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New York City Summer Arts Guide 2019

New York City Summer Arts Guide 2019


Björk’s most elaborate staged concert to date


In a first for the innovative multidisciplinary artist, Björk and a team of digital and theatrical collaborators, including award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and director Lucrecia Martel, will present a new staged concert of live musical arrangements, digital technology, and stunning visuals. A chorus and cast of musicians will join Björk for this eight-concert engagement in The Shed’s iconic space, The McCourt.Bjork

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El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Ave. Manhattan, NY 10029

This two-part exhibit is the centerpiece of El Museo's 50th-anniversary celebrations. Its title draws from an essay written by Raphael Montañez Ortíz, one of the museum's founders and its first director. Part I, with themes of roots, resistance, and resilience, focuses on the museum's activist origins and role in the preservation of Latinx and Latin American art and culture. Among the featured artists are Tony Bechara, Beatriz González, Félix González-Torres, Carmen Herrera and the Young Lords Party.

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The High Line

Gansevoort Street to West 30th Street Manhattan, NY 10011

Brick House, the inaugural installation on the High Line Plinth, is a 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a black woman who is positioned to look down Tenth Avenue. Brick House is part of Leigh's Anatomy of Architecture series, which melds the human body with architectural forms from regions including West Africa and the American South. This particular piece references numerous architectural forms: Batammaliba structures from Benin and Togo; the teleuk (domelike dwellings) of the Mousgoum people of Cameroon and Chad; and the restaurant Mammy’s Cupboard in the southern US.

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The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave. Manhattan, NY 10016

The Morgan Library & Museum celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman, one of the most influential poets who ever lived. Born on Long Island, he worked as a journalist in New York City and, later in life, began to write more privately, which is when he produced most of his poetry. The Morgan displays several of Whitman’s notebooks, a copy of his controversial poetry collection Leaves of Grass, a letter written to him from Ralph Waldo Emerson and works of other writers who were influenced by Whitman, such as Oscar Wilde and Allen Ginsberg

The Shed

The Shed is located on West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, with entrances via 30th Street and Hudson Yards Public Square.
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An immersive live performance and exhibition exploring the shared language of visual art and music

In Reich Richter Pärt, two immersive live performances—one conceived by composer Steve Reich and painter Gerhard Richter, the other by Richter and composer Arvo Pärt—explore the shared sensory language of visual art and music. The Richter Pärtpartnership builds on a concept originally developed by Alex Poots and Hans Ulrich Obrist for the Manchester International Festival and features Pärt’s captivating choral composition together with Richter’s new work, including wallpaper and three jacquard tapestries. The Reich Richter collaboration, a Shed commission, examines the intersection between Richter’s formula for his “Patterns” series and Reich’s rigorous, repeating musical structures in a genre-crossing moving picture work made in collaboration with Corinna Belz and featuring the world premiere of a new Reich composition. In his “Patterns” series, Richter repeatedly divides and mirrors a computer image of an abstract painting to further abstract the work, ending in solid bands of color. Richter has based his striped wallpapers for Reich Richter on the painting Abstraktes Bild (1990)—also exhibited in the installation—to which he has applied his “Patterns” formula.

Organized by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Senior Program Advisor, and Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO

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