20 Cultural Happenings in NY to Inspire You

Christian Louboutin: Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, Brooklyn Museum

20 Current Cultural Happenings in NY to Inspire You, compiled and written by an anonymous guest blogger.

Fall has arrived! It’s a magical time and if you can tear yourself away from walks in the park and trips upstate to pick apples, check out these NY Cultural Happenings. There’s some incredible new art to see by Nick Cave, and Camille Henrot, American masterpieces to revisit by Cy Twombly, Lee Krasner and Thomas Hart Benton, exciting dance performances, interactive sculptures galore and film festivals honoring the hilarious John Waters and the melodramatic Tennessee Williams.

  • Sept. 3- “Ernest Cole: Photographer,” Grey Art Gallery/NYU. One of South Africa’s first photojournalists, this collection of stark photographs exposed apartheid realities to the Western World. Through December 6.
  • Sept. 4- Nick Cave, “Made For Whites By Whites” & “Rescues,” Jack Shainman Gallery. Racially charged historical objects and found dog sculptures reveal how we deal with racism, abandonment, and dehumanization. Through October 11.
  • Sept. 5- Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Pierre MolinierInvisible-Exports. P-Orridge first encountered Molinier’s surrealist photographs as a schoolboy and has added h/er industrial expressions to a collection of self-fetishist, erotic-in-drag images. Through October 12.
  • Sept. 5- “Fifty Years of John Waters: How Much Can You Take?” The Film Society. A raucous retrospective of the Pope of Trash. 20 showings of Waters’ feature films, short films and films that have influenced him. Through September 14.
  • Sept. 7- The Annual Emerging Artist Fellowship showSocrates Sculpture Park. On display by the East River is a Timex-watch sound sculpture, a wooden organ, life size ceramics, a watchtower and more. Through March 29, 2015.
  • Sept. 8- “Nonesuch Records on Film,” BAM. Showcasing movies with work composed by Philip Glass, Georges Delerue, John Adams and other influential talent signed by Nonesuch. 13 films, shown through September 25.
  • Sept. 10- “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe,” Brooklyn Museum. Exploring fashion’s most provocative (and painful) accessory. Through February 15, 2015.
  • Sept. 10- “Mac Conner: A New York Life,” Museum of the City of New York. Mid-century hand painted illustrations. The New York saga of one of the original Mad Men. Through January 19, 2015.
  • Sept. 12- “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952,”Jewish Museum. A woman and an African American, these two key Abstract Expressionists experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Through February 1, 2015.
  • Sept. 14- “Trajal Harrell: Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church,” The Kitchen. These pieces rewrite dance history by imagining what would happen if the Judson Church postmodernism and Harlem voguing movements came together. 8 performances, through September 20.
  • Sept. 18- Florence Montmare, “Illuminations,” Ivy Brown Gallery. A poignant exhibit centered around someone trying to get over love. Through October 18.
  • Sept. 19- “Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life,” Bard Graduate Center Gallery. A pioneer in the field of illustration and a constant innovator, she was one of the first artists to master the computer as a creative tool. Through January 12, 2015.
  • Sept. 23- New York City Ballet Fall 2014 Season begins. Opening with the Sarah Jessica Parker concieved Fashion Gala, and featuring: Tschaikovsky & Balanchine Hear The Dance: Russia, All Balanchine, 21st Century Choreographers I/II, Classic NYCB, Masters at Work, Wendy Whelan Farewell.
  • Sept. 26- “The Untamed Landscape: Theodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon,” The Morgan Library & Museum. Compromising 70 works from private and public collections, shows the artist’s achievements as a draftsman and in open-air oil sketching. Through January 1, 2015.
  • Sept. 26- “Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil,” The Morgan Library & Museum. Showcases Twombly’s monumental painting Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) and related drawings. Through January 25th, 2015.
  • Sept. 26- “Tennessee Williams,” Film Forum. One of America’s most renowned Southern Gothics. 14 films screening, plus an appearance by John Lahr, author of a new biography, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh. Through October 6.

Thomas Hart Benton: City Activities with Dance Hall

  • Sept. 30- “Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This epic, ten panel mural depicts life during the explosively modern Jazz Age and is regarded as a classic. Through April 19, 2015.
  • Oct. 2- “Puddle, pothole, portal,” SculptureCenter. Co-curated by Ruba Katrib and Camille Henrot, this exhibition features a wide range of artists and works, and inaugurates SculptureCenter’s newly renovated building. Don’t forget to check out the singing mailbox! Through January 5, 2015.
  • Oct. 3- “Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond,”Brooklyn Museum. Work spread throughout the museum and its surrounding grounds by 35 Brooklyn artists or collectives. Through January 4, 2015.
  • Oct. 4- “Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor,” MoMA. The first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Through January 18, 2015.

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Featured Image (top): Christian Louboutin (Printz), Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe at the Brook lyng Museum.

Bottom Image: Thomas Hart Benton, “City Activities with Dance Hall,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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