exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, on view October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018. Daytime screenings take place in the New Media Theater and are free with museum admission. Evening screenings at 6:30 pm include a Q&A session with filmmakers and require a ticket. $20, $15 members, $10 students. For the full schedule, visit https://www.guggenheim.org/event/event_series/turn-it-on-china-on-film

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.

Anchors Aweigh: Family Tour - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Discover the mighty USS Intrepid, from the sea to the sky and all the stories in between! Hear about the artifacts in the Museum's collection, and learn what it was like to be part of the flight deck crew. On this fun, interactive tour, young visitors and their grown-ups learn about life aboard the ship and how a crew of 3,000 men formed a city at sea. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires long periods of walking and standing. The Museum offers seating on the hangar and flight decks. Lightweight, portable stools are available upon request. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Strollers permitted. Times: Tour times vary by season and can be selected during ticket purchase. In the event of inclement weather, tours will take place on the hangar deck.

Pacific War: USS Intrepid in Word War II - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Intrepid was a World War II battlefield, a place the war was fought and won. Travel with the ship through the major events of the Pacific War, and witness the courage and sacrifice that defined the Greatest Generation. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires navigating stairs and ladders and includes long periods of walking and standing Times: Tour times vary by season and can be selected during ticket purchase.

Intrepid 101 - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Learn about the history of Intrepid from 1943 to 1974 and beyond in this 60-minute tour. Explore the hangar deck, where aircraft were maintained and stored, and the flight deck, where thousands of aircraft were launched. Tour guides will share stories from Intrepid's history. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires long periods of walking and standing. Lightweight, portable stools are available upon request. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Times: Tour times vary by season and can be selected during ticket purchase.

Concorde: A Supersonic Story - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Take off on a unique exploration of the Concorde G-BOAD, the fastest commercial aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Learn about the aerodynamic advances responsible for this technological marvel, designed in the 1960s and operational until 2003. This tour offers guests the rare opportunity to enjoy the comfort of the Concorde's first-class cabin and get an up-close look inside its sophisticated flight deck. Certain tour times grant early admission into the Intrepid Museum complex. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires navigating stairs. The majority of the tour is seated, though portions of the tour require walking and standing. Times: Tour times vary by season and can be selected during ticket purchase.

Exploring Space: Project Mercury, Enterprise and Beyond - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Learn about past, present and future ventures in space travel as you examine some of the Museum's major artifacts. Discover Intrepid's connection to the United States' early spaceflight programs Mercury and Gemini. Get a look at Enterprise, the first space shuttle, while hearing about the triumphs and tragedies of the space shuttle program. And see a Russian Soyuz capsule that flew to the International Space Station. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires long periods of walking and standing. Lightweight, portable stools are available upon request. This tour is wheelchair accessible. Times: Tour times vary by season and can be selected during ticket purchase.

Silent Service: The Story of the USS Growler - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Tour Description: Discover the inner workings of the submarine Growler, the world's oldest existing nuclear missile submarine. Growler patrolled the Pacific coast of the Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964, ready to retaliate if the Soviets attacked the United States. Hear about the evolution of the submarine as a weapon, how its role and design changed between World War II and the Cold War and how Growler was purpose-built for a strategic mission. Along the way, discover how 95 men lived and worked on Growler for up to three months at a time, never seeing daylight, never communicating with loved ones and often never showering. See the submarine's features up close, including both periscopes, forward and aft torpedo tubes, the diesel engines that charged Growler's batteries, the tight living quarters of officers and the crew, and the mess area where the men ate and relaxed. Visitor Safety Guidelines: This tour requires navigating several raised hatches, stairs and tight spaces. All visitors are required to pass through our replica hatch for entry into the submarine. Persons with claustrophobia or related issues should not take the tour. You must be at least 40 inches tall to enter... (read more)

VIP Tour - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Take a journey through sea, air and space on a VIP Tour, a private experience designed just for you. Discover the history of Intrepid, get an up-close look at the aircraft collection, and hear stories about the heroic aviators and sailors who served. From there, explore the Space Shuttle Pavilion, get immersed in the submarine Growler, or climb aboard the British Airways Concorde—the choice is yours. Your guide will customize the tour for your group, sharing the stories and artifacts that appeal to your interests. Give a VIP Tour as a gift, tailored to the interests of the recipient. And if you don't want to choose between the submarine, space shuttle or Concorde, purchase a VVIP Tour—an all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind experience exploring all of the Museum's major artifacts. VIP Tour 90 minutes Up to 14 people $500 flat rate VVIP Tour 2–3 hours Up to 14 people $1,000 flat rate Contact us to arrange a tour: Call: 646-381-5065 Email: tourguide@intrepidmuseum.org

VIP Tour - Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex
Through December 31, 2017 - New York

Take a journey through sea, air and space on a VIP Tour, a private experience designed just for you. Discover the history of Intrepid, get an up-close look at the aircraft collection, and hear stories about the heroic aviators and sailors who served. From there, explore the Space Shuttle Pavilion, get immersed in the submarine Growler, or climb aboard the British Airways Concorde—the choice is yours. Your guide will customize the tour for your group, sharing the stories and artifacts that appeal to your interests. Give a VIP Tour as a gift, tailored to the interests of the recipient. And if you don't want to choose between the submarine, space shuttle or Concorde, purchase a VVIP Tour—an all-inclusive, one-of-a-kind experience exploring all of the Museum's major artifacts. VIP Tour 90 minutes Up to 14 people $500 flat rate VVIP Tour 2–3 hours Up to 14 people $1,000 flat rate Contact us to arrange a tour: Call: 646-381-5065 Email: tourguide@intrepidmuseum.org

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 - 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.

Roots of 'The Dinner Party': History in the Making - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 04, 2018 - Prospect Heights

Roots of "The Dinner Party": History in the Making is the first museum exhibition to examine Chicago's evolving plans for The Dinner Party in depth, detailing its development as a multilayered artwork, a triumph of community art-making, and a testament to the power of historical revisionism. Chicago's ambitious research project combatted the absence of women from mainstream historical narratives and blazed the trail for feminist art historical methodologies in an era of social change. It also validated mediums traditionally considered the domain of women and domestic labor, as the artist studied and experimented with China painting, porcelain, and needlework. The exhibition presents rarely seen test plates, research documents, ephemera, notebooks, and preparatory drawings from 1971 through 1979 alongside The Dinner Party, encouraging exploration of its formal, conceptual, and material progress.

Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting - MoMA PS1
Through March 11, 2018 - Long Island City

MoMA PS1 presents the first comprehensive retrospective of Carolee Schneemann, spanning the artist's prolific six-decade career. As one of the most influential artists of the second part of the 20th century, Schneemann's pioneering investigations into subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history have had significant influence on subsequent generations of artists. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting begins with rarely seen examples of the artist's early paintings of the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s, which integrated objects, mechanical elements, and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, performing the roles of "both image and image-maker." As a central protagonist of the New York downtown avant-garde community, she explored hybrid artistic forms culminating in experimental theater events. The exhibition considers Schneemann's oeuvre within the context of painting by tracing the developments that led to her groundbreaking innovations in performance, film, and installation in the 1970s, as well as her increasingly spatialized multimedia i... (read more)

Cathy Wilkes - MoMA PS1
Through March 11, 2018 - Long Island City

MoMA PS1 will present the first solo museum exhibition in New York focused on Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966), in conjunction with the inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize. Since the start of her career in the 1990s, Wilkes has created sculptural tableaux that engage with the rituals of life. Regularly employing quotidian products and residual materials drawn from her domestic life, Wilkes's installations connect the banalities of daily existence to larger archetypes of birth, marriage, child-rearing, and death. This combination of the personal and universal parallels a meditation at the heart of her work, in which Wilkes's art enacts an exercise in empathy, exposing deeply felt subjective experiences to reach beyond herself while also insisting upon the fundamentally private nature of artmaking. Wilkes is the first artist to receive the Maria Lassnig Prize, a biennial award established by the Maria Lassnig Foundation in June 2016 to honor the achievements of mid-career artists. The Maria Lassnig Prize was originally envisioned by pioneering Austrian artist Maria Lassnig before her death in 2014 at the age of 94, at height of her artistic powers. Having achieved recognition... (read more)

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.

Susan York Foundation - The Drawing Center
Through October 18, 2018 - Soho

For the second long-term installation presented in The Drawing Center's Lab Corridor, Santa Fe-based artist Susan York will create a site-specific installation that references the internal structure of the museum's 35 Wooster Street building. Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York will create replicas of parts of the museum's foundation: eroded concrete piers that protrude above the museum's ground floor. York's long-term installation will initiate an expanded field of activity at The Drawing Center, pointing to new opportunities for exploring drawing as an interactive and socially-minded practice. Additionally, by bringing attention to The Drawing Center's building, York's installation will generate opportunities for discussion about the importance of museums continuing as public spaces with permanent, physical presence

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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