|Image: Courtesy of the Maurice Sendak Estate|
MAURICE SENDAK: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work. Sendak, the revolutionary children’s book author/illustrator, leaves an oeuvre of prolific outpouring with more than two hundred never-before-seen Sendak originals curated by rare-book dealers Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David at The Museum of American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators through August 17, 2013. Enter a magical world and view previously unpublished art work from ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ captures the childlike wonder in us, spanning all generations. On view: amazing monsters and imaginary creatures, larger-than-life images from his picture book and poster illustrations to his commercial and theater designs. It’s a breathtaking experience and a panel discussion on June 19th from 7 to 9 pm explores the topic, “Wild Things and Other Taboos” at Society of Illustrators, 129 East 63rd St. Tickets: $10 members, $15 non-members $7 students/seniors. 212.838.2560.
A DISTANT LOVE: Songs of John and Abigail Adams. You may have missed the Manhattan Premiere of Chelsea Opera’s ‘A Distant Love,’ but co-founders Leonarda Priore and Lynne Hayden Findlay, have brought to the stage a captivating work by composer Gary S. Fagin and librettist Terry Quinn who set’ A Distant Love’ in the late 1770s and early 1780s through the Adams’s remarkable letter writing. The Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra conjured up romantic lyrical notes befitting John Adam’s affection for Abigail and she for her ‘Dearest Friend.” It was such an original and historic opera made all the more interesting with the introduction by Margaret A. Hogan, co-editor of ‘My Dearest Friend-Letters of Abigail and John Adams.’ Chelsea Opera is a company to add to your agenda. In October 2013 they put on Ballymore-Part One and La Pizza con Funghi. Follow Chelsea Opera on Twitter: @ChelseaOperaNYC. Phone: 212.260.1796.
LE CORBUSIER: An Atlas of Modern Landscape features room-sized interiors, major paintings and original Architectural models of buildings designed by Le Corbusier. It reveals the ways in which Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, French, born Switzerland, 1887-1965) observed and imagined landscapes throughout his career, using all the artistic mediums and techniques at his disposal, from early watercolors of Italy, Greece and turkey, to sketches of India, and from photographs of his formative journeys to architectural models of his large-scale projects bringing together 320 objects, all of these dimensions of Le Corbusier’s artistic process, including major paintings and four reconstructed interiors. Through September 23, 2013 at MoMA, 11 W. 53 Street. 212.708.9431.
JACK GOLDSTEIN X 10,000 The Jewish Museum presents the first American museum retrospective for Jack Goldstein.(1945-2003). in an exhibition that brings to light Goldstein’s important legacy, revealing his central position in the Pictures Generation of artists of the 1970s and 80s. The impressive range of the artist’s imagination is explored through Goldstein’s influential films, and paintings as well as his pioneering sound recordings, installations and writings. Throughout his career he embraced technology, using it to create works that anticipated today’s digital media. The Jewish Museum provides audiences who may not be familiar with Goldstein’s work an in-depth understanding of an extraordinary innovator. Through September 28, 2013 at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd St. Phone: 212.423.3200.
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