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Arts In The City


Waiting in line for a Shake Shack
burger will become more of a cultural Painter Dana Schutz’s
apocalyptic paintings are
event this May, when Madison Square
filled with humor and sly
Park gets three new sculptures by lo-
references to the history of
cal artist Roxy Paine. The works of art. Her new exhibition,
art, which range from seven to 42 feet “Stand by Earth Man” is at
tall, mix organic and industrial forms, Zach Feuer Gallery through
with trees made out of stainless steel. May 19.

While the acclaimed Alvin
Ailey American Dance
While the weather is closer to spring Theater Company is
than summer, the folks behind Cen- out on tour, the group’s
tral Park’s SummerStage free concert younger sibling, the Ailey

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series have given a sneak peak as to II dance troupe, perform
what to expect this year. The season “Ailey Highlights,” an
Singer Fiona Apple performs at 2006’s Central Park SummerStage concert series.
will kick off in June with a concert energetic selection of
by vocalist Cassandra Wilson fol- favorites choreographed by
SPRING FEVER the late Ailey himself. April

ish chanteuse Amy Winehouse and lowed by New York punk legends
While the city may be waiting for the singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeo- Television. Other highlights include 19 and 21.
weather to catch up with the calendar, cello will stop by the ballroom. a tribute to the hip-hop artists behind “Alice Neel,” a new
this spring promises plenty of exciting the 1982 graffiti classic “Wild Style” documentary about the
arts events: FESTIVAL FREEBIES and benefit concerts with Joss Stone Greenwich Village painter
Though the Tribeca Film Festival can and the Decemberists. whose portraits captured
HIGHLINE BALLROOM be the hottest ticket in town, those —Heather Corcoran some of the most important
Though the park itself won’t open un- without a pass can still get in on the cultural figures of the
til Summer 2008, the HighLine Ball- fun. From April 26-28, the festival REMEMBERING mid-20th century opens in
New York April 20. The
room is ready to debut with a bang. will present the Drive-In, free screen- Last week, the city said goodbye to
documentary, which was
On April 30, quintessential New York ing under the stars. Among the films two of its leading creative minds, directed by Neel’s grandson,
rocker Lou Reed will open the venue to be screened at the World Financial artist Sol Lewitt and writer Kurt features interviews with art
with a special performance. During Center Plaza is “Dirty Dancing,” a Vonnegut. Lewitt, the influential world insiders, including
its opening month, a wide array of perennial favorite that celebrates its artist and a driving force behind painter Chuck Close and
acts, including rapper Mos Def, Brit- 20th birthday this year. both the minimalist and conceptual artist, critic and curator
art movements, died April 8 at the Robert Storr. At Cinema

age of 78. The artist was perhaps Village.

SPOTLIGHT best known for his Wall Drawings, For two nights only, British
This week, the Met is set to conceptual pieces performed by as- balladeer Jarvis Cocker
rock the art world, with what sistants following the artist’s written brings his off-beat vocals to
could be the biggest event of Webster Hall. April 22-23.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

instructions. The Connecticut na-

the season. After 15 years of tive was a fixture in the New York art
preparation, museum director
scene, and was part of the group of Tony Award winner
Philippe de Montebello unveils
artists nicknamed “the Bowery boys” Frank Langella and
his pet project, the renovated
Greek and Roman wing of the that included artists Dan Flavin and Michael Sheen recreate
museum. When it opens on Eva Hesse. Vonnegut, best known a bit of television history
April 20, the 30,000-square-foot for his novels “Slaughterhouse-Five” on the stage with “Frost/
gallery will house over 5,000 and “Cat’s Cradle” died on April 11 Nixon.” The play, which
works of art, many of which following an injury in his Manhattan comes fresh off the heels of
haven’t been seen in decades home; he was 84. The author and a sold-out run in London,
and some which have never asks the question: How
Marble statue of the youthful former WWII prisoner of war was
been exhibited at all. Billed as did a British talk show host
Hercules, Roman, A.D. 69-98. known for his use of biting satire and
a “museum within a museum,” get former U.S. president
works of science fiction. Vonnegut’s to offer a mea culpa that
the galleries will include works including one of the world’s novels are widely considered among the world was waiting to

from prehistoric times through only chariots to survive from the best and most influential of the hear? Through July 29.
the late Roman Empire, antiquity.—H.C. 20th century.—H.C.
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