Abstract Expressionist New York
MoMA’s presents its largest presentation to date of abstract expressionism, with all the works drawn from its own collection. On view through next April, “Abstract Expressionist New York” covers the period from the 1940s to the 1960s, including masterpieces by Jackson Pollock. This year MoMA also celebrates the 25th anniversary of its “New Photography” series with a selection that highlights the fluid borders between editorial work, film and art. On view through January 10, this exhibition features significant, recent works by four photographers: Roe Ethridge borrows images already in circulation, including outtakes from his own commercial work; Elad Lassry finds inspiration in vintage picture magazines and film archives; Alex Prager creates unnerving narratives featuring women disguised in dramatic outfits; Amanda Ross-Ho’s installations combine images found in textbooks with images created by her own family.
Too Hot to Handel
A famous musical work is re-invented and provides inspiration for new creations that will be performed at Carnegie Hall on November 14th and the 21st. “Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah” is the centerpiece of a project that brought together hundreds of students from New York City high schools. The Weill music institute teamed up with conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for this 11-month long education project. In the performance on November 14th, the timeless brilliance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be infused with jazz, gospel, rock and R&B. The November 21st program features student-written compositions that were inspired by Handel’s work.
Edward Hopper and His Time
A major exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American art focuses on the context in which America’s most iconic realist painter worked. “Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time” features remarkable paintings and etchings. They were selected from the Whitney’s collection of over 2,500 works from Hopper’s estate as well as from other sources. Hopper’s creations are displayed in the company of works by artists who were his contemporaries, such as robert henri, guy pene du bois, george bellows and charles burchfield. The show traces the development of realism in American art from 1900 to 1940. It is organized in chronological order and around several main themes: the “Ash Can School” artists with their mundane subjects and dramatic light effects; the excitement of urban life in the “Roaring Twenties”; the hard-edged geometric shapes of the precisionist movement; as well as the desolation and melancholy of small towns depicted by Hopper and Burchfield in works that came to represent the “American Scene” movement.
Chopin turns 200
Melancholy is also elegantly captured in many of Frederic Chopin’s compositions. As the year that marks his 200th anniversary draws to a close, Lincoln Center invites you to a couple of all-Chopin recitals. Since winning the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, Garrick Ohlsson has established himself as one of the world’s leading exponents of Chopin’s music. Following appearances around the country, Ohlsson ends his 2-year “Chopin Project” at Lincoln Center with two recitals in Alice Tully Hall on November 10 and December 8.
Driving Miss Daisy
A timeless and hopeful meditation on race relations in America comes under the spotlight again with the Broadway run of “Driving Miss Daisy.” The main protagonists are: Vanessa Redgrave as Miss Daisy, a widowed Jewish woman living in Atlanta, and James Earl Jones in the role of the African American man hired to serve as her chauffeur. The play, written by Alfred Uhry, tells the story of a complex, 25-year relationship that begins with hostility in the late 1940s. As years go by, it slowly turns into a life-altering friendship.
MIAAC Film Festival
The Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council presents the oldest and most prestigious festival of Indian Cinema in the United States. This year’s MIAAC Film Festival takes place from November 10th to the 14th at the SVA Theater and presents features, documentaries, and short films, along with other industry events.