In this edition of our Things To Do column, expect postmodern dance, an artist conversation and performance art by Simone Forti. Also on the list are opportunities to gear up for the holidays in style with the Artists Holiday Party at MoMA and a Holiday Concert at the Guggenheim. Read on for art and culture things to do in NYC through December 20, 2016.


BAM presents the NY Premiere of “CITIZEN” from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held at the BAM Harvey Theater.

Choreographer Reggie Wilson’s postmodern work draws from the languages of the African diaspora, weaving elements of blues, slave, and spiritual cultures into contemporary and pedestrian movement vocabularies. Along with with Fist & Heel Performance Group, Wilson presents a new work inspired by African-American figures throughout history who were conflicted and chose not to leave their home country in spite of pervasive racism. Five dancers engage with video projections in a series of solos that overlap and intersect, questioning the meaning of "belonging." This performance is part of 2016 Next Wave Festival and commissioned by BAM.

Tickets start at $20. Run time is one hour and five minutes. BAM Harvey Theater is located at 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

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"CITIZEN" by Reggie Wilson. Photo: © Paula Court. Courtesy of BAM.

"CITIZEN" by Reggie Wilson. Photo: © Paula Court. Courtesy of BAM.


2. An Evening with Kerry James Marshall at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents “An Evening with Kerry James Marshall” on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The talk will be held at the Met Fifth Avenue in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.

Join artist Kerry James Marshall for a conversation with William C. Rhoden, former New York Times columnist and current writer-at-large for ESPN's The Undefeated. This evening event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry” on view through January 29, 2017 at The Met Breuer.

This is a free lecture. Advance registration for this event has closed. Limited additional tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the talk. This event will also be live streamed on The Met’s Facebook page, via Facebook Live.

The Met Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028.

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3. Night at the Museum: Artists Holiday Party

MoMA PS1 presents “Night at the Museum: Artists Holiday Party” on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

MoMA PS1 will celebrate the holiday season with artists and friends at this special edition of Night at the Museum. Current exhibitions will be opened after dark, spiked hot chocolate and other treats will be available, and the VW Dome will be re-imagined as a giant, immersive snow globe.

Artist Hosts include: Michele Abeles, Marina Abramović, Doug Aitken, Ed Atkins, Charles Atlas, Tauba Auerbach, Kevin Beasley, Gina Beavers, Huma Bhabha, Jonah Bokaer, Carol Bove, Lauren Boyle, Sascha Braunig, Mira Dancy, Lauren Devine, David Hallberg, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Devin Kenny, Ragnar Kjartansson, Jeff Koons, Liz Magic Laser, Deana Lawson, Glenn Ligon, Cinthia Marcelle, Christian Marclay, Julie Mehretu, Donald Moffett, Laurel Nakadate, Lorraine O’Grady, Adam Pendleton, Rob Pruitt, Ugo Rondinone, Jacolby Satterwhite, Dana Schutz, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Avery Singer, Kiki Smith, Casey Spooner, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Ryan Trecartin, Francesco Vezzoli and Anicka Yi.

Tickets are $15, and free for MoMA PS1 + Members. MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101.

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4. Holiday Concert at The Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents “Holiday Concert” on Sunday, December 18 and on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the sounds of holiday music in the museum’s iconic rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become an annual tradition.

The museum closes at 5:45 p.m. and reopens at 6:45 p.m. for the concert.

Floor Seating is now sold out. Standing Room only. Tickets for Ramp Standing are $20 and $15 for members and Friends of Works & Process. Click here for Sunday tickets and here for Monday tickets.

The Guggenheim Museum is located at 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128.

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The Guggenheim's Holiday Party 2015. Photo: Richard Termine.

The Guggenheim's Holiday Concert 2015. Photo: Richard Termine.


5. Simone Forti Performance at ISCP

The International Studio & Curatorial Program presents “Simone Forti Performance: Sleep Walkers / Zoo Mantras” on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will be followed by a conversation between Simone Forti and curator Kari Conte.

In conjunction with ISCP’s exhibition “The Animal Mirror,” Simone Forti will mark the 50th anniversary of her seminal work “Sleep Walkers / Zoo Mantras” with its first performance in New York since the 1970s. Forti first performed the piece under the title “Zoo Mantras” in a 1968 solo event at Galleria L’Attico in Rome after spending days observing animals in the Rome Zoo. The choreography is based on the zoo animals’ habitual movements and wrestles with the complexity of humans’ intuitive identification with animal life.

This performance is free and open to the public. To access the performance virtually, click here and sign up for free on Livestream. ISCP is located at 1040 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

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