What to Do in New York This Weekend

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

‘Artistic License’

Oh, the places you will go when six stars of the art world organize an exhibition from the collection of the Guggenheim Museum. It’s “a provocative, six-sided conversation,” Roberta Smith wrote in her review of “Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection.” She calls it “a rare, dazzling, dizzying cornucopia of objects, viewpoints and agendas.” Through Jan. 12; guggenheim.org.

[Read Roberta Smith’s review of “Artistic License.”]

Society of Illustrators

‘Illustrating Batman’

Batman turned 80 in April, and now an exhibition at the Society of Illustrators examines the hero’s evolution in what is, according to George Gene Gustines, “a visual feast of vintage and modern original comic art, covers and interior pages.” He also selected some of the show’s highlights, which include “Batman: The Killing Joke” (1988), above, in which Alan Moore and Brian Bolland seek to analyze the Joker, who posits that one bad day can drive anyone insane. Through Oct. 12; societyillustrators.org.

[Read the full feature with George Gene Gustines’s picks.]

Movie Theaters Nationwide


Richard Curtis’s “silly and sincere pop confection, energetically directed by Danny Boyle (“28 Days Later,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” etc.), wonders what might happen” if the Beatles never existed, A.O. Scott writes in his review of the movie. This romantic comedy, he added, “is more of a novelty earworm than a classic” and yet “it’s appealing and accessible in a way that the Beatles never really were.”

[Read A.O. Scott’s review.]

Morgan Library & Museum

Maurice Sendak, the Opera Designer

Maurice Sendak’s rare ability to convey “the light in darkness, the darkness in light” brought him to opera, which is the focus of “Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet,” at the Morgan Library & Museum. “Five of his productions emerge before our eyes — from rough sketches to storyboards, polished designs and a bit of video footage — in those unmistakably Sendakian colors, watery and vivid at once,” Zachary Woolfe wrote in his exhibition review. Through Oct. 6; themorgan.org.

[Zachary Woolfe reviews “Drawing the Curtain.”]

Nicole Herrington is the Weekend Arts editor @nikkih04

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