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Fahamu Pecou: <EM>Femme Nue, Femme Noir</EM> 2014Acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on canvas96 x 66.5 in / 243.8 x 168.9 cm
Fahamu Pecou: Femme Nue, Femme Noir 2014
Acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on canvas
96 x 66.5 in / 243.8 x 168.9 cm
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Lyons Wier Gallery  •  13 October - 12 November 2016
#BLACKMATTERLIVES is the culmination of Fahamu's four consecutive museum shows, including "Do or Die," (an exhibition representing aspects of his research as a PhD student) currently on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC.  These shows provided Fahamu with the opportunity to further mine his trope and emerge with a new vocabulary.  A vocabulary that synthesizes not only what is happening around him, but also what is going on inside of him. With #BLACKMATTERLIVES, he shifts from being a general narrator to a very personal raconteur, stripping away many of the secondary visual triggers that were used in his earlier works to ease the viewer into his own perceptions and personae. In #BLACKMATTERLIVES, he delivers a watershed series, wrought with unabashed angst, anger and adulations. 

Lyons Wier Gallery Website

Contact: Lyons Wier Gallery
542 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 242 6220

Pedro Reyes: <EM>Doomocracy</EM>Photo: Will Star/Shooting Stars Pro
Pedro Reyes: Doomocracy
Photo: Will Star/Shooting Stars Pro
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Brooklyn Army Terminal  •  7 October - 6 November 2016

Doom•oc•ra•cy (dü-ˈmä-krə-sē), n.

1. A form of government in which the supreme power is vested in a tyrant by a terrified general electorate. 2. The esoteric arithmetic that makes the electoral process malleable. 3. A corporate coup d’état in slow motion. 4. Permanent global war waged in the name of freedom. 5. A house of political horrors at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Exchanging political fights for political frights, Creative Time and Pedro Reyes take over the Brooklyn Army Terminal this October in an exciting new collaboration. Doomocracy, a major new immersive installation by Reyes, will mark the confluence of two events haunting the American cultural imagination: Halloween and the presidential election. 

How much surveillance are we willing to accept? How much pollution? How much corporate malfeasance? Provoking what Reyes calls “political catharsis,” this immersive artwork will distill the horrors of our political landscape into the form of a haunted house, inviting us to navigate a maze of near apocalyptic torments, from climate change to pandemic gun violence to GMOs. Visitors to Doomocracy will work their way through a labyrinth of rooms, exploring the depth and breadth of American political anxieties.

Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) employs sculpture, performance, video, and activism to address pressing social and political issues. His works often promote individual and collective agency by inviting viewers to engage in participation and dialogue. Steeped in notions of structure and pedagogy, Reyes explores the means by which knowledge and empowerment are shared and communicated amongst individuals. By creating spaces for encounter, the artist produces the conditions by which to drive cultural change.

Reyes trained as an architect at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City. He has had solo shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York City, among others. His works have also been featured in group exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012), the Liverpool Biennial in Liverpool, England (2012), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Reyes was a participant in the 2013 Creative Time Summit, “Art, Place & Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” and has twice contributed writing to Creative Time Reports. In 2015, he was a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts in recognition of his “outstanding commitment and contributions to the Art in Embassies program and international cultural exchange.”

Creative Time Website

Contact: Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). <EM>Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest,</EM> ca.1763. Brown wash over very light black chalk underdrawing; 13 3/16 x 18 in. (33.5 x 45.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806). Rinaldo in the Enchanted Forest, ca.1763.
Brown wash over very light black chalk underdrawing; 13 3/16 x 18 in. (33.5 x 45.7 cm).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  6 October 2016 - 8 January 2017
Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) was equally skilled in painting, drawing, and etching. Unlike many old masters for whom drawing was a preparatory tool, Fragonard explored the potential of chalk, ink, and wash to create sheets that were works of art in their own right.

Among the 100 works on paper on view, nearly half are from private collections, some of which will be shown publicly for the first time.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

Ellen Gallager: <EM>Abu Simbel</EM>, 2005, photogravure, watercolor, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals, 24 1/2 × 35 1/2 inches framed (62.2 × 90.2 cm), edition of 25
Ellen Gallager: Abu Simbel, 2005, photogravure, watercolor, colour pencil, varnish, pomade, plasticine, blue fur, gold leaf and crystals, 24 1/2 × 35 1/2 inches framed (62.2 × 90.2 cm), edition of 25
Black Pulp!
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  International Print Center  •  1 October - 3 December 2016

International Print Center New York (IPCNY) presents Black Pulp!, an exhibition that examines evolving perspectives of Black identity in American culture and history from 1912 to 2016 through contemporary works of art and rare historical printed media. The exhibition includes works by artists, graphic designers, and publishers in formats ranging from little known comic books to covers for historic books and magazines, to etchings, digital prints, drawings, and media-based works by some of today’s leading artists. The exhibition is organized by artists William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson, and is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, extensive didactics, and free public programming.

The exhibition features contemporary works by an intergenerational group of 21 artists from the Black diaspora: Derrick Adams, Laylah Ali, Firelei Báez, Nayland Blake, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, William Downs, Ellen Gallagher, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Lucia Hierro, Yashua Klos, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lamar Peterson, Pope.L, Kenny Rivero, Alexandria Smith, Felandus Thames, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson.

"Black Pulp!" situates these works in the context of rare historical books, comics, newspapers, and related ephemera, from Alain LeRoy Locke’s The New Negro (1925) and Wallace Thurman’s quarterly Fire!!: Devoted to the Younger Negro Artists (1926) to Jackie Ormes’ comic strip Torchy in Heartbeats (1953). Other historical artists and writers on view are Gwendolyn Bennett, E. Simms Campbell, Miguel Covarrubias, Charles Cullen, Countee Cullen, Sadie Iola Daniel, Aaron Douglas, Emory Douglas, W.E.B. Dubois, George J. Evans, Jr., Elton C. Fax, Billy Graham, Oliver W. Harrington, George Herriman, Alvin Hollingsworth, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Charles S. Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gertrude McBrown, Dwayne McDuffie, Owen Middleton, Richard Bruce Nugent, Laura Wheeler Waring, Charles White and Carter G. Woodson.

International Print Center Website

Contact: International Print Center
508 West 26th Street, Room 5A
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (1) 12) 989 50 90

<SPAN class=pie>George Osodi: <EM>Ogony Boy</EM>, from the series “Oil Rich Niger Delta,” 2007Chromogenic print, 80 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist and Z Photographic Ltd.</SPAN>
George Osodi: Ogony Boy, from the series “Oil Rich Niger Delta,” 2007
Chromogenic print, 80 x 120 cm.
Courtesy the artist and Z Photographic Ltd.
The Expanded Subject: New Perspectives In Photographic Portraiture From Africa
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.  •  7 September - 10 December 2016
From 19th-century studio practice through the independence era, African photography has best been known for modes of portraiture that crystallize subjects' identities and social milieus. Even contemporary art photographs are often interpreted as windows into African lives, whether actual or theatricalized.

This exhibition reconsiders African contemporary photographic portraiture by presenting the work of four artists whose concerns range beyond depicting social identity: Sammy Baloji, Mohamed Camara, Saïdou Dicko, and George Osodi. Works by these four artists lend greater thematic and formal versatility to the practice of portraiture.

Sammy Baloji (b. 1978, DRC) transfers colonial-archival figures to alternate backdrops—the post-colonial site of an abandoned mine, landscape paintings by colonial explorers—in order to activate historical awareness and challenge photographic authority.

Mohamed Camara (b. 1985, Mali) situates his pictures ambiguously between documentary and mise en scène as a means of interrogating photographic portraiture, including its processes and potentials, pleasures and pitfalls.

Saïdou Dicko (b. 1979, Burkina Faso) captures the shadow silhouettes of individuals on sunlit streets—a strategy that references photographic processes and unsettles portrait conventions, while still conveying subjects' expressivity.

George Osodi (b.1974, Nigeria) produces pictures whose anonymous or fictional subjects reveal dissonance with their surroundings, thereby examining human consequences of broader political phenomena.

Viewed together, works by Baloji, Camara, Dicko, and Osodi complicate common understandings of portraiture from Africa. Baloji's montages dislocating the subject historically, Camara's reflexive gaze, Dicko's uncertainty with respect to the possibility of representation, and Osodi's political commentary all expand the range of portraiture and offer new ways of contemplating photographic subjectivities.

Lenders to the exhibition: Sammy Baloji (Axis Gallery, New York); Mohamed Camara (Galerie Pierre Brullé, Paris); Saïdou Dicko; George Osodi; The Walther Collection, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery Website

Contact: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University
926 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave. MC 5502
New York, NY 10027
Tel: (1) 212 854 72 88

Alma Thomas: <EM>Apollo 12 "Splash Down"</EM>, 1970Acrylic and graphite on canvas50 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Alma Thomas: Apollo 12 "Splash Down", 1970
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
50 1/4 × 50 1/4 in.
Courtesy Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Alma Thomas
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Studio Museum of Harlem  •  14 July - 30 October 2016

Alma Thomas examines the evolution of an artist who created a highly personal style that expanded upon traditional Abstract Expressionist and Washington Color School practices through experimentations with abstraction, color, line and pattern. Thomas, who focused on her artistic career after retiring as a school teacher at the age of 69, chartered her own course as an African-American woman within Washington D.C.’s largely white and male mid-20th century artistic community. She often cited natural elements as inspiration, and her signature style reflects the influences of Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and Wassily Kandinsky—featuring loosely painted yet meticulously constructed canvases, filled with lattice works of bright color creating patterns from negative space.

The exhibition features works from every period in her career, including rarely exhibited watercolors and early abstractions, as well as her signature canvases drawn from a variety of private and public collections.

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

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  12 July - 27 November 2016

This exhibition features more than 100 photographs that together redefine Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. It focuses on the first seven years of her career, from 1956 to 1962, the period in which she developed the idiosyncratic style and approach for which she has been recognized praised, criticized, and copied the world over.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she lived and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side, and Coney Island. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and Fifth Avenue pedestrians are among the most intimate and surprising images of the era.

The majority of the photographs in the exhibition have never before been seen and are part of the Museum's Diane Arbus Archive, acquired in 2007 by gift and promised gift from the artist's daughters, Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Tel: (1) 212 535 77 10

<P>Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78). <EM>Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha</EM>, ca. 1745–50. India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota)Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paperThe Metropolitan Museum of Art</P>

Attributed to Nainsukh (active ca. 1735–78). Raja Balwant Singh Revering Krishna and Radha, ca. 1745–50. India (Himachal Pradesh, Jasrota)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Poetry and Devotion in Indian Painting
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  15 June - 4 December 2016
This small exhibition recognizes the contributions to the Department of Asian Art by Steven M. Kossak, curator in the department from 1986 to 2006. It features 22 of the dozens of Rajput and Pahari paintings that were acquired during his tenure, including a large intricately painted and printed cloth pichhwai (temple hanging).

Metropolitan Museum of Art Website

Contact: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Joyce Theater  •  25 - 29 October 2016

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

Bill T. Jones’ ongoing exploration of how text, storytelling, and movement pull and push against each other is revealed in Analogy Trilogy, a work based on oral histories in which the performers move seamlessly between dancing, speaking, and singing.

The Joyce Theater Website

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

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

Events in Jazz

Renee Rosnes Quartet
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Village Vanguard  •  1 - 6 November 2016

Renee Rosnes Quartet

Steve Nelson (vibes) Renee Rosnes (piano) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums


Village Vanguard Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:30 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Village Vanguard
78 7th Ave South
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (1) 212 255 40 37

Events in Opera

Don Giovanni: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Opera  •  27 September - 10 November 2016

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with Met titles in English, German, Italian, Spanish

Fabio Luisi, conductor

Production: Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer:Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreography: Ben Wright


Donna Anna: Hibla Gerzmava (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Donna Anna: Malin Byström (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Donna Elvira: Malin Byström (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Donna Elvira: Amanda Majeski (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Zerlina: Serena Malfi (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Zerlina: Nadine Sierra (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Don Ottavio: Rolando Villazón (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Don Ottavio: Ramón Vargas (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Don Giovanni: Simon Keenlyside (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Don Giovanni: Ildar Abdrazakov (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Leporello: Adam Plachetka (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Leporello: Matthew Rose (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

Masetto: Matthew Rose (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October)
Masetto: Adam Plachetka (1, 4, 10 November 2016)

The Commendatore: Kwangchul Youn (27 September, 1,5,8,11,15,19,22 October, 1, 4, 10 November)

Metropolitan Opera Website

Detailed schedule information:

7:30 pm

Contact: Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York  10023
Tel: (1) 212 362 60 00

<EM>Tristan und Isolde</EM>
Tristan und Isolde
Tristan und Isolde: By Richard Wagner
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Metropolitan Opera  •  26 September - 27 October 2016

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (New production)Production: Mariusz Trelinsk
Sung in German with English, Spanish and German Met titles

Simon Rattle, condutor 

Set designer: Boris Kudlicka
Costume Designer: Marek Adamski
Lighting Designer:  Marc Heinz
Choreography: Tomasz Wygoda
Dramaturg: Piotr Gruszczynski, Adam Radecki


Isolde: Nina Stemme 
Tristan: Stuart Skelton
Brangane: Ekaterina Gubanova
Kurwenal: Evgeny Nikitin
King Marke: René Pape

Metropolitan Opera Website

Detailed schedule information:
6:30 pm

Contact: Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, New York  10023
Tel: (1) 212 362 60 00

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Sônia Braga as Clara in <EM>Aquarius</EM>
Sônia Braga as Clara in Aquarius
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Angelika Film Center  •  16 - 31 October 2016
Aquarius follows Clara (Sônia Braga), a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara's most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller.

Angelika Film Center Website

Contact: Angelika Film Center
8 West Houston St.
New York, NY, 10012
Tel: ((1) 212 995 25 70

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

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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