Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the Future Dance Festival, Alice Neel: People Come First, When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan 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.






    Alice Neel: People Come First

    Alice Neel: People Come First

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Mon, Mar 22, 2021 - Sun, Aug 01, 2021

    "Alice Neel: People Come First" is the first museum retrospective in New York of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) in twenty years. This ambitious survey positions Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art, as demonstrated in the approximately one hundred paintings, drawings, and watercolors that will appear in The Met’s survey. Images of activists demonstrating ...

    When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan

    When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan

    Japan Society

    Manhattan

    Thu, Mar 11, 2021 - Sun, Jul 11, 2021

    "When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan," a new exhibition celebrating the spirit of architecture and craftsmanship through Japanese woodworking tools, patterns and models. On view to the public from March 11 to July 11, 2021, the exhibition features a diverse array of hand tools—planes, axes, saws—and joinery techniques that have been used to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces for hundreds of years—from temples and shrines to bridges. The exhibition unpacks how the intangible qualities ...

    Future Dance Festival

    Future Dance Festival

    92nd Street Y

    Manhattan

    Fri, Apr 09, 2021 - Sun, Apr 25, 2021

    Aiming to provide a bridge connecting the next generation of creators with the current generation of directors, the 92nd Street Y put out an open call for submissions to emerging choreographers to be part of a new virtual event – the "Future Dance Festival." The call was met with an unprecedented amount of talent, authenticity, and inspiration as 185 individuals submitted work representing an impressively diverse gathering of new voices, new visions, and new vocabularies, ...

    Julie Mehretu

    Julie Mehretu

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Manhattan

    Thu, Mar 25, 2021 - Sun, Aug 08, 2021

    Co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Julie Mehretu" is a midcareer survey that unites more than seventy paintings and works on paper dating from 1996 to the present, reflecting the breadth of Mehretu’s multilayered practice. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1970 and based in New York City, Mehretu has created new forms and found unexpected resonances by drawing on the histories of art and ...

    Cutting Edge Concerts 2021

    Cutting Edge Concerts 2021

    Symphony Space

    Manhattan

    Mon, Apr 12, 2021 - Mon, Apr 19, 2021

    "Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival," now in its 23rd season, presents two concerts live-streamed from Symphony Space on April 12 & 19, 2021. Both programs explore facets of contemporary music by living composers, all of whom will be on hand to discuss their music with CEC artstic director, Victoria Bond. Access is free, via Victoria Bond's YouTube channel, and the programs will be available on-demand after their premieres. CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS 2021 Programs Premiering on Youtube April ...

Alice Neel: People Come First

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

2125357710

"Alice Neel: People Come First" is the first museum retrospective in New York of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) in twenty years. This ambitious survey positions Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as ...

Julie Mehretu

99 Gansevoort Street

new york N.Y. 10014

2125703600

Co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, "Julie Mehretu" is a midcareer survey that unites more than seventy paintings and works on paper dating from 1996 to the present, reflecting the breadth of Mehretu’s multilayered practice. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ...

Cutting Edge Concerts 2021

2537 Broadway

new york N.Y. 10025

2128645400

"Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival," now in its 23rd season, presents two concerts live-streamed from Symphony Space on April 12 & 19, 2021. Both programs explore facets of contemporary music by living composers, all of whom will be on hand to discuss their music with CEC artstic director, Victoria ...