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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 18-Oct 25: Museums

October 18, 2008 - 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.

October 18, 2008 - Ridgefield

Museum visitors can extend their visit and learn more about the work and the ideas in the exhibitions when they visit on a drop-in weekend. The Education Center is open and offers self-guided, hands-on projects for all age levels.

Behind The Scenes Tour - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2008 - Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk opens its backstage spaces for a rare look at their operation. Scheduled before the Aquarium opens, the guided tour offers unique opportunities to walk through workings most visitors only glimpse through windows. Participants must be 10 years old or more; anyone under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
October 18, 2008 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 19, 2008 - Manhattan

This installation of works from the permanent collection -- the second in the Museum's new gallery for contemporary photographs -- surveys the ways in which artists have directed the camera toward photography itself, taking aim at its claims of transparency and objectivity, its ubiquity in modern life, and its inextricable ties to advertising and consumer culture. Artists include William Anastasi, Robert Heinecken, Allen Ruppersberg, Sherrie Levine, Thomas Ruff, Christopher Williams, Roe Ethridge, Liz Deschenes, James Welling, and Kota Ezawa, among many others.

October 19, 2008 - Ridgefield

Museum visitors can extend their visit and learn more about the work and the ideas in the exhibitions when they visit on a drop-in weekend. The Education Center is open and offers self-guided, hands-on projects for all age levels.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
October 19, 2008 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Victor Prevost Collection - New-York Historical Society
Through October 19, 2008 - Manhattan

The New-York Historical Society Library presents an exhibition of its Victor Prevost Collection. French born Victor Prevost (1820-1881) was one of the United States' most enigmatic early photographers. He documented the evolution of New York City beginning in 1853 using the calotype process, a technique he learned from Gustave Le Gray, the leading French photographer of the day. P

Successfully Adopting A Shelter dog - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
October 21, 2008 - Stamford

Find out about housebreaking, socializing, and training adopted dogs, and learn tips and tricks to start your adopted dog off on the right foot. Pre-registration is required. Humans only!

Toddler Tales and Cuentos Para Ninos - Stepping Stones Museum
October 22, 2008 - Norwalk

Interactive storytime held on Wednesday mornings, twice in English and 9:45am and 10:15am and once in Spanish at 10:45am. Toddlers join in a story through song, movement and art project.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
October 25, 2008 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Jeff Koons on the Roof - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 26, 2008 - Manhattan

An installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955), featuring several of the artist's meticulously crafted works. The works are set in the most dramatic outdoor space for sculpture in New York City: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, which offers a spectacular view of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Beverage and sandwich service available from 10am until closing, including Friday and Saturday evenings.

Double Exposure: Aerial Photographs of Glaciers Then and Now - Bruce Museum
Through October 26, 2008 - Greenwich

An exhibition of large-format photographs of mountains and glaciers, recorded in the early to mid-1900s and again from 2005 to 2007, that document the story of a warming planet in these panoramas of melting ice from Alaska to Switzerland. Exhibition is held in the Bantle Lecture Gallery--call ahead for schedule as it may be closed for viewing due to progamming.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through October 26, 2008 - Norwalk

Stop by the Toy Boat-Making area for this 20-minute project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit.

Take Part in Art - Weir Farm National Historic Site
Through October 26, 2008 - Wilton

Visitors have the opportunity to experience plein air painting. Watercolor supplies will be supplied by the National Park Service. Every Saturday and Sunday in October.

Fiber Revolution - UConn Stamford Art Gallery
Through October 30, 2008 - Stamford

Fiber for the Imagination, an exhibit featuring the works of Fiber Revolution, a network of thirty professional textile artists residing in six states, is on display in the Gallery at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. The exhibit includes a broad assortment of pieces covering the gallery walls with art as quilted fabrics. Gallery hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-7pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm.

Frick's Vermeer's Reunited - Frick Collection
Through November 02, 2008 - Manhattan

Particularly beloved among the paintings at the Frick are its three works by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Office and Laughing Girl, Mistress and Maid, and Girl Interrupted at Her Music. These rare canvases will be together on the same wall for the first time in 10 years.

Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular - Maritime Aquarium
Through November 02, 2008 - Norwalk

Daytime seals, otters, sharks, frogs and fish yield to nighttime dinosaurs, mermaids, comedians, celebrities, animals, pirates and politicians ? all portrayed on pumpkins and surrounded by hundreds of traditional jack-o'-lanterns. It is an art show with glowing giant squash for canvasses. Admission is by timed tickets purchased in advance.

Focus: Picasso Sculpture - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 03, 2008 - Manhattan

Pablo Picasso is perhaps best known for his paintings, but his sculptures are among the most radical, thought-changing artworks of the modern period. While the artist's two-dimensional work was frequently exhibited during his lifetime, the first comprehensive exhibition of Picasso's sculpture was mounted in 1966, when the artist was eighty-five years old. This installation provides a broad overview of the artist's career as a creator of three-dimensional objects through selections from The Museum of Modern Art's collection.

Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 04, 2008 - Manhattan

First-Ever Showing of Selections from Monumental Collection of 1.25 Million Pieces of Campaign Advertising, Propaganda, and Memorabilia! The exhibition -- covering presidential politics from the inauguration of George Washington on lower Manhattan's Wall Street, to the current volatile and unpredictable campaign?will feature selections from the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of campaign artifacts alongside objects from the Museum's collection.

Kirchner and the Berlin Street - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 10, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition brings together German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's renowned Street Scenes series, created between 1913 and 1915. Considered by many to be the highpoint of Kirchner's career as a whole, this series of seven to nine paintings is showcased with forty to fifty related prints and drawings. This series dates from Kirchner's Berlin period, when the effect of life in the metropolis brought about a dramatic change in his work. Known as the co-founder of the early Expressionist group Brucke, established in Dresden in 1905, Kirchner moved to Berlin in 1911. Here his sense of rebellion against the confining principles of academic painting and the stifling rules of bourgeois society took a new turn, as the charged atmosphere and energy of the city was felt in an expression of acute perspectives, jagged strokes, dense angular forms, and caustic color. The street life in Berlin, in particular the familiar presence of prostitutes, identified by their elaborate plumed hats, captured Kirchner's eye and inspired this spectacular series. Shown together for the first time in New York, these works exude the vitality, decadence, and underlying mood of imminent danger that characterized Berlin on the eve of World War I.

Quilters and Quilting - Wilton Historical Society and Heritage Museum
Through November 15, 2008 - Wilton

From handwork to high tech, 1800-2000, see how changes in technology brought about by the industrial revolution and modern inventions affect the art and the skill of quilt making. Hands-on activities for both old and new techniques.

Elements and Unknowns - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through November 23, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition considers a group of artist's books, published from the late 1960s to the present, that reveal a fascination with elemental, unexplored, and overlooked spaces. Drawn from the Library of The Museum of Modern Art, the works on view span two generations of art and thought concerned with natural phenomena, bringing the viewer face to face with a natural world still beyond human control. Featured artists include Doug Aitken, Vija Celmins, Tacita Dean, Hamish Fulton, Roni Horn, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, and Tadanori Yokoo, among others.

'Progress' - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through November 30, 2008 - Manhattan

"Progress" brings together works from the Whitney's permanent collection, highlighting connections between art and visions of utopia. In the early part of the twentieth century, artists and architects like Joseph Albers, Naum Gabo, and Frederick Kiesler carried the revolutionary aims of the European avant-garde to America. The utopian impulse of these artists found its parallel in America's optimism in developing new technology and the rise of consumer culture--advancements registered in the emergence of Minimalism and Pop Art in the 1950s and '60s.

Through November 30, 2008 - New Haven

Grand Scale displays oversize prints from the German, Italian, and Netherlandish schools from the late fifteenth century to 1630, including compositions by Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Durer, Titian, Jacopo Tintoretto, Bartholomaeus Spranger and Peter Paul Rubens.

Optimism - Westport Arts Center
Through November 30, 2008 - Westport

An exhibition examining the role of art as a form of political activism.

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 02, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition presents some 60 powerful and graphically elaborate sculptures and 30 rare historical photographs from the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea. The sacred objects, alongside photographs that show them in context, demonstrate the deep connection between art and community life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Drawn from public and private collections, as well as the Met's own holdings, many of the works are being exhibited for the first time in the only in-depth investigation of these art traditions in 45 years.

Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors - Morgan Library & Museum
Through December 04, 2008 -

The creation of Babar, the protagonist of one of the most successful children's series of all time, is the focus of this exhibition that includes some 175 works, including manuscript drafts, sketches, and watercolors for the first book by father-and-son authors Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff.

Giorgio Morandi: Watercolors and Drawings, 1920 – 1963 - Italian Cultural Institute
Through December 05, 2008 - Manhattan

The Italian Cultural Institute's presentation will be one of three exhibitions in New York this fall dedicated to the work of Giorgio Morandi. The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964, the artist's first American retrospective, from September 16 through December 14, and Giorgio Morandi: Etchings 1912-1956 will be on view at New York University's Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò from October 1 through 31. Taken together, these three exhibitions represent the first opportunity in the United States for the public to see a significant collection of Morandi's work in one city.

A New Reality: Black-And-White Photography in Contemporary Art - Fairfield University Walsh Art Gallery
Through December 07, 2008 - Fairfield

Explores the continued use of black-and-white photography as a medium of visual and historical consequence. The exhibition also reflects the expanding technical and conceptual role of photography, emphasizing its recent adaptation to the complex and psychologically charged images and narratives desired by contemporary artists. Gallery open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Also open one hour prior to curtain and during intermission of Quick Center performances.

Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914–1939 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 07, 2008 - Manhattan

The first major exhibition in the U.S. to examine the impact of Futurism and Cubism on British modernist printmaking from the beginning of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Featuring the work of 14 artists, it showcases selective works inspired by Vorticism, the first radically modern, inherently abstract British art movement of the 20th century.

Giorgio Morandi, 1890-1964 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through December 14, 2008 - Manhattan

A comprehensive survey -- the first in this country -- of the career of Giorgio Morandi, one of the greatest 20th-century masters of still-life and landscape painting in the tradition of Chardin and C�zanne. The exhibition presents approximately 110 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and etchings from his early "metaphysical" works to his late evanescent still lifes, culled mainly from Italian collections, including those formed with Morandi's help by his friends and by renowned scholars of his art.

From Staten Island to Shangri-La: The Collecting Life of Jacques Marchais - Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Through December 31, 2008 - Staten Island

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art celebrates its 60th anniversary of the Museum's official opening with this installation of some of the finest examples of Himalayan art from the Museum's collection, Jacques Marchais' journals and publications, rare books, memorabilia, historical photos of the construction of the Museum, and period displays of her elegant gallery installations. The exhibition reveals the previously untold story of Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an extraordinary American woman who created a Center to share with the world the ancient artistic and cultural traditions of Tibet and the Himalayan region. Arranged chronologically, this exhibition details her early life as a child actress in the late Victorian period, her social life and spiritual quest in New York City in the 1920s, and her intense desire to build an enduring monument to Tibetan Buddhism during the Great Depression and World War II.

Catholics in New York, 1808-1946 - Museum of the City of New York
Through December 31, 2008 - Manhattan

This exhibition explores how a suppressed outsiders' faith became the region's single largest Christian denomination by the mid-19th century, and how Catholics transformed the cultural, economic, and political life of the broader community over time. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the formation of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Landscape of Change - Fairifield Museum and History Center
Through December 31, 2008 - Fairfield

The inaugural exhibition at Fairfield Museum and History Center, Landscape of Change, tells the story of Fairfield and its changing identity across 375 years, reflecting areas of American experience from the last period of Native American occupation through to the mid-20th century. Featuring more than 100 of the museum's best and rarest artifacts, the exhibit explores topics that highlight the development of the town at different periods in its history.

Highlights from the Morgan's Collections - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 01, 2009 -

This exhibit presents masterworks from four of the Morgan's six collecting areas: medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, printed books and bindings, literary and historical manuscripts, and music manuscripts and books. This exhibition demonstrates the nature and scope of one of the world's greatest repositories of artistic, literary, musical, and historical works. Objects will change approximately every three months to accommodate the exhibition of as wide an array as possible of the Morgan's vast and eclectic holdings, as well as representative of the collections' strengths.

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 -

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.

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 - Manhattan

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.

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

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 façade 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 - Manhattan

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

Lizards and Snakes Alive! - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2009 - Manhattan

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

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 - NY

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 - Manhattan

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.

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

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

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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