August 9: The Significance of the Higgs-Boson - Lecture

NYU physicist Kyle Cranmer will discuss the significance of the sub-atomic Higgs boson—the so-called “God Particle”—which physicists discovered earlier this summer and believe to be one of the most elemental building blocks of the universe. Professor Cranmer will also discuss the intricacies of the device used to make this most recent discovery: the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC—the world’s most powerful particle accelerator—located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

ATLAS Collaboration / CERN

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4:00 pm
Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Auditorium
12 Waverly Place (between Mercer and Greene)

The New York University Experimental High Energy Physics group has been a key part of a world-wide collaboration in the search for the Higgs boson, and Cranmer, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Physics, has several leadership roles in this endeavor. The lecture, co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Physics and the Office of the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Dean for Science, is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary.

Ongoing through December 1: “Gordon Parks: 100 Moments,” at the Schomburg Center

In honor of the centennial of his birth, Gordon Parks – one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography – is being celebrated at the NYPL's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in an exhibit curated by Deborah Willis, chairwoman of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Snip from the NY Times:
The exhibition, called “Gordon Parks: 100 Moments,” includes some of Mr. Parks’s more famous work, including “American Gothic, Washington, D.C.,” which depicts a black cleaning woman standing in front of an American flag, a broom in one hand and a mop in the background. The photographs getting a new airing are of children in Harlem in the 1940s, before Mr. Parks, who was born on Nov. 30, 1912, became famous. He died in 2006 at 93 and lived in New York for many years. The free exhibition, at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, in Harlem, continues through Dec. 1. The International Center of Photography in Manhattan is also offering an exhibition of Mr. Parks’s work.

“Gordon photographed the boys and girls with such poise and grace, looking at them with hope for the future, free of the troubles caused by segregation,” Deborah Willis, the guest curator for the project said in a recent interview. “They are newspaper boys, fruit vendors, girls and boys playing and posing on the sidewalks in Harlem.” Ms. Willis, the chairwoman of the Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, said Mr. Parks had been a mentor and inspiration for her own career as a photographer.
Visit the Schomburg Center Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to view the free exhibit. More info at the NYPL site.

Ongoing through September 1: Multi-Media Exhibition: "House: Home" at the Kimmel Center

New York University’s Kimmel Center will display “House: Home” – a group exhibition exploring the differences between concepts of "house" and "home" across languages and cultures, and through a diverse range of artistic mediums. The exhibition brings together installation, photography, video, mixed media, painting, and sculpture that investigate the boundary between our domestic structures and the metaphysical experiences that transform them into our homes.


Ongoing through September 1, 2012
The Kimmel Window Galleries
Kimmel Student Center, 8th Floor (Eastern Wall)
La Guardia Place at West 3rd Street  

The exhibit is free and open to the public. A photo ID will be required to enter the Kimmel Center for Student Life. The Kimmel Window Galleries are curated by Laura K. Higgins and Pamela Jean Tinnen. Learn more about the gallery online at its Facebook page.

Ongoing through August 4: Tierney Fellowship Photography Exhibit: "City of Salt," by Nicholas Calcott

City of Salt is a metropolis described in photographs, a place that is simultaneously all cities and one imagined city, described in a tangled knot of relationships. As the exhibit's creator Nicholas Calcott says, "It is an exploration into the nature of these agglomerations of connections — what holds them together and divides them and the links they share within themselves and with each other. The city as node and the city as fungus and a visual evidence of the network hidden below it."

The exhibition remains on view through August 4th, 2012, in NYU's Gulf+Western Gallery at 721 Broadway (at Waverly Place). Gallery hours are 10 am to 7 pm weekdays, and noon to 5 pm on Saturdays. It is open to the public, and admission is free. Photo identification is required to enter the building. For further information, call (212) 998-1930, or visit Tisch's Department of Photography and Imaging. More about the Tierney Family Foundation and photographer Nicholas Calcott after the jump.

August 2: David Liebman Saxophone Master Class

Thursday, August 2, 2012
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Washington Square Park

David Liebman's annual master classes are a signature opportunity for saxophone students to gain a greater insight into the powerful possibilities of their craft.

Students of all ages spend the summer intensive delving into Lieb's singular philosophy of tone production, transcription, rhythmic concepts, chromaticism, and more, and the results are said to be life-changing.

Join us for the free concert in the park marking the culmination of this year's master class.

July 24: Book Launch at NYU Fales Library

Join us at the book launch of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz. Author Cynthia Carr will be reading from her book—the first-ever biography of Wojnarowicz (pronounced voy-nah-ROH-vitch), a beleaguered art-world figure who became one of the most important voices of his generation—with a reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase during the reception and signing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:30 pm
The Fales Library Reading Room
On the Third Floor of Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place)

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Bobst Library ( with your name and the title and date of the event.

In December 2010, controversy erupted when the National Portrait Gallery, in response to pressure from the Catholic League, decided to censor an a section of Wojnarowicz's film “A Fire in My Belly,” showing images of ants crawling on a plastic crucifix. How a work of fine art – one by an artist then 18 years dead – could stir such vehement emotions is a question that lies at the heart of Cynthia Carr's groundbreaking Fire in the Belly.
More about Wojnarowicz – and a fascinating article about Fales Library – after the jump.

July 18, 20, 23, 25, 27: School of Improvised Music Recitals

The School for Improvisational Music (SIM) invites you to attend its student and faculty recitals this summer (some events are free, others are ticketed). Since 2001, SIM, the instructional component of the Center for Improvisational Music (CIM), has held 20 intensive workshop sessions for 800 students of jazz and creative music from around the globe.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
8:30 pm
Faculty Performing a Gamut of Improvised Musics
Featuring: Ralph Alessi, Andy Milne, Michael Formanek, and Tom Rainey
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
Admission: $20/$10 students (admission includes one drink)

Friday, July 20, 2012
8:00 pm
Students Performing a Gamut of Improvised Musics
NYU Jazz Building, Room 207
Admission: Free

Monday, July 23, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Students Performing a Gamut of Improvised Musics
Washington Square Park
Admission: Free

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Faculty Performing a Gamut of Improvised Musics
Featuring: Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Drew Gress, Tyshawn Sorey, and Kris Davis
Provincetown Playhouse
Admission: $10

Friday, July 27, 2012
8:00 pm
Students Performing a Gamut of Improvised Musics
Provincetown Playhouse
Admission: $5

Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street.
For more information, call 212-998-5424 or visit

July 9-12: Summer Jazz Events

The Department of Jazz Studies at NYU's Steinhardt School invites you to attend its series of exciting summer performances. The 2012 Summer Jazz Workshops listed below are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 9
, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Washington Square Park
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 7:00pm | Provincetown Playhouse
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:00pm | Provincetown Playhouse
Thursday, July 12
, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Washington Square Park

The Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street.

Tuesdays in July: Washington Square Music Festival

NYU is a proud sponsor of the Washington Square Music Festival, which opens its 54th season of free weekly summer concerts this July. This year's program will feature the West Village Chorale, conducted by Michael Conley, the Festival Chamber Orchestra, soprano Lucia Hyunju Song, pianist David Oei, cellist Lutz Rath, the Deep Sahara Band, and more.

Join us for the first concert July 10, and browse the schedule below or visit the Washington Square Music Festival for more details about upcoming concerts.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
8:00 PM
St. Joseph's Church
371 6th Avenue, at Washington Place
Sir John Tavener: "Svyati"; chorus and solo celloJohn Corigliano: "Fern Hill" Poems by Dylan Thomas; soprano, chamber orchestra, and chorus
Michael Conley: "This Bequest of Wings" An Emily Dickinson Cycle; chorus, soprano, string quartet and piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: "Fantasy in C Minor"; piano, chorus, and orchestra, op. 80

July 18: Espresso Book Machine Open House

Join us for a book printing demonstration, question and answer period, and light refreshments, as the NYU Bookstore proudly introduces its new Espresso Book Machine®, a cutting-edge printing solution which, at the push of a button, prints, binds, and trims a bookstore-quality, perfect-bound paperback book from a digital file. The EBM produces full-color covers and grayscale interior text and illustrations in any font, style, or language, opening up a world of possibilities for readers and self-published authors alike.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
New York University Bookstore
726 Broadway (at Waverly Place)
New York, NY 10012