“Super Stars: Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum” is a new exhibition that will open at the Museum’s Lincoln Square Branch on November 16. Quiltmakers have always sought inspiration from the world around them. They introduced the outdoors into the domestic interior through bedcovers reflecting the colors and imagery of the landscape, flowers, animals and insects. Stars, some of the most important elements of the natural world, are also an enduring motif in American quilts. Stars appeared in pieced bedcovers as early as the Eighteenth Century and remain popular with quilt artists today. This exhibition highlights the dazzling diversity of this pattern in three centuries of needle artistry drawn from the museum’s collection.
The Pitmen Painters
The main characters of the play “The Pitmen Painters“ also find inspiration in the natural world. The play tells the true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this funny and fascinating play by Tony Award Winner Lee Hall comes to Manhattan Theatre Club with its entire original London cast intact.
American painters and the fall are the focus of a new exhibition at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. “Paintbox Leaves: Autumnal Inspiration from Cole to Wyeth” examines the narrative of the American artists’ fascination with autumn. The fall landscape and paintings of its trees in full glory are often regarded as uniquely American. The Hudson River school painters began the tradition of seasonal landscape painting, developing the notion of an American terrain enhanced by autumn color and the emotional response it provokes. On view through January 16, 2011, “Paintbox Leaves” displays 19th Century art alongside that of later American impressionists and contemporary artists, who reinvigorated landscape painting.
Dancing to Freedom
NY2Dance celebrates its 10th anniversary season with the program “Dancing to Freedom” at the ailey citigroup theater on november 5th and 6th. NY2Dance was formed by dancer and choreographer Nejla Yatkin with the mission to explore human experience through movement. The program includes two New York premieres: “Wallstories” celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; “Journey to the One, A Tango” gives visual life to tango rhythms from different parts of the world.
Nueva York (1613 – 1945)
A new exhibition organized by the New York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio explores New York’s involvement with Spain and Latin America. “Nueva York (1613 – 1945)” spans three centuries of history, starting with the founding of New Amsterdam in the 1600s as a foothold against the Spanish Empire. The present day is represented by a specially commissioned documentary from award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns. “Nueva York” brings this story to life through multimedia presentations that include hands-on interactive displays and some 200 historic maps, letters, paintings, and other objects drawn from a variety of collections. This exhibition will be on view through January 9th, 2011, at El Museo del Barrio.
Explore the Land of Oz
Also through January 9, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan hosts “The Wizard of Oz,” a traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic. This exhibit features exclusive elements from the movie and is organized as an adventure of self-discovery for the whole family. The visitors are invited to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz, where they can explore Munchkinland and the Emerald City and learn about science and the arts.
The Sound of the Drum
“The Sound of the Drum” at Carnegie Hall takes you on a musical journey, from Africa to the Caribbean and eventually to America. The show is headlined by celebrated singer and Grammy Award-Winner Angélique Kidjo, who was born in Benin. Three outstanding guest artists join Kidjo: groundbreaking Senegalese singer and percussionist Youssou N’Dour, singer and star of the Buena Vista Social Club Omara Portuondo, and renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves.