Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (07/27)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

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MoMA Summergarden: New Music for New York
Jazz Concert II: Helen Sung Quintet
The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of recent compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.

Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes.
The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 West 53 St. (btw Fifth and Sixth avenues)
(212) 708-9400
at 8PM / FREE

Rudy Royston’s “303” Sextet
“Named for the area code of the in-demand drummer’s home town, Denver, this group features key players heard on the recent album “303,” including the guitarist Nir Felder and the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, as well as two bassists, Mimi Jones and Yasushi Nakamura. As Royston has demonstrated in the service of many notable leaders, he is a multifaceted player, and he has fashioned his own eclectically minded band with musical inclusion in mind.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Charanjit Sing
globalFEST, one of the most catalytic world music events in North America, goes on the road, taking over multiple locations at Lincoln Center with a globe and genre-spanning line-up in a day-long celebration. This is definitely a bit different than most music performances highlighted on this site – gotta be young at heart.

“Charanjit Singh made an album of electronic Indian music in 1982 that still sounds as if beamed back from some distant future. Unknown to most until it was discovered by record collectors and reissued in 2010, “Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat” traffics in a mix of squiggly synthesizer lines and tight, tense drum-machine beats that predates most of what came to be known as acid house music a few years later.

It truly is one of those historical finds that reshuffles the past in its own image, and its second life of popularity has made Mr. Singh, a Mumbai native who is now 73 years old, an unlikely kind of globe-trotting star. He plays here with a host of worldly DJs for the festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors.” (WSJ)
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
(212) 875-5456

Allen Toussaint
“The debonair New Orleans pianist-songwriter-producer reprises his bittersweet post-Katrina brunch stint here with another series of Sunday noontime performances. Toussaint is an elegantly laid-back pianist in the Crescent City mode, and his repertoire of originals – which includes “From a Whisper to a Scream,” “Working in the Coal Mine,” and “Southern Nights” – runs as deep as any of his peers’. (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place
at 12PM / $30 cover, with a $12 minimum.
212.697.7555 /

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“This noir-rock outfit celebrated its 30th anniversary last year with the release of one of its most confidently sparse discs in years, “Push the Sky Away,” which is also one of the band’s most commercially successful. This tour further promotes that album, as well as the forthcoming “20,000 Days on Earth,” a film about Mr. Cave’s life.” (Anderson-NYT)
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.
at 8 p.m. / $59.50
800-745-3000 /

Jane Monheit’s Jazz Party (Sundays through Sept. 28)
“Jazz’s need to create on the spot never really goes away–testing moves in front of an audience is always a consideration for performers who truly want to know how an arrangement or an approach will play to a crowd. Jane Monheit is an intrepid soul; starting tonight she’ll green-light this notion for the next three months, hosting a Sunday-evening “Jazz Party,” which affords audiences a chance to peek behind the curtain and enjoy the looseness of a jam session while basking in the talents of a very tight band.

The singer and her trio, including pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Rick Montalbano, will be opening the doors to guest instrumentalists and giving new ideas plenty of elbow room–a spotlight on spontaneity. The boss lady and her seductive coo ain’t shy–Monheit is a natural charmer. Whether she’s tweaking her take on “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” (there’s a Judy Garland tribute in her future) or embedding herself in a boo-hoo opus such as “Two Lonely People,” prepare for charisma around every turn.” (VillageVoice-Jim Macnie)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
At 6 p.m. / $30 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 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988’ (through Aug. 24)
‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’ (through Sept. 1)
‘Robert Heinecken: Object Matter’ (through Sept. 7)
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)

Here’s what the NYT said about ‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’
This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400,” (Smith-NYT)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:


American Folk Art Museum: ‘Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From the American Folk Art Museum’ (through Aug. 17)
This exhibition is not only an enthralling display of about 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection; it’s also an intellectually provocative effort to rethink the nature of artistic creativity. There are paintings and drawings, quilts, ceramics, handmade books, pieces of elaborately decorated furniture, duck decoys and weather vanes dating from the mid-18th to the early-21st centuries, all produced by people from many different walks of life who had no formal training in art. The inspirationally democratic message is that potential for creative genius is wired into the consciousness of everyone.
American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, (Ken Johnson-NYT)

International Center of Photography: ‘Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013’ and ‘Caio Reisewitz’ (through Sept. 7)
It’s a Latin American summer at New York City art museums, with a high number of shows of work from South America and the Caribbean. This institution, as usual one step ahead of the curve, has two. The larger, “Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013,” is a roomy survey of some 200 small, mostly black-and-white pictures that fit, with trimming and squeezing, into the genre of “street photography.” The second is a solo devoted to a single artist, the contemporary Brazilian photographer Caio Reisewitz, whose big color images of threatened tropical rain forests offer a lush antidote to urban grit — Manhattan’s included.
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, 212-857-0000, (Cotter-NYT)

Museum of Arts and Design: ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ (through Oct. 12) This plunge into the biennial format makes a big, messy splash sampling the visual culture across the city — whether opera set design, art or new technologies. An expansive, invigorating move, it still contains too much that is fun, cute, clutter-making or useless, aimed at those with plenty of disposable income and homes to decorate.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
212-299-7777, (Smith-NYT)

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 : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (07/25) and (07/23).
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