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Events in Art and Archaeology

Jason Moran: <EM>STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1</EM>, 2015Mixed media, sound120 x 216 x 120 inches (304.8 x 548.6 x 304.8 cm)
Jason Moran: STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015
Mixed media, sound
120 x 216 x 120 inches (304.8 x 548.6 x 304.8 cm)
Jason Moran: STAGED
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Luhring Augustine Bushwick  •  29 April - 30 July 2016

STAGED is the first solo exhibition by the musician/composer/artist Jason Moran(born Houston, 1975). His work in both music and visual art mines entanglements in American cultural production.  Moran is deeply invested in complicating the relationship between music and language, exploring ideas of intelligibility and communication. In his gallery exhibition, the 2010 MacArthur Fellow continues to investigate the overlaps and intersections of jazz, art, and social history, provoking the viewer to reconsider notions of value, authenticity, and time. 

STAGED includes a range of objects and works on paper, including two large-scale sculptures featuring audio from Moran’s STAGED series that were recently exhibited in the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Based on two historic New York City jazz venues that no longer exist (the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces), the sculptures are hybrids of reconstructions and imaginings. Works on paper and smaller objects will be in dialogue with the stage sculptures on many levels: citing performance and process, employing sound, and exploiting the visual history of jazz in America.

Luhring Augustine Website

Contact: Luhring Augustine
25 Knickerbocker Avenue 
Brooklyn, New York
Tel: (1) 212 570 36 00

Ebony G. Patterson: <EM>Untitled (Boy),</EM> 2016Work in progressImage courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery
Ebony G. Patterson: Untitled (Boy), 2016
Work in progress
Image courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery
Ebony G. Patterson: ...when they grow up...
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Studio Museum of Harlem  •  24 March - 26 June 2016

The Studio Museum's Project Space features a new site-specific, mixed-media installation by Ebony G. Patterson on the subject of violence committed against young people of color (including deadly police actions) and the fears that focus on these same young people, who in the eyes of too many people appear as threats rather than victims. In the artist’s words, “These children are often described as adults. Their blackness overrules the presumption of innocence.”

. . . when they grow up . . . presents images of black youth in hand-embellished, large-scale, photo-based wall works, juxtaposed with a variety of elements associated with childhood and race. The installation will be designed so that visitors will negotiate the space as if experiencing it from a child’s height. “I am hoping to create a moment of beauty, 'sainthood,' and humanity,” Patterson states, “and to call into question the stereotypes that are projected about black youth.

. . . when they grow up . . . is the artist's first solo exhibition at the Studio Museum. Her work was previously included in the group exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012). Patterson currently divides her time between Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, Kentucky.

The Studio Museum of Harlem Website

Contact: The Studio Museum of Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York
Tel: (1) 212 864 45 00

<P>Alice Neel: <EM>James Hunter Black Draftee</EM>, 1965.Oil on canvasCOMMA Foundation, Belgium© The Estate of Alice Neel</P>

Alice Neel: James Hunter Black Draftee, 1965.
Oil on canvas
COMMA Foundation, Belgium
© The Estate of Alice Neel

Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Met Breuer  •  18 March - 4 September 2016
The exhibition examines the term “unfinished” across the visual arts in the broadest possible way; it includes works left incomplete by their makers, a result that often provides insight into the artists’ creative process, as well as works that engage a non finito—intentionally unfinished—aesthetic that embraces the unresolved and open-ended. Featured artists who explored such an aesthetic include some of history’s greatest practitioners, among them Titian, Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne, as well as modern and contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Lygia Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg, who have taken the unfinished in entirely new directions, alternately blurring the distinction between making and un-making, extending the boundaries of art into both space and time, and recruiting viewers to complete the objects they had begun.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website


The Met Breuer
Madison Avenue and 75th Street
New York, NY 



Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Luhring Augustine  •  27 February - 2 April 2016

Luhring Augustine presents What We Said The Last Time, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon, and Entanglements, a curatorial project by the artist. A companion exhibition entitled We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is opened at Luhring Augustine Bushwick on January 16th and remains on view through 17 April 2016. 

What We Said The Last Time features a suite of seventeen inkjet prints that document the paint-spattered pages of the artist’s well-worn copy of James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Written during a stay in a remote Swiss mountain hamlet, Baldwin’s text examines complex and urgent questions around blackness, culture, and history. Since 1996, Ligon has used the essay as the basis of his “Stranger” series, including prints, drawings, and dense paintings made with oil stick and often coal dust that oscillate between legibility and obscurity. While creating these canvases, Ligon kept pages of Baldwin’s essay on his studio table for reference, and over the years they became covered with random smudges of black paint, oil stains, and fingerprints. Intrigued by this accumulation of marks, Ligon transformed the book pages into a suite of large-scale prints, using the full text of the essay for the first time in his career. The resulting work is a palimpsest of accumulated personal histories that suggests Ligon’s long engagement with Baldwin’s essay, as well as a new strategy in his ongoing exploration of the interplay between language and abstraction.

Also on view is Entanglements, a curatorial project by Ligon that examines how artists use the studio as a base from which to engage momentous cultural shifts and political events in both direct and oblique ways.  Key to the exhibition is Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1968), a video that presents the artist repetitively playing a single note on a violin with his back to the camera. While discussions of Nauman’s video works from this period have focused on issues of performativity, endurance, and the body, Ligon was interested in how Nauman’s discordant note can be heard as a soundtrack to the war in Vietnam or the brutal violence faced by civil rights workers. While not directly commenting on these issues, the ominous soundscape of Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. nevertheless suggests Nauman’s engagement with that turbulent moment in American history and served as a point of departure for Ligon to consider other works in which the artist’s studio has acted as a conduit for contemporary events. Ligon’s selections posit new identities, conversations or modes of sociability as a response to pressing social and political issues.  Entanglements features artworks and ephemera by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, On Kawara, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Bob Thompson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Andy Warhol. 

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.

Luhring Augustine Website

Contact: Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 206 91 00

Events in Dance

Rioult Dance NY
Rioult Dance NY
Rioult Dance NY
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Joyce Theater  •  21 - 26 June 2016
An established name in modern dance with a reputation for performing sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works, RIOULT Dance NY performs two programs. Women on the Edge, a profound and timeless anti-war statement, features the world premiere of Cassandra’s Curse set to live music. The second program is distinguished by the New York City premiere of Polymorphous, a piece exploring the subjectivity of perception through movement and technology, and a suite of magnificent duets drawn from some of Pascal Rioult’s finest works.

The Joyce Theater Website

Detailed schedule information:
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2pm & 7:30pm

Contact: The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street)
New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 08 00

Events in Jazz

Ravi Coltrane with Friends
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Birdland  •  28 June - 2 July 2016
Ravi Coltrane with Friends

Born the second son of John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane - tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer - has fronted a variety of jazz lineups.

Birdland Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm, 11:00 pm

Contact: Birdland
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Birdland  •  26 June 2016
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

with Special Guest Vocalist Claudia Acuña

Birdland Website

Detailed schedule information:
9:00 pm, 11:00 pm

Contact: Birdland
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

The TitanosaurAmerican Museum of Natural History
The Titanosaur
American Museum of Natural History
The Titanosaur
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  American Museum of Natural History  •  15 January 2016 - 1 January 2017

The Titanosaur

In January 2016, the Museum added another must-see exhibit to its world-famous fossil halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.

Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 70 tons. The species lived in the forests of today’s Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. 

The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina by a team from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who received his Ph.D. degree in a joint program between Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History. One of the 8-foot femurs, or thigh bones, found at the site is among five original fossils on temporary view with The Titanosaur.

American Museum of Natural History Website

Contact: American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Tel: (1) 212 769 51 00

Microbome exhibitAmerican Museum of Natural History
Microbome exhibit
American Museum of Natural History
The Secret World Inside You
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  American Museum of Natural History  •  7 November 2015 - 14 August 2016

Our bodies are home to approximately 100 trillion bacteria living inside us and on us—a vast community known as the microbiome.

The Secret World Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revealing the complexities of the human microbiome and reshaping our ideas about human health, offering new perspectives on common health problems including allergies, asthma, and obesity. 

American Museum of Natural History Website

Contact: American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Tel: (1) 212 769 51 00

Lin-Manuel Miranda in <EM>Hamilton</EM>
Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Hamilton: By Lin-Manuel Miranda
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Richard Rodgers Theatre  •  6 August 2015 - 31 December 2016

Hamilton is a hip hop musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.

Directed by Thomas Kail

The cast features Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexnder Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds).

Hamilton on Broadway Website

Contact: Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (1) 212 247 78 00

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