Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (06/23)

Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, Jun. 23, 2013

For other useful NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out :
“Notable Events-June”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free”, in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

‘On Time/Grand Central at 100’
This multimedia exhibition, commissioned for the occasion, features 18 artists’ impressions of time, travel and the commuters who flood the terminal each day in pieces incorporating painting, video photography and sculpture. (NYT)
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store, Grand Central Terminal, near the Station Masters’ Office
Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / FREE
(212) 878-0106 / grandcentralterminal.com/centennial

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The vivacious Mr. Kuti, the eldest son of Fela Kuti, laces his Afrobeat ancestry with fluid funk and topical hip-hop. He also collaborates regularly with some of the most incisive rappers around, including Common and Yasiin Bey. Mr. Kuti’s slow-burning “Tension Grip Africa,” from his 2008 record, “Day by Day” (Downtown), is an especially remarkable peak in his recent catalog. He performs as part of the SummerStage Festival, with Sinkane.” (Anderson-NYT)
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, midpark at 70th Street,
at 3 p.m. / FREE
(212) 360-2777 / summerstage.org

SYLEENA JOHNSON
Syleena Johnson knew about the music business before she ever got into it: her father, Syl Johnson, was a Chicago blues singer whose work also shaded into soul and funk… She has since released five uniformly excellent albums of measured, contemplative R. & B., mostly self-written.

Her records are so writerly, in fact, that they are titled as chapters…The most recent, “Chapter 5: Underrated,” in 2011, made more direct overtures to contemporary production trends, but Johnson’s outsized vocals and her moving, clear-eyed ballads stood out. She knows her voice is her strength: her latest EP, “Acoustic Soul Sessions,” is a stripped-down version of songs from “Chapter 5.” (Ben Greenman-NewYorker)
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th (btw 9/10Ave.)
At 8pm / $30
(212) 414-5994 / highlineballroom.com

Mark Turner Quartet*
MARK TURNER, an ever-increasing influence on contemporary saxophonists, continues to turn heads through his work with the trio Fly and the Billy Hart Quartet. Tonight he leads a lean quartet in this venerated club with the trumpeter Avishai Cohen. (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Stre
at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum.
(212) 255-4037 / villagevanguard.com

Swingadelic: ‘Toussaintville’
“What’s in a name? “Swingadelic”—a relatively compact big band, with three saxes, four brass and four rhythm—is an astute handle for this swinging orchestra with a distinctly 1960s vibe. The group’s last album, “The Other Duke,” celebrated Duke Pearson, a soul-jazz composer with pop leanings.

Its new release, “Toussaintville,” does the same for the legendary New Orleans songwriter. Allen Toussaint’s work is favored by pop and blues artists, but not enough by jazzmen), a situation that this package will surely remedy. Swingadelic specializes in reinterpreting hits (both vocal and instrumental), like Mr. Toussaint’s “Java,” in a way that shows funk and swing are more closely related than many might suspect.” (WSJ)
Swing 46 / 349 W. 46th St.
at 8:30 / $12
(212) 262-9554 / swing46.com

Sadao Watanabe
“Mr. Watanabe, who turned 80 this year, is one of the most accomplished of jazz elders in Japan, with a saxophone style that suits a host of musical settings. He hasn’t been a regular presence in the United States over the last two decades; he appears here as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, with a New York rhythm section consisting of Lawrence Fields on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
at 8 and 10:30 p.m., $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.
475-8592 / bluenote.net

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Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.
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Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

‘Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney’ (through Sept. 2)
Morgan Library & Museum: 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th St.
(212) 685-0008 / themorgan.org.

‘Cambodian Rattan: The Sculptures of Sopheap Pich’ (through July 7)
‘Velázquez’s Portrait of Duke Francesco I d’Este: A Masterpiece from the Galleria Estense, Modena’ (through July 14) 
‘At War With the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston’ (through July 28) 
‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ (through Aug. 14)
“African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde” (through Sept. 2)

‘The Civil War and American Art’ (through Sept. 2)
‘Photography and the American Civil War’ (through Sept. 2)
‘The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi’ (through Nov. 3)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org

“New Harmony: Abstraction Between the Wars, 1919-1939” (through Sept. 8)
“Aten Reign” (through Sept. 25)
the centerpiece of James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. {see review below}
Guggenheim Museum: 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

Light and color wash the Rotunda. 
“Turrell works in a single medium: light. He has sliced into walls, designed seamless rooms with holes in the ceiling, and spent four decades building a giant naked-eye observatory in the Arizona desert—all to provide unexpectedly intimate and mysterious views of the sky, the sun, and the stars. For this segment of a three-part show running concurrently in L.A. and Houston, he’s turned the museum’s atrium into a giant light box. —J.D.” (NYMag)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 110th Street – Museum for African Art
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York
• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum
• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution)
• 89th Street – National Academy Museum
• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York
• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near to Fifth Ave.
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar:
“NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 06/21 and 06/19.
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