Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (04/04)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, APR. 04, 2014.

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

15 Minutes: Andy Warhol
“Andy Warhol may be gone but he’s certainly not forgotten. Today, Columbia University, in conjunction with the Brant Foundation, celebrate his legacy of “15 minutes” of fame with a day-long exhibition of his photography and a public program. Attend a panel featuring filmmaker Tom Kalin and curator Larissa Harris, or check out Warhol’s Polaroids and black-and-white prints. The evening concludes with Urs Fischer giving a talk on the notorious artist.” (Flavorpills Mindy Bond, Editor)
Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University 1198 Amsterdam Avenue
at 4:30pm – 8pm / FREE

Affordable Art Fair (through Sunday)
Thousands of paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs by familiar names and new artists are on offer from 78 galleries, priced from $100 to $10,000. The fair’s director, Cristina Salmastrelli, discusses her favorite works priced under $500 on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and answers questions on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Chelsea,
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
$15 to $20; $10 for students and 65+.

Icons and Influences – FEATURING: George Cables
In conjunction with the exhibition The Black Fives, the New-York Historical Society is proud to present a series of three concerts celebrating jazz from the early-to-mid-20th Century —a significant period during which African Americans forged a powerful presence in sports, music, and culture.

George Cables, a celebrated jazz pianist and major voice in modern jazz, is currently performing and recording as a soloist, with trios and larger ensembles, and as a clinician in college jazz programs. He has performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time, including Joe Henderson, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, and Dizzy Gillespie. This will be Mr. Cables’ first appearance at New-York Historical. His Jazz at Lincoln Center performances often sell out.

This event is part of the New-York Historical Society’s spring 2014 Free Fridays programs, sponsored by Bank of America. Entrance to the concert series is free during the Museum’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 – 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West,
At 7:00 pm / FREE

HUGH MASEKELA (also Sat Apr 5)
“For the general public, who know him from his major hit single, “Grazing in the Grass,” back in 1968, or his collaborations with Paul Simon in the eighties, the trumpeter and vocalist remains the face of South African jazz. Blending political advocacy with joyously rhythmic music, Masekela, much like his former wife, the late singer Miriam Makeba, never allows social concerns to drift too far from musical passions. He’s celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the Rose Theatre.” (NewYorker)
Jazz at Lincoln Center. Broadway at 60th St.

Macy’s Annual Flower Show (last weekend, through April 06)
Macy’s flower show “The Secret Garden” at Herald Square features six themed gardens with thousands of flowers, plants, trees and elaborate floor-to-ceiling arrangements. Special events each day. Today Tom Sebenius Creative Director of The Arrangement Floral Design and Events provides expert tips on creating whimsical floral arrangements.
Macy’s, HeraldSquare, 151 W 34th St.
at 1PM / FREE
special event in Cellar in the Lower Level

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


WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 4 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

“Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New’ (through April 21)
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
 ‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

‘Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital’ (through June 1)
“If you haven’t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven’t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in this survey of computer-assisted art, architecture and design. The show looks at art made since 2005 and fills nearly three floors, including many irresistible interactive projects. Its ideas may not be entirely new; the Museum of Modern Art’s 2008 exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” covered much of the same territory, but there’s something to be said for this more down-to-earth, production-focused exhibition.” (Rosenberg-NYT)
Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle,


‘Capa in Color’ (through May 4)
“Robert Capa first worked with color in 1938, though he only began shooting regularly in color in 1941. This exhibition includes more than 100 contemporary inkjet prints, a fraction of the roughly 4,200 color transparencies held in the center’s Capa Archive. Sections of the exhibition include photographs of postwar Paris with spectators at the Longchamp racetrack, fashion models, people sitting in cafes. Black and white remained the standard for war photography as well as art during this time, however, and color during Capa’s period was still for commerce, amateurs, leisure — and stories featuring women.”
(Martha Schwendener-NYT)

‘What Is a Photograph?’ (through May 4)
“This exhibition is supposed to address a good question: What is photography in today’s digital age with its mind-boggling new smorgasbord of ways to create and disseminate machine-made images? It brings together works from the past four decades by 21 artists who have used photography to ponder the nature of photography itself. But it’s a strangely blinkered and backward-looking show. Most of what is on view has more to do with photography’s analog past than with its cybernetic future.” (Ken Johnson-NYT)
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd St.

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (ongoing)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 /


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (04/02) and (03/31).
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