Arts news highlights: “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” at the Brooklyn Museum; Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater presents “The Taming of the Shrew”; RIOULT Dance NY at The Joyce Theater; “Electric Paris” at Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT; “BOUNCE The Basketball Opera” at Paerdegat Park East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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> HI, I'M CHRISTINA HA WITH THE 'NYC-ARTS' NEWS FROM THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM.

THIS GROUNDBREAKING EXHIBITION FEATURES 25 CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS FROM AFRICA AND OF AFRICAN DESCENT, 12 WORKING LOCALLY IN BROOKLYN AND THE NEW YORK AREA.

ALL THE WORKS ON VIEW OFFER A REVITALIZED APPROACH TO THE HISTORIC ART OF MASQUERADE.

A PERFORMANCE BASED ART, SOMETIMES SECULAR, SOMETIMES SACRED, AFRICAN MASQUERADE IS ALWAYS A PLATFORM FOR POPULAR CULTURE, INTENDED TO AFFECT THE WORLD AND ITS INHABITANTS.

'DISGUISE: MASKS AND GLOBAL AFRICAN ART' BRINGS TOGETHER OVER 100 OBJECTS, FROM SCULPTURE AND PHOTOGRAPHY TO MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATIONS AND IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS.

THE EXHIBITION BEGINS IN THE SECTION 'BECOMING ARTIFACTS,' A DISPLAY OF TRADITIONAL 20th CENTURY MASKS INCLUDING THIS DAN GA WREE WREE FROM LIBERIA AND A TEMNE ODELAY MASK FROM SIERRA LEONE.

IN THE NEXT GALLERY, MASQUERADE ART FALLS UNDER THE GUISE 'BECOMING ANOTHER BODY.'

A 20th CENTURY LIBERIAN GOLA ARTIST USED THE FIBER OF NATIVE RAFFIA TREES FOR THE COSTUME AND CROWNED IT WITH A HELMUT MASK CALLED A GBETU.

AND AMERICAN ARTIST AND DANCER NICK CAVE'S 2008 'SOUNDSUIT' IS A MIXED MEDIA WEARABLE FABRIC SCULPTURE ADORNED WITH SEQUINS AND METAL.

MASKS AND GLOBAL AFRICAN ART IS ON VIEW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 18th.

> FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK RETURNS TO THE DELACORTE THEATER, PRESENTED BY THE PUBLIC THEATER.

SINCE 1962, FOUNDER JOSEPH PAPP'S VISION HAS MADE GREAT THEATER ACCESSIBLE TO OVER 5 MILLION PEOPLE.

THIS SUMMER'S FIRST PRODUCTION IS A BOLD NEW TAKE ON THE BARD'S BATTLE OF THE SEXES COMEDY, 'THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.'

THE PADUA OF THIS PRODUCTION HAS ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A CARNIVAL, WITH ROCK AND ROLL ACTS AND A VERY IMPORTANT CONTEST THAT DRIVES THE TALE.

BEAUTY AND THE FREAK ARE ON DISPLAY, EMBODIED BY TWO SISTERS -- THE BEAUTY QUEEN WOMAN, BIANCA, PLAYED BY GAYLE RANKIN, AND THE GNARLY SHREW WOMAN TO BE TAMED, KATERINA, PLAYED BY CUSH JUMBO.

HERE'S THE RUB.

IT'S AN ALL-FEMALE PRODUCTION WITH SWAGGERING JANET McTEER PLAYING BAD BOY PETRUCHIO WHO TAKES THE KATERINA CHALLENGE, WHILE BIANCA'S SUITORS PLACE BETS AND VIE FOR HER SIZEABLE DOWRY.

> OVER TO THE EASTSIDE OF CENTRAL PARK, AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION IS NOW ON VIEW.

A CELEBRATION OF ANCIENT HISTORY, THE HELLENISTIC PERIOD, ABOUT 300 BC, THE SHOW FOCUSES ON THE PERIOD'S WEALTH, ARTISTRY AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT.

'PERGAMON AND THE HELLENISTIC KINGDOMS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD' BRINGS TOGETHER HUNDREDS OF EXQUISITE OBJECTS CREATED THROUGH THE ROYAL COURTS OF THESE KINGDOMS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON PERGAMON, NOW KNOWN AS BERGAMA, IN PRESENT DAY TURKEY.

THE FIRST GALLERY OF THE EXHIBITION IS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AGE OF ALEXANDER.

IN THE FOREGROUND IS A MYRTLE WREATH MADE OF GOLD FOIL FROM THE THESSALONIKI.

HERE ALSO IS A GALLERY DEVOTED TO THE GREAT ALTERED PERGAMON, INCLUDING SLABS FROM THE TELEPHUS FRIEZE.

COPIES OF ORIGINAL ROMAN AND GREEK MARBLES ARE ON VIEW.

OTHER HIGHLIGHT INCLUDE ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING LARGE CAMEOS FROM THE EARLY 3rd CENTURY, A GOLD HAIR ORNAMENT WITH BUST OF ATHENA AND A MARBLE STATURE OF ATHENA OF PARTHENOS DATING 170 BC.

> IN CHELSEA, 'RIOULT DANCE NEW YORK' RETURNS TO THE JOYCE THEATER.

THE NEW YORK BASED COMPANY HAS TEN DANCERS AND IS LED BY HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM JOYCE HERRING AND PASCAL RIOULT, BOTH FORMER MARTHA GRAHAM PRINCIPAL DANCERS.

THERE ARE FOUR PERFORMANCES OF EACH OF THE TWO PROGRAMS.

'WOMEN ON THE EDGE' EXAMINES THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN TIMES OF CONFLICT AND FEATURES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF CASSANDRA'S CURSE.

AND THE NEW YORK CITY PREMIERE OF 'POLYMORPHOUS' IS SET TO SELECTIONS FROM J.S. BACH'S 'WELL TEMPERED CLAVIER.'

THE PROGRAMS ALSO INCLUDE SOME OF RIOULT'S MOST POPULAR REPERTORY.

> AT THE BRUCE MUSEUM IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, THE CITY OF LIGHT IS THE SUBJECT OF AN EXHIBITION EXPLORING PARIS AS IT TRANSITIONED FROM OLD TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

IN THE MID 1800s GAS LAMPS WERE WIDELY INSTALLED AND ELECTRIC VERSIONS WERE NOT FAR BEHIND.

A PICTURESQUE ILLUMINATION OF THE CITY IS DEPICTED BY MANY BELOVED ARTISTS OF THAT TIME.

'ELECTRIC PARIS' IS COMPRISED OF ABOUT 50 WORKS, INCLUDING PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS.

WORKS BY CHARLES COURTNEY CURRAN AND JOHN SINGER SARGENT ARE ON VIEW HERE.

THE PROMINENT ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL PERIOD IS REVEALED IN FOUR SECTIONS.

> ON VIEW IN THE BRUCE SCIENCE GALLERIES IS A COMPANION EXHIBITION BRINGING THE SCIENCE AND HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY TO LIFE.

> AT PAERDEGAT PARK IN EAST FLATBUSH, BROOKLYN, AN OPERA, BASED ON THE GREEK MYTH OF ICARUS, WILL BE TAKE PLACE RIGHT ON ITS BASKETBALL COURTS.

THE PERFORMANCE IS A SITE SPECIFIC WORKSHOP.

A BASKETBALL THE STORY REVOLVES AROUND A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER BOUND FOR STARDOM, WHO IS STRUCK DOWN BY THE HARSH REALITIES OF GUN VIOLENCE.

THE GRANDEUR OF OPERATIC SINGING AND THE RAW GRIT OF STREET RHYTHM COME TOGETHER TO TELL THIS STORY.

THE CAST INCLUDES A MIX OF PROFESSIONAL SINGERS, ACTORS, A HIP HOP ARTIST AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE EAST FLATBUSH COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S THE 'NYC-ARTS' NEWS.

FROM THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM, I'M CHRISTINA HA.