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Art Break: Get Emotional With Ancient Art at the Onassis Cultural Center

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 3, 2017

Humans are emotional, that’s a fact you can confirm after your morning commute (or even before you get out of the house). You may not like it, but if we weren’t, life would lose meaning and become a boring wasteland. ZEALnyc says “embrace your emotions!” This week’s Art Break is all about emotional content: your own or someone else’s filtered through artistic expression. Our favorite pick this week is in midtown at the newly reopened Onassis Cultural Center New York with an astonishing display of ancient art on the subject with the added bonus of a series of walk and talk conversation/lectures with professionals in various fields. Register to learn how the ancient world expressed their views on appropriate and inappropriate emotions and compare it to today. Now get ready for a happy emotion: all listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Danziger Gallery, 95 Rivington Street

When: Now through April 8, Tue – Fri: 11-6, Sat: 12-5

Who: Robert Frank: The Americans: 81 Contact Sheets

What: Photographs from the groundbreaking book published in 1958

Why: The United States in all its unvarnished glory

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street

When: Now through April 22, Tues-Sat: 10-6

Who: Enrique Martínez Celaya: The Gypsy Camp

What: Figurative paintings of disrupted journeys and lives

Why: The dialog between the images and the visitor’s mind creates an emotional reaction

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Onassis Cultural Center New York, 645 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street

When: Now through June 24, Mon – Wed: 10-6, Thur: 10-9, Fri-Sat: 10-6

Who: A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700BC – 200AD

What: Over 130 pieces of art displaying the gamut of human expression and feeling

Why: Ideas and attitudes about emotion have both changed and remained the same through the centuries

Bonus Tip: Register for a free walk and talk on April 13 click here 

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Blum and Poe, 19 East 66th Street

When: Now through April 15

Who: Agnès Varda

What: Video, photography and sculpture by the legendary French New Wave filmmaker

Why: Her imagination and talent expresses itself in an astonishing variety of forms

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Cover: Installation view of ‘A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece 700 BC – 200 AD,’ Onassis Cultural Center New York, 2017; photo: Joseph Coscia, Jr.


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