47 Art Installations, Exhibits and Events Not to Miss in NYC ~ September 2018



Benny Andrews, Soul of a Nation. Image courtesy Brooklyn Museum

It may be Fall, but the 47+ art exhibits, installations and events to add to your list in September are still hot…hot…hot

1.  Thomas Allen Harris: Mother Bethel Harlem USA on view at Hunter East Harlem Gallery ~ September 1

Thomas Allen Harris: Mother Bethel Harlem USA

Thomas Allen Harris: Mother Bethel Harlem USA is a collaboration between artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris and students from Hunter College IMA MFA program. Through an investigation of Harris’s work as photographer, filmmaker, and creator of the interdisciplinary project, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion, the students conceived works that are inspired by the family photo album, practices of personal archiving, and the local community in Harlem and East Harlem.

In keeping with this theme, walk over to the East Harlem Art Park, one block away,to view the current installation, Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album by artist Kathleen Granados, installed through the efforts of Public Art Initiative/Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Friends of Art Park Alliance, and NYC Parks.


2.   Morningside Lights September 4-8

Image via Morningside Lights 2017

Get ready for the seventh annual Morningside Lights, a weeklong arts event led by the directors of Processional Arts Workshop, and produced by Columbia University’s Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre. September 4-8.


3.  The Pastel Society of America at National Arts Club ~ September 4

The National Arts Club
The National Arts Club

The Pastel Society of America’s 46th Annual Exhibition entitled Enduring Brilliance! will take place from September 4 to September 29, 2018.

Please note a free gallery tour and reception on September 21st, and a Materials Fair on September 22nd, featuring tables of quality pastel products.


4.  Song of Myself: Self Portraits at The National Arts Club ~ September 4

Song of Myself presents over two-hundred years of self-portraiture in diverse media. Artists represented include Francisco Goya, Marisol, Will Barnet, Lola Flash, Yuki James, Lisa Rivera, Dillon Utter, Jimmy Wright, and Albert Velasco.


5.  The Italians are coming ~ To Three Galleries in NYC Beginning on September 5

Piergiorgio Branzi, Piazza Grande in Burano, Venice, 1957 © Piergiorgio Branzi ~ Grey Art Gallery/NYU

Neorealismo: Nuova Fotografia Italiana, a group exhibition of vintage photographs will be open September 5 at Keith de Lellis Gallery.

NeoRealismo: The New Image in Italy, 1932-1960 will open at Grey Art Gallery/NYU on September 6. Panel Discussion at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Manimo on September 10 and Gallery Conversation on September 13.

The New Beginning for Italian Photography: 1945-1965 will open at Howard Greenberg Gallery on September 12.


6.  Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth ~ September 6

PAPE 86274-hires-3.jpg Red and Black Amazonino (Amazonino Vermelho e Preto) (detail) 1990Automotive paint on iron 320 x 280.5 x 91.4 cm / 126 x 110 3/8 x 36 in Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth New York will open its doors to the work of Lygia Pape in the gallery’s first solo presentation of Pape’s work in the U.S. since announcing worldwide representation of Projeto Lygia Pape in 2016.  This exhibition will span three-floors of the gallery at Hauser & Wirth at East 69th Street from September 6 to October 20, 2018.


7.  Intimate Infinite: Imagine a Journey at Lévy Gorvy ~ September 6

Beginning September 6, 2018, Lévy Gorvy is pleased to present Intimate Infinite: Imagine A Journey, an exhibition inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the work of artists who collapse the vastness of infinity into tangible dimensions through obsessive detail and concentrated mark making, the distilled intensity of small scale, or the tactile materiality of their surfaces. The exhibition unfolds over all three levels of the gallery’s landmark building, and includes nearly one-hundred artworks.


8.  Paper Trail, a Group Exhibition at Allouche Gallery ~ September 6

Rafa Macarron, Familia1

Allouche Gallery explores the use of paper in a new group exhibition entitled, Paper Trail. From drawings and paintings to sculptures and collages, the artists employ unique methods of layering, space, and emphasis.


9.  Solo Exhibition ~ Simone Leigh ~ at Luhring Augustine ~ September 8

Simone Leigh, 100 (Face Jug Series), 2018; Salt-fired stoneware; 27 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches; (69.8 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Simone Leigh has become a name familiar to New Yorkers in recent years, creating beautiful art with a message. In September, Luhring Augustine will open its doors to the solo exhibition of recent works by Simone Leigh.


10.  Harlem Stage Open House September 8

The new Fall Schedule for Harlem Stage is out, and back by popular demand – Open House, kicking off the season ~ bring your tambourines, djembes, congas, and joy!


11.  VIP Tour Inside The Salmagundi Club ~ September 8 & 9

Take a rare tour of the historic Salmagundi Club with one of its member docents. Located at 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th-12th Streets in Greenwich Village.

Since September 9th was sold out so quickly, the Club added an additional Tour Date ~ September 8th!


12.  Towards a New [Hypo]Thesis at The Cooper Union September 11

TOWARDS A NEW [HYPO]THESIS OilScapes: Re-Mapping the Power Politics
The Master of Architecture II Graduate exhibition, Towards a New [Hypo]Thesis, 2017-18 Thesis Exhibition will open at The Cooper Union on September 11.


13.   Field Projects opening September 13

Image via Field Projects

Field Projects will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Emilie Stark-Menneg: Suspect‘ curated by Jacob Rhodes, on September 13th, with an Opening Reception from 6-8pm.


14.  Ray Turner: Half Naked at JoAnne Artman Gallery September 13

Ray Turner, ‘Mary, Gillette, Catherine (Triptych); oil on canvas; 50 x 40 inches, each. Image courtesy JoAnne Artman Gallery New York

JoAnne Artman Gallery New York is pleased to open its doors to the Fall exhibition, Half Naked, a showing of Ray Turner’s most recent paintings and prints focused on exploring the dichotomies behind the idiom “half-naked” that powerfully echoes our own discomfort when confronted with the illusions of safety behind all social constructs through the viscerally of the painting medium.


15.  Photoville ~ September 13-16

The seventh edition of Photoville will take place from September 13-16, with more than 600 artists in 90 photography and outdoor installations. Photoville remains a free event.


16.  Faction Art Projects presents Visual Language September 14

Umar Rashid, In Klingon, 2017. Image courtesy Faction

Faction Art Projects returns this Fall in a collaboration with the East Los Angeles Gallery, Subliminal Projects, in a bi-coastal exhibition entitled Visual Language. This group exhibition will run simultaneously at both galleries.

Follow the Opening Reception Event on Facebook.


17.  Brooklyn Museum Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power September 14

Romare Beraten, Soul of a Nation. Image courtesy Brooklyn Museum

With over 150 artworks in the exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Soul of a Nation will be on view to February 3, 2019.


18.  Met Breuer ‘Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy September 17

Image via Met Breuer

Featuring seventy works by thirty artists in media ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and installation art, from 1969 to 2016, Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy will present an alternate history of postwar and contemporary art that is also an archaeology of our troubled times.


19.  Peter Halley at Lever House ~ September 20

Image via PeterHalley.com

On September 20th, the Lever House Art Collection is set to open an exhibit by American artist, Peter Halley, which will encompass two floors of its  Park Avenue building, and soak the block on Park Avenue in an acid yellow glow both day and night! This will be the largest exhibition from Halley to date in New York. Lever House is located at 390 Park Avenue, corner of 54th Street, NYC.


20.  Viewfinding, a sculptural installation in Riverside Park ~ September 22

Sarah E. Brook’s Viewfinding rendering vis her website

Meet, greet, and potluck picnic with Riverside Park South artist Sarah E. Brook to learn about the newest sculpture on display, Viewfinding. Short works by 26 queer-identified poets on the themes of transformation and self-actualization will be incorporated directly onto the sculpture. Poets will be reading from their longer works at the opening picnic.  Art in the Park, Potluck Artist Talk will be located at The Plaza at 67th Street and Riverside Park South from 2-5pm, sponsored by NYC Parks as part of Summer on the Hudson.


21.  ART2030 at the United Nations ~  September 24-28

Art 2030 will launch the first of what will be an annual week of Art for the Global Goals across New York City. Coinciding with the United Nations General Assembly Sessions, Art 2030 New York is collaborating with selected artists, leading galleries and organizations, bringing programs and events with a focus of achieving the United Nations’ 17 Global goals for Sustainable Development by 2030.

In a statement, founder and director of ART2030, Luise Faurschou, said, “Our hope with ART 2030 New York is to unite both the passionate and active voices of the global art community, and also to create an inclusive space for audiences of all backgrounds to engage with global agendas through deep and profound experiences.”

Some of the participating galleries include David Zwirner, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Luhring Augustine, Lévy Gorvy, Marian Goodman Gallery.


22.  New York City Yarn Crawl ~ September 28-30

Image via Argyle Yarn Shop

Yarnistas throughout the five boroughs are getting ready for the annual New York City Yarn Crawl.  On the list are a dozen shops in Manhattan & Brooklyn taking part in this annual three-day event for knitters, crocheters, spinners, dyers, felters and fiber lovers.


Still on view:

23.  El Barrio’s Graffiti Hall of Fame ~ the 38th Edition

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Graffiti Hall of Fame stretches between 106th and 107th Streets, alongside the elevated Metro North train on Park Avenue in El Barrio. Known to Street Artists since 1980, it is rarely open to the public. But once a year, James Top, Executive Director of this iconic Wall, selects a theme and invites artists for a two-day emersion. This year’s theme ~ The Subway Edition, with artists from the 1980s subway era, and the 38th Edition was held the weekend of August 25-26.


24.  Jorge Palacios ~ Link ~ on view at Flatiron Plaza North

Jorge Palacios ‘Link’ arrived at Flatiron Plaza North, adjacent to Madison Square Park.  The installation is a monumental work created from accoya wood, measuring approximately 13 feet high by 10 feet wide, located across from the Flatiron Building,


25.  Rebirth: Kang Muxian on the Broadway Mall to September 15, 2018

Kang at 37th st “Ignore Me”

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.  The installation will be on view to September 15, 2018.


26.  Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway on view through February 2019

64th Street at Broadway/Lincoln Center

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.


27.  Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter in Madison Square Park to October 14, 2018

The Madison Square Garden Conservancy kicked-off its thirty-sixth outdoor art exhibition with the installation, Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter.  Six site-specific sculpture installed in Madison Square Park, entitled Delirious Matter by the Brooklyn-based artist Diana Al-Hadid. The installation will be on view to October 14, 2018.


28.  We Come in Peace on The Roof Garden at The MET to October 28, 2018

we come in peace

The above eighteen-foot long, bowing sculpture, entitled Urdu ~ meaning ‘without name’, is one of two large figures that make up the installation.  The artist’s sci-fi characters are set against a 360 degree backdrop of Central Park and the skyscrapers of Manhattan, adding to the narrative of a first contact between humans and aliens. Huma Bhabha: We Come in Peace will be on view to October 28, 2018 on The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden.


29.  Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different Lens at Museum of the City of New York through October 28, 2018

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.  Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams at MoMA to January 1, 2019

Image via 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 to January 1, 2019 at The Museum of Modern Art.


31.  Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care at Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) on view to October 2, 2018

Installation view of Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care
Photo by Jenna Bascom. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design.

Positioning photographic documentation, radio broadcasts, ephemera, data, and an installation generated by the project, AMBOS, as well as seven other projects from Aguiñiga’s ongoing design and artistic practice, Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care at MAD demonstrates the link that the artist is forging between design thinking and community work. The installation will be on view to October 2, 2018.


32.  Tony Cragg: Monumental Sculptures on the Park Avenue  Mall through October 2018

Tony Cragg ‘Hammerhead, 2017, located at 72nd Street. 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. Tony Cragg: Monumental Sculptures is presented by Marian Goodman Gallery, along with NYC Parks and the Fund for Park Avenue, and will be on view on the Park Avenue Mall through October, 2018.


33.  Come Closer in Tribeca Park through July, 2019

Come Closer by Rebecca Manson

The new, temporary art installation in Tribeca Park entitled Come Closer by the artist Rebecca Manson is “a sphere of tiny porcelain sculptures, each an intimate, bone-like shape, adhered and supported by an elaborate system of aluminum and epoxy.”  “The structure celebrates the idea that small things together amount to something impactful; a monument to collective consciousness.”  The installation will be on view through July, 2019.


34.  Sonic Gates + Court Yard Fridays on Staten Island to June 1, 2019

Sonic Gate created by Jeremy Munson. Image courtesy of the artist.

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. The installations will be on view to June 1, 2019.


35.  Ziemia in McGolrick Park, Brooklyn on view to June 8, 2019

3′ diameter ceramic orb atop a native plant garden in McGolrick Park, along Russel St. between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave. Image via ziemia.nyc

Ziemia is an art installation that sits in a garden filled with native plants in Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn.  Translated from Polish, Ziemia means ‘Earth” ~ and there is a beautiful story behind it. The installation will be on view to June 8, 2019.


36.  Atlas of the Third Millennium in Marcus Garvey Park to October 1, 2018

The artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez described his Atlas of the Third Millennium as symbolizing the “magnificent multiplicity of Harlem and East Harlem, the cross-section through time of stellar individuals who have called Harlem and East Harlem their home, and those who continue to live, work and contribute to its cultural vibrancy.” The installation will be on view in Marcus Garvey Park to October 1, 2018.


37.  Maren Hassinger: Monuments in Marcus Garvey Park on view to June 10, 2019

inHarlem returned to Marcus Garvey Park, with the eight site-specific installations Maren Hassinger: Monuments. Take a walk with us, beginning on 124th Street at the Fifth Avenue entrance. The installation will be on view to June 10, 2019.


38.  Kathleen Granados: Present Histories at Harlem Art Park on view to August 10, 2019

Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album is a collection of images, laser etched into plexiglass and woven into the grid of the decorative fence at Harlem Art Park. The images were collected by artist Kathleen Granados from neighborhood residents, community groups, and cultural institutions, depicting the rich and thriving history in this rapidly changing community. The installation will be on view to August 10, 2019.


39.  B. Wurtz: Kitchen Trees by Public Art Fund to December 7, 2018

Public Art Fund will unveil its third summer 2018 installation this week in City Hall Park. The installations, entitled Kitchen Trees are the creation of the artist B. Wurtz.


40.  Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza to October 14, 2018

As if blowing in the wind, the art installation, Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I is the new installation beautifying the Doris C. Freedman Plaza via Public Art fund. If you haven’t been to see this graceful new sculpture, you have time. It will be on view to October 14, 2018.


41.  Tauba Auerback: Flow Separation via Public Art Fund sailing to May 12, 2019

Image via Public Art Fund

Tauba Auerback: Flow Separation will visit docks around New York Harbor, and will be offering free trips to the public.  Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation is curated by Public Art Fund Adjunct Curator Emma Enderby, and is the second in a series of Public Art Fund summer installations. Flow Separation will be sailing to May 12, 2019.

Stay tuned for Tony Oursler: To Be Determined by Public Art Fund opening October 18.


42.  The Mural Project still on view

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. Still on view.


43.  Chen Dongfan: The Song of Dragon and Flowers on view to November 1, 2018

Doyers Street
All along Doyers Street in Chinatown

The Chinatown BID, NYC DOTart, Fou Gallery and ArtBridge have come together to present the street mural Chen Dongfan: The Song of Dragon and Flowers, on view to November 1, 2018.


44.  James & Karla Murray’s Neighborhood Storefronts on view to October 1, 2018

Image via James & Karla Murray

James & Karla Murray’s popular photography of culturally significant mom-and-pop stores will be on view at the Little Underground Gallery at Jefferson Market Library! The exhibit will run from August 1st to October 1, 2018.


45.  Harlem/Havana Photo Exhibit on view to October 30, 2018

Image via Community Works

Harlem Havana Photo & Art Exhibit 2018 is an international exhibit featuring 30 intergenerational artists and photographers who honor the unique and storied history of two iconic and diverse communities — Harlem and Havana. The exhibition is curated by Community Works and on view to October 30, 2018.


46.  The Future: A Year-Long Exploration at The Rubin Museum of Art on view to December 31, 2018

Image via Rubin Museum of Art

From February 23 to December 31, 2018, viewers will be invited to step into a world where past, present, and future exist all at once  ~  The Future: A Year-Long Exploration at The Rubin Museum.  This spectacular year-long Event will feature exhibitions, talks, programs and experiences “unpacking our commonly held ideas about the future.”

For Fall/Winter, The Future presents ‘Karma’ ~ Ancient Wisdom Meets the Future. Tickets go on sale September 7th.


47.  Some of the UNIQLO Park Expressions ~ Art in the Parks ~ are still on view.  Scroll down on this link for full list of UNIQLO art installations.

Tanda Francis, Adorn Me in Fort Greene Park

Tanda Francis, Adorn Me in Fort Greene Park

The artist Tanda Francis, Adorn Me in Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Avenue, DeKalb Avenue, between Washington Park and St. Edward’s Street. The installation examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Adorn Me will be on view to July 13, 2019.


Meg Minkley: Fiesta Forever in Powers Street Garden, Brooklyn to May 31, 2019

Meg Minkley, Fiesta Forever. Image via nycgovparks.org

The artist Meg Minkley celebrated the beginning of Spring this year with her installation Fiesta Forever in Powers Street Garden, Brooklyn.  This project is part of NYC Parks GreenThumb’s Art in the Gardens, and will be on view to May 31, 2019.


ASKEW ONE ~ A Refurbished Basketball Court on view to April 16, 2019

Artwork inspired by The Last O.G. at Marcy Playground Brooklyn. Image via nycgovparks.org

A newly refurbished basketball court in Marcy Playground now boasts an artistic mural at Marcy Playground in Brooklyn. The mural is designed by artist ASKEW ONE, and based on the TBS television series The Last O.G.  In addition, the playground includes new asphalt, and four new polycarbonate backboards. The mural will be on view to April 16, 2019.


Tamara Johnson: Picnic at Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn on view to March 20, 2019

Tamara Johnson: Picnic. Image via nycgovparks.org

The site-specific installation Tamara Johnson: Picnic was created to symbolize the many relaxing gatherings and experiences with friends and family. It is a hand-cast concrete picnic, turning a “temporary happening” into a monument.  Picnic is sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It ill be on view to March 20, 2019 in Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn.


Onkel Oskar’s Suspenders in Sherman Creek Park on view to November 14, 2018

Peter Bulow: Onkel Oskar’s Suspenders in Sherman Creek Park. Image via nycgovparks.org

Six carved wood and mixed-media sculptures, created by the artist Peter Bulow, are creations of his past ~ his Great Aunt Trude, Great Uncle Oskar, his Hungarian Mother, Giselle and so on ~ placed throughout Sherman Creek Park. Peter Bulow: Onkel Oskar’s Suspenderswill be on view to November 14, 2018 in Sherman Creek Park, Inwood.  Come and meet the family.


Functional Bodies in Macdonald Park, Queens on view to June 8, 2019

Functional Bodies in Macdonald Park, Queens. Image via nycgovparks.org

The installation, Functional Bodies, was conceived by social sculpture artist Yvonne Shortt and Mayo Fujino, engaging the community in the project, involving students from PS 99, Seniors from Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior Center, Friends of MacDonald Park, and RPGA Studio. It is an installation with a message focused on prompting more people to volunteer in their parks. More than 50 people participated in the project, which consists of two sculpture pieces.  Functional Bodies will be on view to June 8, 2019 in MacDonald Park, Queens.