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MUSEUMS EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES IN BRONX WEEK OF APRIL 16

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Museum Events for Kids in Bronx Find free and low-cost things to do with kids at the museums in Bronx this week of April 16. Head to a children's museum for some fun and educational programs for your little ones, or bring the whole family to a museum exhibit for a fun cultural experience. Whether you live in Bronx or are just visiting during the week of April 16 check out these fun and cultural activities and events for some great ideas on how to keep the kids busy. For more free and low-cost upcoming family and children's events in Bronx, go to our complete calendar of events.

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Opening Reception for Exhibition of Advanced Art Student Works - Pelham Art Center
April 17, 2012 - Pelham

Advanced Art students from several local high schools exhibit their works side by side, creating a unique collective display of young talent. On view April 17-24. Opening reception on April 17, 6:30-8:00pm. Exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Capture It! - Fairfield Museum and History Center
April 17, 2012 - Fairfield

In this workshop, students learn how to curate a photo exhibit. View the architectural photographs in the exhibit "Sustainable Cities". Then take a journey on a photographic scavenger hunt. Learn how to capture the textures, patterns and details in the architecture around the Town Green.

Family Day at the Peabody Museum - Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
April 17, 2012 - New Haven

Bring the whole family to celebrate Family Day at the Yale Peabody Museum. Enjoy many fun and exciting games, crafts and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. During this event your family will be able to enjoy the exhibit Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating. Through displays set up by local food- and health-related organizations, visitors will have the opportunity to learn even more about nutrition, healthy life choices, physical fitness, food system sustainability and environmental justice.

Arts in the Afternoon - Civil Rights and the American Prison - Hudson River Museum
April 18, 2012 - Yonkers

Join Fordham University colleagues Ima Watkins-Owens, Co-chair, Department of African and African American Studies and History, and Roger Panetta, Visiting Professor of History, to look at the politics of southwest Georgia and explore the roots of African-American imprisonment in slavery and on chain gangs.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
April 18, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Sketching Nature - Fairfield Museum and History Center
April 19, 2012 - Fairfield

Examine the historic buildings and sites on the Town Green and draw a picture of the Burr Homestead gardens as well as other things under the tutelage of Deborah Bassino, an illustrator and art teacher.

Treehouse Shakers presents 'Hatched' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 20, 2012 - Garden City

This early childhood drama tells the story of baby animals in a barnyard through a combination of dance and interactive storytelling. Be ready to become part of the performance as you meet chicks, calves, kittens, lambs and much more. This show is made specifically for the museum's youngest visitors.

Vacation Week: Celebrate Ireland - Stepping Stones Museum
Through April 20, 2012 - Norwalk

Enjoy activities and crafts celebrating Irish history and culture.

The Basket Case - Fairfield Museum and History Center
April 20, 2012 - Fairfield

This live and interactive performance encourages exploration and discovery within a vast assortment of baskets. A story unfolds as each basket reveals unique dolls, puppets and surprises. And you participate—dance and sing while journeying through a story that unfurls right before your eyes.

Recycled Crafts - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Through April 20, 2012 - Mashantucket

Celebrate Earth Week 2012 in the Gathering Space and keep it green making creative and educational crafts with recycled materials. Then take a special "Gifts of the Land" tour to see how Native people valued and transformed their resources into useful objects.

Spring Storytime - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
April 20, 2012 - Upper East Side

Welcome in Spring with this monthly storytime. Listen to stories about the arrival of spring and find out what 19th century ladies would have added to their wardrobes as the weather got warmer. Afterward make a pipe cleaner bug to take home. An optional brief tour of the period rooms will follow. For children 6 years and younger.

Stroller Tours: Whitney Biennial - Whitney Museum
April 20, 2012 - Upper East Side

Whitney Teaching Fellows, PhD candidates in art history, lead engaging tours of current exhibitions for those with infants in tow when the Museum is closed to the public. Crying babies are welcome; registration required.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
April 20, 2012 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and catchy sing-along songs get the youngest children to move their bodies.

Cherry Blossom Festival - Pelham Art Center
April 21, 2012 - Pelham

Celebrate Cherry Blossom season with PAC and explore the arts and crafts of Japanese culture.

Philip Glass at 75 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 21, 2012 - Upper East Side

The Metropolitan Museum celebrates Philip Glass's 75th birthday with an evening of his chamber music, performed by the composer with violinist Tim Fain. This is a rare opportunity to hear Mr. Glass perform some of his latest and intensely personal compositions in an unforgettable setting. Tickets available by phone or at the box office.

Body Buildings - The Skyscraper Museum
April 21, 2012 - Battery Park City

Kids will work together to make a city skyline with their bodies. Learn about all the different shapes of skyscrapers, then use poster paper and your silhouette to make your very own building.

Watson Adventures? Wizard School Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 21, 2012 - Upper East Side

In this unique scavenger hunt, Harry Potter fans ages 10 and older can follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep your trusty wand handy as you track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, Hagrid-like giants, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Note: The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry's adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art in the museum. Kids must be accompanied by adults. Advance purchase is required at watsonadventures.com. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT, but please do not contact the museum directly.

Treehouse Shakers presents 'Hatched' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 21, 2012 - Garden City

This early childhood drama tells the story of baby animals in a barnyard through a combination of dance and interactive storytelling. Be ready to become part of the performance as you meet chicks, calves, kittens, lambs and much more. This show is made specifically for the museum's youngest visitors.

Family Weekend Workshop - My Day in Pictures - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 21, 2012 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Today: "My Day in Pictures."

Dog Days - Old Westbury Gardens
April 21, 2012 - Old Westbury

Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers at this amazing venue.

Spring Dog Festival - Old Westbury Gardens
April 21, 2012 - Old Westbury

Your dog will have a jolly good romp at this festival which includes dog games, demonstrations by Long Island Agility, and exhibits by animal welfare and rescue groups.

Seeqan Keepunumooôk: Spring Harvest Cooking Demonstration - Mashantucket Pequot Museum
April 21, 2012 - Mashantucket

Spring (Seeqan) is when indigenous people moved from winter homes in forest areas to the estuaries and coastlines to begin reaping the harvests of the sea. Join Museum Educator Leah Hopkins (Niantic/Narragansett) on the Farmstead as she demonstrates traditional cooking methods used by southern New England indigenous peoples in the early 17th century.

Reading Buildings - Museum of the City of New York
April 21, 2012 - Upper East Side

Using the museum as an artifact, children and their families will discover the names and functions of the building's features—both inside and outside—and learn why it looks the way it does. After the tour, participants will design their own models using the elements they saw in the museum. Reservations encouraged.

Artist's Choice Workshops: Dawn Kasper - Whitney Museum
April 21, 2012 - Upper East Side

The Artist's Choice Workshops series take place on select Saturdays and offers families the opportunity to work directly with a Biennial artist. The artists will create hands-on projects related to their own processes and practice. This week features Dawn Kasper, a performance artist and musician who plans to move her studio to the third floor galleries of the 2012 Biennial. Registration recommended; drop-ins welcome space permitting.

'The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen from the Isle of Lewis' - The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Through April 22, 2012 - Washington Heights

In 1831, a hoard of luxury goods - including more than 70 chess pieces and several other objects, all made of carved walrus ivory and dating from the 12th century - was unearthed on the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland. More than 30 of the life-sized chess pieces (thereafter known as the Lewis Chessmen), today arguably the most famous chess pieces in the world, will be on display in this exhibit, which takes the form of the endgame of a famous chess match. The fallen pieces, organized by type, are displayed in auxiliary cases along the edges of the room. The Lewis Chessmen are known in popular culture from their appearance in the film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic - Bruce Museum
Through April 22, 2012 - Greenwich

Wick is the creator of the Can You See What I See? books and co-creator of the I Spy series for children. His photos are on display through April 22, 2012.

The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

Guest designer for this year's 10th Annual Orchid Show is Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and artist who will transform the Haupt Conservatory with his spectacular vertical walls of living foliate. Using thousands of orchids and companion planting as his palette, Blanc introduces towering spectacles of tropical life to the Conservatory. In an explosion of alluring design and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above, creating this season's not-to-be missed exhibition for garden lovers, orchid fans, and those desiring a one-day tropical retreat. Through April 22.

Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum 2012 - The Heckscher Museum of Art
Through April 22, 2012 - Huntington

This juried exhibition features works of art created by Long Island high school students in grades 9-12, based on works of art shown in The Heckscher Museum of Art during the 2011-2012 school year. Approximately 80 works of art in various media will be exhibited and prizes are awarded in several categories including Best in Show. The exhibition runs through April 22, 2012.

History and Mystery of Orchids - The New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx

With over 25,000 species growing on six continents, orchids fascinate and touch the lives of people in every country and culture from the jungles of Brazil to vanilla farms in Mexico. This series of exciting presentations and demonstrations takes you on a journey around the world of orchids and shows you how to grow and care for them at home.

Our Nation's Generations 2012: Sustainable Cities - Fairfield Museum and History Center
Through April 22, 2012 - Fairfield

Eighth grade students from The Unquowa School in Fairfield and 5th grade students from New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport were challenged to design and create proposals for the city of Bridgeport's urban planning initiatives. The result is an exhibit of students' proposals for development of Bridgeport's empty lots and abandoned buildings on upper Main Street using innovative computer models, writing, poetry and photography.

'Les Moutons' (The Sheep) - Long Island Children's Museum
April 22, 2012 - Garden City

Reality meets fantasy in this live installation that recreates a country scene in a typical urban setting. Travel to a strange and hilarious universe as CORPUS takes you through a carefully studied, surrealistic overview of sheep behavior. Meet Julie, Marie-Louise, Bernadette, and Cesar, three healthy ewes and a young ram as you take part in their daily routines, including shearing, feeding, milking and much more. This innovative performance twists reality in surprising ways and takes audience interaction to new heights. Performances will be held in outside, weather permitting.

Chinese Culture Family Day - Katonah Museum of Art
April 22, 2012 - Katonah

A day of fun activities introducing families to fascinating parts of traditional Chinese culture. Includes arts & crafts, calligraphy, a fan dance performance, a virtual studio visit, via Skype, with children's book author/illustrator Grace Lin, a demonstration of the ancient Chinese healing arts of acupuncture and herbal medicine, yummy dumplings and other refreshments.

Family Weekend Workshop - My Day in Pictures - Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
April 22, 2012 - Yonkers

Creative activities inspired by the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, led by Junior Docents. Today: "My Day in Pictures."

Corpus Dance presents 'A Flock of Flyers' - Long Island Children's Museum
April 22, 2012 - Garden City

Due to severe budget cutbacks the 217th Canadian Flying Squadron has been left without any planes. Determined to fly at any cost, the five flyers continue their regimented training in an imaginary airfield. Choreographed down to the millimeter, the flyers have paraded their hilarious maneuvers to audiences around the world. Part dance, part theatre, the performance invites audience members to learn the "flight patterns" of the flyers, with exceedingly humorous results.

Start with Art at the Met Plus—Writing on the Wall - Metropolitan Museum of Art
April 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

Learn about cuneiform writing, used by the mighty cities and empires of the ancient Near East for over five thousand years, then make your own clay cylinder seal to use at home on homemade clay.

Dog Days - Old Westbury Gardens
April 22, 2012 - Old Westbury

Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers at this amazing venue.

Suzuki on the Island Piano Recitals - Old Westbury Gardens
April 22, 2012 - Old Westbury

Get ready to listen to fantastic piano music by students of the Suzuki method.

Open Studio: Whitney Biennial - Whitney Museum
April 22, 2012 - Upper East Side

Families can drop in on select Sunday afternoons to explore Whitney Biennial 2012 and all the Whitney has to offer through hands-on activities with a Museum Educator. Each month explores a different theme; April is Sculpture and Installation.

Let's Go Fly a Kite - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 27, 2012 - Garden City

Sail into spring as you design a kite decoration to celebrate the new season. Use special dot markers, yarn, and paper to create a one-of-kind kite. The program runs through April 27, 2012.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action - Stepping Stones Museum
Through April 29, 2012 - Norwalk

This temporary exhibit is designed to get kids moving by introducing them to non-competitive activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and horizontal climbing. Developers worked to make the exhibit activities accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs.

The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 29, 2012 - Garden City

Get a taste of what it's like to be an archaeologist as you join in the treasure quest and immerse yourself in the intrigue of Maya culture. Watch the video left behind by the missing archaeological team, then piece together their clues to find the jade medallion. The exhibits runs through April 29, 2012.

AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE, 1927-1942 - Neuberger Museum of Art
Through April 29, 2012 - Purchase

From the late 1920s to the early 1940s, many of America's most inventive and important artists, including Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Adolph Gottlieb, forged their identities, dramatically transforming conceptions of what a painting or sculpture could be. A group linked by friendship and common aspirations, many had shared experiences in the classes of influential Czech Cubist Jan Matulka at the Art Students League and in the Federal Art Project during the Great Depression. Most significantly, they were all closely associated with John Graham (1887-1961), the enigmatic Russian-born artist, connoisseur, and theorist. They, along with others such as Jackson Pollock and David Smith, all drawn together by their common commitment to modernism and their eagerness to exchange ideas, played a critical role in developing and defining American modernism. This exhibition showcases more than sixty works of art from these vital years by Graham and the members of his circle, providing compelling testimony to the dialogue and cross-fertilization that existed during this period in the history of American art. The high level of the work these artists made not only points ahead to their future accomplishments, but also demonstrates that the decade of the thirties, far from being solely a period of depression and retrenchment, was a time of exciting and important innovation. The exhibition sheds new light on the New York School, abstract Expressionism and the vitality of American modernism between the two world wars, providing a long overdue examination of an important and little-studied period in American art. Through April 29.

'Walkin' After Midnight' -Kaleidozone - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2012 - Garden City

Using her childhood as inspiration, artist Danielle O'Malley has created an interactive exhibit where visitors can move through a miniature neighborhood with the help of small dolls and folk stories. The exhibit runs through April 30, 2012.

Black History Month Exhibit - Madame Tussauds New York
Through April 30, 2012 - Manhattan

This special interactive exhibit in celebration of Black History Month will feature a new wax likeness of Aretha Franklin (unveiling on February 2 at 10am). The exhibit will also feature some of history's most influential African-American musicians and performers in a special setting, inviting guests to interact with and pose for photos with Billie Holiday; play the harmonica alongside a young Stevie Wonder; stand at the microphone with the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown, as be belts out a tune; and join "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, in a duet. Visitors can also browse biographical information and historical facts on each performer.

Community Gallery - Long Island Children's Museum
Through April 30, 2012 - Garden City

Stop by the Community Gallery to view a mixed media exhibition featuring the artwork of elementary school students from Elmont School District. The exhibit runs Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, through April 30, 2012

Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. - Museum of the Moving Image
Through May 01, 2012 - Astoria

There are daily screenings of episodes of classic movie serials in Tut's Fever Movie Palace, an artwork by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong that pays homage to the movie palace. Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. is a thrilled-filled serial about the iron-jawed crime fighter whose adversary, the Ghost, can turn himself invisible. Families can enjoy fifteen episodes, with new episodes available weekly.

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace - Hudson River Museum
Through May 05, 2012 - Yonkers

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to this mid-career, self-taught artist. The exhibit shows the dramatic, biographical nature of Rembert's art as it documents the tumultuous moments of civil rights history. More than 50 original works that Rembert created from stretched, stained, and etched leather, historical photographs of his life, and a new documentary of his work, created by noted filmmaker Vivian Ducat, will be on view. In the galleries, traditional gospel music, pivotal for Rembert, will be heard in recordings, and Rembert will both sing gospel songs and discuss his experiences in the galleries on several dates. Rembert, a boy growing up in 1950s rural Georgia, did backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. As a young man, he barely escaped arrest during a 1960's civil rights march, and survived a near lynching. A prisoner serving an unjust seven-year sentence, he learned to make pattern and design on hand tooled leather by watching a fellow inmate create tooled leather wallets. Years later in colorful tableaux on tanned leather, Rembert conjured a world of incredible brutality and close personal ties existing in discomforting proximity. Amazing Grace's riveting themes include the Cotton Field series, where cotton balls snake relentlessly through rows where field hands toiled. Another theme explores the lighter side of Rembert's memories of small town Cuthbert, Georgia. He populates his canvases with the town's characters and scenes of a pool hall, jazz club, cafe, and church meetings. The exhibition is organized by the Hudson River Museum and curated by Bartholomew F. Bland. Through May 5.

You Can Judge A Book By Its Cover - Gallery North
Through May 05, 2012 - Setauket

A group of children's book illustrators has come together for this presentation. Each artist brings diversity. The exhibition has a range of books spanning cultural and religious heritages. Original artwork from these books will be for sale. April 13-May 5. Closed Mondays.

'Storytelling in Japanese Art' - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 06, 2012 - Manhattan

Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of storytelling through paintings and illustrated books, which continues today in the popular art of manga (comic books for children and adults). Showcasing more than 90 vibrant works drawn from the New York Public Library and other local collections, as well as works from the Metropolitan's own holdings, this exhibit traces the rich history of illustrated narratives that thrived in the medieval and early modern periods of Japan. The focus of the exhibition is some 20 rare, illustrated handscrolls called emaki.

John Chamberlain: Choices - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through May 13, 2012 - Upper East Side

This exhibition offers a comprehensive examination of the work of the late John Chamberlain -- the first U.S retrospective since 1986. Comprising approximately 100 works, the exhibition examines the artist's development over a 60-year career, exploring the shifts in scale, materials, and techniques informed by the assemblage process that was central to his working method. The exhibition presents works from Chamberlain's earliest monochromatic iron sculptures and experiments in foam, Plexiglas, and paper, to his final large-scale foil pieces, which have never been shown in the United States.

DANCING BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: The Art of Fred Marcellino - Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Through May 20, 2012 - Stamford

Fred Marcellino was an award-winning illustrator of both adult and children's books. His illustrations are considered to be works of art. Come see the covers of classic adult and children's books such as Puss in Boots, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Trumpet of the Swan as well as some of Marcellino's own children's books.

Frank Oscar Larson: 1950s New York Street Stories - Queens Museum of Art
Through May 20, 2012 - Corona

Larson was an avid empathetic observer of life on the streets of New York City. The everyday person is honored in his candid portraits of "working stiffs," families, and children. The exhibit runs through May 20, 2012.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter' - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 28, 2012 - Upper West Side

This annual exhibit invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation inside a free-standing, balmy, 1,200-square-foot enclosure.

Joseph Wheelwright: Tree Figures - Katonah Museum of Art
Through May 30, 2012 - Katonah

New England artist Joseph Wheelwright's haunting tree figures invite a dialogue between the natural and the manmade. Ranging up to 27 feet tall, these fantastic, anthropomorphic sculptures were created from trees on Wheelwright's land in Vermont. Turned upside down, bifurcated trunks become legs, and roots are transformed into heads and arms. The exhibition will be on view through May, 2012.

Fifty Years of Latin American Art: Selections from the Neuberger Museum of Art - 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Through May 30, 2012 - Midtown

A selection of art work from the Neuberger Museum of Art will be on display at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of Latin American Arts. The show includes work that dates from the 1960s to the present by some of the most renowned artists of the twentieth century, working inside and outside of their homelands, such as: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Jose Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo, as well as contemporary artists including Julio Antonio, Leda Catunda, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jose Luis Cuevas, Arturo Duclos, Florencio Gelabert, Betsabee Romero, Nicolas De Jesus, Carlos Garaicoa, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Arturo Mallmann, Maria Martinez-Canas, Marta Maria Perez Bravo, Jesus Rafael Soto, Gerardo Suter, and Eugenia Vargas. Rather than being organized by chronology or geography, the exhibition is organized into nine distinct sections, both monographic and thematic, including a two-part section on kinetic art and its descendants. The exhibition is curated by Patrice Giasson, Associate Curator of Art of the Americas, and Annabel Rhodeen, a Neuberger Curatorial Fellow. It is sponsored by GALLERY 1285 Avenue of the Americas in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle as a community-based public service.

Pattern Wizardry - Brooklyn Children's Museum
Through May 31, 2012 - Crown Heights

With the magic of Pattern Wizardry, you can use special wands to play rhythmic beats and compose musical patterns, walk inside an amazing 60° mirror, create electronic patterns using virtual borders, quilts, and kaleidoscopes, and much more!

Exhibit: The Color of Light - Gallery in the Park at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Through June 03, 2012 - Cross River

An exhibit of works by White Plains artist and teacher Susan Stillman, features paintings that reflect the artist's fascination with the transformative effects of light and color on ordinary scenes. Inspired by such great artists as George Bellows and Edward Hopper, she makes use of vigorous brushstrokes, intense hues, and a passion for the structure of nature and architecture. Her large-scale canvases are drawn from familiar suburban views as well as from her travels in England, Wales, and the Northeastern shore. Exhibit opens March 25, 2-4pm. On view daily through June 3, from 9am-4pm.

Misaki Kawai: Love From Mt. Pom Pom - Children's Museum of the Arts
Through June 10, 2012 - SoHo

An exhibit of new work by renowned Japanese artist Misaki Kawai, the first solo presentation of Kawai's work in the U.S. since 2007. Utilizing painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, artist books and zines, animation, and video, Kawai's work transforms CMA's 2,000-square-foot gallery into an imaginary world of giant fuzzy animals and other colorful characters. Known for her whimsical style and colorful depictions, Kawai's past installations have included an earth-themed amusement park in outer space, a towering treehouse for glam rockers, a beach party with surfers riding a gigantic wave, and a fleet of airplanes carrying rock bands from the 1960s. As a CMA artist-in-residence, Kawai will welcome young artists enrolled in CMA classes to take studio tours, participate in master classes, and observe her at work. The exhibition will encourage both adults and young artists to make art by emphasizing that the ability to trust one's instincts is the most important trait for artists to possess, not technical skill. This philosophy stems from Kawai's own approach to art making, which is connected to the concept of "heta-uma," a Japanese manga style that is considered "na�ve" or "amateurish" but produces a successful result through the artist's intuitive powers of expression.

Acting 101 - Hopper House Art Center
Through June 27, 2012 - Nyack

This weekly workshop meets to support young artists with interests in the performing arts including theater, film, commercial work, or a specific project such as preparing for an audition. Participants will get help selecting and learning how to approach material, work with sides and cold readings, resume and headshot help, and industry guidance.

"Latin Roots: East Harlem" and "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem" - Dwyer Cultural Center
Through June 30, 2012 - Harlem

"Latin Roots: East Harlem," a multimedia public art exhibit, celebrates East Harlem's cultural and historical importance by honoring seven remarkable local heroes. The stories of the honorees are told by New York City public school students. "Spirit of Community: Artists of East Harlem," a visual art exhibit reflects a vibrant and thriving landscape of art in El Barrio. With works by emerging and mid-career artists who make the neighborhood their home, the exhibit captures the sounds, colors, cadences, textures, and people of the East Harlem mosaic, celebrating its joys and its pathos.

Seeing with Photography - The African American Museum
Through June 30, 2012 - Hempstead

The exhibit features visually impaired or blind photographers from the Long Island Center of Photography. The organization offers an array of photography?based programs designed to enrich the community by providing recreational outlets and cultural opportunities. At LICP, accomplished photographers, serious amateurs, and beginners can develop and promote their work. The exhibit runs through June 30.

Art Exhibit - Suzuki Music School of Westport
Through July 01, 2012 - Westport

Four renowned Connecticut artists compliment the walls of the music school with their landscapes, still lifes, and portrait paintings.

“Ship-Shape: Nautical Scale Models” - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Through July 08, 2012 - Clinton

This exhibit, which examines the detailed process of building model ships, consists of dozens of artifacts, including model ships, vintage toy ships, a variety of antique model kit boxes, a mock-up of a modeler's workbench showing the building of a model ship, and illustrations that demonstrate how models are constructed. Among the highlights of the exhibit are large-scale models of the Battleship New Jersey, which served during WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel afloat in the world. A modeler's workbench offers a peek at the tools of the trade, while World War II nautical toys illustrate children's fascination with ships. From wartime cardboard models to ships in bottles, the exhibit highlights the dexterity, ingenuity, and artistry embodied in these popular collectors' items.

Exhibitions: Keith Haring: 1978-1982 - Brooklyn Museum
Through July 08, 2012 - Prospect Heights

Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the twentieth century. Haring's work was imbued with liveliness and frivolity, but also social commentary and thought-provoking ideas that parents and kids will enjoy viewing, and discussing.

Family Sundays at the Museum - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through July 08, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Now there's even more reason for families to plan the weekend around a visit to Nassau County Museum of Art. Each Sunday the museum offers a docent-led family walk-through of the exhibition and supervised art activities for the whole family. Special family guides of the main exhibition are available in the galleries. Family Sundays at the Museum are held in the museum’s main building, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building. The program runs through July 8, 2012.

Exhibition — Sculpture/Jim Dine/Pinocchio - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through July 08, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Devoted to Jim Dine’s Pinocchio book, the museum's second floor has an impressive Pinocchio series, compiled as illustrations to a translation of Carlo Collodi’s original tale. Some 40 lithographs, each approximately 20 x 17 inches are included. Dine expresses his connection to Pinocchio, dedicating his works to the adventurous wooden boy, saying,"His poor burned feet, his misguided judgment, his vanity about his temporary donkey ears all add up to the real sum of his parts. In the end it is his great heart that holds me." The exhibit runs through July 8, 2012.

Steven Salzman: Facebook Formatted (and other works) - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through July 08, 2012 - Roslyn Harbor

Contemporary art meets social networking in the work of NY artist Steven Salzman. Encouraging dialogue, Salzman uploads his boldly-colored, geometric, digital images to Facebook in the triptych, horizontal rectangle format seen on Facebook pages. His playful, yet insightful paintings, prints, and collages draw inspiration from advanced physics and astronomy. The exhibit runs through July 8, 2012.

"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" - American Museum of Natural History
Through August 12, 2012 - Upper West Side

This exhibit launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly speculates on humanity's next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized recreation of a lunar habitat, a model of an elevator reaching up into space, a walk-through diorama of the Martian surface, and challenging interactive simulations. See authentic equipment and models of historic spacecraft from select voyages in the past. Learn about robotic missions that are currently headed deeper into our own solar system and what they might reveal. And explore some possible missions of the future: mining the Moon, landing on and deflecting a potentially deadly asteroid, and even establishing colonies on Mars.

The Games: The Science of Sport - The Bruce Museum
Through August 12, 2012 - Greenwich

This interactive exhibition about the Olympics features SuperBodies, a cutting-edge 3D animation and original video production presented in both a big screen video and mobile app game formats. Also featured is hands-on exploratory stations and athletic gear including boxing gloves, javelins, and timing and other devices that record participants' strength and reaction times. Also on view will be pins and collector memorabilia from past Olympic Games.

Handiwork: Tasks and Crafts from the Past - Lefferts Historic House
Through August 31, 2012 - Flatbush

Imagine yourself in the past! Learn games, pastimes and tasks that were common 200 years ago.

EXHIBIT: RISING DRAGON: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY - Katonah Museum of Art
Through September 02, 2012 - Katonah

In celebration of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the Katonah Museum of Art presents "Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography," an exhibition of work created by Chinese artists in China since 2000, the last Year of the Dragon. Curated by Miles Barth, many of the 80 works in Rising Dragon have never been seen in the United States. "Rising Dragon" offers an overview of the photographic work that is being done in China today. The exhibition will be on view from Sunday, March 25 through September 2, 2012.

Rocket Park Mini Golf - New York Hall of Science
Through September 30, 2012 - Flushing

Putt your way through a nine-hole miniature golf course that teaches the science of spaceflight. Players will explore key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more.

The Alef Bet of Being A Mensch - Suffolk Y JCC
Through September 30, 2012 - Commack

On Sundays, through September 2012, visitors can walk through the dictionary of the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Letters form the words that lead you and your children through the basics of being a Mensch. Visitors can test their patience on The Tolerance Sovlanut Scale, discover "Inner Peace" in the Shalom Corner and explore the Glow in the Dark Torah Scroll.

Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating - Yale Peabody Museum
Through December 02, 2012 - New Haven

In this multi-media exhibit, visitors explore the challenge of fulfilling our nutritional and physical needs.

Brook Trout Exhibit - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum's Wildlife Education Center
Through December 31, 2012 - Cornwall

The Center's current exhibit features brook trout, New York State's official freshwater fish. "Brookies" require cold, clean, well- oxygenated water to survive. Highly sensitive fish, brook trout are sometimes referred to as an "indicator" species because their disappearance from our waters can alert us to changes in the environment and local water systems.

"Dialog in the Dark" - South Street Seaport
Through December 31, 2012 - Manhattan

This groundbreaking exhibit will lead visitors through a series of New York City environments highlighted by city-centric scents, sounds, temperatures, and textures, all in complete darkness. Relying on blind and visually-impaired guides, exhibit goers will "see NYC" and visit many well known landmarks without the sense of sight while armed with an authentic walking cane. Imagine taking a rumbling subway to your favorite location or maneuvering the crossroads of the world in Times Square while not being able to see a thing. Rest assured, the sounds and the smells will all be there to greet you. But will that be enough to guide your safe passage? The experience will forever change your perception of what it means to be blind or have low vision.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 06, 2013 - Upper West Side

This exhibition features the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards across the Northeast to the alien deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow--that is, generate light through a chemical reaction--is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent, including many unknown to science. Like the crystal jelly whose glow led to a revolution in cell biology, these animals may hold important clues to essential questions, but scientists are in a race against time as habitats are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing, and global climate change. Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it; discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator; and learn how, where, and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon. Throughout the exhibition, iPads featuring videos, infographics, photo albums, and animations will provide opportunities to hear directly from researchers about their work. Starting in a local meadow on "a summer's night," where fireflies use unique patterns of flashing light to communicate with potential mates, visitors will descend into "a mysterious cave" in New Zealand to watch a fantastic spectacle of luminescent "fishing lines" strung by larval gnats (glowworms) to trap prey. A unique interactive environment in "a sparkling sea" will introduce the brilliant light displays of Mosquito Bay on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, where high concentrations of microscopic dinoflagellates, a type of plankton, create a halo around anything that moves through the water. Visitors will activate the bioluminescent bay as they move through this section. "The night dive" will feature a large-scale, day-and-night interactive image of the Cayman Islands' Bloody Bay Wall, a remarkable coral wall that is home to both bioluminescent and biofluorescent animals, which glow only after exposure to light. In "altered light," visitors will encounter the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, which combines bioluminescence with biofluorescence (in which an organism's molecules absorb blue light, then radiate it at a lower energy, longer wavelength) to emit flashes of green light. The protein found in its light organs, known as the green fluorescent protein (GFP), has become a critical tool in cellular and developmental biology, used for mapping neural circuits, observing cancer cells, and much more. Borrowed Light will feature live flashlight fishes, which harbor bioluminescent bacteria in an organ under their eyes, and highlight symbiotic relationships. "The deep ocean" will take visitors into the perpetually dark deep ocean, which comprises the vast majority of the planet's habitable space. A deep sea theater will reveal the diversity of animals that marine biologists have captured on camera, including female anglerfishes waving bioluminescent "lures" to attract prey and mates, and jellyfishes that light up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened.

Nybelwyck Hall: A Mansion in Miniature - Hudson River Museum - Glenview
Through January 08, 2013 - Yonkers

Nybelwyck Hall, a dollhouse representing Lilliputian life at its most luxurious, makes its appearance in Glenview, the Museum's 1897 river home. The 24-room, granite-and-mortar Glenview, and Nybelwyck, the 24-room dollhouse, share architectural features - a Great Hall and a double staircase that curves from the top floor down to the Hall. Nybelwyck's central facade is loosely based on the Hudson River estate, Staatsburg, the Ogden Mills House. The orange-and-green colors on its Victorian addition are reminiscent of Wilderstein, in Rhinebeck, the family home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's personal secretary. Dollhouse enthusiast Mark O'Banks created Nybelwyck Hall over the course of a decade and looked to the wisdom of a ouija board to name his creation. The house is furnished with found objects in its 24 rooms, as well as rugs O'Banks designed. Among its 900 objects are minute musical instruments that play, doors with intricate locks that work, and a tiny dollhouse within the dollhouse's nursery.

Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead

Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.

ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails - New York Transit Museum
Through December 31, 2016 - Brooklyn Heights

This long-term exhibit engages visitors in a compelling and participatory exploration of electricity's role in powering the metropolitan region's subways and commuter rails.

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