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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Poetic is the label usually given to the work of this artist, who plumbs the haunted intersection where personal and historical trauma meet. Playing off the political turmoil of her native Colombia, her installations feature found objects and materials (furniture, clothing, etc.) altered to evoke harrowing events that continue to cling to memory, despite official efforts to bury the past.Read more
George Stubbs (1724–1806) was England’s greatest painter of hunting scenes, horse racing and other manly pursuits. This exhibition of loans from the Yale Center for British Art shares its gallery with the Met’s 18th-century British portraits, which is fitting, as Stubbs’s paintings focus on the characterization of both man and finely muscled beast. “Gentlemen Going a Shooting,” a set of four paintings from the 1760s, features sequential incidents of a hunt, with one capturing a bird being shot out of the sky. Freeman, the Earl of Clarendon’s gamekeeper, with a dying doe and hound (1800) pictures a huntsman delivering the coup de grâce to a wounded deer as his dog looks on. All the works here essay a pastoral mode to glorify the pastimes of yesteryear’s 1 percent (something rather alien to the image of today’s billionaire vulgarians), suggesting that the past remains a foreign country. But Freeman’s ineffable strangeness, moody and bloody, evokes an anxiety that feels somehow contemporary.—Joseph R. WolinRead more
Pierre Huyghe, a French artist know for poetic projects that encompass video, sculpture and landscaping, has transformed the Met’s rooftop into a mystical, Huy installation—a kind of archaeological excavation of that metaphorical place where the interaction between culture and nature makes the natural world seem unnatural. Segments of the roof’s paving stones have been pried off, stacked to the side like lids from freshly exhumed sarcophagi. Nearby, a large aquarium features a boulder inexplicably floating in a tableaux that periodically assumes a milky opacity, as if someone suddenly flipped a switch to hide the scene. The piece goes back and forth like that, alternately obscuring and revealing the contents within—an enigmatic, even unsettling, reminder that all is not what it seems.Read more
Drop off your finest jack-o'-lantern (5 to 10 lbs) at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, and at dusk, watch it set sail in Harlem Meer with dozens of other carved, illuminated pumpkins. This event also includes a kiddie-friendly costume parade, ghost stories and live tunes.Read more