Central Park in New York: Concerts and events

Fill your calendar with outdoor activities in Central Park in New York, including SummerStage concerts and Shakespeare in the Park performances.

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Central Park in New York: SummerStage

Central Park in New York: SummerStage Photograph: John Klemm


Come summertime, Central Park is abuzz with a staggering amount of summer events: SummerStage concerts, the free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, comedy shows, rooftop poetry readings, Shakespeare in the Park, classical concerts, the New York Phil…. We could go on, but instead we've organized every event by date in the list below. So whether you're looking for something to do today, this weekend or next month, you can easily find what you want.

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”Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe”

  • Price band: 2/4
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Painting, sculpture, architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater and performance—Italian Futurism encompassed all of these and more, as one of the most dynamic, controversial and unpredictable movements in early modern art. More so than their Cubist contemporaries in Paris, the artists of Futurism celebrated the revolutionary furor and breakneck technological pace of life in the nascent 20th century, embracing its contradictions and its frequent descents into violence. This expansive overview is the first undertaking of its kind in the United States, and should prove an eye-opener.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Mon Sep 1
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"Now You See It: Photography and Concealment"

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The Met digs into its collection for this show of vintage and contemporary photos and video with the aim of exploring how the camera can hide as well as reveal subject matter. The roster of contributors includes Vera Lutter, Taryn Simon, Diane Arbus and Weegee, among others.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Mon Sep 1
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"Goya and the Altamira Family"

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Taken from different collections as well as the Met's, this show reunites Goya's four portraits of the Altamira family, commissioned by the Count of Altamira in 1786 and completed two years later. The works include a likeness of the count himself, the Met-owned double portrait of his wife and daughter, and, of course, the Met's other treasure Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga, a.k.a. the "Boy in Red." Goya's painting of Manuel Osorio's oldest brother—as well as one of Altamira's middle son, created by Goya's pupil Agustín Esteve—rounds out the family reunion.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 3
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"The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design"

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An examination of this fascinating moment in 19th-century British art, when a group of young painters, reacting to the onslaught of the Industrial Revolution, turned to medieval and early Renaissance art as the spur for their own work, taking solace in a romanticized past.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Oct 26
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"Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today"

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  • Price band: 1/4
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The entire notion of lumping together art from more than 20 countries on two continents under the Latin American rubric is problematic to begin with, and in this exhibition of new acquisitions for the Guggenheim’s collection, it mostly serves as a marketing tool. This selection of works by some 40 artists, organized into six nebulous “themes” by Mexican curator Pablo León de la Barra, never really coheres; worse, it provides little artistic excitement or surprise. Too many of the works employ an art-school lingua franca: A simpleminded, toothless conceptual language that gestures vaguely at larger issues. Wall labels spelling out the meanings of, say, Adriano Costa’s gold-painted towels, or Carlos Amorales’s hanging mobile of cymbals that visitors can bang, certainly don’t help. Interestingly, two installations by older, longtime New Yorkers prove the most affecting works here. Juan Downey’s The Circle of Fires (1979), a two-channel video installation arranged in a circle of inward-facing monitors, features footage of the Yanomami Indians in the Venezuelan Amazon shot by the subjects themselves, creating a mesmerizingly lyrical portrait. In Luis Camnitzer’s minimalist light show, Art History Lesson No. 6 (2000), haphazardly placed, empty slide projectors cast illuminated quadrilaterals onto Plexiglas sheets attached to the walls. A glossy presentation of nothing, it embodies a pedagogy of absence, suggesting a piquant, if unintentional, comment on the show.—Joseph R. Wolin

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Oct 1
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Amie Siegel, Provenance

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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In the early 1950s, a newly independent India commissioned Le Corbusier to design a city, Chandigarh, as a regional administrative center in the northern part of the country. The institutional buildings he created with other modernist architects were outfitted with functional furniture (designed by his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret), that has become collectible in Europe and the United States. Provenance, Amie Siegel’s slow-paced, engrossing HD video, traces this narrative of objects in reverse. Using long takes, ambient sound and no voiceover, she starts with shots of midcentury chairs, tables, stools, desks and sofas ensconced in tony New York apartments and offices, and on a luxury yacht. The images unfold in time through auction houses, photographers’ and restorers’ studios, warehouses and shipping containers, then back to Chandigarh itself, where the furniture lies broken and discarded or stacked in abandoned rooms in aging Brutalist edifices. Siegel’s work, as we might expect, has more in mind than an anecdote in the history of taste; the artist’s reticent recounting of the saga of Jeanneret’s unlovely furnishings reveals itself over time as a contemplation of the trickle-up mechanics of globalism. Lot 248, a second, shorter video, documents the 2013 auction of a copy of Provenance at Christie’s in London. Bidding occurs fitfully; the hammer falls at a respectable 42,000 pounds. Siegel neatly inserts her own work as a conceptual double into the same circuits that govern the

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Garry Winogrand

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This is the first retrospective in 25 years of Winogrand, a member of the legendary generation of American street photographers who got their start in New York before fanning out across the country to document postwar life. Winogrand, who has a keen eye for the absurd, captured subjects up and down the social ladder, from ordinary pedestrians to celebrities, in a dynamic, vibrant style.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Sep 21
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"Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911"

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  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #370

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In this particular mural, Lewitt (1928–2007) creates an Op-py Pop-y meditation in black-and-white on the basic geometric triad of square, circle and triangle. As always, the piece was executed on-site by a crew following a set of the artist's instructions.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Mon Sep 29
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Shakespeare in the Park

  • Free

8pm. Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St. As it did last summer, the Public Theatre is running two plays in repertory at the Delacorte. The grown-up fairy tale All’s Well That Ends Well, which follows resourceful Helena’s gambit to win the heart of snooty Count Bertram, is probably more kid-appropriate than Measure for Measure, which might be too raunchy and Machiavellian for children weaned on Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Ages 10 and up.

  1. Central Park, at 81st St
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 17
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King Lear

Tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up only on the day of performance after noon at the Delacorte Theater. A limited number of tickets are also distributed via online lottery; see website for details. The recent Lear deluge continues as the Public's revered Shakespeare in the Park series takes on the Bard's tragedy of foolish judgment and majestic degradation. Daniel Sullivan directs John Lithgow in the title role; among the other players are Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht, Jay O. Sanders and Steven Boyer.

  1. Central Park, at 81st St
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Sun Aug 17
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  1. 59th St to 110th St, between Fifth and Eighth Aves
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Mon Aug 11
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"The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt"

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Graham, a pioneer of video and conceptual art, has spent the past 25 years or so creating elegant pavilions of glass and steel (and sometimes mirrors) in rural and urban outdoor settings. Similar to the architectural follies that grace formal gardens—albeit with a phenomenological bent—these structures are meant to explore the relationship between the individual and the public space. Here, in an echo of sprawling Central Park below, Graham collaborates with Swiss landscape artist Günther Vogt to site the latest such project within its own greensward on the Met's roof.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Wed Jul 30 - Mon Nov 3
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Central Park Skate Circle

  • Free

The Central Park Dance Skater Association’s weekend get-togethers have been a fixture on the park's calendar for decades. Bring your own quads—or rent from the nearby Skate Truck (skatetrucknyc.com)—and bust a move to throwback R&B, house, dance and Top 40 music spun by a rotating roster of local DJs. For those who don’t skate, there’s space to groove on foot without colliding with those on wheels, or just watch the old hands do their thing.

  1. Central Park Skate Circle midpark, enter at Central Park West and W 72nd St or Fifth Ave and E 72nd St
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sun Oct 12
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Central Park Tango

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Michelle and Christina Naughton

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  • Free

Next season, the identical twins in this up-and-coming piano duo will make debuts with orchestras in Houston and Philadelphia—though not before they drop by our Naumburg Bandshell for a free concert of 20th-century works: John Adams’s propulsive and winning Hallelujah Junction, and two-piano arrangements of Milhaud’s Scaramouche, Ravel’s La Valse and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The first thousand people to show up to the bandshell get in free.

  1. Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park 72nd St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Tue Aug 5
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Spectrum Dance Theater + Sidra Bell Dance NY

Seattle's Spectrum Dance Theater and New York's Sidra Bell Dance NY split a bill, as part of the 2014 SummerStage events.

  1. Central Park, Rumsey Playfield Enter park at Fifth Ave , at 69th St
  2. Wed Aug 6
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Great Jazz on the Great Hill

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  • Free

Afro-Cuban drum veteran Ray Mantilla and bop sax giant Jimmy Heath head up this free outdoor jazz matinee.

  1. Central Park, Great Hill W 106th St, at Central Park West
  2. Sat Aug 9
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Central Park Tango

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Aug 9
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CMS at the Naumburg Bandshell

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  • Free

After an initial success last summer, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center makes its second foray into Central Park, serenading the Naumburg audience with Haydn's Piano Trio in C major, Weber's Clarinet Quintet and Paul Schoenfield's Clarinet Trio.

  1. Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park 72nd St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Tue Aug 12
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Central Park Tango

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Aug 16
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12th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

  • Free

Midpark at 69th St, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St. This series camps out in a spot just north of Sheep Meadow for five nights straight, and this year's theme celebrates movies filmed right here in New York City. First, see Big (Aug 18), followed by The Royal Tenenbaums (Aug 19), The Way We Were (Aug 20), Ghostbusters (Aug 21) and Rear Window (Aug 22). All ages.

  1. Central Park 59th St to 110th St, between Fifth and Eighth Aves
  2. Mon Aug 18 - Fri Aug 22
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Barefoot Shakespeare Company presents this rarely produced comedy, in which two best friends find themselves at odds over their chosen loves. Rob Sniffin directs.

  1. midpark, at 69th St
  2. Wed Aug 20 - Sat Aug 23
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Central Park Tango

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Aug 23
More info

Central Park Tango

Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.

  1. Literary Walk (in Central Park) 66th to 72nd Sts,, enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
  2. Sat Aug 30
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