Sunday at the Museum
The Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Rd., at Vernon Blvd., Long Island City; 718-204-7088) hosts its monthly Second Sundays program on March 9 at 3 p.m. This month, the museum’s senior curator, Dakin Hart, and the Drawing Center executive director, Brett Littman, lead a gallery talk in conjunction with “Noguchi’s Early Drawings: 1927–1932,” a special exhibition that looks at how modern artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Egon Schiele, and others influenced Noguchi’s style. It is free with museum admission ($10 for general admission; $5 for senior citizens; $5 for students with valid ID; and free for members, children under 12, and NYC public-high-school students with valid ID).
Civil Rights Art
Art and activism unite at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-638-5000) beginning March 7 with “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties,” a touring exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s passage. This show, on view until July 6, represents 103 works across painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography of 66 artists of the 1960s. These works document how the decade’s rampant social and political changes influenced artists such as Virginia Jaramillo, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, and others.
From March 6 to 9, the New City Art Fair, showcasing Japanese contemporary art, arrives in New York at hpgrp Gallery (529 W. 20th St., No. 2W, nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-727-2491) during Armory Week. The fair, in New York for its second year, features nine Japanese galleries, three artists’ performances, a tour of Japanese artists’ studios in Brooklyn and Queens, and a special exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s earlier works—paintings, prints, and sculptures from the 1950s to 1990s. If you missed Kusama’s crowded show at David Zwirner this past fall, here is an opportunity to see what came before the “infinity room.” Admission to the fair is free.