Craving art? Gallerist Meredith Rosen recommends amazing art shows in New York City that you don’t want to miss this week:
Superman — one of the most powerful and influential comic superheroes ever — is returning to the big screen this weekend in Man of Steel. As people who have always had a sinking suspicion that newspaper reporters are superheroes in disguise, we are clearly craving this movie and are excited to see Superman turn 75 years old.
To get ready, we’ve gathered up a Superman highlight timeline (with pictures, of course!):
1933: two Cleveland teenagers, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, created the first Superman. He was initially a bald telepathic villain. The teens created a non-professional fanzine about their character.
1938: The company that later became DC Comics bought Superman, and the cape-wearing, city-saving hero we know and love first appeared in print — in Action Comics #1. In 2010, the comic, which originally sold for 10 cents, was sold on the auction website Comic Connect for $1 million, according to BBC. ”The opportunity to buy an un-restored, high-grade Action One comes along once every two decades. It’s certainly a milestone,” the auction house owner was quoted as saying.
1951: Adventures of Superman, a TV series starring George Reeves, premiered. It ran from 1951-58. The first two seasons were filmed in black and white and the final four in color.
1966: It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman came to Broadway as a musical. (This year, it was reborn in the Encores! series at City Center)
1966: The New Adventures of Superman — a series of six-minute animated shorts — came to TV. It ran through 1970.
1973: Super Friends — a Sunday morning cartoon featuring Superman, as well as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, ran on ABC. It continued until 1986.
1978: Superman, the movie with Christopher Reeve, came to movie theaters. It earned more than $300 million worldwide at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, and spawned three sequels.
1993: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman came to ABC. It ran through 1997.
1996: Superman: The Animated Series was on the WB through for four (super) years.
2001: Smallville, a TV series about Clark Kent as a teenager, had 10 seasons, running through 2011.
2006: Superman Returns, starring Brandon Routh, came to movie theaters. It earned more than $390 million worldwide at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo.
2013: Man of Steel comes to movie theaters! Here’s a Q&A with filmmaker David S. Goyer from the LA Times and here’s a piece from Wired in which psychiatrists think about Superman’s emotional issues.
Friday, June 7
Starting Friday, experience Manna-Hata, an immersive theatrical experience at the Farley Post Office created by Peculiar Works Project. You’ll rediscover New York City’s 400-year history (including the charismatic players who helped to transform New York into the City we love).
If you’re craving music, head to Randall’s Island Friday through Sunday for the Governors Ball NYC Music Festival. Headliners include Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, and Kanye West. At the time we posted this, tickets were still available.
Often, we don’t even notice the sounds in theater — from chirping birds to street noise to approaching footsteps. Friday through June 29, the Brick (which has a brand new surround sound system) is hosting the sound scape festival to explore sound design. Some of the City’s most talented sound designers will create theatrical experiences that put their art in the foreground. This weekend, experience Dante’s Inferno, Lighthouse Triptych, The Theoretical Physics of Procrastination, and others.
Starting Friday, you can also see two new exhibits about AIDS at the New York Historical Society. One focuses on the First Five Years of AIDS in New York. It draws from the archives of the New York Public Library, NYU, and the National Archive of LGBT History. The other exhibition features black and white photographs that tell the stories of New York children with HIV and AIDS between 1990 and 2000.
Saturday, June 8
Saturday or Sunday, head to Governors Island for FIGMENT NYC 2013, a free annual celebration of participatory art and culture. There’s music, dance, theater, installations, sculptures, art, and more. We’re excited for the artist-designed Minigolf Course. You can see the designs online before hopping on the ferry. It’s rain or shine.
This is the first weekend of In Scena! — an Italian theater festival in New York City that runs through June 20 and features performances across the five boroughs. The opening weekend features Voices in the Desert (Voci Nel Deserto) from noon to 4 PM on both days on Governors Island. It’s a project that aims to collect fragments of thinking from the past (from literature, theater, and public speeches) to recycle memory. See the full calendar online.
Starting Saturday, MoMA members can visit Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, a major exhibit about his work as an architect, interior designer, city planner, writer, and photographer. The exhibition opens to the public on June 15. If you want to dive in even deeper, AIA New York is hosting a conference called Le Corbusier/New York on Saturday at the Center for Architecture near Washington Square Park. Find all the details here.
Sunday, June 9
See one of this weekend’s new movies. We’re pretty excited about the new Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson movie, The Internship. When they lose their sales job, they land an internship at Google and have to keep up with the kids. We’re also craving Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, a modern retelling of the Shakespeare classic.
Monday, June 10
Craving romantic tragedy? See the American Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Center from Monday through Saturday.
Tuesday, June 11
On Tuesday, see a preview screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom, which opens on June 14, and hear a conversation with the New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles, as well as the film’s director and three of its stars.
Wednesday, June 12
On Wednesday or Thursday, see Oceania at La MaMa. It’s an interactive, multi-sensory dance performance that’s part of the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, which features emerging and seasoned choreographers. The festival runs from June 7 through July 7.
Also starting Wednesday is El Museo’s seventh “La Bienal,” Here Is Where We Jump. It features work by 37 emerging Latino and Latin American artists who live in and around New York City.
Thursday, June 13
Starting Thursday, see a puppet show, Geppetto, at HERE. It meshes together Pinocchio and The Old Man And The Sea.
Friday, June 14
Craving another cinematic apocalypse? See This is the End, an apocalyptic comedy by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.
Craving dance? See Makeda Thomas’s 10th anniversary season at New York Live Arts Friday or Saturday.
It’s another week of craveable art in New York City. Gallerist Meredith Rosen is joining us once again to recommend five must-see art events this week.
Paul McCarthy: Sculptures at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea
Orly Genger: Iron Maiden at Larissa Goldston Gallery in Chelsea
Orly Genger: Red, Yellow and Blue at Madison Square Park
Sarah Braman Wallace Whitney at American Contemporary in the East Village
Michael Wang: Global Tone at Foxy Production in Chelsea