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THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN BRONX ON JANUARY 2

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by Daily Kids Events Editor January 2, 2014

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free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids in Bronx today, January 2, including fun activities and events the whole family can enjoy. See what's going on today in Bronx's museums, galleries, and libraries for some educational fun; in the parks, for outdoor and nature activities; and in the theaters, for children's concerts and performances. Plus, get details and directions on any street fairs or holiday festivals happening January 2. For even more free and low-cost upcoming events in Bronx, check out our complete calendar of events.

The Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
January 02, 2014 - New York

Conductor Jane Glover makes her Met debut leading the abridged, English-language holiday presentation of The Magic Flute. This family-friendly production by Julie Taymor runs 100 minutes and is designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. Featuring Alex Shrader as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Eric Owens as the high priest Sarastro, Heidi Stobe as Princess Pamina, and Albina Shagimuratova and Kathryn Lewek as the wicked Queen of the Night, this spellbinding production is sure to please.

Cutting the Line - Long Island Children's Museum
January 02, 2014 - Garden City

Can a shaky line have personality? Experiment with the shape, thickness, and personality of line. Explore techniques used by the famous abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning to create many of his works. Choose specific lines to create a unique work of art using paint, ink, pastels, tape and collage materials. If you wish, leave your artwork for inclusion in the 2014 spring exhibit.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Storytime at B&N Yonkers - Barnes & Noble Yonkers
January 02, 2014 - Yonkers

Lots of fun for the 4-6-year-old set.

School's Out! Holiday Camp! - CSTL Center for Science Teaching and Learning
January 02, 2014 - Rockville Centre

Join in for days of fun-filled, hands-on science and nature activities. There will be dinosaurs, live animals, science exploration, nature discoveries and more! Sign up for the days that work for you. 4-12 year olds. Aftercare (4-5pm) available.

Let's Celebrate with Crafts! - Pomonok Library
January 02, 2014 - Flushing

Kids and teens can make crafts that celebrate the season and can be made for holidays or birthdays: Paper butterflies; 1/2 - Notebooks; 1/3 - Tissue paper flowers.

Kidville Holiday Camp - Kidville
January 02, 2014 - Westport

Pack your child's sleeping bag and favorite stuffed animal and send them camping. Every day will be a new adventure in the great indoors of Kidville Westport where they will enjoy two hours of games, arts and crafts, dancing, storytime and a pizza lunch. Send your child for one day or all four. This drop-off program is designed for children ages 4-6.

Open Mic - Page One Restaurant
January 02, 2014 - Glen Cove

The weekly open mic, one of the most popular on Long Island, typically attracts 10-12 performers, most playing guitar and singing original material. Host Tedeschi emphasizes, "You don't have to be a seasoned performer to showcase your work at the open mic. We definitely work at also making this venue a welcome place for those who are new at getting up in front of an audience. Having personally played at many open mics, I know how important it is to feel part of a welcoming atmosphere, especially for performers who show up for the first time and need to experience the feel of that kind of atmosphere. We also have any number of people who come in each week just to listen and be part of the scene." Co-owner and executive chef, Jeanine DiMenna, has created a special open mic bar menu, with all entrees priced at $5 and ranging from special salads to a burger with fries, fish and chips, sesame chicken and more.

Let's celebrate the New Year! - The Maritime Explorium
January 02, 2014 - Port Jefferson

Explore the principles of geometry and design your own Times Square Ball.

Holiday Vacation Art Workshops - Parrish Art Museum
January 02, 2014 - Water Mill

Students will create projects inspired by the works on view in the Museum. Space is limited and advance registration and payment are required.

New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Nassau Coliseum
January 02, 2014 - Uniondale

It will be a hot, hot time on the ice. Get ready to root for your favorite team as the Islanders take on their rivals.

Anna Karenina-Movie - Franklin Square Public Library
January 02, 2014 - Franklin Square

Set in late 19th century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. (Rated R. 130 min.)

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS PRINCESSES & HEROES - Webster Bank Arena
January 02, 2014 - Bridgeport

Witness the magic as Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White all make their wishes come true in this collection of celebrated tales told through artistic skating and acrobatics. With the help of the magical pixie Tinker Bell, the Disney Princesses embark on many adventures. Jasmine discovers a whole new world with Aladdin after meeting her unlikely hero in the marketplace. Prince Philip defeats the evil fire-breathing dragon Maleficent in a race to save his true love Aurora. Prince Eric breaks Ursula's spell so that Ariel can remain part of his world. Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle and Snow White also find happiness in this beautifully imagined ice show. Along with romance and adventure, the program offers dynamic special effects, set design and choreography.

Get Into It! FREE - Stepping Stones Museum
January 02, 2014 - Norwalk

The museum stays open late with free admission and activities. An Open Arms program.

Sukey Molloy & Friends! Winter Concert - Eastchester Public Library
January 02, 2014 - Eastchester

Join Sukey Molloy & Friends for an hour of sing-along fun with songs to make you happy! Sukey is an award-winning recording and video artist seen on "BabyFirst," known for her gentle, intimate, up-close entertaining style for families with children ages birth-6 years. Dance along with Sukey's friends Sunflower, Tick Tock, and Sunny, and enjoy the show! Call to pre-register: 201-384-1020.

Magical Musical Winter Wonderland at the Chappaqua Public Library - Chappaqua Public Library
January 02, 2014 - Chappaqua

Join award-winning singer-songwriter Patricia Shih to celebrate the beauty and fun of the season. Kids ages 4 and older will get to "ice skate" around an imaginary lake, have a fun "snowball fight," play a book game, and of course, sing songs praising winter. Together a warm and wonderful winter wonderland will be created, right in the library! Pre-registration is requested.

Yoga for Toddlers - Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard branch
January 02, 2014 - Williamsburg

You and your child can participate in a yoga class specifically for children ages 18-36 months.

Sing Along - Brooklyn Public Library, Flatlands branch
January 02, 2014 - Marine Park

Roll over Beethoven! Come hear Mr. Avrum, the librarian, play some of your favorite tunes.

Chess with Oscar - Brooklyn Public Library, Gravesend branch
January 02, 2014 - Gravesend

Expert chess teacher Oscar Garcia leads this learning/playing session for young players.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
January 02, 2014 - Bronx

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, stroll the spectacular grounds, and shop for everyone on your list. This year's edition features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.

Thursday Morning Storytime at B&N: The Toe Show - Barnes & Noble City Center
January 02, 2014 - White Plains

Join Toe, bookseller/entertainer extraordinaire, every Thursday morning for stories, singing and lively fun.

Open Bounce - BounceU-Farmingdale
January 02, 2014 - Farmingdale

Bring the family for a fun time. The sessions include music, games, and of course, play time on the giant inflatable toys. Supervision by an experienced staff is provided.

VacationArts - Great Neck Arts
January 02, 2014 - Great Neck

Kids K-5 won't be bored over the Winter break at the VacationArts program. They enjoy a full day of art, ceramics, drama, music, dance, chess and more. VacationArts is open during school holidays. Call to register. Discounts available.

NOOK Night - Barnes and Noble -Manhasset
January 02, 2014 - Manhasset

Whether you are a seasoned NOOK enthusiast or thinking about a special gift, join us in-store for a NOOK Workshop designed to teach, entertain and inspire.

Winter Wonderland - Science Museum of Long Island
January 02, 2014 - Plandome

Winter is a wonderful time of year. Join in and celebrate the cold weather by growing crystals and finding out how snowflakes are similar. Create your own colorful snow to take home.

Tales for Tails @ The Field - The Field Library
January 02, 2014 - Peekskill

Children in Grades 1 and up are invited (with a parent) to read to a special dog. All volunteer dogs are certified through The Good Dog Foundation. Sign-up required.

Jodi's Gym Mini Camp - Jodi's Gym
January 02, 2014 - Mt. Kisco

A morning of non-stop fun, Jodi's Gym style! Children ages 3-7 will run, jump, tumble, balance, stretch, sing, create, move, and groove, all under the supervision and care of Jodi's well-trained and certified staff. Kids love the mix of gymnastics, music, and art! Children must be 3 years old by Nov. 1, 2013, must previously have been in a separation program, and potty-trained. Discounts (for total days enrolled per family): 10% off for 4-6 days of camp; 15% for for 7 days or more. Space is limited. Call 914-244-8811 to register.

Winter Visit with the Animals - Bear Mountain Zoo
January 02, 2014 - Bear Mountain

Need some fresh air and an adventure while the kids are home on winter break? Head over to this little gem of a zoo. Check out black bears, coyotes, beavers, otters, bald eagles, and other mammals and birds. Warm up in the zoo's Reptile and Amphibian house, home to a variety of species of frogs, turtles, snakes, salamanders and fish. Current residents include the Endangered Timber Rattlesnake, Black Rat Snake, Spotted Salamader, Bullfrog, Spring Peeper, American Toad, Spotted Turtle, Eastern Box Turtle, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish. The animals arrived at Trailside because they were either permanently injured or orphaned and would not be able to survive in the wild. Their presence here offers visitors a chance to see them up close and learn about the importance of conserving their natural habitat.

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 02, 2014 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 8-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Circle of Friends - Glen Oaks Library
January 02, 2014 - Glen Oaks

A morning of fun for children ages 3-5. A variety of fun-filled activities include listening to stories, singing songs and doing arts and crafts.

MONTHLY JAZZ JAM - Flushing Town Hall
January 02, 2014 - Flushing

Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, and music educators. Meet new contacts, hone your chops and jam each month with your peers. Open to the general public, first Wednesday each month.

Gingerbread Lane - NY Hall of Science
January 02, 2014 - Corona

Marvel at a grand village of homemade gingerbread houses that is drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. This season marks the 20th year that Jon Lovitch, chef and creator of GingerBread Lane, has been undertaking the colossal confection. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make, and is made from only "real," edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. Weighing more than 1.5 tons, this year's GBL is the largest ever, and will be competing for a Guinness World Record. It sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, giving viewers a delicious whiff of homemade gingerbread. Visit gingerbread-lane.org to learn more.

Comedy Outliers Presents: Pop Americano! - The Creek and the Cave
January 02, 2014 - Long Island City

From the creators of "Comedy Outliers" comes "Pop Americano!" a fun, interactive show where a panel of comedians breakdown current pop culture and political news. Propelled by it's use of news clips, sound bites and a quick round of pop culture trivia, "Pop Americano" is a show you can't miss! Hosted By: Brandon Collins and Mike Brown. This Month's Line-Up Includes: Mike Cannon (MTV); Kid Fury (SoFurious.com); with other special guests! Purchase Tickets Here: http://goo.gl/JZI7rD. This is a new show you do NOT want to miss!!!

BARAKA - Cinema Arts Centre
January 02, 2014 - Huntington

From Ron Fricke, the acclaimed director of "Samsara" and cinematographer of "Koyaanisquatsi", a mind-expanding, spiritual journey across disparate cultures and civilizations. Hosted by educator Fred Craden.

January Dance Classes for all ages - Elite Dance Centre
January 02, 2014 - East Northport

Elite Dance Centre is offering new classes for the New Year. They have ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pre k dance break dance and zumba

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Javits Center
January 02, 2014 - Hell's Kitchen

Kick off the New Year with a resolution to spend more time on the water. The world?s first and longest running boat show welcomes thousands of visitors to the Javits Center in New York City for five days of summer dreaming and fun for the whole family. Lifelong boating enthusiasts and novices alike can shop, compare and find competitive deals on everything from luxury motor yachts and sport fishers to performance boats, sailboats, and thousands of marine accessories. Plus, attendees will have the chance to meet Captain Dave Carraro from National Geographi'cs Wicked Tuna, see swampmaster Jeff Quattrocchi catch an 8-foot, 200-pound alligator with his bare hands, get expert advice and skills training at the Show?s interactive boating workshops, and more!

Cross-Stitch Circle - DiMenna Children's History Museum at New-York Historical Society
January 02, 2014 - Upper West Side

Drop in and try your skills at one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. Beginning cross stitchers will learn the basic stitch and create a bookmark with their new skill. More seasoned stitchers can continue working on their bookmark or branch into more complicated designs ? make a handcrafted gift for someone! This program is designed for kids who are 6 and older.

Living Colour - Brooklyn Bowl
January 02, 2014 - Brooklyn

Multilingual Mother Goose - Chappaqua Public Library
January 02, 2014 - Chappaqua

Children ages birth-5 years with an adult learn and share songs and rhymes in other languages. Registration required.

Yefim Bronfman, Lindberg, Rouse, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 - New York Philharmonic
Through January 03, 2014 - New York

The Russian-born, Grammy award winning pianist, Yefim Bronfman joins the Philharmonic as Artist-in-Residence for the 2013-14 season. Mr. Bronfman has performed with the Orchestra on more than 55 occasions after his debut with the Philharmonic in May of 1970.

Vacation Mini Camps - JCC of Mid-Westchester
Through January 03, 2014 - Scarsdale

Three different camps provide tons of fun for kids ages 2-10 years, Dec. 23 to Jan. 3. Early chilldhood camp: ages 2 to Kindergarten. Gadol vacation camp for kids in 1st through 4th grades. Sports extravaganza camp for ages 6 to 10. Full-day and half-day options. Register for select days or full week. Gym, arts and crafts, swim, sports, music, cooking, stories, snacks and movies! Bring your own lunch. Call for details: 914-472-3300. Camp closed on Jan. 1.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker - New York City Ballet
Through January 04, 2014 -

Welcome to the world of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. This is the production that is the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit. From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing one-ton Christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharoahs - Yale Peabody Museum
Through January 04, 2014 - New Haven

This exhibition will take you on a journey through two thousand years of fascination with ancient Egypt, the land of the pharaohs. Visitors will enter through a reproduction of the Egyptianizing gateway that is the entrance to New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839), and then discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our own world. Echoes of ancient Egypt appear in art, architecture, and literature around the world from ancient Africa to medieval Europe and the Middle East, to modern North America. April 13, 2013-January 4, 2014.

El Museo's Bienal 2013: Here Is Where We Jump - El Museo Del Barrio
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

The seventh edition of El Museo's biennial exhibition. La Bienal features work by Latino and Latin-American artists, from newly-minted to mid-career, who live and work in the greater metropolitan area of New York City. The exhibition was designed to give opportunities to artists and to make the public aware of their work, and features new works by artists who have never shown at El Museo.

Marc Dennis - An Artist, A Curator And A Rabbi Walk Into A Bar - Hasted Kraeutler
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

The title of the exhibition is a meta-joke (a joke within a joke), referencing the exhibited works, which are often, paintings within paintings. Left purposely without a punch line, the title lends itself to the idea of an endless narrative in which anyone can fill in the blanks and take the concept in any direction, or context. Dennis exposes the glamour, popularity, celebrity, absurdity and seductiveness that is the "art world" with skilled precision and artistic prowess.

THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET PERFORMS G. BALANCHINE'S THE NUTCRACKER - David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
Through January 04, 2014 - Lincoln Square

Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town.

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - Columbus Circle
Through January 04, 2014 - Columbus Circle

Experience Christmas in New York while reliving your favorite holiday movie moments on New York City?s most unique guided holiday bus tour. With this 2-and-a-half hour bus tour, you'll the sites where your favorite holiday movies were filmed and makes stops at some of the season?s most festive locations along the way. You?ll see how a lit up NYC sparkles during the holidays as you enjoy clips from silver screen classics such as Home Alone 2, Scrooged, and Elf. Tour departs from Columbus Circle (across from the Trump building).

Jeff Daniels - 54 Below
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

Actor Jeff Daniels brings his original music to 54 Below in an intimate musical evening. The songs are tuneful, funny, honest and true, with titles like "If William Shatner Can, I Can Too", "You Can Drink An Ugly Girl Pretty", and "Have a Good Life (Then Die)". Filled with laugh-out-loud humor and poignancy, this is a wondrous night with one of television's biggest stars that you don't want to miss.

CRAFT-TASTIC: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade - Pelham Art Center
Through January 04, 2014 - Pelham

A collection of the hand-made by local, national, and international crafts artists will be for sale in time for the holiday season at Pelham Art Center's annual exhibition, Craft-Tastic. The exhibition will run from Nov. 22, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2014. This year's exhibition will feature functional, wearable, and decorative crafts, ranging in price, scale, and materials, by over 20 artists. Crafts from the United States will include beautiful and unique jewelry and metal work from Brooklyn, Chicago, and nearby Tarrytown. Felted hats and fascinators will be for sale by a local Pelham milliner. Sculptural and functional, both thrown and slip cast, ceramics from as far away as Colorado and as close as New Rochelle will be shown. Pelham Art Center will also be exhibiting original glass work, hand-sewn, and knitted items, furniture, and sculptural objects. Zori slippers, felt flowers, rubber-band bracelets, and recycled plastic bags purses, all made in Cambodia, will be on sale as a fundraiser for the Somaly Mam Foundation (somaly.org), a nonprofit organization committed to ending modern slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Pelham Art Center is also supporting Fair Trade felted crafts made by women entrepreneurs located in Central Asia. With the help of US-based partnerships, the sale of these hand-felted ornaments, bowls, and rugs assist in bringing economic sustainability to their communities. Craft-Tastic exposes viewers to the vibrant world of the hand-made while expanding upon the vocabulary of traditional craft materials and techniques. The exhibition also touches on the idea of how craft continues to be a viable source of income for artists and communities in addition to a method of artistic expression throughout the world. Craft-Tastic is curated by Gail Heidel. Artists will include: Cheryl Bryant (NJ), Andrew Coombs (SC), Craftspring (Fair Trade), Erin S. Daily (NY), Stephen Eakin (NY), Heather Mae Erickson (CO), Doug Frati (ME), MaryLouise Gladstone (NY), Layne Gregory (ME) , Kathryn Fenstermaker (TN), Mamie Kanfer (NY), Maia Leppo (NY), Leigh Taylor Mickelson (NY), Sana Musasama (NY), Susan Saas (NY), Amy Santoferraro (KS), Leslie Silk-Champagne (NH), Kristi Sword (NY), Judith Weber (NY), and Brian Weissman (NY).

Holiday Lights & Movie Sites - On Location Tours
Through January 04, 2014 - New York

Take a guided bus tour to see the spectacular holiday lights and movie sites in New York City, the most filmed city in the world. Relax as your tour guide, a local New York City actor or actress entertains and informs you throughout this one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience. Included in the tour are sites associated with films such as Home Alone 2, Miracle on 34th Street, Serendipity, Elf, Scrooged, and much more.

Picturing Central Park - Museum of the City of New York
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Artist Janet Ruttenberg's love affair with Central Park has inspired her to use a variety of media -- watercolor, oils, and video -- to capture the natural and human beauty of this iconic New York landscape. Picturing Central Park will include 17 major works, many of them a monumental 15 feet in width, along with smaller pieces and photographs that reveal the artist's imaginative approach to her bold and sometimes fantastical work.

Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Making Marks: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press features eighteen works by seven Native American contemporary artists -- Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Phillip John Charette (Yup'ik), Joe Feddersen (Colville Confederated Tribes [Okanagan/Lakes]), Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho), James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Wendy Red Star (Crow), and Marie Watt (Seneca) -- working in collaboration with Crow's Shadow Master Printer Frank Janzen.

Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Morgan's collection of eighteenth-century Venetian drawings is among the world's finest, with more than 300 sheets by renowned masters Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770) and his son Domenico (1726-1804). Drawn entirely from the museum's holdings, Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World features a selection of nearly one hundred works on paper and chronicles the vitality and originality of drawing during Venice's second Golden Age. The eighteenth century saw the resurgence of the legendary maritime city as a center for international arts patronage. Venice was home to several flourishing family workshops and commissions from the church, nobility, bourgeoisie, and foreign travelers ensured the fame of her artists. The exceptional creativity of Venetian masters is seen in Giambattista Tiepolo's luminous wash studies for frescoed ceilings and painted figures; views of Venice and architectural capricci by Francesco Guardi and Canaletto; early designs executed by Giovanni Piranesi during his formative years in the city; and Domenico Tiepolo's humorous Scenes from Contemporary Life and theatrical vignettes depicting the comic character Punchinello.

Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, given annually to the best novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe. This exhibition explores the history of 'The Booker' and the ways in which the prize has captured the British imagination and the attention of the international literary community through objects drawn from the more than four thousand proofs, printed books, manuscripts, artworks, letters, and promotional material that comprise the Morgan's Man Booker Prize Collection.

Secrets of Circles - Stepping Stones Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - Norwalk

If you look around, you'll see that circles are everywhere: in the wheels of a car, the clock on the wall, the tortillas on your table, and the frisbees and tops you play with. This exhibit invites visitors to climb into a circular boat, play and pretend in a market full of circles from around the globe and make objects spin using colorful gears. Featuring eighteen hands-on components, the highly-interactive Secrets of Circles inspires children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore the math, science, and engineering of circles. September 8-January 5, 2014.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - New York City Center
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center's Principal Dance Company beloved as an American cultural ambassador to the world, returns with exciting performances that have become a joyous holiday tradition. Encore performances from last year's record-breaking season are Garth Fagan's revered From Before, Jiri Kylian's sensual and visually surprising Petite Mort, Ronald K. Brown's uplifting Grace and in-demand young choreographer Kyle Abraham's Another Night, created with the support of commissioning funds from New York City Center and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, in celebration of the Center's 50th anniversary. Other choreographic treasures brought to life by Ailey's acclaimed company members will be Paul Taylor's Arden Court, hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris' soul-lifting Home, and Ohad Naharin's unique and innovative Minus 16, which features improvisation and audience involvement. A variety of repertory favorites and classic Ailey works will be performed, including the must-see Revelations with live music on select programs.

NY See the Holiday Lights! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 05, 2014 -

This three-hour tour showcases New York's Christmas spirit, displayed in one of the most elaborate light shows in the world. See Rockefeller Center, then cruise down Fifth Avenue, where department stores like Macy's, Saks, and Lord & Taylor will be outfitted for the holidays in classic New York style. Tour departs daily from 50th St. & Seventh Ave. in Times Square at 7pm.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians.

Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Throughout the eighteenth century, a large number of artists -- painters, sculptors, draftsmen, and amateurs -- experimented with etching, a highly accessible printmaking technique akin to drawing. Some, like Antoine Watteau and Francois Boucher, encountered the process within the thriving commerce of the Paris print market. Others, like Jean-Honore Fragonard and Hubert Robert, experimented with the technique during their student years in Rome. Over the course of the century, the free and improvisational aesthetic of the etching process increasingly was embraced, and French artists looked to seventeenth-century masters, such as Rembrandt in the north, and Salvator Rosa and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione to the south, for inspiration. The expressive potential of the technique was also explored in a more experimental manner by artists like Gabriel de Saint-Aubin and Louis Jean Desprez, who harnessed the inky tonalities of the medium to their personal and idiosyncratic vision. The exhibition will include loans from North American museums and private collections.

MOMIX - Joyce Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

For over thirty years, MOMIX has astounded international audiences with little more than light, shadow, props, and the human body. And now, especially for the holiday season, the company presents MOMIX reMIX, pieces gathered from its repertory and showcases of new creations. This delightful and often startling show breaks the bounds of the conventional and enters an aesthetic orbit of its own.

Grand Processsion: Dolls from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection - National Museum of the American Indian
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Grand Procession celebrates Native identity through 23 colorful and meticulously detailed objects that are much more than dolls. Traditionally made by female relatives using buffalo hair, hide, porcupine quills, and shells, figures like these have long served as both toys and teaching tools for American Indian communities. Outfitted in intricate regalia, these dolls—on loan from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection—represent Plains and Plateau tribes and the work of five artists: Rhonda Holy Bear (Cheyenne River Lakota), Joyce Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty (Assiniboine/Sioux), Jessa Rae Growing Thunder (Assiniboine/Sioux), and Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock). Their superb craftsmanship and attention to detail imbue these figures with a remarkable presence and power, turning a centuries-old tradition into a contemporary art form.

Robert Motherwell: The Early Collages - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Guggenheim Museum is organizing an exhibition devoted exclusively to papier colles and related works on paper from the 1940s and early 1950s by the American artist Robert Motherwell. By reexamining the artist's origins and his engagement with this technique, which he described in 1944 as "the greatest of our [art] discoveries," the exhibition will investigate the artist's work during a pivotal decade in his career. Featuring approximately 50 artworks, the exhibition also honors Peggy Guggenheim's early patronage. At her urging, and under the tutelage of emigre Surrealist artist Roberto Matta, Motherwell first experimented with the papier colle technique. As he recalled years later "I might never have done it otherwise, and it was here that I found . . . my identity." The exhibition will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, in June 2013, and travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in September 2013. This exhibition is curated by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions.

Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Hildesheim Cathedral has one of the most complete surviving ensembles of church furnishings and treasures in Europe, with many masterpieces made between 1000 and 1250. As a result, it was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1985. A major renovation of the cathedral provides an opportunity for this extraordinary exhibition of medieval church treasures. Consisting of about fifty works, the exhibition will focus primarily on Bishop Bernward of Hildesheim (960-1022), one of the greatest patrons of the arts in the Middle Ages. In addition to the famous monumental bronze doors and the column in Hildesheim Cathedral that cannot travel, Bernward commissioned many smaller precious works of art, mostly for his monastic foundation St. Michael's. A silver crucifix and candlesticks and numerous illuminated manuscripts (that he is known to have commissioned), and the Golden Madonna (that he is believed to have commissioned), will be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will also examine the artistic production of Hildesheim in the high Middle Ages, including the monumental bronze baptismal font that is a masterpiece of thirteenth-century metalwork.

Julia Margaret Cameron - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) blended an unorthodox technique, a deeply spiritual sensibility, and a Pre- Raphaelite-inflected aesthetic to create a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul. This will be the first New York City museum exhibition devoted to Cameron's work in nearly a generation, and the first ever at the Met. The showing of thirty-five works is drawn entirely from the Metropolitan's rich collection, including major works from the Rubel Collection acquired in 1997 and the Gilman Collection acquired in 2005.

'White Christmas' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through January 05, 2014 - Elmsford

Make your days merry and bright by warming to an unforgettable tap-dancing delight! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep Is the Ocean," and the perennial favorite, "White Christmas," that will fill you with the joy of the season. Through January 5, 2014.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

A new exhibition that transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. Whales explores the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. From the traditions of New Zealand's Maori whale riders and the Kwakwaka'wakw peoples of the Pacific Northwest to the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting whales from commercial hunting, the exhibition traces the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Whales: Giants of the Deep - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Whales: Giants of the Deep will transport visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth as it encourages museum-goers to explore the latest research about these marine mammals as well as the central role they have played for thousands of years in human cultures. Through a variety of interactive exhibits, kids (and their grownups, who will find themselves just as fascinated!) experience a re-created dive to the depths of the sea with a sperm whale on the hunt for a giant squid, crawl through a life-size replica of the heart of the blue whale ? the largest living animal on the planet ? listen to whale croons, and meet whale riders, scientists, and former whaling families. At the heart of its mission, the exhibition explores the close connections humans and whales have shared for centuries.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 05, 2014 - Upper West Side

Back by popular demand, this delightful exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs. More than 150 live frogs, from the tiny phantasmal dart-poison frog (which is less than an inch long) to the enormous African bullfrog (which can be as big as 8 inches in diameter), are shown in re-created habitats, complete with rock ledges, live plants, and waterfalls. Featuring approximately 25 species from such countries as Argentina, Bolivia, Borneo, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, Russia, Sumatra, the United States, and Uruguay, the exhibition explores the evolution and biology of these amphibians, their importance to ecosystems, and the threats they face in the world's changing environments. Interactive stations throughout the exhibition invite visitors to activate recorded frog calls, view videos of frogs in action, and test their knowledge about these fascinating amphibians. This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.

Iran Modern - Asia Society and Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The first major international loan exhibition in New York on the subject, Iran Modern comprises paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by the most noteworthy Iranian artists of the three decades in focus, and provides a dynamic perspective and better understanding of Iran's rich culture and history for the public.

Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Robert Indiana (b. Robert Clark, 1928) first emerged on the wave of Pop Art that engulfed the art world in the early 1960s. Bold and visually dazzling, his work embraced the vocabulary of highway signs and roadside entertainments that were commonplace in post war America. Presciently, he used words to explore themes of American identity, racial injustice, and the illusion and disillusion of love. The appearance in 1966 of what became his signature image, LOVE, and its subsequent proliferation on unauthorized products, eclipsed the public's understanding of the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art. This retrospective will reveal an artist whose work, far from being unabashedly optimistic and affirmative, addresses the most fundamental issues facing humanity -- love, death, sin, and forgiveness -- giving new meaning to our understanding of the ambiguities of the American Dream and the plight of the individual in a pluralistic society.

Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.

La descente d'Orphee aux enfers - Gotham Chamber Opera
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

For the New York stage premiere of Charpentier's La descente d'Orphee aux enfers, Gotham Chamber Opera partners with members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra. The cast will be led by Daniel Curran as Orphee, Jeff Beruan as Pluton, and Jamilyn Manning-White as Eurydice. Charpentier's 1686 opera retells the story of Orpheus who, upon learning of Eurydice's sudden death, descends to Hades in order to convince Pluto to allow her to return with him to earth. This classic story of selfless love and the power of music to overcome death will be staged by Andrew Eggert and presented in historic St. Paul's Chapel. No performances 11/2, 4.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: LEGO bricks. This is the world's biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Participatory City features 100 of the key trends published in the New York, Berlin, and Mumbai editions of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the BMW Guggenheim Lab, each illustrated by contributions from a global roster of architects, academics, designers, and artists, as well as from Lab programs and projects. The exhibition will represent the trends in an exclusively digital installation through drawings, sketches, short videos, and renderings.

In Vogue: A Runway of 19th Century Women's Fashion - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Fairfield

The exhibit features the fashion-forward women of the late-18th and 19th centuries. Every decade from 1780 to 1900 will be on the runway. From cage hoop skirts to sleeves so large a woman could barely turn her head, this exhibit will emphasize the making of a fashionable woman throughout the Colonial, Regency, and Victorian Eras of Fairfield's history. Peer through a sea of posh hats to catch a glimpse of these historical fashionistas. July 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Beginning in the 16th century, the golden age of European maritime navigation in search of spice routes to the East brought about the flowering of an abundant textile trade. Textiles often acted as direct currency for spices, as well as other luxury goods. Textiles and textile designs made their way around the globe, from India and Asia to Europe, between India and Asia and Southeast Asia from Europe to the east, and eventually west to the American colonies. Blending the traditional designs, skills, and tastes of all the cultures that produced or purchased them, these beautiful and historically fascinating fabrics also served as conduits of information, sparking ideas of imagined exotic lands and peoples in both East and West. The exhibition includes works from across the Museum's collection - augmented by a few key domestic and international loans - in order to make worldwide visual connections, and to highlight an important design story that has never been told from a truly global perspective.

The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
Through January 05, 2014 - Midtown

Art of the Brick, an exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya, is a collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from LEGO bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world's biggest display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.

Decorated Glenview - Hudson River Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - Yonkers

Designer Bob Pesce gives a contemporary interpretation of Victorian holiday splendor in Glenview's parlor, sitting room, library, dining room, and great hall. From Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, 2014, see the floor-to-ceiling tree in the parlor; Coalport porcelain plates and green-engraved Bristol glassware on the dining table; and in the sitting room, the place for casual celebrations, see a table-top tree, the earliest type of fir tree brought to England for indoor display, which delighted Queen Victoria. Victorian toys from the collection -- including a doll, sled, and building blocks -- beloved long before the iPhone or even Barbie, are on display. Nybelwyck Hall, in its special room in Glenview, is also decked out in green and red. This 24-room dollhouse is reminiscent of Hudson Valley manors.

alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins - American Folk Art Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

This exhibition considers three contemporary artists who are inspired by the history and structure of American quilts but who are neither inhibited, constricted, nor defined by it. Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, and Stephen Sollins are keenly aware that a quilt's very substance -- its remnants, pieces, choices, geometries -- is profoundly laden with meaning. They intentionally seek such emotional and retentive content in their work, oftentimes through ingenious techniques and by using unexpected materials such as 16mm film strips or used Tyvek envelopes. By purposefully reusing experiential elements with relevance to their own lives and times, they exploit the tension inherent in historical quilts between function and significance. The three artists are especially attracted to the rationality and precision of specific quilt patterns that often have illusive qualities - Tumbling Blocks, Log Cabin, Sunshine and Shadow, Double Wedding Ring - examples of which, from the museum's collection, will also be on view.

Mother Africa - New Victory Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

Rich in rhythm and robust in song, MOTHER AFRICA's acrobats, musicians and dancers light up the stage in a powerful performance of stunning African artistry. Featuring stilt walkers from Tanzania, jugglers from Ethiopia and a renowned contortionist from Kenya, modern circus arts meld with joyful dance and music among a marvel of traditional masks. Exuberant afro-beats radiate from the stage with every strike of the infectious djembe and strum of the mbira, while bazin and kitenge fabrics swirl in a spectacle of color. Merry and bright, this is one holiday party you won't want to miss!

BODIES REVEALED - Connecticut Science Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Hartford

This exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to see inside carefully preserved anatomical specimens and learn the detailed structure and function of the human body. The Exhibition takes visitors through galleries providing an up-close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole-body specimens are displayed in athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate them to everyday activities. In addition, specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by over-eating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image. The human body specimens in the Exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber that is treated and hardened. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare. September 21-January 5, 2014.

Chinese Ceramics for Iran and Indo-Persia - Asia Society and Museum
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

During the Yuan period (1279-1368) the high-fired, glazed ceramics of China were among the most prized luxuries of the pre-industrial world. The Chinese kilns at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province and the Longquan kilns of Zhejiang province produced ceramics for markets in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, and beyond, and catered to specific needs of a variety of markets. They produced large, shallow platters like the three examples on view here, which were highly desired in the Middle East where communal eating style was the norm. Particularly fine examples were used as court tablewares and even gifts to royal shrines. The Mughal rulers of India, who descended from rulers of Persia, inherited a taste for Chinese ceramics from their royal predecessors. Both Persian and Mughal painting frequently include images of Chinese ceramics, attesting to their popularity. Two of the Chinese porcelain platters here have incised inscriptions by the 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, famed for his patronage of the Taj Mahal. Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644) texts also tell us that Chinese delegations often presented porcelain as official gifts to other countries. The large 15th-century blue-and-white vase with a three clawed dragon design is of a type known to have been gifted in this manner to Persia.

'Mother Africa' - New Victory Theater
Through January 05, 2014 - Theater District Times Square

Merry and bright, Mother Africa will shine in a powerful performance of stunning African artistry when Circus Der Sinne makes its U.S. Premiere from Dec. 6–Jan. 5 at The New Victory Theater. Featuring a diverse cast from different countries throughout the African continent, Mother Africa mixes modern circus arts with traditional African dance and music. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the show features a cast of more than two dozen acrobats, musicians, and dancers who will fill the New Victory stage with breathtaking feats, exuberant afro-beats, and a swirl of colorful bazin and kitenge fabrics. Rare acts like the thrilling Icarian Games from Ethiopia, in which foot jugglers toss fellow acrobats into the air, join crowd favorites like a chair stack from Tanzania, and a contortionist from Kenya described as "the most flexible man in the world." A live band keeps the party going with every strike of the congos and strum of the mbira, while stilt dancers, gumboot steppers and a marvel of traditional masks showcase Africa's expressive dance culture. Rich in rhythm and robust in song, Mother Africa has earned rave reviews around the globe and has performed for nearly 1 million people worldwide since the show's debut in 2006. Mother Africahas a running time of 90 minutes including one intermission and is recommended for everyone ages five and older.

The Holiday Ride - The Ride
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

THE RIDE: Holiday Edition is back for a second year to share with friends and loved ones during New York City's favorite season. Together you will enjoy the exclusivity of gliding through Manhattan in THE RIDE's state-of-the-art sleigh, protected from the frenzied crowds and winter weather. Revel in the city's landmarks dazzling in their holiday finest. THE RIDE's repertory company of talented performers will continue to surprise and to delight you with their original, themed vignettes and music peppered throughout your journey.

Holiday Express Train Show - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Fairfield

Kids and adults will delight in the magic of model trains winding around a winter wonderland of spectacular trees and beautiful holiday scenery. December 6-January 5, 2014.

'The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things' - Manhattan Movement and Arts Center
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is the wackiest, most interactive, highest energy magic show for families today. This show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy and loads of audience participation. Magician Max Darwin defies the laws of physics and performs miracles inches from spectator's faces.

'Frida's New York' by Felipe Galindo/Feggo - Word Up Community Bookshop and Arts Space.
Through January 05, 2014 - New York

"Frida's New York" features sequential artworks from Felipe Galindo/Feggo's project in progress, including drawings, storyboards and cartoons for the animation short of the same title, to be completed in 2014. These humorous works were inspired by Frida Kahlo's visits to New York in the 1930’s and 1940’s, by the popular aesthetics of the period, and by the intertwining of Mexican culture in contemporary New York. Using drawing, watercolor and digital collage, the artist creates imaginary narratives about Kahlo's life and the impact that New York City made on her art and life. About the artist: Felipe Galindo (Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animation, fine art and public art. His drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, theInternational Herald Tribune, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Nickelodeon, Mad Magazine, and others worldwide. Currently, his artwork “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge” is featured in the MTA’s Poetry in Motion posters in subway cars throughout the New York City. Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and he is the creator of the celebrated project Manhatitlan, which includes works on paper, animations, and the book Manhatitlan, Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined (Pinto Books, 2010.) He is also the author of No Man Is a Desert Island – Cartoons by Felipe Galindo-Feggo (Pinto Books, 2012.)

Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show - Javits Center
Through January 05, 2014 - Hell's Kitchen

Kick off the New Year with a resolution to spend more time on the water. The world's first and longest running boat show welcomes thousands of visitors to the Javits Center in New York City for five days of summer dreaming and fun for the whole family. Lifelong boating enthusiasts and novices alike can shop, compare and find competitive deals on everything from luxury motor yachts and sport fishers to performance boats, sailboats, and thousands of marine accessories. Plus, attendees will have the chance to meet Captain Dave Carraro from National Geographic's Wicked Tuna, see swampmaster Jeff Quattrocchi catch an 8-foot, 200-pound alligator with his bare hands, get expert advice and skills training at the Show?s interactive boating workshops, and more!

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene?embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above -- adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.

Gateway to Himalayan Art - The Rubin Museum
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

Marking the first in a series of yearly rotations, nearly twenty works of art add new dimensions and context to Gateway to Himalayan Art. Visitors will notice a greater emphasis on Hindu works, with beautiful examples from India and Nepal ranging from 12th to 19th centuries, as well as intricately-detailed thangka paintings, manuscript pages, and textiles. In every iteration, Gateway acquaints new and long-time friends of the museum with the principal concepts of Himalayan art, including important deities and symbols, the materials and techniques used in creating works of art, and the purposes and functions of these works in their sacred and secular contexts. And don't forget to pick up your Gateway Looking Guide to help you identify important figures and symbols throughout the museum. It's yours to keep.

Fifty Years of Collecting Islamic Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

In 1963 the Museum's Department of Islamic Art was established as a separate entity. Since then, under the leadership of six successive department heads, the collection has grown through gifts, bequests, and purchases. The works of art in this exhibition are grouped by decade to highlight the trends and broadening focus in collecting Islamic art at the Met. From ceramics, glass and metalwork to carpets and contemporary art, this exhibition celebrates the half-century anniversary of the department and its collections.

XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

This exhibition offers a critical assessment of photography's influential role in contemporary art through a selection of recent major acquisitions, comprised primarily of multipart and serial works by 19 artists. These works -- each of which is being presented at MoMA for the first time -- are grounded in diverse photographic traditions, suggesting the creative fertility of the medium from 1960 to today. They range from postwar experiments with darkroom processes, such as photograms and photomontages; to 1970s feminist performances conceived for the camera; to political and documentary engagements with themes of labor history and globalization in the 1980s; to post-appropriative forms of archival and historical reconstitution since 2000. The cross-generational group of 19 international artists features Yto Barrada, Phil Collins, Liz Deschenes, Stan Douglas, VALIE EXPORT, Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Leslie Hewitt, Birgit Jurgenssen, Jurgen Klauke, Bela Kolarova, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Dora Maurer, Oscar Munoz, Mariah Robertson, Allan Sekula, Stephen Shore, Hank Willis Thomas, and Akram Zaatari.

La Leche - JCC of Rockland
Through January 06, 2014 - West Nyack

The JCC hosts this monthly La Leche League program, All You Ever Wanted To Know About Breast Feeding, with Instructor Elly Gail Egenberg, an Accredited lactation counselor & Le Leche League Leader. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, new beginnings, overcoming breastfeeding obstacles, and weaning. The group meets the first Monday of every month through January 6.

New Photography 2013 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

Presenting recent works by eight international artists who have expanded the field of photography as a medium of experimentation and intellectual inquiry. Their porous practices -- grounded in photographic artist's books, sculpture, photomontage, performance, and science -- creatively reassess the themes and processes of making pictures today. Artists include Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Brendan Fowler, Annette Kelm, Lisa Oppenheim, Anna Ostoya, Josephine Pryde, and Eileen Quinlan.

Annual Gingerbread House Display - Le Parker Meridien
Through January 06, 2014 - New York

City Harvest and Le Parker Meridien New York have once again partnered up for their annual Gingerbread Extravaganza, bringing New Yorkers a holiday gingerbread display for the fifth year in a row. Now through January 6, 2014, these edible masterpieces are on display in the atrium of Le Parker Meridien and in other locations across the city, all under the theme "Quintessential New York." Structures on display at Le Parker Meridien include the "Chrysler Building" by David Burke Kitchen, "Subway Cars" by NORMA's, and "Coney Island" by Rolling Pin Productions. Other participants who created structures for display at Le Parker Meridien include Baked Ideas, Butterfly Bakeshop, Cupcake Cafe, and Le Monde. Citarella, Hecho en Dumbo, Il Ristorante Rosi, Liddabit Sweets, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, and Sirio Ristorante are displaying Gingerbread structures in their own locations. Additionally, visitors can enjoy various gingerbread-inspired treats and promotions to benefit City Harvest at participating locations across the city, including gingerbread scones at Beauty & Essex, gingerbread milkshakes at burger joint (8th street location), as well as gingerbread classes at the Institute of Culinary Education. A full list of treats and promotions is listed on the website at www.cityharvest.org/gingerbread. Each $1 ticket, available through the Le Parker Meridien concierge, will enable visitors to cast a vote for their favorite house. In addition, City Harvest supporters can cast votes online at www.cityharvest.org/gingerbread.

2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - Rockefeller Center
Through January 07, 2014 - New York

The 80th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit by 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 11pm on January 7th, 2014.

Quirky Kid Pen Pop Up Shop - Quirky Kid Pen
Through January 08, 2014 - New York City

Join us at the Quirky Kid Pen for an interactive experience and pop up shop that is launching December 13th at Crosby and W. Houston. Quirky, the company that makes invention accessible, will set up shop in Soho to host Kid Pen, a space where parents can shop for the latest Quirky holiday products and kids can come to play and engage with the new tech, home goods, gadgets and toys. Kid Pen is based on Quirky’s new smart home product, the Porkfolio, the app-enabled piggy bank that lets you track your balance and set savings goals from your mobile device. On site kids can throw coins into the oversized, five foot piggy bank and proceeds will be donated to charity. Throughout the month, various kid bands will perform at the Kid Pen. Check Quirky.com for band listings and more information.

'Penguins' - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - Upper West Side

"Penguins," a new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic, opens at the American Museum of Natural History, on Monday, July 8. The film will screen at the museum through Jan. 9, 2014. Produced by award-winning Atlantic Productions and distributed by nWave Pictures Distribution, the film is narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough. Penguin City, on the remote island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals, and brawling elephant seals, as well as 6 million penguins. The young male King Penguin at the center of Penguins must earn his place among the island inhabitants while finding a mate and raising a family. The film follows him through the most challenging time in a King Penguin?s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators. The cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth?s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice. Penguins will be shown daily in the Museum?s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly). To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.) nWave Pictures Distribution and Serengeti Entertainment present Penguins, a film produced by Atlantic Productions in association with British media powerhouse SKY 3D (BSkyB) and US-based Galileo Digital Entertainment.

Penguins (IMAX film) - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 09, 2014 - New York

A new giant-screen adventure following a very special King Penguin as he returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic. Narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

Art from Around the World at Agora Gallery - Agora Gallery
Through January 09, 2014 - New York

Through the artwork of Sensorial Realms the audience is reminded of the unending power of curiosity to illuminate aspects of both ourselves and our lives. The creations resonate on a visual, mental and emotional level, touching the audience in multiple and manifold ways. The artists whose works appear in Pathway to Abstraction present their individual perspectives in entertaining and energetic pieces whose considerable appeal lies in their ability to shed new light on old mysteries while leaving new secrets tantalizingly hidden. The works in The Odyssey Within display a degree of enlightened introspection that is both rare and intensely alluring. Combined with a perceptive view of the world, the result is a collection of unforgettable and enduring art. The exhibitions open on December 17 and run until January 9, 2014. The reception takes place on Thursday December 19, 2013 and art lovers are warmly welcomed to attend and find inspiration through these innovative and engaging works. Featured Artists: Sensorial Realms - Susan E. Ash | Laurent Bardou | Jane Coco Cowles | Fred Di Vito | Manuel Franch | Alan Mantle | Alain Patrini | Kate Piekutowski | Miguel Pineiro | Marie-Luise Quandt | Dorothy Slikker | Tony Tichene | Solveig Edda Vilhjálmsdóttir | Marcus Viljoen | Ursel Wilhelm. The Odyssey Within - Sergio Boldrin | Matilde Calamai | Silvio Cortellini | Roberto Del Fabbro | Marco Klee Fallani | Giulio Cesare Matusali | Ludmilla Radchenko | Luigi Serra da Teramo Pathway to Abstraction. Dan Bunea | Yves Chamly | Antonia Covarrubias | Leander Fontaine | Ángela García | Kristina Garon | Darci Gerhard | Erasmo Jorge Gomez | Yaraslav Klimkouski | Leo Komuro | Masoome Moradkhani ("Masi") | Lili | Shireen Mussa | Heebeom Park | Julian Van Dyke | Juan Vicente Vega | Oscar Zamora.

Niccolo Cosme - The Altar Boy - Tally Beck Contemporary
Through January 10, 2014 - New York

Featuring approximately 13 large-scale manipulated photographs that draw from the artist's background as a gay man growing up in the intensely Catholic culture of the Philippines. Just as Christian imagery was adjusted to the context of different cultures, Cosme re-imagines Counter-reformation ecstatic and hagiographical imagery with a homoerotic twist and an emphasis on national identity. Using live models, he stages his photographs, and his work recalls the hyper-realsim and surrealism of Pierre et Gilles.

Andrea Arroyo - Memories Interlaced - Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Center
Through January 10, 2014 - New York

Arroyo's exhibit marries the elegant historical venue with bright contemporary art. The female-centered works are placed amid the striking plaster garlands, cherubs, and marbleized columns of the restored Audubon Ballroom - the Thomas Lamb classic built in 1912 and the site of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965. Arroyo uses garments collected from women in the community, such as a Mexican huipil and an Indian prayer shawl, repurposed evocative personal items, to examine notions of memory, belonging, and body image and to honor the resilience of the female spirit. The exhibit includes a painting of the Aztec goddess Coatlicue integrated with a hand-woven Mexican huipil; Ixchel, which depicts the Mayan Jaguar goddess integrated with a Guatemalan hand-woven skirt cloth; and Sarasvati, a work integrating the Hindu deity of the rivers and the arts with a silk wrap.

Brancusi in New York 1913-2013 - Paul Kasmin Gallery
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

An exhibition of works from the Brancusi Estate collection celebrating Brancusi's 100th anniversary in New York following his debut at the Armory Show in 1913, where the sculptor exhibited five works that directed modern sculpture on a radical new path.

Roni Horn - Everything was sleeping as if the universe were a mistake - Hauser & Wirth
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

Featuring large format drawings and two multi-part sculptures that continue Horn's exploration of the nature of perception, memory, and identity. The experiential quality of Horn's glass installations link the relationship of time to space and light. Employing the formal devices of pairing, repetition, and doubling, Horn challenges the viewer to reconcile the eye and the mind.

'Transparency', Salvatore Emblema - BOSI Contemporary
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

In collaboration with the archives, estate, and museum of Italian post-war artist Salvatore Emblema, BOSI Contemporary is proud to announce his first New York exhibition Transparency, which examines his career through 20 works and a large-scale installation. Having spent the majority of his life in Italy, Emblema remains relatively unknown to an American audience despite two extended stays in New York City. Brought here on a Rockefeller Grant in the mid 1950s, Emblema spent a year in the New York art scene where he befriended eminent American painter Mark Rothko. Rothko’s iconic compositions and color use influenced Emblema who uniquely adopted these ideals. Growing up in Terzigno, a town on Mt. Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii, informed his basic artistic impulses. Always a purist with an interest in raw materials, Emblema concerned himself with nature, texture, shadow, and most importantly, light. His use of stretched sackcloth, or burlap, embodied all these interests and quickly became his canvas of choice. During his second New York visit in 1965, Emblema met Giulio Carlo Argan, a fellow Italian, a writer, and an observer of international art. Argan’s deep admiration of Emblema’s work pushed his development. Emblema began physically manipulating the jute fibers in the hopes of achieving painterly transparency. Despite working in relative isolation, Emblema’s oeuvre contains undertones of minimalism, process art, and arte povera as well as earth art and abstraction. As Peter Frank, curator and critic, states “Emblema’s work rarely if ever entraps itself in a certain period. It clearly comes from an era, responding as it does to the existential and perceptual questions of the 1950s and early 60s. But it was never of an era.” Salvatore Emblema (1929-2006) attended the Scuola del Corallo in Torre del Greco where he graduated in 1948. He had multiple solo exhibitions throughout Italy and internationally. Noted group shows include the 1980 and 1982 Venice Biennale; Italics, curated by Francesco Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2009); The Language of Less curated by Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Louisiana (2011).

Transparency. Salvatore Emblema - BOSI Contemporary
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

In collaboration with the archives, estate, and museum of Italian post-war artist Salvatore Emblema, BOSI Contemporary is proud to announce his first New York exhibition Transparency, which examines his career through 20 works and a large-scale installation. Having spent the majority of his life in Italy, Emblema remains relatively unknown to an American audience despite two extended stays in New York City. Brought here on a Rockefeller Grant in the mid 1950s, Emblema spent a year in the New York art scene where he befriended eminent American painter Mark Rothko. Rothko's iconic compositions and color use influenced Emblema who uniquely adopted these ideals. Growing up in Terzigno, a town on Mt. Vesuvius overlooking Pompeii, informed his basic artistic impulses. Always a purist with an interest in raw materials, Emblema concerned himself with nature, texture, shadow, and most importantly, light. His use of stretched sackcloth, or burlap, embodied all these interests and quickly became his canvas of choice. During his second New York visit in 1965, Emblema met Giulio Carlo Argan, a fellow Italian, a writer, and an observer of international art. Argan's deep admiration of Emblema's work pushed his development. Emblema began physically manipulating the jute fibers in the hopes of achieving painterly transparency. Despite working in relative isolation, Emblema's oeuvre contains undertones of minimalism, process art, and arte povera as well as earth art and abstraction. As Peter Frank, curator and critic, states "Emblema's work rarely if ever entraps itself in a certain period. It clearly comes from an era, responding as it does to the existential and perceptual questions of the 1950s and early 60s. But it was never of an era." Salvatore Emblema (1929-2006) attended the Scuola del Corallo in Torre del Greco where he graduated in 1948. He had multiple solo exhibitions throughout Italy and internationally. Noted group shows include the 1980 and 1982 Venice Biennale; Italics, curated by Francesco Bonami, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy (2009); The Language of Less curated by Michael Darling, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Louisiana (2011).

Richard Van Buren: The 1970s - Garth Greenan Gallery
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

The first ever large-scale presentation of Van Buren's sculpture and drawings from this period. Fifteen of the artist's densely layered abstract sculptures will be on view, including a twenty-foot floor piece, Bennington (1970) and Strata (1977), a fourteen-foot wall piece.

Paintings by Rafal Olbinski - 'The Virtue of Ambiguity' - Studio Vendome's SOHO Galleries
Through January 11, 2014 - New York

Rafal Olbinski, internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest living Surrealist painters, will be exhibiting at two new galleries in SoHo. Studio Vendome is located in architect Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House at 330 Spring Street. It is featuring 30 larger Olbinski oils on canvas. The second gallery, Studio Vendome Projects, is located at 30 Grand Street and is exhibiting 13 smaller-formated oils on canvas. The shows will run from December 11, 2013 to January 11, 2014. The show’s curator, Peter Hastings Falk, points out that Olbinski was recently elected to the “Rediscovered Masters” exhibition series by an Art Advisory Board composed of distinguished museum directors, curators, historians, and critics. A hardcover book, The Virtue of Ambiguity, is being published for the exhibition and will be released at the opening reception to be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9 pm. Profusely illustrated, the book includes essays by the renowned art critic Robert C. Morgan and Olbinski’s biographer, Izabela Gabrielson. Born in Kielce, Poland in 1945, Olbinski studied architecture before dedicating himself to painting and poster design. In 1970 he became art director of Jazz Forum, the iconic international jazz magazine founded in Poland in 1965. He was a key member of the Polish School of Posters, which exerted a significant influence upon international graphic design. In 1981, when martial law was declared in Poland, Olbinski happened to be in New York attending an exhibition of his work at The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA). Unable to return to Poland, he was surprised to have found himself “trapped” in America, the promised land of freedom for many immigrants. Settling in New York, Olbinski quickly won wide recognition for his large series of surreal posters created for the New York Opera and for numerous magazine covers for hundreds of publications such as Newsweek, Time, Business Week, Atlantic Monthly, Omni, The New York Times, New Yorker and many others. Like the great Surrealists before him, Olbinski views the mind as a theater of dreams and his resulting images as maps of the interior of the mind. These images are layered with psychological complexity, but they emit a poetic resonance that finds universal appeal. The comparisons are most often with Magritte — and this has earned him the epithet, “Prince of Surrealism.” When art critic Robert C. Morgan met Olbinski in his Manhattan studio, his first impression was that, “Somehow these compressed, old world quarters seem to match perfectly with Olbinski’s brilliantly complex and paradoxical imagery, filled with mutated classical-style figures, fish, birds, buildings, costumes, and incredible landscapes.” Olbinski has won more than one-hundred awards, including gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Art Directors Club of New York; and comparable awards in London and Paris. In 1994 he was awarded the World’s Most Memorable Poster by UNESCO. In 1995 his poster, New York, Capital of the World, was chosen for Zagat. He also designed two Earth Day posters. His works are in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, Library of Congress Print Collection in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Foundation in New York, the National Arts Club in New York, and various corporate and private collections. The galleries of Studio Vendome are uniquely positioned to showcase late career artists and artist estate collections deserving greater critical recognition. They opened in September by Antonio Vendome, chairman of the Vendome Group. These eponymous galleries are located in West SoHo’s burgeoning Hudson Square district. Mr. Vendome’s vision for approaching the art world in a different way was developed during the 1980s and 1990s owing to his close professional relationship with Philip Johnson, the great modernist American architect. The Manhattan real estate developer explained, “Philip Johnson designed the critically acclaimed ‘Habitable Sculpture’ which I intend to build one day to continue his legacy and establish the true value of architecture as art, which will highlight Johnson’s lasting impact on the American landscape.” Vendome’s overarching initiative is therefore to present visually compelling exhibitions for both galleries.

Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori - Japan Society
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori showcases 35 immersive installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos produced by the artist between 2003 and 2012. Mori's first major museum show in the U.S. in 10 years, this exhibition presents her artistic evolution during the last decade, her statement of rebirth in an age of endangered environment and a lost connection between man and nature.

Reflections on a Nation: American Writings from the Gilder Lehrman Collection - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

A selection of exceptional documents from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, one of the country's foremost archives of Americana. The selection represents seminal moments and key figures in U.S. history, and reflects the collection's strengths in documents from the Revolutionary, early national, antebellum, and Civil War periods. On view will be the only surviving copy of a 1776 edition of the Declaration of Independence printed in South Carolina; George Washington's letter to Henry Knox expressing reluctance at assuming the presidency; a first edition of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, along with her letter to Prince Albert praising Britain's early abolition of slavery; Abraham Lincoln's 1858 stump speech fragment in which he argues that all creatures are entitled to the fruits of their own labor; and a poignant letter to Mary Todd Lincoln from Frederick Douglass, thanking her for the gift of her late husband's walking stick.

'Lose not heart': J. D. Salinger's Letters to an Aspiring Writer - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

The Morgan will present the first public presentation of nine revealing letters and postcards written by J. D. Salinger to Marjorie Sheard, an aspiring Canadian writer, between 1941 and 1943.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx

This cherished tradition delights people of all ages. Marvel at the charming model trains and New York City landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves, stroll the spectacular grounds, and shop for everyone on your list. This year's edition features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York.

Origami Holiday Tree - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

An annual Museum tradition, the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree has marked the start of the holiday season at the Museum for more than 30 years. Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the tree. During the holiday season, volunteers will be on hand to teach visitors of all ages the art of origami folding. The theme of this year's tree is Wicked, Wild, and Wonderful, honoring the exhibition The Power of Poison.

Balthus: Cats and Girls - Paintings and Provocations - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Balthus is best known for his series of pensive adolescents who dream or read in rooms that are closed to the outside world. Focusing on his finest works, the exhibition will be limited to approximately thirty-five paintings dating from the mid-1930s to the 1950s. Between 1936 and 1939, Balthus painted his celebrated series of portraits of Therese Blanchard, his young neighbor in Paris. Therese posed alone, with her cat, or with her two brothers. When Balthus lived in Switzerland during World War II, he replaced the forbidding austerity of his Paris studio with more colorful interiors in which different nymphets daydream, read, or nap. The exhibition concludes with images that he created of Frederique Tison, his favorite model, at the Chateau de Chassy in the Morvan during the 1950s. Never before shown in public will be the series of forty small ink drawings for Mitsou, in which the eleven-year-old Balthus evoked his adventures with a stray tomcat and which were published by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in 1921. This is the first exhibition of the artist's works in this country in thirty years. Four works belong to the Museum's collection and the rest -- with the exception of several loans from France, England, Switzerland, and Australia -- will come from museums and private collections in the United States.

Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Every holiday season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan's historic Library. Dickens wrote his iconic tale in a six-week flurry of activity, beginning in October 1843 and ending in time for Christmas publication. He had the manuscript bound in red morocco as a gift for his solicitor, Thomas Mitton. The manuscript then passed through several owners before Pierpont Morgan acquired it in the 1890s.

Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 12, 2014 - Midtown

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with The Menil Collection, Houston, and The Art Institute of Chicago, is the first to focus exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of Rene Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century's most extraordinary images. Beginning in 1926, when Magritte first aimed to create paintings that would, in his words, "challenge the real world," and concluding in 1938 -- a historically and biographically significant moment just prior to the outbreak of World War II -- the exhibition traces central strategies and themes from the most inventive and experimental period in the artist?s prolific career. Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, the "misnaming" of objects, and the representation of visions seen in half-waking states are among Magritte's innovative image-making tactics during these essential years. Bringing together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte's identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 - Brooklyn Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - Brooklyn

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 is the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain's New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers. The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women's sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture. Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum's world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. It is the first presentation of the Museum's important Spanish colonial holdings since the groundbreaking 1996 exhibition Converging Cultures: Art & Identity in Spanish America. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.

Chris Burden: Extreme Measures - New Museum
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

This expansive presentation of Chris Burden's work marks the first New York survey of the artist and his first major exhibition in the US in over twenty-five years. Occupying the entire Museum and featuring a dynamic installation on the Museum's facade, the exhibition offers an extraordinary opportunity to examine the many ways in which Burden has continuously pushed limits by investigating the breaking point of materials, institutions, and even himself.

Big Apple Circus - Luminosity - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

Venture within the hubbub at the heart of Gotham, where the restless tide of humanity rushes through canyons of skyscrapers and shoals of billboards: The dog-walker, whose rowdy pups perform amazing tricks! Businesswomen who arrange to meet, soaring high above on a double trapeze! The rube, a clown-prince among peers, celebrating the mirth of life! Revelry at New Year's Eve, with teeter-board acrobats flying like fireworks! and a chic couple of wire-walkers suspended mid-air for the event! The humble repairman, climbing the ladder of his imagination! The mounted policewoman, directing a cavalcade of steeds! The flimflam man with his quicksilver moves! The food cart vendor, juggling his produce! Construction workers assembling athletic poses of incredible strength! The celebrated Big Apple Circus Band, under the baton of maestro Rob Slowik, provides the lively musical soundtrack, and your cosmopolitan Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane, will conduct your tour through this luminous cityscape. Run away and join the Big Apple Circus this season for a dazzling, unforgettable spectacle of wonder, merriment and joy!

GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 12, 2014 - Queens

Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 20th. The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving. Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make. GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures. The 2013 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever. While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit. This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage. GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread. All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display. gingerbread-lane.org; Twitter: @GingerBreadLane; Facebook: GingerBread Lane, #gingerbreadlane.

Holiday Train Show - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 12, 2014 - Bronx

The Holiday Train Show is back with plenty of holiday fun and new surprises for the whole family! This year features more trains than ever before, and a new holiday dining experience inspired by the historic streets of New York. Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the building replicas are constructed and - new this year - features a showcase of unique and historic model trains. Explore the exhibition in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done too...it's a whole day of fun!

LUMINOCITY - Lincoln Center Damrosch Park
Through January 12, 2014 - Lincoln Square

In Luminocity, Big Apple Circus' newest show, the Circus celebrates the city it calls home. In seats so close you feel like you're part of the action, see double trapeze artists, an equestrian who would fit right in with the NYPD, a clown, and an array of other circus performers. For the complete schedule of performances and tickets, visit bigapplecircus.org.

Rouge Group Exhibition - Cheryl Hazan Gallery
Through January 12, 2014 - New York

A group exhibition featuring Makiko Azakami, Ilia Barger, Caroline Beauzon, Lori Cozen-Geller, Vicki DaSilva, Madeline Denaro, Sally Egbert, Karim Ghidinelli, Babette Herschberger, Noah Klersfeld, Nika Kovalenko, David Moore, Jeff Muhs, Neil Powell, Paul Rousso, Beatricia Sagar, Carolina Sardi, Russell Sharon, Jeremy Thomas, and Bruce Tolman.

Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 13, 2014 - New York

A showcase of some of the finest works of art from the museum's collection while highlighting the stylistic diversity and relationships between different strands of Himalayan and neighboring cultural and artistic traditions.

Downton Chappy - Costumes of the Downton Abbey Era - Horace Greeley House
Through January 15, 2014 - Chappaqua

Dresses and costumes from the Downton Abbey era from the New Castle Historical Society's extensive costume collection. Appointments for tours at other times than those mentioned can be arranged by calling 914-238-4666 or visiting the website.

'Tornado Alley' - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 16, 2014 - Norwalk

This film invites the audience to follow along with a daring team of "storm chasers" as they work to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes. Sean Casey, star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" reality series, leads this mission to document one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events - the birth of a tornado.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 16, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas and capture the special day!

For Children Ages 2 to 102 - Ukrainian Institute of America
Through January 16, 2014 - New York

Ukraine children's book publisher A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA will host "For Children Ages 2 to 102," an exhibit featuring original hand-drawn illustrations from famed Eastern European children's books at the Ukrainian Institute of America. Exhibit is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940 - Hudson River Museum
Through January 17, 2014 - Yonkers

The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 assured the Hudson River a vital role in the evolution of what would become New York City into the nation's industrial and financial powerhouse - its "Empire City." The same year, artist Thomas Cole was "discovered," setting in motion a tradition of painting that transformed American art, much as the Erie Canal was rapidly transforming the landscape. For the most part, artists ignored the industrialization of the region; Cole was a strong proponent of the British traditions of the sublime and the beautiful, and his melding of these romantic ideals to direct observation of nature became the mainstay of American landscape in the mid-19th century. The ideal expressed in thousands of Hudson River School canvases from the 1820s through the turn of the century constituted a moving vocabulary many artists clung to, even decades after the reality of the landscape had changed. It was not until the first decade of the 20th century, as artists like Robert Henri and John Sloan turned their attention to the urban scene, that American art shifted its focus from bucolic landscapes to the cities, the towns, and the crowds, especially the raucous urban scene of Manhattan - by then the nation's most important metropolis. The movement away from painting the land to painting the life on the street is often seen as a clean break with the depiction of the landscape, and with landscape painting generally as a mainstay of American art in the face of European Modernism. However, artists continued to paint the Hudson River, as well as its tributaries, the Harlem and East Rivers, and the great harbor of New York City into which they flowed. What was different was their approach. Having jettisoned the romantic ideals of their forebears, artists like Henri and Sloan, and later, Georgia O'Keeffe, George Ault, Edward Hopper, and Preston Dickinson, celebrated the changing way of life along the city's waterfront. As the century progressed, they did so with sharper focus and with ideals borrowed from the Machine Age. Instead of majestic mountain ranges, their subjects were the arching bridges, swinging cranes, and streamlined ocean liners resting in the harbor. Artists took the elements of the Sublime, combined them with Modernism's interest in structure and form, and applied them to the manmade industrial one - thereby creating a new visual vocabulary for the 20th century - the Industrial Sublime. "Industrial Sublime," the exhibition, takes as its focus the shift in both style and sensibility during the years 1900 to 1940, and explores the development of a new mode of landscape painting and pictorial ideals suited to America's role as a global industrial power. Museums lending works to the exhibition of more than 60 paintings include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute; High Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale; Georgia Museum of Art; The New-York Historical Society; Museum of the City of New York; Newark Museum; the Phillips Collection; Flint Institute of Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Norton Museum of Art. The exhibition, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, is co-curated by Kirsten Jensen, Curator, Hudson River Museum and Bartholomew F. Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hudson River Museum. Additional essayists for the publication include Wendy Greenhouse, co-author of "Chicago Modern 1893-1945: Pursuit of the New;" Katherine E. Manthorne, professor of modern art of the Americas, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Ellen E. Roberts, Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art, Norton Museum of Art. "Industrial Sublime: Modernism and the Transformation of New York's Rivers, 1900-1940" is the fifth exhibition in the Hudson River Museum series, "The Visitor In the Landscape." The exhibition will travel to the Norton Museum of Art, March 20-June 22, 2014. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have been made possible by a generous grant from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The exhibition catalogue is supported, in part, by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. On view through January 17, 2014.

Danish Paintings from the Golden Age to the Modern Breakthrough - Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Through January 18, 2014 - New York

Composed of 37 paintings and drawings, the exhibition features the work of a range of artists, including Nicolai Abildgaard, the first history painter of note to be trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; the "Danish Golden Age" artists Christen Kobke, L.A. Smith, and Vilhelm Kyhn; and the modern painters Berthe Wegmann, Anna and Michael Ancher, P.S. Kroyer, and his pupils Harald Slott-Moller and the internationally renowned Vilhelm Hammershoi.

Jan De Vliegher - Mike Weiss Gallery
Through January 18, 2014 - New York

Nw works by Jan De Vliegher, making this the artist's second solo show with the gallery. Layering rich hues of wet oil paint and working from the shoulder, De Vliegher takes an athletic approach to an otherwise banal nature scene, offering a series of large-scale canvases that contrast deep, murky waters with fluorescent patterned figures. In a meditation on mark-making, rhythm, and symphonic harmony, a world built on landscape and impressionism emerges, breathing new life into these time-honored genres while catalyzing a new approach to abstraction, repetition, and action painting.

Zoe Strauss: 10 Years - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) showed her photographic works once a year in a public space beneath an I-95 highway overpass in South Philadelphia. In these annual one-day exhibitions, Strauss mounted her color photographs to the concrete bridge supports and viewers could buy photocopies for five dollars. Through portraits and documents of houses and signage, Strauss looked unflinchingly at the economic struggles and hardscrabble lives of residents in her own community and other parts of the United States. She describes her work as "an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life." Strauss, a self-taught photographer and political activist, sees her work as a type of social intervention, and she has often used billboards and public meetings as venues. This exhibition is a mid-career retrospective and the first critical assessment of her decade-long project.

Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis - Frick Collection
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

The Frick Collection will be the final venue of an American tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. This prestigious Dutch museum, which has not lent a large body of works from its holdings in nearly thirty years, is undergoing an extensive two-year renovation that makes this opportunity possible.

Lewis Hine - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

Lewis Hine (1874-1940) is widely recognized as an American original whose work has been cited as a precursor to modernist and documentary photography. While certain of Hine's photographic projects -- such as on immigration, child labor, New York City, and the building of the Empire State Building -- are well known, few exhibitions have considered his entire life's work.

JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander's View of History - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

The exhibition includes stills from Abraham Zapruder's famous footage of the assassination, as well as news photographs, snapshots by bystanders, souvenirs, and scrapbooks. Organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis on the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy, these visual artifacts demonstrate the active role of photography in negotiating trauma and facilitating mourning.

The Future of America: Lewis Hine's New Deal Photographs - International Center of Photography
Through January 19, 2014 - New York

Among the least known but most prescient photographs taken by social documentary photographer Lewis Hine (1874-1940) were those he made as chief photographer for the National Research Project (NRP), a division of the federal government's Works Project Administration (WPA) founded in late 1935. The goal of the NRP was to investigate recent changes in industrial technologies and to assess their effects on future employment. In over 700 photographs, taken in industrial towns throughout the Northeast in 1936 and 1937, Hine revealed not only working conditions in aging industrial factories, but also in new industries and productive workplaces. The NRP published hundreds of reports illustrated with Hine's photographs on a broad variety of agricultural, manufacturing, and mining activities. His works captured the look of labor and industry in transition, while the entire NRP story provides provocative parallels to today's economic challenges. Lewis Hine's Lasting Legacy, organized by Hine scholar Judith Mara Gutman, draws on ICP's archive of more than 300 of Hine's prints from the NRP series and the master holdings at the National Archives.

Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 20, 2014 - New York

"How could drawing be of itself and not about something else?" Dorothea Rockburne's 1973 exhibition at the Bykert Gallery in New York, a touchstone in modern drawing practice, aimed to addressing the artist's query. Using the wall as her surface, Rockburne created a series of works using carbon paper, which she folded and manipulated to create a carefully mapped network of ruled lines that engaged the viewer visually and bodily, shaping their perception of the gallery space and challenging expectations of what a drawing can be. The exhibition Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself pays homage to the artist's groundbreaking project of the same name, with a group of major carbon paper and wall works -- including Nesting and Neighborhood, from MoMA's collection -- exhibited together for the first time since 1973. Contextualizing the wall drawings is a selection of Rockburne's works on paper and paintings from that decade, all selected from MoMA's strong holdings of her work. The exhibition highlights the concerns that have occupied the artist since her early career, including the application of mathematical principles, and her continued engagement with, and challenge of, the methods and practice of drawing.

2013 Festival of Lighthouses Contest - Maritime Aquarium
Through January 20, 2014 - Norwalk

Enjoy a display of imaginative handcrafted lighthouses ? and then vote for your favorite. Your votes determine the winners of this exhibit, which will present 24 large model lighthouses throughout the aquarium galleries. The lighthouses will be the creations of regional artists, crafts people and just folks with an idea. Some entries come in as scale models of real lighthouses. Others will be wildly creative. The lighthouse that gets the most visitor votes will win $1,500. Other prizes to be announced in a special evening reception on Jan. 23 are: $750 for second place, $375 for third; $300 for fourth; $225 for fifth; and $150 for sixth. Lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light ? Beyond that, it's up to the creators' imaginations. (Prohibited are animal remains, including shells.) November 16-January 20, 2014.

Christopher Wool - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 22, 2014 - New York

At the heart of Christopher Wool's creative project, which spans three decades of rigorous and highly focused practice, is the question of how a picture can be conceived, realized, and experienced today. Engaging the complexities of painting as a medium, as well as the anxious rhythms of the urban environment and a wide range of cultural references, his agile, largely monochrome works propose an open-ended series of responses to this central problem. This retrospective will fill the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda and an adjacent gallery with a rich selection of paintings, photographs, and works on paper, forming the most comprehensive examination to date of Wool's influential career. The exhibition is organized by Katherine Brinson, Associate Curator, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. This exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Knit, Purl, Sow - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through January 22, 2014 - Crown Heights

Knit, Purl, Sow brings together textile and knitting artists and their finely detailed botanical renderings, expressionistic plants, and landscapes that will inspire a new appreciation for natural forms.

“Icons” - THE OUT NYC
Through January 23, 2014 - New York

Artist and NYC pop-culture enthusiast, Michael Lazar, has unveiled an exhibition of his “Icons” collection featuring collages and acrylic painted worlds of electric pinks and sky blues married with recognizable icons from American pop culture and beyond in the lobby of THE OUT NYC located at 510 West 42nd Street (42nd Street between 10th and 11th Aves, Manhattan). Whether it is Disney icons, Patriotism, Hollywood, romance, and classic cross-cultural images like the heart or star, Lazar’s artwork is known in the art community as a celebration of the power of iconography and color. “Icons” is on display and open to the public at THE OUT NYC through January 23, 2014. For more information regarding Michael Lazar and his work, please visit http://lazar-art.com/.

Deconstructed Flowers - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 25, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in this exhibit, a series of intricate photographs that pull out the detailed beauty of flowers, using a special technique that layers several photographs into a single picture for a view of amazing depth. Dr. Stein's work as the former chairman of surgery at Flushing Hospital instilled a dedication to the importance of detail. Since his retirement from the medical profession, his interest in photography has intensified. Studying at the International Center of Photography, and with several professionals he has garnered a renewed focus on the technical and visual aspects, and adapted a style that allows him to create photographs that express many aspects of a flower at the same time. "There are many features of flowers that are beautiful and interesting, but each individual photograph can only show a single element of the flower". Unhappy with losing the depth and beauty of his subject, Stein focused on pulling out the dimensional presence of the flower. "This meant taking multiple photographs and merging then into a single montage. I then allowed the flower to grow more naturally over the image's matting. The end result is a floral image that shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image." Dr. Stein's prize-winning photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the Northeast, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Salmagundi Club, The Mamaroneck Artist Guild, and other galleries in New York. His photographs can also be found in commercial establishments and in numerous private collections. The exhibit will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm, thur Jan 25, 2014 and is free to the public. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or dhector@queensbotanical.org. Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Intel Pop-Up Shop Grand Opening - Intel Experience Store
Through January 25, 2014 - New York

The Intel Experience Store is not your average pop-up shop! Setting up in the hip neighborhood of Nolita, the Intel Experience Store aims to bring together local businesses, the latest technology, and the unique elements of each store location to show how Intel reshapes and enriches the lives of individuals and communities alike. Each Intel Experience Store will physically change three times a day! The stores will feature local, ever-changing programming, freecycling, and other programs that give back to their communities. Stop by to grab a coffee, check in on the news, ask our Tech Xperts questions about your devices, and in the afternoons and evenings, check out live music, movies, sports, games, and more! There will be a number of activities on opening day: the first 50 people will win a prize; throughout the day shoppers can enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks from local eateries; neighbors in the 10012 area code will receive a free sweatshirt (with proof of residency, while supplies last); and there will be an evening performance by Tailan Rayan.

Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners - Sean Kelly Gallery
Through January 25, 2014 - New York

This December marks the 25th anniversary of the landmark exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment. On the occasion of the anniversary of that defining juncture, not just in Mapplethorpe's career, but also in the larger dialogue regarding freedom of expression in the arts, Sean Kelly brings together 27 pairings of Mapplethorpe images exploring the theme of Saints and Sinners.

Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

The works of Edgar Allan Poe have frightened and thrilled readers for more than one hundred-fifty years. Terror of the Soul -- inspired by the preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque -- explores Poe's poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, with a key thematic emphasis examining his profound influence on later writers. The exhibition will feature nearly one hundred items, drawn primarily from the Morgan's holdings and The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature at The New York Public Library, two of the most important collections of Poe material in the United States. In addition, a number of exceptional private collection loans will also be on view.

See it Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

This exhibition presents the work Leland Bell, Paul Georges, Paul Resika, Neil Welliver, Albert Kresch, Stenley Lewis, and Peter Heinemann, who insisted on the significance of landscape and figuration, even during an era when going beyond abstraction meant venturing into an aesthetic no-man's land.

Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

Since the birth of photography in 1839, artists have used the medium to explore subjects close to home -- the quotidian, intimate, and overlooked aspects of everyday existence. This exhibition examines the photographs and videos made by a wide range of artists during the last four decades. Featuring forty works from the Museum's collection, it includes photographs by John Baldessari, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Fischli & Weiss, Jan Groover, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Elizabeth McAlpine, Gabriel Orozco, David Salle, Robert Smithson, Stephen Shore, and William Wegman among others, as well as video by artists such as Martha Rosler, Ilene Segalove, and Svetlana and Igor Kopystiansky.

Tweet - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through January 26, 2014 - SoHo

Any adult of a certain age asked to define tweet in 2013 is likely to answer that it is a "short communication of 140 characters or less." Yet before 2006, tweet was primarily used to describe the chirp of a bird, a sound generally perceived as a sweet or happy sound. In New York City, you witness more and more pedestrians striding through life with heads buried in smartphones. People tweet, text, and email on the go. The simple act of looking around as you go about our daily journey is being lost to an ever more fragmented and hectic contemporary society. The exhibition Tweet asks everyone to pause, reflect, and remember a simple act that is available to everyone. Look around, enjoy nature, and see the birds. All the artworks included in Tweet come from a similar starting point – that of careful observation of nature, specifically of birds. To identify and study at great and near distances, with quiet observation and in fleeting moments – this kind of looking is encouraged by these works. As part of the exhibition, CMA asks viewers to use their technology to come together in shared games around bird spotting, or to simply put the gadgets away and draw from nature.

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keefe - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 26, 2014 - Midtown

Drawn from MoMA's collection, American Modern takes a fresh look at the Museum's holdings of American art made between 1915 and 1950, and considers the cultural preoccupations of a rapidly changing American society in the first half of the 20th century. Including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and films, American Modern brings together some of the Museum's most celebrated masterworks, contextualizing them across mediums and amid lesser-seen but revelatory works by artists who expressed compelling emotional and visual tendencies of the time. The selection of works depicts subjects as diverse as urban and rural landscapes, scenes of industry, still-life compositions, and portraiture, and is organized thematically, with visual connections trumping strict chronology. Artists represented include George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, and Andrew Wyeth, among many others. Far from an encyclopedic view of American art of the period, the exhibition is a focused look at the strengths and surprises of MoMA's collection in an area that has played a major role in the institution?s history.

Keith Haring All-Over - New-York Historical Society
Through January 26, 2014 - New York

A new installation in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will feature everyday items transformed by famed New York artist Keith Haring. Keith Haring All-Over explores the artist's use of unconventional surfaces: clothing, furniture and skin; as well as photographs and videos that document his process and passion for making ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art.

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

Art in the Garden at QBG: “Deconstructed Flowers” - Queens Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Flushing

H. David Stein's unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit "Deconstructed Flowers." His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower's beauty in a single image. In the Gallery of QBG's Visitor & Administration Building.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends - New York Botanical Garden
Through January 26, 2014 - Bronx

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a new, fun-filled, sing-along, mini performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Parents: bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas to capture the special day! In the Ross Hall. Daily, Jan. 1-26. Times vary by date; see website.

Art Gallery - Mineola School District - Mineola Public Library
Through January 30, 2014 - Mineola

Everyone is welcome downstairs in the Walter & Joan Hobbs Art Gallery for an artistic presentation of mixed media created by the students of the Mineola School district. The Supervising Art Teacher is Mrs. Andrea Antonelli.

Touch Tank - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Touch a star fish, a horseshoe crab, or a sea snail. Explore sea creatures up close and learn about ocean diversity.

Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom - Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is pleased to present Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom, a new exhibition featuring sensitive and dignified photographs of dogs by Mary Bloom, the Cathedral's former Photographer-in-Residence. Dog Bless You: The Photography of Mary Bloom focuses on Bloom's distinguished portraits of dogs -- of all manner and breeds. The exhibition showcases the versatility of her work as well as her ability to take intimate portraits of dogs in moments of uncanny psychological depth. A slideshow accompanies the exhibition, cycling through decades of Bloom's loving photographs of the living Cathedral and the menagerie of animals that have passed before her lens.

Applied Design - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

There are still people who think that design is just about making things, people, and places pretty. In truth, design has spread to almost every facet of human activity, from science and education to politics and policymaking, for a simple reason: one of design's most fundamental tasks is to help people respond to change. A designer today can choose to focus on interactions, interfaces, the Internet, visualizations, socially minded infrastructures and products, 5-D spaces, bioengineering, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and yes, even furniture. Several outstanding examples of this vitality and diversity are presented in this installation, ranging from a mine detonator by young Afghani designer Massoud Hassani to a vessel made by transforming desert sand into glass using only the energy of the sun. Also on display are 14 video games -- including Pac-Man, The Sims, and Katamari Damacy -- that constitute the beginning of a new branch of MoMA's collection.

Queens International 2013 - Queens Museum of Art
Through January 31, 2014 - Queens

The sixth edition of the Museum's biennial exhibition of artists from around the world who live or work in Queens.

Try It Tuesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Children explore, learn, and discover as they try out science, art, and language in fun and exciting ways. Please note that the Brooklyn Children's Museum is closed from September 2 through September 13.

Wonderment Wednesdays - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through January 31, 2014 - Crown Heights

Kids explore and uncover amazing wonders from the Museum's collection. Unravel the mysterious secrets of objects from across the ocean and right in our own backyards.

Saturday Winter Workshops - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA)
Through January 31, 2014 - Peekskill

Every Saturday during January, join HVCCA's museum educator, Maureen McCourt, for educational workshops. Jan. 4: Play with Plastillina!(a type of non-hardening clay); Jan. 11: Make A Musical Instrument! Create a musical instrument out of found objects inspired by artist Chen Zhen; Jan. 18: Create a Nature Mobile! Jan. 25: Cast Your Hand!

Teacher in the Library @ The Field - The Field Library
Through January 31, 2014 - Peekskill

Mystified by math? Puzzled by a project? Homework help is here! Stop in and see a certified teacher. Homework help is available January 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30. Check out the library's FROG BLOG for more programs and information at fieldkids.wordpress.com.

Family Fondue Sundays - The Melting Pot of White Plains
Through January 31, 2014 - White Plains

Fondue dining allows everyone to enjoy good conversation, eat slowly, and savor each bite. Parents can enjoy three-course meal (salad, entree, and chocolate), and kids under 14 can have two courses (entree and chocolate), all for a fixed price every Sunday in January from 12-4pm. Visit meltingpot.com/white-plains/specials for details.

Pack Chat for Kids (ages 4-8) - Wolf Conservation Center
Through January 31, 2014 - South Salem

An excellent introduction to wolves for families with young children. Kids learn about the mythology surrounding wolves and the important role of wolves in the natural world. Guests will visit Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa, and Zephyr, as well as the center's other endangered wolves. Don't forget a camera. Pre-registration required. Jan. 1 and 12 at 11am; Jan. 5 and 25 at 2pm.

Teaching Trails: A Community Path for Environmental Education presents Weekly Sunday Walks for All Ages at the GNC - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2014 - Scarsdale

Enjoy a Guided Trail Experience through the woodland forest. Maybe you'll discover who left that track, which tree makes the best animal home, or which plant makes its own heat to help melt through the late winter ice. Free with support from Con Edison. January 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 11:30am-12pm.

Yoga Classes for Adults - Greenburgh Nature Center
Through January 31, 2014 - Scarsdale

Yoga is all about being the best you can be physically, mentally, and spiritually. Bring your own mat. Call for more information and multi-class discount. Mondays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 7pm; Fridays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 9am.

1980s - Hal Bromm Art & Design
Through January 31, 2014 - New York

Currently on view : a group exhibition including work by Mike Bidlo, Luis Frangella, Bobby G., Judy Glantzman, Keith Haring, Rick Prol, Russell Sharon, and David Wojnarowicz. Gallery Hours: 1PM - 6PM, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Food For Food Drive - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through January 31, 2014 - Cold Spring Harbor

Donate a non-perishable food item to the Hatchery's "Island Harvest Food Drive", and receive one free fish food funtainer, limit one per family. Call for more information. January 1-January 31, 2014.

Steven Assael: New Drawings - Forum Gallery
Through February 01, 2014 - New York

New drawings by New York City artist Steven Assael including twenty-three drawings of contemporary men and women, singly and in groups, that reflect Assael's consistent concern with the human condition: the struggle for survival and inner peace.

Massimo Vitali - Between Normalities - Bonni Benrubi
Through February 01, 2014 - New York

A solo exhibition of new work by Massimo Vitali that includes images from Brazil, Sardinia, Lampedusa, and Greece. The exhibition features new large-format color photographs which, extending the themes of his previous work, offer up to the camera's impartial eye large crowds of people vacationing in majestic natural landscapes while simultaneously exposing the fine line between pleasure and tragedy. In Lampedusa Diptych, one of the artist's signature beach images is juxtaposed against a depopulated image of the same scene-only the fact that the picture takes place in Lampedusa alerts the viewer to the horrific boat accident that claimed 360 lives on Oct. 3, 2013. The piece invokes nature's innocence in the face of the wildly dissonant activities that can occur in a single setting, while asking the viewer to contemplate what, if any effect human activity has upon the natural world. Continuing this exploration of contrasts, Vitali has begun photographing the same scene with both digital and analog cameras, as in CEAGESP Sao Paolo Analog Digital Diptych. The nearly identical images highlight the continuity rather than the disjunction in both photographic technologies and the way we look at the world. The diptych reminds the viewer that the world is persistent and communal, whether experienced through pixels or emulsion.

The Altar of Convenience - Aicon Gallery New York
Through February 01, 2014 - New York

Featuring recent work by Debanjan Roy (b. 1975; Kolkata, India).

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - Prospect Heights

Featuring approximately 400 objects, including photographic prints, books, magazines, albums, and camera equipment, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY brings together both iconic and unknown images taken by members of the military, commercial portraitists, journalists, amateurs, artists, and numerous Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers.

Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin - Morgan Library & Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

For the first time in New York, the Morgan presents Leonardo da Vinci's extraordinary Codex on the Flight of Birds, and one of his most celebrated drawings, Head of a Young Woman (Study for the Angel in the Virgin of the Rocks), together with a selection of other works on paper by the master and his followers. These exceptional works, on loan from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, will be joined by the Morgan's Codex Huygens, a singularly important Renaissance manuscript recording many of Leonardo's ideas from his lost treatise on painting.

threeASFOUR: MER KA BA - The Jewish Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

A multimedia installation fusing avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Blending ancient symbols with new technologies to evoke a timeless desire for cross-cultural unity, the exhibition includes examples from threeASFOUR's new spring-summer 2014 collection, featuring 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg.

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 02, 2014 - Astoria

In 2011, photographer Joseph O. Holmes, a chronicler of people and their work spaces, turned his attention to the "booth" and the near-invisible work of those who project movies into dark cinemas. This exhibition of more than 30 photos featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around New York City, shines a spotlight on what is quickly becoming a lost craft as celluloid gives way to digital formats.

Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection - Frick Collection
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

The Frick Collection has one of the most important public collections of European timepieces in the United States, much of it acquired through the 1999 bequest of the New York collector Winthrop Kellogg Edey. This extraordinary gift of thirty-eight watches and clocks dating from the Renaissance to the early nineteenth century covers the art of horology in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. For reasons of space, only part of the collection can be on permanent view in the museum's galleries. In 2001 many pieces from the Edey collection were featured in The Art of the Timekeeper. Masterpieces from the Winthrop Edey Bequest, an exhibition organized at the Frick by guest curator William J. H. Andrewes. In 2013, visitors will have another opportunity to explore the breadth and significance of the Edey collection through an exhibition that presents fourteen watches and eleven clocks from his bequest.

Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama: Manhattan, 1970-1982 - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

A groundbreaking look at a vibrant community of artists and the experimental performance art they produced. This exhibition showcases works created in alternative spaces, lofts, storefronts, and city streets that expressed the radical potential for theater and art performance as a new means of artistic expression. Organized by Jay Sanders, the Whitney's Curator and Curator of Performance, Rituals of Rented Island will be on view from October 31 to February 2014 in the Museum's third-floor Peter Norton Family Galleries. The Whitney's inventive presentation will create an immersive experience that both documents the era and recreates it in part with installations of sets and environments, objects, film and video, live performance, photography, drawings, and ephemera by the following artists: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Jared Bark, Ericka Beckman, Ralston Farina, Richard Foreman/Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Julia Heyward, Ken Jacobs Apparition Theater of New York, Mike Kelley, Kipper Kids, Jill Kroesen, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Yvonne Rainer and Babette Mangolte, Stuart Sherman, Theodora Skipitares, Jack Smith, Michael Smith, Squat Theatre, Robert Wilson/Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds, and John Zorn/Theatre of Musical Optics.

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile - The Jewish Museum
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

An exhibit which, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York.

Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 02, 2014 - New York

Dating from the 11th to the 17th century, Masterpieces of Tibetan and Nepalese Art: Recent Acquisitions includes five sculptures that are among the rarest and most important such objects to enter a Western collection, along with examples of the finest Tibetan and Nepalese paintings known. All come from the pioneering collection of Jack and Muriel Zimmerman.

Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video - The Jewish Museum
Through February 05, 2014 - New York

This longterm series offers a rotating selection of vigorous film and video works by contemporary artists from around the world - with a particular emphasis on work being made outside western Europe and the United States.

ART OF THE AUTOMOBILE - Westport Library
Through February 08, 2014 - Westport

Visit this exhibit of photorealistic paintings by Weston artist Ken Scaglia celebrating the elegant lines and polished surfaces of classic cars. Through February 8, 2014.

Ingrid Calame - Tracks - James Cohan Gallery
Through February 08, 2014 - New York

The gallery's fifth solo exhibition by California-based artist Ingrid Calame includes two new immersive pounce wall drawings and two oil paintings on aluminum.

Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

Dante Ferretti: Design and Construction for the Cinema examines design practice for film through the lens of Ferretti's work, which is distinguished by the structural role it plays in the collaborative process of cinema art. As digital technology transforms the way films are staged, replacing the real with the virtual, Ferretti's work comes at what may be the end of a 100-year-long tradition of full-scale, studio-built environments for films. This exhibition also serves to document this transitioning of cinema practice through its selection and organization of drawings, large-scale installations, and digital projection.

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art - New-York Historical Society
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art is a retrospective of this distinguished contemporary painter's signature subjects. Clarice Smith's work moves easily among diverse subjects, among them The Garden, Florals, Still Life, Landscapes, Equines, Screens, and Figures, each with its own rich visual traditions. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of art history, as well as a keen eye for the directly observed, the artist produces immensely fulfilling paintings that gratify the eye and also stimulate reflection.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 09, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.

T. J. Wilcox: In the Air - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 09, 2014 - New York

The New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the "cinema in-the-round" panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America - Museum of the City of New York
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

The first major exploration of the theater and industrial designer who The New York Times dubbed "the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century." A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Bel Geddes (1893-1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and '30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation's image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future -- streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic -- with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Bringing together some 200 never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs and films of theater sets and costumes, housing projects and appliances, airplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design.

Allegory and Illusion - Rubin Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia presents approximately 120 photographs and a selection of albums, glass plate negatives, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visites, and postcards illustrating the rich tradition of portrait photography in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nepal from the mid-19th century to early 20th century.

Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925 - Neue Galerie
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

Vasily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a transformational figure in the history of modern art. Alongside his development of a revolutionary abstract style, Kandinsky demonstrated an ambition to go beyond conventional easel painting. This exhibition charts how the artist's large paintings with musical and theatrical associations from the Blaue Reiter years developed into large-scale Bauhaus environments. The artist's 1922 Juryfreie murals will be re-created for the exhibition, enabling visitors to "walk inside" a Kandinsky painting.

Flip Side - Rubin Museum of Art
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

The texts and images on the back of Tibetan art objects reveal clues to their meaning, function, and historical context. For the first time ever both sides of a select group of scroll paintings (thangkas), sculptures, and initiation cards will be explored in detail. Chosen for the beauty, exceptional content, and complexity of their backs, these works of art dating from the 13th to the 19th century illuminate the many uses of the other side in Tibetan culture.

The Modern Poster in Germany - Neue Galerie
Through February 10, 2014 - New York

This exhibition traces the emergence of the poster as an art form in Germany in the early twentieth century. Over 30 posters from the late 19th and early 20th century, including work by Lucian Bernhard, Thomas Theodor Heine, Ludwig Hohlwein, Julius Klinger, Johann Thorn-Prikker, and Oskar Schlemmer, are on view. Most of the posters in the exhibition have never been displayed at the museum and are rare examples of this vibrant art form.

Paulo Bruscky - Art Is Our Last Hope - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 14, 2014 - Bronx

Born in Recife, Brazil, Paulo Bruscky is internationally regarded as a pioneer of mail-art, the international movement that flourished throughout South America in the 1970s particularly in countries under military rule. In 1982, Bruscky lived in New York as a Guggenheim fellow, a period in which he experimented with Xerox and video. To this day still a resident of Recife, Bruscky's work is the result of a continuous engagement with that city and its culture, filtered and documented in the artist's books, photographs, and other media.

Tony Feher - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 15, 2014 - Bronx

A twenty-year survey dedicated to the American sculptor. The exhibition and the accompanying monograph represent the first attempt at a comprehensive, in-depth consideration of Feher's career. It seeks to reveal the richness, complexity, and impact of Feher's investigations through a careful selection of 60 key works that revolve around a very personal formal, material, and spatial vocabulary developed and refined over the past couple of decades.

Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection - Museum of Biblical Art
Through February 16, 2014 - New York

Comprised of approximately 30 works of art, Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection highlights how biblical subject matter was embraced within the academies of 19th-century Europe. Historically ranked at the top of the Academy's hierarchy of genres, biblical depictions of both Old and New Testament subjects enjoyed a resurgence in the 19th century. This renewed interest may be attributed to several factors, including the developing field of biblical archaeology and the advent of photography, which produced travel books of the Holy Land. During this century of political and religious upheaval, artists - and the larger societies of which they were a part - looked to the Bible to provide inspiration, often in the form of allegory, for contemporary circumstances.

Exhibition: Eye to I...3,000 Years of Portraits - Katonah Museum of Art
Through February 16, 2014 - Katonah

The curatorial staff of the Katonah Museum of Art is developing an exhibition of portraiture that will represent diverse cultures and span more than 3,000 years of history and art. "Eye to I...3,000 years of Portraits" is not intended as an encyclopedic account of portraiture; rather, it will use portraits to explore the myriad ways that individuals look at and understand imagery. Each of the 60 portraits on display will offer interpretive copy from a range of individuals - scholars, teachers, actors, doctors, politicians, art collectors, and community members - explicating the work from their personal perspective. Visitors will be invited to add their own responses as well. The conceptual framework for this show is based on the premise that in art, as in life, there is no single piece with a meaning that is objective, value-neutral, or accessible to all. The importance assigned to an art object corresponds to the viewers' perspectives, which vary according to language, culture, socialization, education, and other aspects of their personal histories. The portrait genre in particular presents multiple layers of interpretation and represents a broad sampling of eras, media, and artistic periods. The earliest works on display will be a carved Egyptian bust of Amenhotep III, dating from 1,500 BC, and a marble sculpture of a Roman priest (AD 125). From there, the exhibition moves forward to feature portraits from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America to contemporary American artists who create portraits in astounding ways. The artists included are Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Gustave Courbet, Edward Curtis, Eric Fischl, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Duane Hanson, Oliver Herring, Byron Kim, Vik Muniz, Alice Neel, Shirin Neshat, Julian Opie, Pablo Picasso, Gordon Parks, Martin Schoeller, Cindy Sherman, Auguste Rodin, Edouard Vuillard, Andy Warhol, and Kehinde Wiley, among others. On view Oct. 27, 2013 through Feb. 16, 2014. Museum hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm; Sundays: 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera - Bronx Museum of The Arts
Through February 16, 2014 - Bronx

The Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America, as well as the home of Hip Hop and Salsa. For the families who have called this borough a home, Orchard Beach remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Lawrence's portraits of these summertime regulars celebrate the pride and dignity of those who frequent Orchard Beach.

Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 - Museum of Biblical Art
Through February 16, 2014 - New York

A video and audio installation which transports the viewer and listener into America's early twentieth-century, to the banks of rivers, lakes, and ponds where congregations gathered and sang as candidates holding hands in waist-deep water were submerged by a minister for baptism.

Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through February 17, 2014 - New York

An immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors' movement through the space. The original inspiration for this recently acquired, 55-minute moving image installation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest England.

Small Delights: Chinese Snuff Bottles - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 17, 2014 - New York

Snuff, a mixture of finely ground tobacco leaves and aromatic herbs and spices, was introduced to China by European missionaries, envoys, and merchants in the second half of the seventeenth century. With its medicinal and stimulating effects, it soon caught on with officials and even the emperor at the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court. The increasing use of snuff led to the making of snuff bottles, small containers with a corked stopper that were easily portable and airtight to preserve freshness and flavor.

American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 years of Design - Forbes Galleries
Through February 22, 2014 - New York

The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) showcases 25 years of outstanding jewelry design at the prestigious Forbes Galleries in New York. The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC”, is open to the public and will dazzle museum visitors with one-or-a-kind works from over 40 AJDC members through February 22nd, 2014. On view at the Forbes gallery will be a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Annually, the council asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as “Water”, “Spiral”, “Ice”, and “Flight” imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials

The Armory Show at 100 - Modern Art and Revolution - New-York Historical Society
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. The public sensation and the polemical critical responses to the show represented a watershed in the history of American art, This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society.

Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

This exhibition is dedicated to the magnificent art created between 400 and 800 A.D., the seminal era of the Silla Kingdom. Co-organized with the National Museums of Korea in Seoul and Gyeongju and drawn from the holdings of these institutions, it will introduce audiences to the remarkable artistic achievements of a small kingdom that rose to prominence, embraced cosmopolitanism, and gained control of the entire Korean peninsula. Included among the works on display are designated National Treasures with few parallel examples in Western museums. Highlights will include spectacular gold crowns and regalia, rare objects from Central and West Asia, and Buddhist sculptures and reliquaries.

Holiday Train Show - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

The 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central is making rounds through February 23 at the Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, with a Lionel model train layout and whimsical artwork by Maira Kalman, author and illustrator of Next Stop Grand Central. Admission is free.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk - Brooklyn Museum
Through February 23, 2014 - Prospect Heights

The Brooklyn Museum will be the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The critically acclaimed touring show, already seen by half a million people, spans the Paris-based designer's 37-year career and includes iconic examples never before exhibited. The Brooklyn presentation will include new material not shown in the previous venues, including ensembles from his recent runway shows.

In Parts - Whitney Museum of American Art
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

Artists frequently think beyond the unique object, to work with a group of closely related images that together express an artistic vision in its entirety. This ongoing installation, drawn from the Museum's extensive holding of works on paper, presents examples of this creative process. Works by Dotty Attie, Mark Bradford, Carroll Dunham, Dan Flavin, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth Murray, Lorna Simpson, Joyce Trieman, and Terry Winters, among other artists, will be shown in rotation.

Peter Max Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

This exhibition of work by famed pop artist Peter Max juxtaposes portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of his larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media. This showing is the first in-depth look at Max�s original drawings. Covering a wide range of subjects � portraits of friends and political figures, ocean sunsets and undulating landscapes, characters from Disney and The Wizard of Oz, planetary and celestial bodies in space, angels and demons, flowers and hearts, as well as Mona Lisas and Statues of Liberty to name only a few � these never-before-seen drawings comprise one of the most recognizable and commercially successful artistic practices of our times. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.

AftermodernisM: Works on Paper - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor

This exhibition focuses on the exploration of the drawing skills and innovations of a number of artists. Some of these works on paper are preparation for larger works on canvas. The exhibition is organized for the museum�s Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC) by CCC co-chairs Elaine Berger and Alison Wolfson. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.

New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, Centennial Edition - Grand Central Terminal
Through February 23, 2014 - Manhattan

This popular annual model railroad exhibition features a multi-track layout and limited edition miniature replica of Grand Central inspired by the Terminal's 100-year history. This year's show is accompanied by displays of charming vintage model trains from the Museum's collection depicting notable train cars from railroading's past. Shop the Transit Museum Store for great Grand Central and subway gifts. Explore Grand Central with the Transit Museum's kid-sized scavenger hunts—just ask at the cash-wrap!

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison - National Museum of the American Indian
Through February 23, 2014 - New York

The first comprehensive retrospective of a key Native American modernist, Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison includes drawings, paintings, prints, and sculpture that bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape, and spiritual reflection in the mind and eye of this important 20th-century artist. Half of the 80 works in the exhibition issue from the largest and most important collection of Morrison's artwork in the country, the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. The remaining works derive from important public and private collections from across the country.

Hands on a Hard Body - Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Through February 28, 2014 - New York

Previews Feb. 23, 2013. Opens March 21, 2013. Opens Based on the documentary of the same name, this new musical about a competition at a car dealership marks the return of both Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster to Broadway.

Saturday Story Time - Greenlight Bookstore
Through February 28, 2014 - Brooklyn

Saturday Story Time is geared toward kids ages 3 to 8 and their families. Authors and illustrators of picture books often visit us on Saturdays to present their new books, and neighborhood performers sometimes read as well.

The Modern Muse - Hammer Galleries
Through February 28, 2014 - New York

Featuring works by Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Leger, Matisse, Modigliani, Picasso, Renoir, Van Dongen, Warhol, Wesselmann, and many others.

Winter Farm Bingo - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through February 28, 2014 - Stamford

Pick up a copy of the new Winter Farm Bingo in the Bendel Mansion Museum Building and visit Heckscher Farm to see how the animals adapt to winter. Find five in a row to make BINGO and turn your sheet into our Front Desk for a prize. December 1-February 28, 2014.

Candy Craft Days - Sugarbeez Candy Store
Through February 28, 2014 - Huntington Station

Come be creative with candy. Build a chocolate house and decorate it for the holidays. Make a pretzel pizza or some pucker powder art. Special crafts every month. Sugarbeez supplies the candy and the space - you just need your imagination. Great for all ages. Check the website for open sessions or call to schedule your own private craft session.

Building Connections 2013 - Center for Architecture
Through March 01, 2014 - Greenwich Village

Building Connections is an annual exhibition of K-12 student design work completed during the Center for Architecture Foundation's Learning By Design:NY and Programs@theCenter programs. The exhibition highlights the students' hard work and talent, while also showcasing the Center for Architecture Foundation's design education methodology through a dynamic display of models and drawings.

Images of an Infinite Film - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

Images of an Infinite Film brings together works that, through structural or material intervention, emulate processes of human memory or thought, function as scores for imagined films, or take form entirely in the mind of the viewer -- suggesting a link between the precarious nature of memory, the fragility of film, and the subjective experience of assigning meaning to things in the world. The exhibition takes as its point of departure avant-garde filmmaker Hollis Frampton's notion of an "infinite film," which theorizes an overarching history of all recorded images and likens the universe to an endless film archive.

Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics - Museum of Arts & Design
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

In recent years, the human figure has returned to center stage in the work of artists around the world. Body & Soul: Contemporary International Ceramics underscores the power of the figure to convey strong emotions, and also to the accessibility of the ceramic medium. Through clay, the figure becomes the catalyst for addressing the emotional impact of contemporary pressures that confront our society today. Each work, inspired by a personal incident or symbolic tale, expresses a deep emotional identity, contrasting societal, political and personal views on themes such as anxiety, mortality, memory and hope. The exhibition will highlight approximately 25 international artists who came to clay as painters, draughtsmen or sculptors. Many are being shown for the first time in the United States. The range and quality of the works will make this exhibition significant, engaging and provocative, and bring this area of creativity into much-deserved focus.

Feathered Walls - Hangings from Ancient Peru - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

An installation comprising 10 impressive feather panels -- probably hangings -- made by the Wari peoples of southern Peru between about 700 and 1000. Made of finely woven cotton cloth and measuring roughly seven by two feet on average, the panels are covered completely with the small iridescent body feathers of the blue and yellow macaw in a bold design of large rectangles. They rank among the most luxurious and unusual works created by textile artists in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest in 1532.

Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932-1947 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

The exhibition is devoted to the work in glass of the influential Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978). Known primarily for his unique architectural designs, Scarpa's abilities can be traced to an earlier stage in his career. In 1932 Scarpa was hired by Paolo Venini, founder of Venini Glassworks, to be an artistic consultant to the company. Until 1947, he worked closely with Venini master glass blowers and Mr. Venini himself to create over two dozen styles, in the process pioneering techniques, silhouettes, and colors that thoroughly modernized the ancient tradition of glass blowing. The exhibition will present the results of this unique collaboration, featuring nearly 300 carefully selected works that highlight the significant contribution that Scarpa made to the art of Venetian glass.

25 Independent Video Games (Co-presented with IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games) - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image and IndieCade will present Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, an exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games that represent the breadth and depth of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles—most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, presented alongside a selection of independent games from the last decade that have had great impact on game design and culture. Indie Essentials will be on view in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. The 2013 IndieCade award-winning games will be announced at the festival on October 6; a complete list of games in Indie Essentials will be available on the Museum's website by the end of October. The designers and developers of the games presented in Indie Essentials are individuals or small teams working independently of large studios and publishers. They take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. Independent games are a fountain of innovation and experimentation, pushing the whole game industry forward as one of today's most dynamic and important cultural forms. Access to Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games is included with Museum admission (and free for Museum members). All games in the exhibition are free play. Towards the end of the exhibition's run, the second annual IndieCade East will take place at the Museum on February 14 through 16, 2014. This non-competitive East Coast edition offers a lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. The popular Night Games segment of the festival, with its freewheeling interactive game play for hundreds, will also return. Ticket information and advance purchase options will be announced soon.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park - Bryant Park Citi Pond
Through March 02, 2014 - MIdtown

Bring your own skates and go for a spin on the ice, grab a snack, and then do some shopping. The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is a true winter wonderland.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy - Museum of the City of New York
Through March 02, 2014 - New York

Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for images in the storm's wake. The juried exhibition features striking before-and-after images of the hurricane's impact on the New York region, including preparations, the storm's destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

A BILLION BRICKS: LEGO T-Rex, Turtles & Trains! - Stamford Museum & Nature Center
Through March 02, 2014 - Stamford

Bill Probert & I LUG (LEGO Users Group) NY returns for a fifth season with a LEGO? landscape of epic proportions. "BILLions" of bricks recreate the subterranean world of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a prehistoric park with T-Rex and velociraptors. Subways, trains, roller coasters, and mine trams will chug, spin, whirl and speed across a multi-level imaginary world built completely of LEGO? bricks. Peek into the new underground portals as subway cars whiz by before your eyes. Custom-designed LEGO? houses will offer visitors a glimpse into the abstract and fantastic architectural potential of the LEGO? brick. December 14-March 2, 2014.

Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Queens

Presented with IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, this exhibition features more than two dozen games that represent the diversity and innovation of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles - most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade Festival - presented alongside a selection of independent games that have had great impact on game design and culture in the last decade.

Exhibit: Artist Kasmira Mohanty - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 04, 2014 - Riverhead

The featured artisst, from Farmingville,will be exhibiting paintings created in classical and digital media. Although the majority of her work may be heavily affected by digitalization, Kasmira maintains a balance and enjoys working with traditional mediums as well. Some of her favorite mediums include ink, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, photography, and spray paint. When the mood strikes or a project requires it, she scans hand-rendered elements into the computer and experiments with combining traditional and digital components. December 3, 2013-March 4, 2013.

Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America - New-York Historical Society
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America examines the remarkable critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The exhibition -- presenting over sixty works of art as well as period photographs and graphic materials, all from the New-York Historical Society -- will investigate the strong cultural and social legacy of the American portrait tradition, with particular emphasis upon the New York sitters so well represented in New-York Historical's rich collection. With the amassing of great fortunes founded on industrial expansion, came the impetus to document the appearance of those who propelled and benefited from burgeoning wealth, thus echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to the colonial era.

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 09, 2014 - Prospect Heights

The artist's most comprehensive survey in the United States to date, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey brings together more than fifty works from the mid-1990s to the present by this internationally-renowned Brooklyn-based artist. The exhibition features Mutu's signature large-scale collages alongside video works, never-before-seen sketchbook drawings, a site-specific wall piece, and immersive installations.

Jewels by JAR - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

This exhibition features more than 300 works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the last 35 years, Joel A. Rosenthal, who works in Paris under the name JAR. The exhibition will be the first retrospective of his work in America. Rosenthal was born in New York, educated at Harvard University, and moved to Paris immediately after his graduation in 1966. It was there that he began to experiment with jewelry making and quickly became well-known for his designs of vibrant colors and organic shapes. Very early, Rosenthal revealed his special sensitivity to color, whether in the hue of an exotic violet sapphire, the shimmer of topaz and ruby, or the simple clarity of a perfect diamond. He has focused on the pave technique and most often uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gem color.

The Shadows Took Shape - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Coined in 1994 by writer Mark Dery in his essay "Black to the Future," the term "Afrofuturism" refers to a creative and intellectual genre that emerged as a strategy to explore science fiction, fantasy, magical realism and pan-Africanism. With roots in the avant-garde musical stylings of sonic innovator Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914-1993), Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years.

Radical Presence - Black Performance in Contemporary Art - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through March 09, 2014 - New York

Providing a critical history beginning with Fluxus and Conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art over three generations, presenting a rich and complex look at this important facet of contemporary art. The exhibition comprises more than 100 works by some 36 artists, including video and photo documentation of performances, performance scores and installations, interactive works, and artworks created as a result of performance actions.

Isa Genzken - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through March 10, 2014 - Midtown

Isa Genzken (German, b. 1948) is arguably one of the most important and influential female artists of the past 30 years. This exhibition, the first comprehensive retrospective of her diverse body of work in an American museum, and the largest to date, encompasses Genzken's work in all mediums over the past 40 years. Although a New York art audience might be familiar with Genzken's more recent assemblage sculptures, the breadth of her achievement -- which includes not only three-dimensional work but also paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, artist?s books, films, and public sculptures -- is still largely unknown in this country. Many of the nearly 200 works in the exhibition are on view in the United States for the first time. Genzken's work has been part of the artistic discourse since she began exhibiting in the mid-1970s, but over the last decade a new generation has been inspired by her radical inventiveness. The past 10 years have been particularly productive for Genzken, who, with a new language of found objects and collage, has created several bodies of work that have redefined assemblage for a new era. These groups of sculptures range from smaller, diorama-like works to room-filling installations.

Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry's Letters to 'The Ladder' - Brooklyn Museum
Through March 16, 2014 - Brooklyn

In the late 1950s, the fight for gay rights was developing alongside the growing Civil Rights and feminist movements. An important voice in the Civil Rights struggle was author, essayist, and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), the award-winning playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. This exhibition explores a largely unknown but significant aspect of Hansberry's biography connecting her to the gay rights movement: the letters she wrote in 1957 to The Ladder, the first subscription-based lesbian publication in the United States. In these provocative letters, Hansberry drew on her own identity and life experiences to articulate the interconnected struggles of women, lesbians, and African Americans during the period. She pointed to her identification with the burgeoning feminist movement in a 1959 interview with Studs Terkel, saying that "the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women," adding that those who are "twice oppressed" often become "twice militant." The exhibition includes approximately twenty-seven issues of The Ladder, beginning with the publication's launch in 1956 and documenting its early underground years, under the waning force of the Comstock Act. (Under these laws, enacted in 1873, it was illegal to send "obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious" materials in the U.S. mail. Free press rights around homosexuality were granted in 1958.) Also included are Hansberry's handwritten lists to herself on her birthdays, typewritten essays on "the homosexual question," a poem titled "Le Masque," and a notebook with a drawn self-portrait. There is also a listening station with Hansberry's interview with Studs Terkel.

Inside the Artists' Studios: Small-Scale Views - Bruce Museum
Through March 16, 2014 - Greenwich

This exhibition features scale model constructions of artists' studios created by four artists -- Joe Fig, Richard Haas, Lori Nix and Jimmy Sanders -- who also work in painting, printmaking, and photography. December 14-March 16, 2014.

The 2013/2014 Season of R&R: Shabbat @ The JCC – NOVEMBER 2nd – Sol Lewitt Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
Through March 22, 2014 - Upper West Side

An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a members of a community, R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and it's all free. Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in community, workshops, art, yoga, meditation, food, music, study sessions, film, crafts, spa experiences, and indoor and outdoor play. There are programs for both children and adults with guaranteed fun for the whole family.

The ABC Of It: Why Children's Books Matter - The New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Through March 23, 2014 - Midtown

The New York Public Library explores children's literature and its crucial role in educating and entertaining readers of all ages, and shaping and chronicling society and culture, in its new free exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. The exhibition will run from June 21, 2013 until March 23, 2014 at the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Curated by noted children's book expert Leonard S. Marcus, The ABC of It features nearly 250 items from across the library's vast collections. Original artwork, correspondence, and recordings accompany books from significant authors from the 1600s to the modern day. It provides a meaningful new context for many of the New York Public Library's treasures: the copy of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" that belonged to Alice Liddell, the child for whom Lewis Carroll wrote it; a rare 1666 illustrated children's edition of Aesop's fables that survived the Great Fire of London; Nathaniel Hawthorne's family copy of "Mother Goose," with annotations stating some passages were too scary to read to their children; the manuscript of Frances Hodgson Burnett's "The Secret Garden;" Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers's parrot-head umbrella; recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of "Charlotte's Web;" and the original Winnie-the-Pooh stuffed animals; among others.

Art Spiegelman's Co-Mix: A Retrospective - The Jewish Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - New York

This first U.S. retrospective celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. The exhibition spans Spiegelman's career from his early days in underground "comix" to provocative New Yorker covers and artistic collaborations in new media. Included are over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, plus prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.

Exhibition: Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound - Bruce Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - Greenwich

Found in estuaries around the world, oysters are a favored delicacy for humans and play a valuable role in ecosystems and economies. These unassuming mollusks have sustained Native Americans, cleaned polluted harbors, provided critical habitat, and created waterside cultures. Explore the science and natural history of oysters, particularly the Long Island Sound's native Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica. November 2 - March 23, 2014.

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Medieval Aquamanile - The Jewish Museum
Through March 23, 2014 - New York

This first Masterpieces and Curiosities installment centers around a rare Jewish aquamanile, a lion-shaped hand-washing pitcher made of bronze and created in Germany in the twelfth century, surrounded by five additional works to provide further context.

Count Your Blessings - Rubin Museum of Art
Through March 24, 2014 - New York

A collection of prayer beads from various Asian cultures, including more than 70 sets of long and short strings of beads with flourishes, counters, attachments, and tassels, will be part of the first such exhibition at the Rubin Museum. The exhibition includes examples from the Buddhist traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Burma. Prayer beads reveal highly sophisticated and complex arrangements and structure rooted in symbolic meanings and ritual use.

Dual Annual Holiday Exhibit: "Hats Off To The Holidays" and "Toys Our Parents Played With" - Yorktown Museum
Through March 29, 2014 - Yorktown Heights

An exciting dual holiday exhibit ("Hats Off to the Holidays" and "Toys Our Parents Played With") featuring vintage toys, and hats used as the settings for miniature scenes. Many of the toys may be from your own childhood, so be sure to point them out to the younger generation and reminisce over the fun you had playing with them. Note how most of the toys on display do not have batteries and many are home made. Kids didn't need "store bought" toys or technology to have fun. The Hat scenes were created by the nationally known miniature artist, Carole Pruzan, and husband Neal. Explore the museum's five permanent exhibit rooms, gift shop, and research library Hours are Sat. 1-4pm & Tue and Thur. 11- 4 pm and by appointment. Visit yorktownmuseum.org for more information. On display Dec, 7, 2013 through March 29, 2014.

Breastfeeding Support Clinic - Tribeca Parenting
Through March 31, 2014 - Park Slope

These clinics are helpful for moms who need a little reassurance or encouragement with breastfeeding. While many simple issues can be resolved in these helpful group sessions, please be aware that certain more complex breastfeeding issues may require more individualized attention which can be provided in a home visit.

Peter Schumann: Black and White - Queens Museum of Art
Through March 31, 2014 - Queens

The first solo museum exhibition of Bread and Puppet Theatre founder and director Peter Schumann.

Great White Shark - Maritime Aquarium - IMAX
Through April 03, 2014 - Norwalk

No other modern animal may command both fear and fascination as much as the great white shark ? but The Maritime Aquarium's new IMAX?film suggests, instead, that these predators mainly need help and respect. This film unravels the mystery of the creature by telling the true story of its role atop the oceanic food chain. "Our mission is to change people's attitudes toward the great white," said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. "It's not the menacing, evil predator it's made out to be. It's simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean's food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere." The 40-minute film takes viewers around the world to great-white hotspots and examines the animals through the eyes of several people whose lives and work have become inextricably linked to the great white, including shark expert Michael Rutzen, who openly scuba dives among them. October 11-April 3, 2014.

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 06, 2014 - New York

The exhibition will present seventy works by thirty-five contemporary artists active in China and abroad during the past three decades. Organized into four thematic groupings -- the written word, new landscapes, abstraction, and beyond the brush -- the exhibition seeks to demonstrate that China's ancient cultural pattern of seeking renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Much more than a continuation of earlier art forms, this process embraces radical abstractions, subversions, or reinterpretations of traditional idioms as viable ways to define artistic identity that are quintessentially Chinese. Although the artists considered have all transformed their sources through new modes of expression, one may recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China's artistic past.

Instructive, Entertaining and Moral: Toys & Childhood in 19th-Century America - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Through April 06, 2014 - New York

This two-part rotating exhibit showcases not only popular toys of the 19th century, but it also explores what those toys can tell us about child development and play in America in the 1800s. Emergent notions of child development in early nineteenth-century America emphasized that a properly nurtured child could be molded into a virtuous and noble citizen. Parents could use toys and play as one way to foster the education and moral character of their children. Objects on display in Part I include classic wooden toys, early board games, china head dolls, and educational toys. This first installation closes January 27. Part II, opening February 5, will feature vintage dolls, building toys, games of skill, and 19th-century technological toys.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through April 13, 2014 - New York

At the turn of the twentieth century, artistic representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and the mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban-based clientele. Through some sixty-five bronze sculptures by twenty-eight artists, this exhibition will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes so popular with audiences then and now. In addition to representative sculptures by such archetypal artists as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, the exhibition will explore the work of sculptors who infrequently pursued western subjects -- such as James Earle Fraser and Paul Manship -- yet profoundly informed widespread appreciation of the American bronze statuette. The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 will offer a fresh and balanced look at the multifaceted roles played by these sculptors in creating three-dimensional interpretations of western life, whether those interpretations are based on historical fact, mythologized fiction, or, most often, something in between.

Cinderella - Puppetworks
Through April 13, 2014 - Park Slope

Puppetworks does a marionette interpretation of the Godmother of all fairy tales.

A Floating Population: Chinatown Photographs by Annie Ling - Museum of Chinese in America
Through April 13, 2014 - Lower Manhattan

In A Floating Population, photographer Annie Ling uses her camera as an entry point to establish a deep connection with the people and spaces of Chinatown. Ling, who photographs for The New York Times, rejects the stereotypes and surface impressions that characterize so many images of the neighborhood. She spends time with those she photographs - immigrants and the elderly - both alone and with their families, photographing them with intimacy and complexity. MOCA will present three bodies of her work: "81 Bowery," "Shut-Ins," and "Tenements."

SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury - Skyscraper Museum
Through April 19, 2014 - New York City

SKY HIGH examines the recent proliferation of super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings-all 50 to 90+ stories-constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history. Sophisticated engineering and advances in material strengths have made these spindles possible, but it is the excited market for premium Manhattan real estate that is driving both heights and prices skyward, Reported sales seem almost inconceivable: some penthouses in the buildings featured here are in contract for $47 million to $95 million.

Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger - Museum of Arts & Design
Through April 20, 2014 - New York

Featuring over 450 pieces of fashion jewelry by designers such as Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Balenciaga, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Gripoix, this exhibition will be an eye-opening display of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, many of them one-of-a-kind, drawn from the world-renowned collection of Barbara Berger. The daughter of an American diamond merchant, Berger began her collection of some 3,000 bijoux de couture when she purchased a pair of Chanel earrings at a French flea market as a teenager and went on to assemble one of the largest and finest collections of couture jewelry in the world.

Exhibition: Six Ladders - Katonah Museum of Art
Through April 21, 2014 - Katonah

Bright swaths of vibrant colors transform the Katonah Museum of Art's exterior in its newest outdoor exhibition, "Six Ladders," by artist Andrea Lilienthal. Lilienthal created a series of giant bamboo ladders for the Museum's stately Sculpture Garden that are whimsical and enigmatic; their brilliant colors electrify the natural surroundings. Five ladders, with their cheerful colors and playful patterns, lean against the Museum's enormous spruce trees in various positions and at different angles. On the building's facade, a sixth, 30-foot ladder extends just short of the roofline - its form and ribbons of color energizing the wall and lending sculptural dimension to the flat expanse. Each of the ladders are hand-constructed from sturdy commercial bamboo, harvested in China, and painted with high-gloss outdoor enamel paint from Holland. Their surfaces are smooth and reflective, in contrast to the course-textured tree bark. According to Katonah Museum of Art Curator Ellen Keiter, "These are not functional structures - their bottom rungs are too high to mount and the ladders fail to reach the top of their intended destinations. These are instead beautiful works of art; Andrea Lilienthal responds to the inherent geometry of ladders and the repetitive rhythm of their rungs. She finds beauty in their simple, minimalist construction." "Lilienthal's ladders instill a sense of wonder and suggest that seemingly unreachable goals can be attained," she says. Keiter explains that bamboo is a hollow-stemmed, woody plant that "bows, sways, and splits, so slight imperfections, even substantial cracks, add distinctive character to each ladder. No two ladders are painted the same, yet their similarly saturated hues coalesce into a lively visual harmony." She adds, "The bands of luscious color wrap around the bamboo like candy confections, and bright confetti patterns alternate with stark black-and-white designs. A causal link exists between the artificial colors and the natural bamboo. On one ladder, Lilienthal painted white rings around the growth nodes of the bamboo; on another, the nodes demarcate the lengths of painted blue and orange sections." Says Lilienthal: "These magnificent and mysterious trees [at the Katonah Museum of Art], whose tops are not even visible, dwarf the people and furniture below. In response to their super scale, I chose the ladder, a form with human scale and multiple readings: utilitarian ancient, mythic, and universal. The severe and stately trees support the bamboo ladders in an implied partnership; rooted and stable, the trees assist the ladders in their attempt to ascend. But ultimately, how do you mount an 80-foot Norwegian spruce tree? My answer was to climb it with imagination, affirming our connection to the natural world." Lilienthal has used bamboo in her artistic practice for several years. In earlier installations, she aligned multiple painted, wrapped, or taped bamboo poles along a wall - works awash in color, but still relatable in size. However, her current exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art is in keeping with the majesty, diameter, and spacing of the giant spruce trees. Adding to the intrigue of this exhibition are enlarged photographs of the Garden's spruce trees displayed in the Museum's two west windows adjacent to the lone 30-foot ladder. On first impression, the images appear as reflections. In this way, Lilienthal reinforces the relationship between the ladders and the trees while further playing with the viewers' perceptions and expectations. Historically, ladders carry rich and universal associations. In many faiths and fables, ladders are a symbol of ascent, of travel, of reaching upward. In modern times, they represent progress and growth, allowing us to reach higher than we would otherwise be able to go. Ladders symbolize elevation: from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, and from the material to the spiritual. They are featured in art from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary times. Jacob's Ladder, the metaphysical passage between heaven and earth, is mentioned in the first book of the Bible, and is represented in such disparate media as Renaissance paintings and popular video games. There is a popular African-American spiritual, "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder," Eric Carl's beloved children's picture book, "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me," and innumerable colloquialisms regarding "the ladder of success." On view through April 21, 2014 during Museum hours: Sundays: 12-5pm; Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 21, 2014 - New York

During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914-2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. Both a gallerist and a noted collector, Sonnabend was instrumental in introducing American Pop art and Minimalism to Europe, and Italian Arte Povera to the United States. Sonnabend also sought out and supported some of the most noncommercial and challenging Conceptual, new-media, and performance-based art of the 1970s. Among the many important works that Sonnabend owned is Robert Rauschenberg's Combine painting Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family generously donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend's legendary eye through selected works that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York. The exhibition includes works by approximately 30 artists, including Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Mario Merz, Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, and Jeff Koons. Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New reveals the astounding scope of Sonnabend's taste and salutes her commitment to introducing groundbreaking art to the public.

Hava Nagila: A Song for the People - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through April 22, 2014 - New York

An exhibit that uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world.

Kandinsky in Paris, 1934-1944 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through April 23, 2014 - New York

This exhibit examines work Vasily Kandinsky produced in the last 11 years of his life, when he settled in the Parisian suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine. These late paintings are characterized by whimsical biomorphic imagery drawn from diagrams of primitive cellular forms and pastel hues reminiscent of the colors of the artist's Russian origins.

Body Worlds: Pulse - Discovery Times Square
Through April 27, 2014 - New York

The newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.

The Emancipation Proclamation - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn

View Brooklyn Historical Society's rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and examine its dramatic and polemic impact on Americans at the height of the Civil War. The exhibit suggests ways that the document's social and political meaning has evolved in the 150 years since it was signed, and invites visitors to reflect on its legacy in the twenty-first century.

Landmarks of New York - Brooklyn Historical Society
Through April 30, 2014 - Brooklyn Heights

Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments have been protected from destruction through landmark designation. Explore the history of New York through the lens of its landmark buildings in this exhibit of photographs, The show documents architectural structures of all types that reflect the city's history, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.

Animal Encounters - Prospect Park Audubon Center
Through April 30, 2014 - Flatbush

Learn about the animals at the Audubon Center with a park ranger.

William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 11, 2014 - New York

A new joint acquisition by the Met and SFMOMA, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time (2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life. Kentridge was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, where he still lives and works. After drama school, Kentridge was active in theater and television production in the 1970s and 1980s. By the 1990s - coinciding with the abolishment of apartheid in South Africa - Kentridge's live theater work and the stop-motion animated films he developed from charcoal drawings found an increasingly international audience.

Early Kabbalat Shabbat - The Orangetown Jewish Center
Through May 16, 2014 - Orangeburg

The synagogue hosts an active, spirited, and informal Friday night experience for families with young children. Stop by the 3rd Friday of each month through May 16.

Jazz For Kids - Jazz Standard
Through May 18, 2014 - Chelsea

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO), which includes about 35 talented musicians between the ages of 11 and 18, burns through jazz classics while listeners enjoys Blue Smoke's brunch menu (lunch menu, kids menu, and full bar are also available). Jazz Standard donates $1 from each kid's menu item sold to Spoons Across America. Sundays through May 18. Doors open at 1pm; show starts at 1:30pm.

Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941 - Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Through May 21, 2014 - New York

Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews in flight from Nazi persecution sought haven in the United States, reaching out to relatives, friends, and even strangers. Against the Odds tells the story of American Jews who answered their call for help. Working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, these generous individuals overcame tremendous obstacles to help many of the refugees reach safety.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter! - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 26, 2014 - New York

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter!, a perennial favorite visited by millions of children and adults, returns to the American Museum of Natural History. This popular winter attraction invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies fluttering among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City

See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus. This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations. The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 31, 2014 - New York

More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Overview Tour: The Past, The Present, and The Future - Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at Building 92
Through May 31, 2014 - Vinegar Hill

It's hard not to notice the hulking structures of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here's an opportunity to tour the Yard and learn about intriguing sites of the 150-year shipbuilding facility, including a Civil-War era dry dock, the 24-acre former Navy hospital campus, and more.

Out of Hand - Materializing the Postdigital - Museum of Arts & Design
Through June 01, 2014 - New York

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. In today's postdigital world, artists are using these means to achieve levels of expression never before possible -- an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression that extends from sculptural fantasy to functional beauty. Out of Hand will be the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. Represented will be some of the most compelling creations from the past decade ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport.

Tea & Play - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 02, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Parents of prospective students can talk to one of the school's early childhood teacher while their child plays nearby in a beautiful classrooms. Mondays through June 2 other than Oct. 14, Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14, and May 26.

Story Time - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 04, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge

Children ages 3-5 are invited to story time at the Waldorf School. Group meets every Wednesday through June 4 other than Nov. 27, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 19, and April 16. Registration is required.

Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art - China Institute
Through June 08, 2014 - New York

Dunhuang's tradition, with its timeless charm and depth, continues to invigorate artists, teachers and students in their quest for education, self-cultivation and artistic creation. Highlighting paintings and sculptures by a dozen modern and contemporary artists, this exhibit explores the historical site's profound influence on generations of artists beginning with master painter Zhang Daqian. Other artists to be featured in the exhibition include contemporary art luminaries such as Zhang Hongtu, Liu Jude, Liu Dan and Yu Hong.

Cleopatra's Needle - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through June 08, 2014 - New York

The exhibition will celebrate the completion of an extensive program by the Central Park Conservancy to conserve the obelisk of Thutmose III, popularly known as "Cleopatra's Needle." Relying primarily on the Metropolitan's own collection enhanced with several important loans from local museums and private lenders, the exhibition will explore the meaning of obelisks in ancient Egyptian divine and funerary cults and will consider how these massive monuments were created and erected. An equally important part of the presentation will show the importance of this ancient architectural form in western culture and how a long-standing fascination with obelisks ultimately led to the erection of the one in Central Park. This portion of the exhibition will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, prints, textiles, and other objects from the departments of European Paintings, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Drawings and Prints, and the American Wing.

Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes - National Museum of the American Indian
Through June 15, 2014 - New York

Juxtaposing more than one hundred contemporary and modern works with historic, ancestral objects revealing the stories, experiences, and histories of Anishinaabe life in the Great Lakes region, Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes features works by modern masters such as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, Blake Debassige, Daphne Odjig, and others, who, each in their own way, sought visual expression for the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth.

Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach

Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music. Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at lindsay@tapany.org.

Breastfeeding Support Group - New York Methodist Hospital
Through June 30, 2014 -

Discuss questions and concerns regarding breastfeeding and find support and encouragement with this group, which meets regularly.

Fun & Games with Miss Melissa at Pump It Up Norwalk - Pump It Up Norwalk
Through June 30, 2014 - Norwalk

Children enjoy a select mix of games, stories, crafts or other fun filled activity depending on the theme Miss Melissa has planned for that day. Takes place Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Kidtastic Kids Social Experience - Kidtastic Kids
Through June 30, 2014 - Farmingville

The Kidtastic Kids Social Experience is designed for children with special needs, social needs, or children who are having a hard time making friends. Programs are broken down by each child's needs and individuality. Call or check the website for more information. Jan 1-June 2014.

Special Needs Classes - Create Dance Center
Through June 30, 2014 - Amityville

Classes focus on social interaction, following directions, imitation skills, gross motor movement and dance techniques. Small classes with extra support. All taught by a NY State Certified Special Education teacher. For more information call or e-mail at createdance@hotmail.com. Classes: Wednesdays (8 and under), Thursdays (13 and older), Fridays (8 and older and 5 and under), Saturdays (8 and older). January 2-June 30, 2014.

Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area - Prospect Park/Grand Army Plaza
Through July 01, 2014 - Park Slope

Enter the park at the Grand Army Plaza entrance and walk along Park Drive toward the carousel and you'll find the Donald and Barbara Zucker Natural Exploration Area. Constructed from trees and other materials damaged by recent storms, the Area serves to surround children with natural elements as they play, exercising their minds and muscles.

From India East - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 07, 2014 - New York

This year-long exhibition allows the museum to exhibit for the first time examples from far beyond the Himalayan region, including art from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, and Japan. The loan was made possible by the Brooklyn Museum's temporary closing of its Asian art galleries.

'Art at the Core' - Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Through July 27, 2014 - Peekskill

HVCCA's 2013-2014 exhibition features works that lend themselves to narrative interpretations. The selected artists employ traditional art materials as well as new technology, video, and performance to look to art as addressing the very core of our everyday lives, our "weltanschauung." In an increasingly fast-moving era, and as explored in "Art at the Core," the world of art and culture bridge artistic disciplines - painting folds into sculpture, sound, light, video, and performance. Performance, enhanced by installation and often video, asserts itself as an art form, not in the narrative traditions of opera with its stage design, but in a contemporary format that defies traditional descriptions. The eclectic selections from the works of the 23 artists exhibited at HVCCA, bring about a show that is riddled with complexities, manifesting diverse approaches to identity, society, culture, and materiality, and dedicated to the intersection and melding of life and art. See more at hvcca.org/current-exhibitions/#sthash.R8DPX2vt.dpuf. On view through July 27, 2014.

Design Motifs in Byzantine Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 03, 2014 - New York

Many of the textiles found in Egypt, the southernmost province of the Byzantine Empire, are woven in linen and wool and decorated with a great variety of motifs. Meant to be worn and to decorate domestic and religious spaces, the works on view in this exhibition feature designs that generally refer to abundance and prosperity. Many of the motifs -- among them birds, beasts, and humans; personifications of the seasons; members of the retinue of the wine god Dionysos; and vine scrolls -- originated in classical and pharaonic art, with Christian crosses added in the Byzantine era. Often called Coptic textiles and once thought to have been exclusively Egyptian, these textiles are now recognized as exemplars of motifs popular throughout the Byzantine world. Similar motifs appear on works in other media, including silver, ivory, ceramics, and mosaics, as the photographs accompanying the exhibition demonstrate. Textiles like these were often recovered from the dress and wrappings of the dead found in Byzantine and early Islamic-period burial grounds in Egypt. The dry environment preserved many textiles, although often in a fragmentary state. Decorative elements were at times cut from the larger plain-weave textiles, as interest focused primarily on the interpretation of motifs. The Museum began to acquire these Egyptian textiles soon after its founding in 1870, but owing to their fragility, many of the works shown in this exhibition have not been displayed for decades.

Story and Animal Program - Earthplace
Through August 10, 2014 - Westport

Children 5 and younger can visit Earthplace every week for story time and an animal encounter. Thursdays and Fridays year-round.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - New York

Cleopatra was said to prefer the bite of an asp, while the powerful Borgia family dispatched their enemies with arsenic in Renaissance Italy. For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers -- and this exhibition will explore both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential. Approaching poison from several different perspectives -- as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship in the autumn of 1774; and as a promising source for powerful medical treatments -- The Power of Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.

The Power of Poison - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 10, 2014 - Upper West Side

The Power of Poison will explore poison's paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Inviting visitors to explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases, the exhibition will include an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries, and a theater where live presenters will share dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection. A gallery of history's most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra's legendary snakebite to Napoleon's alleged death by arsenic, will lead visitors into the Understanding Poison theater. Here presenters will use props, animations, and audience volunteers to explore a real-world poisoning case that will highlight the dramatic advances in toxicology and forensics since the 19th century. Next, visitors will encounter a large-scale tableau of other puzzling cases and can solve the mysteries using an iPad game. For instance, visitors can discover what poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard Cook's ship in 1774.

Working Below Decks - Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Through August 15, 2014 - New York

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks -- far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. In this pop-up exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship's equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.

Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center
Through September 28, 2014 - Cornwall

This little gem of a nature center in nearby Orange County hosts a special exhibit this year on mastodons, a cool subject for many kids. And at 2:30pm, young visitors can join a Museum Educator to�"Meet the (live) Animal" of the week. Exhibit runs each weekend through December.

Book launch: Patchwork Helps a Friend - Powerhouse Arena
Through September 28, 2014 - Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights

Author Gail Greiner and illustrator Jacqueline Schmidt will be here to launch their picture book Patchwork Helps a Friend. Patchwork, a colorfully quilted stuffed bear, sets forth on a quirky journey and enlists the help of his wildly eclectic bunch of buddies including a great blue whale, a mama-loving llama, and a gracious narwhal to help him repair his best pal, a raggedy bear named Fred.

Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead

Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).

Designing Modern Women, 1890s-1990s - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through October 01, 2014 - New York

Modern design of the 20th century was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women -- as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators. This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA's collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists' engagement in the modern world, from Loie Fuller's pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to Paula Scher's deconstructivist graphics of the 1990s. Highlights include the first display of a newly conserved kitchen by Charlotte Perriand and Le Corbusier (1952) from the Unite d'Habitation housing project; furniture and designs by Lilly Reich, Eileen Gray, Eva Zeisel, Ray Eames, Lella Vignelli, and Denise Scott Brown; textiles by Anni Albers and Eszter Haraszty; ceramics by Lucy Rie; a display of 1960s psychedelic concert posters by graphic designer Bonnie Maclean; and a never-before-seen selection of posters and graphic material from the punk era, featuring women designers, photographers, or performers. The gallery's "graphics corner" first explores the changing role and visual imagery of The New Woman through a selection of posters created between 1890 and 1938; in April 2014 the focus will shift to Women at War, an examination of the iconography and varied roles of women in times of conflict, commemorating the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.

The Fed at 100 - Museum of American Finance
Through October 01, 2014 - New York

"The Fed at 100" illuminates the complex workings of the nation's central bank on its centennial anniversary and explores the pivotal role the Federal Reserve has played throughout the history of American finance. The Museum's largest exhibition to date, "The Fed at 100" encompasses three galleries and a theater.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 05, 2014 - New York

The Met's Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (AAOA) celebrates the genesis of its permanent collection with this exhibition. It is organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of The Museum of Primitive Art, the direct precursor to AAOA. The Museum of Primitive Art was a pioneering cultural institution that featured Nelson Rockefeller's non-Western art collection. The announcement by Rockefeller of an agreement to transfer his collection to the Metropolitan was made in 1969 and in January 1982 the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing opened to the public. The exhibition highlights some 50 masterpieces and many unpublished documents selected from the more than 3,000 Rockefeller gifts encompassing three areas - Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; it will reveal Mr. Rockefeller's vision for The Museum of Primitive Art, the first institution dedicated entirely to the artistic excellence of the arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.

Natural Histories - American Museum of Natural History
Through October 12, 2014 - New York

Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, published in October 2012, this exhibition will include reproductions from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works. The works featured in Natural Histories span from the 16th century to the early 20th century and cover scientific disciplines from anthropology to astronomy to zoology. Reproductions of rare scientific illustrations that will be displayed in the gallery include a rhinoceros taken directly from Albrecht Durer's 1515 woodcut, lithographs of the mysterious aye-aye lemur from Sir Richard Owen's Monograph on the Aye-aye, and Robert Hooke's engraved images of what were once startling microscopic views of familiar items and animals in Micrographia.

'The Movement'- Dance Classes for the Soul - Alex Ray Studios
Through October 25, 2014 - Hempstead

Alex Ray Studios Inc. presents the "The Movement"! Fallon Alexandria Fleming is going to introduce children in the community to the connection between the soul and contemporary movement. The program is inspired by the likes of Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, and Lester Horton which delivers soul resurrecting choreography to each participant. The program will incorporate ballet and modern techniques while arranged to pieces like "Fix Me, Jesus" and the "Processional" from Alvin Ailey's world renown production Revelations.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 11, 2014 - Upper West Side

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 13, 2014 - New York

Inaugurating the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city's visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation's corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies' Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt - Brooklyn Museum
Through December 31, 2014 - Brooklyn

An exhibition exploring the roles of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life. From domesticated cats to mythic symbols of divinities, felines played an important role in ancient Egypt imagery for thousands of years. Now, nearly thirty diverse representations of felines from the world-famous Egyptian holdings of the Brooklyn Museum will be on view.

Open Play and Private Play - Extreme Kids and Crew/AMP Space
Through December 31, 2014 - Red Hook

Extreme Kids and Crew offer a safe sensory playspace where parents/caregivers and children with special needs (particularly those with sensory and Autism-related conditions can gather to play, teach, learn, sing, sprawl, and be comfortable Children can experiment with different swings, snuggle up on beanbags and foofs, climb the cargo net, make art at the art table, meet new friends, and hideaway in a tent.

Animal Feeding at Earthplace - Earthplace
Through January 01, 2015 - Westport

Ever wonder what you feed a turkey vulture? Curious about how a box turtle chews with no teeth? Join Earthplace staff in the Animal Hall and Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit for scheduled feeding times. Earthplace staff will be able to answer all your questions while giving each of the animals their daily meal. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays watch the animals in Animal Hall get fed. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it's time to feed the Birds of Prey. The activity takes place year-round.

NY See The BEST! Tour - OnBoard Tours
Through January 01, 2015 - New York

A 5-and-a-half-hour tour featuring the top sights in NYC, including the observation deck at the Empire State Building (without waiting in lines!), the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, the neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy, and the Intrepid Museum, including entry to the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

Tick-Borne Disease Alliance Annual Benefit to Honor Those Affected By Tick-Borne Diseases and Raise Awareness - Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
Through May 02, 2015 - New York

The Tick-Borne Disease Alliance (TBDA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, supporting initiatives and promoting advocacy to find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, will hold its 2013 Annual Benefit on Thursday, May 2nd in New York City. During the event, TBDA will honor key supporters and patients who have emerged as leaders in the fight against tick-borne diseases, including Lyme. Actress Candice Accola, star of the hit TV show “The Vampire Diaries,” will serve as master of ceremonies. During the evening, Courage Awards will be presented to three women who have demonstrated inspiring perseverance in their personal battles with tick-borne diseases: Cara Munn, who overcame a harrowing personal experience after contracting tick-borne encephalitis on a school trip to China, which left her unable to speak; Meghan Harrison, a former model and varsity swimmer who created the Lyme Lite Fashion Show to support awareness; and Lori Brownell, a 17-year-old from Upstate New York who shares her ongoing struggle with Lyme through a series of YouTube videos. Norma Russo will accept the Humanitarian Award for her pivotal role in advancing awareness about the impact of tick-borne diseases around the world, in particular Latin America, among sufferers and the medical community. The TBDA Annual Benefit will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The dinner and awards program will include a silent auction, a samba band and dancers. Cocktails and the silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program. More information about the event can be found at www.tbdalliance.org.

Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead

Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at reservations@amwny.com.

Toy Boat-Making Workshop - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2015 - Norwalk

Visit the toy boat-making area on weekends for a fun 20-minute boat-building project. Build and decorate a toy sailboat to take home as a special keepsake of your visit. Saturdays and Sundays year-round.

Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Fairfield

This new, hands-on exhibit invites visitors to look inside a Native American wigwam, climb into an American Revolution fort, decipher spy code, and learn how factories fueled the area's growth. Young and old alike will enjoy learning how people worked, lived, and built a community over time by exploring original objects, individual stories, and engaging activities. October 27-December 31, 2015.

Circle of Dance - National Museum of the American Indian
Through October 08, 2017 - New York

A five-year exhibition that presents Native dance as a vibrant, meaningful, and diverse form of cultural expression. Featuring ten social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas, the exhibition illuminates the significance of each dance and highlights the unique characteristics of its movements and music.

Dark Universe - A New Hayden Planetarium Space Show - American Museum of Natural History
Through December 31, 2018 - New York City

Dark Universe will celebrate the scientific breakthroughs that have paved the way for our increased understanding of the universe, revealing that it is dominated by two mysterious phenomena: dark matter and dark energy. To bring this story to the Hayden Planetarium dome, the Space Show uses stunning visualizations based on authentic data from NASA and European Space Agency missions, ground-based telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe, including the Museum. In Dark Universe, viewers will see the night sky at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory, soar across the Milky Way Galaxy, and parachute through Jupiter’s atmosphere. Dark Universe was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.

Little Kids Can Make A Big Difference - Make Meaning
Through November 12, 2021 - New York

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, MAKE MEANING and Baby Buggy are joining forces to help families affected by the storm. Come and create a custom soap for free and drop off a package of diapers for families in need. Soaps, diapers and 50% of proceeds from any yearly memberships purchased will be donated to Baby Buggy's relief efforts.

Mathnasium Open House - Mathnasium of Scarsdale
Through August 17, 2024 - Scarsdale

WARNING! Your Child May Become Crazy About MATH! Let Mathnasium show you how they "make math make sense" during an afternoon of fun, games, hands-on learning, and information, as they introduce Mathnasium to Westchester. Mathnasium Learning Centers increase math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. Each student follows a personalized learning program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium math tutors who provide instruction - and lots of warm encouragement.

Understanding Memory Loss - Somers Library
Through June 04, 2102 - Somers

This program helps the audience distinguish between Alzheimer's Disease and age-associated memory impairment. Learn what the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease are, along with guidance on how to obtain a diagnosis and what treatments are currently available. Register online at somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.


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