In the Summer of 2018, do you remember seeing a fifty-three-foot long trailer tuck (the mobile studio) in your neighborhood? The trailer truck spent a month driving through all five boroughs, checking out numerous locations, taking photographs of people from all walks of life who wished to participate in French-artist, JR’s project, The Chronicles of New York, which coincides with his current retrospective, JR: Chronicles, at Brooklyn Museum of Art.
The Spring 2020 exhibition at Essie Green Galleries will focus on the recent attention paid to African-American artists, and their rise in prominence in museums and in the marketplace. With a deep and historic connection between the gallery owner, Sherman Edmiston, and prominent African-American artists, the Spring exhibition is sure to be a feast for our eyes.
Did you know that for every $100 you spend at an independently owned business, $68 will stay in the community? And when you spend the same amount at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community. We learned this from Greenlight Bookstore, and have to agree ~ independent bookshops have roots in their communities and work hard to meet the needs of their neighbors. The Independent bookshops within the five boroughs of New York City are as individual as the people that make up our multicultural City. Here are more than forty independent bookshops that caught our eye. Some have been around since the 1920s and most are family owned and operated.
How many NYC businesses do you know that have survived 110 years? On March 15, 2020, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery will celebrate their founding from a pushcart on Coney Island in 1890 to their current location on East Houston Street. In honor of this very special occasion, they will be selling Knishes for $1.10 to the first 110 sold that day.
GR gallery will open its doors to Dylan Gebbia-Richards for his first New York solo show. Dubbed “Viridescent”, Dylan will be showcasing his raw talent by unleashing 16 new artworks. There will be a vast selection of his signature wax pieces in various sizes and he will showcase for the first time ever his experimental glass works, developed last year during his residency at Bullseye Glass project in Portland. Together with these artworks Dylan will also launch his “Gems”, an edition-like body of small 3-D wax pieces.
Fridman Gallery opens its doors to Latent Tapestries, a presentation of new work by New York-based, multidisciplinary artist Nate Lewis. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced the launch of Seneca Village Unearthed, an online exhibit and collection of artifacts from what was once New York City’s largest community of free African-American landowners. Seneca Village was located in what is now Central Park, a scenic landmark. Through this online exhibit and collection, the general public will for the first time have access to nearly 300 artifacts and get a glimpse of what life was like for Seneca villagers in the mid-19th century.
The Ford Foundation Gallery will open its doors to Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana, exploring one of the most critical issues of inequality and injustice facing our nation today through the lens of a population too often overlooked.
This Spring, 2020, Fotografiska New York will open its doors to acclaimed photographers Julie Blackmon, Cooper & Gorfer, Nick Brandt, Naima Green and a group show of emerging talent, co-curated with VICE Media Group. Here is a sneak-peek.
In her first solo museum exhibition in New York City, Jordan Casteel (b.1989, Denver, Colorado) brings together nearly forty paintings spanning her career, including works from her celebrated series Visible Man (2013-14) and Nights in Harlem (2017), along with recent portraits of her students at Rutgers University-Newark,
With the banning of plastic bags in New York State in March, 2020, we thought the installation entitled The Plastic Bag Store to be timely and thoughtful ~ a deep-dive into our culture of consumption and convenience.
In celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, The New York Philharmonic has launched Project 19 ~ born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Through Project 19, the Philharmonic can mark a “tectonic shift in American culture,” says President and CEO Deborah Borda, by giving women composers a platform and catalyzing representation in classical music and beyond. Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the first six World Premieres. The Orchestra will premiere the next two commissions in May–June 2020. 11 more premieres will follow in future seasons.
Antony Gormley: New York Clearing (2020) was unveiled at Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the international public art project, CONNECT, BTS, introducing the pioneering global project from Korea connecting five cities and twenty-two artists, each contributing their own unique philosophy and imagination.
February is a big month for big shows like the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory, the Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden, along with annual celebrations paying tribute to Black History Month, the Lunar New Year, and Valentine’s Day ~ in addition to museum and gallery exhibitions focusing on political, environmental and other issues which are front and center in our lives today. Here are more than 25 suggestions to add to your list in February + many more still on view.
In New York Stories, Keith de Lellis Gallery examines a familiar subject, New York City, through the lenses of fourteen accomplished photographers. These local artists discovered captivating scenes through their varied approaches to street photography.
As part of the Today at Apple series, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT)and Apple Williamsburg offer an evening of conversation and exploration with artists including Jillian Walker, Makeba Rainey, Jaimee Todd and Jonathan McCrory discussing the use of the arts, tech and indigenous practices to create visual representations of black womanhood and continue the rich legacy of the Black arts community. A panel discussion with the artists will be followed by an live demonstration with Todd showcasing her creative process in the Procreate painting app and her use of layering, color and other techniques to create abstract portraits. Attendees will then have a chance to gain hands-on experience with Procreate by using iPads and Apple Pencil to interact with Todd’s work and create and share their own art as well on the Apple store’s brilliant 4K video wall.
The exhibition, Line and Frame: A Survey of European Comic Art will bring together over 40 European artists from the last 70 years. This is the first time a rare strip and “crayonné” by Franco-Belgian master Hergé from his series, The Adventures of Tintin: Les Bijoux de la Castafiore will be on view in the US.
This February, the world famous Apollo Theater will kick off Black History Month with Apollo Open House: Celebration of Cool on Saturday February 1st from 1 p.m. – 6.p.m., to celebrate and explore the rich history of the Theater as it continues the legacy of Black History.
Hauser & Wirth will open its doors to the first major survey of Jack Whitten’s works on paper, spanning the artist’s six decade career. Jack Whitten (1939 – 2018) made it his mission to disrupt the discipline of art history through experiments with material, process, and technique. He effectively constructed a bridge between gestural abstraction and process art, constantly working toward a nuanced language of painting that employs deeply personal expression. Whitten was also a prolific and powerful draughtsman. The unique body of works on view at Hauser & Wirth testifies to the immensity of his commitment to drawing as a means to make manifest his ideas and advance his methods.
The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.
Presented by NYC Parks, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam is a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow a mini mountain of snow in the heart of Manhattan, creating an urban wonderland for all to enjoy!
GR Gallery will open its doors to “ATOMIZED”, a unique duo exhibition of Alberto Di Fabio (1966 Avezzano, Italy), Italian master of exceptional scientific abstraction, and Masakatsu Sashie (1974, Kanazawa, Japan), a visionary Japanese talent of Pop Surrealism. The exhibition will also include new works by street art legend Harif Guzman (1975, Venezuela), appositely conceived for this occasion to match the thread of the event. The show will feature 16 total works that will challenge the title by the subliminal textures of atomized landscapes in peculiar ways.
The Armory Art Show 2020 will welcome 178 exhibitors from 31 countries, featuring an expanded curatorial program and 30 first-time exhibitors. The annual event will take place March 5-8 on Piers 90 and 94 ~ followed by Armory Arts Week.
This week, NYC Parks celebrated Parks Without Borders’ milestone with its first completed project ~ Seward Park. At the event, community members also celebrated a new plaque coming to the park, installed in collaboration with the Seward Park Conservancy and supported by Disney+, which will honor the park’s bronze statue of the heroic husky Togo.
The Park Avenue Armory has joined forces with National Black Theatre to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the 19th amendment in a big way.
The organizations have tapped ten major institutions—The Apollo Theater; TheJuilliardSchool; La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company; The Laundromat Project; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the Moving Image; National Sawdust; New York University(Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts; Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture); and Urban Bush Women—to each commission 10 self-identified women to create works to mark the centennial of women’s suffrage.
The much anticipated inaugural exhibition in its new Harlem building, Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to Almost Better Angels featuring new works by Judith Schaechter on Saturday, January 18th.
The Winter Show returns to the Park Avenue Armory from January 24 through February 2, 2020 for its 66th year, bringing together 72 of the world’s leading experts in the fine and decorative arts. The 2020 edition features a range of exhibitors, including new, returning, and longtime participants, whose offerings span 5,000 years of museum-quality art and antiques from around the globe. The Winter Show is an annual benefit for East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization serving the Bronx and northern Manhattan.
Through $2 million in funding by former Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, the Prospect Park Alliance will restore the historic Concert Grove Pavilion, closed to the public in 2014 due to structural damage.
In anticipation and celebration of Black History Month in February, NYC Parks is pleased to announce the exhibition “Namesakes: Honoring African Americans in NYC Parks” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. The show focuses on a selection of parks throughout the city that are named after notable African Americans.
Storefront for Art + Architecture will open its doors to Arabesque, an exhibition of new works by Rayyane Tablet that explores notions of context and appropriation in our built environment through the road of ornamentation. Arabesque is the third exhibition in Building Cycles, Storefront’s year-long curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Focused on decoration and ornamentation, this exhibition questions existing and historical modes of practice by examining the notions of context and appropriation in our built environment. Arabesque follows the first two exhibitions in the cycle, Aquí vive gente and Ministry for All.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host its Eighth Annual Black Comic Book Festival on January 17 and January 18 from 10 AM to 8 PM. Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, member of the legendary hip hop group Run-DMC and founder of the independent publishing house Darryl Makes Comics, will participate in the panel discussion “Hip Hop and Comics in 3D” with Andre Davis and Dawud Anyabwile on January 18 at 2 PM.
Art Dealers Association of America’s (ADAA) Annual Fair to Benefit Henry Street Settlement Will take places from February 27 through March 1, 2020, featuring more than 40 Solo presentations, an emphasis on female artists, and dynamic group presentations spanning art history.
The Garment District Alliance has kicked-off the New Year with Impulse, an interactive installation comprised of 12 over-sized seesaws that will transform Broadway in the Garment District into a gleaming winter wonderland on Monday, January 6th.
At New Year’s Eve 2020, two award-winning NYC high school science teachers and four students — all from New York City’s public schools — will push the crystal button on the main stage in the center of Times Square, signaling the lowering of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Viewed by billions around the world, this moment officially begins the 60-second countdown to the New Year and is historically seen as a celebration as the human spirit.
Joshua Liner Gallery will open its doors to artist, Wayne White’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, I DON’T KNOW. The Los Angeles-based artist will present new text-based paintings that feature hand painted backgrounds, as well as laser cut word reliefs, and an oversized kinetic puppet. I DON’T KNOW will open on January 9 and remain on view through February 8, 2020. The artist will attend the opening reception.
We are sorry to lean that this will be the final exhibition for the Joshua Liner Gallery at the 28th Street location.
The 28th Annual New York Edition of the Outsider Air Fair will take place from January 16-19 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. New features this year include a redesigned floor plan and revamped cafe’, various curated projects, special programs, and first-time exhibitors from Japan, India, Portugal, Canada and various U.S. cities. The Fair will include 65 exhibitors, representing 35 cities, from 10 countries, with 10 first-time galleries.
The Central Park Conservancy launched its first major interpretive signage initiative in Central Park to commemorate Seneca Village, a predominantly African American community that existed before the City of New York created Central Park. The interpretive signs build on decades of research, including the work of the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History (IESVH) — a group of scholars and archeologists who have been studying Seneca Village — as well as the Conservancy’s deep knowledge of the history of Central Park and long involvement in the study of Seneca Village.
Built in 1845, the historic pair of townhouses, 14-15 Gramercy Park South, was home to Samuel J. Tilden, former governor of New York. who lived there until his death in 1886. Calvert Vaux, who became its next owner, combined the two row houses, creating the building that stands now ~ and has been home to The National Arts Club since 1906.
Each year, thousands flock to Times Square for the annual New Years Eve Confetti + Ball Drop. Each piece of falling confetti is a hope and a wish for the new year ahead, written by thousands of people on the NYE Wishing Wall.
New York is home to the largest gathering of Nivola’s public artworks — 21 pieces across all five boroughs, at least 17 of which still exist. So it is with great excitement and anticipation that we look forward to the opening of The Cooper Union’s next exhibition, Nivola in New YorkIFigure in Field ~ the first-ever to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquette and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera.
You live inside your head, but do you understand how it works? Brainwave investigates how our minds shape our everyday experiences with onstage conversations and immersive experiences that combine the most compelling advancements in science with traditional Himalayan wisdom.
The Rubin Museum of Art’s annual Brainwave series returns in January to explore the connections between the Buddhist idea of impermanence, or that everything changes, and cutting-edge research in neuroplasticity. Featuring unscripted onstage conversations and experiences that engage the head and heart, each Brainwave program investigates how our minds shape our everyday experiences by combining the most compelling advancements in science with traditional Himalayan wisdom. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on January 9th.
Kick-off the New Year with the first-ever Open House, Meet at The Shedon January 11th, celebrating its opening season as it draws to a close. Meet at The Shed will feature special pop-up events and free admission to its current exhibitions.
After a popular inaugural year screening indie and classic films and hosting special events from the St. George Theatre to Tappen Park, Cinema Connex, Staten Island’s free independent film series, returns! This season’s lineup includes Roma, Woman On Fire and a film program curated by the African Film Festival.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, New York State Assembly Member Brian Barnwell, New York City Council Member Peter Koo, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member Robert Holden, National President of the Vietnam Veterans of America John Rowan, and Community Board 4 Parks Chair Gregory Spock to officially cut the ribbon on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Elmhurst Park.
The memorial, which was fully funded by Borough President Katz, was originally conceptualized by the members of Vietnam Veterans of America local Chapter 32, led by Queens resident Pastor “Pat” Toro who lost his life after returning home. The creation of the memorial would not have been possible without his advocacy.