Smiles on a summer day and night

From the Bronx almost down the to The Battery, with a stop in between, there are three wonderful exhibitions happening now in New York City. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. They worked for me.

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C H I H U L Y @ The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

It’s been more than a decade since the vibrant and animated artistry of Dale Chihuly has been on display at NYBG. I’ve always appreciated the work of Chihuly, the master glass sculptor, and there were pieces that I liked more than others. But to see the full variety of his work installed in nature and throughout the fantastic rooms of the NYBG’s Conservatory is truly breathtaking.

The interplay of glass forms, color and light meshed with the various plants and garden scapes, in combination with the chosen placement, is something to be seen and experienced. Simply stunning.

I can’t wait to go back in the cooler fall to see Chihuly Nights when the artwork is illuminated after dark amid the gardens and Conservatory

Highly recommended, not only for the Chihulys, but it’s a great place to spend the hot summer days – walking around the US’s largest urban garden.

In the Bronx, thru sunday | 29 october 2017

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C A L D E R :  H Y P E R M O B I L I T Y  | The Whitney

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Artist and sculptor Alexander Calder has always been one of my very favorites. Growing up in Philly – where Calder’s ancestors settled – his family’s artistic influences are very present. Calder’s grandfather created the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall tower.

Calder’s creation of fantastical toys, wire works and theatrical sets eventually laid the groundwork for his abstract kinetic mobiles and sculptures. White The Whitney owns the largest body of work by Calder, his kinetic work is the focus of the exhibit, Calder: Hypermobility:

“…brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance.”

Not only are the works extraordinary in their own right – concept and execution – but to finally see their movement as they were conceived is a very special experience. From piece to piece, the effect that light and shadow play on the surrounding environment when the work is in motion or static is beautiful.

The new Whitney is a fantastic space situated near the Hudson overlooking the High Line and utilizes both indoor and outdoor space to showcase Calder’s work. Definitely worth a visit.

In the Meatpacking District, thru monday | 23 october 2017

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C U R T A I N   U P :  Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London | New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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The convergence of two anniversaries: 70 years for the Tonys and 40 years for the Oliviers prompted the Society of London Theatre and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) to partner with the New York Public Library (NYPL) to assemble this informative and beautiful exhibit celebrating international, award-winning theatrical craft and performance. The audience is the great winner here.

For theater lovers (like me), this is a bonanza – a rare peek behind the curtain into the making of theatrical productions. The exhibit lays out budget sheets, script and rehearsal notes, set mock-ups, costume design sketches, posters, personal notes, and many more display pieces interspersed with archived interviews and performances from New York and London.

You’ll come out singing, and maybe dancing a bit, as the thrilling finale from A Chorus Line plays over and over in your head. Last call, it’s closing soon.

At Lincoln Center, thru friday | 30 june 2017

Photos: © 2017 Janet Giampietro

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