The Big Six: Museums, Uptown and Beyond

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06/08/2005 2:00 AM |

Brooklyn Museum
Michelangelo of the Menagerie: Bronze works by Antoine-Louis Barye; closes Jul 24.
Barye devoted his career to animal subjects. He blended the romantic taste for the exotic, and the sublime power of nature with the scientific exactitude of a flourishing modern zoology, lending an air of accuracy to every claw, fang, and scale.

Monet’s London: Artists’ Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914; closes Sep 4. This exhibition documents the multifaceted excitement aroused by the Thames in the second half of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th, seen through the eyes of a wide variety of artists whose very definition of art was changing in step with the scenery they depicted.
200 Eastern Parkway, at Washington Ave, Bklyn; 718-638-5000, Sun, Sat 11am to 6pm, Mon, Tue closed, Wed-Fri 10am to 5pm; $8 suggested contribution, $4 students and seniors, free for children under 12;

Art of Tomorrow: Hilla Rebay; closes Aug 10.
As an active participant in the avant-garde, Rebay exhibited on several occasions and had the opportunity to create woodcuts for covers of the gallery’s journals and catalogues.

Kandinsky Gallery: An Inaugural Selection; ongoing.
Over the course of the next two years, the Guggenheim Museum will highlight Kandinsky’s innovative work together with the museumís own visionary collectors, Hilla von Rebay and Solomon Guggenheim.
1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St. 212-423-3500, 10am to 5:45pm, Fri 10am to 8pm; Thu closed; $15 adults, $10 students and seniors, children under 12 and members free

The Metropolitan Museum
Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early 15th-century China; closes Jul 10.
The Yongle emperor was the most powerful, effective and extravagant ruler of the Ming dynasty (1368 — 1644).

Max Ernst: A Retrospective; closes Jul 10.
A founding member of the Surrealist group in Paris (1891-1976), Ernst was one of the most inventive artists of the 20th century. His paintings were steeped in Freudian metaphors, private mythology and childhood memories.

Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams; opens Jun 23, closes Sept 25.
The impact of Henri Matisse’s lifelong interest in textiles are shown in a selection of approximately 75 paintings, drawings, prints, and painted paper cutouts
1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St. 212-535-7710; Fri, Sat 9:30am to 9pm; Sun, Tue-Thu 9:30am to 5:30pm; Mon closed; $15 recommended for adults, $10 seniors, $7 students;

Greater New York 2005; closes Sept 26.
This exhibition presents approximately 150 artists from New York’s five boroughs who’ve emerged since 2000, with work exploring this specific time period, during which NYC has changed dramatically.
22-25 Jackson Ave, at 46th Ave, Long Island City 718-784-2084, Thu-Mon noon to 6pm; Tue, Wed closed; $5 suggested donation, $2 students and seniors, free for MoMA members;

Museum of Modern Art
Friedlander; closes Aug 29
This major retrospective surveys one of the most inventive and prolific careers in the history of photography.

Hayao Miyazaki & Isao Takahata: Masters of Animation; closes Jun 30.
The two filmmakers, who became friends in the late 1960s while working at Toei Animation, collaborated on several projects.

The Third MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation; closes Jun 20. Every year, the member institutions of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) preserve hundreds of motion pictures, working together to find the best surviving materials for each film.
11 W 53rd St, 212-708-9400, Hours: Sat-Mon, Wed-Thu 10:30am to 5:30pm; Fri10:30am to 8pm; Tue closed; $20 adults, $16 seniors; $12 students; children and members free;

Whitney Museum of American Art
Remote Viewing; closes Oct 9.
A major overview of recent abstract paintings and drawings that explore themes of virtual reality, the deep unconscious, nomadic travels and public space.

Sue de Beer: Black Sun; closes Jun 17.
Inflected with an interest in the aberrant, de Beer’s photographs, videos, and installations emerge from an intimate engagement with notions of time and memory. Black Sun continues de Beer’s exploration in a compelling video installation viewed within a large-scale wooden house environment.
945 Madison Ave, at 75th St, 1-800-WHITNEY. Mon, Tue closed, Wed, Thu 11am to 6pm; Fri 1 to 9pm Sat, Sun 11am to 6pm; $12 adults, students and seniors $9.50, group tours $9.50 per person;