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Events in Art and Archaeology

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

Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), <EM>The Portal of Valenciennes (La Porte de Valenciennes), </EM>ca. 1710–11Oil on canvas, 12 3/4 x 16 in. The Frick Collection.Purchased with funds from the bequest of Arthemise Redpath, 1991 (91.1.173)Photo&nbsp;Michael Bodycomb
Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684–1721), The Portal of Valenciennes (La Porte de Valenciennes), ca. 1710–11
Oil on canvas, 12 3/4 x 16 in. The Frick Collection.
Purchased with funds from the bequest of Arthemise Redpath, 1991 (91.1.173)
Photo Michael Bodycomb
Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Frick Collection  •  12 July - 2 October 2016
 

Most know Jean-Antoine Watteau as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, a dreamer of exquisite parklands and impossibly refined fêtes. Few artists would seem further removed from the misery of war. And yet, early in his short career, Watteau created a number of military scenes—about a dozen paintings  and some thirty drawings. For the most part, they were executed during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14), which saw Louis XIV battle almost the whole of Europe in a bid to place his grandson, Philip, Duke of Anjou, on the Spanish throne. However, neither the turmoil of battle nor the suffering that ensued seems to have held much interest for Watteau. Instead, he focused on the prosaic aspects of military life—marches, halts, and encampments. The resulting works show quiet moments between the fighting, outside the regimented discipline of drills and battle, when soldiers could rest and daydream, smoke pipes and play cards. Although these themes are indebted to seventeenth -century Dutch and Flemish genre scenes, Watteau’s drawings and paintings are set apart by their focus on the common soldier. More than his predecessors, Watteau offers an intimate vision of war, one in which the human element comes to the fore. His soldiers are endowed with an inner life, with subjectivity.

On display are four of Watteau’s seven surviving military paintings and twelve red chalk studies, several of which are directly related to the paintings on view. Also included are works by Watteau’s predecessors and followers. Together, they shed light on Watteau’s unusual working method, affording the
 opportunity to probe what made his vision so distinctive.

Published by The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Ltd., the book accompanying the exhibition features an essay by the curator, Aaron Wile,and a complete catalogue of all known Watteau works related to military subjects, as well as a bibliography and an index.



Frick Collection Website


Contact:

Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 1002

 


Tel: (1) 212 288 0700

BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Museum of Modern Art  •  3 July - 2 October 2016
 
BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE is the first monographic museum exhibition in New York of the artist Bruce Conner, the first large survey of his work in 16 years, and the first comprehensive retrospective. The exhibition brings together over 250 objects in mediums including film and video, painting, assemblage, drawing, prints, photography, photograms, and performance.

An early practitioner of found-object assemblage and a pioneer of found-footage film, Conner was a singular member of both the underground film community and the flourishing San Francisco art world, achieving international standing early in his career. His work across a broad range of mediums touches pointedly on various themes of postwar American society, from the excesses of a burgeoning consumer culture to the dread of nuclear apocalypse.

The Museum of Modern Art Website


Contact: The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-549
Tel: (1) 212 708 94 00

Danny Lyon, Tesca, Cartagena, Colombia, 1966Cibachrome, printed 2008. Image 25.7 × 25.7 cm (10 1/8 × 10 1/8 in.)Collection of the artist© Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
Danny Lyon, Tesca, Cartagena, Colombia, 1966
Cibachrome, printed 2008. Image 25.7 × 25.7 cm (10 1/8 × 10 1/8 in.)
Collection of the artist
© Danny Lyon, courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Whitney Museum of American Art  •  17 June - 25 September 2016
 

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future is the first comprehensive retrospective of the career of Danny Lyon (b. 1942) to be presented in twenty-five years. The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and premieres at the Whitney before traveling to San Francisco.

The exhibition assembles approximately 175 photographs and related films and ephemera to highlight Lyon’s concern with social and political issues and the welfare of individuals considered by many to be on the margins of society. The presentation includes many objects that have seldom or never been exhibited before and offers a rare look at works from Lyon’s archives alongside important loans from major public and private collections in the United States.



Whitney Museum of American Art Website


Contact: Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
Tel: (1) 212 570 36 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


Contact:

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 Classical Music

Paul Jacobs, organ
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Paul Hall  •  14 September 2016
 

Liszt, Brahms, Julius Reubke

Paul Jacobs, organ



Julliard School of Music Faculty Recital Series



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Paul Hall
155 West 65th Street
New York, NY 
Tel: (1) 212 772 11 32

Events in Dance

NY Quadrille
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  The Joyce Theater  •  27 September - 9 October 2016
 
 
A quadrille is an 18th century dance performed in a rectangular configuration and viewed from four sides. To kick off its 2016/17 season, The Joyce Theater will be transformed for the NY Quadrille, a two-week engagement created by choreographer Lar Lubovitch and commissioned by The Joyce featuring a specially constructed platform stage designed to create viewing from four sides. Following through with the spirit of “four,” Lubovitch has selected four choreographers —Pam Tanowitz, RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O’Connor, and Loni Landon to create contemporary dance works on four sides.

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

The Taj Mahal Trio
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES  •  Blue Note  •  13 - 18 September 2016
 
The Taj Mahal Trio

Blue Note Website



Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm, 10:30 pm

Contact: Blue Note
131 West 3rd St
NY, NY 10012
Tel: (1) 212 475 85 92

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

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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