Opening again in DC: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
This fixture of the mall in Washington, DC reopens after being closed since March 2020. Must see exhibits are the Wright Brothers Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis and a test version of the Apollo Lunar Module. Masks required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Outdoor Dance Party in NYC: MoMA PS1 Warm Up
The summer outdoor music series starts up again in the PS1 Courtyard on Saturday, August 7 both online and in person. This year’s program will be performed from Rashid Johnson’s Stage, an installation that draws on the history of the microphone for protest and public oratory. Past performers have included Solange, Lizzo, Cardi B and Honey Dijon. Proof of vaccination or negative test required for entry. Bloomberg Philanthropies is a supporter of PS1 Courtyard.
Opening in Brooklyn: Claudia Wiser Sculptures
Friday, the Public Art Fund unveiled Rehearsal by Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. It’s an immersive experience featuring five distinct large-scale geometric sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles and panels featuring photographs of New York City and Roman and Greek antiquities. Bloomberg Philanthropies is the presenting sponsor.
New This Week: London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE
The latest commission opened on Thursday and it’s by internationally renowned Korean artist Do Ho Suh. The commission is called Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa and is inspired by the Roman Temple of Mithras, on which Bloomberg SPACE is located, and one of ancient Korea’s most significant temples. Admission is free and the exhibition runs through Jan. 22, 2022.
Tokyo Olympics Latest.
The U.S. leads the overall race for medals with 41 total, followed by China which has 38 and then the Russian Olympic Committee with 33. China is in the lead for gold medals with 18, followed by Japan with 16 and then the U.S. has 14.
Another Gold for Team U.S.A.: Sunisa Lee, an 18-year-old gymnast from Minnesota, became the all-around gymnastics champion on Thursday night after she rallied her teammates just two days ago to win silver in the team final event. Lee’s gold marks the 5th consecutive Olympics that an American has won the women’s all-around.
22-year-old Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade won the silver medal in the women’s all-around event, making her the first Brazilian to ever win any Olympic medal in women’s gymnastics.
What I’m Reading.
Weekend Streaming Guide.
‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ (Netflix): Writer and executive producer Kevin Smith musters a star-studded cast in this epic sequel to the beloved 1980s franchise.
‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage’ (HBO Max): This new documentary tells the story of Woodstock ‘99, a music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism, but ended up going all wrong.
‘In the Heights’ is Back!: Paging all Lin Manuel Miranda fans: After a 30 day debut on HBO Max that ended a few weeks ago, you can now own the movie starting today. Click here to buy and watch instantly through Apple TV, YouTube, Prime Video, Google Play and Fios.
Best of Late Night.
“Twitter is officially testing a dislike button. Finally! We’ll be able to find out if people on Twitter hate something.”
— Stephen Colbert
On Covid precautions at the Tokyo Olympics:
“Also when the baton is handed off at the relay race, you have to grab it using a Clorox wipe.”
— Jimmy Fallon
”Thank you, Olympic diving, for not going by your original name, ‘Impressive Diving.’”
— Jimmy Fallon
And the best of satire:
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