Kicking-off the New Year with installations, events and exhibits reflecting the diversity of New York ~ celebrating music, dance, art, and photography ~ a comic book festival, an art fair, a dog museum opening, and a host of exciting exhibits from 2018 still on view. Here are 57 suggestions to add to your list this January, 2019.
The exhibition Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India focuses on early painting styles that emerged in the Pahari courts of North India during the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring some 20 of the most refined paintings produced in South Asia during this period. This exhibition will be on view to July 21, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Floor 3, NYC
The Rubin Museum of Art will dedicate its 2019 exhibitions, programs, and experiences to the theme of power, focusing on how visitors can activate the power that exists “within and between us.” Drawing on a diverse range of sources and perspectives, from contemporary art to scientific theories to Buddhist philosophies, the Rubin Museum will explore secular and religious systems of power as well as personal and collective agency. The timely, year-long exhibition Power: Within and Between Us will begin January 1, 2019.
The Noguchi Museum announced programming for January, 2019. It will include the installation Okiagari-Koboshi, 2018 by Jorge Palacios, as well as workshops on Screen Printing and Stone Carving, and a current installation ~ Akari: Sculpture by Other Means + Akari Unfolded.
Save the Date for the 42nd Annual Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration presented by El Museo del Barrio ~ Friday, January 4, 2019 from 11am to 3pm.
Iceberg is an immersive interactive installation that follows the life cycle of an iceberg. The metal arches emit sound and light, varying with the presence and behaviour of people, thanks to motion sensors concealed inside the structure.
David Zwirner kicks-off the New Year with a significant group of works by American artist Charles White (1918–1979) on the second floor of the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. On view for the first time since the 1970s will be four monumentally scaled ink and charcoal drawings made by the artist as studies for the figures in his mural Mary McLeod Bethune, completed in 1978 for the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, as well as related preparatory works and ephemera documenting the project—White’s last major artistic endeavor during his lifetime.
Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the largest solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths. From a deformed figure staring at her reflection in Medusa Regarding the Head She is About to Lose to the demise of the grotesque, labyrinth-dwelling monster in Theseus Slays the Minotaur, Reinhardt portrays these classic tales with wickedly satirical wit and cheeky captions. While elaborate, decorative borders can reference ancient Roman frescoes and mosaics, he also imbues his works with a modern-day spin. Organized by the Grey Art Gallery, Metamorphoses features some 50 scenes from the series comprising more than 200 works, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. The exhibition will also coincide with the conference “Ovid and Art,” taking place April 4, 2019, organized by NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies in collaboration with the Grey Art Gallery and the Department of Art History ~ on view to April 6, 2019.
Fritz Ascher: Expressionist presents works by this German Jewish artist, who lived through the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, and into the postwar years. With the support of prominent Berlin painter Max Liebermann, Fritz Ascher (1893–1970) studied in Berlin before traveling to Oslo, where he met Edvard Munch. During a prolonged stay in Munich, he associated with the artists who contributed to Simplicissimus magazine, and back in Berlin, he fell in with the artists of Die Brücke. His early work is steeped in old myths, spirituality, and reflections on the human condition. From 1933 he was forbidden to produce, exhibit, or sell his art. Interned at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in 1938, he survived the Nazi era mostly in hiding, writing poetry. After 1945 he returned to painting, expressing his inner turmoil in colorful, mystical landscapes devoid of human figures. The exhibition comprises 75 paintings and works on paper, ranging from Ascher’s early academic studies to his final landscapes. Fritz Ascher: Expressionist is organized by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue – on view to April 6, 2019.
More at David Zwirner, as the Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by Hilton Als, which will feature works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Richard Avedon, Karl Bissinger, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker, and James Welling, among other artists.
The exhibition will be on view from January 10 to February 16, 2019 at David Zwirner, 525 & 533 West 19th Street, NYC.
Harlem Stage announced its Spring 2019 Calendar and tickets are on sale! From January through June, feast on a smorgasbord of events to add to your list during the New Year.
Fort Gansevoort is kicking-off the new year with the exhibition, The Big Easy, featuring new work by New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Keith Duncan, opening on Thursday, January 10th. Keith Duncan is a visual storyteller, depicting stories both familiar to all and those specific to New Orleans, with a focus on a multidimensional approach both in subject matter and material.
This is Ella Kruglyanskaya’s third solo exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, which will occupy the second and fourth floors of the gallery.
In addition, Michel Auder: Fictional Art Film from January 13 to February 24, 2019
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is located at 439 West 127th Street in Harlem.
In celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to the exhibition, CRUSADER: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Revolution from Without..., the first in a two-year series of exhibitions under the larger title Revolutionary Cycles, will feature five artists and two collectives – Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger – whose practices engage structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, access to human rights and positions of privilege. The title suggests that social and political change can come from the margins of the polity, motivated by conditions of being without: without rights, without capital, without representation. Each artist specifically addresses key political and historical moments in which the articulation of rights has been…
Imagine A World: Revolution from Without will be on view from January 17 to May 4, 2019 at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
The Outsider Art Fair, the only fair dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art, is pleased to announce the exhibitor list for its 27th New York edition, taking place January 17-20,2019 at The Metropolitan Pavilion. The fair will showcase 67 exhibitors, representing 37 cities from 7 countries, with 8 first-time galleries. The Outsider Art Fair 2019 will feature 67 exhibitors, including work by .Jim Carey.
The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory ~ a benefit for East Side House Settlement ~ will take place from January 18 to January 27, 2019, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.
The dates for the popular Black Comic Book Festival have been announced and Registration is open now! The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture announced the 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival dates to be held on January 18-19, 2019.
The exhibition expands and enriches narratives attending the work of this celebrated figure of the Italian avant garde who was born in and lived her life in the city of Turin, Italy. Carol Rama: Eye of Eyes will be on view at Lévy Gorvy to March 23, 2019. The Gallery is located at 909 Madison Avenue, NYC.
Beginning 24 January, Hauser & Wirth will present its first exhibition devoted to Günther Förg since announcing representation of the artist’s estate in June 2018, with the exhibition Günther Förg: Works from 1986-2007.
Also at Hauser & Wirth, ‘Dark Years’ by Luchita Hurtado, focuses on the artist’s early works from the 1940s to the 1950s, a period defined by prolific experimentation.
On Thursday, January 31, 2019, Chris Stein, a founding member of the era defining band Blondie, and Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, will discuss Stein’s new photography book ~ Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene.
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Kicking-off the New Year with a Parade at the 145th Street and Lenox Avenue subway station, through MTA Arts & Design. Parade, 2018 by Harlem-based artist Derek Fordjour celebrates the African-American parade tradition in all its pageantry.
A two-gallery exhibitions of landmark work from photographer Edward Burtynsky’s series Anthropocene, which maps the unprecedented impact of human intervention on Earth, will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery to January 5th. It ended at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery on December 29, 2018.
The color work of street photographer Vivian Maier will be the subject of a new exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery. Many of the photographs are on view for the first time, deepening the understanding of Maier’s oeuvre and her keenest to record and present her interpretation of the world around her. Dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, Vivian Maier: The Color Work captures the street life of Chicago and New York, and includes a number of her enigmatic self-portraits.
Conspiracy! Fake News! In the exhibition, Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy, MET Breuer reaches back in time and traces the simultaneous development of two kinds of art about conspiracy. Works based on historical research, and investigative reporting and ‘plunging down the rabbit hole’ works where facts and fantasy freely intermingle – a state of being that is all too familiar these days. The exhibition Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy is the first major exhibit to tackle this perennially provocative topic.
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs at The Museum of the City of New York on view through January 6
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 Magazine archive.
The exhibition, Calder / Kelly, will cover three full floors of the gallery, showing nearly three-dozen paintings and sculptures made over the course of five decades. Lévy Gorvy is located at 909 Madison Avenue at 73rd Street, NYC.
Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City at Storefront for Art & Architecture on view to January 12
On Tuesday, September 18th at 7 pm, Storefront for Art and Architectureopens its doors to the exhibition, Subculture: Microbial Metrics and the Multi-Species City by Kevin Slavin, Elizabeth Hénaff, and The Living / David Benjamin in collaboration with Evan Eisman Company. Best described by Storefront for Art and Architecture, and beginning with the question ~ What are the microbial metrics of our urban spaces?
Charlotte Perriand is one of the most famous designers of the twentieth-century. Her pioneering furniture and interiors helped shape the modernist movement. Venus Over Manhattan, in collaboration with Laffanour/Galerie Downtown, Paris, is presenting an exhibition dedicated to the designer. This is the largest exploration of Perriand’s work to be held in New York, comprising of thirty-seven works spanning the breadth of her almost eight-decade career.
Riusuke Fukahori, Goldfish Blossoms will be on view at Joshua Liner Gallery through January 19, 2019, with Opening Reception on December 13, 2018 from 6-8pm. Joshua Liner Gallery is located at 540 West 28th Street, NYC. Goldfish Blossoms is the third and largest solo exhibition by the artist at the Gallery.
Atmospheric Perspective: A Contemporary Approach to a Traditional Technique is a group show of twenty artists, members of the New York Artists Circle, who take a new approach to visualizing what exactly is the air we breathe and live in today.
Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The Holiday Train Show will be on view from November 17, 2018 to January 21, 2019 at the New York Botanical Garden, with many related events.
Keith de Lellis Gallery presents a solo exhibition of 1930s industrial photographs by Harold Haliday Costain, one of the leading American modernist photographers of his generation. Sugar & Salt, Vintage Industrial Photographs on view to January 26, 2019.
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.
The exhibit divides an enormous space of 16,000 square feet into separate rooms and tunnels, curated by Darren Romanelli, a leader in experiential art and a specialist in re-appropriating classic brands. Disney and Romanelli confirm that this exhibit is the biggest Disney experience to come to New York City in several decades. A dozen art artists from around the country are contributing to the exhibition. Mickey: The True Original will be on view from November 8 through February 10 at 60 Tenth Avenue, NYC.
The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay partner to present an exhibition entitled Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today in New York and Le Modèle noir, de Géricault à Matisse in Paris.
The Broadway Mall Association presented the art installation for Spring/Winter 2018 ~ Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreamsawake. Artist, Kathy Ruttenberg created six site-specific sculptures that run along the Broadway Mall from 64th Street to 157th Street that continue to draw crowds each day.
The exhibition Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line will mark the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death in 1918 with nearly 50 watercolors and drawings, including several iconic self-portraits, at Galerie St. Etienne NYC.
Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haiti at Hunter East Harlem Gallery on view to March 2, 2019
Hunter East Harlem Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haitiopening on November 7, 2018. Dust Specks on the Seafocuses on sculptural works by over twenty contemporary artists from Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, and Haiti and addresses the various positionings of the postcolonial condition in this region.
The Socrates Annual is on view at Socrates Sculpture Park. For the 2018 exhibition, projects range from a decolonial greenhouse to audio-sculptural portraits of Queens hip-hop legends. Approaches vary among community-centered pedagogy and production, material experimentation, and redeployment of historical forms of construction, among others. This year contemporary and historical land-use is examined by several artists in projects including a labyrinth of fences and gates, and a steel and textile installation that traces the East River ecology of waste flows through land, water, and biological life. Additionally, several artists employ representations of the human figure, perhaps suggesting a time for reflection upon the Humanist philosophies that seem precarious with looming climate change and ongoing political conflict.
The exhibition Andy Warhol ~ From A to B and Back Again at The Whitney Museum of American Art is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. On view are more than 350 works of art, many assembled together for the first time. Below are just a few of the images in this exhibition, along with the story behind them. Plan on spending the day.
Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold features a collection of works on paper, soft sculptures, quilts, and illustrations inspired by the rich cultural and political heritage of the artist’s home of Sugar Hill.
More than 50 works of craft, art, design and jewelry acquired for Museum of Arts and Design’s permanent collection over the past five years, including works by artists Derrick Adams, El Anatsui (above), David Bielander, Sanford Biggers, Wendell Castle, Judy Chicago, and more.
Madison Square Park will be kicking off its Fall season with the new art installation entitled Full Steam Ahead by artist Arlene Shechet. This installation consists of a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north end of Madison Square Park.
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 eight 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.
June 16th brought inHarlem back 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.
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), located in a historic firehouse on East 125th Street in El Barrio, will open its doors to the exhibition, Race, Myth, Art, and Justice, exploring intersecting ideas through the lens and unique interpretation of twelve inter-generational photographers.
As part of the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, the installation Karla & James Murray: Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. displays wood-framed sculptures of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, no longer in business.
Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture, Francis also incorporates Victorian and colonial ornamentation into her work. Adorn Me will address the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provide a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control.
The artist Rebecca Manson invites viewers to “Come Closer and the View Gets Wilder” with her art installation in Tribeca Park.
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative unveiled the installation Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album by artist Kathleen Granados in the Harlem Art Park, East Harlem. This is an ongoing installation, with the artist continuing to accept images from residents, and adding to a unique collection exploring the history of East Harlem by the people who live there.
Peaceful Perch by Kim Dacres and Daniel A. Matthews is a figurative bust-like sculpture that will sit elevated, as an honored monument of watchfulness, embodying the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form, and celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair as the artist experiences it, reflected in her neighborhood in Harlem. Sculpture by Kim Dacres ~ Perch by Daniel A. Matthews.
While you’re in Marcus Garvey Park, take a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where the Park is preparing for the return of the historic fire watchtower in Spring, 2019 ~ and Maren Hassinger: Monuments (listed above) on view to June 10, 2019, and I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me (below).
I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me….. by José Carlos Casadoacknowledges how little he knows of the black woman’s experience, but as an immigrant, gay man and new father, he found a personal connection to the poem entitled Sympathy by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar that inspired writer/poet/activist Maya Angelou’s American classic. Accompanying the physical sculpture is an augmented reality component making the sculpture interactive.
We have followed the artist Andre Trenier from the Audubon Mural Project in Hamilton Heights to #100GatesProject in East Harlem. Now, this lifelong Bronx resident presents “Rep Your Flag”—an homage to the immigrant communities that give the Bronx its strength. The 16 included flags were determined directly from community feedback: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Pan-African, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago. This exhibition is presented by the ArtBridge.
The Lincoln Square BID and American Folk Art Museum are partnering to create a new public art project on the Broadway Mall between 60th and 70th Streets. The painting will take place on Friday, October 12th from 9:30am to 5:00pm, when they will be working with New York Cares volunteers.
The artist Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ completed a large-scale, multi-layered painting of the basketball court located at West 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in St. Nicholas Park.
The exhibition is presented by Mountain Dew and will be on view to October 18, 2019. More info and pictures at designboom.com
We continue to follow 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.
Rolf’s German Restaurant is decorated for Christmas almost all-year-long!
Happy New Year!