The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater family returns to New York City. Performances will take place at The Joan Weill Center, located at 405 West 55th Street (9th Avenue). December 4 – January 5. Tickets start at $25.
The American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.
Japanese writer and artist, Yayoi Kusama, is currently exhibiting at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea: I Who Arrived In Heaven. Spanning the gallery’s three consecutive locations on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street), this exhibition by Yayoi Kusama features twenty-seven new large-scale paintings. Other highlights include the presentation of a new mirrored infinity room made especially for this exhibition and the United States debut of another infinity room, which was recently on view in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum. Show is in display through December 21. Arrive early to avoid long lines.
Throughout her career, Kusama has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg.
PINTA New York, founded in 2007, is an exclusive and intimate international art fair of select exhibitors invited to present the best Modern and Contemporary art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.
Thursday, November 14: 6pm – 9pm (by invitation only)
The 8th Annual Latin American Cultural Week will take place November 14 – 25, 2013. Latin American Culture Week facilitates performances by many institutions and artists throughout New York City. Presentations consist of music, dance, film, theater, literature, visual and performing arts influenced by the diverse cultures of Latin America. Participants: American Symphony Orchestra, the World Music Institute, Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Instituto Cervantes, Americas Society, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, and Repertorio Español.
The fifteen paintings on display at The Frick Collection are among the most important in the Mauritshuis’s holdings. Johannes Vermeer’s celebrated Girl with a Pearl Earring is the sole work on view in the Oval Room. Paintings by Frans Hals, Pieter Claesz, Rembrandt, Gerard ter Borch, Carel Fabritius, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Nicolaes Maes, and Adriaen Coorte can be seen in the adjacent East Gallery. Open Sundays from 11am – 1pm; voluntary donation.
On Saturday, October 19, celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that remembers friends and family members who have passed away at El Museo del Barrio. Join the celebration by adding your own offering to El Museo’s altars and enjoying the colorful procession around the Harlem Meer, storytelling, face painting and dance performances. 11am – 5pm. Free admission.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, will celebrate the fall season with a Harvest Festival on Pier 6, located at 360 Furman Street. Come in costume and enjoy face painting, volleyball, mask making, storytelling and more. Musical guests include Audra Rox and the Bilingual Birdies. Make sure to visit the photo booth at the pumpkin patch. Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:30am – 1pm.
The unidentifiable, London-based, Oscar-nominee (Exit Through the Gift Shop) street artist, Banksy, has established residency in NYC and has turned the city into a street art pop-up exhibition. To date, he has showcased art sales in Central Park, a moving truck with stuffed animals in LES and converted a delivery truck into a mobile garden that includes a rainbow, waterfall & butterflies (last spotted in Williamsburg, BK). The show is said to run through October 31st. Catch him if you can. (And if you do, please share with the ishtodo team at email@example.com.)
To learn more about the Banksy NYC scavenger hunt, see the exclusive Village Voice article.
For more information and a list of Banksy’s ongoing projects, click ish.