Friday, December 20
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
92Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue
We're all familiar with the voluminous breeches and elaborate lace ruffs of 16th and 17th century portraiture, but did you know that the clothing seen in many of these paintings cost more than the paintings themselves? Join Anna Reynolds, curator of paintings at Royal Collection Trust, for a talk on the fascinating world of elite fashions of the day.
Richard Prince: Protest Paintings
Skarstedt Gallery, 20 E. 79th Street
9:30 ? 6 p.m.
Painted on a vertical canvas in the shape of a protest placard, the Protest Paintings alternate between monochromatic minimalism and richly layered colourful abstraction. Incorporating recycled jokes, printed and hand-written, as well as mined pattern details silkscreened onto the canvas, these paintings are characteristic of Prince's tenet of appropriation.
Saturday, December 21
7 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Ballroom hosts Jeni Breen and Gene Eagle bring stardust evenings of ballroom classics - Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha and your favorite Tangos. 7 p.m. Class / 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Open Dancing.
Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
An exhibition designed uniquely to explore the exquisite "manner of reacting" that sets the artist's work apart.
The Crossing: A Christmas Concert
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave
The highly praised a cappella choir recaps its triumphant performance of David Lang's Pulitzer-prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion, paired with the arresting Astralis by Wolfgang Rihm
Monday, December 23
Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshop
67th Street Library, 328 E 67th Street
Come learn the Chinese ribbon dance! Margaret Yuen, Director of the Red Silk Dancers will demonstrate the dance and show you how to wave a long silk ribbon to create rainbows, dragons and waterfalls. No previous training required and all materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 4 to 12. RSVP required.
Tuesday, December 24
David Salle: Ghost Paintings
Skarstedt Gallery. 20 E. 79th Street
9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Ghost Paintings are made from large photographic images printed on three contiguous linen panels. The "subject" of the photograph is that of a woman creating improvised movements under a large piece of fabric. concretely merge painting, photography, and performance to produce mysteriously imagistic works in the best innovative spirit of postmodernism. Salle. who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, is known for his crucial role in the formulation of postmodernism. He helped to reestablish painting as a central force in the 1980s.
firstname.lastname@example.org; 212-737-2060; Skarstedt.com
Steve Tyrell: Wordsmiths-Lyricists of the Great American Song
Cafe Carlyle, 35 E. 76th St
Best known for his whiskey-voiced, wedding-singer renditions of standards in the Father of the Bride films, Steve Tyrell brings his mix of Texas and Vegas back to the Carlyle in a night of Great American Songbook classics.
Wednesday, December 25th
Israeli Folk Dancing
8:15 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.
Open Session: Dancing for everyone, open dancing with instruction of more advanced repertoire.
Taught by Ruth Goodman and Yossi Almani.
Peter Doig, "Early Works"
Michael Warner, 4 E. 77th St
Presents an exhibition of early works by Peter Doig. The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of Doig's works from the 1980s and features several paintings and drawings shown for the first time.
Thursday, December 26
Family Film for the Holiday Break: Pacific Rim
96th Street Library, 112 E. 96th Street
Pacific Rim, starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, 2013, color, 131 minutes, rated PG-13. As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.
Borris: Four Decades
909 Madison Avenue, 73rd Street
For over 30 years, Ukranian-born Mikhailov has investigated the fate of the individual within the framework of history, making life-size color photographs that reveal the ever-widening gulf between public ideology and private existence in post-communist Eastern Europe. Deeply rooted in the tradition of social study and commentary, Mikhailov's work locates its power in deep engagement with its subjects.
email@example.com; 212-772-2004; dominique-levy.com