The Hudson River Museum
Financier John Bond Trevor built Glenview Mansion, the Hudson River Museum’s Home, in 1877, and spent his summers there with his family. The mansion became a museum in 1924. Today the first floor rooms have been restored to how it may have looked when the trevor family lived there. They reflect the decorating ideals of the aesthetic movement and the domestic lifestyle of the gilded age. Notable original architectural features include: the ebony library, distinctive for its “ebonized” cabinetry embellished with marquetry, the Japanese influence in the decorative use of flowers and birds, which you can see in the parlor’s original fireplace surround, and the gothic revival style of the great hall. The galleries of the adjacent modern museum now house the permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century art, including landscape examples from the Hudson River school and the works of Yonkers artists. Also on view there is “Susan Wides: The Hudson Valley, from Mannahatta to Kaaterskill.” While her photographic landscapes pay homage to the Hudson River school of artists like Thomas Cole, they also offer pointed commentary on the nostalgia for a pristine and unchanging world.
Music at Caramoor
Another former residence in Westchester welcomes concert goers as music fills the summer air at Caramoor. Once the estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, the luxurious Mediterreanean-style villa and its welcoming grounds have since 1945 been the home of exceptional music – from classical and opera to American folk and jazz. Still to come this season: soloists Jennifer Koh and Alisa Weilerstein combine forces with the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s for Brahm’s Double Concerto on July 30th. The Jasper String Quartet, in its second year of residency at Caramoor, performs on August 4th. This year’s 3-day jazz festival begins on August 5th and includes a diverse line-up: pianist Renee Rosnes headlines the opening night; virtuouso bassist Christian McBride brings his big band; and Joshua Redman introduces his latest project, James Farm, to Caramoor audiences. MacArthur “genius award” recipient Jason Moran closes the festival with his intrepid trio, the Bandwagon.
Brushworks: One Island, Three Views
Take another look at Long Island through the work of three award-winning artists at the Art Students League of Long Island in Dix Hills. “Brushworks: One Island, Three Views” presents recent paintings by three Long Island artists – Doug Reina, Melissa Imossi and Jacopo Pacquinelli. The artists use different kinds of brushes and apply different techniques to their representations of the island that is the inspiration for all three. “Brushworks” remains on view until August 14th.
All Singin’, All Dancin’, All Judy!
Forget your troubles and get happy this summer with actress, singer and legend Judy Garland at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Paley Center for Media. “All Singin’, All Dancin’, All Judy!” At the film society presents 31 titles in the most comprehensive retrospective of Garland’s films to date in the United States. Audiences followed her from her feature film debut as a wide-eyed innocent to a woman admired for her hard-won experience. Whether putting on a show with Mickey Rooney or going down the Yellow Brick Road, the incomparable Judy brought a life and joy to her musical performances that often belied her own personal tragedies and struggles. The Paley Center completes the picture with some of the legendary entertainer’s most notable and rarely seen appearances on television.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre
In dance, Pilobolus Dance Theatre continues its multi-week engagement at the Joyce, celebrating 40 years of innovation. The company presents three special 40th anniversary programs. Each highlights the group’s signature style of expressing the beauty of physical and emotional interconnectedness, sometimes in conflict with individual freedom. They also contain a range of more recent endeavors and multimedia initiatives.
Ai Weiwei at Asia Society
Last month artist Ai Weiwei was released by Beijing authorities after nearly three months in detention under allegations of “economic crimes.” The formerly outspoken critic of the Chinese government remains unable to grant interviews or post to Twitter. The artist did not see the installation of his “Zodiac Heads” sculptures at the Pulitzer Fountain, which closed earlier this month. He remains unable to travel outside China. But New Yorkers have another opportunity to see Ai Weiwei’s work with an exhibition of his New York photographs at the Asia Society Museum. The photographs, which are being shown for the first time outside of China, were taken between 1983 and 1993 when Ai Weiwei lived in a tiny apartment in New York’s East Village. They depict a distinct era in New York and a formative period for the artist.