Mumford, N.Y - At Genesee Country Village & Museum’s Yuletide in the Country, experience how Christmas became a beloved holiday, widely celebrated with church services, Christmas trees, gift-giving and parties.
During Fridays, Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, the historic village comes to life with townsfolk celebrating the season at mid-century, including the lighting-yes, real lighting-of a candle-decorated tree.
Guided by candle light, visitors are captivated by scenarios based on actual people, events or writings of the 19th century, and each captures the spirit of the era. Read more »
Public Program & Children’s Workshop
Ithaca, N.Y. - Ithaca art glass designer, craftsman, educator, and marketer Tony Serviente is represented with two stained glass windows in the ongoing Artistry and Piety glass exhibition at The History Center in Tompkins County. He will also lead two programs Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.
His December 6th presentation on “Stained Glass: A Practitioner’s Perspective,” begins at 6 p.m. at The History Center. Serviente will share experience and knowledge gained from 30 years of creating art glass. Included will be a brief history, the process of stained glass creation from commission to installation, an assessment of the state of art glass in the 21st century, and what the future may hold. Read more »
Spectacular Works by Ai Weiwei, Gu Wenda, Liu Dan, Qiu Anxiong, Wang Dongling, Xu Bing, Yang Jiechang, Zhang Yu and Many More - Dec. 11, 2013-April 6, 2014
Location: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
Press preview: Monday, December 9, 10 a.m. - noon
New York, N.Y. - A major loan exhibition of contemporary Chinese art presenting works by 35 artists born in China will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning December 11. Featuring 70 works in various media-paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture-that were created during the past three decades, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past. Read more »
Seminar features top industry experts
Corning, N.Y. -The Corning Museum of Glass will offer a half-day seminar, Welcoming Chinese Visitors: Strategies for Success, on Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m.
This is an important topic to The Corning Museum of Glass. In 2012, the Museum welcomed more than 130,000 visitors from Chinese tour groups, more than a quarter of the Museum’s annual visitation. The Museum offers demonstrations and tour maps translated into Mandarin, and a number of other amenities for Chinese tourists.
The seminar is designed to give attractions, hotels and other businesses that service tourists an overview of the Chinese market and a look at best practices for servicing this market. Read more »
Cooperstown Organizations Start a New Holiday Tradition
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown is pleased to present two Glimmer Globe Theatre performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 15. The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts show him the error of his ways. Excerpts from the show will also be performed the day before at the museum’s Candlelight Evening.
“This exciting holiday event will mark the first major collaboration between our museum and Smithy Center for the Arts. We both hope to establish an annual holiday tradition with the show,” commented Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing at The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Read more »
Corning, N.Y. - Nearly 25 feet long and knitted by 25 community member in 25 days, Artemus, the buffalo bursting through the façade of The Rockwell Museum, will keep warm this winter with a new hand-knit scarf! Local knitters at Wooly Minded on Market Street knitted Artemus a red-and-green scarf to wear during the bitter winter months. Knitters from the community were invited to help knit and crochet the scarf, which took over 6,500 yards of yarn to complete!
Artemus’ scarf is two-feet wide and 25 feet long to accommodate his 60 inch neck. Read more »
Installation dates: November 26, 2013-January 6, 2014
Location: Medieval Sculpture Hall
Press Viewing: Monday, December 2, 10:00 a.m.-noon
New York, N.Y. - The Christmas tree and Neapolitan Baroque crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a long-standing yuletide tradition in New York, will be on view for the holiday season, from November 26, 2013, through January 6, 2014. The brightly lit, 20-foot blue spruce-with a collection of 18th-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs hovering among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base-will once again delight holiday visitors in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Set in front of the 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with selected Christmas music in the background and daily lighting ceremonies, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season. Read more »