Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (09/28)

Today’s “Fab 4”/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, SEPT 28, 2013

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

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! 
Being short of cash needn’t be a reason not to visit a museum thjis Saturday, especially when there is no admission to many during this annual event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine. The only catch is the free passes — good for two people — have to be obtained by e-mail.

They can be downloaded through Saturday at smithsonian.com/museumday/tick.
A list of participating museums is at smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues.

Taste of France (through Sunday)
Visitors to Bryant Park this weekend will feel transported to Europe during this two-day immersion in French food, music, products and workshops.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street, tasteoffrance.com; free, but tickets to special events, called Mariannes, range from $10 to $150 and can be bought online or at the park.

Fall for Dance Festival (through Oct. 5)
New York City Center is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival with a very special season featuring performances by 20 acclaimed dance companies and artists from around the world. The Festival’s five unique programs offer an exciting mix of treasured favorites and undiscovered gems. Highlights include three new works commissioned by City Center in celebration of the 10th anniversary.
City Center, 131 West 55th St.
At 8 p.m./ $15*
581-1212, nycitycenter.org

*Unfortunately, presales are sold out. Tickets returned to the Box Office will be made available for sale starting at 6:30pm on the day of the performance. A maximum of two tickets per customer may be purchased on a first come, first served basis.

Next year buy tickets (only $15) when they go on sale. This year they went on sale Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11 AM. Mark your calendar.

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. figmentproject.org

Tours of a new park under construction on the island are among the activities planned for the last weekend that the island will be open this year. The design of the park will be covered on tours on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30, while the park’s horticulture is the topic on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30

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. (4heads.org)

“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 Mag)

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. / govisland.com.

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 / hauserwirth.com

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 / andrearosengallery.com

Sol LeWitt (through Oct. 12)
“Reincarnated here for the first time since its presentation in the 1988 Venice Biennale, Sol Lewitt’s “Wall Drawing #564: Complex forms with color ink washes simperimposed” offers 2,448 square feet of visual sumptuousness covering three walls of Paula Cooper’s main exhibition space. Bold, black lines about half a foot wide divide the surface into rectangular compartments occupied by multicolored, crystalline forms surrounded by single-color fields. It’s beautiful.” (Johnson-NYT)
Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st St.
255-1105, paulacoopergallery.com.

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 / paulkasmingallery.com

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 / luhringaugustine.com

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 (nycgo.com) ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/26) and (09/24).
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