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New York City's Top Galleries

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NYC’s top galleries are as distinct in design as they are in profile. Below, four reasons why the Big Apple clinched the "Art Scene" category in this year's America's Favorite Cities survey.

Park & 75th: Larry Gagosian’s most recent opening is his most unusual: a 1,000-square-foot storefront with painted tin ceilings evocative of 1960’s SoHo. It showcases the unexpected, such as paintings by American filmmaker Harmony Korine.

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Cartier Exhibit to Dazzle at the Denver Art Museum

Cartier exhibit

In 1904, after Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont complained of having to fumble for his pocket watch while flying his dirigible, Louis Cartier obliged with a timepiece that could be viewed with a flick of the wrist. A 1916 Santos watch is on display in “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” at the Denver Art Museum, along with the dazzling jewelry Cartier created for czars, industrialists, and starlets (including these diamond-and-emerald crocodiles worn by actress María Félix). November 16–March 15.

Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's arts and culture editor.

Photo by Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection ©Cartier


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Meet Albertine: New York's Newest Book Shop and Salon

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This is the time for fall openings in New York City: art exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, but the most special and quietly spectacular: Albertine, a new bookshop (yes, a bricks-and-mortar store), opening to the public on Saturday, September 27, and located in the Cultural Sevices building of the French Embassy at 972 Fifth Avenue (between 78th and 79th Streets). Designer Jacques Garcia has created Albertine as a grand, private French library on two levels with an internal staircase that connects the shop and its reading room. 

What’s inside? The most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States: more than 14,000 titles, including novels, non-fiction, art and rare books, comic and children’s books, in addition to DVDs, magazines, stationery, and beautiful paper goods.

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MFA Houston Showcases the Grand Estate of Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall

It is fair to say that the popular television drama Downton Abbey has reawakened interest in the grand English estate—and aristocratic life—as never before.  This weekend visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston  have a last chance to experience one of the grandest of all such houses in the exhibition “Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House.” 

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Seabourn Announces Alliance With UNESCO

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Seabourn, the luxury, small-ship cruise line, recently announced an alliance with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to help protect as well as promote World Heritage.

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Q+A With David Hallberg: Bolshoi Ballet Premier

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When David Hallberg, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, joined the ballet company of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow about three years ago, it was big news on both sides of the Atlantic. During the Soviet era, there were several high-profile defections of dancers to the United States (Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others), but Hallberg was the very first American to be invited by the celebrated Russian company, which has traditions going back to the 18th-century. Now, during the Bolshoi's appearances as part of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, David Hallberg talks with T+L about the work with the company and living in Moscow.

Q.  What will you dance in New York?

A.  Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake.  One of the reasons I accepted the opportunity to join the company was to deepen my interpretation of the role and other classics.  Also, I wanted the challenge of a style, distinct from my background and training in Phoenix, where I received my formation, then Paris, and later New York.  I have a wonderful coach.

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Summer Festival of Quebec Boasts Big Musical Acts For Small Price

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If you haven’t made plans for the July 4 weekend and are interested in music, want a getaway to someplace with a rich history and culinary scene, the value (and bargain of the summer) is to be had in Quebec City at the Festival d’Eté de Québec (Summer Festival of Quebec), July 3-13.

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Benjamin Millepied Takes Up New Role as Director of Paris Opera Ballet

Benjamin Millepied

In the fall, Benjamin Millepied, known to many as the choreographer of Black Swan (and husband of Natalie Portman), will take up his new post: director of the Paris Opera Ballet. As a preview, on May 10 the company gave the world premiere of Millepied’s latest work, Daphnis et Chloé, on a double bill with Le Palais de Cristal, the masterpiece by George Balanchine (elsewhere called Symphony in C). The French-born Millepied, a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, comes to Paris via California—where he leads the L.A. Dance Project—and is sure to bring a jolt of energy to an institution that traces its beginnings to the court of Louis XIV.

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Photo by Sandrine Roudeix/Figarophoto

National 9/11 Memorial Museum Opens Today

201405-hd-9-11-memorial-museum-steeljpgThe National 9/11 Memorial Museum, located in lower Manhattan, on the site of the World Trade Center, opens to the public today, Wednesday, May 21.

Except for the handsome entry pavilion designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta, the greater part of the vast 10,000 square feet of exhibition space is 70 feet below ground level, at the foundations of the original twin towers.  Visitors are drawn into the chasm through a series of ramps, escalators, and viewing platforms that lead to the Manhattan core, its bedrock, where the museum—the thoughtful design the work of Davis Brody Bond, a New York City firm—divides into two, large square aluminum structures with a luminous sheen. 

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World Premiere Caps 50th Anniversary Season of New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center

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Throughout 2013-14, New York City Ballet has celebrated its 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in grand style, with 50 ballets, some classic repertory, some new works.  To cap off the season, the company brings gives the world premiere of Everywhere We Go, a ballet commissioned from two impressive talents: choreographer and NYCB dancer Justin Peck and the American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, who has supplied the score.  The work runs in repertoire through May.

Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's Arts Editor.

Photo by Paul Kolnik

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