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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include The Bournonville Legacy, Buika / A-WA / Blick Bassy / DJ Tara, Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy,  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.

    Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

    Noguchi Museum

    Queens

    Wed, May 01, 2019 - Sun, Jul 14, 2019

    Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan is a major traveling exhibition focused on the consequential friendship between Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957). In his lifetime, Hasegawa was among the most renowned contemporary Japanese artists in the United States, and credited with introducing European abstraction to Japan in his role as an art historian, critic, and art theorist. Together, Noguchi and Hasegawa undertook a wide-ranging study of traditional Japanese design, culture, and ...

    Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy

    Morgan Library & Museum

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jun 07, 2019 - Sun, Sep 15, 2019

    From his humble origins in Long Island and Brooklyn, Walt Whitman earned a global audience that continues to grow today. To celebrate Whitman’s 200th birthday, Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy explores Whitman’s process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when he began to write more privately and poetically. Several of Whitman’s notebooks will be on display, as well as his portraitist’s copy of Leaves of Grass (1855) and the famous letter ...

    The Bournonville Legacy

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jul 09, 2019 - Sun, Jul 14, 2019

    Top dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet, revered as the world’s third oldest ballet company, come together to bring The Bournonville Legacy, the best of August Bournonville’s choreography, to The Joyce. Featuring distinctive repertoire from classical ballets such as La Sylphide, Napoli, and A Folktale, this program is not only an eye-opening window into the world of sylphs and trolls, but also a study of love and belief in the human spirit.

    TOSHIO SHIBATA: FIVE DECADES

    Laurence Miller Gallery

    Manhattan

    Wed, Jun 12, 2019 - Fri, Aug 16, 2019

    Through August 16, Laurence Miller Gallery presents TOSHIO SHIBATA: FIVE DECADES, the first American retrospective of this prolific Japanese artist, globally recognized for his photographs of infrastructure within the landscape. The show includes his student work in painting and printmaking from the early 1970’s; his first forays into photography, exploring isolated structures at night; his pivot into highly abstract black and white photographs of the man-altered landscape; and his transition into color photography, which he continues to ...

    Buika / A-WA / Blick Bassy / DJ Tara

    Central Park SummerStage

    Manhattan

    Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    On Sunday, June 30, SummerStage will present:* Buika (Bweeka), who was born and raised on the Spanish island of Mallorca, as the child of African immigrants. A Latin GRAMMY winner, two-time GRAMMY nominee, singer-songwriter-producer and composer, Buika will be accompanied by her female band. Described as “the voice of freedom” in NPR’s “50 Greatest Voices of All Times,” Buika is famous for her unique fusion of jazz, flamenco fusion, afro-pop, reggae, R&B and more.* A-WA, an Israeli band with an Arabic name ...

The Bournonville Legacy

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

Top dancers of the Royal Danish Ballet, revered as the world’s third oldest ballet company, come together to bring The Bournonville Legacy, the best of August Bournonville’s choreography, to The Joyce. Featuring distinctive repertoire from classical ballets such as La Sylphide, Napoli, and A Folktale, this program is not only an eye-opening window into ...

Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy

225 Madison Avenue

new york N.Y. 10016

2126850008

From his humble origins in Long Island and Brooklyn, Walt Whitman earned a global audience that continues to grow today. To celebrate Whitman’s 200th birthday, Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy explores Whitman’s process of self-invention, from his early years as a journalist, through the early 1850s when he began to write ...

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

9-01 33rd Road

queens N.Y. 11106

7182047088

Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan is a major traveling exhibition focused on the consequential friendship between Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) and Saburo Hasegawa (1906–1957). In his lifetime, Hasegawa was among the most renowned contemporary Japanese artists in the United States, and credited with introducing European abstraction to ...