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Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week - June 23-June 30

June 23, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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You'll find the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue, Central Park Zoo, and Seredipity 3 in the Upper East Side, along with a plethora of other activities, eateries, and landmarks. City Guide's list of things to do on the Upper East Side this week will keep you occupied and thoroughly entertained during your visit to this beloved NYC borough.

Brunch: Every Sunday! - Zavo
June 23, 2019 - New York

One-of-a-kind elegant fine dining, drinks, and extravagant live entertainment at one of NYC’s very best restaurants. All in a stunning, opulent interior with Italian marble, leather seats, and crystal chandeliers. Every Sunday enjoy brunch, with sounds from a special guest DJ!

Choral Evensong and Spirit of Pride Celebration - Cathedral of St. John the Divine
June 23, 2019 - New York

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, an official Community Partner of WorldPride NYC and Stonewall 50, hosts a special celebration of the Spirit of Pride at Choral Evensong on Sunday, June 23 at 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan. The Evensong service will feature music by LGBTQ composers, including Meredith Monk and Benjamin Britten, sung by the esteemed Cathedral Choir. Following the service, several panels of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in the Cathedral Nave, and guests are invited to stay for music, dance, and refreshments, sponsored by the Cathedral’s Congregation of Saint Saviour. No tickets or reservations are required.

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 23, 2019 - New York

The exhibition in the Portico Gallery presents a promised gift to the Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form. A feat of great technical achievement, French faience was introduced to Lyon in the second half of the sixteenth century by skilled Italian immigrants — the French word "faience" derives from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Over the next two centuries, production spread throughout the provinces of metropolitan France. The fine decoration of French faience draws inspiration from multiple sources, including Italian maiolica, Asian porcelain, and contemporary engravings. The forms of its platters, bowls, plates, and ewers derive mostly from European ceramics and silver. These influences come together in works of great originality.

The Fast and the Furious: Talks about sperm migration and social dominance - Nisi Kitchen
June 24, 2019 - New York

Calling all science enthusiasts! Grab a pint and join us as two researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine discuss their cutting edge research. First up, learn about how the physiology of sperm adapts to overcome barriers on the way to the egg; Next, discuss the ‘nature versus nurture’ of social dominance.

chris kelly's asylum house comedy show - DANGERFIELDS
June 24, 2019 - new york

ASYLUM HOUSE COMEDY SHOW LIVE FROM THE LEGENDARY "DANGERFIELDS" COMEDY CLUB, HOSTED BY OMAR THOMPSON (BET,MTV) BRINGS YOU COMICS FROM NETFLIX, HULU, COMEDY CENTRAL, HBO, SHOWTIME, BET, MTV, TRU TV, AXS TV AS WELL AS NEW UP AND COMING COMEDIANS.

Summer Garden Concert: Tavern Tunes with STOUT - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 25, 2019 - New York

Listen to music while relaxing in the garden. Museum tour and complimentary beverages included. Museum favorites Frank Hendricks and Bob Conroy of STOUT will perform and evening of tavern tunes, combining hearty vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments. $15 Adults, $5 Children Under 12, Members Free and babies under 1 free For more information and tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4242498

Chef's Studio Tasting Menu: Wines of Southwest France - David Burke Tavern
June 25, 2019 - New York

Join Chef David Burke and Chef Carmine in the new David Burke Tavern Chef's Studio for a Multi-Course Chef's Tasting Menu paired with wines from the Southwest of France – sparkling, white and red wines & Armagnac N5. Chef Burke and Chef Carmine will surprise and delight you monthly with innovative new tasting & wine pairing menus featuring seasonly fresh market ingredients.

Christina Kruse: Base and Balance Exhibition Walkthrough - Helwaser Gallery
June 25, 2019 - New York

Helwaser Gallery is pleased to announce that we will be holding an exhibition walkthrough for Christina Kruse: Base and Balance with The New School art history lecturer John Zinsser. The exhibition, coinciding with the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, features Kruse’s latest body of sculptural work, building on her previous body of photographic and collage works as she introduces a spatial dimension to her practice.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
June 26, 2019 - New York

Come when you can! Registration not required. Bring your baby and join Sally Tannen, director of 92Y's Parenting Center, for a weekly get-together where parents share, get tips, and make new friends. You'll have the opportunity to get feedback on all your parenting questions from one of New York City's leading experts in parenting and early childhood. Gatherings focus on topics relevant to you and your family—sleep and your new baby, traveling with an infant, managing finances, and much more. See individual sessions for upcoming topics.

Israeli Folk Dance: Open Session - 92nd Street Y
June 26, 2019 - New York

Open Session: Dancing for everyone! Open dancing with instruction of more advanced repertoire.

Drop in on Design | Imagination Playground - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
June 26, 2019 - New York

Stimulate your child's design creativity! Join us for Imagination Playground in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m from June 26 through August 14, 2019.

Jewish Values in a Nutshell - 92nd Street Y
June 27, 2019 - New York

We've all heard of best practices for businesses, but what about for life—specifically, for Jewish and interfaith parents? Sharing what you've learned with your kids is the way they learn best. Join us for bite-sized lessons drawing upon timeless Jewish life and values that you can take home and share with the entire family—today, tomorrow and for years to come. Taught by Rabbi Scott Perlo.

Cooper Hewitt Pride Night: Bushwig - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
June 27, 2019 - New York

Horrorchata, cofounder of the celebrated annual Brooklyn drag festival Bushwig, will team up with West Dakota, Magenta, Mini Horrorwitz, Jenn D'role, Dynasty, Hannah Lou, Angelica Sundae and Maxxx Pleasure to electrify the Upper East Side with DJ sets and performances! Tickets for Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt are $14 online and $16 at the door, per each evening. For children ages 5–17, $7 tickets may be purchased at the garden entrance or museum admissions desk. Children under 5 are free. No refunds. Held rain or shine.

Teatro Nuovo presents Donizetti: Symphony in E Minor & Rossini: Stabat Mater - Church of the Heavenly Rest
June 27, 2019 - New York

ABOUT DONIZETTI’S SYMPHONY IN E MINOR Gaetano Donizetti reached the height of his ambition when he was appointed Kapellmeister to the imperial court of Vienna in 1842. He was ready to meet the German-speaking world on its own terms: his only teacher was a Bavarian (Johann Simon Mayr, whose Medea in Corinto was revived last year by Teatro Nuovo), and he had been composing string quartets all his life. He picked the last of these to expand into a full-scale Romantic symphony for the Viennese public. If he had finished, it would be the only example of such a thing by a leading Italian composer - but fate intervened. Linda di Chamounix needed an overture in a hurry, so Donizetti borrowed the symphony’s first movement, and though he had already orchestrated the second and third, he never returned to complete the finale before his fatal illness struck just a few years later. For Teatro Nuovo, Gabriele Dotto (editorial director for the Complete Works of Puccini and co-director of the corresponding Donizetti series) is preparing a critical edition of the first three movements, while Crutchfield is orchestrating the final movement of the original Quartet. Dotto will be on hand ... (read more)

Tarek Atoui: Organ Within - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
June 27, 2019 - New York

As part of the Guggenheim’s Middle Eastern Circle Presents series, musicians and artists improvise on a hybrid sculptural object by Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui in the museum’s iconic rotunda. This new work builds on Atoui’s collaboration with instrument makers Léo Maurel and Vincent Martial and their research into historical church pipe organs, modular synthesizers, and the sonic experiences of the deaf, engaging the museum’s acoustics to create a unique aural environment. A moderated conversation with Atoui and his collaborators will precede the performance. Performers: Chuck Bettis, C. Lavender, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Victoria Shen, Keith Fullerton Whitman, and C. Spencer Yeh

Di Donna - Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Through June 28, 2019 - New York

Di Donna Galleries announces Surrealism in Mexico, an exhibition that explores the robust creative moment that emerged between 1940 and 1955 as an international community of artists fled World War II in Europe and settled in Mexico. There, many principles that had defined the Surrealist movement were broadened and transformed in response to a new topography, new cultures, and the experience of exile, toward the creation of radically innovative new styles. This vibrant art-historical episode was made possible through liberal ideas about collaboration, immigration, and gender roles. It is particularly relevant in the context of today's cultural and political climate, where such issues remain under intense scrutiny and debate. Surrealism in Mexico is unprecedented in the United States for its subject and its scope. The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and collages by artists including Lola Álvarez Bravo, Leonora Carrington, Esteban Francés, Gunther Gerzso, Kati Horna, Frida Kahlo, Agustín Lazo, Matta, Gordon Onslow Ford, Wolfgang Paalen, Alice Rahon, Bridget Bate Tichenor, and Remedios Varo, with loans from distinguished private collections, corpo... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 29, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum! A curator's been murdered at the Metropolitan Museum, but he's left a 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 revolving around the museum’s planned 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 whodunit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
June 29, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt in Central Park! See the best of the park below 72nd Street and discover places you might otherwise never find. You’ll uncover secret passages, mysterious symbols, hidden history, movie and TV locations and writing in the sky. Highlights include a bird sanctuary (find out why birds won’t go near it), the Carousel, the Dairy, Strawberry Fields (almost named for Bing Crosby!), the Sheep Meadow, the Mall, the Bethesda Fountain and the Lake (made from a swamp). Advance purchase is required.

Ewan Gibbs: New York / Chicago - Richard Gray Gallery
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present New York / Chicago, a solo exhibition of drawings by British artist Ewan Gibbs at the gallery’s New York location from April 25 to June 29, 2019. New York / Chicago will open with a reception for the artist on April 25, 6-8 PM. Renowned British artist Ewan Gibbs creates intimately scaled portraits of the built environment. Working from photographs taken during his travels, Gibbs carefully renders images of urban landmarks using his methodical drawing technique. The resulting images infuse the iconic manufactured exteriors of the city with an inner nostalgia and demand close observation. New York / Chicago presents a recent body of work comprising parallel but distinct series of drawings that are based on the artist’s personal encounters in the two cities. Each drawing contains thousands of minuscule pen and pencil marks and pinpricks—a system developed by Gibbs over twenty-five years ago after seeing knitting patterns containing various graphic symbols within a large, organized grid.

Ewan Gibbs: New York / Chicago - Richard Gray Gallery
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

Richard Gray Gallery is pleased to present New York / Chicago, a solo exhibition of drawings by British artist Ewan Gibbs at the gallery’s New York location from April 25 to June 29, 2019. New York / Chicago will open with a reception for the artist on April 25, 6-8 PM. Renowned British artist Ewan Gibbs creates intimately scaled portraits of the built environment. Working from photographs taken during his travels, Gibbs carefully renders images of urban landmarks using his methodical drawing technique. The resulting images infuse the iconic manufactured exteriors of the city with an inner nostalgia and demand close observation. New York / Chicago presents a recent body of work comprising parallel but distinct series of drawings that are based on the artist’s personal encounters in the two cities. Each drawing contains thousands of minuscule pen and pencil marks and pinpricks—a system developed by Gibbs over twenty-five years ago after seeing knitting patterns containing various graphic symbols within a large, organized grid.

Brunch: Every Sunday! - Zavo
June 30, 2019 - New York

One-of-a-kind elegant fine dining, drinks, and extravagant live entertainment at one of NYC’s very best restaurants. All in a stunning, opulent interior with Italian marble, leather seats, and crystal chandeliers. Every Sunday enjoy brunch, with sounds from a special guest DJ!

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

The exhibition in the Portico Gallery presents a promised gift to the Frick Collection: seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form. A feat of great technical achievement, French faience was introduced to Lyon in the second half of the sixteenth century by skilled Italian immigrants — the French word "faience" derives from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Over the next two centuries, production spread throughout the provinces of metropolitan France. The fine decoration of French faience draws inspiration from multiple sources, including Italian maiolica, Asian porcelain, and contemporary engravings. The forms of its platters, bowls, plates, and ewers derive mostly from European ceramics and silver. These influences come together in works of great originality.

Warhol Women - Lévy Gorvy
Through July 05, 2019 - New York

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce Warhol Women, an exhibition devoted exclusively to Andy Warhol’s portraits of women from the early 1960s through the 1980s. On view from April 25 through June 15 at Lévy Gorvy’s landmark building on Madison Avenue, the selection of paintings, covering the full scope of Warhol’s career, invites the viewer to ponder the artist’s complex and often contradictory relationship to myths and ideals of femininity, beauty, and power. Over the course of his career, Warhol depicted an astonishing range of women, from heiresses and Hollywood stars to drag queens and denizens of New York’s underground art scene. Through paintings riotous and defiant, vulnerable and demure, Warhol Women sheds fresh light on both the artist’s oeuvre and our present moment, wherein questions of female empowerment and the construction of identity through images are as urgent as ever.

Exhibition opening: Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling - Bohemian National Hall
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

[2nd Floor] An opening for the exhibition "Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling" featuring photographs by Czech documentary photographer Dana Kyndrova who examines the many facets of women's lives. The presented photographs - shot primarily in the former Czechoslovakia and later in the Czech Republic, but also in some Western countries - show the precious moments of daily life, child birth, the tensions of school exams, falling in love. The project called "Woman Between Inhaling and Exhaling" includes photographs from the 1970s - 1990s, and its aim is to capture the life of a woman in its full variety, from birth to death. The project is divided into seven parts – adolescence, maternity and family, fun, work, eroticism, faith, and old age. Apart from the objective chronology of life's pilgrimage of a human being, or more precisely, of a woman, the photographs perceive the principal life values, which accompany and influence us during our entire existence. The theme is more or less general; thus the question is not to portray a particular environment or a characteristics of a certain country. One could say the woman portrayed is a „European" woman. A substantial part of the photograp... (read more)

The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americas and Europe - Heather James Fine Art
Through July 31, 2019 - New York

Piercing through the male gaze, works by leading American, British, Latin American, and Polish female Surrealistartists will be on view at Heather James Fine Art, New York, from May 8 – July 31, 2019. The Female Gaze: Women Surrealists in the Americas and Europe reframes the history of the movement by focusing exclusively on the pivotal role played by female artists as independent from—rather than in relationship to—their male counterparts. Featuring paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and collages spanning from 1938 to 2008, the exhibition also seeks to reveal the underlying political, social, and cultural attitudes that influenced ideas of gender. An opening reception will be held on May 8, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue including essays by Gloria Orenstein, Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, University of Southern California, and Patryk Tomaszewski, an art historian at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Orenstein noted, "I have been fortunate to know women Surrealists such as Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, and their work speaks to me on so many levels both spiritually and viscerally. I am thrilled that He... (read more)

Freedmanart - Madison Avenue Gallery Walk
Through August 31, 2019 - New York

Walls and Occupied Spaces: paintings by artist Kit White, in a timely conversation with artist and writer Jason Stopa.

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: -- The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it -- The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo -- A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry -- The official royal mistresses of the French kings -- A royal bastard ... (read more)

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs - The Vilcek Foundation
Through November 13, 2019 - New York

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs brings together drawings, paintings, and photography by the American Modernist artist, while examining the confluence of two seemingly disparate series completed later in his life, Torn Signs and Semana Santa. Though their subject matter is drastically different—one is inspired by tattered advertisements on the streets of New York, while the other depicts observers of Holy Week in Seville, Spain—Crawford connects them through his extraordinary visual memory, working method, and sense of spatial organization. The convergence of these two incredible series culminates in Torn Signs, 1974-76, the powerful, large-scale painting that sits at the thematic center of the exhibition.

Ralston Crawford: Torn Signs - Vilcek Foundation
Through November 13, 2019 - New York

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue examine the confluence of Ralston Crawford's Torn Signs and Semana Santa series, two seemingly disparate themes connected by Crawford’s extraordinary visual memory, working method, and inventiveness. Over the course of four decades, Crawford recorded, transformed, and often merged his experiences and memories in photographs, drawings, etchings, paintings, and film. In 1938, Crawford first photographed a ripped and pasted over sign on the street in Philadelphia. Crawford returned to the theme frequently in the last thirty years of his life, capturing the layered and weathered advertisements plastered around New York City. During this time, he also traveled frequently to Seville, Spain and in 1972, documented the experience of Holy Week. Crawford drew inspiration from a constellation of memory and invention that flowed in multiple directions at once. For him, the rhythmic images of hooded penitents processing through the streets for Holy Week recalled formal elements of his Torn Signs imagery. The convergence of these two incredible series culminated in the powerful, large-scale painting Torn Signs, 1974-76 (Vilcek Foundation Collection).... (read more)


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