Looking for things to do in New York City with an art and culture twist? We've got you covered. In this edition, we've selected noteworthy events through October 18, 2016 to put on your calendar. Expect to find live music, dance performances, film, Carmen Herrera explored, the chance to get up close and personal with architectural marvels and more. Read on to discover our picks for events to enjoy in NYC in October.  

1. Circle Map Performances and Artist Talk

The Park Avenue Armory presents “Circle Map: Kaija Saariaho, New York Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen” on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. Performances will be held at the Park Avenue Armory Wade Thompson Drill Hall and are approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho is making a mark on the contemporary musical landscape through her expansive, deeply emotional soundscapes. The New York Philharmonic will perform some of her seminal works under the baton of the Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence and Saariaho’s fellow countryman Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The program features the New York premieres of "Circle Map," a new work for orchestra and electronics that builds out from six stanzas by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, and D’om le Vrai Sens, written for and performed at the Park Avenue Armory while moving through the audience and orchestra by clarinetist Kari Krikku. The evening also includes the U.S. premiere of "Lumière et Pesanteur" as well as "Lonh," a work sung by rising soprano Jennifer Zetlan, with an electronic score that manipulates sounds from nature to evoke a distant landscape.

On Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. and immediately before the performance, “Artist Talk: Circle Map” features composer Kaija Saariaho, video projection designer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, and Park Avenue Armory Artistic Director Pierre Audi in conversation on Circle Map." The panel will be moderated by violist Nadia Sirota.

Performance tickets are $45. Artist Talk tickets are $15 and $12 for members. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065. www.armoryonpark.org.

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2. “Vortex Temporum” Performance at BAM

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the US premiere of “Vortex Temporum” on Friday, October 14 and on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.

This performance is part of 2016 Next Wave Festival. In this work by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, seven dancers inhabit late French composer Gérard Grisey’s three distinct ways of perceiving the passing seconds of time, using his 1996 work "Vortex Temporum" as guide. Pairing off with seven roving musicians from Ictus Ensemble, they perform a measure-by-measure translation of Grisey’s score. The meditative work creates the impression of circles forming within circles, mirroring the idea of time spiraling on. 

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House is located at 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. www.bam.org. Click here to purchase tickets. 

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Vortex Temporum. Photo: Anne Van Aerschot.

Vortex Temporum. Photo: Anne Van Aerschot.


3. Open House New York Weekend

The 14th Annual Open House New York Weekend will be held on Saturday, October 15 and on Sunday, October 16, 2016. The event unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build and preserve New York. From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Over 275 sites are participating in the 2016 Weekend.

A Launch Party will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at A/D/O, located at 29 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased here. Proceeds from this event help support OHNY Weekend. www.ohny.org.

Open Access Sites are sites that can be visited free of charge. While the majority of sites are Open Access, some sites and tours require Advance Reservations. Click here to make your reservations. For the full OHNY Weekend Event Guide, click here.

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4. Carmen Herrera Program at The Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents the special program “Carmen Herrera and the 100 Years Show” on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The program will be held on floor three, in the Susan and John Hess Family Theater and is in support of the current exhibition "Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight."

Carmen Herrera and the 100 Years Show” begins with a screening of “The 100 Years Show” (30 minutes, 2015), a documentary directed by Alison Klayman that combines verité footage from the years leading up to Carmen Herrera’s 100th birthday with interviews and archival images of Herrera’s life and work. The screening is followed by a panel conversation about Herrera’s practice and reception, and abstraction in contemporary art practice. The panel is moderated by scholar Edward J. Sullivan, who contributed to the catalogue for “Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight” with filmmaker Alison Klayman, artist Sarah Crowner, and scholar Abigail McEwen.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for members, students and seniors. The Whitney is located at 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014. www.whitney.org.

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"Green and Orange" by Carmen Herrera, 1958. Acrylic on canvas, 60 × 72 inches. Cejas Art Ltd. Paul and Trudy Cejas © Carmen Herrera.

"Green and Orange" by Carmen Herrera, 1958. Acrylic on canvas, 60 × 72 inches. Cejas Art Ltd. Paul and Trudy Cejas © Carmen Herrera.


5. 2016 National Design Awards | Winners’ Salon

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents “2016 National Design Awards | Winners’ Salon” on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. As part of National Design Week, the 2016 National Design Award winners will lead concurrent salons for discussion of new ideas and advancements in design. Attendees are invited to forge valuable connections with leading figures in the design world and network with fellow attendees. Light refreshments will be served.

The Winners' Salon is broken into concurrent break-out sessions and pre-register is required for each free sessions. Four sessions are offered: 

Session 1: Designing for the Future with Bruce Mau (Design Mind Award) & Christine Gaspar (The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Corporate & Institutional Achievement Award).

Session 2: Designing for the Environment with Marlon Blackwell (Marlon Blackwell Architects, Architecture Design Award) & Mary Margaret Jones (Hargreaves Associates, Landscape Architecture Award).

Session 3: Designing for Story with Geoff McFetridge (Communication Design Award) & Matt Cottam (Tellart, Interaction Design Award).

Session 4: Designing for Life with Robert Brunner (Ammunition, Product Design Award) & Verda Alexander (Studio O+A, Interior Design Award).

Tickets are free. To pre-register, click here. Cooper Hewitt is located at 2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128. www.cooperhewitt.org.

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