Selected Events (02/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1 / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Who Wants to Be a Critic?  SmartStuff/ Museum Talk   (1:30pm)

Ecstatic Music Festival —  New Music   (7:30pm)  

New Visions of New York in Contemporary Photography  —  
SmartStuff/ Photography Talk   (6:30pm)

Kim Nalley Sings Songs of Love  Jazz  (7:30pm)   (9:30pm)   

‘If These Knishes Could Talk’ SmartStuff/ Film & Talk   (6:30pm)

Missed Connections   SmartStuff/ Book Talk & Party  (6:30pm)   

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site:

Who Wants to Be a Critic?
Many of the works in MoMA’s collection were criticized as ugly or deformed when they were first exhibited. Indeed, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Boccioni deliberately altered the shapes and colors of the subjects they depicted. By carefully describing what’s “wrong” with their paintings, join us to explore the specific choices and idiosyncrasies of each artist.

Gallery Sessions, impromptu interactions facilitated by Museum educators, explore the creative process, art history, and the experience of art, take place daily in select galleries.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., (btw 5/6ave)
1:30PM / Gallery Sessions are free with Museum admission. No registration is required.
meet in the Bass Painting and Sculpture Gallery, Gallery 1, fifth floor

Ecstatic Music Festival
imgres“Now in its fifth year, this adventurous gathering, at Merkin Concert Hall, is a platform for new-music collaboration, combining artists from the worlds of neoclassical, avant-garde, and experimental music. Feb. 12 is a powerhouse night, featuring the composer, saxophonist, and downtown guru John Zorn and New York’s Talea Ensemble, which performs turbulent and innovative orchestral works. The frequent Zorn collaborator Ikue Mori, a master of electronic sound programming and a founding member of the New York City no-wave pioneers DNA, will also be on hand.” (NewYorker)
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St.
7:30pm / $25

New Visions of New York in Contemporary Photography
Liao Frank Gehry building heroJoin four leading photographers of New York – Jeff Liao, Andrew Moore, Vera Lutter, and Matthew Pillsbury – as they discuss their approach to finding a unique lens on the world’s best documented city. The panel will explore why they have chosen New York as a subject, what special challenges (personal, technical, logistical) it presents, and their inspirations amongst the city’s iconic photographers and rich traditions of visual storytelling. Moderated by Bonnie Yochelson, former Curator of Prints and Photographs at the City Museum.

Co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography, Aperture Foundation, the Taipei Cultural Center, and SVA MFA Photography, Video and Related Media.
Museum City of NY, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
6:30pm / $16, $12 students/seniors
212-534-1672 /

Kim Nalley Sings Songs of Love
nalley_kim_byvladimir_korobitsyn__crop_767_431_0_0_0_90___2928Get a head start on Valentine’s Day.
With vocalist Kim Nalley, pianist Tammy Hall, guitarist Greg Skaff, bassist Ray Drummond, and drummer Alvin Atkinson.

“Full of sass, skill and authority . . . Nalley embodies the spirit of Billie Holiday without ever losing her own artistic integrity.” DownBeat Magazine
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St., 5th Fl.,
7:30 & 9:30pm / $35
(212) 258-9595 /

Elsewhere, but these two unique events look so worth a detour:
‘If These Knishes Could Talk’  (NYT)
A celebration of New York accents.
As part of the exhibition “Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in New York City and Beyond,” City Lore is screening the documentary “If These Knishes Could Talk,” about New York accents. Afterward, a contest to determine the best New York accent will pit five New Yorkers, one from each borough, against one another.”
City Lore Gallery, 56 East First St.

subway: F to 2nd ave/houston st; walk 1 blk N. to first St.; E. 1/2 blk to venue
6:30 p.m./ $15
212-529-1955 /

Missed Connections
Our 5th annual love in transit party for this City’s would-be romantics!
Calling lovers and love-seekers alike! Join us for a romantic night of crafting, local Brooklyn tastings, and a deep dive into relationship data collected by OKCupid and what it says about our romantic lives.

Learn about our collective love lives from OKCupid cofounder Christian Rudder, who will offer insights from Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) followed by a book signing. Get your PDA on in our token photo booth. Pour your heart out with valentine’s crafts and love poetry inspired by anonymous craigslist posts. Explore our 1936 decommissioned subway station after hours!

Local Brooklyn tastings provided by NuNuChocolates and Brooklyn Winery
Beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery
Transit Museum, corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights
subway: 2, 3 to Borough Hall,
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / $15


♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, (Johnson)

‘Sturtevant: Double Trouble’ (through Feb. 22) Among the first things you see in MoMA’s taut, feisty retrospective of the American artist Elaine Sturtevant is work by far better known figures: Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp. In each case, however, the pieces are by Ms. Sturtevant herself, who spent much of a long career adopting and adapting the art and styles of others to create a body of work entirely her own, one which raises questions about the value of art, about the hows and whys of producing it, and about the degrees to which quasi-replication can be an exercise in flattery, parody, objectivity, originality and love. 212-708-9400, (Cotter)

‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, (Smith)

New-York Historical Society:
‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Cotter)

Annie Leibovitz: ‘Pilgrimage’ (through Feb. 22) No living celebrities are portrayed in “Pilgrimage,” but lots of celebrated figures from the past are indirectly represented, from Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson to Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Smithson. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Leibovitz set out on a two-year journey that took her to about two dozen historic sites in the United States and Britain. Most of these were house museums dedicated to famous individuals, where she photographed the rooms they inhabited and objects they owned and used. Though often poetically atmospheric, these pictures are disappointingly less lively than her portraits of famous entertainers. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Johnson)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000, (Johnson)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/10 and 02/08.

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