Selected Events (04/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, APR. 23, 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.”   

Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30PM / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

Converging Lenses: Issues in Contemporary Photography
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. (btw 93/92 St.)
6:30PM / FREE during Pay-What-You-Wish Admission, RSVP recommended
212-423-3200

The Jack Quartet performs works by Zorn and others
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
61 W 62 St. (btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
7:30PM / FREE Thursdays
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway (btw 61/62 St.)
6:30PM / FREE, Reservations are not required but seating is limited
212-408-1500

Photography: From the Archives of Bert Stern (opening reception)
Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, (btw Prince/Spring St.)
6:00 pm to 8:00 PM / FREE
staleywise.com

Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos Samba
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
8:00PM / $65-$95, maybe a tough ticket, may need to stubhub it.
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
“Young, good-looking and very astute, Ms. Sheehan gives you hope. Drawing from a deep well of feeling, she interprets lyrics from the point of view of someone who knows who she is and conveys empathy in a voice that glows with insight.” -The New York Times

Multiple award-winning performer Jennifer Sheehan and her stellar quartet celebrate the beauty, wonder and romance of the night sky in a song-studded 54 Below evening featuring songs as dazzling and diverse as the stars above — including music from Pink Martini, Duke Ellington, Sergio Mendes, Melody Gardot, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Kurt Weill, just to name a few!

It’s a celebration of the many ways we come to love the night sky — as wide-eyed children who look up in wonderment, as young lovers who fall under its enchantment, and as star-gazers of all ages who contemplate love and life on this small blue dot in the universe. And, of course, the stars spark our imagination about what lies beyond… so the show also features some fascinating stories about new discoveries about our star-studded cosmos!
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30pm / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

Converging Lenses: Issues in Contemporary Photography
Over the last ten years, approaches to using photography have changed drastically in reaction to new digital imaging technologies and the proliferation of images on the Internet. This panel discussion will focus on interventions in the medium by younger artists such as Lucas Blalock and Talia Chetrit, and how this trend has placed renewed focus on the work of artists, like Barbara Kasten, who laid the foundations for photography’s current moment. Moderated by Chris Wiley, Adjunct Professor at New York University and contributing editor at Frieze.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. (btw 93/92 St.)
6:30pm / FREE during Pay-What-You-Wish Admission, RSVP recommended
212-423-3200

The Jack Quartet performs works by Zorn and others
Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers
Program:
CRAWFORD SEEGER: String Quartet “1931”
MISSY MAZZOLI: Death Valley Junction
JASON ECKARDT: Ascension
CAROLINE SHAW: Ritornello 2.sq.2.j
JOHN ZORN: The Alchemist
“Every JACK concert transcends a run-of-the-mill performance and becomes a true event.” — Time Out New York
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
61 W 62 St. (btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
at 7:30 / FREE Thursdays
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello:
Dr. David J. Drogin, Fashion Institute of Technology
“Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—most never seen outside Italy—are being exhibited at MOBIA as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season.

Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

ed. note
The Real Estate monsters have struck again! $300 million bought this fairly new building to be demolished this summer. This is the museum’s last exhibition here and it’s memorable.
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway (btw 61/62 St.)
6:30PM / FREE, Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.
212-408-1500

Photography: From the Archives of Bert Stern
Opening Reception
Bert Stern conceived of his ultimate photographic romance with a vivacious woman on his flight to Rome in the spring of 1962. He was at the height of his success, eagerly sought after by art directors and fashion editors, and able to gain access to nearly any celebrity – so why not America’s leading sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe?
Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, (btw Prince/Spring St.)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm / FREE
staleywise.com

Gilberto Gil, Gilbertos Samba
Grammy-winner Gilberto Gil returns to New York for the first time in five years bringing his latest show Gilbertos Samba. The evening features reinterpretations of old classics recorded by João Gilberto and more, featured on Gilberto’s latest CD. New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy the voice of Gilberto Gil, whose career blends with the history and culture of the Brazilian nation. Gil’s illustrious career spans four decades with over 30 albums, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and more than five million records sold.

“There may have been one man onstage, but there was enough warmth, love, intelligence and sheer talent on display to power an orchestra.” — Variety
“Gil defies his age, becoming if anything more captivating, exuberant, and irreplaceable with each passing year.” —The New Yorker
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
8PM / $65-$95, maybe a tough ticket, may need to stubhub it.
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

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♦ 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.
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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:
Victor Moscoso: ‘Psychedelic Drawings, 1967 – 1982’ (through April 25)
In the 1960s, Victor Moscoso produced some of the most memorable acid rock posters of the psychedelic revolution in San Francisco. He also contributed trippy strips to Zap Comix, the underground publication founded by R. Crumb. This exhibition offers a tantalizing glimpse back at an unusually euphoric time in the history of graphic design. Along with vintage concert posters, it presents original drawings, collages and surrealistic comic strips dating from 1967 to 1982. Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 10th Avenue, near 18th Street, 212-206-9723, edlingallery.com. (Johnson)

Alison Rossiter: ‘Paper Wait’ (through May 2)
The first part of Alison Rossiter’s process involves acquiring unexposed, expired photographic paper, generally from eBay. Then she pours liquid developer on the paper and exposes it to light. The results are abstract compositions that blur the boundaries between photography and painting. For instance, the series “Latent Eastman Kodak Velox, expired May 1919, processed 2014” employs paper that expired just after World War I. The demise of chemical photography becomes a metaphor for the fate of defeated and exhausted empires, but she also suggests that expired materials have poignant memories and stories to reveal. Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 10th Avenue, near 24th Street, 212-414-0370, www.yossimilo.com. (Martha Schwendener)

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 (nycgo.com) 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 very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/15 and 04/13.

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