Thing to Do Around NYC: July 1–7

June 30, 2016 Updated: June 30, 2016



Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Mondays 11 a.m.–noon, through July 25 (skipping July 4)
Columbus Library, 742 10th Ave.
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.


Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Through August 27
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
An exhibition that compares scenic and costume designs from a select group of 20th and 21st century productions extolled for their remarkable visual achievement. Since its premiere in 1791, this opera has inspired countless teams of directors and designers to create a cornucopia of imaginative productions that have beguiled audiences of all ages. Free.

New York & The Nation
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, 170 Central Park West
Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. $20 adults, $12 students, $15 seniors.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum
150 W. 17th St.
Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Free.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St.; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
Year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors. $14.


Through Sept. 23
NYC Parks
New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. Free.

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Location 1: Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Ave., Brooklyn
Thursdays 6–7 p.m., through Aug. 11 (skipping July 14)
Location 2: Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn
Thursdays 11 a.m.–noon, through Aug. 18
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.



Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in 18th Century France
July 12–October 2
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
Most know Jean-Antoine Watteau as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, a dreamer of exquisite parklands and impossibly refined fêtes. Few artists would seem further removed from the misery of war. And yet, early in his short career, Watteau created a number of military scenes—about a dozen paintings and some thirty drawings.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
July 12–Nov. 27
The Met Fifth Avenue
This landmark exhibition will feature more than 100 photographs that together redefine Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. $12–$25 suggested.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
Through July 17
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—including “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and “As You Like It”—the First Folio will be on display at the New-York Historical Society for 6 weeks.

Ceramics by Francis Delille Editions Paris
Through Sept. 30
Vallois America, 27 E. 67th St.
Ceramics will showcase a selection of rare pieces of the most prominent contemporary ceramics artists, all produced in La Tuilerie Manufacture in France, a workshop dedicated to preserving the traditions and pushing the limits of ceramic work.


Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th Century
Through July 17
The Met Fifth Avenue
In the early 20th century, the arts of medieval Iran and Syria attracted unprecedented interest in the West. Demand by museums and collectors—especially for figural and highly decorated works—promoted commercial and research excavations, and led to the custom of repairing, filling in, and enhancing fragmentary and deteriorated examples. $12–$25 suggested.

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
Through July 17
The Met Fifth Avenue
The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander’s retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, the Hellenistic kings, who came to rule over much of his empire. $12–$25 suggested.

Celebrating the Arts of Japan
Through July 21
The Mary Griggs Burke Collection at The Met Fifth Avenue
This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of fifty years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the Tale of Genji and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accouterments of the tea ceremony; and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the “floating world” (ukiyo-e). $12–$25 suggested.

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs
Through July 24
The Met Fifth Avenue
Spectacular works of art created in the eleventh through thirteenth century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. Approximately 270 objects—including ceramics, glass, stucco, works on paper, woodwork, textiles, and metalwork—from American, European, and Middle Eastern public and private collections will be shown. $12–$25 suggested.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Through August 14
The Met Fifth Avenue
An exploration of how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. $12–$25 suggested.

Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
Through Aug. 7
The Met Fifth Avenue
Global by Design will focus on the period—from the late 16th to the 18th century—when Chinese porcelain became a global luxury, transforming both the European ceramic industry and styles of dining and drinking. Featuring 60 exquisite and unusual pieces, this presentation will challenge the long-standing, and overly rigid, tradition of cataloging Chinese ceramics as domestic or trade items. $12–$25 suggested.

Expressions of Nature in Korean Art
Through Sept. 18
The Met Fifth Avenue
The display shows how select motifs, especially plants and animals, have been illustrated on ceramics, painting, sculpture, lacquer, and textiles, and what they mean. Some types of images and symbols are nearly universal across East Asia; others are specific to Korea. $12–$25 suggested.


Trees: Oil Sketches From the Thaw Collection
Through July 10
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.
During the second half of the eighteenth century, the practice of using oil paint on paper while working outdoors became popular among landscape artists. Trees, individually and in stands, emerged as an important motif for oil sketch practitioners. $18.


Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
July 15–Jan. 8, 2017
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
The most comprehensive presentation of sports photography ever produced, encompassing approximately 230 works by more than 170 photographers, highlighting the aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance of these images and artists in the history of sports. $16 suggested.

In The South Bronx of America
Through Oct. 16
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
An astonishing collection of 42 original prints by the photojournalist Mel Rosenthal, revealing the harrowing social conditions of the South Bronx from 1976-82. When these photographs were taken, city officials targeted the South Bronx to become an Enterprise Zone, where factories would be built and their owners given special tax privileges. This marked the start of a tumultuous period of decline in the South Bronx.



Violetta & Her Sisters
Season preview: July 26, 6 p.m.
Season: Aug. 13–28
Featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” a semi-staged “Scenes From the Demi-Monde,” with excerpts from Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Leoncavallo’s “La Bohème,” and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d’Indy, Loeffler and others. Preview: $10. Tickets: $25–$54.


The Sleeping Beauty
Through July 2
Metropolitan Opera
Featuring 400 lavish costumes, 210 intricate wigs, and magnificent storybook sets, the beloved story of the beautiful Princess Aurora, the evil sorceress Carabosse, and the awakening kiss of a handsome prince is certain to cast a spell on your heart and imagination. From $20.

Mozart Forever: Fifty Years of the Mostly Mozart Festival
Through Aug. 27
New York Public Library for the Performing at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center launched America’s first indoor summer music festival as Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival in August 1966. The idea was a success from the start, and by 1970 the festival had transformed into Mostly Mozart. Free.


Le Nozze di Figaro
July 9, 2 p.m. & July 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Spa Little Theater, 21 Roosevelt Dr., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
A cornerstone of the operatic repertoire and one of the most frequently performed operas around the globe, Le nozze di Figaro returns to Opera Saratoga for the first time in twenty years. $50–$95.



PANORAMA Music Festival
July 22-24
Randall’s Island Park
Panorama is a three-day music, art and technology festival featuring over 64 artists from Arcade Fire (Friday), Kendrick Lamar (Saturday), and LCD Soundsystem (Sunday) surrounded by an interactive, experiential tech installation known as, THE LAB. PANORAMA will celebrate New York City’s position as both a capital of entertainment and hub of innovation. Panorama.NYC

Baekyu Kim on Piano
July 7, 8 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Pianist Baekyu Kim has won many awards and performed in chamber recitals and festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. $30.

Music of William Bolcom
July 9, 8 p.m.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Pianist Angela Draghicescu and guests come together to celebrate the music of William Bolcom in a chamber music recital featuring selected works by the composer. Named 2007 Composer of the Year by Musical America, awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Music, and honored with multiple Grammy Awards, William Bolcom is a composer of cabaret songs, concertos, sonatas, operas, symphonies, and more. $35.


Spiral Music
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Free.