Beginning August 29, take a closer look at 500-year-old portrait miniatures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-879-5500). The exhibition “In Miniature” will showcase small-scale paintings from 16th-century and early-17th-century Britain and post-revolution France, pinned alongside six larger-scale counterpart paintings. Also on display will be 18th-century French gold boxes adorned with grisaille, or monochromatic, paintings. Pulled from the museum’s permanent collection, these works are rarely shown due to their sensitivity to light. The recommended museum admission is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and free for members and children under 12.
A Whole New World
Between 2011 and 2013, Israeli photographer Shai Kremer captured images at the construction site of One World Trade Center. His work has culminated in “Concrete Abstract,” a series of layered photographs combining the destruction and reconstruction of the towers together in a single frame, collaged from various angles. On September 4, in conjunction with the opening of One World Trade, Kremer’s solo show “World Trade Center: Concrete Abstract” will debut at Julie Saul Gallery (535 W. 22nd St., nr. 10th Ave.; 212-627-2410). Meanwhile, the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St.; 212-534-1672), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (30 Lafayette Ave., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene; 718-636-4198), and the Bronx Museum (1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th St.; 718-681-6000), will also display one piece each from Kremer’s series. Admission to all venues is free of charge.
A Legend Speaks
Just before Fashion Week begins next Thursday, head to a rare interview with treasured New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham that kicks off the “Fashion Icons With Fern Mallis” lecture series at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave.; 212-415-5500) on September 3 at 8 p.m. Mallis, who created New York Fashion Week, hosts the series, which spotlights fashion-world luminaries. Tickets are $68. The event is sold out, but a waiting list is available.