35 Events, Exhibits & Installations in NYC to Add to Your List in July



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Mel Chin in Times Square for Queens Museum and No Longer Empty in ‘All Over The Place’

From Street Art to Sea Art, and so much more in-between, here are 35 art installation, exhibits and events to add to your list in July.

1.  Tony Cragg: Monumental Sculptures on the Park Avenue Mall

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Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo credit: Elizabeth Bernstein

Let’s take a stroll and see the five Tony Cragg: Monumental Sculptures that now grace the Park Avenue Mall from 52nd Street to 79th Street.


2.  JR ~ Horizontal, A Solo Exhibition at Perrotin NYC


The renowned French artist JR, who has captured the faces of immigrants so vividly throughout the world, couldn’t be having a solo exhibition in NYC at a better time ~ with hundreds of children, separated from their parents at the border, sent to foster-families in East Harlem.  This week, Perrotin NYC presents ~ JR ~ Horizontal on view to August 17, 2018.


3.  Tristan Eaton on The Bowery Art Wall

Bowery Art Wall

This month, the famed Bowery Art Wall will present the work of Tristan Eaton ~ who happens to be launching a new book this month.


4.  Artolution + East Village Students = a Gorgeous New Mural


The non-profit group, Artolution and the students at PS 751 & Harvey Milk High School came together to create an incredible mural capturing their diversity and individuality.  We were thrilled to come across it, and wanted to share a few pictures we took today.

5.  July 1  ~  Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama

Narcissus Garden, 1966. Image via khanacademy.org

MoMA PS1 presents a site-specific installation by Yayoi Kusama entitled ‘Narcissus Garden,‘ as the third iteration of Rockaway!, a free public art festival with Rockaway Artists Alliance, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Bloomberg  Philanthropies.


6.   July 1  ~  Public Art Fund + Tauba Auerbach Brings Flow Separation to New York

Image via Public Art Fund

The Public Art Fund exhibition, Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation will create a new look in World War I-era camouflage, just in time for the 100th Anniversary year of the end of World War 1.


7.  July 1  ~  Sonic Gates on Staten Island

Sonic Gate imge courtesy of The Design Trust for Public Space

The Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts announce the Future Culture 2018 Public Art Program Winners ~ Sonic Gates + Court Yard Fridays ~ a series of nine public artworks, which will be installed in July, consisting of eight sound sculptures, one murals, and four world music concerts, created by, and featuring Staten Island-based artists and community members.


8.  July 3  ~  ‘Obsession’ at Met Breuer

Image courtesy of MET Breuer

‘Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso’ is a selection of fifty works from The Met’s Scofield Thayer Collection—a collection that is best known for paintings by artists of the school of Paris, and a brilliant group of erotic and evocative watercolors, drawings, and prints by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso.  The exhibition will be the first time these works have been shown together and will also marks the centenary of the deaths of Klimt and Schiele.


9.  July 7  ~  Creativity Cubed 2018 Coming to Astor Place

Creativity Cubed coming to Astor Place.

Creativity Cubed returns to Astor Place in partnership with artist, Mark John Smith for an interactive and immersive intervention!


10.  July 9  ~  SCNY Nautical Exhibition 2018

‘Low Tide Essex’ by Neal Hughes. Image courtesy of Salmagundi Club

The SCNY Nautical Exhibition 2018 will be on view in the lower gallery from July 9 to July 20,  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue between 11th-12th Streets in Greenwich Village.


11.  July 9  ~  ‘Come Closer’ Arrives in Tribeca Park

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Come Closer by Rebecca Manson located in Tribeca Park, 8 Beach Street – at the intersection of West Broadway and Sixth Avenue

The artist Rebecca Manson invites viewers to “Come Closer and the View Gets Wilder” with her new art installation in Tribeca Park.


12.  July 11  ~  ‘Wake’ and ‘Unmoored’ in Times Square

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Mel Chin in Times Square for Queens Museum and No Longer Empty in ‘All Over The Place’

Queens Museum and No Longer Empty are All Over The Place this Summer.  The exhibition spans the nearly four-decade artistic life of the artist Mel Chin, and will spread out over a number of sites throughout New York City.  Times Square Arts will present two of the installations ~ Wake and Unmoored.

Wake is a 24-foot tall installation that evokes the hull of a shipwreck crossed with the skeletal remains of a marine mammal. The structure is linked with a carved 21-foot tall animatronic female sculpture, accurately derived from a figurehead of the opera star Jenny Lind, that was once mounted on the 19th Century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale.

Unmoored explores a potential future where global warming has gone unchecked. In collaboration with Microsoft, Unmoored creates an experience that blends the physical world with the digital world, with a focus on climate change.

Wake and Unmoored will be on view in Times Square from July 11 to September 5, 2018.

All Over the Place has a full schedule of events running to August 12, 2018.


13.  July 16  ~  Celebrating Bastille Day 2018

Bastille Day 2016 at 60th Street

Get ready for Bastille Day 2018! Celebrating France’s Independence Day (July 14, 1789) and its historic friendship with the United States.  Here are a few suggestions.


14.  July 21  ~  OZYREST! in Central Park

Save the Dates for this years OZYFEST, July 21-22, with a lineup that includes musical acts Passion Pit, Common, Young the Giant, Grouplove; performers Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan and Laverne Cox; comedians Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj, and Michelle Wolf; authors Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Roxane Gay, and Salman Rushdie; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi; Jemele Hill (ESPN), Scott Rogowsky (HQ), Martha Stewart, and more to be announced.

Tickets available online. Location will be at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 69th Street.


Still on View

15.  Architecture Books ~ Yet to be Written presented by Storefront for Art & Architecture

Image via Storefront for Art and Architecture

Best said by Storefront for Art and Architecture in a recent press release, the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an installation that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today.


16.  Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus presented by Public Art Fund

We love the Public Art Fund’s current installation ~ Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus located in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus transformed into a work of food art, will be serving free hot dogs to visitors all summer.


17.  Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake

The Broadway Mall Association has announced its art installation for Spring/Winter 2018, with Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreamsawake.  Artist, Kathy Ruttenberg has created six site-specific sculptures that run along the Broadway Mall from 64th Street to 157th Street.


18.  ‘Delirious Matter’ in Madison Square Park

The Madison Square Garden Conservancy kicks-off its thirty-sixth outdoor art exhibition with the installation, Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter.  Six site-specific sculptures have been installed in Madison Square Park, entitled Delirious Matter by the Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid.


19.  Maren Hassinger: Monuments in Marcus Garvey Park

Completed installation next to the pool house along the 124th Street side

The Studio Museum’s, inHarlem, and the Marcus Garvey Park alliance/Public Art Initiative come together again this year to bring eight site-specific installations entitled Maren Hassinger: Monuments to Marcus Garvey Park.

While you’re here, check out the installation Atlas of the Third Millennium, by the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, on view in Marcus Garvey Park to October 1, 2018. You can also find Rodriguez on Governor’s Island in Early Encounters to July 29th.

Get ready for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park in August.


20.  ReBirth: Kang Muxiang by the Garment District Alliance

Installation “Rebirth: Kang Muxiang”

Taiwanese master-sculptor, Kang Muxiang and the Garment District Alliance have unveiled Rebirth: Kang Muxiang on the Broadway Mall between 36th and 38th Streets. The seven graceful installations have become a great attraction ~ especially among the artistic community.


21.  Gillie & Marc’s, The Last Three, move to Brooklyn

The temporary art installation, The Last Three at Astor Place, came to a close in June, relocating to a permanent home at  Forest City New York’s MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.  Read more about The Last Three Here.


22.  The Mural Project @ NYC’s World Trade Centers


We’ve been following the Downtown Mural Project in and around the 2WTC and 3WTC construction lots, now surrounded by a number of gorgeous new murals. With the Oculus in the background, the large-scale mural project takes viewers from Vesey and Greenwich Streets, down Church and Dey Streets to Cortlandt Street.  Let’s take a walk….


23.  Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams at MoMA

Kingelez City of Dreams
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City of Dreams at MoMA

Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams is a whimsical and wonderful wish for a more harmonious society throughout the world, now on view at MoMA.  The eclectic, colorful exhibit has been shown almost daily on social media pages, blog sites, and Instagram. But this is such an exceptional exhibition ~ and the first retrospective of Kingelez’s work in the United States, that we are adding to the tsunami of images and descriptions.


24.  On The 8th Floor

The exhibition, Sedimentations, on The 8th Floor

On The 8th Floor, Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair ~ an exhibition exploring strategies of reuse in their art making, and incorporating found and repurposed materials, from accumulation and assemblage, to the construction of landscapes and discrete objects, that reference a multitude of timescales and politics.


25.  Coney Art Walls

Coney Art Walls

Thor Equities 2018 Coney Art Walls opened its gates on Friday, May 25th. The outdoor museum of street art, curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch will remain open on weekends from Noon to 8pm through September. Coney Art Walls is located at 3050 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island ~ near the beach and the subway.


26.  On Governors Island

Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island. Image via govisland.com

St. Cornelius Chapel, owned by Trinity Church Wall Street, will open its doors for the first time since 2013 for The Trust for Governors island 2018 commission, Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island. The installation is composed of thousands of delicate rice paper kites, enveloping viewers in a shifting “fog,” on view through October 31, 2018

Also on Governor’s Island, ‘Early Encounters‘ ~ Visit a 12,000 square-foot Colonel row two-family home with an exhibit that will highlight the rich history of the Island and its inhabitants in the 1600s. Early Encounters presented by the West Harlem Arts Fund.

Image of artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez ‘Early Encounters’ on Governors Island. Image courtesy of the artist.


27.  Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace on the Roof at The MET

One of the many signs that Spring is here is when The Roof Garden opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace has landed.


28.  Public Art Fund brings Anselm Kiefer: Uraeus to Rock Center

The Public Art Fund, Gagosian and Tishman Speyer unveil Anselm Kiefer: Uraeus in the Channel Gardens.


29.  MCNY Presents Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different Lens

The exhibition, Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, opened at The Museum of the City of New York, featuring more than 120 photographs by Stanley Kubrick from the Museum’s Look Magazinearchive.


30.  Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i at New York Botanical Garden

Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i on view to October 28, 2018 at New York Botanical Garden.

While you’re in the Garden, check out the Corpse Flower in the Haupt Conservatory.


31.  ‘Armors’ Arrive in Fort Tryon Park

Armors by artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir in Fort Tryon Park. Image via nycgovparks.org

Three Medieval sculptures are the latest art installations on the lawn of Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park. Entitled, Armors, they are the creation of artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, and will be on view to September 12, 2018.


32.  Celebrating Bill Cunningham at New York Historical Society

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Bill Cunningham Photographing Five Models, ca. 1968−76
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society Library, Gift of Bill Cunningham

On the Street’ and its author at The New York Times, Bill Cunningham, have been part of the fabric of being a New Yorker for as long as we can remember.  In celebration, The New York Historical Society is celebrating the life of this iconic figure in its exhibit, Celebrating Bill Cunningham.


33.  Faction Art Projects Harlem Presents ~ ‘Others’

Faction Art Projects Harlem will explore complex masculine identities, challenging historical depictions, with three artists using differing styles, in a new exhibit entitled ‘Others.


34. Keeping an eye on the #100GatesProject in #ElBarrio

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During the summer of 2017, The 100 Gates Project and New Harlem East Merchant Association (NHEMA) teamed up to bring local artists together with local merchants, beautifying gates in and around East Harlem. The project, which also includes Staten Island, is part of the New York City Department of Small Business Service’s Neighborhood 360 grant opportunity program. Here are a few images of the East Harlem murals to date.


What We’re Looking Forward to This Summer

35.  The ‘Color Factory’ Heading to New York!

Color Factory NYC
Image via Color Factory Instagram

The Color Factory is headed to New York in August!  It will be located at 251 Spring Street, in a 20,000 square-foot pop-up museum. Get on the waiting list for tickets Here, and while we wait, The Color Factory is giving us a taste of what’s to come with a “Color Walk” at the Cooper Hewitt.  Here are some photos of the very popular (and Instagram sensation) Color Factory in San Francisco.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 17th!

See you in August!

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