Museum Events in New York City This Weekend – August 16-August 18 – City Guide NY

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The Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Museum of Natural History ? these are just a sampling of the many great museums open to the city. If you’re wanting to spend some time exploring these cultural gems, then City Guide’s guide to museum events in New York City this weekend will be your best companion.

Sceneless Scene Showcase – 89 North Music Venue
August 16, 2019 – Patchogue

What is Sceneless Scene Showcase? A musical festival meets art show meets flea market extravaganza, dedicated to showcasing local Long Island crafts, goods & talent!

Murray Hill’s Private Tour of Vera Paints a Scarf at The Museum of Arts and Design – The Museum of Arts and Design
August 16, 2019 – New York

Join us for an exclusive, private tour of Vera Paints a Scarf at The Museum of Arts and Design with Mr. Showbiz himself, Murray Hill! More about Vera Paints a Scarf Exhibition: Vera Paints a Scarf celebrates the work of artist Vera Neumann (1907-1993) and her contributions to the field of American design. Neumann was among the most successful female design entrepreneurs of the 20th century, and an originator of the American lifestyle brand. Over the course of her career, which spanned from her label’s debut in 1942 to her death in 1993, Neumann produced an iconic line of women’s scarves all signed with a cursive “Vera” and stamped with a ladybug, as well as thousands of textile patterns based on her drawings, paintings, and collages. This exhibition will be the first to comprehensively examine her career—and highlights the keys to her success: her joyful and inventive aesthetic, democratic design ethos, fusion of craft and mass production, and clever marketing.

Compost for Your Home and Garden: Community Compost Giveback – The Wyckoff House Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

At the Wyckoff House Museum we use lots of rich compost to improve the health of the soil and grow delicious vegetables. As a Public Food Scrap Drop-Off location we encourage the community to separate compostable waste from their Land-fill destined garbage and instead bring it to the farm where we will process it in our 3-Bin compost system. After several months its ready to return to the soil! Every year an increasing number of New Yorkers are able to compost their food scraps with Department of Sanitation curbside organics pickup service. These food scraps undergo a beautiful process of change from scraps into compost. This compost when added to the soil provides essential nutrients to plants and helps to improve the health of the Soil. The Department of Sanitation will be providing free 40lb bags of NYC compost to use at your home and in your garden! Come by the Wyckoff House Museum to pick it up and get answers to your compost related questions from a DSNY Outreach Coordinator. Register and RSVP here to reserve up to 4 bags. Come prepared to carry out your compost.

History on Wheels – Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City. For all ages

Discovery Room – Animals All Around – Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our August theme of animals that help New York transportation. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

Nytm Train Operators Workshop – Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Museum Highlights – Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Join for tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Animal Travels – Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Let’s learn about different animals that power travels around the world and create a “travel postcard” to help us remember the fleet with feet!

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt – Metropolitan Museum of Art
August 17, 2019 – New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum! A curator’s been murdered at the Metropolitan Museum, but he’s left a trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale revolving around the museum’s planned purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out whodunit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

History on Wheels – New York Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City. For all ages

Discovery Room – Animals All around – New York Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our August theme of animals that help New York transportation. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

Nytm Train Operators Workshop – New York Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Museum Highlights – New York Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Join for tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Animal Travels – New York Transit Museum
August 17, 2019 – Brooklyn

Let’s learn about different animals that power travels around the world and create a “travel postcard” to help us remember the fleet with feet!

Leslie-Lohman Block Party – Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
August 17, 2019 – New York

Age: All ages Please join us Saturday, August 17, 2-6 PM for the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s annual Block Party featuring, BEING SEEN MAKES A MOVEMENT POSSIBLE, our 2019 QUEERPOWER Façade Public Art Installation by JEB (Joan E. Biren) and timed with the opening of ATTRIBUTION, curated by Paco Cao. Enjoy live music, art-making activities, food, and performances — there is something for all ages!

Swimming with Giants in 360 – American Museum of Natural History
August 18, 2019 – New York

Are you ready to swim with some of the giants of the deep? Virtually dive into and explore the world underwater and sample some of the wonders that await in the Unseen Oceans exhibition. The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

Garry Winogrand: Color – Brooklyn Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Garry Winogrand: Color is the first exhibition dedicated to the nearly forgotten color photographs of Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. While almost exclusively known for his black-and-white images that pioneered a “snapshot aesthetic” in contemporary art, Winogrand produced more than 45,000 color slides between the early 1950s and late 1960s. Coming from a working-class background in the Bronx and practicing at the time when photographs had little market value, Winogrand did not have the resources to produce costly and time consuming prints of his color slides during his lifetime. Yet, he remained dedicated to the medium for nearly twenty years. The exhibition presents an enveloping installation of large-scale projections comprising more than 400 rarely or never-before seen color photographs that capture the social and physical landscape of New York City and the United States. On his numerous journeys through Midtown Manhattan and across the country, Winogrand explored the raw visual poetics of public life—on streets and highways, in suburbs, at motels, theaters, fairgrounds, and amusement parks. For him, the industr… (read more)

Nostalgia Ride: Remembering the Myrtle Avenue Elevated – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

The Nostalgia Train is scheduled to leave from the Delancey/Essex Street in Manhattan at approximately 11 am, and will travel as far as 111th Street, stopping along the way for lunch on your own. We will depart for Delancey/Essex at 5pm.

History on Wheels – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Make discoveries and learn fun facts, exploring photographs and artifacts that relate the history of horse-powered transportation in New York City. For all ages

Discovery Room – Animals All around – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Stop by the Education Center to explore our August theme of animals that help New York transportation. Ages 2-5 and accompanying adults

Nytm Train Operators Workshop – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Limited Capacity. Ages 10+

Museum Highlights – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Join for tours every Saturday and Sunday at 12pm and 3pm to explore the story of the building of New York’s subway system, the evolution of the City’s surface transportation, and our priceless collection of vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1904.

Animal Travels – New York Transit Museum
August 18, 2019 – Brooklyn

Let’s learn about different animals that power travels around the world and create a “travel postcard” to help us remember the fleet with feet!

Matt Keegan: what was & what is – Court Square Park
Through August 18, 2019 – Long Island City

For over a decade, Matt Keegan has worked to synthesize his interest in language, whether rooted in pedagogy and cognition or the vernacular and social. He works in sculpture, photography, and video, and for his SculptureCenter commission he integrates these various ways of working. Installed in Long Island City’s Court Square Park, what was & what is distills real estate development’s rhetorical and visual devices in an object that speaks the language of urban development while prompting opportunity for reflection on the fastest-growing neighborhood in New York City.

Among Others: Photography and the Group – The Morgan Library & Museum
Through August 18, 2019 – Manhattan

Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan’s collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery. In arranged sittings, form is content: when commissioned to photograph the royals of Germany and England at a wedding in 1894, James Russell and Son’s Studio instinctively centered its composition around the family’s matriarch, Queen Victoria. Camera artists sometimes insert themselves into the action, as Susan Meiselas did when mingling with carnival strippers, first to portray them behind the scenes and then to photograph those in the audience from a performer’s perspective. Action can also be a pose: in 1970, when asked to create a positive poster image for the Gay Liberation Front, Peter Hujar asked the group’s members to run toward him on the street, enacting their slogan, “Come Out!!” Ingenuity may be called for when one’s subjects are all too well-known: a press photographer, Jean-Pierre Ducatez, appealed to the primal desires of Beatles fans by zeroing in on the lips of each band member, creating a captivating game of who’s-who. Bringing together works from the 1860s to the present, Among… (read more)

The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1900s – Merchant’s House Museum
Through September 02, 2019 – New York

The Changing Silhouette of Fashion is series of exhibitions featuring a Tredwell dress from each decade of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taken together, these dresses show the changing silhouette of fashion over 100 years, and tell us about the women who wore them and the society in which they lived. On display: the “lingerie dress” of the 1900s. Free with admission.

Salvation by the Sea – Coney Island History Project
Through September 02, 2019 – Brooklyn

The exhibit Salvation by the Sea explores an era when the Coney Island beachfront saved lives and provided a livelihood for waves of immigrants who arrived from the 1870s-1920s. The Coney Island History Project is open weekends and holidays, 1-7PM, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Free admission.to one and all!

Simone Fattal solo show – MoMA PS1
Through September 02, 2019 – Long Island City

From March 31 to September 2, 2019, MoMA PS1 presents Works and Days the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal (Lebanese and American, b. 1942). Curated by Ruba Katrib, this retrospective brings together a selection of over 100 abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings and collages created over the last 40 years. Drawing from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry, these works explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

South Street Seaport Museum Public Sails on W.O. Decker Now Available – South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 07, 2019 – New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces  Public Sails on W.O. Decker NOW AVAILABLE The South Street Seaport Museum announces public sails on W.O. Decker. Tours can be booked in advance, $35 with pre-paid museum admission ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children.) Tickets for W.O. Decker are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1011575. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038.  NEW: Cruise on W.O. Decker Take a 45-minute ride on New York’s last working New-York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker and see the lower Manhattan skyline like never before. Decker will cruise the tip of lower Manhattan, giving its riders stunning views of the skyline, Battery Park, Castle Clinton National Monument and river views of One World Trade Center. For the first time, Decker will be available for public sails on Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 25.  W.O. Decker, the last surviving, New York built, wooden steam tugboat (later refit with a diesel engine.), was built in 1930 by the Newtown Creek Towing … (read more)

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 – South Street Seaport Museum
Through September 08, 2019 – New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces PIONEER SAILING SEASON 2019 May 25 – September 8, 2019 The South Street Seaport Museum announces Pioneer Sailing Season 2019: Sail New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer from May – September 2019 departing from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport Museum. Advance tickets for the 2019 season are now available and can be purchased at http://seaportmuseum.org/sailnewyorkharbor. Tickets are $32 Adults, $28 Seniors and Children ages 0-12. Use code EarlyBird19 and receive a $3 discount on tickets booked before the start of the season. Spend an afternoon at the Museum! Pioneer tickets include free admission to the Museum’s exhibitions, so bring your ticket to the Museum before or after your sail! (Please be sure to arrive with ample time if you wish to visit the museum before.) In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built… (read more)

Emily Miranker – The Center for Book Arts
Through September 10, 2019 – New York

Portfolios for Prints will be focused on creating enclosures for stacks of paper. Whether for holding a stack of family photos or a stack of prints. Students will learn how to make a paper phase folder with a ribbon tie, a paper phase folder with a hard outer case, and a full board lidded box. The intention of this class is to launch students into thinking about archival storage solutions. This class would be a good prerequisite to other more complex box making classes such as Enclosures for Books.

Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy – The Morgan Library & Museum
Through September 15, 2019 – Manhattan

“Comrades! I am the bard of Democracy,” Walt Whitman announced in a notebook in 1859. Over his 73 years (1819–1892), he essentially made good on that claim. From humble origins in Long Island and Brooklyn, he earned a global audience that never stops growing. On the two hundredth anniversary of his birth he continues to speak to new generations. The exhibition explores Whitman’s process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when Whitman began to write more privately and poetically, to his final years. Whitman not only sounded a “barbaric yawp” over the rooftops of the world, but he also helped his country to reconcile its famous contradictions through his inclusivity and his extraordinary body of work. Several of Whitman’s notebooks will be on display, as well as his portraitist’s copy of Leaves of Grass (1855) and the famous letter written to Whitman by Ralph Waldo Emerson commending that book. The exhibition will establish Whitman’s unblinking witness to the Civil War and display the great poems that he wrote in honor of the martyred president including “O Captain! My Captain!” Also on view are documents from Oscar Wilde, Hart Crane, Fe… (read more)

Our Stuff, Ourselves: An Intimate Look at the Tredwells’ Private Lives – Merchant’s House Museum
Through September 16, 2019 – New York

The Merchant’s House was built in 1832 and purchased by Seabury Tredwell, a prosperous New York City hardware merchant, in 1835. The Tredwell family continued to live in the landmark late-Federal and Greek revival style row house for nearly 100 years. On display: a selection of the Tredwells’ personal items from the collection, a doorway into their private lives that reveal the tastes, interests, and values of a prosperous merchant family in 19th century New York.

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America – National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 16, 2019 – New York

One of the most influential, innovative, and talented Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Cannon’s work—as an artist, poet, and aspiring musician—is deeply personal yet undeniably political, reflecting his cultural heritage, experience as a Vietnam War veteran, and the turbulent social and political period during which he worked. Cannon preferred bold color combinations, mash-ups between Native and non-Native elements and never shied away from the complexity and nuance of identity politics. Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens, and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary. T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America celebrates Cannon’s creative range and artistic legacy through numerous paintings and works on paper, as well as his poetry and music.

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met – Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 – New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: — The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it — The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo — A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry — The official royal mistresses of the French kings — A royal bastard … (read more)

Shady Ladies: Secret Tour of The Met – Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 22, 2019 – New York

DISCOVER HISTORY’S SCANDALOUS, FEISTY WOMEN FROM ANCIENT GREEK HETAERAE TO MADAME X Courtesans, royal mistresses, scandalous women of every sort—the walls of the Metropolitan Museum are lined with them, from ancient Greek hetaerae to Sargent’s Madame X. These women, famous not only for sex-appeal but also for their talents—and for a spirit which today we would call ‘entrepreneurial’— fascinated both their wealthy patrons and the artists who created the world’s great masterpieces. But who were they? How did they rise to their positions? And how did they maintain their prominence despite their scandalous reputations? OH, THE STORIES YOU’LL HEAR… To find out, join us as we explore the lives and loves that lie behind the paintings. The Shady Ladies tour will change the way you see the museum — and art itself — forever. On this fun and informative 2-hour Metropolitan Museum tour, we will learn about: — The first nude female statue in ancient Greece and the hetaera who modeled for it — The oiran of the pleasure quarter of 18th century Tokyo — A Venetian courtesan who published books of poetry — The official royal mistresses of the French kings — A royal bastard … (read more)

Ancestral Connections – National Museum of the American Indian
Through September 30, 2019 – New York

Ancestral Connections explores how ten contemporary artists draw on aspects of their heritage—sometimes combined with personal experiences or tribal history—to create new and compelling works of art. Some have been shaped by their traditional homelands and landscapes, while others draw on traditional worldviews, lifeways, and artistic traditions or remembered ancestors. As a whole, the works illustrate how connections to Native culture, tradition, and history serve as a catalyst for contemporary Native artistic expression.

South Street Seaport Museum Expands Schedule for Public Cruises on W.O. Decker – South Street Seaport Museum
Through October 01, 2019 – New York

South Street Seaport Museum Expands Schedule for Public Cruises on W.O. Decker The South Street Seaport Museum announces an expanded schedule for the public cruises on Tugboat W.O. Decker. Take a 60-minute ride on New York’s last remaining New-York-built wooden tugboat and see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the lower Manhattan skyline as never before. Deckerwill cruise past Governor’s Island with Battery Park, One World Trade Center and all of the lower Manhattan skyline as a backdrop and head to the Statue of Liberty for stunning harbor views. This May marked the first time Decker was available for public cruises in nearly a decade, now with an expanded schedule: Wed-Friday: 2pm and 7pm. Sat & Sun: 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm and 7pm. Decker Tours are $35 and include admission to the Museum. Cruisescan be booked in advance at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1011575.   Tickets for a cruise plus Museum Admission are $35 ($29 for seniors and students, $15 for children 10 and up) The 7pm cruises do not include admission and are $25. Museum tickets alone are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org…. (read more)

South Street Seaport Museum announces new exhibition The Printed Port – South Street Seaport Museum
Through October 01, 2019 – New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces new exhibition The Printed Port at Bowne & Co. Printing Offices The South Street Seaport Museum announces a new exhibition entitled The Printed Port at the Bowne & Co. Printing Offices. Entry to the new exhibition is included with Museum admission. Tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038. New Exhibition: The Printed Port The Printed Port illuminates an industry central to the development of New York City: job printing. Printers were a mammoth force in the 19th-century Port of New York; they produced all manner of printed materials for the businesses flourishing on South Street, including those in the maritime trades. Bowne & Co. founded in 1775 and part of the South Street Seaport Museum since 1975, was one of hundreds of shops that made up  characterized the seaport district. The exhibition features original and reproduced artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum’s collection, including 19th-century and early-20th century printing presses. A survey o… (read more)

South Street Seaport Museum announces New Tours of Wavertree’s Cargo Hold – South Street Seaport Museum
Through October 01, 2019 – New York

South Street Seaport Museum announces New Tours of Wavertree’s Cargo Hold The South Street Seaport Museum announces access to the hull of Wavertree for tours. Wavertree tickets are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/957100. Museum tickets are $20 ($14 for seniors and students, children under 8 NOW FREE) and can be purchased at www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org. The South Street Seaport Museum is located at 12 Fulton Street, NYC, 10038. NEW: Visit the Cargo Hold of Wavertree Included in the price of admission, the South Street Seaport Museum now offers a new level of acesss to Wavertree, a 130-year-old ship built of riveted wrought iron and the iconic centerpiece of the “Street of Ships” at South Street. For the first time, visitors can take a tour into the belly of the ship to view the breathtaking main cargo area. Tours will be conducted into the massive lower hold space to a viewing platform. Maritime Song Sessions Aboard Wavertree Join for maritime singing sessions each first Sunday from May to September aboard Wavertree. Purchase of admission required. Click here for tickets to the next session. The 1885 ship Wavertree has a well-documented and fascin… (read more)

E. v. Day: Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Children’s Museum of the Arts
Through October 27, 2019 – New York

Known for her gravity-defying suspension sculptures that explore themes of science fiction, space, gender, and humor, E. V. Day illuminates contradictions in gender roles and stretches the confines of social stereotypes. In her new site-specific installation in the central Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery, E. V. Day will use turnbuckles, monofilament, and angle iron to build multiple suspended trajectories in the ceiling, using the columns and walls as mounting points. Day will employ chains, brass rods, elastic cords, and hardware to build tension, highlight resistance, and imply velocity. The ceiling installation will be complemented by shattered glass images displayed around the perimeter of the gallery referencing cosmic aspirations — the strong desire to achieve something that might feel just outside of one’s reach.

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Oceans: Our Blue Planet – American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2020 – New York

Embark on a global odyssey to discover the largest and least explored habitat on Earth. New ocean science and technology has allowed humans to go farther into the unknown than ever thought possible. From the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds, this film reveals the untold stories of the ocean’s most astonishing animals.

Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty – Fraunces Tavern Museum
Through August 22, 2020 – New York

Opening August 22 // Mesick Gallery We may not like paying taxes but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance. Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor. Opening reception on August 21 by invitation only. Become a Museum Member today and receive an exclusive invitation!

Picasso’s Le Tricorne – New-York Historical Society
Through December 31, 2020 – Upper West Side

Now on display at the New-York Historical Society is a newly acquired and conserved Picasso in the exhibition Picasso’s “Le Tricorne.” It is the first work by Picasso, and one with great wall power and a New York history, to enter New-York Historical’s collection. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos or Le tricorne). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called “Le Tricorne” the artist’s “supreme theatrical achievement.” The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet. Measuring roughly 20 feet square, the curtain depict… (read more)

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