Monday, January 2, 2017

ON THE TOWNS: Wrapping up Christmastime With a Grand Parade Fit for Kings ... Fashion's Future is Bigger Than Ever at YMA ... Revisiting the '80s Art Scene Through the Whitney Archives


THE holidays have been happy, wonderful, merry and exhausting, but one more important celebration with connections to Christmas is on the horizon and El Museo del Barrio celebrates it with a parade.

Another celebration, this one with ties to the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, needs more room to properly commemorate its consequence after only a few years. In its modern iteration, Outsider Art is now 25 years in the making ... and more.

1-7 January

The 40th Annual Three Kings parade will feature live camels. Photo courtesy of El Museo del Barrio.

ART. CULTURE. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 6 Jan. 40th Annual Three Kings Day Parade. Live camels, puppets, parrandas, music and dancing figure into the mix as El Museo del Barrio celebrates Three Kings Day (aka the Epiphany) with a Caribbean flair. Individuals who have made significant contributions to the Latino community in New York will also be honored. The festivities end at El Museo with live music and gallery visits. Free. The parade begins on 106th Street at Lexington Avenue and ends on 115th Street at Park Avenue; El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. New York. http://

8-14 January

ART. Through 9 Jan. Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight. Encompasses the 30-year period between 1948 and 1978 when the abstract artist was honing her style. The first NYC museum exhibit of her oeuvre in nearly 20 years, it features three-dimensional treatments, works on paper and paintings. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York. The exhibit moves to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus Ohio on 4 Feb. (through 16 April).

FILM. 11 - 24 Jan. The 2017 New York Jewish Film Festival. Among the highlights of the 26th edition of the film festival that celebrates the Jewish experience are an exhibit that pays homage to the life of Gene Wilder and a 50th anniversary screening of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. New York.

FASHION. 12 Jan. YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner. In 2017, the gala dinner is the largest it has been since its inception in 2006.

Michael Strahan is wearing Collection by Michael Strahan at JCPenney. Photo courtesy of JCPenney.

YMA, whose mission is to promote and advance the fashion industry by encouraging talented young folks to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retailing and business, is primed to award scholarships from $5,000 to $30,000 to more than 200 YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund students and eight Geoffrey Beene National Scholar finalists.

Also during the evening, individuals who have made and are making notable gains in the fashion industry will be recognized. Among them will be Michael Strahan, who entered the fashion business in 2015 with a partnership with JCPenney where he has an eponymous men's clothing and accessories line. He is to have bestowed on him the Future of Fashion Award. Grand Hyatt, 109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal. New York.

15-21 January

Outsider Art Fair: Anne Mary Robertson Grandma Moses, "giving Day" (1942 Oil on pressed wood 13 x 20 inches (33 x 50.8 cm). Image courtesy of Galerie St. Etienne.

ART. 19-22 Jan. Outsider Art Fair: 25 Years. The art fair that celebrates creations from the self-taught practitioner (Art Brut) celebrates a quarter century. This year, work from 60 galleries representing 27 cities and nine countries. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. New York. http:///

22 January and beyond

"Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s": Kenny Scharf , “When the Worlds Collide,” (1984. Oil and acrylic spray paint on canvas, 122 5/16 × 209 5/16 in.). Image courtesy of Whitney Museum of American Art.

ART. 27 Jan. - 14 May. Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s. Exploiting the current interest in contemporary painting, the Whitney sourced its own extensive collection to produce this exhibit. Named for a decade that saw an explosion of art of various mediums, the show features painters, ranging from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Julia Wachtel. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York.

ART. Through 5 Feb. Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. The title takes its name from science fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s alternate fictional dimension. It features the work of artists spanning a century, illustrating the numerous techniques they have used to deconstruct conventional modes of cinema to re-imagine the moving image. Includes a film series. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort. New York.

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