Inspiration and Instruments – from Arts Brookfield

Saunter over to these locations for Arts Brookfield's offerings of inspiration, illumination and instrumentals.

Showing until May 14th, it's "Dancers Among Us" at Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Shops, 2nd level).

20 huge photographic prints of dancers "leaping, spinning, lifting, kicking—but in the midst of daily life" - plus, a behind-the-scenes video!

Dancers are viewed fearlessly jumping, balancing, contorting and frolicking, in locations like the fountain of Washington Square Park, the Times Square Subway Station and many other unexpected locations.

Artist Jordan Matter has been honored as one of 2017’s “Top 100 Photographers on the Web” and his book "Dancers Among Us" is a New York Times Bestseller.

Photographer Jordan Matter's exhibit "Dancers Among Us"

Until May 12th, you can see "Construct" at One Liberty Plaza.

The David Baskin exhibit shows brightly colored faux marble tiled plinths. 

"Whether used in ancient temples or skyscrapers like One Liberty Plaza, marble has traditionally been seen as a cultural symbol of power, affluence and refined elegance." But his bright colors in the "marble pattern" transforms "a utilitarian architectural material into something organic that might resemble a bright tulip garden".

Artist David Baskin's exhibit "Construct"

Then, on May 19th, from morning to night (8am to midnight), it's the New York Guitar Festival! (At the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street.)

The Raga Marathon has free performances "celebrating the vibrant sounds of South Asia".

“One of the unique characteristics of Indian and South Asian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies,” explains New York Guitar Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director David Spelman. “It is believed that at certain hours in the spinning of the Earth, the Raga approaches the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor. ...That’s how we’ve programmed this Marathon.”

There's also a showing of the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India - played with live world-premiere music - as well as a dance party!

(Anupam Shobhakar - via