9:36 am Jan. 27, 2011
Each week, Capital's editors will offer a list of the events, activities, releases and personal obsessions that we are looking forward to during the next week. Here is a list of our anticipations.
Five rare Autochromes on display in the Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand show
Jan. 25 through 30
Exhibit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan.
Zachary: This beautiful exhibit has been open at the Met since November, but one of its most interesting corners has come with a caveat. In a short period from about 1907 to 1910, photographers, led by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, experimented with Autochromes, images produced from the first commercially viable color photography process. They're ghostly and painterly, but even though the fad quickly fizzled, they have an intense immediacy. The only problem is that the Autochrome dyes, which fade quickly when exposed to light, are so delicate that the images are rarely seen; it's the Met's policy never to exhibit them. So the five Autochromes in the Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand show, including a fabulous Steichen image of Stieglitz holding a copy of the photography journal Camera Work, are facsimiles. Recently, though, Luisa Casella, a conservator at the museum, has shown that Autochrome dye fading can be slowed or stopped by showing the images in low-oxygen display units. Thanks to her work, there's an amazing, brief opportunity to see the original images. Don't miss them.
Martin Filler's review of The King's Speech
On the New York Review of Books site.
Zachary: Now that the Oscar nominations have come out and the heart-tugging King's Speech is somewhat surprisingly the front-runner, it's worth taking a look at Filler's thoughtful review, which takes a generally skeptical view of the movie's spin on the history. Contrary pieces like this always arrive in the wake of sumptuous, well-reviewed historical fictions, but Filler's is calmer and more sensible than most.
Discovery Day: Franz Liszt
Jan. 29, 1 to 6 p.m. [tickets].
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.
Zachary: This will not be the last we hear of Liszt this year, not by a long shot. It's the bicentennial of his birth, and his work will be all over concert and recital programs in 2011. Carnegie has put together a nice day to learn more about the great composer. Liszt biographer Alan Walker and the eminent pianist and music writer Charles Rosen will give talks, Gregory DeTurck will play from the piano works, and there's a dramatic reading. But I'm most excited about Angela Meade's performance, scheduled for 4:15. Meade, a rising soprano, will sing a selection—in several languages—of Liszt's often overlooked songs. The singer isn't doing much in New York this season, so this is a great opportunity to catch her in the intimate Weill Recital Hall.
Wild Flag tickets go on sale
Jan. 27 at noon on the Ticketfly site.
Gillian: Wild Flag is an "indie supergroup." Comprised of Carrie Brownstein, Mary Timony, Rebecca Cole and Janet Weiss, the band is a community of '90s (and early '00s) rock come to life: Brownstein and Weiss were in Sleater-Kinney together, and frequently toured with Timony’s band Helium, while Brownstein and Timony were also in a band called The Spells. Cole’s Portland-based band The Minders opened for Sleater-Kinney many times, and Weiss and Cole have a sideproject band called The Shadow Mortons. Anyway, people of a certain age, and a certain taste for '90s rock are predictably excited about this band, and they haven't even released a record yet. But they have played some shows, and they are coming to Radio City Music Hall on March 9 with Superchunk and Bright Eyes. But you're going to want to see them the night before at a more intimate club: The Rock Shop in Park Slope. Tickets go on sale for a 6:30 p.m. and a 10 p.m. show at noon today. Ready that credit card and trigger finger on your keyboard!
Zadie Smith in conversation with Wells Tower
Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. RSVP: 212-420-5722 or email@example.com.
Discussion: NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan.
Gillian: The great Zadie Smith, English novelist and recent Generation Facebook grumbler, will have a chat with another "great fiction writer" of our time (according to the New Yorker, anyway): Wells Tower. Harper's Magazine named Smith its New Books columnist last fall, but tonight is the big celebration. Smith said in a release that her mission with the column will be "not simply to describe an end product but to delineate a process, an intimate experience with a book." Yes, sign us up. We're sure there will be plenty of literary fireworks in Harper's and in person next Wednesday.
Living in American: Brain and the Creative Tibetan Mind
Jan. 25 through 30
Exhibit: The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan.
Josh: This week, the natural history museum is presenting a "unique extended program" in which the visitor can "experience meditation, watch monastic dances, see the making of a sand mandala, and learn about the latest research on Tibetan meditation and its impact on the brain." I won't be there, exactly. But I am quite likely to be very nearby, "looking at" the museum's very familiar permanent exhibitions with my two young sons, who by Sunday will have had enough of sledding in Astoria Park, and who won't have the Queens Zoo as an option until at least some of the snow has melted.
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