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Muna Tseng
Artist in the Gallery

Sunday, May 19
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

‘80s New York! A Tale of Two Siblings, Tseng Kwong Chi and Muna Tseng

When Muna Tseng and her brother Kwong Chi arrived in Manhattan, two talented artists in the right place at the right time, they found themselves at the center of the action. Her brother’s provocative photographs of Haring, Basquiat, Warhol and others are spectacular mementos of the era, while his enigmatic and often funny self-portraits offer wry commentaries upon the immigrant experience. Muna, his sister, is a dancer and choreographer who collaborated with the director Ping Chong on a theater work that recalls the boundless era. Her intimate insights and observations are a direct link to some of the most brilliant creative minds of the ‘80s.

Director’s Seminar 
The Search for Meaning

Tuesday, May 28
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session
Limited to 25 per session
 
By 1989, the Berlin Wall had come down, the stock market had “corrected” and many of the art stars were either dead or slipping into obscurity. This is our chance to re-evaluate the legacy of the era in terms of the arts and social change.

Gallery Guided Tour with Charles A. Riley II, PhD

Sunday, June 2
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Sketching in the Galleries
with Glenna Kubit

Tuesday, June 4
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$5 for Members; Museum admission plus $5 for Non-Members
Limited to 15 per session

You don’t have to be able to draw to enjoy this program! This is not about the final result but rather about taking time to look closely at works of art in our galleries to get a better understanding of how the artist created them. Led by artist and educator Glenna Kubit, this program will encourage visitors to slow down as they engage in a variety of drawing assignments that focus on the use of line, proportion, texture and value. Paper, pencils will be provided (participants are welcome to bring their own sketch books). 

Brown Bag Lectures
with Riva Ettus

Thursday, June 6
1:00 pm
Free with Museum admission
No reservations needed
First come, first seated

Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on That ‘80s Show. Afterward, join the 2:00 pm Public Exhibition Tour. 

Director’s NYC Tour
Chelsea

Thursday, June 13
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$30 for Members, $40 forNon-Members, per session

The not-to-be-missed shows of the spring art season in the world’s most vibrant art neighborhood, with special attention to works by artists in our exciting ‘80s show. Highlights include Joan Mitchell at Zwirner, Gagosian, Pace, Matthew Marks, Gladstone, MetroPictures and many more. Meet at Gagosian Gallery,
555 West 24th Street

Summer Solstice Celebration, an ‘80s Dance Party

Friday, June 21
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 for Members; $25 for Non-Members
Includes 1 beverage and light refreshments
Registration required

Dress in your favorite ‘80s attire for a gnarly night of ‘80s jams, totally tubular trivia games and righteous radical throwback snacks. Museum galleries are open for a time warp tour of ‘80s artists including Keith Haring, Jean–Michel Basquiat and Cindy Sherman.  

Peter Josyph
Artist in the Gallery

Saturday, June 22
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Special screening of 'A Few Things Basquiat Did in School'. When artist-teacher Cynthia Shechter met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 6th Grade of PS 101 in Brooklyn, neither could have predicted that he would become one of the most exciting painters of his day. Join author, painter and filmmaker Peter Josyph for a special screening of his film followed by an informative Q&A.

Charlie Clough
Artist in the Gallery

Sunday, June 30
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

The founder of Hallwalls, a now-legendary artists’ cooperative that gave Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo their starts, Charlie Clough is an exceptionally talented artist with a brilliant theory of the relationship between painting and photograph. One of the stars of the blockbuster Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 at the Metropolitan Museum, his work uses images of historic masterpieces as a start. Then Clough paints on them, re-photographs them, and repeats the process. This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the ways in which the artists of the ‘80s transformed images into art.

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