Culture Calendar: March 2015

Gift of Herb Ritts © Herb Ritts Foundation/© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

What to do, watch, and see this month.

Twenty-six events to add to your agenda this month, from gallery and museum openings, performances, film and TV premieres, and more.

On Going: Pari Ehsan Collaborates with Misha Nonoo & Dustin Yellin
CFDA Fashion Award winner Pari Ehsan, known for Instagram posts pairing her designer fashions with contemporary artworks, is launching a new series of collaborations between artists and fashion designers. The first will include artist Dustin Yellin and designer Misha Nonoo, who will develop a set of textile prints inspired by Yellin's glass sculptures for her spring 2015 collection. Ehsan will model the looks from the collection among the artist's works on her instagram, and in a video.

March 3–8: MalPaso at the Joyce 
Cuban dance company MalPaso returns to Manhattan’s Joyce Theater for their second time. The performance includes the New York premiere of a work by artistic director Osnel Delgado set to a new composition by Arturo O’Farrill, as well as a new work by choreographer Trey McIntyre. From $10; 175 Eighth Ave.; 212-242-0800.

March 4–8: Art Dealers Association of America
The Park Avenue Armory hosts the 27th annual ADAA Art Show this month, exhibiting art works from the Renaissance to the present day from 72 of their 180 member galleries from over 25 U.S. cities. From $25; 205 Lexington Ave. #901.

March 4–10: Handel’s Semele at BAM
The Canadian Opera Company brings George Frideric Handel’s epic opera to the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show marks the directorial debut of Chinese artist Zhang Huan, and promises many visual delights. From $35; Peter Jay Sharp Building; 30 Lafayette Ave.; 718-636-4100.

March 5–8: Armory Show
The Armory Show returns to Manhattan to showcase contemporary and modern art from nearly 200 galleries from 28 countries around the world. In addition to the gallery presentations on Piers 92 & 94, a number of ancillary shows are also open to visitors throughout the city as part of Armory Arts Week.

March 5­–April 18: Keith Haring at Skarstedt
“Heaven and Hell” presents five large-scale canvases dating from 1984–1985, which showcase Haring’s more provocative, explicit subjects of sex, death, and religion. 550 W. 21st St.; 212-737-2060.

March 6–May 13: Paul Chan at The Guggenheim
In “The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers,” The Guggenheim showcases a new series of work by the contemporary artist Paul Chan, who was awarded the coveted biennial prize in November 2014 for his experimental body of work that includes animated projections, community-based performances, and digital and print publishing. 1071 Fifth Ave.; 212-423-3500.

March 7: Vijay Iyer at The Met
Contemporary jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and his trio (bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore) perform songs from their new album “Break Stuff” inside the Temple of Dendur at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. $40; 8 P.M.; 1000 Fifth Ave.; 212-535-7710.

March 8: The Audience Opens on Broadway
The highly acclaimed West End production of The Audience makes its Broadway debut this month at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. In the leading role, Helen Mirren will reprise her Academy Award–winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II. From $65; 236 W. 45th St.; 212-239-6200.

March 12–June 21: Jeff Wall at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The Danish institution presents a collection of photographer Jeff Wall’s beautiful and large-scale cibachrome images (above). Gl. Strandvej 13; 45-49/190-719.

March 13: The Wrecking Crew Premieres
Distributed in limited release, The Wrecking Crew, a music documentary, tells the untold story of a group of talented session musicians that recorded with practically every big American pop group during the 1960s.

March 13–17: Art Basel Hong Kong
Art Basel presents its third Hong Kong edition, featuring 232 galleries from 37 countries and territories—from New York's Marian Goodman Gallery to Toyko's Mujin-To Production (pictured below). This year’s fair is the first under the direction of the newly appointed Asia director, Adeline Ooi. From $35; Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center; 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.

March 13–June 21: Bruce Naumann at Fondation Cartier
The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain presents France’s first major solo exhibition of American artist Bruce Nauman’s artwork in over 15 years. The showcase includes a selection of recent works never before shown in France, along with some earlier installations, all selected by the artist for their capacities for audience immersion and interaction. 261 Blvd. Raspail; 33-1/42-18-56-50.

March 13–August 16: Sam Falls at Ballroom Marfa
Ballroom Marfa presents an exhibition of new sound, video, sculpture, and wall works by artist Sam Falls. The show’s opening coincides with the gallery’s Mexican Summer Festival—a weekend-long series of concerts, installations, and residencies by artists from Andres Santo Domingo's indie record label Mexican Summer. 108 E. San Antonio St.; 432-729-3600.

March 14–November 8: Herb Ritts at MFA, Boston
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts revisits the work of photographer Herb Ritts in an exhibition of 52 images. This year’s smaller-scale show includes works that explicitly celebrate both the human body and the laidback California way of life. 465 Huntington Ave.; 617-267-9300.

March 15–April 26: The Parrish Art Museum Launches “Parrish Perspectives”
New York’s Parrish Art Museum launches a new exhibition series dedicated to new ways of thinking about art, artists, and the creative process. The first presentation features three exhibitions of artists who have close ties to the East End of Long Island, including Robert Dash, Jules Feiffer, and Joe Zucker. 279 Montauk Hwy; 631-283-2118.

March 15–July 12: “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit”
The Detroit Institute of Arts brings together nearly 70 works of art made by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera during their year together in Detroit. The exhibition includes 23 works by Kahlo, which have never been shown at the institution, and eight of Rivera’s preparatory drawings for the famed murals at DIA (pictured below). 200 Woodward Ave.; 313-833-7900.

March 17–21: Christie’s Auctions the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Christie’s auction house announces a landmark five-day auction series devoted to the collection of American scholar, dealer, and collector Robert Hatfield Ellsworth at their Rockefeller Center flagship in New York. With over 1,400 lots of Asian art, English silver, and antiques, the auction series, which includes six live auctions and several online-only sales, the collection is estimated to fetch more than $35 million. 20 Rockefeller Plz; 212-636-2464.

March 17–June 28: Pierre Boulez at the Paris Philharmonie
The brand-new Paris Philharmonie’s Musée de la Musique celebrates French composer and musician Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday with a tribute concert. In addition to analyzing six major works, Deuxième Sonate, Le Marteau sans maître, Pli selon pli, Rituel, Répons, and Sur Incises, the concert will examine the composer’s relationship to the other art forms that inspire him. From $10; 221, Ave. Jean-Jaurès.

March 20: Corning Museum of Glass’s New Wing
CMOG debuts their new $64 million, 100,000-square-foot contemporary art and design wing. Thomas Phifer–designed space includes both the largest space dedicated to contemporary artworks made of glass and one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions. 1 Museum Way; 607-937-5371.

March 23: HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary
HBO presents It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, a 34-minute short about the children’s book illustrator Hilary Knight. Lena Dunham executive produced the film, which premiered earlier this year at Sundance.

March 25–April 4, 2015: Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray at The Armory
In FLEXN, the Park Avenue Armory commissions dance innovator Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray and director Peter Sellars to create a performance piece about the Brooklyn-born street dance technique FLEX. The performance features 18 dancers and live music by DJ Epic, set against a backdrop of images by photographer Richard Ross. From $25; 643 Park Ave.; 212-616-3930.

March 25–July 13: “Velázquez” at the Grand Palais
Paris’s Grand Palais museum hosts an exhibition dedicated to Spanish master Diego Velázquez. By placing works of influential contemporary artists alongside his own, the institution seeks to trace the development of Velázquez’s style and subject matter. 3 Ave. du Général Eisenhower; 33-1/44-13-17-17.

March 26–August 2: “What’s happening?” at the Statens Museum for Kunst
The SMK presents an exhibition dedicated to experimental art created between 1965 and 1975. The show explores the intersections of art with popular culture, everyday life, fashion, sexual liberation, and the new women’s movement vis-à-vis- works by artists Per Kirkeby, Jørgen Leth, Ursula Reuter Christiansen, and Bjørn Nørgaard, among others. Sølvgade 48-50; 45-33/748-494.

March 27: Previews for Dr. Zhivago Broadway Musical Begin
The stage musical adaptation of the famed 1957 Nobel Prize–winning novel of the same name begins previews this month. The show, directed by Tony Award–winning director Des McAnuff, will open at the Broadway Theater on April 21. From $40; 1681 Broadway; 212-239-6200.

March 28–August 16: Matisse at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
With “The Oasis of Matisse,” the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam hosts the first survey exhibition of Henri Matisse in the Netherlands in over six decades, showcasing more works than ever shown together in a Dutch museum—including his sculptures, paintings, stained glass, cut-outs (above), and more. Museumplein 10; 31-20/573-2911.