Still from “It’s a Summer Film!” Courtesy of the Japan Society

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Lizania Cruz’s “Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City,” the return of “Bryant Park Movie Nights,” City Museum of New York’s playful exhibition of “Puppets of New York,” 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.






    Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

    Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

    MoMA PS1

    Queens

    Wed, Aug 11, 2021 - Mon, Oct 11, 2021

    "Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well" is a personal and singular record of an artist who has been living with HIV for more than half of his adult life. Born in Brooklyn in 1964 and raised mostly in Queens, Bordowitz transformed his art practice in the mid-1980s in response to the AIDS public health crisis. Working with New York’s ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and several video collectives that he co-founded, he organized ...

    Lizania Cruz: Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City

    Lizania Cruz: Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City

    CUE Art Foundation

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jun 24, 2021 - Thu, Aug 26, 2021

    CUE Art Foundation is pleased to present "Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City," a solo exhibition by Lizania Cruz, curated and mentored by Guadalupe Maravilla. The exhibition is the second chapter in Cruz’s ongoing project "Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary," a body of work in which the artist collects and examines public testimonies alongside individual and national archives in order to understand how Dominicans internalize state-sanctioned historical narratives that result in the ...

    Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film

    Japan Cuts: Festival of New Japanese Film

    Japan Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Aug 20, 2021 - Thu, Sep 02, 2021

    For its 15th edition, the celebrated festival of contemporary Japanese cinema will hold a combination of virtual and in-person screenings. Highlights include Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s period drama "Wife of a Spy" (2020), which is having its New York premiere; Kaizo Hayashi’s "To Sleep So as to Dream" (1986), an iconic postmodern tribute to Japanese silent cinema and film noir that has been newly restored in 2K; and Soushi Matsumoto’s "It’s a Summer Film!" (2020), a teen ...

    Bryant Park Movie Nights

    Bryant Park Movie Nights

    Bryant Park

    Manhattan

    Mon, Aug 23, 2021 - Tue, Sep 28, 2021

    Bryant Park has announced the full movie lineup in its iconic "Bryant Park Movie Nights" series, which will be returning this summer after being paused due to the pandemic. Entering the 27th season, the series is a welcome return to outdoor events in New York City. Due to popular demand, "Bryant Park Movie Nights," presented by Verizon, will run on Monday and, for the first time, Tuesday evenings, from August 23rd through September 28th on the ...

    Puppets of New York

    Puppets of New York

    Museum of the City of New York

    Manhattan

    Fri, Aug 13, 2021 - Thu, Sep 30, 2021

    "Puppets of New York" examines the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of the puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that made, and continue to make, New York City home. With more than 100 puppets that span the city’s history—from Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop, and "The Lion King"—and featuring influential puppeteers who brought these traditions to life, such as Jim Henson, Julie Taymor, Basil Twist, and Pura Belpré, this exhibition is poised to bring joy and awe to people of all ...

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10110

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Bryant Park has announced the full movie lineup in its iconic "Bryant Park Movie Nights" series, which will be returning this summer after being paused due to the pandemic. Entering the 27th season, the series is a welcome return to outdoor events in New York City. Due to popular demand, "Bryant ...

Puppets of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10029

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"Puppets of New York" examines the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of the puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that made, and continue to make, New York City home. With more than 100 puppets that span the city’s history—from Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop, and "The Lion King"—and featuring influential puppeteers who ...