Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/23)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014
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Come On and Hear: The Songs of Irving Berlin

The Mabel Mercer Foundation presents the New York Cabaret Convention annually at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since its inception in 1989, the Convention has hosted more than a thousand performers, all of whom work in their own ways to keep alive the tradition of cabaret in this country and abroad. Among those who have participated in these extraordinary concerts are Michael Feinstein, Jack Jones, Andrea Marcovicci, Julie Wilson, Steve Ross, Margaret Whiting, Christine Andreas, Maureen McGovern, Liliane Montevecchi, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Ann Hampton Callaway.

Thursday, October 23rd our closing night, hosted by Klea Blackhurst, is entitled Come On And Hear and devoted to the timeless classics of Irving Berlin. Crossover artists like Karen Mason, Mandy Gonzalez, Terry Burrell and Anita Gillette will be joined by cabaret favorites Nicolas King, Sidney Myer and new discoveries like Rebekah Lowin (CC’14) and Peggy Eason. As Frank Sinatra often said, “Everything I learned, I owe to Mabel Mercer.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle, Rose Hall
6:00pm / $25-$100

What’s at Stake for Abstract Painting Today – and Where Do We Go from Here?
Why, at a time when there is greater interest in abstraction, is so much art seemingly unconcerned with evolving the visual landscape? And why is so much of it embraced by collectors, and not by critics and curators? Perhaps one question answers the other. This panel considers: What’s at stake for abstract painting today.

When much of what we see today is not actually painted, claims to be conceptual, borders on design, lends itself eagerly to branding, and provides an inoffensive backdrop to an endless succession of art fairs and auctions – self-satisfied in its being “emptied” of meaning – we can be certain that there is nothing in any way abstract about this recent turn of events.

Moderated by critic and curator Bob Nickas, and featuring artists Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney. And be sure to see their wonderful special exhibition: “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945 – 1952” while you are there.
The Jewish Museum, (Scheuer Auditorium) 1109 5th Avenue
6:30 – 8 pm / Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (
For a complete calendar see:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC”

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: New York University, School of Professional Studies / 12:00
The NYU SPS new flagship Academic Center consolidates various degree programs that were previously located throughout the city. The School completed a gut renovation of the 125,000 GSF, former Fairchild Print Press building in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, originally constructed in the late 1940s. The project scope includes renovation of all […]

-Bard Graduate Center
Panel: The Illustrators’ Cabinet of Wonders: A Show and Tell with Steven Heller / 6:00pm-7:30pm
Steven Heller moderates a panel discussion about the art and business of illustration on the occasion of the exhibition Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life. Panelists include Barbara Nessim and other local artists. They will share insights about their work and will shed light on the changing roles of illustrators in the current media.More Information / Register

-Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
Pencil and Brush: Architectural Watercolors – A Lecture with Zega & Dams /                  6:30pm-8:00pm
Join the ICAA for a special lecture with author-artists Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams, 2011 Arthur Ross Award Laureates for Fine Art. This richly illustrated lecture will survey both the architecture and gardens of seventeenth to nineteenth century Europe, as well as the architectural drawings of the artists.More Information / Register

-Pratt Institute
The Art of Dining: How Master Chefs and Designers Collaborate / 6:30pm
Distinguished chefs Daniel Boulud and Lydia Shire join famed hospitality designer Adam Tihany for a conversation moderated by Elle Décor’s Editor in Chief Michael Boodro about the relationship between design and dining.
The program is free and open to the public, reservations required.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ 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.

Current Exhibitions recommended by the NYT critics:

Roxy Paine: ‘Denuded Lens’ (through Oct. 18)
The main attraction is a spectacular, life-size diorama representing an airport security gateway with X-ray machinery, conveyors, plastic bins and so forth, all replicated in wood. Furthermore, it’s all been rendered in perspective: objects get smaller toward the back end, and right angles are skewed so that the whole tableau seems to exist between two and three dimensions. It induces a dreamy, slightly dizzying sensation. Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, 212-680-9889, (Johnson)

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Huh’ (through Oct. 18)
LvdStokker_KoenigClintonInstallationView5_72DPI.-700x539Cartoonish, subversive and irrepressible, the latest painting-drawing-sculpture installation from this ingenious Dutch artist is all Pepto-girly pink and spiced with mixed signals of longing, conflict and complacency. Set in the bathroom — a space shared by home and studio — it meditates on the illusion of equality between the sexes, and artists in general. The resulting mood of asexual delusion is shattered by a single shop sign. Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, 212-334-9255, (Smith)

Jim Shaw: ‘I Only Wanted You to Love Me’ (through Oct. 25)
MP_SHAW_Install_023This uncannily imaginative Los Angeles painter and sculptor has what the Romantic poet John Keats called negative capability: the ability to be “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” He also has exceptional drawing and graphic skills, an expansive sense of humor, an acute moral compass and a connoisseurial eye for weird kitsch. This show of dizzyingly complex, Pop-Surrealist, mural-scale paintings is one of his best New York outings ever. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212-206-7100, (Johnson)

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 dated (10/21) and (10/19).
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