40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535. Wed. & Tues. 10-8; Fri.-Sun. 10-7; closed Mon. & Thurs. $5, $2.50 st./sc. "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture" focuses on "the world’s most ancient & portable art form–beads" [through 1/30].
american indian community house
708 Broadway, 2nd Fl. (betw. E. 4th & 8th Sts.), 598-0100. Weds.-Sat. & Tues. 12-6; closed Sun. & Mon. $5, $3 st./sc. "Indian Market ‘99" daily raffle of some of the finest crafts & cultural treasures for holiday shoppers [through Sun., free].
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park W. (79th St.), 769-5200. Wed., Thurs. & Sun.-Tues. 10-5:45; Fri. & Sat. 10-8:45. $9.50, $7.50 st./sc., $6 child. Annual showing of more than 300 tropical butterflies, "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" [through 2/00]. "Hall of Biodiversity" addresses major environmental issues, includes world’s best preserved giant squid [permanent]. "Epic Journeys: The Great Migrations" film explores animal & insect migration [through 3/00]. "Body Art: Marks of Identity" body modification exhibit [through 5/29]. "Reaching for the Stars: Rose Center for Earth & Space" utilizes computer renderings & material samples–sneak preview of the seven-floor exhibition & research facility, scheduled to open in mid-February [through 3/15]. "Capturing Time: The New York Times Capsule" displays the artifacts chosen to be representative of late-20th Century life for inclusion in the millennial capsule, not to be opened until Y3K [through 3/26]. "Communities of Staten Island" weekend series of films, storytelling & lecture about the oft-neglected secessionist borough [Sat. & Sun. at 1:15].
american museum of the moving image
35 Ave. at 36th St., Astoria, 718-784-0077. Wed.-Fri. & Tues. 12-5; Sat. & Sun. 11-6; closed Mon. $8.50, $5.50 st./sc., $4.50 ages 5-18, child. under 4 free. Also see "Film & Video." "The Future Is Now" pres. series of 12 films by Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, Fritz Lang & others, showing how directors have speculated about life in the 21st-century & beyond [through 1/2].
725 Park Ave. (70th St.), 517-ASIA Wed., Fri., Sat. & Tues. 11-6; Thurs. 11-8; Sun. 12-5; closed Mon. $4, $2 st./sc. Free admission Thurs. 6-8. "China: 50 Years Inside the People’s Republic" [through 1/2].
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse (165th St.), (718) 681-6000. Wed. 3-9, Thurs. & Fri. 10-5; Sat. & Sun. 12-6; closed Mon. & Tues. $3, $2 st./sc. "Amnesia" examines memory loss & desire feat. works by 16 contemporary South American artists incl. Miguel Angel Rios & Inigo Manglano-Ovalle [through 2/27]. "Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection" celebrates artists Tomie Arai, Catalina Parra, Ernesto Pujol, Martin Wong & more [through 2/27].
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART
200 Eastern Pkwy. (Washington Ave.), Bklyn., 718-638-5000. Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat. & Sun. 11-6; first Sat. of the month: 11-11; closed Mon. $4, $2 st./sc. "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" incl. more than 90 paintings, sculpture, photos & installations by nearly 50 artists [through 1/9]. "Eastman Johnson: Painting America" feat. 75 paintings & 35 drawings by iconic 19th-century artist [through 2/6]. "Within The Pale: Jewish Tombstones in the Ukraine & Moldova" photographs by David Goberman [through 2/13]. "Gift of Love" storytelling in the Jan Martense Schenck House by educator Deborah Schwartz on the meaning of generosity [Sat. at 4].
COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM
2 E. 91st St. (5th Ave.), 849-8400. Wed.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 12-5; Tues. 10-9; closed Mon. $8, $5 st./sc. "Two Views of Venice: Canaletto & Menpes" feat. 50 rare prints of the Italian city. [through 12/19]
cooper union for the advancement of science & art
Albert Nerken School of Engineering, 51 Astor Pl. (betw. 8th St. & 3rd Ave.), 353-4272. Wed.-Fri., Mon.-Tues. 12-7; Sat. 12-5; closed Sun. Free. "Crimes Against Humanity" showcases works by artists confronting the legacy of WWII [through 2/11].
FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM
54 Pearl St. (Broad St.), 425-1778. Wed.-Fri., Mon.-Tues. 10-4:45; Sat. 12-4; closed Sun. $2.50, $1 st./sc., child. 6 & under free. "Washington In Glory: America in Tears" commemorates bicentennial of George Washington’s death with memorabilia incl. paintings, etchings & jewelry [through 4/5].
THE FRICK COLLECTION
1 E. 70th St. (5th Ave.), 288-0700. Wed.-Sat., Tues. 10-6; Sun. 1-6; closed Mon. $7, $5 st./sc., child. under 16 must be supervised; under 10 not admitted. "Constable’s Salsibury Cathedral: Two Versions Reunited" places two versions of each John Constable painting next to each so one can examine his methods [through 12/31]. Internationally touring exhibit feat. more than 60 works by Antoine Watteau, "Watteau & His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750" [through 1/9]. "Velasquez in New York Museums" feat. masterpieces such as "King Philip IV of Spain" & "Portrait of a Little Girl" [through 1/16]. Celebrate late founder Henry Clay Frick’s 150th birthday with ten rarely displayed drawings by Gardner, Gainsborough & more [Sun. at 1, free]. Event opens the new exhibit "Henry Clay Frick as a Collector of Drawings" [through 1/30].
1071 5th Ave. (betw. 88th & 89th Sts.), 423-3587. Wed., Sun.-Tues. 9-6; Fri.-Sat. 9-8; closed Thurs. $12, $7 st./sc., free for child. under 12. "Clemente" exhibition feat. more than 200 works from 1970 to present incl. oil & fresno paintings, watercolor, pastel, sculpture & book illustration [through 1/12]. "Frames of Reference: Reflections on Media by Rockefeller & MacArthur Film/Video/Multimedia Fellows," call for specific films, dates & times, free w/mus. adm. [through 12/22].
575 B’way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.,), 423-3500. Thurs.-Mon. 11-6; closed Tues. & Wed. Free. "Andy Warhol: The Last Supper" exhibits his take on Da Vinci’s work through silkscreens & paintings [free through 2000].
INTREPID SEA AIR SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, W. 46th St. (12th Ave.), 245-0072. Wed.-Sun., Tues. 10-5; closed Mon. $10, $7.50 veterans, reservists, st./sc., $5 ages 6-11, $1 ages 2-5, free for active duty & toddlers. "Defending our Future" exhibits machinery, statistics & Pentagon’s latest project [through 1/00]. "Flying Machines: The Incredible Contraptions that Conquered the Sky" feat. reproductions of aircrafts & demonstrations [through 3/00]. "Desert Storm Strike," "A-6 Cockpit Challenge" & "Cold War/Berlin Wall Exhibit" [permanent].
333 E. 47th St (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 832-1155. Wed.-Fri., Tues. 11-6; Sat.-Sun. 11-5; closed Mon. $5. "Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog" features over 130 vintage photographs over the past 30 years. Runs concurrently with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Moriyama exhibit. [through 1/2]
1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3271. Wed., Thurs., Sun., Mon. 11-5:45; Tues. 11-8; closed Fri., Sat. $8, $5.50 st./sc., child. under 12 free. Pay-what-you-wish Tues. after 3. "The Changing Face of Family" documents the idea of Jewish family life through photography [through 2/6]. "John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family" marks the first time Sargent’s 12 paintings have hung together since they were in the family’s London home nearly 70 years ago [through 2/6]. "Berlin Metropolis: Jews & The New Culture, 1890-1918" explores the Jewish experience in Berlin with more than 250 city artifacts [through 4/23]. "Bubble-abrum" Chanukah celebration feat. illuminated sculptures & installations by by R.M. Fischer set up in unexpected locations throughout the museum [through 1/2]. "Pickles & Pomegranates: Jewish Homes Near & Far" displays reproductions of a century’s worth of Jewish homes around the world with composite characters inviting your children to play house with them [through 10/00]. Shirim perform Klezmer Nutcracker in their unique klezmer/classical/rock/jazz/style [Thurs. at 8].
LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
90 Orchard St. (Broome St.), 431-0233. Call for times & prices. "Sitting Shiva: The Rogarshevsky Family Apartment," an interactive exhibit feat. home of Jewish immigrant family from Lithuania in mourning [permanent]. "The Gumpertz & Baldizzi Apartments," restored to 1870 & 1935 (respectively) specifications [permanent]. "Shared Secrets" feat. shadow boxes based on immigration stories from museum’s ESL class [through 1/23]. Tours incl. "19th-century Tenement," "The Confino Family Apartment," & "The Streets Where We Lived."
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
1000 Fifth Ave. (82nd.), 535-7710. Wed.-Thurs. 9:30-5:30; Fri.-Sat. 9:30-9; Sun. 9-5:30; Tues. 9:30-5:30; closed Mon. $10, $5 st./sc., child. under 12 free w/adult. "Rodin’s Monument to Victor Hugo" feat. nearly 20 sculptures [through 1/2]. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C. Wang Family Collection" [through 1/9]. 1920-1937 paintings from the Berggruen Klee Collection exhibited in "Klee Paintings" [through 2/2]. Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama shows his work in "Daido Moriyama: Hunter" exhibit [through 2/2]. "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" is a loan exhibition which displays 250 works from museums throughout the world [through 2/9]. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception" displays over 150 prints of 19th-century American landscape [through 2/9]. "Only the Best: Masterpieces of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Libson" feat. works by Reubens, Fragonard, Turner, Manet, Monet, Roman medals, Armenian illuminated manuscripts & more [through 2/27]. Annual Christmas tree & Neapolitan Baroque Creche on display [through 1/9]. "Christmas Concerts" series returns, directed by Frederick Renz, for "A Renaissance Christmas" in front of the Neapolitan Christmas tree [Tues. at 6:30 & 8:30, $40].
municipal art society
457 Madison Ave. (betw. 51st & 52nd Sts.), 935-3960. Wed., Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues. 11-5; closed Thurs., Sun. Free. "The Work of Christian de Portzamparc" showcases photographs, drawings & models of the celebrated French architect [through 1/26].
museum for african art
593 Broadway (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 966-1313. Wed.-Fri. 10:30-5:30; Sat.-Sun. 12-6; Tues. 10:30-5:30; closed Mon. $5, $2.50 st./sc./child. "Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa" showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs & videos from post-Apartheid South Africa [through 1/2]. "Weekend-Long Kwanzaa Celebration" feat. artist Thabisio Phokompe leading a workshop & Nana Kimati Dinizulu demonstrating African musical instruments [Sat. & Sun. at 1 & 3].
museum of american folk art
2 Lincoln Square (Eva & Morris Feld Gallery), 595-9533. Wed.-Sun., Tues. 11:30-7:30; closed Mon. $3 contrib. "Millenial Dreams: Vision & Prophecy in American Folk Art" displays diverse works from New Mexican santos to Pennsylvania German fraktur to Adventist charts exhibiting folk heritage as well as a rendering of the future [through 5/14].
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN THE AMERICAS
70 Mulberry St. (Bayard St.), 619-4785. Wed.-Sat., Tues. 12-5; closed Sun., Mon. $3, $1 st./sc., child. under 12 free. "Where Is Home? Chinese in the Americas," personal stories, photos, mementos & poetry encased in a structure reminiscent of a glowing Chinese lantern [permanent]. "Family Portraits" [permanent].
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
1220 5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672. Wed.-Sat. 10-5; Sun 12-5; Tues. 10-2; closed Mon. $5, $4 st./sc./child., $10 families. "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States" [through 1/2], series feat. El Super. "Fashion on Stage: Couture for the Broadway Theater, 1910-1955" documents theater fashion during these times [through 2/27]. "New York Toy Stories" & "Andrew Jackson Head" [permanent]. "The New York Century," showcases glimpses of influential people & events [through 5/28]. "Broadway Cares, Broadway Bears" collection of toy bears costumed like Broadway characters such as Tevye, Jean Valjean & the Angel from Angels in America auctioned off to raise money for AIDS research [through 1/23]. The original costumes for Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago & more are on display to pay memorial tribute to Patricia Zipprodt, the Tony winning costume designer [through 7/2]. "Kids Make History" feat. photographs & essays by NYC high school students documenting the changes in the city’s immigrant neighborhoods [through 4/2]. Continuing the museum’s immigration retrospective is "Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis Island," a photographic journey complete with island artifacts & an eight-minute documentary [through 2/13]. Salute to Noel Coward with Nanci Collyer, David Lewis & more performing his scenes & songs [Thurs. at 7].
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400. Thurs., Sat.-Tues. 10:30-5:30; Fri. 10:30-8:15; closed Wed. $10, $6.50 st./sc., child. under 16 free w/adult. Pay-what-you-wish Fri. 4:30-8:15. Also see "Film & Video." "Modern Starts," People," a three part exhibit–"People," "Places" & "Things"–feat. works by modernists Duchamp, Léger, Klee & Cézanne [through 3/14]. "Making Modern Starts" orientation to MoMA2000 [through 3/14]. "Projects" series continues: #69 with Julia Jacquette’s multimedia creations [through winter 2000], #70 with Shirin Neshat, Simon Patterson & Xu Bing’s banners [through 5/1]. "FilmFest" screening of post-Soviet films from Georgia, Latvia, Kazhakstan & other independent states by Gherman, Yufit & many more. [through Sun.]
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600. Wed., Sat., Sun., Tues. 12-6; Thurs. 12-8; Fri. 12-9. $6, $4 st./sc., $3 child. under 13. Also see "Film & Video." "Denk You Veddy Much: The Comedy of Andy Kaufman" screenings incl. Andy’s Funhouse: The Andy Kaufman Special & segments from his television work. [through Sun.] "Television & The Cold War" screening series [through 12/26]. Peter Pan telecast from 1960 with Cyril Ritchard & Sondra Lee [through 1/9]. "Super Bowl: Super Showcase for Commercials" screens some Madison Ave. memories, like the Budweiser frogs & Victoria’s Secret models, as narrated by Frank Gifford [Opens Fri., through 2/13].
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green (betw. State & Whitehall Sts.) 668-6624. Week-long 10-5; Thurs. 10-8. Free. "Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert Retrospective Exhibition, 1947-1992" feat. 50 woodcarvings, poems & maskes of the influential Tlingit artist [through 2/6]. "Pueblo Portraits: 50 Years at Laguna Pueblo" exhibits 40 Lee Marmon photographs of New Mexico Pueblo community [through 1/9]. "All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life & Culture" displays over 300 symbolic objects chosen by 23 Native selectors [permanent].
NEW MUSEUM of contemporary art
583 B’way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 219-1222. Wed., Sun. 12-6; Thurs.-Sat. 12-8; closed Mon., Tues. $6, $3 artists, st./sc. Free ages 18 & under. Also see "Film & Video." Retrospective of Brazilian artist Cildo Meieles [through 3/5] "Videodrome" screenings in the Public Access Gallery.
580 Madison Ave. (betw. 56th & 57th Sts.), 317-7596. Wed.-Sat., Mon.-Tues. 10-5:30; closed Sun. Free. Eighty vintage photographs exhibited in "Vanity Fair & the Birth of the Modern Age: Portraits, 1914-1936" [through 1/3]. "The Century in Times Sq." exhibit accompanies a book which represents Times Sq. through photographs [through 1/29]. "Working in Hostile Environments" workshop discusses ways journalists can keep safe while covering dangerous areas of the world [Thurs. at 6:30].
NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
47-01 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-699-0005. Wed., Mon.-Tues. 9:30-2; Thurs.-Sun.; 9:30-5. $7.50, $5 child./sc. Free Thurs.-Fri., 2-5. "Marvelous Molecules–The Secret of Life" illustrates similar chemistry traits among living things–humans, amoebas & cockroaches [permanent].
NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2 W. 77th St. (Central Pk. W.), 873-0509. Wed.-Sun., Tues. 11-5; closed Mon. $5, $3 st./sc., child. 12 & under free. "Putting it on Paper" exhibits 200 years of American drawings & watercolors by artists that were influenced by or lived in New York [through 1/00]. "The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle & Achievement" [through 2/20]. "$24: The Legendary Deal for Manhattan" examines the myth of Manhattan’s origin [through 3/9]. "Masterworks of 19th-century American Painting" feat. nearly 50 oil paintings by such artists as William Sydney Mount, Thomas Cole & Asher B. Durand [permanent]. "Kid City" [permanent].
new york transit museum at grand central terminal
42nd St. (Park Ave.), 718-694-4915. Wed.-Fri., Mon. & Tues. 8-8; Sat. 10-4; closed Sun. $5. "Transit Treasures: Oddities, Wonders & Exceptional Common Fare for Moving People" shows over 90 artifacts from the museum’s collection, incl. token slugs, vintage entrance lamps, commuter rail master controllers & much more [through 2/00]. "Routes Not Built" lecture by transportation historian Joseph Raskin ponders the counterfactual [Thurs. at 7].
22-25 Jackson Ave. (46th Ave.), L.I. City, 718-784-2084. Wed.-Sun. 12-6; closed Mon., Tues. $5, $2 st./sc. contrib. "Sol Lewitt: Concrete Block" feat. Lewitt’s minimal & conceptual drawings, wooden models & sculptures [through 1/2]. "On Your Own Time," works by international artists who explore the passing of time [through 1/2]. "Minimalia: An Italian Vision in 20th-century Art" explores minimalist art by Italian artists [through 1/2]. "Children of Berlin" feat. selected Berlin artists since the fall of the Berlin Wall [through 1/2]. "Ricanstructions: Paintings of the 90s" by Juan Sanchez [opens Sat., through 2/13].
queens museum of art
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700. Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 12-5; closed Mon., Tues. $4, $2 st./sc., child. under 5 free. "It Was Nothing…It Was Everything" documentary film screened as part of "Modern Odysseys: Greek American Artists of the 20th Century" [through 1/30]. Film explores plight of Greek Jews in the Holocaust [Sun. at 2]. Drop-in art workshop on Sundays ongoing–this Sun., it’s "Mythological Creature Collage," where the whole family can design a new creature [Sun. at 1, $3/participant].
south street seaport museum
207 Front St (betw. South & Fulton Sts.), 748-8600. Wed.-Tues. 10-5. $6, $5 sc., $3 child. "American Tattoo: The Art of Gus Wagner" shows the oeuvre of Sailortown’s father [through 5/00]. "As Much as the Sea is Salt: Storytelling & Performances" weekend programs serve hot cider, hot chocolate & Russian & Norwegian folk tales. [through Sun.]
studio museum in harlem
144 W. 125th St (betw. Lenox & 7th Aves.), 864-4500. Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 1-6; Closed Mon., Tues. $5, $3 st./sc. (ID req.), $1 child. under 12. "Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition" collects works by contemporary artists documenting or displaying shifts from one movement to another. Feat. artists are Terry Adkins, Candida Alvarez, Colin Chase, Maren Hassinger, Nari Ward, & Alison Saar [through 1/17]. "Pre-Kwanzaa Family Day" incl. presentations about the 7 principles of the holiday & arts & crafts activities for children [Sat. at 3]. "Facets" a performance piece by the Terry Adkins Recital Corps compiling over 15 years of Adkins’ work, incl. musical instruments of the artists’ invention, as well as poetry, prose & prayer [Sun. at 3].
swiss institute of new york
495 Broadway (betw. Spring & Broome Sts.), 925-2035. Wed.-Sat., Tues. 11-6; closed Sun., Mon. Free. "Empires Without States: On Notions of Success & Failure in Contemporary Art" examines the art world in post-structeralist fashion, as an entity invested with power but without a center, engendering conflict & resistance. Feat. works by Christoph Buchel, the Subway Outside project, Komar & Melamid, Xposition, Aleksandra Mir & many more contributing to this problematic monolith [through 1/8].
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 570-3600. Wed., Fri.-Sun., Tues. 11-6; Thurs. 1-8; closed Mon. $12.50, $10.50 st./sc./groups of 10 or more. Pay-what-you-wish first Thurs. of every month during "The American Century: Art & Culture 1950-2000," part two of series feat. photography, painting, sculpture, film & video & music by Elvis & Ella Fitzgerald [through 2/13]. Free family tours & workshops for ages 5-10 for "The American Century," [Sat., $6/family, 9-11 & 1]. "Contemporary Narratives in American Prints" feat, the works of Donald Judd, Dotty Attie, Lesley Dill, Juan "Dirty" Sanchez & more [through 2/2].
whitney museum of american art at philip morris
120 Park Ave. (42nd St.), 878-2550. Wed.-Sat., Mon.-Tues. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; closed Sun. Free. "Fred Tomaselli: Gravity’s Rainbow" is a massive work that arranges 100s of pills to look like necklaces, reminiscent of 1960’s Op-Art & challenging perception [through 1/7]. "Les Boroson: Underpass" sculpture resembles a cloverleaf traffic exchange pattern, playing off the flow of traffic through the Sculpture Court that houses it [through 3/17].
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
2520 Amsterdam Ave. (185th St.). 960-5390. Call for times & prices. "From Aleph to Tav: Collecting at the Turn of the Century" feat. textiles, photographs, artwork & purchases from past ten years [through 12/30]. "My Father’s Pawnshop" exhibits Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship’s life as a Southern Jew depicted on oil paintings. "Varieties of Religious Experience" feat. Yves Mozelsio’s photographs of Jewish people at work incl. a clown & FBI Spanish translator. "The Fairy Tale Series" feat. illustrated folk tales by Israeli-born artist Michelle Muhlbaum. "Tree of Life: Sculpture by Rafael David Sucari." "First Fruits" feat. students’ works from the Ulpanat B’nei Akiva School of Art, Music & Communication in Tetach Tikva, Israel.