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40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535. "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture" focuses on "the world’s most ancient & portable art form–beads" [through 1/30].



AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY


Central Park W. (79th St.), 769-5800. 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 [permanent].



ASIA SOCIETY


725 Park Ave. (70th St.), 517-ASIA. "Fire Over Earth: Selections of Asian Ceramics from the Mr. & Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection" [through 11/28]. "Photographing China Today," illustrated discussion with Lois Conner & Brian Palmer [Thurs. at 6:30, $15]. "Literary Voices of Iran" panel & reading with Simin Behbehani, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Javad Mojabi, more [Mon. at 6:30, $15]. Book signing & reading with Johnathan D. Spence, author of Mao Zedong [Tues. at 6:30, $10].



BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART


200 Eastern Pkwy. (Washington Ave.), Bklyn., 718-638-5000. "Matthew Scott Sloan Collection of American Furniture" [through 10/99]. "Brooklyn Museum of Art: Discover the World" feat. 52 works from nearly 20 countries [through 12/3]. "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" incl. more than 90 paintings, sculpture, photos & installations by nearly 50 artists [through 1/9]. Talk with artists, Richard Patterson & Fiona Rae on "Sensation" exhibition [Thurs. at 6]. "Eastman Johnson: Painting America" feat. 75 paintings & 35 drawings by iconic 19th-century artist [through 2/6].



THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS


1040 Grand Concourse (165th St.), Bronx, 718-681-6000. "Artists in the Marketplace: Nineteenth Annual Exhibition" exhibits works by upcoming NY artists [through 10/31].



COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM


2 E. 91st St. (5th Ave.), 849-8400. "Two Views of Venice: Canaletto & Menpes" feat. 50 rare prints of the Italian city [through 12/19].



FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM


54 Pearl St. (Broad St.), 425-1778. "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


One E. 70th St. (5th Ave.), 288-0700. "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 2/9].



GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM


1071 5th Ave. (betw. 88th & 89th Sts.), 423-3587. "Clemente" exhibition feat. more than 200 works from 1970 to present incl. oil & fresno paintings, watercolor, pastel, sculpture & book illustration [through 1/9].



GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM~SOHO


575 B’way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.,), 423-3500. "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. "Defending our Future" exhibits machinery, statistics & Pentagon’s latest project [through 1/99]. "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].



JEWISH MUSEUM


1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3271. "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].



LES TENEMENT MUSEUM


90 Orchard St. (Broome St.), 431-0233. "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" & "Hallowed Halls: A Hybrid Halloween."



METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART


1000 Fifth Ave. (82nd.), 535-7710. "Annenberg Collection of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist Masterworks" from 19th & 20th-century French artists [through 11/7]. "Costume & Character in the Age of Ignres" exhibits six decades of fashion [through 11/21]. "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]. "Beethoven: Speaking of Sonatas," performance & lecture by pianist/conductor David Golub, Wed. at 2:30.



MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN THE AMERICAS


70 Mulberry St. (Bayard St.), 619-4785. "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


5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672. Conversation with Edward James Olmos & Angel Figeroa in conjunction with "Americanos" series [Thurs. at 8]. "Heritage of Care" traces history of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals through photographs, video clips & objects [through 11/28]. "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States" [through 1/2], series feat. El Super . "The Century in Times Square," displayed through photographs from The New York Times [through 1/2000]. "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].



MUSEUM OF MODERN ART


11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400. "Modern Starts: People," three part exhibit that will incl. "Places" & "Things" feat. works by modernists Duchamp, Léger, Klee & Cézanne [through 3/14]. "People" currently open, "Places" begins Oct. 28, "Things" to come Nov. 21. "Making Modern Starts" orientation to MoMA2000 [through 3/14].



MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO


25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600. Also see "Film & Video." "A Conversation With Dr. Laura Schlessinger," with the syndicated personality discussing her career, Mon. at 6:30. "Bits, Bytes & Broadcasting: Radio on the Internet" panel, Wed. at 6. Panel on "The Heart & Heritage of Urban Contemporary Radio," Thurs. at 6. "The World Of Hanna-Barbera" film screenings [through 11/7]. "Mad About the Boy: Noël Coward on Television" film screenings [through 11/7]. "Where the Songs Come True" screening of Dennis Potter’s original eight hour version of Pennies From Heaven [through 11/7]. "Rapid Eye Movement" 90 minute screening feat. R.E.M. videos, live performances & exerts from various documentaries [through 11/28]. "Fifth Annual Radio Festival" feat. live radio broadcasts, performances & family activities [through 11/5] incl. nationally syndicated program, Rockline, with David Bowie [Mon. at 11 p.m.]. WFMU’s The Radio Thrift Shop with Laura Cantrell [Sat. at noon]. "Denk You Veddy Much: The Comedy of Andy Kaufman" screenings incl. Andy’s Funhouse: The Andy Kaufman Special & segments from his television work [through 12/19].



NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN


1 Bowling Green (betw. State & Whitehall Sts.) 668-6624. "Pueblo Portraits: 50 Years at Laguna Pueblo" exhibits 40 Lee Marmon photographs of New Mexico Pueblo community [through 1/9]. "Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert Retrospective Exhibition, 1947-1992" feat. 50 woodcarvings, poems & masks of the influential Tlingit artist [through 2/6]. "Talking Circles" discussion on Schoppert’s legacy by artist Ed Archie Noisecat [Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.].



NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE


47-01 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-699-0005. New permanent exhibition, "Marvelous Molecules–The Secret of Life" illustrates similar chemistry traits among living things–humans, amoebas & cockroaches. "Le System Domobile" displays French architect, Edward Grinberg’s plans of an electric car [through 11/21].



NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


2 W. 77th St. (Central Pk. W.), 873-0509. "Glimmers of the Past" exhibits silver collections [through 12/5]. "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 in 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].



NEWSEUM/NY


580 Madison Ave. (betw. 56th & 57th Sts.), 317-7596. Gallery talk, "The Trust: The Private & Powerful Family Behind The New York Times" with biographers Susan Tifft & Alex Jones [Wed. at 6:30]. 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 2/00]. Photographer Michael Light displays 70 photographs from NASA’s Apollo vaults in "Full Moon" [through 2/5].



P.S.1


22-25 Jackson Ave. (46th Ave.), L.I. City, 718-784-2084. "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].



WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART


945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 570-3600. "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]. Seminar with artists Leon Golub & Nancy Spero [Thurs. at 6:15].



Yeshiva UNIVERSITY MUSEUM


2520 Amsterdam Ave. (185th St.). 960-5390. "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.


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