Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (08/23)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, AUG 23, 2013.

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

“Gateway to Himalayan Art” (through Jan. 16, 2014)
“Do you enjoy the Rubin but feel a bit lost within the dizzying array of deities that figure in its works? This exhibition is the perfect initiation to the wide cast of characters that, by turns, traipse gleefully and skulk threateningly through Himalayan art. Don’t miss the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room—one of the most popular galleries at the museum—which houses nearly 130 objects of spiritual and ritual significance, including sculptures, scroll paintings, ornamental silks, instruments and atmospheric flickering lamps.” (TONY mag)
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St. at Seventh Ave
Mon, Thu 11am–5pm; Wed 11am–7pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat, Sun 11am–6pm
Fri 6–10pm FREE. other times $10, seniors & students $5.
212-620-5000 /

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
This year’s ace uptown-downtown affair jumps off in Harlem on Aug. 23 with “Bird Is the Word,” a premiere by saxophone legend Jimmy Heath and his big band. Stellar sax man Kenny Garrett and fascinating vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant top the bill on Aug. 24.
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater 
subway: #2/3 to 125th St. Enter park at at Madison Ave at 124th St.
at 7PM / FREE

Jane Ira Bloom Quartet*
“Revisiting music from “Mental Weather” (Outline), an album released five years ago, the soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom connects with Dawn Clement on keyboards, Dean Johnson on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. The group performs under the auspices of Chamber Music America, which originally commissioned the work.” (Nate Chinen-NYT)
Bryant Park, 40th Street and Avenue of the Americas
At 6 p.m. / FREE

THEATRE: FringeNYC (thru 08/25)
(New York International Fringe Festival)
“Now in its 17th year, the multi-arts festival is the biggest of its kind in North America. Theatre companies from all over the world (185 in total) converge on downtown Manhattan to mount performances at venues like The Players Theatre, SubCulture, and Theatre 80.

With 200 shows over 16 days at 20 venues, from the dark to the comical, starships to strip clubs, if you fancy yourself an adventurer, FringeNYC is absolutely worth exploration.” — Mindy Bond, Flavorpill.
Can’t tell the players without a scorecard. The NYTimes has a guide.

Billy Hart Quartet (thru Saturday)
“The perceptive and well-traveled drummer Billy Hart, 72, released one of last year’s best jazz albums, “All Our Reasons” (ECM), with this longtime working group, otherwise composed of strong individualists in their 40s: the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the bassist Ben Street.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8th /9th Ave)
At 8:30 and 11 p.m., $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum.
(212) 581-3080,

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces,   there is no place like it anywhere in the world.

Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

Here are a few Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you may want to see:

“Reinventing Abstraction” (through Aug 31)
“Curated by poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein, this show looks at a group of painters who, to varying degrees, undertook an individualistic, even eccentric, approach to abstraction during the 1980s, when the attention of the art world was otherwise focused on Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo and appropriation art. Carroll Dunham, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Elizabeth Murray, Joan Snyder and Terry Winters are some of the artists with works on view.” (TONY mag)
Cheim & Read, 547 W 25th St, btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm / FREE
212-242-7727 /

Desire (LAST DAY!)
On Bob Dylan’s 1976 Desire album cover, we see him decked out in a fedora, fur-collared coat, and scarf tie, gazing off into the distance—but what is he looking at? This alluring image, taken by Ruth Bernal, serves as the curatorial inspiration to Desire, a group show of more than 20
female artists. Check out compelling and provocative work like Yoko Ono’s Touch Me cut-up canvas, Vivienne Griffin’s peephole op-art ink drawing, and Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin’s watercolor paintings, one of which features a red penis and is titled A Million Ways to Cum. Want more? Don’t wait, this show closes soon. (Araceli Cruz. VillageVoice)
Yancey Richardson, 535 W. 22nd St.
10:00 a.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
646-230-9610 /

“Photo Brut” at ZieherSmith (LAST DAY!)
“Shows of so-called vernacular photographs (found photos, ranging from family-album fare to police mugshots) have become a gallery staple of late, for a number of reasons, including the appeal of their accidental aesthetics and their frequent detours into the uncanny.

This group show attempts to expand the category by giving it a snappy new label, and by offering up some bizarre images indeed—including a series of beauty-shop images showing only the backs of coiffed female heads; a cache of old Polaroids taken off television and featuring obscure performers whose names are carefully noted on the picture margins; and a 1940s backyard portrait of an otherwise unremarkable man whose erect penis is emerging from his trousers.” (TONY mag)
ZieherSmith, 516 W 20th St, btw 10th and 11th Ave.
Tue–Sat 11am–6pm / FREE
212-229-1088 /

==========================================================For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (

Top Photography Exhibitions – NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide

  Museum of Modern Art
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photography and the American Civil War (through Sept. 2, 2013)
Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 
(through January 26, 2014)
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) / 212-535-7710

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial (through Sept. 22, 2013)
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street / 212-857-0000

  American Museum Natural History 
Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies          
(through May 31, 2014)
79th St. And Central Park West / (212) 313-7278 

  Howard Greenberg Gallery
Bruce Davidson: “Time of Change” & “Staff Picks 2013”
(through Aug. 31, 2013)
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406 / 212-334-0100

  Staley-Wise Gallery
It’s An American Thing (through Sept. 14, 2013)
560 Broadway, Soho / 212-966-6223

One more photo exhibition, this one in a special setting – the lovely, new Bklyn Bridge Park with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, and of course, the Brooklyn Bridge.
(easy to get to via subway: #2 or 3 express to Clark St., the 1st stop in Bklyn.)

‘The Fence’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park (through Oct. 1)
“When is a fence not a fence? When it is the backdrop for a free display of over 200 jury selected images of people, animals and daily life by 39 photographers from the United States and abroad. Presented for the second year by United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn arts cooperative, as a showcase for young photographers, the display consists of a 1,000-foot-long waterproof mesh banner superimposed with color and black-and-white photos.

The banner stretches through Brooklyn Bridge Park, from Pier 15, at Joralemon Street and the East River in Brooklyn Heights, to Main Street in Dumbo.” (Anne Mancuso-NYT)
Pier 5, Joralemon Street and the East River
From 6am to 1am / FREE
(718) 215-9075 /

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (08/21) and (08/19).
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