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Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection - Rubin Museum of Art Through March 11, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

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.


The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Through March 01, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

This exhibition, drawn almost exclusively from MoMA's stellar collection of posters, lithographs, printed ephemera, and illustrated books, is the first MoMA exhibition in 30 years dedicated solely to Lautrec, and features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the apex of his career.


A Collection of Ideas - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Through February 28, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Museums are defined by their collections, each with a unique point of view that is carefully shaped by curators, who remain mindful of historical precedents as they look ahead to future developments. At the time of The Museum of Modern Art's founding, in 1929, the terms "modern" and "contemporary" coincided effortlessly. Since then, MoMA curators have sought to distill a timeless ideal of visual presence and meaning from different circumstances, all the while revising and reconsidering the initial paradigms of modern art. In the Department of Architecture and Design, the result of this collective, at times subjective, effort is not just a catalog of objects, but is rather a collection of ideas supported by objects. Several of the ideas and themes developed in the past are still actively discussed, but contemporary curators also regularly identify new concepts worth exploring and representing in the collection. This installation focuses on works designed during the last few decades that have been acquired by the Museum not only because they met aesthetic and functional standards that are worthy of our collection, but also because they introduce new categories of investigation and new design forms. The galleries feature clusters of acquisitions that tackle, for instance, the relationship between design and violence; new expressions of organic design in response to environmental and societal disruptions; and the increasing importance of interaction design, as seen in 13 video games new to the collection.


Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe - Brooklyn Museum Through February 15, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Killer Heels explores fashion's most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of 16th-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today's runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe's rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.


The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society - New-York Historical Society Through February 08, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Salon Style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the nineteenth century Salon Style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.


Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India - Rubin Museum of Art Through February 02, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente's work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works, including paintings from the last 30 years, and four new, larger than life-size sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In contrast to leading conceptual art practices of the 1970s, Clemente refocused attention on representation, narrative, and the figure, and explored traditional, artisanal materials and modes of working.


From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

A revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, a woman and an African American man, each experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Their work similarly brims with gesture, image, and incident, yet was often overlooked by critics in their time.


Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian American Quilt - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Showcasing a colorful patchwork quilt bearing Eastern European and American imagery, Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian American Quilt continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum's world-renowned collection.


Dani Gal's Wie Aus Der Ferne (As From Afar) - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

The U.S. premiere of Israeli artist Dani Gal's short film. Co-produced by the Jewish Museum, Gal's new video work examines the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler's chief architect and close confidant. Speer initiated a correspondence with Wiesenthal in 1975 in an effort to accept responsibility for his war crimes.


Chuck Jones Matinees - Museum of the Moving Image Through January 19, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

To accompany the new exhibition What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, the Museum will present matinees of films directed by Jones, many presented in archival prints from The Academy Film Archive and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.


Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment - Skyscraper Museum Through January 18, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Are you too young to remember New York thirty years ago? Then time travel to experience Times Square in the 1980s at The Skyscraper Museum's new exhibition. Or perhaps are you of an age that remembers 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues when even Rolling Stone Magazine called it "the sleaziest block in America"? Then revisit your youth and the wonderful world of urban design and architectural discourse c. 1984!


Mac Conner: A New York Life - Museum of the City of New York Through January 11, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

The New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men." Illustrator McCauley ("Mac") Conner (b. 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father's general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city's publishing industry. As the first exhibition of his work, Mac Conner: A New York Life presents more than 100 vintage sketches, original tear sheets, and hand-painted illustrations created for advertising campaigns and women's magazines like Redbook and McCall's. With overt references to gender, sexuality, and fashion, Connor's work demonstrates how commercial artists helped to redefine American style, culture, and identity during the boom years following World War II.


A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch - Morgan Library & Museum Through January 11, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

American artist Spencer Finch (b. 1962) unveils a new, site-specific, large-scale installation inspired by the Morgan's great collection of medieval Books of Hours - beautiful, hand-painted works that served as personal prayer books for different times of the day and different periods of the year. Taking advantage of the Morgan's four-story, glass-enclosed Gilbert Court, Finch will apply films of color to the windows and hang additional glass panes in the center of the Court to create a kind of calendar based on the movement of the sun.


Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History Through January 05, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.


Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age - Metropolitan Museum of Art Through January 04, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

This landmark exhibition traces - through some 260 works of art on loan from major collections in Western Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States - the deep roots of interaction between the ancient Near East and the lands along the shores of the Mediterranean and their impact on the artistic traditions that developed in the region. Parallels will also be drawn between works in the exhibition and those in the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art.


Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot - Asia Society and Museum Through January 04, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was a visionary artist, thinker, and innovator. Considered the "father of video art," his groundbreaking use of video technology blurred past distinctions between science, fine art, and popular culture. He created a new visual language using mediums previously associated with mass entertainment and scientific discovery. "Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot" illustrates modern society's relationship with technology through one artist's perspective, and creates a space for visitors to explore the central role technology will continue to play in art and culture for future generations.


Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs - American Museum of Natural History Through January 04, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Discover a world where pterosaurs soared overhead in this exciting new exhibition. A diverse group with more than 150 known species ranging from the size of a sparrow to that of a fighter jet, pterosaurs appeared 220 million years ago and survived for more than 150 million years before becoming extinct. What sets them apart from their dinosaur contemporaries is their adaptation for flying, a unique trait visitors will explore through multiple interactive exhibits. Visitors can also investigate pterosaur models, casts, and fossils and find out how these extraordinary ancient vertebrates moved on land and in the air, how they hunted, and what scientists are discovering about them today. Visitors will also glimpse the pterosaurs' ancient world in a dramatic diorama re-creating an inland sea in Brazil where pterosaurs, fishes, crocodiles, and other species co-existed millions of years ago.


Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History Through January 04, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

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.


Gilded New York - Museum of the City of New York Through January 04, 2015
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

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
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

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.


The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace - Museum of Sex Through December 09, 2014
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

In 1972, Deep Throat, the tale of a woman whose clitoris was located in the back of her throat, became a trailblazer of the pornographic genre. Performing acts of graphic sex on camera, including the signature act of "deep throating," Linda Lovelace, born Linda Boreman, became a household name. Considered "Porn Chic," screenings of Deep Throat were attended by celebrities from Jackie O to Jack Nicholson. Linda became both the girl everyone wanted to attend their party and the girl that everyone wanted to have sex with, a star studded list including Hugh Hefner, Ted Kennedy and Paul Newman.


Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin - Metropolitan Museum of Art Through December 07, 2014
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Christian Frederick Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinetmaker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Martin learned to build instruments from the famed Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna. Due to the restrictive guilds in Markneukirchen, Martin moved to the United States in 1833, settling first in New York City and later moving to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument. This exhibition includes approximately thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several private collections.


Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic - American Folk Art Museum Through November 30, 2014
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

The first monographic exhibition of works by the internationally acclaimed Dutch artist Willem van Genk (1927-2005) to be presented in the United States. The exhibition includes over forty artworks: panoramic paintings, collages, drawings, personal notes, sculptures of trolleys, and an installation of raincoats (van Genk collected hundreds of raincoats over the course of his lifetime).


Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget - American Folk Art Museum Through November 30, 2014
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially minded paintings. This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Bronx-born artist's birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years.


A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects - New-York Historical Society Through November 30, 2014
by Directories Editor - September 15, 2014

This exhibition assembles objects from the N-YHS collection chosen by New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts, which together constitute a unique history of New York. By turns provocative, iconic, and ironic, and winnowed from hundreds of possibilities, his selections share the criteria of having played some transformative role in the city's history.



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