New York City Arts Events June 14–20, 2013
New York City Arts Events June 14–20, 2013

CHILDREN’S
Why Children’s Books Matter
NY Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
June 21–March 23, 2014

Visit your favorite children’s books and authors in the Library’s new exhibition, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. The free exhibition, the first of its kind at NYPL in a generation, celebrates the extraordinary richness of children’s literature across cultures and time. Explore why children’s books matter, what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. See original materials by William Blake, Beatrix Potter, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Eric Carle, and others.
www.NYPL.org

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CITY ARTS
Grand Central Sketchbook
New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn
June 15– Dec. 1

Winning art entries from a competition hosted by the New York Transit Museum and The Architectural League of New York in commemoration of Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial, will be on display at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn. From 109 submissions, in media that varied from charcoal drawings, pencil sketches, and watercolors, to computer-generated landscapes, 20 winning entries were selected based on their overall richness and their creative visions of the iconic New York City landmark.
www.grandcentralterminal.com

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BALLET
Swan Lake
The Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera House
June 17–22

Of all the great classics performed by American Ballet Theater today, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet, the one that defines the standards of the Company, tests its dancers and ennobles the spirit of the audience. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation and ultimate forgiveness is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. With breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, the fabled lake of the swans rises into view, inspiring awe for generations to come. Featuring Wilkins; Semionova, and Hallberg.
www.metopera.org

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MUSIC
New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Kaufman Music Center
Merkin Concert Hall
June 16, 3 p.m.

New York Philharmonic Ensembles are coming to perform at the Kaufman Music Center. Program includes pieces such as the Kreutzer Sonata and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. The concert is one hour and 46 minutes long. Tickets $34/$13 for students and seniors.
www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org

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FILM
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Multiple venues
June 13-23

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York with a program of 20 challenging and provocative films from across the globe that call for justice and social change. Now in its 24th edition, the festival will once again be presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and this year adds downtown screenings at the IFC Center. Eighteen documentaries and two fiction films will be featured, including 15 New York premieres. Most of the screenings will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and some by panel discussions with experts and film subjects.
www.ff.hrw.org/new-york

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FINE ART
New Prints/New Narratives
International Print Center New York
June 13–Aug. 9

New Prints/New Narratives: Summer 2013, consists of some fifty projects by artists at all stages of their careers. The opening will be on June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., with Members’ and Artists’ Talks from 5 to 6 p.m.. The exhibition consists of etchings, lithographs, monotypes, screenprints, books and video, and other manifestations of the printmaking process.
www.ipcny.org
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DECORATIVE ARTS
Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company
Brooklyn Museum
Closes June 16

This exhibition highlights the nearly fifty-year career of ceramicist Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910), former creative director of the Faience Manufacturing Company, based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It earned acclaim for producing ornamental wares that introduced a new standard of excellence in American ceramics. These bold and eclectic pieces synthesized Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic movement and were sold in the United States’ foremost art ware emporiums, including Tiffany & Company. On view are 39 Faience pieces.

www.brooklynmuseum.org

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Maekawa Wildlife Photography
Steven Kasher Gallery
June 13–29

This is a solo exhibition of over 20 life sized photographs by Maekawa, one of Japan’s rising stars in the field of wildlife photography, and the recently announced grand prize winner of the first Nikkei National Geographic Photo Prize. This marks Maekawa’s first exhibition in the United States. Looking at Maekawa’s sublime photographs of animals is an immersive experience. They give the viewer the feeling of entering into the landscape and confronting these magnificent animals in their pristine natural habits. Maekawa’s thrilling images transform nature photography into art.

www.stevenkasher.com

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