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Things to Do in the Theater District This Week - September 9-September 16

September 9, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Planning on catching a Broadway show in New York City's Theater District during your visit to the Big Apple? If so, make sure you check out City Guide's list of things to do in the Theater District this week for all the best of this famed midtown area. Museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars can all be found in the heart of the city.

George Cables Trio featuring Victor Lewis & Essiet Essiet - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 09, 2018 - New York

Pianist George Cables has been an important voice in jazz for over five decades, recording dozens of albums as a leader and sideman with the likes of Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Art Pepper, and many more. He is also an essential member of the super-group The Cookers. To the delight of his countless fans, Cables is now making a grand return to the stage following major surgery in early 2018. Tonight, Cables will play in an intimate trio format with drummer Victor Lewis and bassist Essiet Essiet. Swing by Dizzy's and help us welcome this living legend back to Jazz at Lincoln Center in style.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
September 09, 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

Voiceover Intensive with Andy Roth - Ripley-Grier Studios
September 09, 2018 - New York

Andy Roth is an independent casting director who works regularly for CESD, Bar1, and is currently on staff at NYU. His unique approach to VO training has given hundreds of artists the ability to quickly and easily assess copy in any situation. He has just been named the #1 VO instuctor in New York by readers of Backstage Magazine, and currently heads up voiceover training at NYU's Tisch School. In this 5-hour Intensive workshop, limited to 10 actors, Andy will walk you through the psychology and technique of nailing your audition in the booth. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the city's top casting directors in one of the most vibrant and fast-growing markets.

Aleksandr Izbitser at Russian Samovar - Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
September 09, 2018 - New York

Do not miss out unique opportunity to share the evening of music and poetry performance with Alexander Izbitser at Russian Samovar!

I Only Have Lies For You - Laurie Beechman Theater
September 09, 2018 - New York

Nikki M. James and Amy Wolk present a hilarious, fast-paced game show featuring Broadway panelists as they lie their way to the top. Hosted by MAC Award winner Amy Wolk with William TN Hall at the piano, and a panel of Broadway favorites. Past guests have included Erich Bergen, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alex Newell, Kenita R. Miller, Julia Murney, Leslie Kritzer, and Matt Doyle.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
September 09, 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!

2 Time Latin Grammy Winner Rosario Flores - Sony Hall
September 09, 2018 - New York

Rosario, la hija menor de Lola Flores y Antonio Gonzalez, el Pescailla, nacio el 4 de noviembre de 1963. Su vida desde un principio estuvo predestinada a vivirla por la musica, dados sus origenes y la influencia de su familia. Su primer gran exito discografico llego con "De ley" el 1992, donde interpretaba algunas de las mejores canciones de su hermano Antonio, como "Mi gato" y "Sabor sabor".

An Evening with George Cables - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 09, 2018 - New York

With pianist George Cables.

Rising New York Road Runners at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile - New York Road Runners
September 09, 2018 - New York

Before a world-class professional athlete field races down 20 city blocks, kids ages 2 to 10 can take part in the fun at the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. This event features age-specific short-distance races for Stage 1 athletes of all ability levels.

New Balance 5th Avenue Mile - New York Road Runners
September 09, 2018 - New York

With title sponsor New Balance back this year, the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile opens a beautiful 20-block stretch of 5th Avenue to runners of all ages and abilities who want to run their best mile in New York City. Special races include a youth mile, the George Sheehan Memorial Mile for runners age 60 and over, the NYRR Road Mile Championships, and Olympic-caliber professional men's and women's races. Check back closer to race day for a schedule of heats. Please note: This event will include heats for Rising New York Road Runners; details will be announced and registration for those events will open soon.

Drag Show & Music Festival - Hell's Kitchen Flea Market
September 09, 2018 - New York

What: Drag Show and Music Festival at the Hell's Kitchen Flea 60+ vendors -- flea market opens 9-5 --Food too! 20 + of music and drag performances - Drag show 1-5 DJ all day When: Sunday, Sept 9 and again on Sunday Oct 28 ADMISSION IS FREE!

Stan Smith: Some People Think I'm A Shoe - Book Signing - adidas Flagship
September 09, 2018 - New York

The first definitive volume that celebrates the best-selling Adidas sneaker with a cult like global following. Featuring original imagery, historical photos, an exclusive portrait series by artist Juergen Teller, and contributions from style arbiters such as Raf Simons and Pharrell, plus an interview and anecdotes from the man behind the sneaker, Stan Smith.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through September 09, 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.

Sunday Brunch At Russian Samovar - Russian Samovar
Through September 09, 2018 - New York

Sunday Brunch At Russian Samovar Every Sunday, 3PM to 7PM Featuring Live Jazz & Blues From Benny’s Jazz Events A Fun Sunday Afternoon with Good Food, Good Music, and Good Times! Russian Samovar 256 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

Surface/Depth - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through September 09, 2018 - New York

In June of 2015, Miriam Schapiro, the pioneering feminist artist and founding member of the Pattern and Decoration movement, passed away at the age of ninety-one. Surprisingly, given her status as the elder stateswoman of the feminist art movement, the tremendous impact of her oeuvre on contemporary art has yet to be fully acknowledged or critically assessed. This exhibition seeks to redress this gap in the history of American art through an exploration of Schapiro's signature femmages, the term she coined to describe her distinctive hybrid of painting and collage inspired by women's domestic arts and crafts and the feminist critique of the hierarchy of art and craft. In examining the aesthetic and political objectives of Schapiro's femmages, this exhibition highlights the pivotal role her work and leadership played in the expansion of the art world to include historically marginalized forms of craft, decoration, and abstract patterning associated with femininity and women's work. Although she is unheralded as the source, the influence of Schapiro's subjective approach to forms of decoration can be identified today in an remarkably diverse group of artists who continue to find i... (read more)

Jim Caruso's Cast Party - Birdland
September 10, 2018 - New York

Jim Caruso's Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended." Think "American Idol" meets "The Tonight Show." Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you're invited! Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan. Musical Director Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories, along with Steve Doyle on bass, and Daniel Glass on drums...but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Broadway legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment just might be at hand.... (read more)

Veterans Roundtable Meeting - CFA Society New York
September 10, 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)

Zaccai Curtis Orkesta: An Evolution in Latin-Jazz Big Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 10, 2018 - New York

With pianist and band leader Zaccai Curtis.

Ozzy Osbourne - Party Bus to PNC! - Rocks Off
September 10, 2018 - New York

Y'know what's gonna be awesome? The Prince of Darkness himself, OZZY OSBOURNE. Performing live at the PNC Bank Arts Center! Y'know what's not gonna be awesome though? Getting your car-less New Yorker ass all the way to Holmdel, New Jersey. That's where Rocks Off comes in! We are running an air-conditioned, bathroom-equipped, sound system, TV screen-rockin party bus from NYC to and from PNC. You don't need to worry about finding a ride, staying sober, or even learning how the hell to get to "Holmdel, New Jersey" on a train. Really, all you've gotta do is buy a ticket, show up, stumble into and out of the venue, and we'll take care of the rest - don't that sound like it's worth a little money spent on your peace of mind? (And - we can't stress this part enough - not having to draw straws to see which one of your friends has to stay sober at an OZZY show!) The bus will run to and from the Hammerstein Ballroom - 34th St. and 8th Ave. Boarding begins at 3:45pm, and the bus will leave at 4:00pm PROMPTLY - we know you guys tend to be late to everything, but, really, you're gonna be super bummed out if you pay for a ticket and then miss the bus (and we're not going to refund you), so pleas... (read more)

Russian Samovar Presents Music of The Night - Russian Samovar Restaurant and Piano Bar
Through September 10, 2018 - New York

An intimate evening with Neapolitan, Broadway Highlights, Chansons, and Opera repertoire. with International Pop Opera Vocalist Michael Peer.

Private Wealth Management Group Meeting - CFA Society New York
September 11, 2018 - New York

he Private Wealth Management Thought Leadership Group seeks to enrich and enable finance professionals to meet the modern needs of private clients, and to remain at the forefront of professionalism and knowledge in serving private clients. The Group welcomes CFANY members who manage assets for individuals and for themselves. Our group members are creative, well-read, and forward-thinking in our private discussions and in our presentations to the general membership of CFANY. Their professional practices encompass portfolio management, investment research, investment advisory, financial planning, and firm leadership. We focus discussions and meetings on investment strategy, implementation, and communications with the goal of enriching our professional experience and practice. The Group pursues collaboration with other CFANY groups in programming, especially with the Value Investing and Market Integrity Interest Groups. The group encourages its members to participate in other activities at CFANY, such as volunteering to grade reports, mentoring a university team, or judging the Final Four in the Investment Challenge.

Jonathan Barber, Victor Gould and Buster Williams - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
September 11, 2018 - New York

With drummer Jonathan Barber, pianist Victor Gould, and bassist Buster Williams.

An Evening of Comedy + Music Featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Leslie Jones, John Legend + more - Carnegie Hall
September 12, 2018 - New York

An Evening of Comedy + Music, headlined by Jerry Seinfeld, with Leslie Jones, Gad Elmaleh, and Sebastian Maniscalco, along with musical performances by John Legend and other surprise musical guests. This event will be in support of the life-changing work of GOOD+ Foundation, a national organization focused on improving outcomes for families and children living in poverty.

Jazz at Pier 84 - Pier 84 at Hudson RIver Park
September 13, 2018 - New York

Back for our 20th Anniversary season, Jazz at Pier 84 brings our largest public pier to life with a fantastic lineup curated by the Jazz Foundation of America. For almost 30 years, JFA has provided help to jazz and blues musicians, with both direct assistance and opportunities to bring tremendous, inspiring performances to fantastic venues like our Pier 84!

Vinyl Nights Thursdays at Plaza 33 - Plaza 33
Through September 13, 2018 - NY

Join us on Thursday evenings for Vinyl Nights. We continue to spread the love of music & vinyl this Summer! FREE outdoor dance parties with The MM Crew & friends from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Plaza33 (33rd St & 7th Avenue), a new pedestrian plaza right outside Madison Square Garden. For decades New York City has had one of the most creative, vibrant music and nightlife scenes in the world and Mobile Mondays! celebrates it all with DJs who expertly tell the story through vinyl 45s. Join us Thursday June 7th for the Season Opener! We are Funk & Soul, Disco, Pop, Boogie, House, Hip Hop, 80's, 90's, Salsa & so much more. Thursday June 7th Joey Carvello & Woof Thursday, June 14th Misbehaviour & Operator Emz Thursday, June 21st Operator Emz & Just Blaze Thursday June 28th Natasha Diggs & Operator Emz Thursday, July 12th Joey Carvello & Woof Thursday, July 19th Operator Emz & Joey Carvello Thursday, July 26th Misbehaviour & Boogie Blind Produced with Rebecca Lynn / Mobile Mondays! NYC 45's Mobile Mondays! is NYC all 45's vinyl night every Monday at The Bowery Electric to save the music, preserve DJ culture & keep the vibe & soul of NYC alive. #pr... (read more)

The Bluebird Cafe Songwriter Series - Opry City Stage
September 14, 2018 - New York

Artists to be arranged

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through September 15, 2018 - New York

With drummer Roy Haynes, pianist Martin Bejerano, bassist David Wong, and alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw.

Ella Sang the Blues with Brianna Thomas - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through September 15, 2018 - New York

Soulful vocalist Brianna Thomas reimagines Ella Fitzgerald's These are the Blues, the only all-blues album Fitzgerald ever released. Thomas is a commanding young singer oozing with personality, and when it comes to the blues she is the definition of a "showstopper." She has recently become quite an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center, having also performed Valentine's Day at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the acclaimed Ladies Sing the Blues and Fabulous Dorsey Brothers shows in The Appel Room, and multiple concerts with rock legend Steve Miller in Rose Theater. After witnessing an early version of this program during the 2017 Generations in Jazz Festival, audiences, critics, and Jazz at Lincoln Center staff all agreed it was one of the best performances of the entire month-long festival. This Opening Weekend Appel Room concert is your chance to catch an expanded version of this instant hit show. For one of the most powerful current examples of the blues, don't miss Thomas and her A-list band performing tunes like "St. Louis Blues" and "Hear Me Talkin' to Ya" in Ella Sang the Blues. Free pre-concert discussion nightly at 6pm and 8:30pm.

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir All You Can Eat - Sony Hall
September 16, 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!

TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 18M - New York Road Runners
September 16, 2018 - New York

The 2018 TCS New York City Marathon is within reach! This 18-miler is the third and final race of new TCS New York City Marathon Training Series, a new set of races designed support your training plan. All finishers will receive 9+1 credit for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

Hamilton - Richard Rodgers Theatre
Through September 16, 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.

BRYANT PARK KICKS OFF 16TH SEASON OF YOGA CLASSES MAY 24 - Bryant Park
Through September 20, 2018 - New York

Bryant Park’s yoga classes, believed to be the largest regularly scheduled outdoor series of its kind in the world, begin a new season Thursday, May 24. The twice-weekly classes will be held Tuesday mornings on the Upper Terrace 10 AM-11 AM, and Thursday evenings on the Lawn 6 PM-7PM. All classes are free and open to the public. The 2018 yoga season is made possible by the generosity of KeVita®, a leading manufacturer of fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. A supporting sponsor, Gaiam, a yoga, fitness and wellness brand, will donate 1,200 yoga mats for participants to use throughout the season. Both partners will also participate in the Bryant Park Frequent Yogi loyalty program, rewarding returning attendees for their dedication. Bryant Park’s yoga classes draw thousands of participants throughout the warm weather months, making it one of the park’s most-attended activities. The Thursday evening class has drawn over 1,500 people during a single session. This year on select Tuesday mornings, Bryant Park introduces post-class yoga workshops on topics including self-care, meditation, and alignment with instructors from the Gaiam Wellness Studio, located in Lord & Taylor o... (read more)

Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through September 23, 2018 - New York

Los Angeles–based artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga has established herself as a crucial voice working at the intersection of fiber art, design, social practice, and activism. Her work, ranging from her "Performance Crafting" series—which uses craft to generate dialogues about identity, culture, and gender—to furniture whose material and form reimagine its functionality to provide "support," shows a commitment to design thinking as political. At the heart of her practice is an inquiry into how community is created, and the role that craft, design, and materiality play in its formation. Founded by Aguiñiga and launched in 2015, AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides) is a long-term initiative that activates sites along the US–Mexico border through collaborative art-making and storytelling projects. Started as a month-long activation at the San Ysidro border crossing in Tijuana, it has evolved its focus to record and paint a picture of life along the length of the border. To date, AMBOS, in collaboration with artists and community organizations working with border issues/themes, has produced programs along the border between the United States and Mexico, stopping at thirteen US/M... (read more)

La Frontera - Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Through September 23, 2018 - New York

Nearly two thousand miles long, the US-Mexico border (la frontera) is the most frequently crossed international border in the world. Although predominantly depicted in the American media as a hub of drug trafficking and violence, the border—porous in nature—is also a place that allows for the exchange of ideas, wealth, and culture. Recently at the forefront of political and cultural conversation following the current US President's anti-immigration discourse and executive orders, the border has been characterized by contradictions since the nineteenth century, when the US annexed an important portion of Mexican territory. For Mexicans, Central Americans, and the United States citizens living alongside it, the border presents daily challenges that carry within them both hope and devastation. It is a complex physical, economic, cultural, social, and emotional landscape of human interaction.

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)

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.

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.

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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