Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (05/24)

Today’s “Fab 5”+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014.

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The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
This twice-a-year exhibit happens every Memorial Day Weekend and the weekend that follows and every Labor Day Weekend and the weekend that follows that.

The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area’s many schools and professionals such as interior designers.

The show is a sidewalk show, not a street fair, and has its venue on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU’s Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library.

Fine Arts / Graphics • Mixed Media • Oils & Acrylic • Watercolor
Photography • Sculpture • Crafts
Jewelry • Metal Work •Ceramics
Glass Mixed Media • Fiber • Wood

Exhibit Hours: Noon – 6 p.m. every show day
(212) 982-6255 /

Dd You Know?
One balmy spring day in 1931, in the heart of the depression. Jackson Pollock, desperately in need of funds to pay the rent on his Greenwich Village studio that also served as his home, took a few of his iconoclastic paintings down several flights of stairs and set them up on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park. His friend and fellow Village artist, Willem DeKooning, in equally desparate financial straits, soon joined him.  Their enterprise was noted by some public-spirited citizens, including such luminaries of the art world as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum, and Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Director of the Museum of Modern Art, who organized the first Outdoor Art Fair.

JLCO Hosts: Christian McBride & Kurt Rosenwinkel
“The bassist McBride and the guitarist Rosenwinkel have long been established as instrumental giants of their generation (particularly McBride, who was a teen-age prodigy). Both are also prolific and skilled composers, and the two, who have known each other since high school, in Philadelphia, each present original large-scale compositions, supported by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.” (NewYorker)
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St.
At 8PM / $30-$120

Jimmy Cobb and Friends
“The veteran drummer Jimmy Cobb, who played on the celebrated Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue,” spearheads this commemoration of Davis’s birthday with a group featuring the trumpeter Eddie Henderson, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, the pianist Larry Willis and the bassist John Webber. (The engagement doubles as an album-release celebration for “The Original Mob,” Mr. Cobb’s new album, recorded on this stage.)” (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St.
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., /$40 cover.

Music legend, Oliver Dragojević, bard of Croatian music returns with his band “Dupini” to the United States May 2014. Influenced by global music trends, his work still preserves the elements of Dalmatian music, the key to his more than 40-year sparkling career. Oliver’s previous performances took place in many renowned venues around the world including sold-out concerts in: Olympia-Paris, Royal Albert Hall-London, Carnegie Hall-New York, and Sydney Opera-Australia.

Fans will enjoy the show that will be like no other: Oliver will share the stage with star-studded guests, performing songs selected only for this particular tour.
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 6th Avenue & Broadway)
At 8PM / $57-$107

“Expect jaw-dropping, mind-bending instrumental adventures when former Frank Zappa stunt guitarist Mike Keneally teams up with superdrummer Gregg Bendian (noted for his Mahavishnu Orchestra tributes) and ace bassist Doug Lunn. The evening will focus on witty and cunning Keneally originals and vintage psych-pop from the Beach Boys, XTC, Elvis Costello, and more.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
The Cutting Room
7:00 p.m. / $15-$20

Karrin Allyson
“Ms. Allyson is a jazz singer and pianist of imaginative savvy, and she has a genuine connection with her fellow musicians. Her most recent release is a holiday album, so it seems likely that she’ll look elsewhere for repertory here — to evergreen standards, Brazilian tunes and Beatlesesque pop songs.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
At 8:30 and 11 p.m. / $40 cover, with a $10 minimum.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 4 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

‘The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’ (through May 26)
‘Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations’ (through June 8)
‘Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century’ (through July 27)
The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection’ (through Sept. 7)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /

‘Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes From the Hill Collection’ (through June 15)
“This sensational, beautifully presented show of 33 late-15th- to early-18th-century bronzes reflects a taste for historically important, big-statement examples in exceptional condition. They vividly reflect the Renaissance’s new interest in antiquity and the human form while encouraging concentration on emotional expression, refined details (great hair!), struggling or relaxed figures and varied patinas. Works by the reigning geniuses Giambologna, Susini and the lesser-known Piamontini dominate, further enlivened by a handful of old master and late-20th-century paintings from the Hill collection.”
(Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St.
212-288-0700 /

Guggenheim Museum: ‘Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe’ (through Sept. 1)
“This epic, beautifully designed exhibition may be one of the more thorough examinations of modernism’s most obnoxious and conflicted art movement that you are likely to see. Awash in the manifestoes that its members regularly fired off, it follows Futurism through to its end with the death of its founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, in 1944. It covers the Futurist obsessions with speed, war, machines and, finally, flight and the aerial views it made possible. And the show highlights relatively unknown figures like the delightful Fortunato Depero and Benedetta Cappa, Marinetti’s wife. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, (Smith-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

‘Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937’ (through June 30)
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th St.
212-628-6200 /

========================================================== 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

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 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 Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 05/22 and 05/20.
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