Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week – September 10-September 17

by admin on September 9, 2017

Things to Do on the Upper East Side This WeekPhoto: ArtBrom/Flickr

You’ll find the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue, Central Park Zoo, and Seredipity 3 in the Upper East Side, along with a plethora of other activities, eateries, and landmarks. City Guide’s list of things to do on the Upper East Side this week will keep you occupied and thoroughly entertained during your visit to this beloved NYC borough.

The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals – Frick Collection

Through September 10, 2017 – New York

The Frick Collection recently announced the largest acquisition in its history — a promised gift of approximately 450 portrait medals from the incomparable collection of Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher. Representing the development of the art of the portrait medal from its inception in fifteenth-century Italy to the nineteenth century, the Scher collection is arguably the world’s most comprehensive and significant collection of portrait medals. Comments Director Ian Wardropper, “Henry Clay Frick had an abiding interest in portraiture as expressed in the paintings, sculpture, enamels, and works on paper he acquired. The Scher medals will coalesce beautifully with these holdings, being understood in our galleries within the broader contexts of European art and culture. At the same time, the intimate scale of the institution will offer a superb platform for the medals to be appreciated as an independent art form, one long overdue for fresh attention and public appreciation.”To celebrate the promised gift, The Frick Collection will mount an exhibition this spring entitled The Pursuit of Immortality: Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals. The exhibition will expl… (read more)

Faustin Linyekula: New Work – The Met

Through September 10, 2017 – New York

World PremiereWith Faustin Linyekula and Moya MichaelThis new MetLiveArts commission showcases Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula in the Museum’s Vélez Blanco Patio. Art from the Kingdom of Kongo in The Met’s galleries, a shifting political landscape, and the tumultuous history of his homeland all serve as muses for this insightful and provocative dancer.Bring the Kids for $1.Click for more times.Faustin Linyekula’s new commission is presented in collaboration with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of FIAF’s Crossing the Line Festival 2017.Tickets to this event include same day Museum admission.

Faustin Linyekula – Crossing The Line Festival

Through September 10, 2017 – New York

This new MetLiveArts commission showcases Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula in the Museum’s Vélez Blanco Patio. Art from the “Kingdom of Kongo” in The Met’s galleries, a shifting political landscape, and the tumultuous history of his homeland all serve as muses for this insightful and provocative dancer. Faustin Linyekula will be accompanied by South African dancer Moya Michael.

Woody Allen & the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band – The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

September 11, 2017 – New York

Cover Charge:General Seating | USD165 per personBar Seating | USD120, plus USD25 food and beverage minimumPremium Seating | USD215Food and beverage minimum to 8:45 p.m. shows for General and Premium Seating | USD75

Asia Briefing: Daniel Russel – Asia Society

September 13, 2017 – Upper East Side

On the eve of the 72nd UN General Assembly meetings, President Obama’s “point person” for Asia shares his insights on some of the most important issues in the Asia-Pacific region. From climate change to the North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile program, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative to the South China Sea — get an insider’s view of Asia’s hotspots and headlines.Daniel Russel joined the Asia Society Policy Institute as Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow in April 2017. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary on July 12, 2013, Mr. Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for Asian Affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia Pacific region, including efforts to strengthen alliances, deepen U.S. engagement with multilateral organizations, and expand cooperation with emerging powers in the region. Mr. Russel was educated at Sarah Lawrence College … (read more)

Imagine 2060: New York – Asia Society

September 14, 2017 – Upper East Side

New York’s waterfront has long been a symbol of the American Dream and, as a working waterfront, a key contributor to the nation’s ports industry and the U.S. economy. How will New York symbolize the American Dream in the future, and what role will its waterfront play in this vision? Imagine 2060: New York is bringing together city-makers and city-shapers from the U.S. and Asia to look towards and beyond the challenges of aging infrastructure, changes to global shipping patterns, and New York’s evolving economy.Sean Chiao is President for Asia Pacific at AECOM, a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, business, and organizations in over 150 countries.Andrew Kimball is CEO of Industry City, an innovation ecosystem complex located on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York.Roland Lewis is President and CEO of Waterfront Alliance, an organization that works to protect, transform and revitalize New York.Joanne Witty is the vice chair and former director of the Brooklyn Bridge Development Corporation.

YPA: Private Tour of Hélio Oiticica at the Whitney Museum of American Art – Americas Society

September 15, 2017 – New York

This event is complimentary and only open to YPA members and by invitation. YPA Steering Committee and Silver level members receive priority access to this event.In collaboration with Visual Arts at Americas Society, the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) is organizing a private tour of the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium at the Whitney Museum of American Art led by Tisch fellow Maibritt Borgen.Oiticica (1937–1980) is among Brazil’s foremost contemporary artists, and the Whitney Museum exhibition is a full survey of his career that includes his early work with the Neo-Concrete Movement, to his immersive environments and the various projects created during his extended travels to New York during the 1970s. Read more about the exhibit here.The tour will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a happy hour nearby.

Saturday Sketching – Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

September 16, 2017 – Upper East Side

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural shapes and spaces through drawing activities in the museum’s galleries. Art materials, including a drawing board, paper, pencils, and erasers, are available for loan at the Family Activity Kiosk. This program is geared towards teens, though families with children of all ages are welcome. No registration is required.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans – Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 16, 2017 – New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for Harry Potter fans ages 10 & up! Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt – Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 16, 2017 – New York

Fans of murder mysteries and “The Da Vinci Code” will enjoy this scavenger hunt throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic 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 about greed, lust, revenge and treachery, all revolving around the museum’s planned multi-million dollar 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 whodunnit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Author/Illustrator Event: Origami Peace Cranes with Sue DiCicco – Asia Society

September 16, 2017 – Upper East Side

Children’s writer/ illustrator, and founder of Peace Crane Project, Sue DiCicco introduces her multicultural story about friendship and the power to make a big difference through small exchanges. Write your words of peace on paper cranes and exchange with others. DiCicco’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sickle Cell Walk – Central Park

September 16, 2017 – Manhattan

The 19th Annual Sickle Cell Walk will be Saturday September 16th at Center Row in Central Park. Hosted by the Sickle Cell Thalassemia Patients network, a Brooklyn based non-profit the proceeds from the walk go towards client care and scholarships for students with sickle cell.Register at www.sctpnwalk.netRegistration begins at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 11:00 am. Registration fee is $20 and all registered walkers will receive a commemorative t-shirt.Come out and walk with us for Sickle Cel Awareness Month. Bring your friends and family and help us make this the best walk ever. See you there!

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall – The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

Through September 16, 2017 – New York

September 5 through 16Tuesday through Friday at 8:45 p.m.Saturday at 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.Cover Charge:Weekday pricing and Saturday Late-Show begins at -Bar Seating | USD70 per personGeneral Seating | USD85Premium Seating | USD135Weekend pricing begins at -Bar Seating | USD80 per personGeneral Seating | USD105Premium Seating | USD155

Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaguey – Kaye Playhouse

Through September 16, 2017 – New York

The Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaguey of Cuba, with choreography and artistic direction by Pedro Ruiz, will make its U.S. debut with 3 performances, Sept. 14-16, at the Kaye Playhouse, entrance on 68th St. bet. Park & Lexington. Ruiz will be remembered as a star dancer and choreographer for Ballet Hispanico for 21 years, and here realizes his dream to contribute to the dance scene in his native Cuba and share the artistry of its dancers with New York audiences.

Nico Muhly and the Countertenor – Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

September 17, 2017 – Upper East Side

Composer Nico Muhly discusses ?his music for countertenor. A selection of these works will be performed alongside a preview of a new Works & Process commission. Inspired by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World’s interpretation of the oldest song in the world, the commission is an extension of Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin’s project . . . circle through New York, part of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative.

Nico Muhly and the Countertenor – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

September 17, 2017 – New York

Composer Nico Muhly discusses ?his music for countertenor. A selection of these works will be performed alongside a preview of a new Works & Process commission. Inspired by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World’s interpretation of the oldest song in the world, the commission is an extension of Lenka Clayton and Jon Rubin’s project . . . circle through New York, part of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative.$40, $35 members and Friends of Works & Process.Priority tickets on sale July 31 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and $600+ Guggenheim members. Call the box office at 212 423 3575, 10 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday to purchase tickets (limit four per performance). General tickets on sale August 7.

Splendors of Korean Art – The Met

Through September 17, 2017 – New York

This year-long presentation brings to The Met masterpieces from the National Museum of Korea. The exhibition offers stellar examples of Korean art in areas not often represented in American collections as well as treasured highlights from The Met collection. Organized chronologically from the Late Bronze Age to the 21st century, the exhibition conveys the broad framework of Korean art history.Among the objects reflecting key genres and themes of Korean art are strikingly modern-looking pots and glittering jewelry from ancient burial sites; exquisite gilded Buddhist sculpture from the seventh through the seventeenth century; sophisticated celadon and metalwork of the Goryeo dynasty; porcelain with delightful and distinctively Korean designs; and paintings on diverse subjects from the Joseon and early modern periods.

Scholars’ Rocks from the Collection of Kemin Hu – Asia Society

Through September 17, 2017 – Upper East Side

AsiaStore presents a newly acquired collection of scholar rocks from Kemin Hu. Experience the power of gongshi or “spirit stones” – cherished by the Chinese for generations. Autographed copies of Ms. Hu’s books are available for purchase.

Free Saturdays – The Jewish Museum

Through September 23, 2017 – New York

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays. Learn more here.During a Saturday visit to the Museum, you will be able to view our current exhibitions. Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays for prepaid and prix fixe Kosher brunch. Advance reservations required. Shop locations are closed.

Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie New York – Neue Galerie New York

Through September 25, 2017 – New York

This exhibition celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of the Neue Galerie’s founding. Highlights from the museum’s extensive collection of Austrian art from the period 1890 to 1940 are on view, including major paintings and drawings by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, and Egon Schiele. Icons of modern design are also featured, such as furniture designed by architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, as well as objects made by the Wiener Werkstätte after designs by Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche.The center gallery features an extraordinary selection of Klimt’s sensuous depictions of women, including both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907 and 1912), as well as paintings of Gertha Loew (1902), Elisabeth Lederer (1914-15), and Ria Munk (1917). This special presentation includes four major loans that have been extended following the recent exhibition, “Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900-1918.” The Neue Galerie appreciates the generosity of the private lenders who made this presentation possible, which offers a rare opportunity to see some of Klimt’s most important and beloved canvases. Special thanks are due to Neue Galerie President and co-… (read more)

Late Antique Textiles and Modern Design – The Met

Through October 01, 2017 – New York

Artists and designers often look to the past to find inspiration for their own work. This exhibition—drawn entirely from The Met collection—compares foliate patterns and roundels that are found on textiles from the Late Roman, Byzantine, and Early Islamic periods in Egypt to similar motifs in postcards by the Wiener Werkstätte and on garments designed by Mariano Fortuny (1871–1949).Created in Egypt between about 200 and 600, the textiles on view include a child’s dress; fragments from a sleeve, tunic, and blanket or cover; and other fragments whose original use is not known. Variations of the scrolling vines and stylized motifs that adorn these textiles can be seen on works created nearly 1500 years later.The renowned Spanish-born designer Mariano Fortuny was active in Venice, where he founded a textile workshop and commercial silk printing factory. His exquisite designs fuse the ancient and the modern, the local and the exotic. Three different Fortuny-designed silk coats from the first three decades of the 20th century are shown over the course of the exhibition. In cut and ornament, these items harken back to Late Antique historical sources.Founded in 1903 in reaction… (read more)

Oktoberfest NYC 2017 at Treadwell Park – Treadwell Park

Through October 08, 2017 – New York CIty

There’s lots of reasons to love Oktoberfest… the steins of beer, the tents, the lederhosen, the pretzels.If you’re not traveling to Munich this year, you could have missed out on three of the best weeks of your life – until now. This year will be different for you! This year will be the year we bring the Oktoberfest atmosphere from Munich to New York! Start the works outs now to carry a stein in each hand.But Oktoberfest is about more than authentic German beer! Over 3 weekends, you can experience everything that makes Oktoberfest great. We’ll have live music, full Oktoberfest decoration and fun games for the entire family. Along with steins, you’ll get some of the best Oktoberfest food that New York has to offer.Here is the info – We are excited to bring three weekends of the Oktoberfest atmosphere over from Munich to New York!Sept. 15th till Oct. 8th!!!!Treadwell Park -1125 1st avenueNew York, NY 10065We will have live music with steins full of beer, traditional Oktoberfest food for sale and fun for the entire family.

Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings – The Met

Through October 09, 2017 – New York

Hardstone carving is one of the oldest arts in China, dating back to the fifth millennium B.C. It was not until the Qing dynasty, however, that an abundant supply of raw material, extraordinary craftsmanship, and keen imperial patronage allowed the art to flourish. During the 18th century, widespread prosperity and successful military campaigns brought political stability, while also securing the trade routes that permitted the importation of gemstones over the Silk Roads and through sea trade routes from as far away as Europe.Showcasing a selection of 75 exquisite carvings drawn from The Met collection, this exhibition presents the lapidary art of China’s Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Featuring not only jade, the most esteemed of East Asian gems, but also agate, malachite, turquoise, quartz, amber, coral, and lapis lazuli, the exhibition reveals the extensive variety of hardstones and full palette of vibrant colors that were favored at the imperial court. Exploring the diverse subjects and styles of Qing lapidary art, Colors of the Universe illustrates the extraordinary imagination and technical virtuosity behind these miniature sculptures.

From the Imperial Theater: Chinese Opera Costumes of the 18th and 19th Centuries – The Met

Through October 09, 2017 – New York

Drawn entirely from The Met collection, this exhibition examines these luxury textiles from artistic and technical points of view. It is organized in two rotations. The first focuses on costumes used in dramas based on historical events; and the second will feature costumes from plays derived from legends and myths. The presentation showcases eight robes, each of which was created for a specific role—court lady, official, general, monk, nun, and immortal. A set of album leaves faithfully depicting theatrical characters wearing such robes is also displayed.The 18th and 19th centuries witnessed a flowering of Chinese drama. Under the patronage of the Qing court (1644–1911), performances—including the “Peking Opera”—filled the Forbidden City in Beijing. A form of traditional Chinese theater, Peking Opera was developed fully by the mid-19th century, and because of the form’s minimal stage settings and the importance of exaggerated gestures and movements, costume played an unusually significant role.This exhibition includes superb examples with interior markings indicating their use in court productions.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century – The Met

Through October 09, 2017 – New York

This exhibition, featuring 45 magnificent examples of Chinese carved lacquer drawn entirely from The Met collection, will explore the development of this significant artistic tradition. Among the objects on view will be works created as birthday gifts bearing symbols of long life, such as peaches, cranes, the character for longevity (shou), and representations of children. One of the highlights is a unique, large, lobed tray of the 14th century, carved with a delightful scene showing two women and 33 children. Other early pieces on view include a dish with a scene of long-tailed birds and hollyhocks. A rare screen that was produced by Lu Guisheng—a famous 19th-century artist and one of the few individuals working in lacquer whose name is recorded in Chinese history—provides a spectacular finale to this tradition.Lacquer, the resin of a family of trees found in southern China, hardens when exposed to oxygen and humidity and can become a natural plastic. Tinted with cinnabar (red), carbon (black), and other minerals, it has been used as an artistic medium in China since at least the sixth century B.C. Carved lacquer, which involves applying multiple layers of lacquer onto a subst… (read more)

Asian Art at 100: A History in Photographs – The Met

Through October 11, 2017 – New York

Since The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870, the institution’s physical space and collection have grown and its curatorial departments have diversified. The first Asian works of art to enter the collection—mostly ceramics and lacquers—were acquired in 1879 and originally accommodated in what was then called the Department of Decorative Arts. Only in 1915 was a separate Department of Far Eastern Art established, and it was not until 1986 that its name was changed to the Department of Asian Art. The timeline presented in the photographs in this exhibition chronicles the changing face of The Met’s galleries of Asian art as the building’s footprint has expanded, exhibition styles have evolved, and the collection has grown.Forever a work in progress, The Met’s collection of Asian art is ultimately the product of the passion and scholarship of the many collectors, curators, donors, dealers, and directors who have together shaped the Museum’s holdings and legacy.

Exhibit: The Rise of Newspapers in the 19th Century – Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Through October 22, 2017 – New York

Controversial elections, voting rights, abolition and slavery! In 1820s New York, as these issues inflamed public discussion, the burgeoning newspaper industry fanned the fire and competed as forums for debate! This exhibit looks at the newspaper industry of the 1820s –and the bold entry of women and African Americans into the business of print.( Open during Museum hours, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.)Please call the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 212-838-6878, for more details.The Museum is located at 421 East 61st Street (between First and York Avenues).Bus: M15, M31 or M57; Subway: N, R, Q or 4, 5, 6 to Lexington Avenue/59th Street; or F to 63rd Street.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim: Fall 2017 Season – Solomon R Guggenheim Museum Rotunda

Through December 18, 2017 – New York

Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Fall 2017 SeasonHighlights:Works & Process Rotunda Project commission featuring American Ballet Theatre principal Daniil Simkin with costumes by DiorA new commission featuring Ryan McNamara and John ZornA new commission by Nico Muhly inspired by the oldest song in the worldPreviews of new operas by John Adams and Peter Sellars, and Thomas Adès and Tom CairnsPerformance and discussion celebrating Tanaquil Le Clercq’s The Ballet Cook Book at 50 with a dinner featuring recipes from the bookPeter & The Wolf with Isaac MizrahiWorks & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its fall 2017 season and opens the season with a commissioned performance made in and for the museum rotunda. Since 1984 the performing-arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Each intimate, 80-minute performance combines artistic creation with stimulating conversation, and takes place in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. The New York Times describes Works & Process as “a popular… (read more)

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History – Asia Society

Through January 21, 2018 – Upper East Side

After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History considers how contemporary art from societies in transition may be read as an expression of the ambiguous and sometimes contentious relationship between individual artistic practices and sociopolitical context. The exhibition explores the cultural repercussions of political ruptures through sculpture, photography, video, and mixed-media installations by seven contemporary artists and one artist group from three Southeast Asian countries—Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam—whose lives and art practices have intersected with defining historical moments.Featured artists: FX Harsono, Htein Lin, Dinh Q. Lê, Nge Lay, Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, The Propeller Group, Angki Purbandono, and Tintin Wulia.

Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 – The Met

Through January 28, 2018 – New York

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work’s material existence. “For each work of art that becomes physical,” he wrote, “there are many variations that do not.”Sol LeWitt’s 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions was installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing will be on view in its complete state through January 28, 2018, when it will be painted over.

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