40 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 956-3535. "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture" focuses on "the world's most ancient & portable art form?beads" [through 1/30].
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park W. (79th St.), 769-5200. Annual showing of more than 300 tropical butterflies, "The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter" [through 2/00]. "Hall of Biodiversity" addresses major environmental issues, includes world's best preserved giant squid [permanent]. "Epic Journeys: The Great Migrations" film explores animal & insect migration [through 3/00]. "Body Art: Marks of Identity" body modification exhibit [through 5/29]. "Reaching for the Stars: Rose Center for Earth & Space" uses computer renderings and samples of unique materials to give a sneak preview of the seven-floor exhibition & research facility, scheduled to open in mid-February [through 3/15]. "Capturing Time: The New York Times Capsule" displays artifacts chosen to be representative of late-20th-century life, not to be opened until Y3K [Opens Sat., through 3/26]. "Meteors & The Solar System" lecture by Dr. Michael K. Weisberg for the Amatuer Astronomers Association [Tues. at 6:15].
Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. (70th St.), 517-ASIA "China: 50 Years Inside the People's Republic" [through 1/2/00]. George Perkovich discusses new book, India's Nuclear Bomb & the topics it tackles, followed by booksigning [Thurs. at 6:30]. "Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior" lecture by Scott Snyder [Fri. at 12:30, rsvp].
BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
1040 Grand Concourse (165th St.), (718) 681-6000. "Amnesia" examines memory loss & desire through works by 16 contemporary South American artists incl. Miguel Angel Rios & Inigo Manglano-Ovalle [through 2/27].
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART
200 Eastern Pkwy. (Washington Ave.), Bklyn., 718-638-5000. "Brooklyn Museum of Art: Discover the World" feat. 52 works from nearly 20 countries [through 12/3]. "Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection" incl. more than 90 paintings, sculpture, photos & installations by nearly 50 artists [through 1/9]. "Eastman Johnson: Painting America" feat. more than 70 paintings & 30 drawings by iconic 19th-century artist [through 2/6]. "Storytelling in the Galleries: Toy Makers Past & Present" brings Larry Schwartz of Rumpus Toys to talk about the history & jouissance of toymaking, followed by booksigning [Sat. at 4]. "Within The Pale: Jewish Tombstones in the Ukraine & Moldova" photographs by David Goberman [through 2/13]. Linda Ipanema & the Dixie Cats perform their dixieland jazz styles alongside the Chuck Fowler Ensemble, followed by screenings about alien invasions [Sat. at 6].
COOPER-HEWITT NATIONAL DESIGN MUSEUM
2 E. 91st St. (5th Ave.), 849-8400. "Two Views of Venice: Canaletto & Menpes" feat. 50 rare prints of the Italian city [through 12/19].
FRAUNCES TAVERN MUSEUM
54 Pearl St. (Broad St.), 425-1778. "Washington In Glory: America in Tears" commemorates bicentennial of George Washington's death with memorabilia incl. paintings, etchings & jewelry [through 4/5]. "With a Heavy Heart..." commemorates the American Cincinnatus' somber 1783 farewell address to his troops, led by respected Washington scholar Stuart Murray [Thurs. at 6]. Open house for 216th anniversary of the farewell address?mulled cider served all afternoon [Sat. at noon].
THE FRICK COLLECTION
1 E. 70th St. (5th Ave.), 288-0700. "Constable's Salsibury Cathedral: Two Versions Reunited" places two versions of each John Constable painting next to each so one can examine his methods [through 12/31]. Internationally touring exhibit feat. more than 60 works by Antoine Watteau, "Watteau & His World: French Drawing from 1700 to 1750" [through 2/9]. "Velasquez in New York Museums" feat. "King Philip IV of Spain" & "Portrait of a Little Girl" [through 1/16].
1071 5th Ave. (betw. 88th & 89th Sts.), 423-3587. "Clemente" exhibition feat. more than 200 works from 1970 to present incl. oil & fresno paintings, watercolor, pastel, sculpture & book illustration [through 1/9]. "Frames of Reference: Reflections on Media by Rockefeller & MacArthur Film/Video/Multimedia Fellows," call for specific films, dates & times, free with admission [through 12/22].
575 B'way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.,), 423-3500. "Andy Warhol: The Last Supper" exhibits his take on Da Vinci's work through silkscreens & paintings [free through 2000].
INTREPID SEA AIR SPACE MUSEUM
Pier 86, W. 46th St. (12th Ave.), 245-0072. "Defending our Future" exhibits machinery, statistics & Pentagon's latest project [through 1/00]. "Flying Machines: The Incredible Contraptions that Conquered the Sky" feat. reproductions of aircrafts & demonstrations [through 3/00]. "Desert Storm Strike," "A-6 Cockpit Challenge" & "Cold War/Berlin Wall Exhibit" [permanent].
333 E. 47th St ( betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 832-1155. "Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog" features over 130 vintage photographs from past 30 years. Runs concurrently with Metropolitan Museum of Art's Moriyama exhibit. [through 1/2]
1109 Fifth Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3271. "The Changing Face of Family" documents Jewish family life through photography [through 2/6]. "John Singer Sargent: Portraits of the Wertheimer Family" marks the first time Sargent's 12 paintings have hung together since they were in the family's London home nearly 70 years ago [through 2/6]. "Berlin Metropolis: Jews & The New Culture, 1890-1918" explores the Jewish experience in Berlin through over 250 city artifacts [through 4/23].
LES TENEMENT MUSEUM
90 Orchard St. (Broome St.), 431-0233. "Sitting Shiva: The Rogarshevsky Family Apartment," an interactive exhibit feat. home of Jewish immigrant family from Lithuania in mourning [permanent]. "The Gumpertz & Baldizzi Apartments," restored to 1870 & 1935 (respectively) specifications [permanent]. "Shared Secrets" feat. shadow boxes based on immigration stories from museum's ESL class [through 1/23]. Tours incl. "19th-century Tenement," "The Confino Family Apartment," & "The Streets Where We Lived."
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
1000 Fifth Ave. (82nd.), 535-7710. "Rodin's Monument to Victor Hugo" feat. nearly 20 sculptures [through 1/2]. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C. Wang Family Collection" [through 1/9]. 1920-1937 paintings from the Berggruen Klee Collection exhibited in "Klee Paintings" [through 2/2]. Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama shows his work in "Daido Moriyama: Hunter" exhibit [through 2/2]. "Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids" is a loan exhibition which displays 250 works from museums throughout the world [through 2/9]. "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception" displays over 150 prints of 19th-century American landscape [through 2/9]. The annual Christmas tree & Neapolitan Baroque Creche will be on display [through 1/9]. "Mozart & The Italians" concert with Paula Robinson, Kenneth Cooper & their chamber orchestra [Fri. & Sat. at 7].
museum for african art
593 Broadway (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 966-1313. "Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa" showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs & videos from post-Apartheid South Africa [through 1/2].
MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN THE AMERICAS
70 Mulberry St. (Bayard St.), 619-4785. "Where Is Home? Chinese in the Americas," personal stories, photos, mementos & poetry encased in a structure reminiscent of a glowing Chinese lantern [permanent]. "Family Portraits" [permanent].
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
5th Ave. (103rd St.), 534-1672. "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States" [through 1/2], series feat. El Super. "The Century in Times Square," displayed through photographs from The New York Times [through 1/2000]. "Fashion on Stage: Couture for the Broadway Theater, 1910-1955" documents theater fashion during these times [through 2/27]. "New York Toy Stories" & "Andrew Jackson Head" [permanent]. "The New York Century," showcases glimpses of influential people & events [through 5/28]
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
11 W. 53rd St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 708-9400. Also see "Film & Video." "Modern Starts," People," a three part exhibit? "People," "Places" & "Things" feat. works by modernists Duchamp, Léger, Klee & Cézanne [through 3/14]. "Making Modern Starts" orientation to MoMA2000 [through 3/14]. "Projects" series continues: #69 with Julia Jacquette's multimedia creations [through winter 2000], #70 with Shirin Neshat, Simon Patterson & Xu Bing's banners [through 5/1]. "FilmFest" screening of post-Soviet films from Georgia, Latvia, Kazhakstan & other independent states by Gherman, Yufit & many more [Opens Fri., through 12/19]. "Printed Art at the End of the 19th-century: James Ensor & Jose Guadalupe Posada" lecture & brown-bag lunch, delivered by Judy Hecker. "Actors, Dancers, Bathers: Degas, Cezanne, Picasso, Derain" exhibit & tour revisits these three themes over champagne & sparkling wines [Mon. at 6].
MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
25 W. 52nd St. (5th Ave.), 621-6600. Also see "Film & Video" & "Family." "Denk You Veddy Much: The Comedy of Andy Kaufman" screenings incl. Andy's Funhouse: The Andy Kaufman Special & segments from his television work; [through 12/19]. "Television & The Cold War" screening series [through 12/26]. "Eighth Annual International Children's Television Festival" [through Sun]. "Day Without Art" film screenings from "Donahue," "Homicide," "NOVA" & more call attention to people with AIDS [Wed. at 12:10]. "Spy vs. Spy" package screenings brings Boris Badenov & the fetching Natasha Fatale from "Bullwinkle & Rocky" to the people, along with "Casino Royale," the very first James Bond film adaptation [Thurs.-Fri. at 6, Sat.-Sun. at 4].
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
George Gustav Heye Center, 1 Bowling Green (betw. State & Whitehall Sts.) 668-6624. "Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert Retrospective Exhibition, 1947-1992" feat. 50 woodcarvings, poems & maskes of the influential Tlingit artist [through 2/6]. "Pueblo Portraits: 50 Years at Laguna Pueblo" exhibits 40 Lee Marmon photographs of New Mexico Pueblo community [through 1/9]. "All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life & Culture" displays over 300 symbolic objects chosen by 23 Native selectors [permanent]. Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, author of The Scalpel & the Silver Bear leads "Walking in Beauty: A Native American Perspective on Health" lecture on the crossroads of Western & Native medicine [Thurs. at 5].
NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE
47-01 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-699-0005. "Marvelous Molecules?The Secret of Life" illustrates similar chemistry traits among living things?humans, amoebas & cockroaches [permanent].
NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2 W. 77th St. (Central Pk. W.), 873-0509. "Glimmers of the Past" exhibits silver collections [through 12/5]. "Putting it on Paper" exhibits 200 years of American drawings & watercolors by artists that were influenced by or lived in New York [through 1/00]. "The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle & Achievement" [through 2/20]. "$24: The Legendary Deal for Manhattan" examines the myth of Manhattan's origin [through 3/9]. "Masterworks of 19th-century American Painting" feat. nearly 50 oil paintings by such artists as William Sydney Mount, Thomas Cole & Asher B. Durand [permanent]. "Kid City" [permanent].
NEW MUSEUM of contemporary art
583 B'way (betw. Houston & Prince Sts.), 219-1222. Also see "Film & Video." Retrospective of Brazilian artist Cildo Meieles [through 3/5] "Videodrome" screenings in the Public Access Gallery.
580 Madison Ave. (betw. 56th & 57th Sts.), 317-7596. Eighty vintage photographs exhibited in "Vanity Fair & the Birth of the Modern Age: Portraits, 1914-1936" [through 1/3]. "The Century in Times Sq." exhibit accompanies a book which represents Times Sq. through photographs [through 2/00].
NY Transit Museum
Boerum Pl. (Schermerhorn St.), Brooklyn, 718-330-5839. "Transit Treasures: Oddities, Wonders, & Exceptional Common Fare for Moving People" feat. over 90 items chosen by museum staff that best represent transit history [through 2/00].
22-25 Jackson Ave. (46th Ave.), L.I. City, 718-784-2084. "Sol Lewitt: Concrete Block" feat. Lewitt's minimal & conceptual drawings, wooden models & sculptures [through 1/2]. "On Your Own Time," works by international artists who explore the passing of time [through 1/2]. "Minimalia: An Italian Vision in 20th-century Art" explores minimalist art by Italian artists [through 1/2]. Select Berlin artists (since the fall of the Berlin Wall) feat. in "Children of Berlin" exhibit.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
945 Madison Ave. (75th St.), 570-3600. "The American Century: Art & Culture 1950-2000," part two of series feat. photography, painting, sculpture, film & video & music by Elvis & Ella Fitzgerald [through 2/13]. "Contemporary Narratives in American Prints" feat. works by Donald Judd, Dotty Attie, Lesley Dill, Juan Sanchez & more [through 2/2].
YESHIVA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
2520 Amsterdam Ave. (185th St.). 960-5390. "From Aleph to Tav: Collecting at the Turn of the Century" feat. textiles, photographs, artwork & purchases from past ten years [through 12/30]. "My Father's Pawnshop" exhibits Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship's life as a Southern Jew depicted on oil paintings. "Varieties of Religious Experience" feat. Yves Mozelsio's photographs of Jewish people at work incl. a clown & FBI Spanish translator. "The Fairy Tale Series" feat. illustrated folk tales by Israeli-born artist Michelle Muhlbaum. "Tree of Life: Sculpture by Rafael David Sucari." "First Fruits" feat. students' works from the Ulpanat B'nei Akiva School of Art, Music & Communication in Tetach Tikva, Israel. "Mission to Macedonia: Should Jews Help Muslim Albanians?" roundtable discussion Rabbi Schmuel Goldin and Yeshiva U. political science students, moderated by Dr. Ruth Bevin [Thurs. at 2:45]. Judy Dick leads "Hanukkah Story Theatre," a retelling of the sacred Jewish military triumph, followed by "Story Box Worship," where kids can turn their shoeboxes into story boxes [Sun. at 1:30]. Gallery talk with artist Michelle Muhlbaum [Mon. at noon].