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What are the best things to do in NYC? In our New York City events calendar we've put together a list of NYC museums exhibits, free things to do in NYC, entertainment and sports - all the best NYC events. With so many fun things to do in NYC, you'll never want to leave!

Winter highlights in NYC include unparalleled exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty, and so many more great NYC events! 

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American Museum of Natural History: Spiders Alive ExhibitSpiders Alive! Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through October 29, 2015
In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spiders’ anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live arachnids, including 16 spider species that range from the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world to the western black widow--the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close. Visitors will also be able to learn about spiders’ key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders.

Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
 

Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
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Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: Daily at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
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Date: Ongoing
The New-York Historical Society is proud to unveil our newly acquired and conserved Picasso. Pablo Picasso painted the stage curtain for the two-act ballet The Three-Cornered Hat (“El sombrero de tres picos” or “Le tricorne”). The ballet and curtain were commissioned by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev for his avant-garde, Paris-based Ballets Russes, the most influential ballet company of the twentieth-century. The ballet was choreographed by Léonide Massine with music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. It premiered on July 22, 1919, at the Alhambra Theatre in London with sets, costume designs, and the monumental stage curtain created by Picasso. Picasso biographer John Richardson once called “Le Tricorne” the artist’s “supreme theatrical achievement.” The production, which was conceived by Diaghilev and Massine during a trip to Spain, was enhanced by its many Spanish collaborators, including Picasso who also designed the costumes and set for the ballet.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 
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Jean-Micjel Cousteau's Secret Oceans at American Museum of Natural HistoryJean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean Movie at The American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean will be show in 2D at: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm; 3D digital showings at: 11:30 am; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm; 4:30pm. 
Filmed over three years at locations around the world, including the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean (40 min.) is narrated by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, and marine biologist Holly Lohuis take viewers on a breathtaking journey underwater. Audiences will see more than 30 species of marine animals, including animals seldom seen by even the most experienced divers, such as Christmas tree worms, basket stars, banded cleaner shrimp, and fishes such as gobies and blennies. The footage illuminates behaviors of underwater animals captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control.
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Location:
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street 

Yoga in Bryant ParkBryant Park Yoga
Date: May 19-September 24, 2015, Tuesdays from 10-11am; Thursdays from 6-7pm
Bryant Park Yoga is returning for its 12th season! Stop by the park and join a Tuesday morning class or Thursday evening class in this flagship series presented by Athleta with media support from Flavorpill. RSVP online; walk-ins are also welcome.
Location: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues; Tuesdays on the Upper Terrace, Thursdays on the Lawn.

Good Morning American Summer Concert Series2015 "GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America"
Date:
May 22-September 4, 2015, every Friday 7-9am
"Good Morning America's" sizzling 2015 Summer Concert Series returns for the sixth year to the Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. GMA's Concert Series lineup is filled with an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest and biggest names in music today. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7-9am Eastern Time. Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am when the park opens to the public. The summer 2015 GMA artists are:
May 22: Jessie J; May 29: Ed Sheeran;
June 5: Florence + the Machine; June 12: Jason Derulo; June 19: Adam Lambert; June 26: Dierks Bentley; July 3: Mika; July 10: Walk the Moon; July 17: TBD; July 24: Nicki Minaj; July 31: Hozier; August 7: Luke Bryan; August 14: TBD; August 21: 5 Seconds of Summer; August 28: TBD; September 4: Florida Georgia Line;
Location: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield - 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am
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Toyota Concert Series on NBC's The Today Show in New York City2015 Toyota Concert Series on TODAY Show
Date: May 22-September 4, 2015, every Friday 7-9am
Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances, every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY's window-on-the-world studio. Fans should arrive by 6am for best viewing. The summer 2015 TODAY Show artists are:
May 22: Meghan Trainor; May 29: Pitbull; JUNE June 5: Charli XCX; June 12: Fall Out Boy; June 15 (*Monday): James Taylor; June 19: Nate Ruess; June 23: Janelle Monae and Wondaland; June 26: Imagine Dragons; July 3: Flo Rida; July 10: Carly Rae Jepsen; July 17: Alan Jackson; July 31: Jason Aldean; August TBD: Jennifer Lopez; August 12: Lunch Money Lewis; September 4: Brad Paisley

Location: 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza
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2014 Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park Shakespeare in the Park 2015
Date: May 27–August 23, 2015
Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 2015 Shakespeare in the Park performances include The Tempest and Cymbelline!
Location: Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
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Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series in Prospect ParkCelebrate Brooklyn - Free Concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park
Date: June-August, 2015
Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.
Location: Prospect Bark Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
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Date: June 18-July 28, 2015
With support from many public and private partners since 2002, The River To River® Festival has become an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life.
For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures.
The River To River Festival offers a singular artistic experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds – and every event is free!
Location: Throughout Lower Manhattan
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Madison Square Park Oval Lawn SeriesMadison Square Park Oval Lawn Series 2015
Date: Every Wednesday evening, June 24-July 29, 2015
Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series runs on Wednesday evenings in the summer months featuring nationally touring acts in an eclectic mix of genres. Concerts occur rain or shine each Wednesday. All shows are appropriate for the whole family, and visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic (no chairs allowed).
June 24 – Chris Potter Underground Orchestra; July 1 – Kat Edmonson; July 8 – The Stepkids; July 15 – The Family Crest; July 22 – Kiran Ahluwalia; July 29 – New York Night Train SO
Location: Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues

Lincoln Center Out of DoorsLincoln Center Out of Doors
Date: July 22 - August 19, 2015
Enjoy longstanding favorites and discover something new when Out of Doors brings three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the plazas of Lincoln Center. And it’s absolutely FREE!
All events are free.
Location: Lincoln Center's Plazas between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, from West 62nd Street to West 65th Street (except where noted). Take 1 train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station) OR the A, B, C, D, 1 trains to 59th St/Columbus Circle.
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Intrepid Summer Movies, New York City 7th Annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series
Date: May 22-August 6, 2015, Fridays. Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at sunset, weather permitting
Join the Intrepid Museum for its seventh annual Summer Movie Series. Enjoy FREE feature films on the flight deck, under the stars! This year, for the first time ever, each film will be introduced by a special guest, including Top Gun flight double and former astronaut Scott D. Altman, astrophysicist Dr. Steve B. Howell, author Jeffrey Kluger and more!
Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Doors open at 7:30pm, and the program begins at sunset, weather permitting. Space is limited. Admission tickets (free of charge) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis before the screening. 
Friday, May 22: Top Gun ; Friday, July 9: October Sky; Thursday, July 16: Moon Thursday,; July 23: Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Thursday, July 30 - Apollo 13; August 6 - Wall-E
Location: Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum: One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue & 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
Museum of the City of New York logo On the Terrace: Sketch and Sip at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: July 14th, 6-7:30pm; July 28th, 6-7:30pm; August 11th, 6-7:30pm
Put pencil to paper and relax with drinks on The Museum of the City of New York’s elegant Fifth Avenue terrace, overlooking the Central Park Conservatory Gardens. A professional artist will guide you through the techniques of sketching, with each Tuesday session featuring a different theme in conjunction with special exhibitions such as Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper and Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival. Focus on drawing landscape on July 14, sketch architectural details of the Museum’s landmark building on July 28, and learn how to sketch people on August 11. Open to participants ages 21 and up; includes two drinks (wine, beer, and soda will be served) and drawing materials for use during class time.
Reservations and pre-payment required for each session. Reservations can be made at http://www.mcny.org/event/terrace-sketch-and-sip
Individual tickets: $40 per session for Museum members, students, and seniors; $50 per session for all others.
Bring a friend! Two tickets to the same session: $65 per session for Museum members, students, and seniors; $85 per session for all others.
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

Date: Through July 26, 2015
The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, foreign influences—notably from Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa, and Europe—combined with ancient and prevailing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and culture.
This exhibition will bring together some 165 of the finest works from major international, private, and royal collections. Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition—which is the most comprehensive museum presentation on this subject to date—will explore the unmistakable character of classical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting, lively creations in metalwork, and a distinguished tradition of textile production.

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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Date: July 26-August 22, 2015
Harlem Week began in 1974 as Harlem Day, a one-day tribute that was so astonishingly and unexpectedly successful that more days were needed to showcase this New York City community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. These events continue to promote Harlem’s rich African American, Hispanic, Caribbean and European history, culture, arts, religion, entertainment and sports. Events include "A Great Day in Harlem," Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Historic Black College Fair & Expo, Upper Manhattan Auto Show, Percy Sutton harlem 5k Run or Walk, and many more.

American Museum of Natural History: Nature's Fury
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Warriors and Mothers: Chinese WhispersChina: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through August 16, 2015
This exhibition, presented in the Museum's Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, retranslations, and mistranslations. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films, to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.
From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of "Telephone"—which the British call "Chinese Whispers"—designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.
The exhibition will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Van Gogh Irises and RosesVan Gogh: Irises and Roses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through August 16, 2015
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) brought his work in Provence to a close with exuberant bouquets of spring flowers—two of irises and two of roses, in contrasting formats and color schemes—in which he sought to impart a "calm, unremitting ardor" to his "last touch of the brush." Painted on the eve of his departure from the asylum at Saint-Rémy and conceived as a series or ensemble on a par with the Sunflowers decoration painted earlier in Arles, the group includes the Metropolitan Museum's Irises and Roses and their counterparts: the upright Irises from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the horizontal Roses from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This exhibition will reunite the four paintings for the first time since the artist's death and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the flowers that captivated his attention. It will open 125 years to the week that Van Gogh announced to his brother Theo, on May 11 and 13, 1890, that he was working on these "large bouquets," and will provide a singular opportunity to reconsider Van Gogh's artistic aims and the impact of dispersal and color fading on his intended results.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sol LeWittCubism Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through September 7, 2015

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not."
Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing (a detail of which is at left) will be on view in its complete state beginning on June 30, 2014, and will remain on view through September 7, 2015, when it will be painted over.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe ArtWarriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through September 7, 2015
The figures created by Mbembe master carvers from southeastern Nigeria are among the earliest and most visually dramatic wood sculptures preserved from sub-Saharan Africa. Created between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, and striking for their synthesis of intense rawness and poetry, these representations of seated figures—mothers nurturing their offspring and aggressive male warriors—were originally an integral part of monumental carved drums positioned at the epicenter of spiritual life, the heartbeat of Mbembe communities.
When these electrifying creations were presented for the first time in a Paris gallery in 1974, they immediately caught the attention of the art world. That exhibition was a groundbreaking event that revealed a tradition unlike any that had defined African art until then. Dispersed internationally among private and institutional collections, these works will be reunited in New York for the first time in this exhibition.

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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

American Museum of Natural History: Natural Histories ExhibitNatural Histories at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through September 13, 2015
Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes 50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century.
If a bizarre new species were discovered, would you want to see it? Fortunately, you could: on TV, on the Internet, in newspapers, and in magazines. But before modern technology, curiosity was not so easily satisfied. As European explorers came into contact with fascinating animals, plants, land formations and human cultures, their descriptions made the public back home yearn for a glimpse. Illustrated books, like those featured in the exhibition, provided a window. 
Reproductions of illustrations include works by celebrated artists Albrecht Durer, Joseph Wolf, Moses Harris, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street  

Museum of the City of New York - Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks
Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through September 13, 2015
Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs.
Presented to celebrate the law's fiftieth anniversary, Saving Place will be organized by Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.


Museum of the City of New York: Hip Hop Revolution
Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through September 27, 2015
Hip-Hop Revolution presents more than 80 photographs taken between 1977 and 1990 by three preeminent New York-based photographers - Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper - who documented hip hop from its pioneering days through its emergence into mainstream popular culture.
Hip-hop culture, incorporating such elements as DJing, rapping, and breaking (dancing), was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970s and grew to have a global impact on music, dance, and fashion. The exhibition showcases the experiences of each photographer during these seminal years, as DJs, MCs, and b-boys (breakdancers) were continually innovating, developing new forms of self-expression. The work of these photographers - featuring early figures Afrika Bambaata, Kool Herc, and Cold Crush Brothers, breakers (or b-boys) like Rock Steady Crew, and breakout acts such as Run DMC and the Beastie Boys - form a broad survey of a movement that is indelibly linked to New York City and still has a resounding influence today.
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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

Museum of the City of New York: Paul RandEverything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through October 13, 2015
"Everything is Design. Everything!" - Paul Rand
Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. His philosophy, as expressed in his work and writings, including the recently republished 1947 Thoughts on Design, argued that visual language should integrate form and function. Born in Brooklyn in humble circumstances, Rand (1914-1996) launched his career in the 1930s with magazine cover design and, starting in the early 1940s, he worked as an art director on Madison Avenue, where he helped revolutionize the advertising profession. He later served as design consultant to leading corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and Steve Jobs's NeXT, for whom he conceived comprehensive visual communications systems, ranging from packaging to building signage, all grounded in recognizable logos, many of which are still in use today. Rand’s influence was extended by students he taught at Yale University. His visually stimulating, yet problem-solving, approach to graphic design attracted devoted admirers during his own lifetime and he remains influential today.

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Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York Activist New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing 
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.
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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Discovering Japanese Art
Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 27, 2015
The 2015 centennial of the Department of Asian Art offers an ideal opportunity to explore the history of the Museum's collection of Japanese art. Showcasing more than two hundred masterworks of every medium, this exhibition will tell the story of how the Museum built its comprehensive collection of Japanese art beginning in the early 1880s, when it owned just a small, eclectic array of Japanese decorative arts.
Spanning ancient to modern times, the exhibition will explore the trends that shaped art collecting and the reception of Japanese art in the United States. Moreover, it will shed light on key American collectors and curators whose passion for Japanese art helped the Museum build its world-class collection.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Hungarian TreasureHungarian Treasure: Silver from the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through October 4, 2015
Nicolas M. Salgo (1915–2005), a Hungarian native and former United States ambassador to Budapest, was fascinated by the art of the goldsmith in Hungarian culture and formed his own "treasury" by collecting pieces that are individual and unique. This exhibition will celebrate the gift to the Metropolitan Museum of the major part of the silver collection assembled by this focused collector over three decades.
This large collection of silver—about 120 pieces, most dating from the fifteenth to the late eighteenth century—comprises a variety of types with especially refined appearance and high levels of craftsmanship, representing Hungarian silver at its best.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
NY Historical Society Al Hirschfeld
Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) brought a set of visual conventions to the task of performance portraiture when he made his debut in 1926. His signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style made his name a verb to be "Hirschfelded" was a sign that one has arrived. Now for the first time, nine decades of his art are collected in The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld documenting Hirschfeld's life and career and, to a great extent, the history of the performing arts in the twentieth century and beyond.  
The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld examines his influences, his iconography, and his techniques, from his earliest works to his last drawings. Visitors will have the opportunity to trace this unique artist's evolution by viewing his own body of work, including drawings, paintings, selections from sketchbooks, ephemera, and video. The exhibition is being organized in partnership with the Al Hirschfeld Foundation and is guest-curated by David Leopold, the Foundation's Archivist.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Date: Through October 12, 2015
"She sails like a bird," the Marquis de Lafayette wrote about the Hermione, the ship that carried him and a decisive stache of arms across the Atlantic in aid of the nascent American Revolution. During the summer of 2015, a reconstructed Hermione returns to America, leaving from France and spending the weekend of the Fourth of July in New York. The New-York Historical Society exhibition focuses on both the recreated ship and Lafayette himself, the Boy General whose close friendship with George Washington and diplomatic networks in Paris helped win the war. The show focuses on Lafayette's early years from his initial advocacy on behalf of the Revolution in the late 1770s to the Hermione's voyage in 1780 and the events leading to the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 
Date: Through October 25, 2015
This exhibit features the stunning and historic photographs of Stephen Somerstein, documenting the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March in March 1965. Somerstein was a student in City College of New York’s night school and Picture Editor of his student newspaper when he traveled to Alabama to document the March.
He joined the marchers and gained unfettered access to everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, and Bayard Rustin. “I had five cameras slung around my neck,” he recalled. Over the five-day, 54-mile march, Somerstein took about four hundred photographs including poignant images of hopeful blacks lining the rural roads as they cheered on the marchers walking past their front porches and whites crowded on city sidewalks, some looking on silently-others jeering as the activists walked to the Alabama capital. Somerstein sold a few photographs to The New York Times Magazine, Public Television and photography collectors, but none were exhibited until 2010, when he participated in a civil rights exhibition at the San Francisco Art Exchange.

Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Pierre HuygheThe Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through November 1, 2015
This spring Pierre Huyghe (born 1962, Paris) will install the third in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Huyghe has spent the past twenty-five years experimenting across media to create ritualistic, engaging encounters with art. His practice extends beyond the use of traditional art forms like drawing and film to materials uncommon in a fine-arts context, including living animals, plants, and other natural elements. At the Met, his project will explore the transformation of cultural and biological systems through a dynamic gathering of components derived from the Museum's collection, architecture, and surroundings. Buy Tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Discovery Times Square Exposition Body WorldsBODY WORLDS: PULSE at Discovery Times Square
The Exhibition About You & the Beat of Life
Date: Ongoing
Every now and then, an exhibit comes along that will change the way you see yourself...and the way you live your life.
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. BODY WORLDS: PULSE is an inspiring, immersive multimedia exhibition about health, wellness, and living to the beat of life in the 21st century. It is an exhibition unlike any other. Body donors who willed their bodies, after death, for plastination and the education of future generations, act as guides and teachers on this unforgettable journey of discovery.
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Location: Discovery Times Square is located in the former New York Times Building on 44th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, directly across from Shubert Alley

The Art of Collecting Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through December 6, 2015
The permanent collection of the Department of Arms and Armor is one of the most encyclopedic in the world, rivaled in its scope and depth only by the Royal Armouries in England. To highlight the ongoing development of the collection's multicultural and interdisciplinary nature, this exhibition will focus on approximately thirty works from Europe, the United States, Japan, India, and Tibet acquired between 2003 and 2014. Beyond the well-established categories of finely decorated armor, edged weapons, and firearms, the selection will feature drawings and prints, textiles, and other materials that are vital, but often unrecognized, aspects of the understanding and appreciation of arms and armor as a universal art form.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Countdown to Zero at the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History: Countdown to ZeroDate: Through January 2, 2017
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. The exhibition also highlights the ongoing programs to eliminate polio and prospects for more localized elimination of river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

American Museum of Natural History: Life at the LimitsLife at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through January 3, 2016
Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life-forms. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, and thrive in habitats we would find inhospitable, even lethal. This new exhibition features live animals, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle. Life is full of unexpected wonders.

The exhibition, overseen by Curator Mark Siddall, a parasitologist, and Curator John Sparks, an ichthyologist, introduces visitors to bizarre mating calls, extraordinary examples of parasitism and mimicry, and other amazing means of survival, using specimens, videos, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle.
Live animals on display include the surprisingly powerful mantis shrimp; the jet-powered nautilus; and the axolotl, an entirely aquatic salamander that breathes through external gills. Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.
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Location:
 American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street


Museum of the City of New York - Folk CityFolk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through January 10, 2016
In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, particularly in Greenwich Village, the iconoclastic neighborhood that had long nurtured unconventional art and progressive politics. Folk City will provide a rich, multimedia experience that will trace the revival’s roots, its growth in New York, its major players and songwriters, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.
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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.


Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New York Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Date:
Through January 31, 2016

Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
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Location:
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.

 


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