Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Jewish Museum (WNET membercard partner: 50% off admission)
1109 Fifth Avenue
Through July 31
This first major museum survey of the work of illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman features a selection spanning 30 years. One hundred original paintings, drawings and sketches are shown along with the many ways Kalman’s work has entered contemporary culture—in books and magazines, and on commercial products, from clothing to watches.
New School Arts Festival
Fri, April 1–Fri, April 8
This festival of free events includes iconic films, hard-boiled storytelling, graphic art and music inspired by this American genre. Artists and critics participating include Frances McDormand, Todd Haynes, Marc Ribot, Guy Maddin, Mary Gaitskill, Robert Pinsky, Greil Marcus, Luc Sante, Terry Teachout, Paul Moravec, Frank Bidart, Molly Haskell and Ben Katchor.
Eiko & Koma: Naked – A Living Installation
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Tues, March 29–Sat, April 9
Part of the festival JapanNYC, this free, two-week-long movement/visual art installation features Eiko & Koma’s exploration of nakedness, desire and the elasticity of time, set in an immersive and charged organic environment of their handcrafted design. Audiences may come and go as they wish—or stay all evening.
John Zorn’s Masada Marathon
New York City Opera
Wed, March 30
This special marathon concert brings together 12 different groups of wildly divergent backgrounds—jazz, rock, classical, world music, jam band, a cappella vocals and more—for one spectacular evening of music from this prolific songbook.
Stephen Burks: Man Made
Studio Museum in Harlem (WNET membercard partner: 2-for-1 admission)
Starts Thurs, March 31
This project furthers industrial designer Stephen Burks’s ongoing exploration of the global economy of artisanal craft. During the exhibition, the galleries will be transformed into a workshop where New York-based weavers and artisans will create a series of functional and experimental objects and installations conceived by Burks.
Shakespeare’s long-lost play? Decide for yourself. They called it an “out-and-out forgery” when it was first unearthed in the 18th Century, but now many of the world’s leading Shakespearean authorities agree that his hand can be discerned in this intriguing tale of love, betrayal, madness and redemption.
Recommendations courtesy of NYC-ARTS.org