Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online.
Back-to-School Program: Featuring Students From the Ailey School
When: Premieres Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.; streams through 7 p.m. on Sept. 14
Where: The Alvin Ailey YouTube channel and website
While you wait for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to make its return to the stage this December at New York City Center, we recommend checking out their new slate of video streams scheduled to roll out through the fall. Collected under “Ailey All Access,” the series continues Sept. 8 with selections performed by students of the Ailey School. The video will be available to stream until Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
It’s officially Armory Week — a period marked by an avalanche of art fairs, including the immense Armory Show (Sept. 10-12, held this year at the Javits Center), the Spring/Break Art Show (Sept. 10-13, presented with the theme “Hearsay: Heresy”) and Art on Paper (Sept. 10-12 at Pier 36), to name a few.
For the second year in a row, the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) will present its programming online, where visitors can comb through more than 700 art objects from over 250 top exhibitors for free. In addition to a robust collection of works, there is also a great calendar of virtual events with experts and art leaders. Among the highlights gathered online are a 1987 work by Keith Haring (priced between $1.8 million and $2 million), a bronze 16th-century sculpture of a crab and the 1632 painting “Portrait of a Young Girl Holding Buttercups, with Her Dog beside Her” by Dirck Dircksz van Santvoort.
If you’re looking for more free online art browsing, the Future Fair (Sept. 10-12) is also hosting a digital companion to its ticketed, in-person program at the Starrett-Lehigh Building.
Transition into the weekend with a 1973 performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Leonard Bernstein and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. The capture features soloist Edith Mathis and is filmed at Vienna’s Wiener Musikverein. Stream the performance until 12 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 17.
Grada Kilomba and Simone Leigh in Conversation
When: Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Amant; Brooklyn
East Williamsburg’s Amant will mark the official opening of its performance space, dubbed Géza, with a conversation between artists Simone Leigh and Grada Kilomba, whose work is currently on view at the art campus in the solo exhibition “Heroines, Birds and Monsters.” The artists will discuss the show (on view through Oct. 31), and the evening’s events will also include a screenings of Kilomba’s film “Plantation Memories.” Though the event is free, registration is recommended.
The National Gallery of Art continues its virtual cinema program with a week-long screening of “Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance.” The 2020 film explores historical significance of jazz dance, its technical evolution and the voices often not credited for their contributions to the art form. Cutting together archival footage, photos and contemporary interviews, the film presents conversations with and about a wide-range of choreographers and dancers — with appearances from Debbie Allen, Chita Rivera, Camille A. Brown and many more.
“This holistic approach to the genre of jazz dance allows for deeper perspectives beyond a traditionally biographic approach to a few established icons,” the National Gallery of Art writes of the film.
Top Image: One of a "Pair of Fan Designs Depicting the Courtyard and Garden Façades of the Château de Versailles," circa 1680, attributed to the artist Henri Gascar. Courtesy of Wildenstein & Co. Inc.