A Conversation with Ming Smith of the Kamoinge Workshop

On Wednesday, March 24th at 7PM, The Whitney and Aperture Foundation invite you to join a virtual conversation with Ming Smith, the first female member of the Kamoinge Workshop, and Greg Tate, critic and musician, on the occasion of the publication of Ming Smith: A Monograph.
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ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL – from El Museo del Barrio

On Friday, March 12th, to celebrate the opening of their latest exhibit, featuring 42 artists and collectives from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, El Museo del Barrio will have an online tour.

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Hallowscream Family Fun

Haven’t yet solidified your Halloween plans and want your kids to have a Hallowscream?

Here are three fun options over the next few days:

DiMenna Creepy History Museum’s Haunted Halloween Party
(170 Central Park West – at Richard Gilder Way, 77th Street)

Described by NYMetro Parents as: “A Halloween celebration with a side of history”, at the museum’s event:

“Kids and their families summon the spirits of the past through historical fortune-telling, ghost stories with acclaimed storyteller April Armstrong, photos with a spirit, creepy crafts, and of course…candy!”

PopRally Presents Hallowscreen II: THE PROM
(at MoMA)

For teens (and adults), this is the perfect place to watch (or rewatch) the terrifying classic, “Carrie”.

“It’s prom night at The Museum of Modern Art! PopRally is hosting a HallowSCREENing of Brian DePalma’s Carrie (1976), plus an exclusive viewing of the Louise Bourgeois prints and spider sculptures in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Polish your tiara, break out your spookiest prom attire, and join us for drinks, candy, dancing, and the obligatory awkward prom photo before enjoying one of the most unforgettable prom scenes in movie history.”

Gravesend Inn: A Haunted Hotel
(at New York City College of Technology’s / City Tech in Brooklyn)

Called a “theme-park-quality Halloween attraction”, this annual house (since 2000) is produced by Theatreworks, City Tech’s resident theatrical troupe, with design, construction and operating support provided by students and faculty of the College’s nationally unique Entertainment Technology Department. Which will probably produce high-level screams in you!

Plus, afterwards, you get to watch a video of your terror on the big screen!

Have a thrilling weekend!

(Left: “Carrie”, Right: The Gravesend Inn)

Let the Muppets Move You – at the Museum of the Moving Image

Unlike clowns, there are very few people who dislike muppets. Jim Henson made us fall in love with them – with his lively, goofy, frequently singing creations – on The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth and more.

And beginning Saturday (July 22nd), the Jim Henson Exhibition opens in New York, paying homage to the man and his fuzzy, adorable puppets.

The Jim Henson Exhibition in Astoria
Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog on the set of The Muppet Movie (courtesy The Jim Henson Company)

Coming to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria,

The Jim Henson Exhibition features a broad range of artifacts from throughout Jim Henson’s remarkable television and film career.

Among the nearly 300 objects on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. Film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage are presented on more than 27 monitors and projections throughout.

In addition to the permanent gallery, the Museum will explore Henson’s career and legacy through education programs, live appearances, family workshops, and film screenings.”

Opening programs include screenings of his popular films (like the Muppet Movies. Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) with some hosted by special guests or with pivotal production people in attendance (like Craig Shemin, President of The Jim Henson Legacy, costume designer Calista Hendrickson and production designer Stephen Hendrickson).

There’s also a workshop where kids can create their own puppets.

And, as part of the series “Jim Henson’s World”, the museum will host ongoing monthly screenings and live events.

Enjoy the nostalgic magic!