Top 5 Virtual Arts Picks: May 29-June 4

We’ve rounded up our weekly guide to virtual arts happenings you can enjoy from home. The list below includes children’s activities, livestreamed concerts, recorded performances, artist workshops and more! Want more arts news? Read the full May issue of ArtsNews here.


ONGOING: Lyndhurst Mansion Virtual Tours

Lyndhurst mansion offers virtual tours of its mansion which introduce visitors to the lifestyles of the mansion’s residents and the development of American taste during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The mansion has more than 17 rooms open to the public and are filled with rare collections of original A. J. Davis furniture, French 19th century painting and Tiffany windows. Lyndhust’s 67-acre grounds are also open from 9am-5pm. 

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ONGOING: The Decisive Moment Revisited: A Virtual Photography Exhibition

The Ground Glass Association presents The Decisive Moment Revisited, a virtual photography exhibition inspired by the works of French street photographer and Magnum Photo co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). This annual exhibition features the images captured by the members of The Ground Glass who are challenged to create works inspired by famous photographers every year.


FRI, MAY 29: Virtual Studio Visit: Arlene Rush

Pelham Art Center invites audiences to a virtual studio visit with artist Arlene Rush this friday. Her work, which consists of sculptural objects, installations and digital photography, explores issues surrounding women’s rights, gender and the political and social climate of this era. Rush’s latest series “Current Affairs” examines the current political state and how it affects gender identity, the “Me Too” movement, racism and human rights as a whole. Begins at 1pm via Zoom.


FRI, MAY 29: Documentary Film Screening and Q&A

This Friday, The Ossining Documentary & Discussion Series and Sing Sing Kill Brewery will present a free virtual documentary screening and discussion featuring two short films from Hudson Valley-based National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster. The films, A Living River and Keeping Carbon, highlight the Hudson River and the Hudson Valley farmers who use progressive agriculture to plan for climate change respectively. The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker and other special guests. Begins at 6:30pm.


SAT, MAY 30: Jazz Forum @ Home: Facebook Live Concert 

On Saturday, the Jazz Forum @ Home concert series will continue with a Facebook live performance with pianist John Allen Watts and Brazilian vocalist Débora Watts. Their performance will feature the sounds of Bossa Nova and Samba music, as well as other genres. The husband-wife duo also created the band Brazilian Breeze, which received a lot of attention by performing throughout the NYC metro area. Begins at 7pm.

For a full list of arts groups presenting virtual events, click here.

This and That Blog by Janet Langsam

A Nimble Theater Guy Ponders the Future

In the northern part of Westchester, where I live, spring is announced by the high tones of the chipmunks and the baritones of the bullfrogs. I watch the little creatures scurrying about all day and at night. I listen to the groans of the bullfrogs. For me, these signs of re-emerging life are a metaphor for the stirrings of our cultural community in the spring. This year, they are scurrying more prodigiously than ever to tailor their programs for their Covid realities.

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