This week: Paul Revere, Dorrance Dance, Laurentian Florence & more.
“Invention and Design in Laurentian Florence,” by Patricia Lee Rubin, at the Frick Collection: This year has been a big one for Leonardo, which means that it has also been a big one for Renaissance Italy. The Bertoldo di Giovanni exhibition at the Frick Collection (reviewed by Eric Gibson in our pages) sheds invaluable light on yet another of the prodigious talents active at the time. This Wednesday, Patricia Lee Rubin of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts will be on hand to limn the cultural landscape of Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence, helping to shed light on the artistic relationships and achievements that proliferated during the legendary age. For those unable to reserve a free seat or get in by the waitlist, a live stream will be made available online. —RE
Dorrance Dance at The Joyce Theater (through January 5): When Duke Ellington arranged his own Nutcracker Suite in 1960, he explained to Columbia Records that “I thought Tchaikovsky to Strayhorn to Ellington might be a pretty good parlay.” Starting this week at The Joyce Theater, the tap choreographer Michelle Dorrance continues the parlay with the premiere of her own dance set to Duke’s modern Christmas classic, an album she says she has been dancing to since childhood. With a “Sugar Rum Cherry” tapping in place of the “Sugar Plum Fairy,” the run promises swanky updates to this greatest of holiday treats. All Good Things Must Come to an End, Dorrance’s 2018 dance set to the music of Fats Waller, accompanies the premiere this first week, while a family matinee, with discount tickets for children, will go up on Saturday, December 28. —JP
“Legal Landmarks” walking tour, with Robert Pigott (December 21): While most New Yorkers associate “legal landmarks” with onerous jury duty at the Arte Moderne 100 Centre Street, other downtown buildings of the city’s legal system have both aesthetic merit and historical significance. On Saturday, Robert Piggott of the Municipal Art Society will lead a walking tour of New York’s legal architecture, which will include Cass Gilbert’s Federal Courthouse on Foley Square (where Alger Hiss was tried), among many others. Attendees will receive a copy of Piggott’s New York’s Legal Landmarks. —BR
“Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere,” at the New-York Historical Society (through January 12): “Listen, my children, and you shall hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,/ On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:/ Hardly a man is now alive/ Who remembers that famous day and year.” Though his version of the events wasn’t exactly right, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ensured that many a man would remember that famous day and year with his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” But to most, that slightly embellished tale is where Revere’s story begins and ends. The New-York Historical Society fills in many of the gaps in Revere’s life with their new exhibition “Beyond Midnight.” The 150 objects on display in the exhibition, which was organized by the American Antiquarian Society, show Revere’s work as a silversmith, engraver, copper manufacturer, and businessman, among other professional achievements. See the show before it ends on January 12. —RH
From the archive:
“The sum of its parts,” by David Guaspari.A review of An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure by J. Franklin
“Silver and Gold,” by James Panero. On a recent performance of New Work for Goldberg Variations by Pam Tanowitz and Simone Dinnerstein.
“A Heroes of our time,” by Robert S. Erickson.On Heroes of the Fourth Turning at Playwrights Horizons.