This week, NYSCA grantees announce new seasons, a major digital initiative, and a 25th anniversary celebration, and a NYSCA theatre commission extends its run before opening night.
Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Free
“All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please… ‘Increasing access to the collection has been a priority for over a decade,’ Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director, said at a news conference.’ ’Twenty years ago, as a scholar, we had to negotiate access even for catalog cards.’ Now, anyone can download images directly from the Met’s website…The Met is not the first museum to do this — other institutions to do so include the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam — but the scale and breadth of its offerings is rare for a privately held collection…To ‘make everything as available as possible,’ Mr. Tallon said, the Met has also joined forces with several partners — including Creative Commons, Wikimedia and Pinterest — to spread the museum’s reach online.” NYSCA supports the Met Museum through our Museum and Presenting Programs.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody Extends Before Opening Night Off-Broadway
“The world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody has extended its off-Broadway run prior to opening night. The MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient’s new play will now run through March 19 at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage, instead of the previously announced March 12. Opening night is slated for February 21. The production features Obie Award winners David Patrick Kelly, Marylouise Burke and Brooke Bloom…Jacobs-Jenkins’ second play in his Signature Theatre residency is a modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman. In the play, Everybody—a character that is assigned via cast lottery at each performance—travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.” NYSCA supported the commission for “Everybody” at the Signature Theatre through our Individual Artists Program.
Albany Symphony announces 2017-2018 performances
The Albany Symphony has announced its engagements for the 2017-2018 season. They include a trip down the Erie Canal and a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It’s the 25th anniversary for Music Director David Alan Miller and the symphony has a big year planned to celebrate. The lineup includes a number of festivals, including the “Shift Festival,” a celebration of North American orchestras being held down at The Kennedy Center in April of next year. Other concerts include a tribute to Hollywood’s favorite music, including “Star Wars,” a weekend of Mozart’s music from 1786, a “Romeo and Juliet” weekend and “Gershwin Immersion,” a weekend of the complete piano and orchestra works of George Gershwin over two days… Bucking a national trend, the Albany Symphony is in its third year of record-breaking growth with subscribers.” Miller said, “I think that arts groups have a real responsibility to make every event a one-of-a-kind event, something unlike anything you’ll be able to get anywhere else.” NYSCA supports the Albany Symphony through our Music and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
Shakespeare in the Park to present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Julius Caesar’
“This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park season of free classical theater in Central Park will consist of “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Public Theater announced Thursday. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theater, will stage “Caesar,” and Lear deBessonet, who is known best for spearheading the Public Works series in which professional actors join community members in grand spectacles inspired by the classics, will stage “Midsummer.” ‘There is no difficulty in the world that Shakespeare can’t address,’ Eustis said in a statement. ‘In our troubled times, the majesty of ‘Julius Caesar’ and the joy of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ are as necessary as beauty.’” NYSCA supports the Public Theater through our Theatre and Presenting Programs.
50 Years of Indigenous Fashion at the National Museum of the American Indian
“From haute couture gowns to handcrafted accessories and brash streetwear, the 67 designers and artists featured in Native Fashion Now at the National Museum of the American Indian have, over the last 50 years, reinterpreted and reinvigorated traditional materials, styles, and modes of making practiced for generations by the indigenous peoples of the US and Canada. Highlights…include a dazzling cape and aviary headdress by Margaret Roach Wheeler (Chickasaw), spectacularly beaded Louboutin boots by Jamie Okuma (Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock), and a feathery, fiery, desert-inspired ensemble by Orlando Dugi (Diné [Navajo]). As a corrective to the typical presentation of native clothes and dressmaking as static artifacts and activities fit for anthropological study, this exhibition chronicles how time-worn practices have been hybridized and adapted while still retaining links to centuries-old traditions and sacred places.” NYSCA supports the National Museum of the American Indian through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.
Works by painter LeRoy Neiman and photographer George Kalinsky feature boxing great Muhammad Ali in new exhibits
“Championship boxer Muhammad Ali’s legendary adventures in the sport of boxing and beyond fascinated the eyes and imaginations of painter LeRoy Neiman and photographer George Kalinsky, as they did for millions of people around the world…his boxing exploits…captivated the artists whose works are featured in concurrent New-York Historical Society exhibitions honoring the “Greatest.” The shows – “I Am King of the World: Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky” and “Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing” – focus on the late athlete’s boxing career through moving photos, sketches and paintings. The exhibitions, which opened in December, will run through March 26. Along with the professional art, the society is displaying an Ali boxing robe and gloves, as well as some of the legend’s artworks as a special addition to the exhibitions.” NYSCA supports the New-York Historical Society through our Museum and Regional Economic Development Council Programs.
Hamptons International Film Festival To Celebrate 25 Years With 25 Film Screenings
“The Hamptons International Film Festival’s celebration of its 25th year will be spread out over several months and two coasts, leading up to the festival weekend itself in October. HIFF has picked out one film from each year that the annual festival has been in existence, and will hold 25 film screenings throughout the Hamptons, New York City, Los Angeles and Palm Beach. The first “25 Years: 25 Films” screening in the series will be Friday, February 17, at 6 p.m. at Guild Hall in East Hampton with “The Piano” from 1993. The second stop is Palm Beach on February 23 with “Black Swan” from 2010. Many events in the series will include conversations with filmmakers, friends of HIFF and special guests, and the last event will include a lifetime achievement award presentation…Also among the acclaimed films coming up in the series are “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Still Alice,” “The Artist,” “The Cove,” “Searching for Sugarman,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Embrace of the Serpent” and “I Am Not Your Negro.”…The 25th annual festival will be on October 5 through 9 in East Hampton and elsewhere on the South Fork.” NYSCA supports HIFF through our Electronic Media & Film Program.