Tag Archives: Visual Art

“Small Wonders:” Gothic Boxwood Miniatures Exhibition at the Cloisters

Showing through May 21.  Small in scale, yet teeming with life, miniature boxwood carvings have been a source of wonder since their creation in the Netherlands in the 16th century. On these intricately carved objects—some measuring a mere two inches (five centimeters) in diameter—the miracles and drama of the Bible unfold on a tiny stage. The execution of these prayer beads and diminutive altarpieces is as miraculous as the stories they tell.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, features nearly 50 of these tiny treasures. Among the highlights is a complete carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, before his notorious efforts to dissolve the marriage and his break from the Catholic Church.

The ingenious techniques of the artists who created these precious panoramas have defied comprehension for centuries. Now, through the joint efforts of conservators at The Met and the Art Gallery of Ontario, the carvers’ secrets have at last been reveale

SOULEVATE: Music to Reawaken Your Body & Soul at United Palace

Doors at 6:30pm, featuring an art gallery, vendors and drinks; Showtime 7:30. FREE, but RSVP.  Performers:  Soul Science Lab; Annette Aguilar and String Beans; Harambee Dance Company.

About Soul Science Lab:
Innovative. Afro. Futuristic. Griots. Soul Science Lab (SSL), is a Brooklyn, NY based music and multimedia duo that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. SSL was formed by artist, educator and creative director, Chen Lo, and multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Asante’ Amin. With a focus on high quality, timeless music, SSL designs innovative arts education models and creates culturally responsive interactive experiences. In addition to international touring, SSL’s current projects include Chen Lo’s 2013 album Footprints, Amin’s 2014 album The Visitor: Alter Destiny, the orchestral, interactive documentary Soundtrack ‘63 and their newly released interactive album, Plan for Paradise.

About Annette Aguilar and String Beans:
Annette has performed, toured and shared the stage with artist such as Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Tito Puente, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Mose Allison, The Grateful Dead and many others. In 2007 she was a feature as an independent Hispanic artist for the Infiniti car commercial with fame late Cuban trumpet player Chocolate and Chef Douglas Rodriquez. In 1992 in New York City, she formed her band Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. The group was selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S State Department via The Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where they traveled to Africa.

About Harambee Dance Company:
Harambee Dance Company pulls together the essence of African and African-American dance and music presenting it from an innovative and exciting new contemporary perspective. Artistic Director and resident choreographer Sandella Malloy has developed a high-energy repertoire that pulls together African-based movement, modern dance forms, live percussion and original music, and vibrant costumes into captivating performances reflecting the majesty of the African Diaspora. Harambee Dance Company incorporates the traditional and contemporary to create a new style of African Dance. The company’s enlightening and thought-provoking presentations challenge audiences to expand their perception of dance.

This event is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Immigrant Initiative in partnership with the City Council.

“Small Wonders:” Gothic Boxwood Miniatures Exhibition at the Cloisters

Showing through May 21.  Small in scale, yet teeming with life, miniature boxwood carvings have been a source of wonder since their creation in the Netherlands in the 16th century. On these intricately carved objects—some measuring a mere two inches (five centimeters) in diameter—the miracles and drama of the Bible unfold on a tiny stage. The execution of these prayer beads and diminutive altarpieces is as miraculous as the stories they tell.

This exhibition, the first of its kind, features nearly 50 of these tiny treasures. Among the highlights is a complete carved boxwood rosary made for King Henry VIII of England and his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, before his notorious efforts to dissolve the marriage and his break from the Catholic Church.

The ingenious techniques of the artists who created these precious panoramas have defied comprehension for centuries. Now, through the joint efforts of conservators at The Met and the Art Gallery of Ontario, the carvers’ secrets have at last been reveale