Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone! We hope you are enjoying the long weekend with some well-deserved time off to relax. Personally, we hit Museum Mile and managed three museums in a day (record?) by hitting up the Rei Kawakubo exhibition at the Met, the current exhibition at the Guggenheim and the Jawlensky exhibition at the Neue Galerie. All highly recommended. We've also been finding some good and bad news this week for arts professionals, so read on to find out more in our Words that Lingered section. And in case you're worried that the summer lull of art events and performances might affect you, we've got you covered: Find out where to go for opera during the warmer months or make sure to have your summer reading list ready!
Reads and Feeds: Words that Lingered
Wellbeing in the City: The Impact of Culture, Heritage and Community on Healthy Cities, Ulduz Maschaykh, Spacing Vancouver; It seems we're constantly finding more reasons to longingly look at Canada as the utopia we'll never be. Vancouver, one of the world's most livable cities, has realised that culture is a huge component in the wellbeing of its citizens, and is actively including it in its Healthy City Strategy.
NYC's 'Freelance Isn't Free' Act Goes Into Effect Today, Emma Whitford, Gothamist; Ok, we admit, NYC is always the exception and always a great place to be. We couldn't be happier about the recent Act that protects freelancers in the city from employer retaliation. As a large part of arts professionals freelance, this is very good news for our sector.
40 Percent of New York Artists Can't Afford Their Art Supplies, Sarah Cascone, Artnet News; Good news for freelancers but bad news for artists this week. NYC's research towards the city's cultural plan has revealed that the city is still unaffordable for a lot of artists, to the extent that they can't afford art materials and working studio spaces.
“Nothing about 2017 looks familiar, not even its lineup of hot summer books.”
— Janet Maslin, New York Times
Books to Breeze Through This Summer, Janet Maslin, New York Times; One of our favorite pastimes before the summer starts is deciding on our beach reading list while browsing through New York's wonderful indie bookstores. This recommended list by NYT is helping us along.
Where to Find Opera in Greater New York During Spring and Summer 2017, Fred Plotkin, WQXR; If summer for you represents a mourning period because the Met Opera is closed for its season, then you'll love to learn about all the places you can get your opera fix during the warmer months
This Week Around Town
MONDAY, MAY 29
Memorial Day Concert
It’s a NYC favorite, now in its nineteenth year! Bring a blanket and enjoy this free early summer performance. The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City and led by the band’s inimitable founder and conductor Brian P. Worsdale.
2:30pm-5:00pm; Green-Wood, 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232; Free
TUESDAY, MAY 30
Experiments & Disorders Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers. Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford.
7:30pm; Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002; Free
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
Off the Wall: Latin America in Photographs
The geography, people, and rich culture of Latin America have long inspired photographers to capture their experiences and impressions. Grazda, Parker and Cohen will recount their fascinating journeys photographing in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru during the 1970s.
6:30pm; Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018; Free
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
Bill T. Jones In Conversation With Zoë Buckman, Natalie Frank & Okwui Okpokwasili
The fourth and final event of this series will feature Bill T. Jones in conversation with three artists whose works are part of New York Live Arts’ current season. Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank’s mural We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident uses misogynistic quotes from politicians from recent history to highlight the hypocrisy and misinformation perpetuated by our elected officials.
7pm; New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011; Tickets start at $15
FRIDAY, JUNE 2
The African Queen (1951)
A straight-laced British missionary and an alcoholic Canadian boat captain are forced to overcome their differences as they make the treacherous journey down an East African river under imperial German control. Join us for this iconic adventure set at the beginning of World War I. Directed by John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn.
7pm; New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024; Free with museum admission
SATURDAY, JUNE 3
Hanne Darboven, Opus 18A
In conjunction with the installation of Hanne Darboven’s Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983 (Cultural History 1880–1983, 1980–83), Dia Art Foundation presents four performances of Darboven’s musical compositions for double bass. Completed in 1984, Wunschkonzert is both a large-scale visual installation and a four-part musical score for double bass, featuring Opus 17A, Opus 17B, Opus 18A, and Opus 18B.
3pm; Dia:Chelsea, 545 West 22nd Street, New York City; Free with admission
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