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November 4, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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You haven't really experienced New York City until you've explored midtown, from its many museums and galleries to restaurants, bakeries, and bars. Searching for things to do in midtown this week? You needn't look any further, because this City Guide list will fill you in on all of midtown's best happenings.

Beauty & the Beast: Autism-Friendly - The New Victory Theater
November 04, 2018 - Midtown

Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.

Grandes Pequeninos - The Tank
November 04, 2018 - New York

Grandes Pequeninos is a project that addresses the magical universe of love in the family. Created by Jair Oliveira and Tânia Khalill (very talented Brazilian musician and actress). The show's songs, written by Jair, touch on subjects such as diversity, the importance of books, imagination, songwriting and resilience, among others. The couple aims to create interesting content both for adults and children. The musical seeks to establish a solid and fun identity for Brazilian families through the portrayal of a real family that is culturally diverse, artistic and holds kindness, care, learning and fun as their core values. Tania and Jair moved to NYC last January with their two kids, and kindly offered to perform the show free of charge to support BrazilFoundation's {Abrace o Brasil} Campaign and to expose Brazilian music to Brazilian kids who live in the United States.

Charlotte Smith's Beachy Head in Concert - Carnegie Hall
November 04, 2018 - New York

Beachy Head is a chalk headland in East Sussex, England. It is situated close to Eastbourne, immediately east of the Seven Sisters. Beachy Head is located within the administrative area of Eastbourne Borough Council which owns the land, forming part of the Eastbourne Downland Estate. The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres (531 ft) above sea level. The peak allows views of the south east coast from Dungeness in the east, to Selsey Bill in the west. Its height has also made it one of the most notorious suicide spots in the world.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 04, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Raffi | 2 Shows - The Town Hall
November 04, 2018 - New York

Raffi, North America's preeminent family entertainer, turns 70 this year, and he is marking the occasion with a new album and a series of #belugagrads concerts. It's been 40 years since the release of Singable Songs for the Very Young, and he wants to celebrate with his U.S. fans.

The Macoproject Film Festival - The Playroom Theater
November 04, 2018 - New York City

The Macoproject Film Festival will be open for submissions beginning June 1st, 2018! We screen in Times Square, New York City on November 3rd, 2018. NEW to this season: Screenplays are now accepted! Macoproject Trophies will be awarded to the top Films and Screenplays More Special Guests & Publicity. Be sure to submit your film at MacoprojectFilmFestival.com!

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
November 04, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Waitress - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly, Waitress follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the south trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. She finds relief—and potentially that happy ending—by making creatively titled pies and forming a romance with an unlikely newcomer.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

The Long Run - MoMA : Museum of Modern Art
Through November 04, 2018 - New York

Floor Four, The David Geffen Galleries Innovation in art is often characterized as a singular event—a bolt of lightning that strikes once and forever changes what follows. The Long Run provides an alternate view: by chronicling the continued experimentation of artists long after their breakthrough moments, it suggests that invention results from sustained critical thinking, persistent observation, and countless hours in the studio. Each work in this presentation exemplifies an artist’s distinct evolution. For some, this results from continually testing the boundaries of a given medium, for others it reflects the pressures of social, economic, and political circumstances. Often, it is a combination of both. The Long Run includes monographic galleries and rooms that bring together artists across a broad range of backgrounds and approaches. All the artists in this presentation—drawn entirely from MoMA’s collection—are united by a ceaseless desire to make meaningful work, year after year, across decades. They include Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Edwards, Gego, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Helen Levitt, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard ... (read more)

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
November 05, 2018 - New York

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra Plácido Domingo and Balázs Kocsár, Conductors Nagao Haruka, Violin Andrea Rost, Soprano

Veterans Roundtable Meeting - CFA Society New York
November 05, 2018 - New York

The VETERANS VOLUNTEER GROUP of CFA Society New York, (a.k.a. Veterans Roundtable) is a special interest group dedicated to supporting prior military service members through professional networking and finance education. Our mission is to establish the foundations from which military veteran members may better achieve leading positions in the financial world. We promote CFANY and CFA Institute programs, while also being highly active in NYC regional and national-level veteran clubs and affairs. By being active supporters and participants in other veteran organizations, we are able leverage their networks, and broaden CFANY's and the CFAI's reach. Why have such a group? The ethical standards promoted throughout military services worldwide align with Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice of the CFA Institute. Part of what attracts future generations of leaders to the military services is robust support groups that empower access the fullest range of post-military career options, including the highest levels of finance. Our membership is open to CFA Society New York members, CFA Charterholders, CFA program participants, active duty military service members,... (read more)

A Centennial Salute to Jerome Robbins: Jerome Robbins on Television - The Paley Center For Media
November 05, 2018 - New York

To celebrate the centennial of the renowned choreographer and director Jerome Robbins (1918–1998), this program will examine how the ballets (including Fancy Free and Dances at a Gathering) and Broadway work (including On the Town, Peter Pan, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof) of Robbins have been presented on television. Rare interview and performance footage will be screened and discussed by a panel of dancers and others who worked with Robbins including Stephanie Saland, Grover Dale, Judy Kinberg, and Sondra Lee. The discussion will be moderated by Amanda Vaill, author of Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins.

Healthy on the Hudson — Tai Chi - Pier 84
Through November 05, 2018 - New York

Take your workout to our waterfront with Healthy on the Hudson! This FREE exercise series returns for our 20th Anniversary season, giving you opportunities to get fit in your Park every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday all summer long. Every Monday in June and July from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, join us for Tai Chi at Pier 84 in partnership with T'ai Chi Chuan! All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality.

Eun Jung Vicky Lee, Piano - Carnegie Hall
November 06, 2018 - New York

StudeEun Jung Vicky Lee, Pianont and Senior Discount Tickets Available at the Box Office

Refinery Rooftop's 3rd Annual Movember Ball - Refinery Rooftop
November 06, 2018 - New York

Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel is hosting its third annual “Movember Ball” on Tuesday, November 6th. Michael Chernow of Seamore’s and The Meatball Shop will be hosting the public event which features a “balls-off” competition with some of the city's favorite restaurants including: The Meatball Shop, Red Rooster, Tavern on the Green and Untamed Sandwiches. The event will conclude with the announcement of the winning meatball by the esteemed judges including the Today Show’s Style Editor Bobbie Thomas, Grub Street staff writer Nikita Richardson and Gotham Burger Social Club Founder Mike Puma. Attendees will all have the chance to vote for their favorite ball, with a fan-favorite also announced at the end of the evening. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The Movember Foundation.

Tasting Tuesday - Bryant Park
November 06, 2018 - New York

With the opening of this season's Bank of America Winter Village Holiday Shops comes a new crop of food options right here in the park! From chocolates to empanadas to cider to waffles, the Shops are filled with all kinds of food and drink to fuel your skating and shopping. At this special Tasting Tuesday event, we offer you the chance to browse the Shops, sampling their food and drinks for free. Discover new favorite treats for the season, and explore the shops with a snack in hand. Participating is simple: just RSVP on Eventbrite, then check in and get a wristband at the sign-in table at Le Carrousel (located in the park, on the 40th St. side). You must RSVP on Eventbrite in advance to participate; registration is limited to 300 people. Please check in before 5:30pm to guarantee your spot; after that, any unclaimed spots will be opened up to people on the wait list. Part of the Tasting Tuesday programs.

Skate Fest - Bryant Park
November 06, 2018 - New York

Tuesday, November 6, 10:00am–12:00pm The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Learn to skate with free lessons and prizes from US Figure Skating. Part of the Skate School programs

Nycf | Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour - The Town Hall
November 06, 2018 - New York

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr's new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment. Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he's performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He's won the British Comedy Award for 'Best Live Stand-Up Tour' and been nominated for the Perrier Award.

Waitress--Buy One Get One for $10 Now! - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through November 06, 2018 - New York

Coupon Code for Discount Tickets to Waitress! Code: BUY10 Buy One Get One for $10 Now! Dates Available: Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm Sunday 2pm & 7pm Tuesday 7pm Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop… until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town's handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she's been missing all along – courage.

IAC Book Club: Alice McDermott's THE NINTH HOUR - Irish Arts Center
November 08, 2018 - New York

We will discuss Alice McDermott's The Ninth Hour, a sprawling, powerful story about a widow, her daughter, and the nuns who serve their Irish-American community in 20th century Brooklyn.

Eat Up Tokyo - NYC Event Spaces
November 08, 2018 - New York

Presented by the City of Tokyo and organized by the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau, the inaugural Eat Up Tokyo is a culinary and cultural event that will celebrate the eats, drinks and delights of Japan’s vibrant capital, bringing a taste of Tokyo to NYC. Guests who have pre-registered via Eventbrite (kindly note that pre-registration ends 10/31) will enjoy an evening tasting-session from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, featuring stellar Japanese food and sake. Sushi will be crafted by sushi master Daisuke Nakazawa (Sushi Nakazawa), who will illustrate the principles of edo-mae sushi, the style invented in ancient Tokyo that he serves at his eponymous restaurant – a rare recipient of the most prestigious four stars from The New York Times. Chef Kaukusaburo Sakurai (Wasan Brooklyn) will serve visually-stunning dishes inspired by top Tokyo landmarks and attractions, such as the Imperial Palace. Chef Sakurai’s offerings will be presented alongside complementary Tokyo sake pairings curated by Wasan’s resident sommelier, Toshiyuki Koizumi. The City of Tokyo is honored to share the culinary experiences of Japan with New Yorkers, giving insight into how Tokyo dining trends have influ... (read more)

Oleta Adams - Sony Hall
November 10, 2018 - New York

General Admission Only Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Nycf | Jonathan Van Ness & Antoni Porowski | 2 Shows - The Town Hall,
November 10, 2018 - New York

Antoni Porowski is the Queer Eye food & wine connoisseur. At a young age Antoni was bitten by the culinary bug spending countless hours in the kitchen watching his mother joyously cooking and bringing a world of culinary delights to life. He discovered the worlds of Julia Child, Jacque Pepin and Anthony Bourdain, and soon after began to teach himself how to cook. Self-taught, Antoni put himself through University where he received a degree in psychology, but his love of food soon brought him back to the kitchen. He immediately went to work in restaurants from Montreal to New York City, continuing to hone his craft and finding his place in the culinary world. In New York, Antoni met with the original Fab Five food and wine expert Ted Allen and began a mentorship which quickly turned into him becoming Ted's personal chef. The relationship helped launch Antoni's career and he became the personal chef to some of the upper echelons of New York and Brooklyn's prominent citizens. The President of Barclays Stadium and the Chief Curator of MOMA are two of his biggest fans as is the founder of Tasting Table, who hired Antoni to host segments on the renowned cook... (read more)

6th Annual New York Trad Fest - Irish Arts Center
November 10, 2018 - New York

Local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass, and old-time American music come together for a weekend of trad music, kicking off with a concert at Irish Arts Center. Performers include multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls, button accordionist Daithí Gormley with fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, guitarist/vocalist/emcee Dermot Henry, and more.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Plays Miles Davis - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through November 10, 2018 - New York

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs Miles Davis' groundbreaking music from the 1940s–60s. Davis' work during these years is unparalleled in its stylistic range, impact, and enduring popularity, and this show will explore the pivotal musical moments on his quest towards innovation. After demonstrating Davis' early bebop stylings, as heard in songs like "Little Willie Leaps," the JLCO will move on to the rich, textured arrangements of Birth of the Cool, showcasing the unconventional brass instrumentation that gave it its unique sound. You will hear landmark pieces from Davis' "first great quintet," including his initial experiment with modal jazz in 1958's "Milestones"—a style fleshed out further in Davis' 1959 landmark, Kind of Blue. Davis stayed ahead of the curve throughout the 1960s, offering a preview of the sounds that would gain popularity in years to come. The JLCO will show you this progression, revisiting the "second great quintet's" brand of swinging, avant-garde eclecticism as well as the earliest traces of Davis' transition into electric jazz. For this last component, the JLCO will perform an expansive arrangement of "Tout de Suite"—D... (read more)

Catalan Cinema's Radical - The Museum of Modern Art
Through November 10, 2018 - New York

This series traces 10 revolutionary years in the history of Catalan cinema: the period between 1968 and 1978, when the fate of Spain—and Catalonia's place in it—lay in the balance. The death of General Francisco Franco on November 20, 1975, and the ascension of Juan Carlos I to the throne made possible the nation's transition from brutal dictatorship to fragile democracy. The Catalan language, after nearly a half-century of censorship, could once again be expressed freely in the streets and in the arts. Filmmakers who during the last years of dictatorship had risked their lives by shooting clandestinely or by encoding their scripts with politically subversive ideas responded to a newfound freedom after 1976 with work that continues to excite and provoke. The exhibition, drawn entirely from the archives of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, spans the decade from the radicalism of 1968 to the first democratic elections in 1977 and the writing of the Constitution of Spain the following year. It includes films by Pere Portabella, Antoni Ribas, and others that explore the legacy of the Spanish Civil War, the surge of immigrants into Barcelona and other cities in Catalonia from other parts o... (read more)

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
November 11, 2018 - New York

The Choir brings their experience of Harlem and the Black Church to Times Square in a foot stomping, hand clapping show for fans from around the world. The home-style "all you can eat" southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir's joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage. See more info on the B.B. King Blues Club website!

Beauty and the Beast - The New Victory Theater
Through November 11, 2018 - Midtown

Brimming with surprises and broad comic delights, this rowdy and rustic re-telling of the familiar French fable features a feisty heroine, a preposterous pair of loudmouthed, spoiled sisters and an enchanted prince with some monstrously bad pick-up lines. An ensemble of six actor-musicians weaves spellbinding narration, clever dialogue, and a Jazz Age score into a ferociously fun show about love, family and the notion that beauty—and beastliness—are only skin-deep.

Dear Evan Hansen - Music Box Theatre
Through November 11, 2018 - New York

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: A chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is the new American musical about life and the way we live it. Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere. The New York Times calls it "a gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart." And NBC Nightly News calls this bold new musical "an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond."

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through November 11, 2018 - New York

Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.

Waiting for Godot By Samuel Beckett Directed by Garry Hynes Produced by Druid - Gerald W Lynch Theater
Through November 13, 2018 - New York

Laugh, abide, despair, persevere: Ireland's iconic Druid theater company presents Samuel Beckett's irreverent masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Existential ennui meets startling slapstick comedy in this "superb reimagining" (Guardian, U.K.) by Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes that offers a refreshing perspective on our tragicomic plight.

That PHYSICS or CHEMISTRY SHOW - Playroom Theater
Through December 16, 2018 - NY

THAT PHYSICS SHOW is now in it's third year. THAT CHEMISTRY SHOW is in its second year. Long time Physics demonstrator Dave Maiullo and Chemistry Demonstrator Borislau Bilash weave some 30 science demonstrations into a funny and entertaining theatrical production. PHYSICS won the 2016 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience of the year. Performances are at noon and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Many school and camp performances are scheduled as requested. In September, a third science show will be added...THAT INVENTIONS SHOW. www.sciencetheatercompany.com

Models and Bottles Fridays ... Free on the A.C. Pass Guest List - Show
Through December 29, 2018 - New York City

Models and Bottles Fridays Text keyword SHOWNYC to 83361 for Instant RSVP and chance to win a VIP Party (FREE Admission, Bottle & More!) SHOW. NYC Nightclubs. 135 West 41st Street. Times Square. 10 pm-???(Broadway and 6th Ave) A.C. Pass List invites you to "The Original" Models and Bottles Fridays at NYCs newest premier hotspot, Show NYC! This will be the biggest Friday Night party NYC has ever seen. Top DJs, aerialists, dancers, expert mixologists, bottle service served by our #Showgirls, a true VIP experience, a sexy crowd, all in a spectacular new venue. Ask about our specials, VIP packages and Group/ Birthday specials.. World reknown DJs play open format, house music, old skool, top 40, mash-ups and more. Everyone receives complimentary admission on the “A.C. Pass List” (ladies til 12am, Gents til 12am). Ask me about special birthday (& group) packages. Call me direct @ 917.653.0768 for Table Service and more details. 21+ID. To expedite entry, get on the "A.C. Pass Guest List" please e-mail me directly, crisac@mac.com. Doors and list opens at 10 pm & all list closes at 2 am. All admission is at the discretion of the doorman. Dress fashionable please. Dress code: Ladie... (read more)

Toward A Concrete Utopia: Architecture In Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through January 13, 2019 - Manhattan

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia's architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist "social condensers"—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia's leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 03, 2019 - Manhattan

For a brief period in the early 1960s, a group of choreographers, visual artists, composers, and filmmakers made use of a local church to present performances that Village Voice critic Jill Johnston declared the most exciting new developments in dance in a generation. Redefining the kinds of movement that could count as dance, the Judson participants—Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Bill Dixon, Judith Dunn, David Gordon, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Fred Herko, Robert Morris, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, and Elaine Summers, among others—would go on to profoundly shape all fields of art in the second half of the 20th century. Taking its name from the Judson Memorial Church, a socially engaged Protestant congregation in New York's Greenwich Village, Judson Dance Theater was organized as a series of open workshops from which its participants developed performances. Together, the artists challenged traditional understandings of choreography, expanding dance in ways that reconsidered its place in the world. They employed new compositional methods to strip dance of its theatrical conventions, incorporating "ordinary" movements—ge... (read more)

Constantin Brancusi Sculpture - The Museum of Modern Art
Through February 24, 2019 - Manhattan

Poet Erza Pound spoke of artist Constantin Brancusi's work as providing "the master keys to the world of form." Over a career that spanned half a century, Brancusi's innovations transformed sculpture as it had been known, and influenced generations of artists to come. After moving to Paris in 1904 from his native Romania, Brancusi affected the appearance of a Romanian peasant—a long beard, work shirt, and sandals—while embedding himself in avant-garde art circles. He soon began pushing modernist sculpture to the threshold of abstraction, developing a new, simplified vocabulary of graceful crescents, gleaming ovoids, and rough-hewn blocks that often evoked rather than resembled the things named in their titles, such as Bird in Space or Fish. He put the natural properties of his materials on display, carving directly into wood and stone and polishing metal to high reflectivity. The bases for his sculptures were often built of stacked elements—wood cubes, cylindrical slices, pyramidal blocks, or cruciform stones—becoming an integral component of the work itself and hinting at the possibility of infinite rearrangement, an idea that would prove fertile in future decades.

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