Arts news highlights: “Puccini and His World” at Bard SummerScape; “David Shrobe” and “The Crown” at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling; “Stuart Davis: In Full Swing” and “Danny Lyon: Message to the Future” at Whitney Museum of American Art; “Merchant of Venice” and National Ballet of Canada’s “The Winter’s Tale” at Lincoln Center Festival 2016.

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GOOD EVENING.

I'M CHRISTINA HA WITH TONIGHT'S 'NYC ARTS NEWS.'

WE'RE AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN IN THE BRONX.

A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, THE BOTANICAL GARDEN IS ALSO A LIVING MUSEUM.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW HERE IS IMPRESSIONISM, AMERICAN GARDENS ON CANVAS.'

THIS UNIQUE EXHIBIT CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF GARDENS THAT INSPIRED ARTISTS AT THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY.

FOR THIS EXHIBIT, HORTICULTURALISTS PLANTED TEST OF THOUSANDS OF CORN FLOWERS, LARKSPUR, HOLLYHOCKS, AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER BULBS, ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS.

THIS MIX OF OLD-FASHIONED BLOSSOMS EVOKES THE ERA OF GRAND AMERICAN GARDENS CREATED BY CELIA BAXTER AND OTHERS.

STEP OUTSIDE TO THE POETRY WALK TO ENJOY THE LITERARY WORKS OF BAXTER AND HER 19th CENTURY CONTEMPORARIES.

HEAD TO THE ART GALLERY TO SEE THE FLOWERING OF AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM.

AT THE ENTRANCE, YOU WILL FIND ANN VAUGHN HYDE HUNTINGTON'S 'DIANA OF THE CHASE.'

INSIDE, 20 PAINTINGS FROM THE LATE 19th AND EARLY 20th CENTURY AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISTS FROM WILLIAM MERRITT CHASE TO JOHN SINGER SERGEANT PORTRAY FAMILIAR EAST COAST SIGHTS AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES.

THE PAINTINGS CAPTURE THE EPHEMERAL QUALITY OF LIFE THESE ARTISTS OBSERVED IN THE NATURAL WORLD, AS WELL AS THE VIBRANT COLORS OF THE LANDSCAPE.

IMPRESSIONISM, AMERICAN GARDENS ON CANVAS, IS ON VIEW AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 11th.

TAKE A TRIP TO ANNENDALE AND HUDSON AT BARD SUMMERSCAPE.

CUCCINI HEADLINES THE BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL.

THE SCOPE OF MUSIC, OPERA THEATER, AND DANCE EXTENDS BEYOND PUCCINI.

IT INCLUDES THE WORK OF HIS CONTEMPORARIES AS WELL AS 20th CENTURY ARTISTS INSPIRED BY HIM.

BARD COLLEGE'S DISTINCTIVE RICHARD B. FISCHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS DESIGNED BY FRANK GARY HOSTS MANY OF THE FESTIVAL'S MAIN EVENTS.

THE FESTIVAL OPENED WITH 'FANTASQUE,' A NEW BALLET FOR HUMANS AND GIANT PUPPETS.

MORE PUPPETS ARE PRESENTED IN A DECIDEDLY DARKER TONE IN DAN HERLON'S 'DEMOLISHING EVERYTHING WITH AMAZING SPEED' BASED ON THE WORK OF THE ITALIAN FUTURIST DE PERA.

LEON BOTHSTEIN AND THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENT 'IRIS,' A RARELY PERFORMED OPERA BY PUCCINI'S FRIEND.

TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS AND LECTURES ON PUCCINI AND HIS WORLD IN AUGUST.

A FILM SERIES 'PUCCINI AND THE OPERATIC IMPULSE IN CINEMA' SHOWS THE ARTIST'S INFLUENCE ON CONTEMPORARY MOVIES.

OPENING AT THE SUGAR HILL MUSEUM OF ART AND STORY TELLING IN HARLEM ARE TWO NEW EXHIBITS FEATURING ART CREATED FOR AND BY CHILDREN.

THE MUSEUM WHICH OPENED LAST FALL IS JUST ONE PART OF A MULTI-USE STRUCTURE.

BUILT BY BROADWAY HOUSING COMMUNITIES THE BUILDING ALSO PROVIDES AFFORDABLE HOUSING, A MUSEUM PRESCHOOL, AND CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

META MODES NEW WORK BY DIVED SHROVE INCLUDES PIECES BY THE MUSEUM'S FIRST ARTIST RESIDENCE.

SHROVE SHARED HIS PROCESS OF LAYERING FOUND MATERIALS, PATTERNS, TEXTURES AND PAINT IN A WORKSHOP WITH KIDS DURING HIS YEAR AT THE MUSEUM.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE A SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION CREATED BY SHAWNEE PETERS IN COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL YOUTH DURING THE MUSEUM'S AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.

THE CROWN FUTURES WILL BE ON VIEW JULY 16th THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE WHITENY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART OPENS ITS DOORS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK DURING JULY AND AUGUST.

THE EXTENDED SCHEDULE GIVES VISITORS MORE TIME TO CATCH ITS LATEST EXHIBITIONS THIS SUMMER.

THE WHITNEY CELEBRATES THE WORK OF ONE OF THE PREEMINENT FIGURES OF AMERICAN MODERNISM.

STEWART DAVIS IN FULL SWING INCLUDES NEARLY 100 WORKS EXPLORING THE ARTIST'S DEVELOPMENT BY PAIRING EARLY PAINTINGS WITH LATER ONES INSPIRED BY HIS OWN PREVIOUS WORK.

DANNY LYON MESSAGED THE FUTURE, THE FIRST RETROSPECTIVE IN 25 YEARS OF THIS KEY FIGURE IN THE STREET PHOTOGRAPHER MOVEMENT.

LYON'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF REMARKABLE EVERYDAY PEOPLE CAPTURE HIS CONCERN WITH POLITICAL ISSUES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FROM THE 1960s THROUGH THE PRESENT DAY.

> THE LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL INCLUDES 49 DANCE, MUSIC AND THEATER PERFORMANCES OVER THE COURSE OF TWO WEEKS AT SEVEN VENUES.

THERE IS MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM, INCLUDING VERSIONS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S WORK IN VERSE AND DANCE.

SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE MAKES THE LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL A STOP ON THE INTERNATIONAL TOUR OF ITS PRODUCTION OF 'THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.'

THE PLAY IS DIRECTED BY JONATHAN MUNDY AND STARS JONATHAN PRYCE AS SKYLOCK.

THE FESTIVAL WILL CONCLUDE WITH CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON'S VERSION OF 'THE WINTER'S TALE' PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.

THE PRODUCTION IS DESIGNED BY BOB CROWLEY WHOSE SETS BRING OUT BOTH THE PLAY'S DARK THEMES OF LOSS AND JEALOUSY AS WELL AS THE JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF REDEMPTION AND LOVE.

THAT'S THE 'NYC ARTS NEWS.'

FROM THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN IN THE BRONX, I'M CHRISTINA HA.