Chuck Jones Exhibition Coming Soon to the Museum of the Moving Image

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Even if the name Charles Martin “Chuck” Jones doesn’t sound familiar to you, his iconic cartoons and animation art are recognizable, and beloved, around the world. Chuck Jones (1912-2002) was the creative mind behind the enduringly popular cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as Wile E. Coyote, the Road Runner, and Pepé Le Pew, among others. These characters continue to inspire nostalgia in the adults that remember watching them on Saturday mornings, as well as delight young audiences today.

This month, the Museum of the Moving Image will present What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones in a special presentation of the artist’s work that explores his creative genius and his pop culture and fine arts influences. According to the Museum of the Moving Image, “The exhibition features 23 of Chuck Jones’s animated films, interactive experiences, and more than 125 original sketches and drawings, storyboards, production backgrounds, animation cels, and photographs, demonstrating how Jones and his collaborators worked together to create some of the greatest cartoons ever made,” of the expansive exhibition.

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The Animation of Chuck Jones celebrates Jones’s life and career, the latter of which spanned three decades. In that time, Jones directed more than 300 animated films, and was presented with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. This particular exhibition is made possible by a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image, which is proud to present this incredible collection of contemporary artistic artifacts.

Don’t miss out on The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, as well as all of the other incredible exhibitions the museum has to offer this summer!

What’s Up Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones

July 19, 2014-January 19, 2015

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Unlock Your Inner Child with a Sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History / Image: Sebastian Bergmann via Flickr CC

When you were little, did you ever get to take a special trip to a museum after-hours? Museums such as the Boston Museum of Science and New York’s world famous American Museum of Natural History have been inviting children to spend the night and continue exploring all of the exhibits after the general public has gone home for years. Now, the latter museum is offering a special opportunity for adults to unlock their inner child by staying overnight at the museum!

Earlier this month, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) announced that it would soon be offering an adult version of its overnight program. As Ana Colon of Refinery29 reports, “The AMNH announced Tuesday it will debut an adult version of the popular program on August 1. The sleepover ‘for grown-ups’ – and you know it’s for grownups because it says it on the poster, in big, colorful font under a drawing of the museum’s iconic blue whale – features a more sophisticated program, with presentations by curators and a midnight screening of the ‘Dark Universe’ space show. Oh, and there’s booze,” of the more adult-focused programming.

This might just be the coolest sleepover location ever! / Image: via Facebook

This might just be the coolest sleepover location ever! / Image: via Facebook

The AMNH is one of the world’s leading scientific and cultural institutions; for nearly 150 years the museum has been on a mission to discover and interpret cultural artifacts, relics from the natural world, and the universe to present to the public. The AMNH is “renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.” With this in mind, it’s no wonder that people of all ages are lining up explore its offerings 24 hours a day.

The one drawback to the sleepover for grown-ups at the AMNH is the hefty price of admission. Still, if you and some friends can afford to splurge a little bit, the experience might just be worth it.

Learn more about the museum and its overnight and daytime programming by visiting www.amnh.org.

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NYC’s Best Summertime Arts and Music Festivals

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New York City is known for its abundant arts and culture offerings, and for many, summer is the best time to experience them. With outdoor arts and music festivals taking place all over the city, there is no shortage of entertainment to enjoy. Here are three of NYC’s most anticipated summertime arts and music festivals.

SummerStage 2014. SummerStage is an annual festival that always features an incredible lineup of eclectic musicians and performers. This year should be no exception, and with four different places to catch the festivities – Central Park, The Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens – SummerStage 2014 promises to be one of the best outdoor festivals of the summer. With various concerts and events dedicated to soul, world music, brass bands, DJs, Opera, contemporary bands, and more, SummerStage is defienitely one of New York City’s best music festivals.

Screen shot 2556-07-16 at 12.25.35Celebrate Brooklyn! Celebrate Brooklyn! was originally created as “a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect,” BRIC explains. From its 1979 beginnings to now, the festival has featured over 2,000 performers and artists that range from emerging bands to world-famous dancers, all of which impact more than a million neighborhood residents annually.

The celebratory festival brings music, film, spoken word writings, theater, and dance to Brooklyn, inspiring a fantastic community gathering unlike any other. With big names like Neutral Milk Hotel, Jack Johnson, and The National playing for free this year, you do not want to miss out on Celebrate Brooklyn! Prospect Park Bandshell, various dates and times throughout the summer.

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2014. Now in its 17th year, MoMA PS1’s Warm Up festival is an annual series held in the museum’s courtyard. MoMA PS1 is known for its commitment to featuring avant garde, site-specific works, and the Warm Up festival follows suit. According to NYC-ARTS, “the museum’s outdoor series continues its tradition of introducing audiences to experimental live music, sound, performance and DJs.” At $18 for admittance, this special summertime programming is a little bit pricier than some of the others offered in NYC, but with 11 opportunities to experience truly energetic, compelling shows, you’ll want to catch at least one.

What festivals are you planning on checking out this summer?

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Huge Honor Awarded to Legendary Danish Composer

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Composer Per Norgard / Image: via nyphil.org

Earlier this month, news broke that legendary composer Per Norgard had become the second recipient of the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music, an award presented every two years by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Named for Marie-Josée Kravis (formerly Marie-Josée Drouin), a longtime supporter of the arts in New York City and especially the Philharmonic, the prize consists of $200,000 and the opportunity to compose a new work for the orchestra.

The New York Times describes Norgard, an 81-year-old Danish composer, as being “known for kaleidoscopic works with shimmering, seamlessly evolving textures,” acknowledging his enormous talent but also noting that his win comes as a bit of a surprise. For one thing, the New York Philharmonic has never played any of his music, and reportedly, even Norgard was a little perplexed at the selection, albeit grateful. “I am naturally very pleased about it,” Norgard told The Times, “but it’s quite mysterious how they chose me. Nobody came to visit, or to speak to me about it.”

new york philharmonicDespite the mysterious nature of the Prize for New Music’s award recipient, Norgard is certainly deserving of the honor. Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic’s music director, has included a work by Norgard in the orchestra’s new music series in 2015, and the announcement of a new Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music recipient always marks an exciting time at the musical institution.

This summer, you can expect to find many classical works being performed at the Philharmonic, such as concerts featuring Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. In addition, Summertime Classics: Star-Spangled Celebration is a fantastic way to commemorate the Fourth of July, as the Philharmonic joins forces with the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps in what is described as a “spectacular display of musical fireworks.”

Learn more about Per Norgard’s Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music win and other upcoming musical events by visiting nyphil.org.

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3 Must-See Exhibits at MoMA This Summer

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From Robert Heinecken: Object Matter. / Image: themuseumofmodernart via Instagram

It comes as no surprise that New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of the city’s premier cultural destinations year-round. Summertime in particular seems like a great time to frequent the prolific cultural hub, and I’d definitely recommend making a trip or two this season. Here are three reasons not to miss out on all that MoMA has to offer this summer:

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010. Through August 3rd, you can experience the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the late German artist Sigmar Polke. Alibis displays the artist’s work across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. Explains MoMA, “Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the postwar generation, Polke possessed an irreverent wit that, coupled with his exceptional grasp of the properties of his materials, pushed him to experiment freely with the conventions of art and art history.” Don’t miss out on this expansive exhibition of Polke’s work!

Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988. Another massive retrospective, MoMA’s homage to Brazilian artist Lygia Clark is the first comprehensive exhibition of her work to be displayed in North America. Clark, a leading abstract artist, was known for her unconventional artworks, and nearly 300 of them are currently on view at MoMA. The Abandonment of Art seeks to capture Clark’s ongoing displeasure with the limitations of myriad art mediums, something the artist struggled with constantly throughout her career. Focusing on three themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism, and the “abandonment,” of art, The Abandonment of Art is sure to enchant audiences through August 24th.

Robert Heinecken: Object Matter. According to MoMA, “This exhibition gathers over 150 works from throughout the artist’s remarkable career, many of them never seen before in New York – including the largest display to date of his altered magazines, which were the backbone of his art,” of the impressive body of work from Robert Heinecken. Self-described as a “para-photographer,” the artist worked heavily with collage, photo-based painting and sculpture, installation works, and lithography. His presence in the world of high and popular culture has informed many of his artistic contemporaries, and his body of work truly speaks for itself.

For more information about the current and ongoing exhibitions, be sure to visit www.moma.org.

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Rooftop Films Brings Underground Movies Outdoors

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Rooftop Films takes audiences to inspiring heights. / Image: Robyn Lee via Flickr CC

When the sun comes out in New York City, the possibilities for enjoying the arts outdoors are virtually endless. I recently wrote about the High Line Park, where one can explore public art and installations on the stunning, mile-long elevated path. There are also dozens of destinations throughout the five boroughs to explore incredible murals, graffiti, and sculptures, like at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

One other way to soak up the sunshine while taking in some art is through Rooftop Films, an organization that is dedicated to “bringing underground movies outdoors.” Rooftop Films is a local nonprofit whose mission is “to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists,” not only providing entertainment, but fostering a love of filmmaking and education surrounding film.

The organization’s Summer Series is an annual presentation of feature-length films and shorts, which are all new and all independently created. Many of these film screenings will also feature a Q & A session with the filmmakers or producers, making for a truly unique experience. The films themselves range from documentaries, to dramas, animated, comedies, and more. As NYC-ARTS explains, “Rooftop Films is a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods,” of the way the organization seeks, and continues to succeed in being a multifaceted cultural program.

Admission to the outdoor film screenings is around $13, an entry fee that you can feel good about, as it goes towards supporting budding local filmmakers. Upcoming events include ones like a screening of short films and live music at the Brooklyn Grange, a large rooftop farm. These events are carefully organized and are incredibly entertaining, making for some of the best ways to enjoy a summer evening in the city.

Check out the Summer Series schedule and learn more at rooftopfilms.com.

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Head to the High Line This Summer

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NYC’s beautiful High Line public park. / Image: highlinenyc via Instagram

Have you been to New York City’s High Line public park? The one-mile long elevated walkway and green area is one of the city’s newest, most beloved attractions, and with all of its food, cultural, and art-centric features, it’s no surprise how it got to be so popular. The High Line is one of the best uses of abandoned public space in the world, and has grown and improved immensely since its official unveiling as a public park in 2009.

If you’ve never been to the High Line before, there has never been a better time than now to check it out. Here’s why:

  • Nature walks. If you’re looking for a way to inject some nature into your life without even leaving the city, the High Line is definitely the place you want to be. As one of the city’s premier green spaces, the High Line features a horticultural design that is world-renowned. The public park even offers free nature walks with High Line gardeners!

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    Groovin High at the High Line. / Image: highlinenyc via Instagram

  • Special programs and events at the High Line. The High Line organizes tons of events in the warmer months that involve food, community, youth, live art and musical performances, and more. There is always something to do and see at the High Line, one of New York’s most culturally rich public areas.
  • Art, art, and more art! Not only does the High Line offer beautiful flora, walkways, and countless opportunities for shopping and dining – the public part has also begun to curate some truly wonderful pieces of art. The High Line Art Map is an excellent resource for finding all that the park has to offer during any given month. Right now, you can explore massive site-specific installations like Spencer Finch’s The River That Flows Both Ways, or Faith Ringgold’s incredible mural recreation of Groovin High. These are just some of the wonderful public art installations on display at the High Line right now.

What are your favorite things to explore at the High Line?

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