Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (09/22)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, SEPT 22, 2013.

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

“In some parts of Brooklyn these days, it’s difficult to turn around without bumping into a writer. This week, that will be truer than ever, and there’s a likelihood that one of those writers will be from abroad: the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which has grown over the past seven years from a local gathering to an increasingly international one, is taking place on Sept. 22, in downtown Brooklyn. More than three hundred authors, including Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, Lois Lowry, Colum McCann, Charles Simic, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and Tom Wolfe, are participating.” (NewYorker mag)
Various Locations, esp Borough Hall and its Plaza
at 209 Joralemaon St., downtown Bklyn.
10AM – 6PM / FREE

Governors Island Events (Last weekend)
Free activities offered by the Figment NYC art project include interactive events in the Sculpture Garden, an artist-designed miniature golf course and installations in the “City of Dreams” pavilion that encourage visitor participation.

The pavilion is a combined venture of the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York;

The Governors Island Art Fair, which is now in its sixth year  features a hundred rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, video installations, and other work, on display in the ornate and colorful houses of Nolan Park. (

“Fête Paradiso,” a French-style amusement park, with rides and games dating to the 19th century, including a carousel and bumper cars, will operate through Sept. 29; rides and games are $3. The rides are charming (don’t miss the nineteenth-century velocipede, a bicycle carousel that is a noisy and rickety delight), and there is food from Le Gamin and a beer garden in the center of it all. The festival is presented by two wealthy French collectors, so the rides, while ticketed, tend to be of a generous length. (NYT & NewYorker)
Free ferry service is available from the restored Battery Maritime Building,
at South and Whitehall Streets, near Battery Park and the Staten Island ferry terminal.
From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. /

Works and Process*(Sunday and Monday)
“This intimate encounter with artists and the creative process in the Guggenheim’s small theater is always a treat, and usually sells out. This week Andrea Miller discusses her new work, “Fold Here,” for her company Gallim Dance. The piece, based on a Raymond Carver short story, will be explored through performance and a discussion moderated by Jedediah Wheeler, the artistic director of Peak Performances, which commissioned the piece.” (Sulcas-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
At 7:30 p.m./$25 to $35
(212) 423-3587,

Royal Ballet’s “The Metamorphosis” (through Sept.29)
“Arthur Pita choreographs and directs a dance-theater interpretation of Kafka’s classic novella, which features Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson as the pitiful Gregor Samsa, who awakes one morning as a giant insect. The production includes an original score performed live by Frank Moon and a set by Simon Daw.” (TONY mag)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St.
At 2PM / $10-$75
212-242-0800 /

New Gary Burton Quartet  (last day!)
“Riding the wave of his seventieth birthday, as well as the release of a new album, “Guided Tour,” and an autobiography, “Learning to Listen,” the dazzling vibraphonist and his quartet are joined by special guests, including the guitarist Larry Coryell, who rose to fame with Burton’s pioneering fusion band of the sixties.” (NewYorker mag)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./ $45 cover at tables, $30 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.
(212) 475-8592,

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.

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Here are a few Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you may want to see:

Matthew Day Jackson, “Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue” (until Sat Oct.19)
“Space missions, military hardware and anatomy are some of the points of departure for the artist’s latest works, which, as usual, plumb the darker reaches of American history, life and popular culture.” (TONY Mag)
Hauser & Wirth New York 511 W 18th St. (btw 10th/111th Ave)
Tue–Sat, 10am–6pm / FREE
212-794-4970 /

Michael St. John, “Country Life” (until  Oct.05)
“Over the past several years, St. John has managed, with some success, to evoke America’s propensity for racism, violence, grandiosity, self-delusion and general cheesiness through relatively simple collage-on-canvas compositions, using personal and pop-cultural detritus as elements. He continues to do so in these latest works, which hearken back to American 19th-century trompe l’oeil painting.” (TONY Mag)
Andrea Rosen Gallery 544 W 24th St, (btw 10th/11th Aves)
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm / FREE
212-627-6000 /

Taner Ceylan, “The Lost Paintings Series” (until Oct.26)
This Turkish painter employs photorealist techniques to deconstruct Orientalism, a 19th-century genre in Europe and the United States that featured exotic scenes of the mysterious Levant. Some artists relied on pure fantasy; others traveled to North Africa and elsewhere to base their visions on some observable reality. Either way, Orientalism went hand in glove with colonialism, as the stereotypes it helped foster were essential to the psychology of Western empire building. Ceylan plays with and against these same stereotypes, portraying dusky, alluring women as well as men in fezzes and kaffiyehs, though with notable twists (the inclusion of evidently gay subjects, for instance). More to the point, he juxtaposes one sort of illusion (paintings that look like photographs) with another—the myths and misconceptions that have emerged about the Middle East.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W 27th St. (btw Tenth/Eleventh Aves)
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm / FREE
212-563-4474 /

Josh Smith (until Oct.19)
Smith’s painterly spin on bad-boy aesthetics is given ample room in this two-space show, taking up Luhring Augustine’s Chelsea and Brooklyn locations.
Luhring Augustine, 531 W 24th St. (btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm
212-206-9100 /

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 (

What’s on View: Top Photography Exhibitions
(NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide)

  Museum of Modern Art
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014)
New Photography 2013 (through Jan. 6, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
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 (last day!)
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 

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 (09/18) and (09/20).
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