This month, Broadway, New York City Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera will reopen their doors at last, marking a major turning point in cultural activities when it comes to the performing arts. Other in-person event highlights include Blue Note Jazz Club’s 40th Anniversary celebration, and the opening of Los Angeles’ Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, while exciting art shows and a climate-focused audiovisual experience round out the list.
1. Martine Gutierrez att 95 Horatio Street
In self-portraits referencing the visual language of fashion advertising, Martine Gutierrez explores how identity is constructed through intersections of gender, race, and class. An oversize vinyl print will be displayed at 95 Horatio Street in New York’s West Village this month as part of the Whitney and High Line Art’s public-art series.
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2. Broadway Returns
Opening September 2
The brightest lights in American theater flip back on this month as the curtain rises on a range of new shows and old favorites after more than a year off. Catch Best Musical Tony winner Hadestown or classics like Wicked, The Lion King, Hamilton, Aladdin, and Chicago. Seen them all? Try the Broadway premiere of Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over, a stripped-down, modern take on Waiting for Godot, or Six, a pop concert about the wives of Henry VIII.
Opening September 9
Hosted at The Jefferson in Brooklyn, Undercurrent, a new immersive audiovisual art experience promoting climate activism, will kick off with interactive installations curated by 11 of today’s top musical artists and acts, including Bon Iver, Grimes, Jorja Smith, Miguel, The 1975, and Khruangbin. The original works of art and music—which will span 60,000 square feet across three floors—were created with the intention of sparking meaningful conversations around critical issues threatening the environment.
4. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Brooklyn Museum
Opening September 9
Tracing Dior’s storied history, a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum features photographs, archival videos, sketches, and accessories, as well as more than 200 haute couture looks, including the famous Bar suit from Dior’s 1947 debut, which legendary Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow famously dubbed the New Look. A gallery of toiles highlighting the dressmaking process will also be on display, and the museum will turn its Beaux-Arts Court into an enchanted garden for visitors to enjoy.
5. Amoako Boafo: Singular Duality: Me Can Make We at Roberts Projects
Opening September 18
Known for creating colorful figurative paintings that challenge objectifying and dehumanizing representations of Blackness and celebrate the African diaspora, artist Amoako Boafo will unveil a new selection of large-scale works at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles. Painted over the last year, the canvases explore the contrast between internal and external worlds as well as shadow and light.
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6. Baryshnikov Arts Center Bacdigital Season
Bacdigital, the Baryshnikov Art Center’s fall season, is available to stream free on demand this month. It features world premieres of new works from Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, River L. Ramirez, Sooraj Subramaniam, and Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith made possible by BAC Artist Commissions, a digital residency program. The season also features a co-presentation with the Merce Cunningham Trust featuring excerpts from the modern master’s Landrover (1972) permored by members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and world premieres from Kyle Abraham and Liz Gerring.
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7. Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11
A September 11 20th anniversary memorial concert in coordination with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be the first performance inside the Metropolitan Opera’s iconic Lincoln Center Theater since March 2020. It will feature Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the Met Orchestra and Chorus as well as a quartet of star soloists—soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens—and be broadcast on PBS stations. The Met Opera’s 2021-2022 season kicks off on September 27, with performances of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.
8. Blue Note Jazz Club 40th Anniversary
For four decades, the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in Manhattan has played host to some of jazz music’s most revered and groundbreaking artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, and John Coltrane, among many others. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, the venue has announced a stacked lineup of performers for September, including Cimafunk, James Francies Trio, Kenny Garrett, Ms. Lisa Fischer, and Cory Henry. To round out the month, Georgia Anne Muldrow—one of Los Angeles’s premiere jazz and soul performers— will take the stage on September 29 and 30.
9. New York City Ballet Fall Fashion Gala
New York City Ballet’s ninth annual gala makes a triumphant return to Lincoln Center this month, celebrating the creative spirit that animates both dance and fashion. It will feature two world-premiere ballets by choreographers Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller, with original costume designs by Christopher John Rogers and Esteban Cortázar. The fall season—the first since the beginning of the pandemic—runs from September 21 to October 17 and includes Balanchine favorites Serenade, Symphony in C, and Western Symphony.
10. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Opening September 30
Situated in a gorgeous Renzo Piano-designed space adjacent to LACMA, the long anticipated new museum the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will showcase the art, technology, artists, history, and social impact of Hollywood. Inaugural exhibitions include a solo show dedicated to the work of Academy Award winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, the monumental backdrop from Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and a look at the early optical technology like magic lanterns and cinématographe lumière that paved the way for filmmaking.
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