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52 free events take place on Thursday, February 22 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out February 22 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of February . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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52 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, February 22, 2024

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free events nyc Performance by Grammy Winning Group and Conversation About Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope!
free events nyc Nowhere New York: Dark, Insulting + Unmelodic
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
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Tours, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Tour of New York City Hall

Park Walk | Winter Break Tree Walk


Celebrate the beauty of trees in winter on a guided Winter Tree Walk. During the winter months, a tree's true beauty is revealed in its unique architectural structure and bark. The walk will highlight some wonderful specimen, historical and great trees in the Park. Easy level terrain. Dress for the weather.
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Park Walks, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Winter Break Tree Walk

Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Film | Love Story (1970): romance


When wealthy Harvard University law student Oliver Barrett IV meets Jenny Cavilleri, a middle-class girl who is studying music at Radcliffe College, it's love at first sight. Despite the protests of Oliver's father, the young couple marry. Oliver finds a job at a legal firm in New York City, but their happy life comes crashing down when it's discovered that Jenny has a terminal illness. Together, they try to cope with the situation as best they can. Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Love Story (1970): romance

Book Discussion | Studies into Darkness: The Perils and Promise of Freedom of Speech


Artist Amar Kanwar and curator and historian Rattanamol Singh Johal in conversation.
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Studies into Darkness: The Perils and Promise of Freedom of Speech

Hike | Greenbelt Adult Hike: Ohrbach Lake


A refreshing hike around Ohrbach Lake. This in-person event is perfect for nature enthusiasts looking to explore the beautiful trails. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to embark on an adventure with fellow outdoor enthusiasts.
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Hikes, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Greenbelt Adult Hike: Ohrbach Lake

Master Class | Flamenco Master Class


A flamenco master class with percussionist Isreal "Pirana" Suarez and the palmas of the vocalists Makarines Brothers. Followed by a Q&A and reception
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Concerts, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Flamenco Master Class

Lecture | Who Can Be Defended: Speech and Freedom (in-person and online)


Speaker Jodi Dean considers constraints on speaking and thinking in light of the requirement that certain concessions be made for one to be allowed to speak at all. Rather than providing a genealogy that considers such requirements in light of McCarthyism’s demonization of communists, U.S. imperialism’s labeling of resistance struggles as terrorist, or the university culture of cancellation and language policing that renders discomfort with what is said a sign of the violent infliction of suffering, Dean situates the refusal to countenance violence in the enervation of a Left that gave up on communism, the Party, and the state and turned to ethics and aesthetics instead. Such a turn effaces the division constitutive of politics, displacing political speech and the political subject such that only the acts of non-resistant subjects are legible as resistance. It obscures the material histories of occupation and liberation and installs impossible standards of moral purity as conditionalities. To counter this depoliticization and displacement, Dean attends to images of flight and the Leninist theorization of struggles for self-determination. Jodi Dean is a Professor of Politics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.
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Lectures, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Who Can Be Defended: Speech and Freedom (in-person and online)

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
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Concerts, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Book Discussion | Encyclopédie Noire: The Making of Moreau de Saint-Méry’s Intellectual World


Author Sara Johnson will discuss how her new book which documents the work of Moreau de Saint-Méry, a late eighteenth-century Caribbean intellectual. The book combines traditional academic chapters and experimental forms in its use of archival fragments and visual culture to tell the stories of the free people of color and enslaved women and men who enabled Moreau’s work.
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Encyclop&eacute;die Noire: The Making of Moreau de Saint-M&eacute;ry&rsquo;s Intellectual World

Discussion | George Washington and the Birch Trials (online)


In recognition of George Washington’s birthday and Black History Month, the NYC Department of Records and Information Services, Fraunces Tavern Museum, and the Lower Manhattan Historical Association lead a discussion of the important role played by the Fraunces Tavern in the history of our nation and the significance of the Birch Trials – the culminating event in one of the largest emancipations of Black people prior to the American Civil War.
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Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, George Washington and the Birch Trials (online)

Classical Music | Works by 17th Century Italian Composers for Violin, Voice, Viola Da Gamba, and More (In Person AND Online)


Vita Wallace, violin; Claire Smith Bermingham, violin; Dan McCarthy, tenor, violin; Larry Lipnik, tenor viola da gamba; Patricia Ann Neely, bass, viola da gamba; Richard Kolb, theorbo, archlute, perform works by 17th century Italian composers.
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Concerts, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Works by 17th Century Italian Composers for Violin, Voice, Viola Da Gamba, and More (In Person AND Online)

Film | Gran Turismo (2023) with Orlando Bloom


The true story of a team of unlikely underdogs -- a working-class gamer, a former race-car driver, and an idealistic motorsport executive -- who risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner, Djimon Hounsou Orlando Bloom is an English actor. He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series. He reprised his role in The Hobbit film series. Considered by some to be the Errol Flynn of his time, he gained further notice appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Paris in Troy (2004), Balian de Ibelin in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (2011).
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Gran Turismo (2023) with Orlando Bloom

Film | Sneakers (1992) with Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, River Phoenix, and Sidney Poitier


Computer hacker Martin heads a group of specialists who test the security of various San Francisco companies. Martin is approached by two National Security Agency officers who ask him to steal a newly invented decoder. Martin and his team discover that the black box can crack any encryption code, posing a huge threat if it lands in the wrong hands. When Martin realizes the NSA men who approached him are rogue agents, they frame him for the murder of the device's inventor. Director: Phil Alden Robinson Cast: Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier, David Strathairn Robert Redford is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received numerous accolades such as an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe Awards, as well as the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1994, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1996, the Academy Honorary Award in 2002, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2005, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, and the Honorary Cesar in 2019. He was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. Dan Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and musician. Aykroyd was a writer and an original member of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" cast on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live from its inception in 1975 until his departure in 1979. For his work on the show, he received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series in 1977. Aykroyd gained prominence for writing, and starring in Ghostbusters (1984), and Ghostbusters II (1989) and has reprised his role in various projects within the Ghostbusters franchise. He also is known for his comedic roles in Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), Coneheads (1993), The Blues Brothers (1980), and more. Ben Kingsley is an English actor. He has received various accolades throughout his career spanning five decades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Grammy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. In film, Kingsley is known for his starring role as Mahatma Gandhi in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982), for which he subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Actor and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He also appeared as Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), receiving a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. River Phoenix was an American actor and musician. Phoenix was known as a teen actor before taking on leading roles in critically acclaimed films. He received numerous accolades including nominations for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. His early film roles include Explorers (1985), Stand by Me (1986), and The Mosquito Coast (1986). Phoenix made a transition into more adult-oriented roles earning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in the Sidney Lumet drama Running on Empty (1988). Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian and American actor, film director, and diplomat. In 1964, he was the first black actor and first Bahamian to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received two competitive Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Poitier was one of the last major stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Sneakers (1992) with Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, River Phoenix, and Sidney Poitier

Film | A Long March (2022): Filipino American Veterans of World War II 


A PBS documentary about Filipino American veterans of World War II seeking to regain their place in history and restore their identity as veterans of the United States. The story highlights in historical context the legal issues they have faced from the administrative bureaucracy of the U.S. government to the Federal Courts. It is a revealing look at how the United States conscripted Commonwealth Filipino forces to defeat World War II Axis powers – then denied hundreds of thousands of veterans recognition for honorable service. Director: T.S. Botkin 83 min. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will draw upon the Filipino American experience to consider issues relating to the Asian American experience in historical and legal perspective. 
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, A Long March (2022): Filipino American Veterans of World War II&nbsp;

Book Discussion | Collisions: The War in Ukraine and the Origins of the New Global Instability (in-person and online)


In this talk, Professor Michael Kimmage will introduce his book. Professor Kimmage will outline the origins of the war, going back to 2008; and the interplay among Russia, Ukraine, Europe and the United States that is the backdrop to Putin’s massive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Professor Kimmage will also sketch the war’s global implications and the policy options facing the United States at the present moment.
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Collisions: The War in Ukraine and the Origins of the New Global Instability&nbsp;(in-person and online)

Workshop | Cardio Dance


This creative and fun workout fuses dance and aerobics to improve cardio fitness and tone the body. Instructor: Masayo Kado
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Film | 761st Tank Battalion: The Original Black Panthers (2023)


This documentary explores the story behind the first Black tank regiment, to participate in action during World War II. It focuses on the two major fights they faced, the expansion of Nazism in Europe and racism, persecution, and injustice at home Director: Phil Bertelsen 86 min. 5:30pm: Reception co-hosted by The History Channel 6:00pm: Screening 7:30pm: Post-screening discussion with the film’s director
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, 761st Tank Battalion: The Original Black Panthers (2023)

Opening Reception | Brian Calvin: Onwards


Tthe artist presents 17 new paintings in a variety of scales, and 50 framed pencil drawings extracted from a 2022 sketchbook that he filled by making one drawing each day. Calvin continues to dig deeper into the possibilities of figuration. His iconic longhaired characters alternately exist in flat color fields and descriptive scenery. Formal concerns are most succinctly elucidated in his tightly cropped compositions. In Double Beat, facial features are reduced to their essential shapes, and the convergence of multiple faces and planes disrupt one’s expectations of a portrait. Color is at its most sumptuous and unnaturalistic. Large expanses of canvas are painted a solid hue while other areas are articulated with dots and dashes, patterns becoming worlds unto themselves.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Brian Calvin: Onwards

Film | Belle du Jour (1967): psychological drama


Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life. Director: Luis Buñuel Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
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Films, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Belle du Jour (1967): psychological drama

Opening Reception | Chuck Close: Red, Yellow and Blue: The Last Paintings


The first exhibition dedicated to the work of Chuck Close since his death in 2021, spotlighting the artist's final body of paintings—many of which have never been shown publicly. Since we began representing Close in 1977, we have exhibited each new body of his work, and this upcoming presentation will complete that cycle. Close’s portraits employ a palette of only three colors: red, yellow and blue. Appearing abstract to the human eye, the likenesses in these portraits come into greater focus when viewed from a distance.  
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Chuck Close: Red, Yellow and Blue: The Last Paintings

Opening Reception | Emotional Intelligence II: Group Show


A sequel to the gallery's first ever exhibition, Emotional Intelligence II brings together fifteen artists who mine new tropes at the intersection of abstraction and figuration, while probing notions of emotional understanding. The exhibition includes rising artists who have played formative roles in the first two years of the gallery's developing program, such as Tamo Jugeli, Carrie Rudd, Jessica Cannon, Ana Gzirishvili, and Amanda Ziemele, in conversation with historical works by Stanley Whitney, Martha Diamond, and Loretta Dunkelman.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Emotional Intelligence II: Group Show

Gallery Talk | Histories We Carry: Exhibition Artists in Conversation


As part of the spring exhibition Histories We Carry, join us for a conversation with the exhibition’s artist-in-residence Estelle Maisonett alongside artists Juan Sánchez and Shellyne Rodriguez. This conversation will be moderated by the exhibition’s curator Johanna Fernández. The panel will be followed by a reception.
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Gallery Talks, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Histories We Carry: Exhibition Artists in Conversation

Opening Reception | Huma Bhabha: Welcome…to the one who came


On view will be new cast-iron and patinated-bronze sculptures, among Bhabha’s largest to date. These totemic figures are constructed with an array of sculptural techniques, resulting in deeply resonant hybrid forms that examine notions of permanence, monumentality, and history. Featured at the uptown gallery will be a selection of new smaller-scale sculptures alongside a suite of new works on paper. An enduring and crucial aspect of her practice, Bhabha’s large-format multimedia drawings are conceived in tandem with her sculptures, presenting enigmatic visages that appear at once monstrous, animal, alien, and deeply human— further exemplifying the artist’s radical reinvention of the figure and its expressive possibilities. 
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Huma Bhabha: Welcome&hellip;to the one who came

Opening Reception | Lee Krasner: The Edge of Color


Featuring paintings from the collections of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and several prominent institutions. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to an underrecognized chapter of the artist’s career that emphasizes geometric relationships, foreshadowing several of Krasner’s most defining painting series.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Lee Krasner: The Edge of Color

Opening Reception | Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola: Sonando el Suelo/Sounding the Ground


Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola’s creative practice is at its core an art of listening. In diverse bodies of work that include but are not limited to video, drawing and performance, she explores the materiality of language; its sounds, its visual and ritual idioms and the way it shapes memory and travels through time. Employing a semantic rubric that merges familiar technologies of marking the page (ink, lead) alongside the logic and aesthetic of digital editing (cutting, looping), Hinojosa Gaxiola has invented a highly personal vocabulary that can be interpreted on multiple registers. In the gallery, this interest in arrangement and notational gesture informs a range of drawings, text-based and mixed media works that evoke scores, including her new series “Constellations” (2023) consisting of collaged ephemera pinned to boards as well as discrete sound sculptures, “Sonando gravedad (Sounding Gravity)” (2023), in which she constructs a techno-altar by placing stones on synthesizers, thereby activating the space with a perpetual drone.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Luc&iacute;a Hinojosa Gaxiola: Sonando el Suelo/Sounding the Ground

Opening Reception | Margaret Morrison: Objects of Desire


Margaret Morrison’s newest one-woman exhibition, Objects of Desire, marking the gallery’s return to its secondary location and launching its 30th Anniversary year! Oil paintings, some previously exhibited in museums around the world, are gathered for this solo exhibition, together for the very first time.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Margaret Morrison: Objects of Desire

Opening Reception | Raymond Saunders: Post No Bills


This expansive presentation will span four decades of the artist’s work, including paintings and works on paper, many of which have never before been seen. This exhibition offers visitors insight into Saunders’s singular and influential practice. In his works, Saunders brings together his extensive formal training with his own observations and lived experience. His assemblage-style paintings frequently begin with a monochromatic black ground elaborated with white chalk—both a pointed reversal of the traditional figure-ground relationship and a nod to Saunders’s decades spent as a teacher. He subsequently adds a range of other markings, materials, and talismans. Expressionistic swaths of paint, minimalist motifs, line drawings, and passages of vibrant color tangle with found objects, signs, and doors collected from his urban environment, creating unexpected visual rhymes and resonances that reward careful and sustained looking. At once deliberately constructed and improvisatory, didactic and deeply felt, these richly built surfaces conjure the fullness of life, and its complications, allowing for a vast and nuanced multiplicity of meanings.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Raymond Saunders: Post No Bills

Opening Reception | Steven Shearer: Profaned Travelers


The artist will present a new body of works on canvas that engage with the subject of sleep—a motif prominent in the history of art, broaching themes of mortality, vulnerability, and ecstasy.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Steven Shearer: Profaned Travelers

Opening Reception | The 5th Chelsea International Photography Competition


A juried exhibition of contemporary photographs by local and international artists. This is the 5th edition of the annual photography exhibition, which provides a select group of photographers with the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of Chelsea, New York’s premier art district. 
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Opening Reception | Tide Pool: Group Show


An exhibition of works by fifteen artists whose compositions are abstracted from natural forms and phenomenon, featuring paintings and works on paper spanning five decades. The exhibition will include works by Mary Abbott, Nell Blaine, Lynne Drexler, Jimmy Ernst, Sam Francis, Jane Freilicher, Grace Hartigan, Hans Hofmann, Elaine de Kooning, Emily Mason, Robert Motherwell, Pat Passlof, Fairfield Porter, Hedda Sterne, and Anthe Zacharias.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Tide Pool: Group Show

Opening Reception | Tu Hongtao: Beyond Babel


Inspired by the literary theorist George Steiner’s study After Babel, published in 1975, this show examines our reliance on technology to communicate—at the possible expense of more distinctive forms of expression and connection. The exhibition introduces more than thirty new works vacillating between abstraction and figuration. These sumptuous, sweeping compositions invite viewers to layer their interpretations over the artist's memories and references.
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Opening Receptions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Tu Hongtao: Beyond Babel

Discussion | Artists In Conversation


Sarah Sze and fellow artist Lorna Simpson in a conversation moderated by Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, on the occasion of the exhibition Making Their Mark, on view at the Shah Garg Foundation through March 23, 2024. Both artists are included in the exhibition, which showcases the work of more than seventy women artists from the last eight decades, bringing into vibrant relief their intergenerational relationships, formal and material breakthroughs, and historical impact as they aim to rechart art history through their singular, iconic practices.
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Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Artists In Conversation

Discussion | Asylum Seekers: A Story of Civil and Human Rights


A conversation and presentation about the civil and human rights of asylum seekers. What's missing from the national conversation about asylum seekers, and how can we as journalists better cover these issues? Featuring: -- Arelis R. Hernández, national reporter for The Washington Post, based in Texas, who covers the southern border and immigration -- Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic at the Law School, who works with asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border -- Max Siegelbaum, co-founder and senior reporter, Documented, and a 2016 graduate of the Stabile Center at CJS, who covers immigration and the migrant community in New York -- Sarah Stillman, a former MacArthur Fellow and staff writer for the New Yorker, and adviser of the Global Migration Project, who covers asylum seekers from a global and national perspective -- Robe Imbriano, director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights
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Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Asylum Seekers: A Story of Civil and Human Rights

Screening | Black History Month Short Film Festival


Honor Black history and celebrate the future of Black cinema and filmmakers. Featuring short films from students and alum John McPhaul III, Anndi Jinelle Liggett, and Nile Price
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Performance | Performance by Grammy Winning Group and Conversation About Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope!


In this evening event, come celebrate Ben Vereen, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and the Grammy Award winning group, Sweet Honey In The Rock as well as the more than 60 contributors of the new book, Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope! The book, collected and written by Rev. Melony McGant with a foreword by cultural icon Ben Vereen, and edited by Andrea Christofferson and Shannon Wong, is a tribute to the humanitarian work of Ms. Betty J. Tilman--through a collection of "sacred re-memberings," people of all nationalities share their messages united in healing, hope and light. Throughout the event, performances by Jrome Andre, Jason E. Fernandez Bernard, Dr Stephanie Boddie, Victoria Horne, Dr. William Tiga Tita, and Rev. Donald Marbury and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Robert Woods with James Gillard, Joseph H. James, Jr, Bonnie Johnson, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Jan Schmidt, Andrew Zaeh and Eshe Zampaladus. Registration required.
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Performances, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Performance by Grammy Winning Group and Conversation About Good is Powerful Beyond Measure: An Anthology of Hope!

Lecture | The Intimacies of Commerce in the Eastern Indian Ocean World, 1914-1920


A talk by Professor Renisa Mawani, Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories at the University of British Columbia. This talk draws from her current book Enemies of Empire: Commerce and Confinement in Colonial India, Burma, and Siam, 1914-1920, which examines the intimate, ordinary, and violent effects of emergency laws enacted by British colonial officials in India and Burma during World War I.
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Lectures, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, The Intimacies of Commerce in the Eastern Indian Ocean World, 1914-1920

Talk | Winning, At What Cost? (online)


Danute Debney Shaw speaks about emotional intelligence and how it can turn conflict into understanding, cooperation, and progress   Danute Debney Shaw, is a decision strategist, thought leader, attorney and author of How the Tin Man Found His Brain. CelaPhontus, her company, focuses on thought and process development. She works with the incorporation of personal tools and skills: subjective awareness/emotional intelligence, rational understanding, and creative resources to facilitate more focused approaches to deal positively with change and conflict. Supporting more powerful outcomes, and ultimately fostering sustainable solutions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Winning, At What Cost? (online)

Screening | If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis


A screening of the powerful short documentary focusing on patients trying to get help in healthcare deserts as rural hospitals close. Followed by a conversation between the film’s writer and director, Ramin Bahrani, and Wafaa El-Sadr, University Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Is War the New Normal? (in-person and online)


A remarkable assembly of contemporary thinkers will come together to debate and explore various topics that touch upon some of the most intractable problems of our time. Panelists Séverine Autesserre, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Ambassador Jorge Heine, and Sylvie Kauffmann will discuss "Is War the New Normal?"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Is War the New Normal? (in-person and online)

Workshop | "Coded Language" Writing Workshop


An interactive writing workshop that reflects upon the cultivation of new language systems emerging from gestures, codes, symbols, and other text-based signifiers that stem from various linguistic traditions, from ancient Sumerian cuneiforms to 20th-century musical compositions to digital shorthand. By reflecting upon select works, including Charles Gaines’ artworks, Fred Moten’s writings, and Cecil Taylor’s music, participants will create new forms of communication designed to subvert forces of control. By centering covert language models that thrive in the state of fugitivity, “Coded Language” meditates upon the connective tissues of collective consciousness, empathy, intuition, and quietude that aid in preserving cultures and beliefs constantly under siege. This program is informed by the need to preserve and bury ideas and culture underground during a time of mass surveillance, semantic policing, and cultural degradation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, "Coded Language" Writing Workshop

Book Discussion | Nowhere New York: Dark, Insulting + Unmelodic


Julia Gorton in a talk and slideshow exploring the fashion and aesthetics of No Wave, the hyper-local music scene of the late 70s in downtown New York City. The presentation will feature beautiful visions of downtown Manhattan in the moments before AIDS, crack, Disney, and condos changed everything forever. She will focus on subjects including musicians and friends Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, David Byrne, Lydia Lunch, Iggy Pop, James Chance, Richard Hell, Anya Phillips, and many others. Her high-contrast photos combine with graphic patterns, DIY lettering, and hand-collaged elements to capture a fleeting time with a unique style. She continues to explore/exploit her archive to develop new work - collages, t-shirts, and zines. Julia is currently focusing her practice on taking photos of strangers during free open portrait studios in London, Pensacola, Mobile, and Los Angeles. No wave or post-punk fashion is highly encouraged! Books will be available for sale.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Nowhere New York: Dark, Insulting + Unmelodic

Book Discussion | The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration


David Nicholson's new book is a multigenerational story of hope and resilience, The Garretts of Columbia is an American history of Black struggle, sacrifice, and achievement. At the heart of David Nicholson's beautifully written and carefully researched book, The Garretts of Columbia: A Black South Carolina Family from Slavery to the Dawn of Integration, are his great-grandparents, Casper George Garrett and his wife, Anna Maria. Papa, as Garrett was known to his family, was a professor at Allen University, a lawyer, and an editor of three newspapers. Dubbed Black South Carolina's "most respected disliked man," he was always ready to attack those he believed disloyal to his race. When his quixotic idealism and acerbic editorials resulted in his dismissal from Allen, his wife, who was called Mama, came into her own as the family bread winner. She was appointed supervisor of rural colored schools, trained teachers, and oversaw the construction of schoolhouses. At 51, this remarkable woman learned to drive, taking to the back roads outside Columbia to supervise classrooms, conduct literacy drives, and instruct rural farm women in the basics of home economics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Touch Nature: Exhibition Discussion


Scholars and practitioners in landscape architecture discuss how to get from exhibit to action in regards to our dire ecological crisis. The art works presented in the exhibition address our dire ecological crisis: They investigate the multifaceted impact human activity has on nature and the climate and they seek to envision a new relationship between humans and nature, rooted in mindfulness and sustainability. During the closing panel, scholars and practitioners in landscape architecture engage in a discussion on how to get from exhibit to action. Landscape architecture focuses on design in the public realm, with a focus on the relationship between the living and built worlds, especially to engage and create meaningful multispecies relationships. Landscape architecture aims to augment the well-being of humans, plants, and animals that, together, form a living environment. Dr. Anette Freytag, a native Austrian and Professor of the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, Dr. Rosetta S. Elkin, Principal of Practice Landscape, and Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at Pratt Institute, and Elizabeth Kennedy, FASLA, Founder and Principal of EKLA PLLC, one of NYC's leading open space design and consulting firms, will discuss how this discipline may help lead us out of the current climate crisis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Touch Nature: Exhibition Discussion

Book Discussion | Authors Lucy Sante and Hari Kunzru In Convesation


A reading by Lucy Sante with Hari Kunzru, followed by a reception. Lucy Sante’s books include Low Life, Evidence, Kill All Your Darlings, The Other Paris, and Maybe the People Would Be the Times. Her latest, I Heard Her Call My Name, will be published in February 2024.  Hari Kunzru is the author of six novels, Red Pill, White Tears, Gods Without Men, My Revolutions, Transmission, and The Impressionist. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and writes the “Easy Chair” column for Harper’s Magazine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Authors Lucy Sante and Hari Kunzru In Convesation

Classical Music | Choral Work by Mozart


Downtown Voices; and The Choir of Trinity Wall Street perform Mozart's (1756-1791) Requiem, K. 626.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Choral Work by Mozart

Staged Reading | The Vessel: Big-City Suicide


Three parks employees safeguard visitors at The Vessel, a tourist attraction in New York City’s Hudson Yards. The platform they work on is rising, and guests are dying. Caught in dangerous crosshairs, the trio’s uncertain future awaits. Written by Brendan George
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Discussion | Voices of a People's History


This live event focuses on Howard Zinn's timeless and insightful book, A People’s History of the United States, a document of the vital everyday epics of common men and women engaged in the life and death struggle for justice: abolitionists, activists, protesters, founders of the first American unions, suffragettes who advanced women's rights, and pioneers of gay liberation.
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Classical Music | Works by Mozart and More for Orchestra and Voice


MSM Symphony Orchestra; MSM Opera Theatre; Danielle Jagelski, Conductor; George Manahan, Conductor. Program Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023), Traversée from L’Amour de loin Mozart (1756-1791), Overture to Le nozze di Figaro Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), Overture to The Wreckers Jules Massenet (1842-1912), Act I of Cendrillon
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Concerts, February 22, 2024, 02/22/2024, Works by Mozart and More for Orchestra and Voice

Play | Phaedra's Love: Hauntingly Intense Adaptation of Seneca


Experience the haunting intensity of Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love, a gripping theatrical masterpiece that flips inside out the very abject nature of the most elemental epitome of human relations – a family. In Kane’s blunt and vulgar adaptation of Seneca’s Phaedra, a seemingly joyous birthday celebration descends into a harrowing tale of passion, delusion, domination, and the tangled webs of human brutality. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Gruesome Playground Injuries: Love as Bloodsport


Kayleen and Dougie are a couple of kids supposed to be best friends. From ages 8-38 they fall in out of love, fight like hell for (and with) each other and undergo countless gruesome playground injuries. Written by Rajiv Joseph.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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