Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (05/26)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAY 26, 2014.

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Memorial Day Ceremony@ Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
11:00am / free with museum admission
Join military personnel from all five branches of the armed forces. The event includes a ceremonial wreath laying, a 21-gun salute and the unfurling of a 100-foot-long American flag. No better day to visit the Intrepid.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, Twelfth Ave., at 46th St
Daily 10am–5pm
Prices vary by exhibit: $24–$31, seniors and students $20–$27, children $12–$24, veterans $17–$24, children under 3 and retired and active military personnel free. 877-957-7447 / 212-245-0072 /

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 /

Taj Mahal
“More than 40 years into his storied career, this bluesman brings his Grammy-winning alchemy of gruff wails, searching harmonica and nontraditional tropicalia beats to this serene vintner’s hall. And let’s hope the audience’s response will match the intense reception heard on his superb live disc from 2000, “Shoutin’ in Key.” (Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
At 8 p.m. / $60 to $70.

Frankie Manning Centennial
“This weekend, thousands of dancers from all over the world will converge on New York to remind us precisely who it was that first made us believe that a man could fly. Frankie Manning, who died five years shy of his centennial, was indisputably the most influential swing dancer of all time, a key innovator at the height of the Savoy Ballroom era and the primary inspiration for the revival of the last 20 years. Frankie100 is a wide-ranging celebration blanketing the city from Harlem on down, involving so many events that there doesn’t even seem to be a single website containing them all.” (WSJ)
various venues / /

Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock) (LastDay)
Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock, will continue showcasing masterpieces from the New-York Historical Society collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr.

Parts Unknown will consider Audubon as an established artist-naturalist, a world citizen, and a celebrity in an expanding nation—no longer the young Frenchman who created the “early birds” displayed in the first installment. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition follows Audubon into uncharted territories—geographic, artistic, and scientific—as he encountered and mapped new species and grappled with the disappearing illusion of America’s infinite wilderness.

It galvanized his awareness about the necessity of conserving species and habitats. Most of the watercolors in Parts Unknown (studies for Havell plates 176-305) depict water birds, many of which are among Audubon’s most spectacular and largest birds, with numerous studies begun during his southeastern explorations and on his Labrador Expedition.
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at 77th St.
(212) 873-3400 /

♦ 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.

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.

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 ( Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (05/24) and (05/22).
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