Messerschmidt at Neue Galerie
Through January 10th, on the upper floor of Neue Galerie, is an exhibition of works by the 18th Century artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. This is the first major museum show in the United States dedicated exclusively to this German-Austrian artist. With their emphasis on emotional experiences, these “character heads,” as they are called, bridge the neoclassical style in which Messerschmidt was working with the expressionist art that would be developed over a century later. Messerschmidt rendered the distorted expressions captured in these works by pinching his body and contorting his face as he looked in a mirror. The artist said that he created these works as a way to ward off evil spirits. Messerschmidt produced 49 of these “character heads” before he died in 1783. From the Neue Galerie this landmark exhibition will travel to the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
Chopin at Lincoln Center
A composer known for elegantly capturing strong emotions is Frederic Chopin. As the bicentenary of his birth draws to a close, Lincoln Center pays tribute with a new all-Chopin recital. 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” with an Alice Tully Hall recital on December 8th.
Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art
An intriguing exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester takes maps to new realms of emotion and imagination. On view through January 9th, “Mapping: Memory and Motion in Contemporary Art” presents a selection of map-based works that represent real and imagined locations. The works created by 38 artists include paintings, sculpture, video, and a live web broadcast.
Vince Lombardi on Broadway
At Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway, the new play “Lombardi” takes the audience on a walk down memory lane, back to the life and times of a legendary football coach. Based on the best-selling biography “When Pride Still Mattered: The Life of Vince Lombardi,” the play attempts to reveal more of the motivations that moved the man behind this Hall of Fame coach. Dan Lauria plays the title role with Emmy Award-winner Judith Light in the role of his witty wife. In this production we see lombardi’s inspirations, his passions and his ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible.
Alfred Stieglitz New York
A photography exhibition at South Street Seaport Museum documents some of the radical changes and losses that New York Experienced from the late 19th Century to the Depression Era of the 1930s. “Alfred Stieglitz New York” features vintage photographs borrowed from major art museums and private collections throughout the United States. It is the first time that Stieglitz’s New York images have been assembled since 1932, when the legendary photographer showed them at his own midtown gallery. The exhibition compares Stieglitz’s unique vision of his city with the fine art and popular imagery of New York that developed during his lifetime.
In anticipation of the winter holidays, multiple versions of the famous “Nutcracker” ballet are getting ready for the stage. “The Colonial Nutcracker” is designed for young children. It will be performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester on December 12th at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Set in wintry Colonial Yorktown, Virginia, during the Revolutionary War, this ballet was staged and choreographed by Rose Menes. In a clever and very colorful twist on this timeless classic, “The Hard Nut” returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music after an 8-year absence. It’s an updated version of the classic holiday tale, set in the 1960s and 1970s. That was the period when its choreographer, Mark Morris, and the artist Charles bBurns – whose work inspired this production — were growing up. This production retains some of the darker qualities of the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The bold set and costume design truly bring the impression of a comic book world to the stage.