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Things to do this week in NYC Jan 3-Jan 10: Museums

January 3, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor
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Some of the world's most impressive museums and exhibits are in New York?including the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and (of course) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the great things to do in NYC is to visit these spectacular collections. Whether you're a native New Yorker or here on vacation, NYC's museums have something new and interesting to offer everybody! Here is a list of what's going on this week at museums throughout New York City.

Louis Braille's 200th Birthday Celebration - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through January 04, 2008 - Norwalk

Learn about inventor Louis Braille, experience a new language and learn to write your name using Braille with the help of the Connecticut Braille Association.

Creative Kids Art - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 03, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn Gyotaku – a traditional form of Japanese fish printing.

The Horse - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

An examination of the relationship between the horse and humans, exploring the origins of the horse family, its domestication, and how horses have changed warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life. Included are spectacular fossils and cultural objects from around the world, videos, computer interactives, hands-on activities, and touchable casts.

Paris Portraits: Artists, Friends and Lovers - BRUCE MUSEUM
Through January 04, 2009 - Greenwich

A glimpse into the 20th century world of the Parisian avant-garde through paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, and Brancusi are featured, as well as celebrities Jean Cocteau and Joshephine Baker.

George Tooker: A Retrospective - National Academy Museum
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

A complete examination of George Tooker, providing a comprehensive examination of his place in American art. This exhibition brings together 66 paintings and drawings.

The Unknown Blakelock - National Academy Museum
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibition dispels the image of Blakelock as a "mad genius," demonstrating the artistic value of his work and its influence on modern and contemporary artists. Loans from major museums across the country (Corcoran Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Denver Art Museum) and private collections from Connecticut to California present a comprehensive view of the breadth and variety of his work.

New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937–1940 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

In the late 1930s, Rudy Burckhardt -- then a recent émigré to America from Switzerland -- created what are today considered to be some of the greatest photographs of New York ever made. This exhibition presents in its entirety a unique album (acquired by the Museum in 1972) of 67 now-classic images of street furniture, outdoor advertising, and pedestrians, selected and sequenced by Burckhardt in 1940.

John Milton's Paradise Lost - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 04, 2009 - Manhattan

A celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (1608–1674) with an exhibition drawn from the Morgan's collection of the English poet's work, which includes the only surviving manuscript of Paradise Lost.

Family Connections: Telling Our Stories Through Heirlooms - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Through January 04, 2009 - Fairfield

Heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation give us a glimpse into life at a different time as well as insight into our own families. Family stories often accompany these objects, making them valuable, tangible pieces of an ancestor's life. This exhibit features cherished pieces that show how people forge and preserve links between themselves, their ancestors and descendants. Textiles, jewelry, samplers, books, silver, and toys will be displayed each with its own unique history.

Crystal Winter - New York Hall of Science
Through January 04, 2009 - Flushing

This exhibit teaches children about the formation, components and the decor of crystals in their various forms. Children create different crystal patterns by placing their hand over the ice to melt it, then remove it to refreeze the ice and create a new pattern. They can use polarizing films to change colors. They'll explore snowflake symmetry and step inside a giant snow globe, large enough to fit the whole family for a special portrait.

Holiday Express Train Show - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Through January 04, 2009 - Fairfield

Enjoy a unique interactive train-filled experience. Enjoy scenic train set layouts from local train clubs. Weekends only.

Family First Sunday - Fairifield Museum and History Center
January 04, 2009 - Fairfield

Entertainment, culture and hands-on learning in a fun, family-friendly environment. This month's theme is Three Kings Day. Learn about the significance of this holiday and make a craft.

Through January 04, 2009 -

On Saturday, January 3, Lama Karma will conduct a Buddha of Compassion Fire Ceremony and Dance of Vajrapani outdoors, during which offerings of food and herb medicines are given to the fire to offer healing while Lama Karma chants and recites special prayers. The dance will follow, where the monk visualizes the wrathful emanation of the wisdom deity Vajrapani. He performs wearing a ritual costume and invites Vajrapani to destroy negativity, protect, and heal the area where the dance is performed. A light lunch will be served. On Sunday, January 4, Lama Karma will present a teaching on "The Value of Compassion." In celebration of the New Year, Lama Karma will discuss compassion as a solution to difficulty in our lives and in the world. He will speak about the law of karma as it relates to our choice of actions and will also include the subjects of interconnectedness and an acceptance of humanity to develop a positive focus for the well-being of our planet and all living things.

Lizards and Snakes Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2009 - Manhattan

The squamates return in this popular exhibition showcasing more than 60 live animals representing 27 species from all over the world.

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 05, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibition presents new insight into Van Gogh's depictions of night landscapes, interior scenes, and the effects of both gaslight and natural light on their surroundings. Representing all periods of the artist's career, the exhibition will comprise over two dozen works of superlative quality—several of which have never been seen together, even though they were very clearly conceived with each other in mind. This exhibition will be shown at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, February 13–June 7, 2009. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

The Dragon's Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2009 - Manhattan

A groundbreaking exhibition of rare religious Buddhist art with a special focus on ancient ritual Buddhist dances that have been preserved intact in Bhutan. The exhibition will have its only east coast showing at RMA. It comprises 87 works of art in the New York presentation, including intricate paintings and images created using applique and embroidery framed in brocade, called thangkas; gilt bronze and wooden sculptures; and ritual objects ranging in date from the 8th to the 20th century, with especially strong examples from the 17th through the 19th century.

If Elected: The Game of American Politics - New-York Historical Society
Through January 06, 2009 - NY

A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, If Elected: The Game of American Politics, will examine the history of American presidential elections through campaign objects and artifacts and their effect in supporting candidates and influencing voter opinion.

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche on Display for Holiday Season at Metropolitan Museum - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2009 - Manhattan

The Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a long-established yuletide tradition in New York, will be on view for the holiday season from November 25, 2008 through January 6, 2009. The brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce – with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base – will once again delight holiday visitors in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall. Set in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with recorded Christmas music in the background and daily lighting ceremonies, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season.

Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the N-YHS - New-York Historical Society
Through January 07, 2009 - NY

Although the Society harbors one of the earliest assembled public collections of drawings in the U.S., the aesthetic richness and historical value of these assets are surprisingly little known. Attempting to share this vast trove with the public, this exhibition features highlights from the N-YHS collection -- over 190 watercolors and drawings out of approximately 8,000 works, including rare sketchbooks and albums. The collection spans six centuries, from over 200 sixteenth-century avian watercolors and a Dutch view of New York City (1650), then know as New Amsterdam, to a complex view of the fa�ade of St. Patrick's Cathedral captured from inside Rockefeller Center and representations of the World Trade Center before and after September 11, 2001.

Catherine Opie: American Photographer - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 07, 2009 - NY

This exhibition brings together nearly 200 of the artist's photographs in a major mid-career survey, offering the most comprehensive presentation of her work to date

theanyspacewherever - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 07, 2009 - NY

The Guggenheim has extended an invitation to a core group of artists -- Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Holler, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija -- to collectively formulate a scenario for an exhibition, one that will reflect and articulate the unique nature of their practices.

Early Childhood Classes Open House - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 07, 2009 - Norwalk

Sample one of the museum's classes designed especially for children five and under with a caregiver.

Toddler Tales - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 07, 2009 - Norwalk

Young children enjoy a story, songs, movement and art activity. Every Wednesday.

Resource Center Reads! - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 08, 2009 - Norwalk

Listen and play along during this special story time. Enjoy stories accompanied with the use of the many manipulatives offered in the museum's Resource Center.

Talent Educaton Suzuki School Concert - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 10, 2009 - Norwalk

An interactive violin and guitar concert given by the children's ensemble with instrument "Petting Zoo" to follow.

Early Childhood Classes Open House - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
January 10, 2009 - Norwalk

Sample one of the museum's classes designed especially for children five and under with a caregiver.

Super Saturday Workshop: Think Abstract - Westport Arts Center
January 10, 2009 - Westport

Educational and creative art-making activities for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade - ages 5-10. Students explore the work of contemporary artists, art movements, and WAC's current exhibition, as inspiration for their own masterpieces. In the Think Abstract workshop, students will create abstract biomorphic sculpture with plaster cloth.

Through January 11, 2009 - Greenwich

An exhibition of Cos Cob resident Margaret Kane, who has worked in clay, plaster, wood, stone, and bronze, and created portrait busts, figure studies, stylized animals and large-scale reliefs depicting 20th century events and prevailing social conditions. Cost of admission to Bush Holley Visitors Center includes exhibition and guided tour of Bush Holley House.

New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters - Japan Society
Through January 11, 2009 - Manhattan

The first-ever exhibition, outside of Japan, to focus exclusively on non-functional bamboo works of art.

Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze - Frick Collection
Through January 18, 2009 - Manhattan

The Frick will present the first monographic exhibition ever dedicated to Andrea Riccio (1470-1532), one of the greatest and least-known bronze masters of the Renaissance.

Festival of Lighthouses Exhibit - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 19, 2009 - Norwalk

More than 20 model lighthouses brighten up the holidays as local artists vie for prizes. Artisans, hobbyists, clubs, schools, families and amateurs have built past lighthouses. You decide who wins. Each visitor gets a ballot to vote for his or her favorite.

House Proud: Nineteenth Century Watercolors from the Thaw Collection - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through January 25, 2009 -

An examination of the evolution of the domestic interior.

How to Make a Monster: The Art and Technology of Animatronics - Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Through January 25, 2009 - Bridgeport

An exhibition revealing the secrets behind movie creatures and how they are made. Showcases popular movie monsters.

Street Art, Street Life From the 1950s to Now - Bronx Museum of the Arts
Through January 25, 2009 - Bronx

An examination of the street as subject matter, venue, and source of inspiration for artists and photographers from the late 1950s to the present. This far-ranging exhibition, one of the largest to consider the subject, includes street photography; documentation of performance, events, and artworks presented in the street; works using material from the street; and examples of street culture by more than thirty artists including William Klein, Lee Friedlander, Raymond Hains, Vito Acconci, Martha Rosler, Sophie Calle, David Hammons, Jamel Shabazz, and Francis Al�s, among others.

Alfred Kubin: Drawings, 1897-1909 - Neue Galerie
Through January 26, 2009 - Manhattan

The first major museum exhibition of Kubin's work ever held in the U.S., focusing on his early drawings, watercolors, and lithographs, which are often nightmarish.

Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone - New Museum of Contemporary Art
Through January 26, 2009 - Manhattan

The first solo exhibition and retrospective of the artist's work in a New York museum. It will include paintings as well as ceramic sculptures and furniture made by the New York-based artist over the last forty years.

The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 01, 2009 - Manhattan

To celebrate the retiring Philippe de Montebello's years as director of the Met, the Museum's Forum of Curators, Conservators, and Scientists has organized an exhibition of approximately three hundred works of art -- from a total of more than eighty-four thousand -- that were acquired during his tenure.

Graffiti: Spirit of an Age @ 40 x 10 - Bronx Council on the Arts
Through February 07, 2009 - Bronx

Participating artists include CES, CEY, DR. REVOLT, EZO, KET, KLASS, MARE 139, REVS, SHARP and SP. The sculptures of REVS and MARE 139 incorporate immediate reference to spontaneity of the lines used in graffiti writing, along with the curves and crevices of the art form. CES and SHARP create Wild Style or intricate, expressive designs with letters that look like abstractions. In CES's paintings, his name appears always at the center of the canvas, while SHARP's style is baroque, expressive and dissolving into abstracted forms of letters forming spirals, circles and organic forms. CEY's pieces rely on the use of typography and layering by overlapping text. DR. REVOLT, EZO, KET and KLASS' paintings are inspired in the iconography of urban life, popular culture and market brands. Their works comment on urban and street life and street violence, with tones that range from humor to sarcasm, or by tapping into the subjective view of the urban condition and the urban landscape.

Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926-1933 - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 15, 2009 - Manhattan

Sculptor Alexander Calder is generally considered one of the most beloved, important, and critically acclaimed artists of the last century, and the Whitney is offering this eye-opening look into his early career. From the ages of 27 to 34, Calder created his first wire drawings in space, invented his signature mobiles, and began to create Cirque Calder, a miniature circus fashioned from wire, string, rubber, cloth, and other found objects, pictured above.

Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 16, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibition of the work of the acclaimed painter includes approximately seventy paintings and thirty-five drawings, providing a comprehensive examination of the work of one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating artists working today.

Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940 - Museum of the City of New York
Through February 22, 2009 - Manhattan

An exploration of not only architecture and design, but also film, fashion, and the performing arts. Styles from Art Deco to neo-romanticism will be examined along with the work of such legendary figures as Helena Rubinstein, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali­­, and Josephine Baker, and lesser-known figures such as costume and set designer Pavel Tchelitchew. The exhibition and its accompanying publication (Monacelli Press, forthcoming in September 2008) will bring together never-before-exhibited drawings, furnishings, decorative objects, costumes, photographs, posters, and films.

Curators Select: Recent Acquisitions, 2003-2008 - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through March 01, 2009 - Manhattan

International in scope and possessing one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence, the Museum's rich holdings range from the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present day and total more than 200,000 objects. This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions to all four of the museum's collecting departments: Product Design and Decorative Arts; Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design; Textiles; and Wallcoverings.

Calder Jewelry - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 01, 2009 - Manhattan

American-born artist Alexander Calder (1898–1976) is celebrated for his mobiles, stabiles, paintings, and objets d'art. This landmark exhibition will be the first museum presentation dedicated solely to his extensive output of inventive jewelry. During his lifetime Calder produced approximately 1,800 pieces of brass, silver, and gold body ornaments, often embellished with found objects such as beach glass, ceramic shards, and wood. Calder Jewelry will feature approximately 90 works—bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches, and tiaras—many of which were made as personal gifts for the artist's family and friends. While Calder's more diminutive avant-garde creations converged closely with the aesthetics of the modern age, they always remained personal and unmistakably Calder.

Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 15, 2009 - Manhattan

Some 900 outstanding examples of medieval art created between the fourth and 14th centuries return to view in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's newly expanded Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries for Byzantine Art and new Gallery for Western European Art from 1050 to 1300. The new galleries incorporate the recently acquired "Jaharis Byzantine Lectionary"—an important, rare, and beautifully ornamented liturgical manuscript from about 1100—in an apse-like space, while the former Medieval Tapestry Hall has been transformed into a grand space for the presentation of western European art from the Middle Ages.

The Seduction of Light: Ammi Phillips | Mark Rothko Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 29, 2009 - Manhattan

This exhibition includes large-scale canvases from Rothko's classic period of the 1950s and 1960s, when the paintings had already transcended representation and reached a purity of meaning held solely in color, texture, depth, and proportion. Phillips's greatest achievements are surveyed through masterpieces from 1815 through the 1830s.

Grant and Lee in War and Peace - New-York Historical Society
Through March 29, 2009 - NY

Organized by the New-York Historical Society in collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society, the exhibition explores the most critical decades in American history through the lives of two towering men. By telling the stories of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), commander of the Union armies and later 18th President of the United States, and of Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate forces, the exhibition brings to life not only these two compelling figures but the forces that have shaped America, in their time and our own.

Batiste Madalena: Hand-Painted Film Posters for the Eastman Theatre, 1924–1928 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 06, 2009 - Manhattan

Batiste Madalena (American, b. Italy, 1902–1988) was hired by George Eastman during the late period of silent cinema to design and hand-paint film posters for his theater in Rochester, NY -- at the time the third-largest cinema in the U.S. Working alone over a four-year period and against deadlines that required as many as eight new posters a week for each change of bill, Madalena created over 1,400 unique works before the end of his tenure, when the theater changed management. Approximately 250 of these posters survived when the artist himself rescued them from the trash behind the theater. Madalena's rediscovery in the 1980s brought his brilliantly colored, singular designs, done in tempera paint on illustration board, to the attention of critics and collectors, and soon made him one of the most celebrated advertising artists for moving pictures. This exhibition consists of fifty-three posters drawn from institutional and private collections and from the Museum's collection.

GROWING AND GREENING NEW YORK - Museum of the City of New York
Through April 12, 2009 - Manhattan

Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City, on view at the Museum of the City of New York December 11, 2008, through April 12, 2009, will make the complexities of greater environmental sustainability in New York City vivid, compelling, and understandable by bringing environmental concerns to life on an individual, human scale. Organized in terms of a typical day in the life of a New Yorker, the exhibition will explore six essential areas addressed by the Bloomberg Administration's ambitious five-borough plan for sustainability by 2030: water; transportation; energy; open space; land; and climate change. The exhibition will feature architectural models, interactive displays, diagrams, renderings, photographs, hands-on examples of new materials, videos, and more, many of which have been created expressly for the exhibition.

A New President Takes Command: FDR's First Hundred Days - New-York Historical Society
Through May 03, 2009 - NY

What can America expect of a new President's first months in office? How might the new administration gain support from the public? What social, economic and political forces might be in play as the President frames an agenda and puts it into action? With questions such as these occupying people's minds as America looks ahead to January 2009, the New-York Historical Society will present the exhibition A New President Takes Command, exploring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's history-making First Hundred Days in office.

Solos: Tulou - Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Through May 08, 2009 -

Presentation of an affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou.

The Fertile Goddess - Brooklyn Museum
Through May 31, 2009 - Brooklyn

The oldest sculpture in the Brooklyn Museum represents a woman; it was made by people living in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), Syria, or Turkey in the late sixth or fifth millennium B.C.E. Nine such ancient figurines from the Museum's collection are the focus of this third Herstory Gallery exhibition, which explores them as a source of inspiration for Judy Chicago's depiction of The Fertile Goddess at The Dinner Party. The tenth figurine, on loan from Judy Chicago, is the Ceramic Goddess #3 (1977), a larger version of the female figurine on the place setting runner for The Fertile Goddess at The Dinner Party.

Creative Kids Culture and Dance Activities - Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Through July 02, 2009 - Norwalk

Learn about which African countries celebrate the Yam Festival as part of the museum's Festivals of Culture months.

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses - National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center
Through August 03, 2009 - Manhattan

Fifty-five native dresses from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basins regions comprise this overview of Native American dresses.

Royal Porcelain from the Twinight Collection, 1800-1850 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 09, 2009 - Manhattan

The porcelain factories of Berlin, Sevres, and Vienna achieved an extraordinary level of both artistic and technical skill in the first half of the nineteenth century, and the quality of painted decoration practiced at these three factories at that time has never been surpassed. This exhibition brings together approximately seventy-five superb examples from these three European porcelain manufactories and illustrates the exchange of ideas and styles between the factories that resulted in some of the most remarkable porcelain ever produced.

Climate Change: The Threat to Life and A New Energy Future - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 16, 2009 - Manhattan

This major new exhibition will explore the science, history, and impact of climate change, and illuminate ways in which individuals, communities and nations can reduce their carbon footprints.

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