40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535. Weds. & Tues. 10-8; Fri.-Sun. 10-7; closed Mon. & Thurs. $5, $2.50 st./sc. "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture" focuses on "the world's most ancient & portable art form?beads" [through 1/30].
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park W. (79th St.), 769-5200. Weds., Thurs. & Sun.-Tues. 10-5:45; Fri. & Sat. 10-8:45. $9.50, $7.50 st./sc., $6 child. Annual showing of more than 300 tropical butterflies, "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" [through 3/27]. "Hall of Biodiversity" addresses major environmental issues, includes preserved giant squid [permanent]. Epic Journeys: The Great Migrations film explores animal & insect migration [through 3/00]. Body modification exhibit, "Body Art: Marks of Identity" [through 5/29]. "Reaching for the Stars: Rose Center for Earth & Space" utilizes computer renderings & material samples?sneak preview of the seven-floor exhibition & research facility, scheduled to open in mid-February [through 3/15]. "Capturing Time: The New York Times Capsule" displays the artifacts chosen to be representative of late 20th-century life for inclusion in the millennial capsule, not to be opened until Y3K [through 3/26].
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse (165th St.), (718) 681-6000. Weds. 3-9; Thurs. & Fri. 10-5; Sat. & Sun. 12-6; closed Mon. & Tues. $3, $2 st./sc. "Amnesia" examines memory loss & desire feat. works by 16 contemporary South American artists incl. Miguel Angel Rios & Inigo Manglano-Ovalle [through 2/27]. "Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection" celebrates artists Tomie Arai, Catalina Parra, Ernesto Pujol, Martin Wong & more [through 2/27]. "Speaking Amnesia" spoken-word series continues with Tish Benson & James Canon [Weds. at 6:30].
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART
200 Eastern Pkwy. (Washington Ave.), Bklyn., 718-638-5000. Weds.-Fri. 10-5; Sat. & Sun. 11-6; first Sat. of the month 11-11, eve. free; closed Mon. & Tues. $4, $2 st./sc. "Eastman Johnson: Painting America" feat. 75 paintings & 35 drawings by iconic 19th-century artist [through 2/6]. "Carved Memories: Tombstones of the Russian Jewish Pale" photographs by David Goberman [through 4/30]. "Installation of Rodin Sculptures" feat. 58 sculptures [permanent]. "Story Corner: Tales from the Silk Road" with Allison Day discusses merchant traveling the Silk Road from China to Persia [Sat. at 4]. "Jewish Tombstones: Gateway to a Forgotten World" gallery lecture [Sun. at 3].
cooper union for the advancement of science & art
Albert Nerken School of Engineering, 51 Astor Pl. (betw. 8th St. & 3rd Ave.), 353-4272. Weds.-Fri., Mon.-Tues. 12-7; Sat. 12-5; closed Sun. Free. "Crimes Against Humanity" showcases works by artists confronting the legacy of WWII [through 2/11].
the czech center new york
1109 Madison Ave. (83rd St.), 288-0830. Weds., Fri., Tues. 9-5; Thurs. 9-7; closed Sat.-Mon. Free. "Eva Fuka: The Faces of Time" feat. photographs from the anti-Communist artist's "Prague Period" [through 3/31]. "Czech Photography" exhibit showcases the work of Bohdan Holomicek [through 2/26].
the drawing center
35 Wooster St. (betw. Broome & Grand Sts.), 219-2166. Weds.-Fri., Tues. 10-6; Sat. 11-6; closed Sun. & Mon. Free. "Drawings of Sergei Eisenstein" displays over 100 drawings by the Soviet filmmaker [through 3/18]. First installation in U.S. by Swiss artist Nic Hess, "Together Now" [through 2/26].
FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM
54 Pearl St. (Broad St.), 425-1778. Weds.-Fri., Mon.-Tues. 10-4:45; Sat. 12-4; closed Sun. $2.50, $1 st./sc., child. 6 & under free. "Washington In Glory: America in Tears" commemorates bicentennial of George Washington's death with memorabilia incl. paintings, etchings & jewelry [through 4/2].
THE FRICK COLLECTION
1 E. 70th St. (5th Ave.), 288-0700. Weds.-Sat., Tues. 10-6; Sun. 1-6; closed Mon. $7, $5 st./sc., child. under 16 must be supervised; under 10 not admitted. "Velázquez in New York Museums" feat. masterpieces such as "King Philip IV of Spain" & "Portrait of a Little Girl" [through 1/30]. "Henry Clay Frick as a Collector of Drawings" with rarely displayed drawings by Gardner, Gainsborough & more [through 1/30].
1071 5th Ave. (89th St.), 423-3587. Weds.-Sun., Tues. 9-6; Fri. & Sat. 9-8; closed Thurs. $12, $7 st./sc., free for child. under 12. Eric Moe & Augusta Read Thomas perform as part of "Works & Progress at the Guggenheim" [Sun. & Mon. at 8, $15, $10 st./sc.].
575 B'way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.,), 423-3500. Thurs.-Mon. 11-6; closed Weds. & Tues. Free. "Andy Warhol: The Last Supper" exhibits his take on Da Vinci's work through silkscreens & paintings [permanent].
hispanic society of america
613 W. 155th St. (B'way), 926-2234. Weds.-Sat., Tues. 10-4:30; Sun. 1-4; closed Mon. Free. "The Renaissance Palace of Oliva" explains the importance of the palace [through 1/30].
INTREPID SEA AIR SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, W. 46th St. (12th Ave.), 245-0072. Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 10-5; closed Mon. $10, $7.50 veterans, reservists, st./sc., $5 ages 6-11, $1 ages 2-5, free for active duty & toddlers. "Defending our Future" exhibits machinery, statistics & Pentagon's latest project [permanent]. "Flying Machines: The Incredible Contraptions that Conquered the Sky" feat. reproductions of aircraft & demonstrations [through 4/11]. "Desert Storm Strike," "A-6 Cockpit Challenge" & "Cold War/Berlin Wall Exhibit" [permanent].
1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3271. Weds., Thurs., Sun. & Mon. 11-5:45; Tues. 11-8; closed Fri., Sat. $8, $5.50 st./sc., child. under 12 free. Pay-what-you-wish Tues. after 3. "The Changing Face of Family" documents the idea of Jewish family life through photography [through 2/6]. "John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family" marks the first time Sargent's 12 paintings have hung together since they were in the family's London home nearly 70 years ago [through 2/6]. "Berlin Metropolis: Jews & The New Culture, 1890-1918" explores the Jewish experience in Berlin with more than 250 city artifacts [through 4/23]. "Pickles & Pomegranates: Jewish Homes Near & Far" displays reproductions of a century's worth of Jewish homes around the world with composite characters inviting your children to play house with them [through 10/00]. "The 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival" presents 25 films depicting the international Jewish experience, incl. From Swastika to Jim Crow, Man is a Woman, When I Was Dead & more [through 1/27]. "Moving Portraits: The Jewish-American Family in Video Art & Alternative Media" video screening program showcases The Mom Tapes by Ilene Segalove, Harold's Bar Mitzvah by Bart Friedman & more [Sun. at 4].
LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
90 Orchard St. (Broome St.), 431-0233. Call for times & prices. "Sitting Shiva: The Rogarshevsky Family Apartment," an interactive exhibit feat. home of Jewish immigrant family from Lithuania in mourning [permanent]. "The Gumpertz & Baldizzi Apartments," restored to 1870 & 1935 (respectively) specifications [permanent]. Tours incl. "19th-century Tenement," "The Confino Family Apartment," & "The Streets Where We Lived."
merchant's house museum
29 E. 4th St. (betw. Lafayette & Bowery), 777-1089. Thurs.-Mon. 1-5; closed Tues. & Weds. $5, $3 st./sc. "A 19th-century Wonderland" commemorates Lewis Carroll's birthday, with appearances by Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum" [Thurs. at 6:30, $50-$75].
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
1000 Fifth Ave. (82nd.), 535-7710. Weds. & Thurs. 9:30-5:30; Fri. & Sat. 9:30-9; Sun. 9-5:30; Tues. 9:30-5:30; closed Mon. $10, $5 st./sc., child. under 12 free w/adult. 1920-1937 paintings from the Berggruen Klee Collection exhibited in "Klee Paintings" [through 2/12]. Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama shows his work in "Daido Moriyama: Hunter" exhibit [through 2/2]. "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" displays 250 works from museums throughout the world [through 2/9]. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception" incl. more than 150 prints of 19th-century American landscape [through 2/9]. "Only the Best: Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon" feat. works by Reubens, Fragonard, Turner, Manet, Monet, Roman medals, Armenian illuminated manuscripts & more [through 2/27]. "Sean Scully on Paper" installation of the artist's watercolors, photographs & more [through 3/12]. "Rock Style" showcases the influence on fashion by iconic rockers like Bowie, the Beatles, Elvis, Madonna & more [through 3/19]. "Korean Ceramics from the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka" displays 48 works from the 12th- to the 19th-century [opens 1/25, through 6/4]. "European Helmets, 1450-1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection" feat. 75 helmets from the apogee of helmet design [through 1/2001]. "Walker Evans" presents 175 vintage pictures by the famed photographer [opens 2/1, through 5/14]. "Ancient Greek Literature in the Present Day: Mirrors in Euripides" lecture by Rachel Hadas [Fri. at 6, $20]. "The Curtain of Mysteries & the Mirror of the Invisible World: Stories from the Khamseh of Nizami" illustrated lecture by Peter J. Chelkowski feat. Reza Derakshani on sitar [Sat. at 3].
municipal art society
457 Madison Ave. (betw. 51st & 52nd Sts.), 935-3960. Weds., Fri., Sat., Mon. & Tues. 11-5; closed Thurs., Sun. Free. "The Work of Christian de Portzamparc" showcases photographs, drawings & models of the celebrated French architect [through 1/26].
museum of american financial history
28 B'way (betw. Exchange Pl. & Beaver St.), 908-4519. Weds.-Sat., Tues. 10-4; closed Sun. & Mon. $2 don. "Erie Canal: Locks, Stocks & Barrels" explores the Canal's role in NYC's rise to financial prominence [through 6/2].
museum of american folk art
Columbus Ave. (betw. 65th & 66th Sts.), 595-9533. Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 11:30-7:30; closed Mon. $3 contrib. "Millennial Dreams: Vision & Prophecy in American Folk Art" displays works from New Mexican santos to Pennsylvania German fraktur to Adventist charts exhibiting folk heritage & renderings of the future [through 5/14].
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN THE AMERICAS
70 Mulberry St. (Bayard St.), 619-4785. Weds.-Sat. & Tues. 12-5; closed Sun. & Mon. $3, $1 st./sc., child. under 12 free. "Where Is Home? Chinese in the Americas," personal stories, photos, mementos & poetry encased in a structure reminiscent of a glowing Chinese lantern [permanent]. "Family Portraits" [permanent]. "Fan Ngukki (Returning Home)" displays Brenda Joy Lem's silkscreened banners [through 6/30].
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
1220 5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672. Weds.-Sat. 10-5; Sun 12-5; Tues. 10-2; closed Mon. $5, $4 st./sc./child., $10 families. "Fashion on Stage: Couture for the Broadway Theater, 1910-1955" documents theater fashion during these times [through 2/27]. "New York Toy Stories" & "Andrew Jackson Head" [permanent]. "The New York Century," showcases glimpses of influential people & events [through 5/28]. Original costumes for Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago & more are displayed, paying memorial tribute to costume designer Patricia Zipprodt [through 7/2]. Photographs & essays by NYC high school students documenting changes in the city's immigrant neighborhoods during "Kids Make History" exhibit [through 4/2]. Continuing the museum's immigration retrospective is "Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis Island," a photographic journey complete with island artifacts & an eight-minute documentary [through 2/13].
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400. Thurs. & Sat.-Tues. 10:30-5:30; Fri. 10:30-8:15; closed Weds., $10, $6.50 st./sc., child. under 16 free w/adult. Pay-what-you-wish Fri. 4:30-8:15. Also see "Film & Video." "Modern Starts," People," a three part exhibit?"People" [through 2/1], "Places" & "Things"?feat. works by modernists Duchamp, Léger, Klee & Cézanne [through 3/14]. "Making Modern Starts" orientation to MoMA2000 [through 2/29]. "Projects" series continues: #69 with Julia Jacquette's multimedia creations [through 3/00], #70 with Shirin Neshat, Simon Patterson & Xu Bing's banners [through 5/1]. "Act It Out! Art of Body Language" family program [Sat. at 10, $5/family].
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600. Weds., Sat., Sun. & Tues. 12-6; Thurs. 12-8; Fri. 12-9. $6, $4 st./sc., $3 child. under 13. Also see "Film & Video." "Super Bowl: Super Showcase for Commercials" screens some Madison Ave. memories, like the Budweiser frogs & Victoria's Secret models, as narrated by Frank Gifford [through 2/13]. Andy's Funhouse: The Andy Kaufman Special from 1979, alongside clips from SNL, Late Night with David Letterman & Fridays, screening [through 1/30]. "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was" retrospective narrated by Lou Rawls, part of the "Radio Listening Series" [through 7/16]. "The Unseen Lucy & Desi: Treasures From the Vault" screens rare footage & more, beginning with "The Early Television Years" [through 3/5]. "View From the Inside: Roundtable Discussions on Advertising" feat. Jerry Della Femina, Nina DiSesa, Phil Dusenberry, Lee Garfinkel, & Keith Reinhard [Weds. at 6].
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green (betw. State & Whitehall Sts.) 668-6624. Weds.-Tues. 10-5; Thurs. 10-8. Free. "Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert Retrospective Exhibition, 1947-1992" feat. 50 woodcarvings, poems & masks of the influential Tlingit artist [through 2/6]. "All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life & Culture" displays more than 300 symbolic objects chosen by 23 Native selectors [permanent]. "Creation's Journey: Masterworks of Native American Identity & Belief" feat. 165 objects from 3200 BC to the 20th-century [permanent].
NEW MUSEUM of contemporary art
583 B'way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 219-1222. Weds. & Sun. 12-6; Thurs.-Sat. 12-8; closed Mon., Tues. $6, $3 artists, st./sc. Ages 18 & under free. Retrospective of Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles [through 3/5]. Window installation of four light boxes by Kaws on view [through 1/28].
580 Madison Ave. (betw. 56th & 57th Sts.), 317-7596. Weds.-Sat., Mon. & Tues. 10-5:30; closed Sun. Free. "The Century in Times Sq." exhibit accompanies a book that represents Times Sq. through photographs [through 1/29].
NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
47-01 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-699-0005. Weds., Mon. & Tues. 9:30-2; Thurs.-Sun.; 9:30-5. $7.50, $5 child./sc. Free Thurs. & Fri., 2-5. "Marvelous Molecules?The Secret of Life" illustrates similar chemistry traits among living things?humans, amoebas & cockroaches [permanent].
NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2 W. 77th St. (Central Park W.), 873-0509. Weds.-Sun. & Tues. 11-5; closed Mon. $5, $3 st./sc., child. 12 & under free. "The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle & Achievement" [through 2/20]. "$24: The Legendary Deal for Manhattan" examines the myth of Manhattan's origin [through 3/9]. "Masterworks of 19th-century American Painting" feat. nearly 50 oil paintings by such artists as William Sydney Mount, Thomas Cole & Asher B. Durand [permanent]. "Kid City" [permanent]. "$24: The Legendary Deal For Manhattan" investigates the purchase of New York with a collection of colonial-era items [through 3/5]. "John James Audubon: The Birds of Winter" feat. 15 paintings by the artist of New York winter birds [through 4/30]. "New York on the Brink: The City's Fiscal Crisis of the 1970s" re-evaluates the crisis through comparison with the current boom period [opens 2/1, through 5/7].
new york transit museum at grand central terminal
42nd St. (Vanderbilt Ave.), 878-0106. Weds.-Fri., Mon. & Tues. 8-8; Sat. 10-4; closed Sun. Free. "Transit Treasures: Oddities, Wonders & Exceptional Common Fare for Moving People" shows over 90 artifacts from the museum's collection, incl. token slugs, vintage entrance lamps, commuter rail master controllers & much more [through 2/29].
22-25 Jackson Ave. (46th Ave.), L.I. City, 718-784-2084. Weds.-Sun. 12-6; closed Mon. & Tues. $5, $2 st./sc. contrib. "Ricanstructions: Paintings of the 90s" by Juan Sanchez [through 2/13].
queens museum of art
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700. Weds.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 12-5; closed Mon. & Tues. $4, $2 st./sc., child. under 5 free. "Modern Odysseys: Greek American Artists of the 20th Century" [through 1/30]. "Tiffany in Queens: Selections from the Neustadt Museum Collection" [permanent]. "Grow A Picture" in mixed-media collage at this week's Family Drop-In Art Workshop [Sun. at 1, $3].
south street seaport museum
207 Front St. (betw. South & Fulton Sts.), 748-8600. Weds.-Tues. 10-5. $6, $5 sc., $3 child. "American Tattoo: The Art of Gus Wagner" shows the oeuvre of Sailortown's father [through 5/31].
swiss institute of new york
495 B'way (betw. Spring & Broome Sts.), 925-2035. Weds.-Sat., Tues. 11-6; closed Sun. & Mon. Free. "Prophecies" displays paintings & videos by artists such as Lana Lin, Emmanuelle Antille, Jutta Koether & more, interpreted by Steven Cohen, Greg Foley, John Marchesella & others to determine their statements about the future [through 3/11].
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 570-3600. Weds. & Fri.-Sun., Tues. 11-6; Thurs. 1-8; closed Mon. $12.50, $10.50 st./sc./groups of 10 or more. Pay-what-you-wish first Thurs. of every month during "The American Century: Art & Culture 1950-2000," part two of series feat. photography, painting, sculpture, film & video & music by Elvis & Ella Fitzgerald [through 2/13]. "Contemporary Narratives in American Prints" feat. works of Donald Judd, Dotty Attie, Lesley Dill, Juan "Dirty" Sanchez & more [through 2/2].
whitney museum of american art at philip morris
120 Park Ave. (42nd St.), 878-2550. Weds.-Sat., Mon. & Tues. 7:30-9:30; closed Sun. Free. "Les Boroson: Underpass" sculpture resembles a cloverleaf traffic exchange pattern, playing off the flow of traffic through the Sculpture Court that houses it [through 3/17]. "Correspondences: Isamu Noguchi & Ellsworth Kelly" feat. drawings & sculptures by the two disparate artists [through 4/7].
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
2520 Amsterdam Ave. (185th St.). 960-5390. Weds., Thurs. & Tues. 10:30-5:30; Sun. 12-6; closed Mon., Fri. & Sat. $3, $1.50 child., st./sc. free. "My Father's Pawnshop" exhibits Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship's life as a Southern Jew depicted on oil paintings [permanent]. "Varieties of Religious Experience" feat. Yves Mozelsio's photographs of Jewish people at work incl. a clown & FBI Spanish translator [permanent]. "The Fairy Tale Series" feat. illustrated folk tales by Israeli-born artist Michelle Muhlbaum. "Tree of Life: Sculpture by Rafael David Sucari." "First Fruits" feat. students' works from the Ulpanat B'nei Akiva School of Art, Music & Communication in Tetach Tikva, Israel [permanent].