Tuesday, December 8, 2009

MUST SEES Arts & Film / December 9 - 16

December 9 - 30. Lina Leal: Water. First New York solo exhibition of conceptual artist Lina Leal. Through a series of multimedia installations fashioned from industrial materials such as metal, nylon, acrylic, lead, resin and lights, Leal presents the viewer with a strongly meditative art in which notions of loss and absence play a central role. At Nohra Haime Gallery, 41 East 57th Street. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. For more information, click here or call 212-888-3550.

December 9 (10 am - 2 pm) Cultivating and Engaging Audiences: A Dialogue on Expanding Arts Participation in Northern Manhattan. The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Harlem Arts Alliance offer an opportunity for community members to share ideas and receive practical guidance on how arts groups can be more successful at building and maintaining participation. At the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 Saint Nicholas Avenue, at 123rd Street. RSVP required. To RSVP or for more information, call 212-568-4396.

December 9 (6.30 - 8.30 pm) Alice + Carlos (heart) Havana - New York. The life and times of American painter Alice Neel (1900-1984) and avant-gard Cuban artist Carlos Enríquez (1900-1957). Panel discussion with Alejandro Anreus, Andrew Neel, and Elvis Fuentes, moderated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado. Followed by a special screening of Andrew Neel's documentary on her grandmother Alice. Presented in connection to El Museo's current exhibition, Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis. At El Museo del Barrio's El Café, 1230 5th Avenue (at 104th Street). For more information, click here.

December 10 (6 - 8 pm and  8.30 - 10pm) Chavez's Venezuela: A Documentary. Screening of Desde Dentro: Un Viaje al Corazon de la Revolución (Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela, 2009), a film by Pablo Navarrete. In Spanish with English Subtitles. Followed by a Q&A with the director. At the Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park. For more information, click here or call 718- 592-9700.

December 10 (7 pm) Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series: Janeiro in New York. Screening of Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music/Ondas Brasileiras na Musica Global (2009), a documentary by Guto Barra and Béco Dranoff. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Presented in association with 92YTribeca. Tickets are $12. At 92 Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street (at Canal Street). For more information, click here or call 212-601-1000.

December 10 (7-10 pm) Young Photographers. Holyday season exhibition by members of NYCSalt, a nonprofit program for high-school students from the Washington Heights area. At the Alicia Hansen Studio, 315 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue), 10th Floor, Suite 1001. For more information, click here or call 917-922- 6756.

December 11 (7 pm) Celebrating Young Lords 40th AnniversaryThe Maysles Insitute presents Iris Morales's documentary Palante Siempre Palante: The Young Lords Party (1996). Followed by a panel discussion with former Young Lords Iris Morales, Carlito Rovira, and Martha Arguello, moderated by Sofia Gallisá. Admission: $10 suggested donation; all proceeds will go to the SafiyaNuh Foundation's Political Prisoner Projects. At the Maysles Cinema, 343 Malcolm X Boulevard (between 127th and 127th Streets). To purchase tickets and for further information, click here or call 212-582-6050.

December 12 (7 pm): Jesús Betances’ "Alucinaciones." Art show opening night. Also featuring classical music ensamble Juntos Con Vecinos. At Metarte International Gallery, 260 Audubon Avenue (at 178th Street), Suite 100 S. Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, click here or call 646-410-0904.

December 13, 2009 - March 1, 2010:  Gabriel Orozco at MoMA. The Museum of Modern Art presents the first major museum retrospective of contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco. Including the momumental Mobile Matrix. Curated by Anna Temkin. With major support of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and Fundación Televisa. Related show Gabriel Orozco: Samurai Tree Invariants For other related events featuring the artist and experts on his work, click here. At the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues). Museum fees apply. For more information, click here or call 212-708-9400.

December 16th. Day ‘n’ Night at Y Gallery. Works by Norma Markley exploring the clash between Americana and sex.  Exhibition curated by Cecilia Jurado. Running through January 17th, 2010; visits by appointment only. At Y Gallery, 355 Bowery Street (basement), between 3rd and 4th Streets. For more information, click here, send email to info@gallerynewyork.com, or call 917-721-4539.

Ongoing shows:

Through December 19th: It’s a Matter of Perspective. Exhibition of works by Maria Cabo and José Osorio. At the Local Project Gallery, 45-10 Davis Street, Long Island City. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2-6 pm, or by appointment, by sending email to info@localproject.org.

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