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A native of the Galapagos Islands and the last of his species, the Pinta Island tortoise known as Lonesome George became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions. When he died of natural causes in 2012, more than 40 years after being discovered on Pinta Island, the Museum worked with the Galapagos National Park Service, State University of New York College of Environmental Services and Forestry, the Galapagos Conservancy, and a team of master taxidermists to preserve Lonesome George for future generations. Before the tortoise is returned to Ecuador, he will be on exhibit here at the Museum for a limited time. Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy
This event is organized by the New York City Community Land Initiative and will be held at the Museum of Art and Design
Abel Azcona uses his body to illustrate personal experiences of abandonment, pain, and empathy. In Someone Else he shows us interpersonal relations, both sentimental and sexual, in which in a parallel way, true feelings, true love, or the true object of desire are all hidden. The artist shares different intimacies with different people, making the antagonist-guest the protagonist. He presents dreams that become true in the mind, but never in the actual body. Abel Azcona is a Spanish interdisciplinary and performance artist. He creates cathartic works as a means of self-knowledge and personal construction. Azcona’s artwork has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, and galleries worldwide. Synergistically autobiographical and critical, his work takes audiences into his inner world and invites them to share their own experiences. His themes are directly informed by his experiences as the child of a prostitute, and his passing through multiple children’s shelters, mental institutions, and foster homes, as well as adolescent episodes of drug use, prostitution, and several suicide attempts. The resilient artist assures the public that when he practices self-harm, it is his own choice to alter the shape of his body, as opposed to an abused child or woman who has no choice.
Categories: Arts, Community, Museums, Programs
Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings about his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. At first glance, individually and as an ensemble, these relief prints are schematic and enigmatic. Rooted in personal experiences, the prints depict precisely drawn tools and everyday objects that reflect his family’s occupational histories. The etchings can be approached as part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. Their rich darkness reveal precisely drawn tools and everyday objects, an occasional human visage. Each array on each print is imaginatively filled in with lines that interlink and interrelate the items.
Categories: Arts, Museums
"Pink Narcissus" (1971) is an American arthouse drama film by James Bidgood visualizing the erotic fantasies of a gay male prostitute."A kind of a gay Fantasia, part underground extravaganza, part romantic porn." The Village Voice. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker, James Bidgood and Jonathan David Katz, curator.
Categories: Community, Museums, Programs
American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Islands at the Edge: Climate Change, Globalization, and Island CulturePresented by American Museum of Natural History
Island cultures and ecosystems are already feeling the effects of climate change. Join Museum anthropologist Jenny Newell and Marshall Islands poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner to explore how life in the Pacific islands is changing, and what this might mean for all of us in the future. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with cash bar 21+ with ID Enter at 77th Street
In honor of New York Archives Week, discover the Museum Library’s rich history of scientific exploration from around the world. Rarely seen collections of field notes, films, photography, artwork, and memorabilia will be on display to tell the hidden stories behind the Museum’s world-famous dioramas and exhibitions. Watch early moving-image footage from historic Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, in which a team led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs, or browse the original landscape studies painted in the field during Carl Akeley’s perilous expeditions to Africa. The Library staff will explain how these one-of-a kind objects are cared for and give hands- on demonstrations of the new Digital Special Collections, an online endeavor to make the Library’s extensive image collection available for research and reference. This event is part of the New York Archives Week, which runs October 6–12, 2014, an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public about the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York region. Free for Members or with Museum admission