From New York City: the cultural lineup for the season

New York’s fall cultural lineup is as diverse and exciting as ever. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve marked on our calendars.

Discovering Columbus, Columbus Circle
That’s not scaffolding around the statue in the center of the busy intersection—it’s public art! Hoping to bring recognition to one of the city’s many overlooked monuments, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has constructed a living room there, six stories above the street. Sign up on the Public Art Fund website to visit and see Columbus’ view for yourself. (September 20-November 18)

Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from The Courtauld Gallery, The Frick Collection
Lucky New York gets to borrow forty-eight drawings from London’s Courtauld Gallery this fall. The show gathers a diverse range of techniques and artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Edgar Degas, and Henri Matisse. (October 2- January 27)

World War II and New York City, New-York Historical Society
What happened when war broke out in this opinionated city of immigrants? The 300 artifacts, film footage, and posters in this exhibit show how the city was transformed by the war effort and presence of troops and refugees, exploring its effects on industry, entertainment, and Civil Rights. (October 5-May 27)

Open House New York
This delightful free annual festival gives visitors behind-the-scenes access to hundreds of buildings and sites. This year’s array won’t be announced until the end of September, but past favorites have included hidden graveyards, sewage treatment plants, private modern homes, offices inside the Woolworth Buidling, the High Bridge Water Tower, and an MTA substation. (October 6-7)

Beatrix Potter: The Picture Letters, The Morgan Library
The beloved children’s author first wrote her stories as illustrated letters for herself or children she knew. This exhibit brings together twenty of them, with such familiar characters as Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jeremy Fisher. Other drawings and objects trace her growth as an artist and independent businesswoman. (November 2-January 27)

Voices from Latin America, Carnegie Hall
An astounding parade of musicians are coming to Carnegie Hall for this wide-ranging festival: Venezuelan superstar Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra; guitarist Gilberto Gil explores different styles of Brazilian music; and pianists Chucho Valdés, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Egberto Gismonti will share the stage in an evening of Latin jazz. (November 8 to December 11)

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