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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include The Constellation Project, David Hammons: Body Prints, BAMkids Film Festival 2021 and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.





    The Constellation Project: Mapping the Dark Stars of Ballet

    The Constellation Project: Mapping the Dark Stars of Ballet

    Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet

    Manhattan

    Ongoing

    Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet), the groundbreaking project documenting and transforming conversations around Black ballet artists, announces its launch of "The Constellation Project: Mapping the Dark Stars of Ballet." The project maps the points at which the lives and careers of dancers Arthur Mitchell, Mel Tomlinson, Lavinia Williams, Mabel Jones Freeman, Doris Jones, and Claire Haywood intersected with each other, and other artists, institutions, and white allies contemporary to them. The immersive interactive exhibit, designed by MoBBallet’s Digital Art ...

    BAMkids Film Festival 2021

    BAMkids Film Festival 2021

    BAMkids

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Feb 20, 2021 - Sun, Feb 28, 2021

    Established in 1998 and now in its 23rd year, the "BAMkids Film Festival"—one of the largest attended children’s festivals in the country—presents nine days of creative, fun, and culturally diverse films that tell stories about children and present ideas from a kid’s point of view. International curators, Northwest Film Forum, and the Melbourne International Animation Festival offer six programs of imaginative animated, live-action, puppetry, and hybrid (live-action/animated) short films, tailored for children ages 3—11. The program includes 68 ...

    Piano Dialogue with Orli Shaham

    Piano Dialogue with Orli Shaham

    Kaufman Music Center

    Manhattan

    Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 7:00 pm

    "No composer writes in a vacuum," says pianist Orli Shaham. "All works are influenced by their time and place." On Feburary 22, 2021, Ms. Shaham illustrates this concept as she performs sonatas by Schubert and Mozart side by side in a recital presented online by Kaufman Music Center on Merkin Hall's "Piano Dialogue" series. Both Viennese composers, Schubert was keenly aware of Mozart's keyboard works. These two sonatas highlight the similarities between Mozart and Schubert, from the ...

    The Representation of African American Culture in NYC’s Public Art

    The Representation of African American Culture in NYC’s Public Art

    Municipal Art Society of New York

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 25, 2021, 5:00 pm

    African-Americans have been part of New York since the days of New Amsterdam, but their relationship to the dominant Western society is complex and difficult. Public art throughout the city reflects the changing dynamics: a marker for the original slave market has only been set up recently; the African Burial Ground had been built over and neglected until its discovery in the 1990s and now is graced with a very impressive memorial. Several 19th century ...

    David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979

    David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979

    The Drawing Center

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 05, 2021 - Sun, May 23, 2021

    The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, "David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979" brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. The exhibition features a significant number of Hammons’s large-scale body prints, including "Pray for America" (1974), as well as two sculptural objects, "Black Boy’s Window" (1968) and "The ...

Piano Dialogue with Orli Shaham

129 West 67th Street

new york N.Y. 10023

2125013300

"No composer writes in a vacuum," says pianist Orli Shaham. "All works are influenced by their time and place." On Feburary 22, 2021, Ms. Shaham illustrates this concept as she performs sonatas by Schubert and Mozart side by side in a recital presented online by Kaufman Music Center on Merkin Hall's ...

The Representation of African American Culture in NYC’s Public Art

111 West 57th Street

new york N.Y. 10019

2129353960

African-Americans have been part of New York since the days of New Amsterdam, but their relationship to the dominant Western society is complex and difficult. Public art throughout the city reflects the changing dynamics: a marker for the original slave market has only been set up recently; the African Burial ...

David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979

35 Wooster Street

new york N.Y. 10013

2122192166

The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, "David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979" brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. The exhibition features ...