This Week on SundayArts: Bargemusic, Primary Stages and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on SundayArts: Bargemusic, Primary Stages and More
The upcoming edition of SundayArts - the weekly series on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - will cover a varied selection of what the local arts scene has to offer.

Airing Sunday, August 17 at 12 noon, SundayArts News will cover the fields of photography visual art, music and theatre. Featured segments will include:

*Photography: A visit to the International Center for Photography's exhibit Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan. This is the first major U.S. presentation of contemporary photo-based artwork from Japan in over ten years. ICP will present the exciting and highly individualistic work of a new generation of Japanese artists who have come of age following the Asian economic crash of 1990. The works of thirteen artists will fill most of the ICP gallery space and will include both photographs and video, many of which are large and dramatic pieces.

*Galleries: A look at the Howard Greenberg Gallery's Frank Gohlke- Where We Live. Referred to as one of the so-called New Topographics photographers, Gohlike's cool, unsentimental images redefined the perception of the American landscape in the seventies. This exhibition provides a quick refresher course on his work since then, capped with a group of recent pictures taken on the streets of Queens.

*Museums: MOMA's Home Dwelling: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling is both a survey of the past, present and future of the prefabricated home and a building project on the Museum's vacant west lot. Not since the mid-century House in the Garden series has MoMA built occupiable model buildings to demonstrate contemporary issues to the public. Within the gallery, eighty-four architectural projects spanning 180 years are presented by means of film, architectural models, original drawings and blueprints, fragments, photographs, patents, games, sales materials and propaganda, toys, and partial reconstructions.

* Music: Moored in Brooklyn just under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic presents great music up to five days a week, every week of the year. For the week of August 17, visitors can hear the music of J.S. Bach, Schumann, Chopin, among others, and on August 21st, a special Jazz night.

* Theatre: To help offset high ticket prices for cash-strapped New Yorkers, Manhattan-based theatre company Primary Stages has instituted a "Pay What You Can" special ticket offer available for the first two previews of all productions in their 24th season. Tickets go on sale two hours before curtain and are limited to two tickets per person, cash only, no change given and the theatregoer must provide mailing address. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only at the Theater Box Office.

The SundayArts Profile features the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Faithfully restored to its original evocative grandeur from 1887 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996, the building has been a symbol and an inspiration of the religious freedom and economic opportunity sought by so many immigrants to America to visitors of all cultural backgrounds from around the city, nation and globe today. Finally SundayArts "Choice" will find Brooklyn Museum of Art's Curator Terry Carbone discussing Albert Bierstadt's painting "A Storm in the Rocky Mountains."

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SundayArts is Thirteen/WNET's on-air/online series through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Big Apple's cultural best. New York's public television station has long partnered with the city's most celebrated cultural institutions, capturing and broadcasting their work on PBS.

Every Sunday at noon on Thirteen, SundayArts wraps insightful interviews, on-location features, profiles, and introductions around a showcased presentation. SundayArts News segments cover current cultural highlights while Curator's Choice briefs offer first-hand, insider reviews of highlights from shows and events around town. Profiles of cultural figures reflect the eclectic New York arts scene.

For those outside of Thirteen's tri-state viewing area, makes New York's cultural bounty accessible anytime, from anywhere. The video-rich new site features the latest arts news, interviews, and previews of SundayArts broadcasts. Contributing bloggers Elizabeth Vincentelli (Time Out New York), Adam Wasserman (Opera News) and cultural journalist Jennifer Melick add knowledgeable, lively dialogue to the site. Users are encouraged to email questions and comments to the host, artists and organizations.

Funding for SundayArts has been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Lemberg Foundation.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, Expos_, Bill Moyers Journal, and Cyberchase to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as New York Voices, Reel 13 and SundayArts.

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