Arts, Culture & Leisure

Friday, April 16, 2021

By: Sona Robbins Cohen

Arts, Culture & Leisure

Due to Covid-19 precautions, many of the cultural venues listed in this section are still closed, as of press time. See below for updated information about openings and virtual programming and keep checking the websites for updated information.

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

The Morgan is now open. For details on schedule and ticket information go to or call 212-685-0008, ext. 560. The cafe and dining room are closed and there is no coat check. The gift shop is open and there is no entrance fee to go just to the shop.

For information about in house and on-line exhibitions, both present and past, virtual programs and videos check the web pages: and


Treasures From the Vault, rotating exhibits in the beautiful historic library.

David Hockney: Drawing From Life, Through May 30, 2021. This is his first exhibition to focus on paper and his drawing practice. Featured are about 100 drawings from his early works to the early 2000s.

Poetry and Patronage: the Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered, Through May 16, 2021. Claude III de Laubespine, who obtained favor of King Charles IX, died in 1570 at age of 25, leaving behind a superb library of books and bindings. He is considered one of the great collectors of the French Renaissance.

Pure Drawing: Seven Centuries of Art From the Gray Collection, through June 6, 2021. This exhibition honors Richard Gray, one of America’s foremost art dealers, and his wife, art historian Mary L. Gray, who over fifty years amassed a remarkable collection of drawings representing 700 years of Western art. It focuses on 15th-18th century Italy, 17th century Holland and 20th-21st century American art, both celebrated and lesser-known artists.

Architecture, Theater, and Fantasy: Drawings from the Jules Fisher Collection, May 28-September 12, 2021. For nearly 100 years the Italian Bibiena family were important theater designers for operas, festivals, and courtly performances throughout Europe. This is its first exhibit in the United States in over 30 years. This collection is a promised gift of Jules Fisher, an award-winning lighting designer.

Shahzia Sikander; Extraordinary Realities, June 18-September 26, 2021. This Pakistani American artist, born in 1969, is celebrated for bringing manuscript painting traditions from South and Central Asia into dialogue with contemporary art. This exhibition included nearly 60 works from public and private collections.

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, June 18, 2021-January 9, 2022. This exhibit brings together for the first time a selection of artworks that illustrate women’s lives in ancient Mesopotamia during the 3rd millennium B.C. Featured is the work of poet Enheduanna, the earliest-named author in world literature.

Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection, June 25-September 26, 2021. This exhibit displays books, elegantly bound and printed, for the highest-level 18th century French society, owned by royalty and aristocrats. The books showcase the important role women had as book owners and collectors.

The New York Public Library 
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street

The 42nd Street Library is closed. For ongoing virtual programs and

Grab&Go service is available at some circulating library branches. The library branch in our area to offer this service is the former Mid-Manhattan Library, now called Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library at 455 Fifth Avenue, at 40th St., which now houses the Business Center, and Kips Bay Library, 446 Third Avenue at 32st Street. Order materials online, place a hold and then pick up your materials. Check the library website and click on “Find details about locations, services and requirements” or call the 40th St. library at 212-340-0863. Learn more about the NYPL’s Grab & Go Service at


CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, in the landmark B. Altman building

While the building is closed, at least into 2021, there are many on-line offerings of programs from both the present and the past covering a wide range of topics, including lectures and some virtual musical programs. For details and updates check the following websites: and

Live stream PhD candidates concerts: 1pm, free, at this link:

Final concerts of the season: Mon. May 3: Thapelo Masita, cello; Tues. May 5, Clare Monfredo, cello; Fri. May 7, GC Composers; Wed. May 12: Julia Danitz, violin; Fri. May 14: Johnna Wu, violin; Mon. May 17, Isabel Fairbanks, cello; Wed. May 19, Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Fri. May 21, Fifi Zhang, piano.


American Scandinavian Foundation–Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue (between 37th & 38th Street)

While Scandinavia House is closed, check their website at for weekly virtual cultural lectures, exhibits, language classes, family activities, and Nordic events. Sign up for the Scandinavia House e-newsletter to get their updates. The gift shop may be open from time to time. For information about buying in-house or online call Laura at 212-847-9737 or email requests to At press time the Smorgas restaurant was still closed. To check re opening again call: 212-686-4230.

Conversations With A Shipwreck, digital interactive exhibition through Sat., June 5. The Swedish warship, Vasa, built in 1628 as the most fearsome military weapon of its time, sank almost instantly, and was rediscovered 300 years later at the bottom of the Stockholm harbor. It is now a museum all about the ship and its discovery.


The Doctors Orchestra

Check the Doctors Orchestra website for future concerts. Although there have been a few virtual performances, nothing is scheduled at press time.


Bryant Park
40th-42nd Streets between 5th & 6th Avenues, behind the 42nd Street Library.

Check all events at; 212-768-4242; Bryant Park Facebook, Twitter, blog, weekly newsletter, eblasts, brochures, virtual activities.

EATING SPOTS: Kiosks, cafes, outdoor and indoor restaurants.

SPRING and SUMMER: Watch for the opening of the lawn and various activities starting in April and May: Lunchtime jazz piano and hopefully other musical performances, Ping-Pong, chess,  exercise classes, bird watching, fencing, juggling and much more.