June 2017 Music Event in NYC: Jazz & CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden

June 2017 Music Event in NYC: Jazz & CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden

Catskill Jazz Factory presents The French Connection on Friday, June 16, 2017

June 2017 Music Event in NYC: Jazz & CHIHULY at New York Botanical GardenMixing dynamism of american jazz with melodic French chanson and European swing on the scenic Conservatory Lawn of  New York Botanical Garden will surely be a night to remember!  The concert brings together a world-class ensemble of musicians with Alphonso Horne on trumpet and Camille Bertault, vocals. 

Alphonso Horne is a two-time Grammy nominated trumpeter recognized as a rising star of the next generation of musicians. Camille Bertault is not only a sensational vocalist but is also known for composing and writing. The French Connection concert will include a range of music spanning over four decades of jazz from hot rhythms of Django Reinhardt to the playful popular songs.

The concert is presented by Catskilll Jazz Factory , an innovative educational and performance art community. Friday June 16, 2017 performance is part of the summer concert program Jazz & CHIHULY at the NYBG. The program takes place during CHIHULY installation at NYBG and allows for viewing the glass sculptures lit after sunset. You can book your tickets here.

 

Venue: New York Botanical Garden, NY                                               Time: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6pm 

 

April – October 2017 Summer Art in NYC: CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden

April – October 2017 Summer Art in NYC: CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden

Open from April 22 – October 29, 2017

World-renowned glass sculpture artist Dale Chihuly returns to New York Botanical Garden with his new installation CHIHULY. The exhibition includes 20 works combining early drawings and the latest creations.

April - October 2017 Summer Art in NYC: CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden

“CHIHULY, a major new exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden spotlights world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s bold innovation in a variety of media throughout his celebrated career. Chihuly’s first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years features more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of his […]

via CHIHULY at New York Botanical Garden, April 22 – October 29, 2017 — Arts Summary

Dale Chihuly’s art blends easily with the nature, so this year installation at the NYBG is not the first experiment in that regard. The New Botanical Garden gives these innovative art works a genuine environment. In an interview with the ArtNet Todd Forrest, the NYBG’s vice president for horticulture and living collections stressed that “the combination of art and nature that exemplifies Dale Chihuly’s art is something that is very close to our hearts at the New York Botanical Garden.”

Chihuly came a long way in reaching the level of expression he is presenting to the public today. After years of studies and work at the top art schools in the US, he studied glass blowing at the Venini factory on the island of Murano off Venice, Italy. There and elsewhere in Europe he was able to experiment with the techniques, colors and materials that are now make integral parts of his installations.

The exhibition at the NYBG is highlighting the interplay not only between the glass creations and the nature but also between daylight and nighttime illumination. The garden will open late for the visitors to experience this magic. Check the hours here.

In addition to the art and nature there will be summer concerts in the garden. The opening concert in the series on Friday June 16, 2017, the French Connection, is featuring vocal sensation Camille Bertault and Alphonso Horne on trumpet. 

Venue: New York Botanical Garden, NY                                               Date: April 22 – October 29, 2017 

 

Beyond NYC: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel in Garrison, NY

Beyond NYC: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel in Garrison, NY

2017 Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival June 8 – Sept 4: Rehearsals begin

If you are a theater fan with a particular taste for shakespearian plays think about visiting Garrison, NY. There at Boscobel mansion, a historical landmark restored from the Federal-era house and the Beaux-Arts gardens and grounds 60 miles north from New York City, the Hudson Valley Festival theater company will perform starting from June 8, 2017.  The rehearsals have just began! Take a look at what is going on behind the scene here:

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel in Garrison, NY

Long before the Theater Tent is erected on the edge of the Hudson, our acting company gathers in New York City to begin the rehearsal process — memorizing lines, developing their characters, reviewing sets and costumes with designers, meeting staff and supporters, and more. Go behind the scenes with our 2017 company! Photos by Ashley Garrett.

via First Look: 2017 Rehearsals Begin — Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

This year HVSF program includes Twelfth Night and Love’s Labor’s Lost by W. Shakespeare, Pride and Prejudice adapted from Jane Austen, The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson and The General from America by Richard Nelson.

Plan to arrive early to enjoy the gardens and the scenery of Hudson river and its Highlands.

Venue: Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY                2017 HVSF Dates: June 8 – September 4

Beyond NYC: Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz History with Catskill Jazz Factory at Fisher Center, Bard College, NY

Beyond NYC: Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz History with Catskill Jazz Factory at Fisher Center, Bard College, NY 

May 13, 2017, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 

Beyond NYC: Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz History with Catskill Jazz Factory at Fisher Center, Bard College, NY
Catskill Jazz Factory

An innovative educational and performance art community Catskilll Jazz Factory is celebrating 100 years of jazz history from it’s folk roots to american classics like Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. The program brings together bandleader Chris Washburn on trombone, Brazilian pianist Andre Mehnari , vocalist/composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles, clarinetist Evan Christopher and friends.

The event will take place at the picturesque town of Annandale-on-Hudson, NY at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Art which is located on the campus of a picturesque Bard College. Bard College is well known for its rigorous and diverse art education program and best in class roster of summer performances in upstate NY. Only two hours away from hustle and bustle of New York City, the campus is sufficiently insulated for full concentration and study, yet affords a convenience of being accessible via train connection to the city.

The Richard B. Fisher Center is an architectural jewel in itself being designed by Frank Gehry and hosting a multitude of adventurous programs at the world class facilities.

For tickets click here.

Venue: Richard B. Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY       Date&Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8pm 

Places to eat around Bard College.

Art Event in NYC: Seurat’s Circus Slideshow at the Met Museum

Art Event in NYC: Seurat’s Circus Slideshow at the Met Museum 

On view till May 29, 2017

Art Event: Seurat's Circus Slideshow at the Met Museum
From the exhibition: Circus Slideshow, G. Seurat, 1887-1888

Feel the energy of festive crowd, hear the noise of excitement, become part of Paris street fair at the end of 19th century! This is the experience of the exhibition at the Met Museum about the saltimbanques, street performers, who were a well known presence on the cities’ streets around Europe. The musicians, the acrobats, the clowns – they are all there with all their glory and misery.

The title painting in the show is a great masterpiece by Georges Seurat “Parade de Cirque” complemented by many more works on the subject of street shows and circus performances. Seurat’s oeuvre is represented by two paintings and 16 conte crayon drawings. Those are shown alongside the works of Seurat’s contemporaries such as Fernand Pelez, Louis Hayet, Honoré Daumier among others. The stunning and subtle “Parade de Cirque” is contrasted by the naturalistic depiction of saltimbangues in Perez’s “Grimaces and Misery—The Saltimbanques” from Petit Palais in Paris. Other works in this exhibition are the lithographs and posters of Corvi Cirque, street scenes, and even a drypoint by Rembrandt from 1655. The selection of material and the storyline of the show presents the viewer with multiple angles of street life mixing highs and lows of that time.

The New York Times review calls “Seurat’s Circus Slideshow” at the Met Museum “an enthralling exhibition”.

Venue: The Met Museum on Fifth Avenue        Time: till May 29, 2017

Beyond NY: Bill Viola at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy

Beyond NY: Bill Viola at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy

Bill Viola at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC “‘Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait’—the National Portrait Gallery’s first exhibition entirely devoted to media art—offers a new interpretation of the work of the pioneering video artist as a career-long experimentation with portraiture. Since the early 1970s, Viola has been recognized for his groundbreaking and masterful use of video technologies, creating poetic works that explore the spiritual and perceptual side of human experience and search for […]

via Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, through May 7, 2017 — Arts Summary

Another installation of Bill Viola’s revolutionary work is going on now half a world away at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.  This exhibition is centered on the comparison of Viola’s films and the classical works that served as the inspirations for them.  One of those comparisons is between newly restored work by Jacopo Pontormo‘s “Visitation” (1528-9) and Viola’s “The Greeting” (1995).

Florence has a particular place in Viola’s career as he first visited the city right after graduating from the Syracuse University, NY. He came there to connect with the vibrant contemporary art scene and joined the art/tapes/22 studio founded by the video producer Maria Gloria Bicocchi. For this year installation of Viola’s work the city of Florence is going out of its way with concurrent shows of his work at the Uffizi galleries, the Santa Maria Novella Church Museum, and in the freshly refurbished museum of the city’s famous Duomo Cathedral.

The FT points out that “Viola’s art, as it returns” to Florence, “close to the sources of its inspiration, seems to have acquired an extra layer of meaning.”

 

Venue: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC                      Time: till May 7, 2017

Venue: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy                                                                 Time: till July 23, 2017

April 2017 Music Event: Shlomo Artzi Concert at Madison Square Garden

April 2017 Music Event: Shlomo Artzi Concert at Madison Square Garden

Benefit Concert for ORT in Celebration of 69th anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day

Shlomo Artzi performing at Caesarea

This is the only NYC appearance of the well-known Israeli rock musician Shlomo Artzi. The concert is organized to benefit World ORT and celebrate Israel’s 69th Independence Day.

Artzi’s songs are well beloved by rock music fans around the world. He started singing and composing at the age of 16 and recording in the early 70th. His popularity grew from successful participation in Israeli Song Festival in 1970 and later representing Israel at the Eurovision Song Festival in 1975. Artzi had recorded numerous albums, the last one released in 2016. Known for being very meticulous in his work, it usually takes him up to 5 years to record an album. He is also known for holding 3 hour long rock concerts at the packed stadiums. This perfectionism pays back by the crowds of fans and supporters.

The concert at Madison Square Garden will be a memorable event for Shlomo Artzi’s fans in NYC!

Discounted tickets can be booked here.

 

 

Venue: Madison Square Garden, NY                                                   Date: April, 26, 2017

 

March – January 2018: Mummies at the American Museum of Natural History

March 2017 – January 2018: Mummies at the American Museum of Natural History

Reach history of the mummies from pre-Columbian Peru to ancient Egypt 

The custom of preserving the bodies of dead humans and animals was practiced by people from ancient times. The most well-preserved objects are usually found in dry and hot climates where nature provides the most suitable environment for the mummification. Due to their geography both Egypt and Peru had very elaborate embalming traditions and associated religious rituals. The exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History brings on view the mummies from these two countries located on opposite sides of the globe.

March 2017 - January 2018: Mummies from pre-Columbian Peru to ancient Egypt at the American Museum of Natural History

Photographs by Corrado Serra.

via Mummies at American Museum of Natural History, through January 7, 2018 — Arts Summary

While many think that the oldest mummies came from Egypt, its actually Peru where the oldest mummies were found. The ancient people living in hot and dry areas of nowadays Peru, started making mummies 7,000 years ago. While Egypt’s mummies are better known, its oldest is 3,500 years old.

The show at the American Museum of Natural History comes from the Fields museum in Chicago. Some of the objects on view were not exhibited from 1893 when the World’s Columbian Exposition took place in Chicago.

Current exhibition goes into history, techniques and practices of mummifications with many interactive tables to learn and explore. Even a CT scanner is prominently on view as its a staple of modern exploration of the artifacts. The New York Times review explores various method used by archeologists to glean inside and reconstruct the objects and how they lived.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Venue: American Museum of Natural History, NY         Dates: March 20, 2017 – January 7, 2018

April – May 2017 Art Event in NYC: Alexei Jawlensky at Neue Galerie

April – May 2017 Art Event in NYC: Alexei Jawlensky at Neue Galerie

April - May 2017 Art Event in NYC: Alexei Jawlensky at Neue Galerie
From the exhibition

This is the first full museum retrospective for Alexei Jawlensky (1864-1941), an Expressionist artist who worked closely with Kandinsky and his Der Blaue Reiter group. Jawlensky, who studied with Russian realist Ilya Repin in St. Petersburg 1890s, became interested in new artistic movements of the time particularly Expressionism. His vivid colors and powerful brushstrokes made him known in Europe as “Russian Matisse”.

You will enjoy his distinct works progressing from figurative to expressionists to pure color. The New Yorker call the exhibition “the beautiful and the unexpected”. Find more about the exhibition here.

 

Venue: Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue at 86st Street 

Dates: February 16 – March 29, 2017 

April – August, 2017 Art Event in NYC – Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III at Guggenheim Museum

April – August, 2017 Art Event in NYC – Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III at Guggenheim Museum

April - August, 2017 Art Event in NYC - Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III at Guggenheim Museum

“The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the first-ever realized work from a group of installations conceived by Doug Wheeler during the late 1960s and ’70s: Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III. Produced in close collaboration with the artist, the Guggenheim installation is developed from drawings executed in 1968 and will be on view in the museum’s Tower Level 7. In […]

via Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, through August 2, 2017 — Arts Summary

The installation recreates the experience of the desert with its stillness and near silence to synthesize “lunar space”.  To reach that state the gallery has controlled optics and sound environment with Wheeler’s large abstract paintings of infinite geometric forms in hermetically closed gallery. That way the visitor can experience the cosmic infinity of space.

Doug Wheeler is associated with the Light and Space art movement  popular on the West Coast in the 60s.

The installation is best experienced with as little distraction as possible, so it requires a timed ticket. You can reserve it here. 

Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY                            Time: Though August, 2, 2017