SundayArts News: Soviet Photography, Surrealist Solitaire, Music Festivals and Broadway

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The exhibit focuses on art in and about the Soviet Union just before the stagnant nation opened up to the rest of the world. There are over 50 works by 18 artists featured. Photo courtesy of SundayArts.

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Cast Me Not Away: Soviet Photography in the 1980’s from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection” is a photographic portrait of life in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Featuring over 50 works by 18 artists, the exhibit focuses on intimate and personal imagery in a time of stagnant stability in a troubled nation. Showcasing themes of childhood, love and rebellion of youth, the exhibit will be at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University until November 13.


Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy” is a unique exhibition of works by two influential surrealist artists and lovers. This married couple strongly preferred to keep their personal life separate from their artistic one. Refusing to exhibit together for most of their lives, the two led successful and separate creative careers. With “Double Solitaire” comes the chance to compare approximately 25 paintings each by the couple made during their 15 years together in one space, at the same time. The exhibit will remain on view at the Katonah Museum of Art in Westchester until September 18th.


The Vienna Music Film Festival travels to Brooklyn Bridge Park to screen classical concerts and operas from many of Austria’s and Europe’s prestigious music venues. Austrian food vendors will sell authentic Viennese cuisine to supplement the festival and one lucky visitor will win a trip to the cultural and political center of Austria. The festival will be held on August 29th.


The Mostly Mozart Festival enters its 45th year with a month-long series of music and dance performances. Among them is the Mark Morris Dance Group’s contribution of “Renard” for the Igor Stravinsky focus. As a partner for the festival for nearly ten years, the group is also contributing “Socrates” and “Festival Dance.” The group will perform at Rose Theater in the Lincoln Center from August 18 through the August 20.

Death Takes a Holiday” is a new musical version of the famous play adapted by Tony Award-winning bookwriters Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan. Set in an Italian villa right after World War I, this Off-Broadway show tells the enchanting story of love trumping death. The show will run in the Laura Pels Theater within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center through September 4.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer in HD Festival has returned to the big screen of Lincoln Center Plaza for its third year. Featuring ten consecutive nights of free encores from the “Live in HD” series, the program boasts critically-acclaimed shows like “Don Pasquale,” “La Rondine” and “Carmen,” among many others. The festival runs from August 27 to September 5.


For this weeks SundayArts News, Christina Ha reports from The Bronx Museum of the Arts.


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