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Sizzling Color, Paula Modersohn-Becker, master of the Gilded Age

Although far from the most famous today, the Jewish Museum may have been the single most important art institution in New York during the 1960s, arguably the most important decade in New York art history; if it had never existed, the careers of many great sculptors and painters would not have been the same. «Overflow, Afterglow: New Work in Chromatic Figuration» (opens May 23) brings together paintings, sculptures, and installations by seven artists, mostly under the age of forty, and continues the museum’s time-honored tradition of bringing respectable, unknown names to life. «Chromatic» is putting it mildly – the colors crackle and hiss, and anyone who visits hoping to escape the summer heat will find a different warmth inside.

If the Jewish Museum leaves you thirsting for more lush brightness, Brazilian multidisciplinary artist Tadáskía delivers enough for everyone MOM exhibition «Projects: Tadaskía,» presented in association with the Studio Museum in Harlem (May 24). Holding court throughout the summer in the museum’s street-level galleries, the centerpiece is a sixty-one piece free-form drawing titled «ave preta mística mystical black bird,» which conveys a story of mythic, triumphant wandering—a fitting theme. for the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US

The second artist to receive her first major museum exhibition in the US is the German Expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died in 1907 at the age of thirty-one. Although she is perhaps best known for her correspondence with her friend Rainer Maria Rilke, she produced more than seven hundred paintings, the most stunning of which are her nude self-portraits, often considered the first created by a female artist. That some of these images show her pregnant adds a melancholy undertone she could not have intended: it was a postpartum embolism that ended her life. A year earlier, she told Rilka, «I am me and I hope to become more and more of it,» a mini-manifesto that inspired the exhibition’s title. «Paula Modersohn-Becker: Ich Bin Ich» (June 6), at the Neue Galerie.

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Is it possible for a creative personality whose works are beloved and synonymous with superlatives to be underappreciated? WITH «Gathering Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co.» (June 9), the Met fêtes a Gilded Age master who helped make the world’s most famous jewelry company what it remains today. Over one hundred and eighty pieces from Moore’s personal collection, ranging from Japanese lacquer to Venetian glass, along with seventy pieces from Tiffany, where he served as chief designer for over two decades, provide a thorough example of Moore as a quintessential craftsman. a great artist.

Later that month, another collector named Moore assists the Morgan Library and Museum with its centennial celebrations. «Far and Away: Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection» (June 28) features around seventy-five works by Rembrandt, Peter Lely, Hendrick Goltzius and more – great news if you care about art, and even better news if you love the Dutch Old Masters. Moore was named after his ancestor, the author of «The Visit of St. Nicholas»; this summer in Morgan, Christmas will come early.

If Christmas in the summer isn’t enough climatic confusion, visit the eighth floor of the Whitney Museum, where the 1972 installation was on June 29 «Survival Piece #5: Portable Orchard,» created by Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, makes its museum debut. Eighteen living trees occupy the space, their peacefulness a rebuke to the growing destitution behind them. Sometimes the past makes us think: We know better now, and other times—like on the heels of what was probably the hottest spring in history—it makes us realize we haven’t learned much at all.Jackson Arn


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«Summer for the City,» Ballet by Virginia Woolf

In the summer, if you’re lucky, dancing can include fresh air, beautiful views, even fireflies. For the third year in a row, Lincoln Center will be transformed into an outdoor urban playground, complete with a giant disco ball inside «Summer for the city» (June 12 – August 10). Classes, silent disco dancing (with music provided via headphones) and themed dance parties, from swing to mambo, enliven the center’s grounds – as do more formal performances. During «Indian Week” (July 10-14), British dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra—trained in kathak and bharata natyam — and a Chinese dancer-choreographer Chu Shenyuan bring their collaboration, «Samsara» (July 11-12), to the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Based on a 16th-century Chinese novel about the travels of a Buddhist monk, Oddra’s lithe, fast dance meets Hua’s fluid, shape-shifting style in this revelatory tale.

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