The month of September brings the art world back to New York City. Museums and institutions put on exciting new events welcoming back the arts. In this edition of NYC Things To Do, expect to find artist performances and events, music, dance and much more. Enjoy our picks of top art and culture events through September 11, 2016.

1. Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter

The New Museum presents “Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter” on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On July 10, over one hundred black women artists gathered to form a collective force underground, known as Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter (BWA for BLM). Simone Leigh, the current artist in residence at the New Museum, convened this group in response to the continued inhumane institutionalized violence against black lives. For a list of artists involved in the collective, click here

The group will hold a public event in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The event will host healing workshops, performances, digital works, participatory exchanges, displays, and the distribution of materials throughout the New Museum Theater, Lobby, Fifth Floor, and Sky Room.

Space is limited, and admission is free with RSVP. The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002.

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2. Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents Lessons From Our Masters

Lincoln Center presents “Jazz: Nate Smith Trio featuring Dave Holland and Jaleel Shaw” on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Performances will be held at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

The Lessons from Our Masters series features a jazz master playing alongside a multigenerational band. In this edition, the master is bassist Dave Holland in his first-ever performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Holland is a versatile and expressive bassist who has spent his career working with artists like Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, and others. For this performance he joins drummer Nate Smith, a regular bandmate of his who organized this new trio. Also featured is saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, one of Smith’s regular collaborators.

Tickets are $35. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is located at 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019.

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3. Bridge Over Mud Performance at BAM

Brooklyn Academy of Music presents “Bridge Over Mud” from September 7 to 10, 2016. Performances will take place in the Judith and Alan Fishman Space.

The nine members of art collective Verdensteatret will present an immersive work that is equal parts concert, theater and installation. The piece is performed along 195 feet of train track onto which the artists manipulate a micro-landscape of railcars and other objects to transform the space into a dreamlike vision. A complex arrangement of over 60 speakers will be accompanied by projections, shadows, a live tuba player and two vocalists. The performance is presented in association with FuturePerfect Productions and part of 2016 Next Wave Festival. Verdensteatret is a DIY Norwegian collective consisting of video artists, computer animators, sound engineers, musicians, and visual artists. 

Tickets are available online. Run time is approximately 1 hour. BAM Fishman Space is located at 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

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4. Recital Series at Park Avenue Armory

The Park Avenue Armory Presents “Recital Series: Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet and José Gallardo, piano” on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Vienna-born clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer makes his North American recital debut at The Park Avenue Armory.  The performance showcases what the clarinet can do in a space that highlights the beauty of chamber music. The program will include works by Debussy, Gershwin, and Bela Kovacs.

Tickets are $45. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065.

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5. MetFridays: Artist’s Choice

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “MetFridays: Artist’s Choice” on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will take place throughout the Fifth Avenue Museum.

Visitors are invited to step into the minds of artists as they explore the galleries at the Met. Events in this edition of the program  include artist-led tours, discussions, opportunities to make your own art and performances.  Participating artists include Derrick Adams, Tauba Auerbach, Carla Gannis, Rajika Puri, Faith Ringgold, John-Mario Sevilla, Marisa Williamson and Benjamin Work. Click here for the full schedule of activities.

Free with Museum admission. The Met is located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028.

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6. Artist Performance at The Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents “Shake The Stars With Your Song” on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 3 to 9 p.m. on floor five in the Outdoor Gallery.

"Shake The Stars With Your Song" is a new performance collaboration between artists Sonia Louise Davis and Tamara Renée. The two will invite a community of fellow artists to perform alongside them in a one-day intervention on the Whitney’s fifth-floor Outdoor Terrace. A loose framework developed by Davis and Renée will guide the participating artists and audience through a structured improvisation featuring live music, movement, and textiles. Participating artists include Austin Williamson, Justin Mathews, Charlotte Dos Santos, Ivan Forde, Mimi Bai, Taja Cheek, Maria Grand, Frédérique Gnaman, and Melanie Charles.

In this project, the artists are exploring the intersection of poetics and politics and drawing on African diasporic traditions with an emphasis on music and language. The result is a multi-part visual and sonic score created by a process of writing, filmmaking, collage and sound.  The score oscillated between visual art and music and provides prompts that the participating artists will use to navigate a six-hour collective improvisation.

Free with Museum admission. Please note: In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place on September 17 or 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hess Theater. The Whitney is located at 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014.

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Sonia Louise Davis and Tamara Renée, visual scores and graphic notations, 2015–2016. Courtesy of The Whitney.

Sonia Louise Davis and Tamara Renée, visual scores and graphic notations, 2015–2016. Courtesy of The Whitney.


7. PopRally Presents: TEN at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art presents “PopRally: TEN” on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 8 to 11 p.m.

PopRally—the series of events at MoMA and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with the Museum—is turning one decade old. TEN will be a unique, interactive party that takes place throughout the entire Museum—in the galleries, the Sculpture Garden, and spaces in between. Visitors are invited to enjoy open bars and snacks, DJ sets and musical environments, all while engaging in a mysterious, sweeping game paying tribute both to Fluxus history and modern game design. Conceived in collaboration with MoMA’s friends at Recess, TEN urges visitors to create their own new, unexpected experience of The Museum of Modern Art.

Participating artists include: Zach Gage, Alina Tenser and Chris Domenick, Allison Janae Hamilton, Am Schmidt, Andrew Lampert/Public Opinion Laboratory, Black Chalk (Nontsikelelo Mutiti and Tinashe Mushakavanhu), Brendan Fernandes, Institute for New Feeling, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jonah Groeneboer, Lauren Halsey, Sable Elyse Smith, Sara Magenheimer, Željka Blakšić (aka Gita Blak) and Brujas.

Tickets are $40. Admission includes TEN, prompt in the form of a signed and numbered artist edition, DJ sets, and full open bars. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. MoMA is located at 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.

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A PopRally Event at the Museum of Modern Art. Photo © Carly Gaebe/Steadfast Studio.

A PopRally Event at the Museum of Modern Art. Photo © Carly Gaebe/Steadfast Studio.



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