Fotografiska New York, the Manhattan-based photography museum, introduces the launch of The Foto Sessions; a new digital exhibition space created to showcase incredible photography while the world stays at home. In light of COVID-19 events, the museum has temporarily closed its doors, but will continue to spotlight both aspiring and accomplished photographers via the online destination. The content hub will feature virtual galleries, artist interviews and profiles, audio recordings from previous live events, and community photography submissions, all designed to bring the museum and its signature programming into living rooms across the globe.
The Rubin Museum of Art is sending out an online ‘Rubin Care Package’ of art and practices for navigating our world in this time of instability and feeling of global community fear, loss, isolation and stress. Take refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room.
Fort Gansevoort Gallery will open its online window, announcing SEEING THROUGH YOU, a series of weekly online exhibitions organized for the gallery by invited curators and scholars. Launching with its first exhibition on Thursday, March 26, 2020, this initiative will highlight artists from around the globe and aim to initiate lively discourse among larger and more diverse audiences for whom the web and social media are an even more vital ‘salon space’ in a time of crisis.
Museums and galleries have shut their doors, but not their commitment to art and the artists they represent. Online Viewing Rooms have been popping up due to the ban on public gatherings, and parks and public spaces have become a respite for New Yorkers getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying a bit of space. Here is a list of some online viewing, free and available to the public now, and beginning in April, 2020. We will continue to add content, as more exhibitions open their doors online.
We appreciate museums and galleries offering free content online, along with new virtual gallery exhibitions. Hauser & Wirth New York will launch the online exhibition, Louise Bourgeois. Drawings 1947-2007, on March 25, 2020.
In a time of great anxiety, several of our museums, galleries and educational institutions are stepping up with free online programming. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, who brought us ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ in Yiddish, has stepped up with ‘Folksbiene LIVE!’, a social media performance series. Can’t get to Broadway? Check out the online stage at Folksbiene! Live.
New York City Parks have a plethora of outdoor art installations throughout all five boroughs. It may come to pass that our City is put under a ‘shelter-in-place’ order. But in the meantime, a nice long walk and some fresh air and exercise might be good for mind and soul. Here are a few suggestions, keeping in mind that some of the installations are temporary, and coming to an end as soon as the end of this month.
Fort Gansevoort Gallery will open its doors to Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the first solo exhibition in the United States for noted Brisbane-based Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey (b. 1961, Cloncurry, Australia). Hookey uses metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of English colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, Hookey deploys deceptively folksy figuration and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined The Battery Conservancy President Warrie Price, Manhattan Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington, City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Vice Chair Tammy Meltzer, and community members to break ground on The Battery Playscape reconstruction project.
As we enter an election year and find ourselves reevaluating American identity and values, a new exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park, MONUMENTS NOW, will seek to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diaspora, indigenous, and queer histories.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present a major exhibition of works by celebrated architectural artist and painter Brian Clarke (b. 1953, United Kingdom). The first museum exhibition in the U.S. of Clarke’s stained-glass screens, compositions in lead, and related drawings on paper, Brian Clarke: The Art of Light showcases the most considerable artistic and technical breakthrough in the thousand-year history of stained glass.
This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the design for New York’s Hurricane Maria Memorial, honoring the victims of Hurricane Maria and standing as an international symbol of the resilience of the Puerto Rican community. The commissioned design is by Puerto Rico-based architect Segundo Cardona and artist Antonio Martorell, and is expected to be completed and on view in Battery Park City by the first quarter of 2021.
How do you engage with a painting hung on the wall of a subway station? On the sidewalks or in our Parks? What happens when an exhibition is staged at one of the most celebrated museums in New York City without the museum’s consent?
Keith de Lellis Gallery celebrates the portraiture of Carl Van Vechten (American, 1880-1964) in its spring exhibition, Beyond the Harlem Renaissance: African American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, opening April 9, 2020.
The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness Certified ‘World’s Biggest Bounce House,’ will be going coast-to-coast inflating in 44 cities across the country, and rolling into the Big Apple ~ over 13,000 square feet of it ~ for two weekends, beginning July 18th!
In 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and public events. Highlights of the year will include the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, on view March 30–August 2; the opening of the newly renovated and reimagined galleries devoted to British decorative arts and design in March; the display of new gifts throughout the Museum; a three-day-long celebration in June; and a story-collecting initiative.
Kick-off the month of March with Women’s History Month and a host of related events. March is also the month for some of our favorite indoor exhibitions like The Armory Show and Armory Art Week, Asia Week NYC, Architectural Digest Design Show, and The Affordable Art Fair; Museums and galleries open their doors to new exhibitions like Studio 54: Night Magic, Willi Smith: Street Courture, and Fotografiska’s Spring Calendar, to name just a few.
We will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery on the Lower East Side, and bow our heads in remembrance of the 109th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire + wonderful exhibits and installations ‘Still on View.’
Below are more than 20 art installations, events & exhibits in NYC to add to your list in March, however, due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), many opening receptions & events have been cancelled or postponed. Be sure to check websites or call first.
Every now and then, a documentary comes along, opening a door into the life of someone extraordinary ~ a fellow New Yorker ~ like the documentary, Jay Myself, about Jay Maisel’s move from the historic Germania Bank building he called home for more than 50 years, or Bill Cunningham’s friend and neighbor, Editta Sherman in the documentary, Lost Bohemia.
This year during Women’s History Month we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ~ Giving women the right to vote. ‘Valiant Women of the Vote,’ this year’s theme, “honors the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”
Update ~ In response to the Coronavirus, the Claire Oliver Gallery will show the exhibit by private appointment only until further notice.
Claire Oliver Gallery opens its doors to the debut solo exhibition by artist Bisa Butler: The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake on view February 29 – April 25, 2020. Butler’s textile portraits of people of color are created from layers of brightly colored fabrics with a multiplicity of meanings. Butler’s composite characters are inspired by historical photography; the resulting images are rendered life-sized with viewers often engaging the subjects eye to eye.
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 29, 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.
Fotografiska New York also announces ‘Tack Tuesdays,’ ~ Free to the public from 6-11pm on the First Tuesday Evening of Each month!
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.
Update ~ The gallery is closed. However this exhibition is available for sale Online.
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.