Arts news highlights: “Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants, An Exhibition of Projects Based in Art and Science” at Staten Island Museum; “The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated” at The Met Fifth Avenue; Australia Festival at The Joyce Theater; “Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Aland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden” at Scandinavia House.

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GOOD EVENING.

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

WE ARE AT THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON CENTRAL PARK WEST.

FOUNDED IN 1804 AS NEW YORK'S MUSEUM.

IT IS TO EXPLORE THE MULTI-LAYERED HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY AND STATE AND THE NATION.

I AM STANDING IN AN EXHIBIT THAT EMBODIES THAT MISSION.

HUDSON RISING IS A UNIQUE EXHIBITION THAT EXPLORES 200 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM ALONG WITH ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST CELEBRATED RIVERS.

THE EXHIBITION STARTS WITH THE PAINTINGS OF THE 19th CENTURY, HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL, FROM THOMAS COLE THROUGH ASHER B.

DUR AND WHICH CREATED AN IDEALIZED IMAGE OF THE HUDSON VALLEY AND THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS.

IT ALSO INCLUDES MAPS AND DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS THAT TRIED TO CAPTURE, QUANTIFY AND EXPLOIT THE RIVER'S VAST RESOURCES.

THE EXHIBIT TRACES THE HISTORY OF THE RIVER AND PRESERVATION MOVEMENTS THAT HAVE SOUGHT TO PROTECT IT.

THESE INCLUDE THE CREATION OF ADIRONDACK PARK IN THE LATE 19th CENTURY.

THE BATTLE TO PRESERVE THE PALISADES IN THE EARLY 20th CENTURY AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POLLUTION ALONG ITS ENTIRE LENGTH THROUGHOUT THE 20th CENTURY.

THE FINAL SECTION DEALS WITH THE FUTURE OF THE RIVER ASKING VIEWERS TO IMAGINE A CLEANER AND MORE VIBRANT HUDSON THROUGH INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE.

THE STATEN ISLAND MUSEUM GETS BACK TO ITS ROOTS WITH A NEW EXHIBITION.

FOUNDED IN 1881 BY A GROUP OF YOUNG NATURALISTS, THE MUSEUM HAS COLLECTED AND PRESERVED BOTANICAL SPECIMENS DOCUMENTING THE AREA'S PLANT DIVERSITY FOR NEARLY 150 YEARS.

NOW THE MUSEUM IS TAKING ITS COLLECTION INTO THE 21st CENTURY AND INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF NATURALISTS.

FIELD NOTES, SEED STORIES AND THE POWER OF PLANTS IS AN EXHIBITION OF PROJECTS BASED BOTH IN SCIENCE AND ART.

IT BRINGS THE MUSEUM'S PAST TO LIFE WITH SPECIMENS DATING FROM THE 19th CENTURY THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY DIGITIZED.

IT ALSO FEATURES CONTEMPORARY ART WORKS AND THESE RANGE FROM SEED PACKETS FROM THE HUDSON VALLEY SEED COMPANY DESIGNED BY ARTISTS TO LITTLE PRINTS OF LOCAL FLORA BY GAIL WISDOM.

IT INCLUDES STATEN ISLAND GARDENERS.

A THOUSAND--YEAR-OLD TALE OF JAPANESE ART AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.

THE TALE OF GENJI IS JAPAN'S MOST CELEBRATED WORK OF LITERATURE AND HAS INFLUENCED GENERATIONS OF ARTISTS OVER THE CENTURIES.

THE TALE OF GENJI, A JAPANESE CLASSIC, LUMINATED BRINGS TOGETHER MORE THAN 120 WORKS OF ART FROM OVER 30 PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN JAPAN AND THE U.S.

WRITTEN AROUND THE YEAR 1, 000 BY THE NOBLE WOMAN MARASAKI, THE TALE OF GENJI FOCUSES ON THE LIVES AND LOVES OF THE RADIANT PRINCE GENJI OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE WORLD'S FIRST NOVEL, THE CHARACTER'S STYLE AND HUMOR OF THE STORY HAVE INSPIRED A WIDE RANGE OF WORKS.

PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY, SILK ROBES AND CERAMICS AND A PELICAN FOR A SHOGUN'S BRIDE AND CONTEMPORARY DRAWINGS BY IMOTO WAKI.

THE THEATER WELCOMES THREE DANCE COMPANIES FROM DOWN UNDER AND THE TWO-WEEK AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL FEATURES DANCE NORTH AND THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET MAKING THEIR JOYOUS DEBUTS WHILE AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATER RETURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2005.

DANCE NORTH KICKS OFF THE FESTIVITIES WITH A TRACTOR BY MELBOURNE NATIVES LUCY GAREN AND GIDEON OBERZANIK WITH INDONESIAN DUO.

IT REPRESENTS THE BEGINNING OF NATURE SET TO A SCORE OF THE FIRST LANGUAGE OF THE ADELAIDE PLAINS WHERE THE COMPANY IS BASED, AND THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET CLOSES OUT THE FESTIVAL WITH A TRIPLE BILL OF WORKS BY AUSSIE CHOREOGRAPHERS.

THE AUSTRALIA FESTIVAL RUNS FROM APRIL 29th THROUGH MAY 12th AT THE JOYCE.

> DISCOVER THE LATEST ART FROM NORTHERN EUROPE AT SCANDINAVIA HIGHWAYS NEAR GRAND CENTRAL STATION.

NORDIC IMPRESSIONS, CONTEMPORARY ART FROM DENMARK, FINLAND, GREENLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY AND SWEDEN PRESENTS A WIDE ARRAY OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION BY INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS.

THE EXPECTITION FEATURES SUCH WELL-KNOWN FIGURES AS OLIASON FROM ICELAND AND KORKOVA FROM DENMARK AND IT INCLUDES THOSE FROM SCANDINAVIA WHO HAVE MADE NEW YORK THEIR HOME LIKE THE BROOKLYN-BASED ARTIST WHO GOES BY THE NAME CHOCKLIFTER.

IT FEATURES ARTISTIC PRACTICES RANGING FROM THE TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT TECHNIQUES OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF NORWAY TO VIDEO TECHNOLOGY.

THE WORKS REACH ACROSS CULTURES AND TIME, TOUCHING ON THEMES THAT HAVE LONG HELD A SPECIAL PLACE IN NORDIC CULTURE, BUT THEY ALSO SPEAK TO AMERICAN AUDIENCE WES NEW URGENCY.

IT'S ANOTHER OPENING OF ANOTHER SHOW THAT GETS TOO DARN HOT.

THE ROUNDABOUT THEATER COMPANY BRINGS THE BROADWAY REVIVAL OF 'KISS ME KATE' TO STUDIO 54.

BASED ON SHAKESPEARE'S 'THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ' THIS CLASSIC MUSICAL PREMIERED IN 1948 AND RECEIVED THE FIRST-EVER TONY AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL.

DIRECTIONED BY SCOTTELIS, THIS COMEDY PRESENTS A BATTLE BETWEEN THE SEXES FOR THE AGES.

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IN THIS PLAY WITHIN A PLAY, PAST LOVERS IN TOGETHER FOR A NEW PRODUCTION OF THE BART'S TALE.

KELLY O'HARA IS THE ACTRESS LILY VANESI AND THE TITLE, WILL CHASE IS HER DIRECTOR, FRED GRAHAM, ANTAGONIST ON STAGE AND OFF AND LOVE OF HER LIFE.

♪♪ ♪ THE CURRENT PRODUCTION TAKES IT ALL IN STRIDE WITH UNFORGETTABLE COLE PORTER STANDARDS AND SIZZLING DANCE NUMBERS CHOREOGRAPHED BY WARREN CARLISLE THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO RESIST.

'KISS ME KATE' IS IN A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT STUDIO ♪♪ ♪

AND THAT'S THE NYC ARTS NEWS.

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WE'LL KEEP YOU UP-TO-DATE ALL YEAR ROUND.

FROM THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, I'M CHRISTINA HA.