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It’s Christmas this week, so our suggestions include a Christmas Day visit to the Jewish Museum, a midnight screening of The Shining, a children’s storytime at the Morgan, a show of 1970s and ’80s NYC art ephemera, and much more.
The Jewish Museum
When: Open Thursday, December 25, 11am–4:30pm
Where: The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
For those who haven’t left the city, the Jewish Museum will be open from 11am to 4:30pm on Christmas day. Current exhibitions include Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, an in-depth look at the art collection of the cosmetics entrepreneur, and From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis 1945–1952, a parallel comparison of the two Abstract Expressionist artists. If that’s not enough, there are also a number of workshops and performances taking place throughout the day.
When: Friday, December 26, 12am ($11)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Is the holiday cheer starting to become just a little bit too oppressive? Then level it out with a midnight screening of The Shining (1980), one of the most unnerving horror films ever made. “Redrum,” telepathy, creepy twins, a psychotic husband — there’s something for everyone! Just be sure to get to your seat by 11:45pm.
A Classic Henson Holiday
When: Saturday, December 27, 1pm (with museum admission, first-come, first-served)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Those who would find a screening of The Shining unappetizing might want to head out to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. This Saturday, Craig Shemin, the president of the Jim Henson legacy, will introduce an uncut screening of A Muppet Family Christmas (1987). Shemin will also be presenting some behind-the-scenes footage from the production as well as a compilation of scenes from other Henson holiday productions.
When: Closes Sunday, December 28
Where: The Hole (312 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Ending this Sunday is The Hole’s latest group exhibition, Early Man, a collection of work inspired by early art making. Featuring the work of such artists as Bjarne Melgaard, David Shrigley, Giovanni Garcia-Fenech, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, the show looks and sounds like a lot of fun:
Other than real-world early art impulses, the stock character of the Cave Man holds a lot of appeal for young artists; the idea that art was urgent, crucial, important enough to make time for during a strenuous day of hunting or running from mammoths or whatever. Maybe artists are interested in the idea of a cultivated ignorance or the appearance of uncivilized behavior; maybe artists also like the fantasy that their work will be something generations will puzzle over in the future, or are just into the idea of being willfully confusing, their intentions unexplained, the way a 23,000 year old Baton de Commandement could be a spear thrower or a midwife calendar or a dress fastener or an arrow straightener.
Sunday Storytime at the Morgan Library
When: Sunday, December 28, 3–4pm
Where: The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)
If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this Sunday, you can check out the Morgan. Medieval tales will lull your children into thinking that a museum is the best place to be. And while you’re there, check out the Théodore Rousseau, Cy Twombly, and other shows. They also have an exhibition about Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, including the original manuscript.
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
When: Monday, December 29, 7:30pm ($12)
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)
Between 1980 to 2010, hundreds of women disappeared from South Central LA, the vast majority of them black. The community was convinced that a serial killer was on the loose, the so-called ‘Grim Sleeper.’ A suspect, Lonnie David Franklin Jr, was eventually charged with the murders of 20 women. Directed by renowned documentary maker Nick Broomfield, Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014) is a timely examination of racial prejudice, misogyny, and bureaucratic incompetence. MoMA’s screening precedes the film’s release on HBO this April.
Art & Ephemera from 98 Bowery, 1969–89
When: Until December 28
Where: Lodge Gallery (131 Chrystie Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
98 Bowery does a great job archiving and exhibiting work from a period of New York’s history that still feels largely unknowable. Focused on the transient and populist quality of art produced during the 1970s–80s, this 98 Bowery show at the Lodge Gallery features an amazing array of artists, including Charlie Ahearn, John Ahearn, Marc Brasz, Colette, Thom Corn, Jane Dickson, Stefan Eins, Sandra Fabara (Lady Pink), John Fekner, Group Material, Keith Haring, Lisa Kahane, Christof Kohlhofer, Don Leicht, Dick Miller, Marc H. Miller, Richard Mock, John Morton, Tom Otterness, Phase 2, Walter Robinson, Christy Rupp, Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, Y Pants, and many more. Highly recommended.
Nighttime “Salon Vidéo” on the Bowery
When: From sundown to sunrise until January 11, 2015
Where: Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Garis & Hahn is doing something different this holiday season: they’ve installaed “Salon Vidéo,” an interactive three-channel video installation by Eric Corriel that will transform images of passersby into works of art. Sounds like a fun thing to check out if you’re in the area.