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Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week - June 9-June 16

June 9, 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.

12 Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show - Comic Strip Live
June 09, 2019 - New York

The 12th Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show (www.nyfunniestreporter.com) will take place on Sunday June 9th @ 5:30 pm at Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave / bet 81st & 82nd) comedy club. It will feature nine media professionals each doing five minutes of stand up comedy in order to raise money for Best Friends Animal Society. The event features: David Weiss, Show Emcee (1010 WINS), Wale Aliyu (NBC 4), Sid Rosenberg (WABC 770 AM), Walter Geis (1010WINS), Nate Rodgers (Chasing News), Ralphie Aversa (Dreams), Archie Snowden (FiOS 1 News), Barbara Hoffman (New York Post), Robert A. George (New York Daily News), and John-Oliver Valentin (Law & Crime). Show sponsors include: Stressed Mommy, Colorado Kitty Pot and Sports Chic. The cost of admission is $20. To make a reservation, please call (212) 861-9386. Tickets can also be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/12th-annual-new-yorks-funniest-reporter-show-tickets-59727217716

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 09, 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 Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series - Central Park
June 10, 2019 - Manhattan

Metropolitan Opera stars Ying Fang, Ben Bliss and Nathan Gunn perform an evening of arias and duets from some of opera's most beloved works. Artists: Ying Fang, Soprano Ben Bliss, Tenor Nathan Gunn, Baritone Dan Saunders, Pianist Since its first performances in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world's leading arts institutions, presenting more than 200 spectacular performances each year. As part of the Met's ongoing efforts to nurture a new audience for opera throughout New York City, the company will again present its popular series of summer concerts in all five boroughs. The 11th season of free recitals begins on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets. The first two recitals feature audience favorites Nathan Gunn, Ben Bliss, and Ying Fang, while the four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, and Joseph Lim. Members of the Met music staff will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

Behind the Scenes of the Unorthodox Drama - Temple Emanu-El
June 11, 2019 - New York

A sensitive, loving portrayal of a multi-generational family, the breakout Israeli hit television show "Shtisel" lifts the veil on family life in the Orthodox community, long hidden by its insularity. We meet the tough yet tender patriarch of the family, haunted by the loss of his beloved wife; his mother, addicted to soap operas; his daughter, desperate to hide her husband's infidelity; and his son, pulled between passion for art and his allegiance to his faith and community.

Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2019 - Central Park Zoo
June 12, 2019 - New York

Wildlife Conservation Society Gala 2019 On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will host its annual Gala at the Central Park Zoo. The evening will celebrate WCS's impact on the planet's most ecologically important wild places and the extraordinary species that call them home. This black-tie event takes place within a spectacular zoo setting. Enjoy a lively reception around the sea lion pool and connect with these curious, intelligent animals during an educational feeding session, followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.

New Parent Get-Togethers - 92nd Street Y
June 12, 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 12, 2019 - New York

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

The New York Cantors with Special Guests Shulem and Frank London Conducted by Zalmen Mlotek Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene - Central Park
June 12, 2019 - Manhattan

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is proud to present The New York Cantors, a concert by three young Cantorial superstars which originally aired on PBS in March 2018 and was seen by millions of viewers on over 150 channels. The Cantors lead three vibrant congregations in the New York area – Azi Schwartz at Park Avenue Synagogue, Yanky Lemmer at Lincoln Square Synagogue and Netanel Hershtik at The Hamptons Synagogue. They will be accompanied by a 16 piece orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Zalmen Mlotek. Special guests joining the show include Shulem, a young Chassidic singing star and recently signed Universal Music/ Decca Gold recording artist; Grammy winning klezmer icon Frank London, a founding member of the Klezmatics, who will perform the world premiere of his new klezmer concerto for trumpet.; and emcee Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Chairman of the New York Board of Rabbis and co-host of "The Rabbi and the Rev" weekly radio program on WABC.

Big Freedia / Batekoo / Mikeq X Qween Beat / Gina Yashere - Central Park
June 13, 2019 - Manhattan

The New Orleans "queen of bounce" rocks frenetic, high-energy sets with fervent call-and-response raps and "Azz Everywhere," in the form of bent over twerkers both professional (her "legendary shake team") and amateur. Best known for a high-profile collaboration with Beyonce ("Formation"), Big Freedia is partly responsible for taking Bounce from the underground to the mainstream. She's joined by New Jersey's own MikeQ, the Qween Beat label head and DJ at the forefront of NYC's underground ballroom and vogue culture, and BATEKOO, a collective and party from Bahia, Brazil, that features rap, hip hop, Brazilian funk, R&B ,trap, Kuduro, Reggae, afrobeat, and ragga, centering young LGBTQ and black people. Hosted by British Nigerian comic and now Brooklynite Gina Yashere (The Daily Show, Netflix's The Standups).

Michael Wolff with Graydon Carter - Temple Emanu-El
June 13, 2019 - New York

Journalist Michael Wolff's bombshell Fire and Fury pulled back the curtain on a presidency beset by pandemonium – and sold more than four million copies worldwide! The explosive sequel, Siege: Trump Under Fire, based on scores of interviews with insiders, depicts an administration under fire from every side and the legal, personal and political challenges assailing the man in the Oval Office.

Judy Collins - The Met
June 14, 2019 - New York

Age: All ages The "ageless wild angel of pop" (NYT) returns to a space that shares her iconic status. One of the great voices of our time performs new songs and classics spanning her illustrious career. Tickets include same-day museum admission.

Understanding Innovation - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 14, 2019 - New York City

See drivers of innovation through the lens of art and culture at The Met Museum. Explore ideas and technologies that changed the world, understanding and discussing how they originated and who they benefitted.

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
June 15, 2019 - NY

Explore the body's relationship to breath, weight and space through standing and floor work and traveling combinations. Develop strength and movement flexibility. Move through space with longer, more complex combinations. Classes are ongoing. Start dancing today with class cards. Class cards can be purchased for all classes even after they have started or are closed.

Ice Cream Garden Social - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 15, 2019 - New York

June 15, 1-3 pm. Join us for some family fun during this Path through History Weekend at our old-fashioned ice-cream social. Come to the garden to make ice-cream, try our historic toys and games, take a Museum tour and hear about the mouth-watering history of this sweet treat. $10 Adults, Children and Members

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 15, 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.

Dejohnette - Coltrane - Garrison Trio / Brandee Younger - Central Park
June 15, 2019 - Manhattan

The DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio is a multi-generational jazz supergroup. DeJohnette is a highly influential jazz drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2007; Ravi Coltrane – post-bop jazz saxophonist – is the son of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist John Coltrane, who played with DeJohnette; Matthew Garrison is DeJohnette's godson, and an accomplished bassist in his own right, described by the New York Times as "an electric bass virtuoso." Fifty years ago DeJohnette played with Coltrane Garrison's fathers in John Coltrane's group; on the 2016 album In Movement, he plays Coltrane's haunting elegy "Alabama" with their sons. Harpist Brandee Younger, a modern harpist, under the influence of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane herself will open the show.

Party of Two: Pride Edition - The Pleasure Chest
June 15, 2019 - New York

If you've ever watched You've Got Mail, Maid In Manhattan, Kate and Leopold, Serendipity, Hitch (F*CK THAT MOVIE, SERIOUSLY), or any rom-com that takes place in NYC and thought "dating in New York isn't NEARLY this fun and sexy," then PARTY OF TWO will be your new favorite monthly show! Hosts Vanessa Valerio and Anita Flores are bringing some of New York City's best storytellers and comedians together to recount their absurd experiences about dating in the modern world. Featuring New York comedians Veronica Garza and Andres Govea; and 4 times Moth Champion and according to The Washington Post “a natural raconteur”, Jamie Brickhouse. Hosted by VANESSA VALERIO, a Dominican producer and storyteller that performs all over the country. She is the producer of 'Singleling', a podcast that features love stories and experts in the topic. Singleling is on tour in the west coast, and you can find out about it on wearesingleling.com. Guest Co-Host BOBBY HANKISON is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer and creative. You can see him hosting the LGBTQ comedy and storytelling show Kweendom, a TimeOut NY and New York Times Critics’ Pick, every month at Pete’s Candy Store. He’s also a nationa... (read more)

Jazz on the Cusp Hosted by Nate Chinen - SummerStage, Central Park
June 15, 2019 - Manhattan

From the glories of 1959 to the multiplicity of 2019, jazz has often thrived on the cusp of a new decade. We'll explore that idea with a look back and a leap forward. RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
June 15, 2019 - New York

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required.

Ice Cream Garden Social - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
June 15, 2019 - New York

June 15, 1-3 pm. Join us for some family fun during this Path through History Weekend at our old-fashioned ice-cream social. Come to the garden to make ice-cream, try our historic toys and games, take a Museum tour and hear about the mouth-watering history of this sweet treat. $10 Adults, Children and Members

Worlds without Borders - Boers-Li Gallery
Through June 15, 2019 - New York

Worlds without Borders, solo exhibition of Esteban Cabeza de Baca, a walk-through with the artist, followed by a reception.

De Kooning - Mnuchin Gallery
Through June 15, 2019 - New York

Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce De Kooning: Five Decades. This will be the gallery's eleventh de Kooning exhibition and its most ambitious in scope. The exhibition highlights key moments from every decade of de Kooning's mature career, underscoring the tireless experimentation and stylistic reinvention that defined his oeuvre. The presentation begins with a group of seminal Women drawings from the late 1940s and early '50s and goes on to trace his oscillation between figuration and abstraction, woman and landscape, from 1947 through 1983, demonstrating his mastery across painting, drawing, and sculpture. De Kooning: Five Decades will be on view April 19 through June 15, 2019 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue authored by Pepe Karmel.

Sutton Foster - Cafe Carlyle
Through June 15, 2019 - New York

The New York Times praised her previous residency: "The radiance of Julia Roberts and the zany spunk of Holly Golightly: that only begins to describe the seductive charms of Sutton Foster in her irresistible cabaret show." At Café Carlyle, she'll perform Broadway favorites and original recordings, focusing on selections from her new album, Take Me to the World, and stories of how being a mother of a two-year-old has informed her work and changed her life.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Central Park Family Scavenger Hunt - Central Park
June 16, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for families in Central Park! Kids and adults work together to explore the park below 72nd Street. To score points, you’ll have to find Stuart Little, stick your tongue out at a rude animal, learn the motto of a hidden eagle, decipher a secret code by the pond seen in Home Alone 2, spot Cupid at the Carousel, unscramble a message in the sky, and find a witch turned to stone. For ages 7 and up. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase required.

Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections from the Sidney R. Knafel Collection - The Frick Collection
Through June 16, 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.

Andachtsbild - Petzel Gallery
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

Petzel Gallery is pleased to present Andachtsbild, a group show opening May 3rd and on view through June 22nd at the gallery's Upper East Side location. The exhibition, curated by Karel Schampers, formerly Director of the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands, explores various visual modes and expressions of humanity, rooting itself in the idea of devotion. Andachtsbild presents artworks that delve into our emotional values and testify to the true experiences of human beings. It is Schampers' belief that artists are innately able to give special meaning to this subject matter as they have the ability to broach it with a broader sense of intimacy than most. Presenting the viewer with works of art that highlight eclectic interpretations of devotion and human expression will lead to a broader awareness of and engagement with what is being represented. "Andachtsbild is about love, dedication, concern, involvement, vulnerability, friendship, sincerity, consolation, and humility," Schampers says. "The show is meant to inspire and the works selected invite the viewer to further contemplate these sentiments."

Picasso's Women: Fernande to Jacqueline - Gagosian
Through June 22, 2019 - New York

Gagosian, in partnership with members of the Picasso family, is pleased to present Picasso's Women: Fernande to Jacqueline, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures that attests to the central role and influence of the many women in Picasso's life. It has been organized in honor of the gallery's late friend and colleague, Sir John Richardson. In the early 1960s, Richardson was planning to write a study of Picasso's portraits and spent hours with the artist, poring over reproductions of his works. As Picasso spoke about the complexities of his pictorial thinking—pointing out, for example, that a portrait of Dora Maar might also contain elements referring to her romantic predecessor Marie-Thérèse Walter, and her successor Françoise Gilot—Richardson began to believe that a detailed biographical treatment of Picasso's portraiture would close a notable gap in Picasso scholarship. Decades later he would sit down to write what would become the monumental multivolume biography, A Life of Picasso.

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)

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.

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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