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Museum Events in New York City This Weekend - September 15-September 17

September 11, 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.

YPA: Private Tour of Hélio Oiticica at the Whitney Museum of American Art - Americas Society
September 15, 2017 - New York

This event is complimentary and only open to YPA members and by invitation. YPA Steering Committee and Silver level members receive priority access to this event. In collaboration with Visual Arts at Americas Society, the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) is organizing a private tour of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at the Whitney Museum of American Art led by Tisch fellow Maibritt Borgen. Oiticica (1937–1980) is among Brazil's foremost contemporary artists, and the Whitney Museum exhibition is a full survey of his career that includes his early work with the Neo-Concrete Movement, to his immersive environments and the various projects created during his extended travels to New York during the 1970s. Read more about the exhibit here. The tour will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a happy hour nearby.

National Immigrant Welcoming Week Kickoff With the YMCA of Greater New York - Queens Museum
September 15, 2017 - Corona

The YMCA of Greater New York's New Americans Initiative, in partnership with Welcoming America, YMCA of the USA, the Queens Museum, Get Empowered, I am an Immigrant, and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs will be hosting the National Kickoff for Welcoming Week, 2017! The event will be held on the Great Lawn in front of the Queens Museum. Dynamic and interactive music, dance and multicultural, healing-arts entertainment will be lead by Get Empowered!, joined by special celebrity guests Emmy Award Winner, Obba Babatundé and Paul Simon's Bassist and Percussionist, Bakithi Kumalo, will be joining us as we create an atmosphere of welcoming our newest neighbors and build bridges among communities! Following remarks and multicultural music and dance presentations, enjoy several free drop-in artmaking stations and music workshops. Join us for an afternoon of unity, community and fun activities in a safe, welcoming atmosphere!

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
September 15, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor 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.

Mindful Connections - Rubin Museum
Through September 15, 2017 - New York

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Every month trained guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote engagement with works of art and each other. This program meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complimentary tea in Café Serai. Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences. To register, please see the online form. Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 16, 2017 - New York

Fans of murder mysteries and "The Da Vinci Code" will enjoy this scavenger hunt throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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.

Closing Celebration: We Wanted a Revolution - Brooklyn Museum
September 16, 2017 - New York

Cantor Auditorium (3rd Floor) and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (4th Floor) Come together to celebrate the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 with artists, activists, and scholars. This daylong event honors the trailblazing artists in the exhibition, and highlights the intergenerational connections between art and activism. Schedule: 1 pm Curator Tour with Catherine Morris and Rujeko Hockley Sackler Center, 4th Floor 2 pm Conversation with Howardena Pindell and Andrianna Campbell Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor 2:30 pm Conversation with Barbara Chase-Riboud and Catherine Morris Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor 3 pm Thomas Lax and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Blondell Cummings Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor 3:30 pm Performance: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter Sackler Center, 4th Floor Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $25 for the entire program; $16 excluding the curator tour. Members receive 10% off. To receive the Member code, email us at membership@brooklynmuseum.org with your full name and Membership ID. Not a Member? Join today!

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 16, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Gallery Tour: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 - Brooklyn Museum
September 16, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.

Center of Attention - The Noguchi Museum
September 16, 2017 - Long Island City

Visitors are invited to engage with the Museum's collection and special exhibitions through these hour-long discussions focused on a single work of art. In this installment, we'll talk about Isamu Noguchi's Yellow Landscape (1943), featured in the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942 (on view through January 21, 2018).

Center of Attention - Noguchi Museum
September 16, 2017 - Long Island City

Visitors are invited to engage with the Museum's collection and special exhibitions through these hour-long discussions focused on a single work of art. In this installment, we'll talk about Isamu Noguchi's Yellow Landscape (1943), featured in the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942 (on view through January 21, 2018).

Sympathetic Spies: George Washington's Eyes and Ears in Lower Manhattan - Fraunces Tavern
September 17, 2017 - New York

The British Revolutionary War Spymaster Major George Beckwith claimed that, "Washington didn't really outfight the British, he simply out-spied us." The General's master spies operated out of Lower Manhattan and this walking tour will make its way between the Battery and Wall Street, retracing their steps. Join Archive on Parade founder Lucie Levine on this guided walking tour to discover who first peddled fake news, meet the tailor who saved George Washington's life not once but twice, and find out what Eagles, Turtles, and Vultures have to do with turncoats and saboteurs. *Tickets must be purchased in advance. You will receive a confirmation email with the starting location of the tour within 24 business hours.

THE JEWS OF HARLEM – TALK WITH PROFESSOR JEFFREY GUROCK - Museum at Eldridge Street
September 17, 2017 - New York

New York Times columnist David W. Dunlap once wrote that "on the map of the Jewish Diaspora, Harlem Is Atlantis. . . . A vibrant hub of industry, artistry and wealth is all but forgotten. It is as if Jewish Harlem sank 70 years ago beneath waves of memory beyond recall." In this lecture, Professor Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, recalls Jewish Harlem, a neighborhood that was once home to the second largest Jewish community in America. Using periodicals, memoir, interviews and genealogical materials, Professor Gurock will describe the period leading up to and during World War I. What were the forces that brought several generations of Central European, Eastern European, and Sephardic Jews to settle there? What led Jewish residents to scatter to other parts of Manhattan, to the outer boroughs, and to other cities? Is increased gentrification bringing them back now?

FOR FAMILIES! A ROSH HASHANAH RESTORATION - Museum at Eldridge Street
September 17, 2017 - New York

When the Eldridge Street Synagogue opened its doors on September 4, 1887, the Lower East Side was overflowing with recent immigrants getting ready to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Over time the Jewish population of the neighborhood dwindled and the synagogue fell into disrepair. Fortunately, people rallied to rescue the building. Today, as Eldridge Street celebrates its 13oth year, discover how this 19th-century synagogue was rediscovered and transformed. Follow mysterious clues, explore our new exhibit on the synagogue's restoration, and create holiday-themed works of art.

Taller de Escultura Avanzada en Español Con la artista Liene Bosquê - Queens Museum
September 17, 2017 - Corona

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 gallery shows in Brazil, Portugal, ... (read more)

Fall Exhibitions Opening 2017 - Queens Museum
September 17, 2017 - Corona

Enjoy an opening celebration of the Queens Museum's upcoming fall exhibitions. Experience special artist performances, see video screenings from community members, meet the Queens Museum's artists-in-residence, and take a peek at work in progress during open studios. Plus there will be a free shuttle from the Mets-Willets Point 7-train subway station running from 1:30–5:30pm. The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 is an exhibition by American artist Patty Chang, comprising a personal, associative, and narrative meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics and landscape. Drawing inspiration from The Wandering Lake: Into the Heart of Asia (1938), a book by turn-of-the-century colonial explorer Sven Hedin about a mysterious lake in a perpetual state of flux in the desert of Western China, Chang explores how the instability of geography can mirror and rupture our sense of reality, place, and self. The exhibition presents an experimental form of storytelling through a combination of video, photography, sculpture, drawing, and an artist's book, that examines the way narratives develop through geography, history, mythology, fiction and personal experience. The Queens Museum invites you to... (read more)

Gallery Tour: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 - Brooklyn Museum
September 17, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85.

Gallery Tour: Highlights - Brooklyn Museum
September 17, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of Museum highlights.

Gallery Tour: Collection - Brooklyn Museum
September 17, 2017 - New York

Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor 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.

Splendors of Korean Art - The Met
Through September 17, 2017 - New York

This year-long presentation brings to The Met masterpieces from the National Museum of Korea. The exhibition offers stellar examples of Korean art in areas not often represented in American collections as well as treasured highlights from The Met collection. Organized chronologically from the Late Bronze Age to the 21st century, the exhibition conveys the broad framework of Korean art history. Among the objects reflecting key genres and themes of Korean art are strikingly modern-looking pots and glittering jewelry from ancient burial sites; exquisite gilded Buddhist sculpture from the seventh through the seventeenth century; sophisticated celadon and metalwork of the Goryeo dynasty; porcelain with delightful and distinctively Korean designs; and paintings on diverse subjects from the Joseon and early modern periods.

Revolutionary Spies Guided Tours - Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through September 18, 2017 - New York

Explore the Museum in this docent-led, 45 minute tour about Revolutionary spies such as Nathan Hale, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Lydia Darrah. Learn about the tools of the trade as a spymaster, the creation of America's very first spy ring, and catch a glimpse of the last known letter from Nathan Hale which hasn't been on display in over decade. *Free with regular admission to the Museum. No reservations required

Drawing Session: Thinking like Frank Lloyd Wright - MoMA PS1
Through September 19, 2017 - Long Island City

Frank Lloyd Wright believed that a building should exist in harmony with its surrounding space, and the outside environment should be reflected inside the structure. This is an aspect of what Wright called "organic architecture." In this collaborative activity, participants will employ Wright's theories in designing their own building for a chosen site. This workshop is led by Paula Stuttman. Drawing Sessions meet in the People's Studio on Floor 3 and are free for members and Museum ticket holders. No registration is required.

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program - South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 22, 2017 - New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces Free Fridays Program alternate Fridays through September 22, 2017 The South Street Seaport Museum announces its summer program of Free Fridays! Every other Friday between 3-7pm, the Seaport Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions, historic ship tours, educational and programmatic activities, artisan demonstrations at Bowne Printers, and more!    The Free Fridays program will feature special activities on selected topics; the upcoming Free Fridays program on June 16 will feature the Seaport Museum's flagship Wavertree and will offer visitors a special opportunity to step aboard, grab a halyard and raise one of the ship's sails!   The 2017 Free Fridays program is presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation andis supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.    On June 30th, the Free Fridays program will feature a special curatorial and collections walkthrough of the new exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914, one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First-Class and Thi... (read more)

Greenwich Village Free Walking Tours - Village Alliance
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Steeped in artistic, political and progressively social history, Greenwich Village today remains a cultural melting pot. The 'Village' has been, and remains a bohemian capital, a center of the modern LGBT movement and one of the birthplaces of the 'Beat' and 60's counter cultures. Join a FREE Greenwich Village walking tour led by the Village Alliance, each Saturday from June through September and see for yourself the places where so much history has been made, and the places where today's locals continue the Village vibe. Walking from St Marks Place to Sixth Avenue the tours take in some of the Village's most important landmarks, including – Where Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney opened the first Whitney Museum and had her studio. See the residences of Andy Warhol, Lou Reed and Jackson Pollock. Pass by the studios Jimi Hendrix built, and where Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, David Bowie recorded much of their work, and where many major musicians still record. Visit the spot where Barbara Streisand used to perform for just $125 per week. See where Jack Kerouac cavorted with the 'Village Beat'. Find the building that Abraham Lincoln declared 'Right Makes Might', gaining him the preside... (read more)

Free Saturdays - The Jewish Museum
Through September 23, 2017 - New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here. 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.

Sugar & Spice - The Rubin Museum of Art
Through September 24, 2017 - New York

Drop-in Art-making Workshop Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2:00 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. September Sundays: Sugar & Spice Break the rules and play with your food! Make sculptures out of sugar and spice, inspired by chalimidi, a sweet rice flour dish made during the Hindu festival Vinayaka Chaturthi. During this early September festival, chalimidi is offered to one of the most popular Hindu deities, Ganesha, the elephant-headed "Remover of Obstacles." Try to spot him holding a bowl of sweets in the Museum's galleries.

k2 Friday Night Tour - Rubin Museum
Through September 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.

Late Antique Textiles and Modern Design - The Met
Through October 01, 2017 - New York

Artists and designers often look to the past to find inspiration for their own work. This exhibition—drawn entirely from The Met collection—compares foliate patterns and roundels that are found on textiles from the Late Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic periods in Egypt to similar motifs in postcards by the Wiener Werkstätte and on garments designed by Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949). Created in Egypt between about 200 and 600, the textiles on view include a child's dress; fragments from a sleeve, tunic, and blanket or cover; and other fragments whose original use is not known. Variations of the scrolling vines and stylized motifs that adorn these textiles can be seen on works created nearly 1500 years later. The renowned Spanish-born designer Mariano Fortuny was active in Venice, where he founded a textile workshop and commercial silk printing factory. His exquisite designs fuse the ancient and the modern, the local and the exotic. Three different Fortuny-designed silk coats from the first three decades of the 20th century are shown over the course of the exhibition. In cut and ornament, these items harken back to Late Antique historical sources. Founded in 1903 in reaction... (read more)

On The Line: Intrepid & The Vietnam War - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through October 02, 2017 - New York

On October 16, 2015, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will unveil On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, a major exhibition exploring the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid's history. The exhibition, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, will offer a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history.The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition will focus on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew "on the line"—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history will serve as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home. The exhibition will include artifacts, photographs and film clips from the Museum's collection, many of which will be on display for the first time. The exhibition will also draw from the Museum's Oral History Project, an initiative launched in 2013 to record and prese... (read more)

Circle of Dance - National Museum of the American Indian
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

A five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C. It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish. During the 18th century, widespread prosperity and successful military campaigns brought political stability, while also securing the trade routes that permitted the importation of gemstones over the Silk Roads and through sea trade routes from as far away as Europe. Showcasing a selection of 75 exquisite carvings drawn from The Met collection, this exhibition presents the lapidary art of China's Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Featuring not only jade, the most esteemed of East Asian gems, but also agate, malachite, turquoise, quartz, amber, coral, and lapis lazuli, the exhibition reveals the extensive variety of hardstones and full palette of vibrant colors that were favored at the imperial court. Exploring the diverse subjects and styles of Qing lapidary art, Colors of the Universe illustrates the extraordinary imagination and technical virtuosity behind these miniature sculptures.

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed. The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed a flowering of Chinese drama. Under the patronage of the Qing court (1644–1911), performances—including the "Peking Opera"—filled the Forbidden City in Beijing. A form of traditional Chinese theater, Peking Opera was developed fully by the mid-19th century, and because of the form's minimal stage settings and the importance of exaggerated gestures and movements, costume played an unusually significant role. This exhibition includes superb examples with interior markings indicating their use in court productions.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century - The Met
Through October 09, 2017 - New York

This exhibition, featuring 45 magnificent examples of Chinese carved lacquer drawn entirely from The Met collection, will explore the development of this significant artistic tradition. Among the objects on view will be works created as birthday gifts bearing symbols of long life, such as peaches, cranes, the character for longevity (shou), and representations of children. One of the highlights is a unique, large, lobed tray of the 14th century, carved with a delightful scene showing two women and 33 children. Other early pieces on view include a dish with a scene of long-tailed birds and hollyhocks. A rare screen that was produced by Lu Guisheng—a famous 19th-century artist and one of the few individuals working in lacquer whose name is recorded in Chinese history—provides a spectacular finale to this tradition. Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found in southern China, hardens when exposed to oxygen and humidity and can become a natural plastic. Tinted with cinnabar (red), carbon (black), and other minerals, it has been used as an artistic medium in China since at least the sixth century B.C. Carved lacquer, which involves applying multiple layers of lacquer onto a subst... (read more)

Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs - The Met
Through October 11, 2017 - New York

Since The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, the institution's physical space and collection have grown and its curatorial departments have diversified. The first Asian works of art to enter the collection—mostly ceramics and lacquers—were acquired in 1879 and originally accommodated in what was then called the Department of Decorative Arts. Only in 1915 was a separate Department of Far Eastern Art established, and it was not until 1986 that its name was changed to the Department of Asian Art. The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of The Met's galleries of Asian art as the building's footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown. Forever a work in progress, The Met's collection of Asian art is ultimately the product of the passion and scholarship of the many collectors, curators, donors, dealers, and directors who have together shaped the Museum's holdings and legacy.

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.

Mindful Connections - Rubin Museum
Through December 15, 2017 - New York

Mindful Connections is a free tour program for people with dementia and their caregivers. Every month trained guides facilitate a gallery experience designed to promote engagement with works of art and each other. This program meets on the third Friday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at 1:30 p.m. for complimentary tea in Café Serai. Learn more about our programs and offerings for all audiences. To register, please see the online form. Mindful Connections is supported in part by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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.

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)

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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