We are midway through August and the arts are in full “summer swing”. There are art events abounding throughout the city many are outdoors and free to the public. Here are a few of the many arts events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism at the Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, through August 17. The exhibition recalls this chapter in postmodernism through an unconventional format that presents re-creations of paintings and other artifacts instead of the originals (in the spirit of Capitalist Realism’s critical examination of mass-media reproductions, though the cost of loans undoubtedly played a part). The result, which includes films selected by artist Christopher Williams, is more of a documentary than an exhibition. Despite its name, Capitalist Realism wasn’t a movement so much as it was a collaborative art project, encompassing several exhibition-slash-performances in West Germany during the early to the mid 1960s. Of its principals—Manfred Kuttner, Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter—two became hugely famous, which is why this art-historical epiphenomenon has garnered so much interest.
The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd Street, takes viewers back to La Belle Époque in this survey of the graphic art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), surely one of the best-known and beloved names in art history. All of his iconic images are here, along with the landmarks of late-19th-century Parisian nightlife referenced therein, as well as its habitués onstage and in the audience. The exhibition runs through December 31, 2014. For museum hours and tickets visit moma.org.
Artist Bryan Christie brings his new solo exhibition entitled This Image Tightly Held to 67 Greene Street (3rd Floor) in Soho, New York City, his exhibition ends Sunday, August 17th. Christie’s paintings are created from multiple layers of silk, bound together with beeswax and mounted on wooden panels. Many of the figures’ poses in his paintings are derived from ancient classical sculpture and Renaissance painting. The exhibition is by private appointment only, contact email@example.com.
Savion Glover, the legendary American tap dancer, actor, and choreographer makes his 54 Below debut on Tuesday August 12 at 7pm. Come be enchanted by the sight and sounds of Savion Glover up close and in person as he taps the intimate 54 Below stage for the first time. There is a cover charge additional fee of $5 at the door to the Food and Beverage $25 minimum. Fot more information and tickets visit 54below.com.
SummerStage & Faison Firehouse Present: The Harlem Dance Caravan: Erasing the Boundaries on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16: 7pm at The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, Marcus Garvey Park. The performance will include four diverse dance companies. Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band, is a world class Afrobeat music powerhouse, who corporates African drumming and dancing that fuses jazz and rock with traditional elements. Jamel Gaines’ Creative Outlet merges classical and modern techniques to create dance theatre productions incorporating spoken word and video. Lotus Music and Dance makes music and dance traditions of all world cultures accessible to the public through their company and educational institute. The Cecilia Marta Dance Company is a multicultural dance company that aims to build bridges between communities through dance. Each night will open with a master dance class open to all ages prior to the performance at 7pm on Friday Theresa Lavington and Saturday Calvin Wiley. Both the class and performance are free.
Hearts of Men will present a benefit performance on Saturday, August 16: 7:30pm and Sunday, August 17: 7pm at the Martha Graham Studio 55 Bethune Street 11th floor. Founder and Artistic Director Fredrick Earl Mosley will offer “intimate Exchange: Sharing Dance” featuring 38 performers including Dudley Williams, Clifton Brown, Brian Harlan Brooks, Alenka Cizmesija, Juan Carlos Penuela, Leonides Arpon, Deborah Wingert, Solomon Dumas, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Kristina Zaidner, Ryan Houston, Randall Riley, Jeffrey Sousa, Keon Thoulouis, Lara Spencer, and Manuela Sanchez. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students (with ID) for reservations visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Expendables 3: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
The Giver: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.
Finding Fela will be presented at the IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, extended through Thursday, August 14. No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s, and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime.
Within the past decade, a resurgence of interest in his work has posthumously repopularized Kuti, culminating in the massively successful Broadway show FELA!, written by Jim Lewis and directed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney interweaves the show’s skillful staging with a treasure trove of period interviews and hypnotic performances to recapture the essence of the man, his music, and his enduring cultural and political relevance.
Summerstage Presents Byron Cage In Association With WLIB on Thursday, August 14: 7pm at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheatre in Marcus Garvey. The man who became known for his Top Ten worship anthems like The Presence of the Lord and I Will Bless the Lord is pouring his heart out in his new and ninth CD, Memoirs of a Worshiper. The performance is free to the public.
Summerstage Presents WBLS 6th Annual R&B FEST: Musiq Soulchildon Sunday, August 17; 7pm in Central Park. Musiq Soulchild is a Neo-Soul & R&B artist, whose unique style blends R&B, soul, funk, hip-hop, and rock, creating a sound unlike any other. Musiq Soulchild has had 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and 7 hit singles. This is a free performance.
50 Shades! The Musical – The Original Parody at the Elektra Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street. The wildly popular erotic novel comes to life in this hilarious and envelope-pushing show that tells the story of a trio of friends who devour the book as a means to spice up their own lives. The production can be seen on Tuesday, Thursday- Friday, 7:30pm; Wednesday, Saturday, 2pm; Saturday, 5pm, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. For more information visit 50shadesthemusical.com.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the musical play starring record breaking six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will extend its strictly limited engagement through September 21st, 2014. The production will be dark from September 1st through September 7th while Ms. McDonald takes a previously scheduled vacation, and the final 16 performances will begin starting September 9th, 2014. Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of Circle in the Square (235 West 50th Street, btwn. Broadway and 8th Avenue).
Fuerza Bruta:Wayra at the Daryl Roth Theatre is the third installment of the De La Guarda trilogy runs through Sunday September 7. Conceived and directed by Diqui James with ensemble cast offers a unique thrills for a diverse audience of both the theatre savvy and newcomer. The production is a visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating. Running time: 1hr 20mins with no intermission. For a complete schedule and tickets visit darylroththeatre.com.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About
Get well soon Wale