Culture Calendar: February 2015

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What to do, watch, and see this month.

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

Ongoing: The Elephant Man Heads to London
Director Scott Ellis’s buzzy production of The Elephant Man announces a strictly limited run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 through August 8. Tickets for the play, starring U.S. cast members Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, and Alessandro Nivola, are now on sale. From $35; Haymarket, London SW1Y4HT; 44-20/7930-8800.

February 2: Larry David on Broadway
Previews for Larry David’s new mourning comedy Fish in the Dark begins this month, before officially opening at the Cort Theater on March 5. The play marks the Curb Your Enthusiasm creator’s Broadway acting and writing debut, and has already set a new advance ticket sales record. From $50; 138 W. 48th St.; 212-239-6200.

February 3: MoMA’s Monet Goes to Auction
Sotheby's London will auction off Claude Monet’s Les Peupliers à Giverny (1887) as part of the house’s Impressionist & Modern art sale. The canvas, one of five Monet’s included in the auction, comes from New York’s Museum of Modern Art and is estimated to fetch between $13.8 and 18.4 million. Proceeds will benefit the acquisition fund at the museum. 6:30 PM; Admission by ticket only; Call 44-20/7293-5177 or email

February 5–15: Berlinale
The Berlin International Film Festival presents its 65th annual edition, premiering highly anticipated films like Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, Carol (directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett), and Terrance Malick’s long-awaited Knight of Cups. The festival will also showcase Cooking Up a Tribute, a film that follows culinary brothers Josep, Joan, and Jordi Roca as they close their world-famous restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Spain and set off on a five-week cooking tour of six cities across the Americas. From $10; Various venues.

February 5–May 10: “Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden”
The Tate Modern hosts Europe’s first large-scale survey of the South African artist’s oeuvre, tracing the trajectory of her highly emotive watercolor and oil paintings up to her latest works on paper. Bankside, London SE1 9TG; 44-20/7887-8888.

February 5–May 25: Richard Mosse at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art 
A collection of photographer and filmmaker Richard Mosse’s haunting images of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo come to Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (pictured above). Using Kodak Aerochrome, a special military surveillance film, the Irish-born artist renders conflict zones and their inhabitants in psychedelic, lurid tones of pink and red, melding journalistic documentation with contemporary artistic practice. Gl. Strandvej 13; 45-49/190-719.

February 6–May 3: “On Kawara: Silence” at The Guggenheim
The Guggenheim hosts the first full exhibition of Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara, beginning with his first works in 1964. The rotunda show touches on every series of his work—including his date paintings, postcards, telegrams, maps, names, to name a few—as well as sketches for some unrealized works. 1071 Fifth Ave.; 212-423-3500.

February 6–April 19: “Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons” at Garage Museum
Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art explores the shared struggle for artistic and individual liberties experienced by former socialist countries in this exhibition. Borrowing works from the Arteast 2000+ Collection museum, the show features more than 60 artists and art collectives from Eastern Europe and the former USSR, with works ranging from the 1960s to today. 9/45 Krymsky Val St.; 7-495/645-0520.

February 7: A Wine Auction at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago’s Lyric Opera throws another annual wine auction to benefit the opera house. In addition to the live sale—featuring lots like a $1,000 magnum of a 2012 cabernet from Hall Wines—the evening includes an extensive silent auction and an elegant dinner by chef Thomas Lents of Michelin two-star restaurant, Sixteen. For those who cannot make it to the event, online bidding is also available. For tickets call (312) 827-5682 or; Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. 

February 12, 19, 27: NYCB & Dustin Yellin
For their third annual Art Series, the New York City Ballet commissions contemporary artist Dustin Yellin to create 15 original artworks inspired by the NYCB (pictured above). The glass and mixed-media sculptures—all part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s ongoing Psychogeographies series—will be showcased during three performances at Lincoln Center, and will remain on view through March 1. $30; David H. Koch Theater; 20 Lincoln Center Plz.; 212-870-5570.

February 12–22: Palm Springs Modernism Week
Palm Springs Modernism Week celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with over 100 events around midcentury architecture and design. In addition to the 15th annual Modernism Show & Sale (showcasing the wares of 85 national and international furniture, decorative and fine arts dealers), the range of activities include home tours, films, lectures, vintage fashion shows, and more. Various venues; 760-799-9477.

February 15–March 15: The Iceman Cometh at BAM
Nathan Lane and Brian Denehy star in the New York premiere of the Goodman Theatre of Chicago’s critically acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh (pictured above). From $35; Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton St.; 718-636-4100.

February 27–May 17: Man and Superman at London's National Theater
Ralph Fiennes stars in this highly acclaimed production of George Bernard Shaw's epic romantic comedy Man and Superman, now playing at the Lyttelton Theater in London's South Bank. From $25; London, SE1 9PX; 44-20/7452-3000.

February 19: Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra music director Jeffrey Kahane leads a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor as part of the orchestra’s annual Discover program. The evening features special guests Alison King, soprano; Emily Fons, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, bass; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. 8PM; From $25; The Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. Saint John Ave.; 213-622-7001.

February 20–May 24: Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum
“Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” marks the artist’s first ever museum survey examining Wiley’s fourteen-year career. The collection of 60 paintings and sculptures include brand-new stained glass works and pieces from his World Stage series, in which subjects from China, Israel, and Nigeria are depicted using Wiley’s signature aesthetic of portraying contemporary subjects in the style of traditional European portraiture (pictured below). 200 Eastern Pkwy.; 718-638-5000.

February 20–August 2: Chosil Kil at the Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art hosts London-based artist Chosil Kil’s first American museum solo show. The exhibition includes a series of new wall works and an original site-specific installation that explore themes of liminality and the space between interior and exterior, material and immaterial, and object and performance. 1717 N. Harwood St.; 214-922-1200.

February 21–May 24: Doris Salcedo at MCA Chicago
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first ever survey of work by Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo, including all major works from the artist’s twenty-five-year career. The exhibition marks the first time most of her postminimal, sociopolitical pieces have been shown together. It’s also the stateside debut of her recent major work, Plegaria Muda (Silent prayer) (2008–10). 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660.

February 24–May 24: J. M. W. Turner at the Getty
With “J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles hosts the first major exhibition to focus specifically on the last 15 years of Turner's life. The collection includes more than 60 major oil paintings and watercolors from the period, many of which are the artist’s most famous works. 1200 Getty Center Dr.; 310-440-7300.

February 25–May 24: New Museum’s 2015 Generational Triennial
The only recurring international exhibition in New York dedicated to showcasing the works of emerging artists from around the world returns for its third edition this month. Entitled “Surround Audience,” this year’s exhibition is organized by the New Museum’s curator of digital projects Lauren Cornell and video artist Ryan Trecartin, and features 51 artists from more than 25 countries. 235 Bowery; 212-219-1222.

February 15–May 10: “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections”
This three-museum exhibition premieres at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, this month, showcasing the private collections of the Habsburg family, whose legacy spanned 500 years. Pieces on view include sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative art objects, and paintings. Many of the masterworks on view—including paintings by Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian, and Velázquez—have never traveled outside of Austria. 2400 Third Ave. S.; 612-870-3000.

February 27–April 5: Josephina and I at The Public
After its popular run at London’s Bush Theatre, the highly acclaimed one-woman show interweaving the stories of Josephine Baker and a contemporary young woman comes to New York’s Public Theater starring writer and performer Cush Jumbo. From $40; 425 Lafayette St.; 212-539-8500.

February 27: House of Cards Premieres on Netflix
Robin Wright and Golden Globe–winning Kevin Spacey return for the third season of the Netflix original series, House of Cards.