PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Upcoming Programs

Hedayat Shafeei
Persian Music Performance

Sunday, March 24
3:30 pm
at The Manes Center
Free with Museum admission

In honor of Nowruz, the Persian New Year and celebration of Spring, enjoy the sounds of traditional Persian music performed on the Tar, a long-necked lute with local musician and master Hedayat Shafeei. 

Sketching in the Galleries
with Glenna Kubit

Tuesday, April 2
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, April 4
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. 

Saturday, April 6
11:00 am - 4:45 pm
Free with Museum admission

International Slow Art Day is an annual event where people commit to slowing their pace, to take time to really look at art. There are many ways to participate in this exciting event. Visit the Museum and join the Public Exhibition Tour at 2:00 pm, ask for a Family Guide to explore our current exhibitions, or pick up a Sculpture Map in our lobby and locate some of the many works of art out on our grounds. This is a reciprocal membership benefit with The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor and The Heckscher Museum of Art. Members of those two museums receive free admission on April 6.

Gallery Guided Tour with Charles A. Riley II, PhD

Sunday, April 7
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Director’s Seminar
Art After Midnight

Tuesday, April 9
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session
Limited to 25 per session
 
The intimate secrets and complicated relationships (Fischl, Gornik, Salle, Bleckner, Haring Salle, Basquiat) that made the East Village so different from SoHo or uptown, and the ways in which the dance clubs (Mudd Club, Club 57, Area, Danceteria) became an alternative to the gallery scene. Inevitably, we will talk about the skyrocketing market and the role of dealers and auction houses.

Spring Break for Art

Tuesday to Thursday
April 23, 24 and 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
at The Manes Center
No reservations needed
$15 materials fee per family for Members; Museum admission plus $20 materials fee for
Non-Members

Three days of art making inspired by the art on view in the Museum’s current exhibition That ‘80s Show, a different project will be featured each day. Come join the fun!

Director’s Seminar
Burning Down the House

Tuesday, April 30
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session
Limited to 25 per session
 
Pulling the music and art together means understanding the role of David Bowie, Madonna (girlfriend of Basquiat and muse to many), David Byrne (RISD graduate and participant in many shows as a photographer), Patti Smith, the B-52s and others. This was also the era of MTV, which altered the perception of music by making it both visual and narrative..

Brown Bag Lectures
with Riva Ettus

Thursday, May 2
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
Lower East Side

Thursday, May 2 
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$30 for Members, $40 forNon-Members, per session

Trace the steps of the ‘80s art stars and visit the sites of their greatest triumphs (and parties), from Club 57 on St. Mark’s Place to the studios and off-beat spaces where they had shows, where movies such as Slaves of New York were filmed or scenes in the novels of Jay McInerney and Brett Easton Ellis were set. We’ll view the existing murals of Keith Haring, visit the new Brant Foundation gallery (with its Basquiat blockbuster) as well as trendy galleries. Meet at Brant Foundation, 421 East 6th Street.

Outdoor Sculpture Stroll

Thursday, May 2
Rain date: May 16
5:30 pm
$5 for Members; $10 for Non-Members

Laura Lynch and Katie Aragon of the Museum’s Education Department will lead a walk through the Museum’s Sculpture Park, one of the largest sculpture parks in the region. The Park includes large-scale installations, many in the Museum’s permanent collection, others are on loan from prestigious museums and galleries. Meet on the front terrace of the Museum. 

Super Family Sunday:
Art on the Movewith RADD Crossfit andFree Style Arts Association

Sunday, May 5
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at the Mansion
No reservations needed
$15 materials fee per family for Members; Museum admission plus $20 materials fee for
Non-Members

Run, skip, hop or jump to the Museum for a day of art making inspired by movement and nature. Free Style Arts Association will engage families with messy movable art on the Museum’s grounds to flex your creative muscles. Then get your bodies moving with members of the RADD Fitness team of Glen Head in activities designed for all ages and abilities. Inspired by your time outside, families will create kinetic sculptures using a variety of recycled materials. Dress for artmaking and physical activity. Program will move indoors in case of rain.

Sketching in the Galleries
with Glenna Kubit

Tuesday, May 7
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). 

Director’s Seminar 
Bright Lights, Big City

Tuesday, May 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, dates below
$30 for Members, $40 for Non-Members, per session
Limited to 25 per session
 
A literary seminar focusing on the novels and stories of Jay McInerney, Brett Easton Ellis, Tom Wolfe, Tama Janowitz and others whose fiction and poetry, like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work in the Jazz Age, captured the antics of the era.

Muna Tseng
Artist in the Gallery Series

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.  

Charlie Clough
Artist in the Gallery Series

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.

SO80s The Concert
iSchool Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, July 7
3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Video transformed the music scene when MTV first aired in 1981, altering our experience of the songs of Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, Talking Heads, David Bowie, the B-52s, Blondie and other stars. Join the inimitable iSchool Chamber Orchestra for an original re-interpretation of top songs of the decade scored for classical instruments and performed by virtuosi.

Panel Discussion:
What Did the ‘80s Really Mean?

Featuring Eric Fischl, April Gornik and Bryan Hunt with Charles A. Riley II, PhD
Date to be announced
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3:00 pm
Free with Museum admission

Join some of the stars of the ‘80s for a look back at the friendships, highlights (and lowlights) and momentous events of the dynamic decade as they look back from today’s perspective.

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