Selected Events (04/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, APR. 11, 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.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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:

Sufjan Stevens
search“Your favorite indie pop troubadour scales down the arrangement and dials up the emotional wallop, as he presents songs from this haunting latest, Carrie & Lowell.

Having filled the past five years with collaborations, ambitious conceptual projects and even a Christmas album, folk-pop visionary Sufjan Stevens takes a more direct, singer-songwriter–oriented approach on his new LP, Carrie & Lowell.” (TONY)
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway at 74th St
8pm / $55–$59

‘Beethoven: The Complete Works for Cello and Piano’
search-2Christopher O’Riley, the concert pianist and host of NPR’s “From the Top,” performs Beethoven’s works for cello and piano with the cellist Matt Haimovitz. Mr. O’Riley will play a reproduction of a six-and-a-half-octave Viennese fortepiano, which would have been used around the time of the composer’s death. There will be two performances with different programs, both of which blend sonatas and shorter chamber pieces.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium,
At 3 and 7 p.m.,

‘Diné Spotlight: A Showcase of Navajo Film’
imgresThe National Museum of the American Indian partners with New York University’s Center for Media, Culture and History to present screenings of recent movies by Diné (Navajo) filmmakers. It closes Saturday with Blackhorse Lowe’s “Chasing the Light.” (NYT)
National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan,
At various times / FREE

MoCCA Arts Festival (also Sunday)
imgres-1The excellent comics festival welcomes more than 300 publishers—major and minor—to display their wares. This year the expo spotlights the Society of Illustrators through its progamming. Hear expert cartoonists, such as guest of honor Bill Griffith, discuss their creative process and the future of their craft.
Center 548, 548 W 22nd St. (btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
11:00 / $5 per day

Elsewhere, but this looks like a great excuse to ride the Staten Island ferry:
NYC BBQ Cookoff
New York City’s only Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned cookoff is happening Saturday at Historic Richmond Town. Eat or compete in the NYC BBQ Cookoff — either way, get your fill of classic American BBQ at one of America’s most remarkable living history town and museum complexes.

Plus the ferry ride on a lovely spring day.
Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave.
12-4pm / Adults $12, kids $5.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Chelsea Art Gallery District*

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.

Here is a current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:
“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (through May 23)
Photojournaism becomes art.
image-1“Since 2011, the New York outpost of Germany’s Walther Collection has been an important showcase for modern and contemporary African photography. Case in point: this excellent minisurvey of the work of Santu Mofokeng, titled, “A Metaphorical Biography.” It positions him as both a photojournalist and an artist concerned with questions of meaning and representation. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng began his professional career in the mid-1980s as a member of the photo agency Afrapix. In the turbulent decade leading up to apartheid’s end, he produced photo essays on South African townships, offering a more complex view of their inhabitants’ lives than the coverage found in the global media.

During the 1990s Mofokeng began to collect late-19th- and early-20th-century studio portraits of middle-class black South Africans. These became his 1997 slide show, The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950, in which intertitles provide biographical information on some of the subjects, while also questioning what their real-life experiences might have been.” (Anne Doran)
The Walther Collection, 526 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
We-Su // 11am-6pm

Here are two current exhibitions that the NYT recommends:
‘In the Studio: Paintings’ (through April 18)
17d6946bae1033fb2fe56449722c3200“Organized by a veteran scholar and curator of modern art, this show roams across several centuries and between academic and advanced, well-known and rarely-seen. Full of gems and telling juxtapositions, it explores the studio as subject, beloved sanctuary, container for art and stand-in for the artist. Do not miss it. Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, 212-741-1717,” (Smith)

Alice Neel: ‘Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978’ (through April 18)
ANDZ-Show_2015_41-600x450“Alice Neel is best known for her portraits which, with their controlled painterly drama and psychological nuance, are complete and polished formal statements in a classical genre. Her drawings and watercolors, or at least the 62 in this absorbing show, are closer to diary entries. Ruminative, confiding, sometimes startlingly unguarded in emotion, they add up to a self-portrait sketched in private over some 50 years. David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, 212-517-8677,” (Cotter)

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.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday. and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/09 and 04/07.

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