Ballet X – Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki – courtesy of the Joyce Theater

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Summer Thursdays at MoMA, Ballet Festival, Flow Separation, and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    Vijay Iyer: The What of the World

    The Kitchen

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

    The Kitchen is currently presenting composer/pianist Vijay Iyer’s The What of the World running until Friday, June 29, as a week-long residency within The Racial Imaginary Institute’s series On Whiteness. For their performance on June 29, Queens indie rapper Himanshu Suri and Arooj Aftab collaborate with Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily, and Kassa Overall on Kebab Uncle, an incendiary memoir of being brown in post-9/11 New York. Pakistani American vocalist Aftab is joined by Iyer and Ismaily to perform excerpts from Bird Under Water, her latest album ...

    African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Tue, Jun 26, 2018 - Mon, Oct 08, 2018

    On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until October 8, African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s will present more than 150 studio portraits from the mid-20th century. The exhibition offers a seldom-seen view of the African American experience in the United States during World War II and the following decade—a time of war, middle-class growth, and seismic cultural change. Part of an important acquisition made by The Met in 2015 and 2017, these ...

    Ballet Festival

    The Joyce Theater

    Tue, Jun 26, 2018 - Sat, Jul 07, 2018

    The Joyce Theater Foundation is thrilled to present the return of its highly anticipated Ballet Festival, a two-week showcase of some of America’s most exciting contemporary ballet companies and choreographers with Joyce commissions on each program. The Festival, designed to recognize dancers and choreographers who are creating work outside the traditional large company setting – and, in many cases, forming their own companies – will run until July 7 at The Joyce Theater. This year’s festival features the Joyce debuts ...

    Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation

    Public Art Fund

    Ongoing

    Starting in July 2018, Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW will present Flow Separation, a new exhibition by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach in which the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey will be painted in a contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ pattern. Throughout the summer and fall, the dazzled fireboat, currently docked at Pier 66a in Hudson River Park, will be anchored at various docks around New York Harbor and on weekends will offer free, timed trips ...

    Summer Thursdays at MoMA

    Museum of Modern Art

    Manhattan

    Mon, Jun 11, 2018 - Thu, Aug 30, 2018

    The Museum of Modern Art announces its summer 2018 offerings in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, including the lineup for the annual live music event Summer Thursdays, an ongoing concert series, running every week until August 30. 2018's Summer Thursdays series celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in collaboration with PopRally, a cross-departmental committee that programs events at MoMA, the series hosts a variety of sounds that explore the City’s expansive musical landscape. ...

Vijay Iyer: The What of the World

512 West 19th Street

New York N.Y. 10011

2122555793

The Kitchen is currently presenting composer/pianist Vijay Iyer’s The What of the World running until Friday, June 29, as a week-long residency within The Racial Imaginary Institute’s series On Whiteness. For their performance on June 29, Queens indie rapper Himanshu Suri and Arooj Aftab collaborate with Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily, and Kassa Overall on Kebab Uncle, an incendiary memoir of ...

Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation

One East 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10022

2122237800

Starting in July 2018, Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW will present Flow Separation, a new exhibition by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach in which the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey will be painted in a contemporary ‘dazzle camouflage’ pattern. Throughout the summer and fall, the dazzled fireboat, currently docked ...

African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

2125357710

On view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until October 8, African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s will present more than 150 studio portraits from the mid-20th century. The exhibition offers a seldom-seen view of the African American experience in the United States during World War II and the ...

Ballet Festival

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

The Joyce Theater Foundation is thrilled to present the return of its highly anticipated Ballet Festival, a two-week showcase of some of America’s most exciting contemporary ballet companies and choreographers with Joyce commissions on each program. The Festival, designed to recognize dancers and choreographers who are creating work outside the traditional large ...

Summer Thursdays at MoMA

11 West 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2127089400

The Museum of Modern Art announces its summer 2018 offerings in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, including the lineup for the annual live music event Summer Thursdays, an ongoing concert series, running every week until August 30. 2018's Summer Thursdays series celebrates musicians living and working in New York City. Organized in ...