Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the December 2023 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

From our archives in Bryant Park, 2020

There is no better place to be during the Holiday Season than New York. Young or old, there is something for everyone. From Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to the annual Winer Glow in the Flatiron District or Night Market in the historic La Marqueta in East Harlem. Head over to Chelsea Market where ARTECHOUSE will introduce you to the World of AI-Magination. Take a ride on the Nostalgia Train to the Annual Open Streets on Fifth Avenue or Freedom Plaza where Bruce Munro lights up the night! But let’s begin the month in recognition and celebration of lives past, December 1st, World AIDS Day. Here are a few suggestions for the month of December.

NYC AIDS Memorial Honors World AIDS Day ~ December 1

World AIDS Day Observance, New York City AIDS Memorial, 2022. Photo by Alexander Sargent, Courtesy of the New York City AIDS Memorial © New York City AIDS Memorial, 2022.

Each year, on December 1, the world gathers to remember those lost to and impacted by HIV/AIDS and champion the ongoing fight against the epidemic. To commemorate World AIDS Day, the New York City AIDS Memorial will host its annual, free, and public day of observance featuring programming in collaboration with organizations dedicated to bringing communities together in the fight to end AIDS.

 

On World AIDS Day, ‘Day With(out) Art 2023~Everyone I Know Is Sick’ at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery ~ December 1

Image: Beau Gomez, This Bed I Made, 2023. Video commissioned by Visual AIDS for Everyone I Know Is Sick.Image courtesy Grey Art Gallery

On World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1, 3:00–5:00 pm (EDT)
Auditorium, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, First Floor Room 113
53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Film screening and panel discussion (in-person).

NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2023 by presenting Everyone I Know Is Sick, a program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability.

 

Kicking Off The Holiday Season

Every December, we kick-off our Holiday Season at one of the most festive restaurants in town ~ Welcome to Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy Park.

 

Light the World Giving Machines Light Up Times Square

The 2023 global Light the World Giving Machines campaign — an important way to spread Christ’s light and love — kicked off Monday, November 27, 2023, in Times Square in New York City. Three machines were unwrapped for the first time ever at America’s intersection of commerce, tourism and entertainment.

The theme of the 2023 Light the World Christmas initiative is “Let Your Light Shine,” words the Savior of the world spoke to His followers. Giving Machines provide a unique path to spread His light — in your community or in a faraway country. Instead of buying something for yourself, your purchase is a donation for someone in need.

Last year we found the Giving Machines at Rockefeller Center.

 

Christmas Tree & Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree. The magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce looms over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, surrounded by an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. The scene describes in detail the Mediterranean harbor town’s multicultural population.

The installation is set in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Please note: There are no tree-lighting ceremonies scheduled this year. On view to January 8, 2023.

 

Visiting the Historic National Arts Club During the Holidays

National Arts Club

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. Take a look inside with a few images images taken during past Holiday Seasons or take a virtual tour.

 

The Origami Holiday Tree at The American Museum of Natural History

Origami Tree courtesy amnh.org from the archives

The theme of this year’s 13-foot tree is Proboscideans on Parade, featuring garlands and origami models inspired by the new exhibition The Secret World of Elephants. The Origami Holiday Tree will be on view to January 15, 2024.

 

The NYBG Annual Holiday Train Show

NYBG Holiday Train Show

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Watch model trains zip past nearly 200 famous New York landmarks in the warmth of the Conservatory…or head outsideto capture your perfect holiday photos at our all new outdoor mountainscape. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOWand discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.

 

Gingerbread NYC at Museum of the City of New York with The Great Borough Bake-Off!

This year, the museum invited 23 bakers from across the five boroughs to create gingerbread displays on the theme of “Iconic New York”.  The exhibition will be on view through January 15, 2024.

 

Holiday Lightings in NYC Parks

Image via Central Park Conservancy

Join our partners and friends as they switch on the holiday lights in celebration of the season. Enjoy caroling, treats, tree and menorah lightings, special visits from Santa, and more!

 

Celebrating Beloved Pets on a Memorial Tree in Central Park

Central Park Memorial Pet Tree

Hidden deep within Central Park, in a secluded place, stands a perfectly situated tree, dressed up for the Holiday’s every year ~ the ornaments all dedicated to beloved pets who have passed on ~ but as we see each year, are never forgotten.

 

The Annual Winter Glow with Flatiron/NoMad Partnership 

Control No Control. Photo credit: Brian Medina.

The Flatiron NoMad Partnership today announced it will present the New York City debut of Control No Control – a large-scale interactive installation by digital art studio Iregular – on the Flatiron North Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, as the centerpiece of its new Winter Glow holiday programming. Presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art), Control No Control will be on view from November 30, 2023, through January 1, 2024, creating a highly visible landmark in the heart of Manhattan’s vibrant Flatiron and NoMad neighborhoods this winter.

 

Del Geist: Cracked Ice on The Broadway Plaza in The Garment District

Rendering. Cracked Ice: Glacial Erratic Sculpture Project…speaks to Climate Change. Image: Del Geist, cracked-ice-nyc2019.com

The Garment District Alliance(GDA) and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) unveiled Cracked Ice by renowned artist Del Geist a series of three towering structures made of stone and stainless steel titled Laurentide, Muir and Champlain that represent erratic boulders being held by immense ice-age glaciers. The free installation will invite viewers to reflect on the dynamic forces of nature and profound impact of climate change and will be located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets through March 2024.  

 

Hart Island Tour with Urban Park Rangers ~ Two Dates in December

Hart Island is a New York City Island which is a public burial ground, a cemetery. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Advance registration required for public tours to Hart Island with the Urban Park Rangers. Next up, December 5 and 19; January 16, 30.

 

Unframed & Unbound at Art Lives Here

Artist Elise Deliz. Image courtesy of the artist and Art Lives Here

“The works on paper, textile art and sculptures in the exhibition are created without boundaries and presented with that in mind” ~Connie Lee.

Unframed & Unbound will be on view through December 31st.

 

Studio Skate Art Ice Rink at 99 Scott Ave ~ December 1

StudioSkate Art Ice Rink. Image courtesy Studio Skate

This winter, Scott Avenue Associates (SAA) presents the second edition of Feathers Studio Skate, its annual pop-up holiday community retreat. Open to the public from December 1 through January 15 at 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the destination features a 2,500-sq-ft ice rink activated by a new large-scale commission by artist Christopher Myers, as well as a marketplace, alpine café, underground speakeasy, and a private dining space available for rentals.

 

Puppetry Company, Ombres Folles, Brings ‘Pomelo’ to Flushing Town Hall ~ December 1 & 2

Image courtesy Ombres Folles and Flushing Town Hall
On Dec. 1 and 2, Flushing Town Hall will host the Montreal-based puppetry and theater company, Ombre Folles, as it presents its new family performance: Pomelo.”
Without words, using puppets, shadow theater and live music, “Pomelo” tells the story of a tiny, handsome, pink elephant, born under a dandelion in a garden. With a lot of humor and sensitivity, Pomelo discovers the world around him, and the change in seasons. He experiences a shock: the arrival of autumn, then winter! In love with his garden, sad at the sight of strawberry plants collapsing, and amazed by a snowflake, Pomelo is the very embodiment of childhood.

The Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Festivities ~ December 1-17

The Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Festivities. Image courtesy AALDC.

Starting December 1-17, Atlantic Avenue businesses will offer 10% off selected items and/or specials- perfect for gift ideas for loved ones. Plus, Atlantic Avenue businesses will be gifting customers their favorite family holiday recipes, some which have been passed on through generations. Visitors should look for recipe signs in the windows along Atlantic Avenue. The 3rd Annual Children’s Party with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 2 from 12-3 pm. The AALDC continues to support the local shelters for the Annual Holiday Toy Drive.

 

‘World of AI-Magination’ at ARTECHOUSE ~ December 1

Photographs of the exhibition “World of Ai – Magination” at Artechouse in New York City. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Next up at the wonderfully innovative technology-based art space, ARTECHOUSE, the digital art exhibition, World of AI·magination, an exploration of the intersection between human creativity and artificial imagination. Set to premiere on December 1, 2023, at ARTECHOUSE NYC in Chelsea Market, this captivating and unprecedented exhibition redefines the boundaries of art, technology, and creativity.

 

Holiday Nostalgia Rides from New York Transit Museum ~ Beginning December 2

This holiday season, we continue the annual tradition of Holiday Nostalgia Rides on the New York Transit Museum’s 1930s R1/9 train cars! Departing from the F line’s 2nd Avenue station in lower Manhattan, the Holiday Nostalgia Train will transport straphangers back in time every Saturday in December.

 

Miracle on Madison Avenue ~ December 2

Image courtesy Madison Avenue BID

The 37th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th streets. For every purchase made at participating boutiques, restaurants, and galleries*, 20% will benefit The Society of MSK’s initiatives at MSK Kids, the pediatric program at MSK. With your help, we can do more to make real miracles happen for families facing pediatric cancer.

 

Harlem Holiday Night Market ~ December 2

Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central.

Check off your holiday shopping list with a culturally diverse lineup of vendors — plus hop a trolley under the train tracks! — at the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta, created through a partnership between NYC Public Retail Markets (run by NYC EDC), Uptown Grand Central, TBo (The Best Of) Harlem & Union Settlement. 

 

Shop the Studios in DUMBO ~ December 2

In partnership with the DUMBO X Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market, artists will open their studios to the public for an afternoon of One-of-a-kind gifts from Noon to 5:00pm.

 

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth, ‘Saul Leiter: Centennial’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ December 2

Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1958; Chromogenicprint; printed later. Image size: 19 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches; Paper size: 20 x 16 inches. All images: © Saul Leiter Foundation, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, an exhibition showcasing the diverse range of Saul Leiter’s career will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from December 2, 2023, through February 10, 2024. Saul Leiter: Centennial will feature more than 40 photographs, paintings, and painted photographs, many which have never been on public view in the U.S. The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Saul Leiter Foundation, will coincide with a new book, Saul Leiter: The Centennial Retrospective, to be published by Thames & Hudson in November. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

Fifth Avenue Holiday Open Streets ~ December 3

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10, and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM.

 

Adrienne Ottenberg, On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women….and One Scoundrel at Museum at Eldridge Street ~ December 3

Adrienne Ottenberg exhibition of 28 Remarkable Women and One Scoundrel at the Eldridge Street Museum. Photo credit: Roberta Fineberg.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present a new exhibition, On the Lower East Side: 28 Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel. The exhibition features 29 different women who lived or worked on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Their mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenberg incorporate maps of the Lower East Side neighborhood and are printed on silk or cotton banners that will be hung throughout the Museum’s gallery and historic sanctuary. Stories about the women highlight the work, life, and impact they made culturally, on social justice movements, and more. The exhibition will be on view December 3, 2023 through May 5, 2024.

 

41st Annual Wreath Interpretations at Arsenal Gallery in Central Park ~ December 5

Artist, Naomi Lawrence. NYC Parks 2023 WreathInterpretations at Arsenal Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

A holiday tradition since 1982, NYC Parks welcomes the holiday season with Wreath Interpretations at the Arsenal Gallery. Now in its 41st year, this year’s exhibition features more than 30 imaginative, whimsical wreaths handcrafted by Parks employees, artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages.

 

The Annual Menorah Lighting on 59th Street ~ December 7-14

Lighting of the Menorah, NYC

Witness the lighting of the world’s largest Hanukkah menorahs at sundown during the Jewish festival of lights. Both Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn and Grand Army Plaza in Midtown compete for that title with their 32-foot-high, 4,000-pound steel menorahs. In both locations, lightings take place at different times throughout the week, so check the website. In Brooklyn, lightings are accompanied by live music, hot latkes and gifts for children.

 

DUMBO First Thursday ~ December 7

DUMBO. Janet Borden Gallery. Photo credit: Giles Ashford

On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, gallery openings, artist talks, and live performance. Visitors enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as they walk along the waterfront from one gallery to the next and can enjoy local drink specials at DUMBO stalwart Superfine. Free and open to the public.

 

Art Student Leagues Annual Art Sale ~ December 7-23

Image courtesy Art Students League

The Ar­t Students League of New York is pleased to announce the 2023 edition of its highly anticipated Annual Art Sale, running from December 7–23, 2023 at the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery at 215 West 57th Street. The exhibition and sale features works by League artists and provides art lovers the opportunity to begin or grow your personal collection and to shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for friends and loved ones.

The League’s Annual Art Sale is free and open to the public with new work added each day—featuring more than 300 original works of art including paintings, prints, and sculptures on a rotating display. Prices start at $50 and will not exceed $1,500. All purchases directly support emerging artists and help the League continue to offer accessible, affordable, high-quality arts education and instruction.

 

‘Simpson Kalisher: New York Street Photography’ at Keith de Lellis Gallery ~ December 7

Simpson Kalisher (American, 1926-2023), Untitled, c. 1959, Vintage gelatin silver print. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery.

Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition of work by American photojournalist and street photographer Simpson Kalisher (July 1926 ~ June, 2023) on December 7th.

 

Whitney Museum Three-Day Festival Celebrating Artist Harry Smith ~ December 8-10

Photographer unknown, Harry Smith at Naropa Institute, Boulder, CO, 1990. Gelatin silver print, 10 × 8 in. (25.4 × 20.3 cm). Harry Smith Papers, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; gift of the Harry Smith Archives. Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Whitney Museum of American Art invites visitors of all ages to discover and celebrate artist Harry Smith’s eclectic life and creative pursuits in a three-day festival on Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 10. My Harry features talks, screenings, artmaking workshops, performances, and listening sessions that explore Smith’s interests in the spiritual and occult, eccentric collections, folk music, and more.

 

Free Fun Family Photo Walk Through TriBeCa ~ December 9

Join American Photographic Artists New York’s interim co-chair Paul Ip (@thepicreative) and member Robert Ripps (@robertripps) for a fun and informative photo walk around Tribeca. This photo walk will teach you how to make better photos regardless if you have a camera or a smartphone. You’ll learn photography fundamentals like composition, utilizing light and shadow, and how to think creatively as we photograph people, places, and things around Tribeca. This event is part of APA-NY’s 2nd Annual Soho Week, juried photography exhibit at Soho Photo Gallery

 

Harlem Holiday Night Market ~ December 9

Harlem Holiday Night Market. Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central.

This year’s market returns for the first three Saturdays in December (2nd, 9th and 16th) with a curated selection of vendors on multiple blocks of the La Marqueta Public Market, located under the Park Avenue Viaduct from 116th to 111th streets. This year’s event will include more than 50 Uptown-based entrepreneurs per evening, offering foods and gifts that represent the best of Harlem, the Bronx & El Barrio. 

 

Fifth Avenue Holiday Open Streets ~ December 10

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10, and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM.

 

NYC Annual TubaChristmas ~ December 10

Image courtesy TubaChristmas on Facebook

Celebrating the 50th TubaChristmas, this annual event will take place on the Plaza at Rockefeller Center.

 

Bruce Munro’s ‘Field of Light’ at Freedom Plaza ~ December 15

Conceptual rendering of Field of Light at Freedom Plaza. Credit The Soloviev Foundation.

Field of Light at Freedom Plaza will span more than six-acres from 38th to 41st Street east of First Avenue and will feature an array of 17,000 lowlight, fiber-optic stemmed spheres. Guests will be fully immersed in the installation as they are invited to walk the winding path through the ethereal painted landscape framed by the city’s iconic skyline and the East River waterfront.

 

Climb to the Top of Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower with Urban Park Rangers ~ December 16

Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park

On Saturday, December 16th from 1-3pm, climb to the top of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower with Urban Park Rangers.

 

Harlem Holiday Night Market ~ December 16

Image courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 This year’s market returns for the first three Saturdays in December (2nd, 9th and 16th) with a curated selection of vendors on multiple blocks of the La Marqueta Public Market, located under the Park Avenue Viaduct from 116th to 111th streets. This year’s event will include more than 50 Uptown-based entrepreneurs per evening, offering foods and gifts that represent the best of Harlem, the Bronx & El Barrio. 

 

Fifth Avenue Holiday Open Streets ~ 17

Dior’s Carousel of Dreams on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10, and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM.

 

Still on View:

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Incarceration at The Schomburg Center on view through December 4, 2023

Marking Time. Ronnie Goodman, Courtesy of William James Association.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the current destination for the acclaimed exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood ~ previously on view at MoMA PS1 in 2020.

Documenting the work of more than 30 artists, including people in prisons, formerly incarcerated artists, and work by non-incarcerated artists concerned with state repression, the exhibition will be on view throughout the historic research library. Marking Time will be on view through December 4, 2023, with all three galleries on view, an artist talk, and a performance.

 

Don Eddy: Higher at Nancy Hoffman Gallery on view through December 9, 2023

Don Eddy, Sea Side Swing, 2022, acrylic on panel, 33 x 16 inches. Image courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

Nancy Hoffman Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of new work by Don Eddy. In this exhibition, more than 20 new paintings from 2020-2023 are presented, ranging in scale from 59 x 44 inches to 9 x 12 inches. This new body of work was made during and directly after COVID-19 lockdown in New York City. Eddy explains, “The streets were empty, there was nobody out, and in an interesting way, this became my city in a way it never had been before. I would take epic walks, and subway rides—I would just get off and start walking—and it had a profound effect on me. When the first wave of COVID started lifting, just as spring was arriving, it felt like a rebirth for myself and the city.”

 

‘What Models Make Worlds: Critical Imaginaries of AI’ at Ford Foundation Gallery on view to December 9, 2023

Morehshin Allahyari, ماه طلعت / Moon-Faced (detail), 2022, monitor, mirror frame, video. Courtesy of the artist.

In computer science, algorithmic models are used to forecast and visualize prospective futures. Beyond recent large language models (ChatGPT) and image generators (DALL-E, Midjourney), modeling is also used in predictive policing, judicial risk assessment, automated hiring, and elsewhere. These models structure our present, projecting worlds marked by radically asymmetrical power distributions. Invoking the various meanings of “modeling,” the exhibition assembles the work of artists who map the limits of our current algorithmic imaginaries and move beyond them in acts of critical world building.

 

Paul G. Oxborough: Recent Works at Cavalier Galleries on view to December 9, 2023

Paul G. Oxborough, Old King Cole. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Cavalier Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the paintings of Paul G. Oxborough, on view in our West 24th Street gallery from November 2 through December 9, 2023. The exhibition consists of new works by the artist including many of his signature bar and restaurant scenes and marks the publication of a new monograph that surveys highlights of Oxborough’s career to date.

 

Craig Kucia: machines to solve unsolvable proglems at SHRINE Gallery on view to December 9, 2023

Craig Kucia, a machinę for social anxiety, 2023, oil on linen, 90 x 76 in. Image courtesy SHRINE.

By nature we’re presented with a never-ending stream of problems and tasks to solve. Somehow, each question and hurdle we successfully manage jauntily slides into the next decision to be made. It’s an infinite chain reaction that likely keeps us sharp, and it inherently becomes intuitive over time– What do I want for breakfast? What time is it?

 

Carole Feuerman: Sea Idylls on Park Avenue on view to December 10, 2023

Carole A. Feuerman, Justice

Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) have made a big splash with its second art installation along the Park Avenue divide from 34th Street to 38th Street in Murray Hill. Carole A. Feuerman: Sea Idylls ~ a Monumental Exhibition of nine sculptures will be on view to December 10, 2023. Artist Carole A. Feuerman and Galeries Bartoux will hold a formal unveiling/ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 27th at 4pm at 38th Street and Park Avenue.

In addition, Carole Feuerman: Sea Idylls, a solo exhibition is on view at Galleries Bartoux, 104 Central Park South, NYC.

 

My Neighbors Garden by Sheila Pepe in Madison Square Park on view through December 10, 2023

Sheila Pepe: My Neighbor’s Garden unveiled in Madison Square Park

Convening groups of novice and advanced crocheters, artist Sheila Pepe will create her first outdoor exhibition commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and opening on June 26. In My Neighbor’s Garden, Pepe upends a traditional American nineteenth-century urban park layout with a twenty-first century temporary installation that brings color, unexpected materials, and optimism outdoors. Pepe, a feminist and queer artist whose elaborate web-like structures summon and critique conventional women’s craft practice, uses crochet to transform contemporary sculpture.

 

Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s at The Met on view to December 10, 2023

Image: Elizabeth Olds (American, 1896–1991). Miner Joe, 1942. Screenprint. 16 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (41.9 x 31.1 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Accession, transferred from the Lending Library Collection (64.500.1) © The Estate of Elizabeth Olds

The 1930s was a decade of political and social upheaval in the United States, and the art and visual culture of the time reflected the unsettled environment. Americans searched for their cultural identity during the Great Depression, a period marked by divisive politics, threats to democracy, and intensified social activism, including a powerful labor movement. Featuring more than 100 works from The Met collection and several lenders, Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s explores how artists expressed political messages and ideologies through a range of media, from paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs to film, dance, decorative arts, fashion, and ephemera. Highlights include paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis; prints by Elizabeth Olds, Dox Thrash, and Riva Helfond; photographs by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange; footage of Martha Graham’s dance Frontier; and more.

 

Paul Insect: Seeyou at Allouche Gallery on view to December 10, 2023

Paul Insect, False as Dreams. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery.

Allouche Gallery will open its doors to ‘Seeyou’, an an upcoming solo exhibition featuring a new collection of works by Paul Insect.

Hailing from south-eastern England, Paul Insect’s distinct artistic style is a mesmerizing interplay of revelation and obscurity, urging viewers to contemplate their subjectivity in a society marked by a constant stream of information. A true mixed media artist, Insect works with screen prints, wood panels, linen, canvas, video, found objects and more. In “Seeyou,” Insect cleverly includes a collection of painted wall fragments, hinting at his street art roots where walls are the most accessible canvases.

 

Dana Schutz: Jupiter’s Lottery at David Zwirner on view to December 16, 2023

Image: Dana Schutz, The Island, 2023. © Dana Schutz.

David Zwirner is pleased to present new large-scale paintings and sculptures by Dana Schutz at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in New York. This will be Schutz’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and will coincide with a major survey of the artist’s work, on view from October 2023 to February 2024, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, where it traveled from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.

 

Yinka ShonibareCBE, Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction at James Cohan on view through December 22, 2023

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE, Abstract Spiritual V, 2023, Patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and Dutch wax printed cotton textile quiltwork, 98 3/8 x 66 7/8 in., 250 x 170 cm. Image courtesy James Cohn.

James Cohan is pleased to present Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction, a solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA featuring new hand-painted bronze sculptures, quilt works, and the premiere of the artist’s first tapestry. The exhibition will be on view from October 26 through December 22 at the gallery’s 48 Walker Street location. This is Shonibare’s eighth solo exhibition with James Cohan

 

Deborah Roberts: What about us? at Stephen Friedman Gallery NYC on view to December 22, 2023

Artist, Deborah Roberts. Image courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new gallery in Tribeca, New York with ‘What about us?’, a solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Deborah Roberts. This is Roberts’ third exhibition with the gallery and her first in New York in over five years.

 

Yinka Shonibare CBE, Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction at James Cohan on view through December 22, 2024

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE, Abstract Bronze I, 2023, Bronze sculpture, hand-painted with Dutch wax pattern, 78 3/4 x 57 3/4 x 49 3/4 in., 200 x 146.8 x 126.4 cm

James Cohan is pleased to present Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction, a solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA featuring new hand-painted bronze sculptures, quilt works, and the premiere of the artist’s first tapestry. The exhibition will be on view from October 26 through December 22 at the gallery’s 48 Walker Street location. This is Shonibare’s eighth solo exhibition with James Cohan.

 

Karon Davis: Beauty Must Suffer at Salon 94 on view to December 23, 2023

Karon Davis, Beauty Must Suffer Installation View. Image courtesy: Photo by Elisabeth Bernstein. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.

Karon Davis: Beauty Must Suffer, an exquisite exhibition tracing the life and labor of Black dancers, from the first encounter with the barre to the final bow.  The exhibition will be on view to December 23, 2023, coinciding with The High Line commission, Curtain Call, on view at 23rd Street.

 

Barbara Chase-Riboud. The Three Josephine’s at Hauser & Wirth Wooster Street on view to December 23, 2023

Portrait of Barbara Chase-Riboud at the opening of her exhibition, Hauser Wirth in Soho, New York City. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Hauser & Wirth is honored to inaugurate its new space on Wooster Street in New York City’s historic SoHo-Cast Iron District with ‘The Three Josephines,’ an exhibition of exceptional new and recent works by celebrated Paris-based American artist, novelist and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939, Philadelphia). Internationally admired as one of the most visionary and innovative creators of her generation, Chase-Riboud will present sculptures and works on paper in her first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth since her representation by the gallery was announced earlier this year.

 

Louise Bourgeois. Once there was a mother at Hauser & Wirth Editions on view to December 23, 2023

From L-R: Louise Bourgeois, the Passage, 2007. Digital print on fabric with fabric collage Unique variant. 129.5 x 96.5 x 5.1 cm/51 x 38 x 2 in. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Christopher Burke.
Louise Bourgeois, The Fragile, 2007. Digital prints on fabric, some with dye additions, suite of 36 Ed. 7/7 + 3 APs. Each: 29.2 x 24.1 cm/11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. © The Easton Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Sarah Muehlbauer.

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce that the gallery will inaugurate its new dedicated space for Hauser & Wirth Editions with ‘Once there was a mother,’ a solo presentation of important and little-seen works by Louise Bourgeois (1911– 2010). Celebrated for large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also an inventive and prolific printmaker, especially during the last decade of her life. Centered around one of her most powerful themes––motherhood and maternity––the exhibition places Bourgeois’s printed works in relation to sculptures and drawings to highlight the essential role printmaking played within her multifaceted practice. It is the first show to focus on Bourgeois’s prints since the 2017-18 MoMA exhibition, ‘Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait,’ curated by Deborah Wye, who is also the editor of the online catalogue raisonné of Bourgeois’s prints and books.

 

Vulnerable Landscapes at Staten Island Museum on view to December 30, 2023

Vulnerable Landscapes at Staten Island Museum

Vulnerable Landscapes, now on view at the Staten Island Museum, is an interdisciplinary exhibition that centers the shorelines at the forefront of climate change in one of New York City’s most vulnerable landscapes: Staten Island.

The exhibition, which opened on Earth Day, explores Staten Island’s unique challenges due to its geography and history, with industry and community concentrated where water meets ground. Vulnerable Landscapes circumnavigates Staten Island illuminating the past to shed light on the future.

 

Sebastian Mederos: Looking Up at Cheryl Hazan Gallery on view through December 31, 2023

Sebastian Mederos Untitled, 2023 Looking Up Pencil on paper 70 x 49 in (177.8 x 124.5 cm) SM-014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

In Looking Up, we are embraced by the density of acrylic. As an ode to the wild, Uruguayan trees and forests explode and drip on the canvas. The forms appear surpassed and cannot retain the forces of nature. Viewed from below, as reverencing the magnificence of the unknown, these paintings evoke the trees that served as a sacred refuge upon Sebastian’s return to Uruguay after living in New York for 10 years.

 

The Met’s Great Hall will Display Ancient Maya Stone Monuments from Republic of Guatemala until 2024

Portrait of a queen regent trampling a captive (Stela 24) Estela 24 de Naranjo-Sa’al, Petén, Guatemala MUNAE 15213 Registro 1.1.1.11100 Cortesía Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de Guatemala © Archivo Digital MUNAE

The two massive stelae—both significant long-term loans from the Republic of Guatemala—feature life-sized representations of influential Indigenous American rulers: a king, K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II (ca. A.D. 664–729), and queen, Ix Wak Jalam Chan (Lady Six Sky) (ca. A.D. 670s–741), one of the most powerful women known by name from the ancient Americas. The installation heralds the upcoming exhibition Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art, which is scheduled to open in fall 2022 and will highlight Maya visual narratives featuring a cast of gods: sacred beings that are personified elements of the cosmos, nature, and agriculture. The Great Hall display is also the first in a series of special exhibitions and installations that will present art of the ancient Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania throughout The Met’s galleries while the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing is closed for a renovation project that will reenvision these collections for a new generation of visitors.

 

Ruth Asawa Through Line at The Whitney on view to January, 2024

Ruth Asawa, Untitled (BMC.59, Meander – Straight Lines), c. 1948. Ink on paper, 7 7/8 × 13 1/2 in. (20 × 34.3 cm). Private collection. Artwork © 2023 Ruth Asawa Lanier, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy David Zwirner

Ruth Asawa Through Line, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on September 16, 2023, spotlights the work of groundbreaking artist Ruth Asawa (1926–2013). Known broadly for her rhythmic looped-wire sculptures, Asawa dedicated herself to daily drawing exercises, which served as the connective tissue―or through line―of her creative process and fueled her commitment to art. Through drawing, Asawa explored her surroundings and turned everyday encounters into moments of profound beauty, endowing ordinary objects with new aesthetic possibilities.

 

Costas Picadas: Universe/Metaverse at Donopoulos International Fine Arts on view to January 3, 2024

Costas Picadas: Blossoming Anatomy-Brain, 2023. Edition 1/7, after 3D sculpture, 40 x 60 inches. Image courtesy Donopoulos International Fine Arts.

Donopoulos International Fine Arts inaugurates their new New York Gallery on November 15 with Costas Picadas: Universe / Metaverse. The exhibition is curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on November 15 from 6-8 pm.

 

Jenna Gribbon: The Honeymoon Show! at Lévy Gorvy Dayan on view January 6, 2024

Portrait of Jenna Gribbon at Lévy Gorvy Dayan. Image credit: Roberta Fineberg

Lévy Gorvy Dayan is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with Brooklyn- based artist Jenna Gribbon, opening Thursday, November 9, 2023. The Honeymoon Show!—presented in collaboration with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn—is a dual examination of intimacy and subjecthood represented through portraits of the artist’s wife, Mackenzie Scott. The exhibition is portrayed in two acts—with scenes from the couple’s honeymoon in Thailand juxtaposed against theatrically posed portraits of Scott, a musician who performs under the name Torres.

 

Andrew Moore: Whiskey Point and Other Tales at Yancey Richardson on view to January 6, 2024

Jill’s Keep, Rhinebeck, 2021, Chromogenic print, 50 x 60 inches. Image courtesy Yancey Richardson.

New work by acclaimed photographer Andrew Moore will be on view at Yancey Richardson from November 16, 2023, through January 6, 2024. The exhibition, Whiskey Point and Other Tales, delves into the dazzling scenes and moody vistas of the storied Hudson Valley of New York. Through his vividly colored, large-scale photographs, Andrew Moore is known for investigating the intersections of historical moments in the U.S. and abroad, documenting the natural and built landscapes in places such Detroit, the American South, the Great Plains, New York City, Cuba, and Bosnia. Whiskey Point refers to a strip of land that juts out into the Hudson River in Ulster County where the surrounding soil was once cleared for brick production. Today it is part of a new park named after African American abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth who was born a slave in Ulster County in 1797.

 

Manet/Degas at The Met Fifth Avenue on view to January 7, 2024

Image: Left: Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Plum Brandy , ca. 1877. Oil on canvas, 29 x 19 3/4 in. (73.6 x 50.2 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (1971.85.1). Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; right: Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). In a Café (The Absinthe Drinker) , 1875–76. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 × 26 15/16 in. (92 × 68.5 cm). Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © Musée d’Orsay Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt. Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manet/Degas examines one of the most significant artistic dialogues in the genesis of modern art. Born only two years apart, Édouard Manet (1832–1883) and Edgar Degas (1834–1917) were friends, rivals, and, at times, antagonists whose work shaped the development of modernist painting in France. By examining the ways in which their careers intersected and presenting their work side by side, this exhibition investigates how their artistic objectives and approaches both overlapped and diverged.

 

Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick will be on view to January 7, 2024

Barkley L. Hendricks, Lawdy Mama, 1969. Oil and gold leaf on canvas. 53 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (136.5 x 92.1 cm). The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; gift of Stuart Liebman, in memory of Joseph B. Liebman. Artwork: © Barkley L. Hendricks, courtesy of the Estate of Barkley L. Hendricks and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick, which will display paintings drawn from both public and private collections, is organized by the Frick’s Curator Aimee Ng and Consulting Curator Antwaunn Sargent. The accompanying catalogue is authored by Ng and Sargent,, with a foreword by Thelma Golden and contributions by Adams, Thomas, and Wiley, along with Hilton Als, Nick Cave, Awol Erizku, Rashid Johnson,, and Fahamu Pekoe. The Frick will present a roster of educational programs to complement the show.

 

Only the Young: Experimental Art in Korea, 1960s-1970s at The Guggenheim Museum on view to January 7, 2024

Jung Kanji, Kiss Me, 1967/2001. Mixed media, 47 1/4 x 78 3/4 x 9 11/16 in. (120 x 200 x 50 cm). ARARIO collection. © Jung Kangia/ARARIO Collection, courtesy Jung Kanji Estate and ARARIO Gallery. Photo: Hang Junho (image Zoom).

This historic presentation will examine artistic production from an era of remarkable transformation in South Korea, when young artists who came of age in the decades immediately following the Korean War reflected and responded to the changing socioeconomic, political, and material conditions that accompanied the nation’s rapid urbanization and modernization. The exhibition will center on a network of key artists, including Ha Chong-Hyun, Kim Kulim, Jung Kangja, Lee Seung-taek, Lee Kang-so, Lee Kun-Yong, and Sung Neung Kyung, who, in addition to creating boundary-pushing works of art, pursued exhibitions, performances, publications, and public seminars, often under the rubric of self-organized collectives. Porous in nature, groups such as the Korean Avant Garde Association, Space and Time, and the Fourth Group, as well as nationwide exhibition platforms such as the Daegu Contemporary Art Festival and international biennials, provided fertile grounds for innovative – and often provocative – practices that broke definitively with those of their predecessors. While the artists never formally announced a movement, the term “Experimental art” was first historicized in a landmark publication by Gim Mi-gyeong based on her doctoral dissertation Experimental Art and Society in 1960s and 1970s Korea(2000), which has since propelled a reexamination of this influential but understudied group of artists.

 

Pipilotti Rist: Prickling Goosebumps & A Humming Horizon at Luhring Augustine on view to January 13, 2024

Het Leven Verspillen Asan Jou , 2021, permanent video installation, Het Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, rotterdam. Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode. Pipilotti Rist © Pipilotti Rist/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine.

On November 9th, self-described ‘wild and friendly’ Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist will present a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in ‘Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon,’ a major two- part exhibition opening in Chelsea. The exhibition, which will take place simultaneously at Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location and Luhring Augustine’s 24th Street location, has been conceived by the artist as a multisensory experience for visitors. In these complementary presentations, Rist will explore interior and exterior—internal and external physical and psychological spaces—with Luhring Augustine reimagined as an expansive, shared ‘backyard’ and Hauser & Wirth transformed into a whimsical ‘collective living room.’

 

Trey Abdella: Under the Skin at Vito Schnabel Gallery on view to January 13, 2024

Trey Abdella, Live Laugh Love (2023); acrylic, foam, epoxy clay, foam clay, aqua resin, hinges, and magnetic latches on wood; 100 1/8 x 81 7/8 x 20 1/4 inches (254.3 x 208 x 51.4 cm); © Trey Abdella; Photo by Shark Senesac; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present Trey Abdella: Under the Skin, the gallery’s debut exhibition with the Virginia-born, New York-based artist.

On view from November 9, 2023, through January 13, 2024, Under the Skinis part of a two-venue presentation, coinciding with the debut of a major installation by the artist at David Lewis Gallery in New York.

 

Anj Smith. Drifting Habitations at Hauser & Wirth will e on view to January 13, 2024

‘But Tell it Slant’ (2023); Oil on linen; 77 x 112 cm/30 3/8 x 44 1/8 in. Anj Smith © Anj Smith, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Beginning this November, British artist Anj Smith will debut work from her latest series of paintings in ‘Drifting Habitations,’ her first New York solo exhibition in nearly a decade. Known for intimate, intricately rendered canvases that explore themes of identity, eroticism, anxiety and ecology, Smith’s new work takes on a larger scale to explore notions of atopia, a concept beautifully elucidated by Roland Barthes as ‘drifting habitations,’ through subverting the genre of the female nude. Set within ecologically devastated landscapes, Smith’s gorgeous but unsettling canvases challenge the notion of fixed locations and invite us to consider the fluidity of our experiences and perceptions of the world. Delving into the complex relationship between self and space, Smith’s luminous works question the very nature of our connections to the environments we inhabit.

 

We Speak in Rivers, a Solo Exhibition by artist Stan Squirewell at Claire Oliver Gallery on view to January 13, 2024

Stan Squirewell, Easter Monday Mum’s and Dandelions, 2022, Mixed media collage, paint, and hand carved Shou Sugi. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery proudly announces We Speak in Rivers, a solo exhibition created by artist Stan Squirewell featuring 15 large-scale multi-media artworks. With a focus on chronicling histories often overlooked, Squirewell uses documentary photographs from the 1900s that feature Black and mixed race people as a starting point to create richly layered identities and fleshed out characters, honoring and lifting up the anonymous original figures.

 

The House Edge at The 8th Floor on view through January 13, 2024

Jim Denomie, The Posse, 1995. Oil on canvas, 36×48 in. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Bockley Gallery.

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to present The House Edge, curated by Caitlin Chaisson. The exhibition features the work of sixteen artists who consider the economic dimensions of Indigenous sovereignty. Though capitalism seeks to define relations between subjects and places, the artists demonstrate how notions of land ownership, property, and consumerism are contested and rewritten through diverse Indigenous practices. Showcasing drawing, painting, print, sculpture, video, and photography, with many works exhibited publicly for the first time, The House Edge will take place at The 8th Floor and run from September 28, 2023 through January 13, 2024. Featured artists include David Bradley, Jim Denomie, Joe Feddersen, Harry Fonseca, G. Peter Jemison, Chaz John, Matthew Kirk, Terran Last Gun, Rachel Martin, Kimowan Metchewais, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Duane Slick, Bently Spang, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, and Nico Williams.

 

Tracey Emin: Lovers Grave at White Cube New York on view to January 13, 2024

Tracey Emin at White Cube NYC ‘Lovers Grave’. November 2, 2023.  Photo credit: ©Roberta Fineberg

The concept of ‘Lovers Grave’ originates from images of archaeological burial sites, where human remains have been excavated and found to be clutching one another, seemingly locked in an eternal loving embrace. The notion of everlasting devotion between two people, even into the afterlife, fascinates Emin, who considers the quest for such depth of love to be one of the fundamental elements of life.

 

Retinal Hysteria, Curated by Robert Storr at Venus Over Manhattan on view to January 13, 2024

Jim Shaw, Large Trump Chaos II, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery, and Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Featuring works by more than forty artists, Retinal Hysteriadraws its inspiration from Eye Infection, the landmark 2001–2002 exhibition presented to critical acclaim by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Curated by Jan Christiaan Braun, Eye Infection achieved enduring international impact — and influence that continues today — via Storr’s accompanying catalogue essay, a tour de force that captured and advanced the maverick sensibility shared by the exhibition’s five artists: a small cadre of Americans united by their interest in the unsightly aspects of contemporary life, a challenge to establishment and avant-garde standards, a flair for blending meticulous facture with audacious vulgarity, and a distinct linguistic style frequently misread as mere jest or anti-intellectualism.

 

Yuichiro Ukai at Venus Over Manhattan on view through January 13, 2024

Untitled (No. 62), 2023. Colored pencil, marker and ink on cardboard; 29 x 32 1/2 in (73.7 x 82.5 cm). All images of works by Yuichiro Ukai, courtesy the artist, Yukiko Koide Presents, Kyoto, and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Yuichiro Ukai is a celebrated self-taught artist, who lives and works in the Shiga prefecture of Japan. Following his graduation from high school in 2014, Ukai became a member of the distinguished Atelier Yamanami. Yamanami functions as a live-work facility that offers employment, training, and arts enrichment programs for individuals with neurodiversity or disabilities. Yamanami has provided the ideal environment and support required for Ukai’s art practice to flourish.

 

Craft Front & Center at Museum of Arts and Design on view through January 14, 2024

Image (from left to right): Ruth Clement Bond (designer) and Rose Marie Thomas (maker), Tennessee Valley Authority Appliqué Quilt Design of Man with Crane, 1934; Sarah Zapata, A little domestic waste IV, 2017; Eleanor Lakelin, Column Vessel I (from “Echoes of Amphora” series), 2022.

An ongoing exhibition of the Museum’s growing permanent collection of over 3,500 objects, Craft Front & Center features a fresh installation of more than 60 historic works and new acquisitions dating from the golden age of the American Craft movement to the present day. Organized into themes of material transformation, dismantling heirarchies, contemplation, identity, and sustainability, the exhibition illuminates how the expansive field of craft has broadened definitions of art.

 

Death is Not the End at The Rubin Museum of Art on view to January 14, 2024

Unknown European artist; A Woman Divided into Two, Representing Life and Death; 1790–1820; oil painting; 16 5/16 × 14 in. (41.5 x 35.5 cm); Wellcome Collection, London; 45063i

The Rubin Museum of Art is pleased to present “Death Is Not the End,” a new exhibition opening March 17 that explores notions of death and the afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. Featuring prints, oil paintings, bone ornaments, thangka paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual objects, “Death Is Not the End” invites contemplation on the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist.

 

Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn at The Met Fifth Avenue on view to January 14, 2024

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) Still Life on a Piano, 1911-1912, Oil and charcoal on canvas. 19 11/16 x 51 3/16 in. (50 x 130 cm). Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Museum Berggruen. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Met will open Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn, the first exhibition dedicated to a captivating, but lesser-known chapter in the Cubist period of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). In 1910, while making radical formal experiments with the human figure that brought him to the brink of abstraction, the artist embarked on a decorative commission for the Brooklyn residence of artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field(1873–1922). While the commission ultimately went unrealized, it served as a catalyst for Picasso’s exploration of Cubism, as he worked, abandoned, and reworked the panels in various studios in France. This focused exhibition will bring together for the first time six paintings linked to the commission—a group of figure and still life compositions—along with related works and archival material. It provides a unique opportunity to view these canvases together in the same gallery and to consider them in relation to the architectural space for which they were originally intended.

 

In Common: New Approaches with roamer Bearden at Parsons School of Design on view through January 15, 2024

Romare Bearden, Baptism, 1976 screen print.

The exhibition In Common: New Approaches With Romare Bearden highlights Romare Bearden’s work as an artist, educator, scholar, songwriter, and social activist. Drawing from the Romare Bearden Foundation collection and other private collections, the exhibition presents a selection of works demonstrating Bearden’s keen exploration of race and racial stereotypes, often taking inspiration from history, literature, the Bible, jazz, and African-American communities. His work is complemented by six leading and emerging contemporary artists—Black Quantum Futurism, Kahlil Robert Irving, Lorraine O’Grady, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, and Charisse Pearlina Weston—whose visions resonate with those of Bearden and contribute to a multigenerational dialogue on the political agency of art.

 

The New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Holiday Train Show on view through January 15, 2024

NYBG Holiday Train Show

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Watch model trains zip past nearly 200 famous New York landmarks in the warmth of the Conservatory…or head outsideto capture your perfect holiday photos at our all new outdoor mountainscape. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOWand discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season. On view beginning November 17th.

 

Melvin Smith & Rose Smith: Recollections of Rondo at Fort Gansevoort on view to January 20, 2024

Melvin Smith, Rondo in Pale Moonlight, 2013. Paper collage and paint on wood; 42.25 x 42.5 inches. © Melvin Smith. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort, New York.

Now both in their 80s, Rose and Melvin have focused for three decades on a unique shared artistic mission to recall that lost enclave, which was the center of Black life in St. Paul and home to a number of individuals, among them Major League baseball great Dave Winfield and artist Gordon Parks, who would achieve national and international renown in their fields. Rose spent most of her youth in Rondo, while Melvin was a resident between 1963 and 1968—the neighborhood’s final years. With the construction of Interstate 94 between 1956 and 1968, the Smiths witnessed first-hand the systematic leveling of their community and its culture—the process of so-called “urban renewal” that James Baldwin dubbed “Negro Removal.”

 

Dana Schutz: Jupiter’s Lottery at David Zwirner on view to December 16, 2023

Image: Dana Schutz, The Island, 2023. © Dana Schutz.

David Zwirner is pleased to present new large-scale paintings and sculptures by Dana Schutz at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in New York. This will be Schutz’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and will coincide with a major survey of the artist’s work, on view from October 2023 to February 2024, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, where it traveled from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.

 

Robert Ryman: 1961-1964 at David Zwirner on view to February 3, 2024

Image: Robert Ryman, Untitled, c. 1961. © 2023 Robert Ryman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Private Collection.

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of early paintings by Robert Ryman (1930–2019) at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Curated by Dieter Schwarz and organized in collaboration with the artist’s family, the exhibition will focus on the years 1961–1964. Composed primarily of significant loans from museums and private collections in the United States and Europe, this will be one of the most extensive looks at this formative moment in Ryman’s career.

 

Shary Boyle: Outside The Palace of Me at Museum of Arts and Design on view to February 25, 2024

Shary Boyle, White Elephant, 2021, Aluminum, foam, textiles, porcelain, motor. Courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown Gallery. Photo credit: John Jones.

On view from September 23, 2023–February 25, 2024, Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me explores the forces that create our inner and outer selves, both individual and collective. The multisensory solo exhibition of new works by the artist includes exquisitely sculpted ceramics, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, a coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive soundtrack. To help realize her creative vision for the exhibition, Boyle enlisted a team of collaborators, including a scenic designer, costume artist, robotics engineer, amusement park innovator, and acrylic nail artist. Each work in the exhibition is a testament to slow, skilled, passionate handcraft.

 

Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) at David Zwirner on view through January 27, 2024

Image: Ad Reinhardt, Untitled, c. 1940.© Anna Reinhardt/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2023.

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of work from the 1940s by Ad Reinhardt (1913–1967) at the gallery’s East 69th Street location in New York. Organized in collaboration with the Ad Reinhardt Foundation, this will be the third solo exhibition of Reinhardt’s work at David Zwirner, following major presentations of his black paintings in 2013 and his blue paintings in 2017.

 

RETROaction at Hauser & Wirth on view to January 27, 2024

Installation view, ‘The Whitney Biennial’, The Whitney Museum, New York, NY, 1993 © Ida Applebroog, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of these landmark shows, Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘RETROaction,’ a two-venue project that will begin at its Upper East Side location in 2023 and continue at its Downtown Los Angeles gallery in 2024. Many of the artists who participated in the seminal exhibitions that inspired ‘RETROaction’ are today recognized as having established the terms of critical cultural debates in the early 1990s. Eight of these artists also now work with Hauser & Wirth.

 

Inheritance at The Whitney Museum of American Art on view through February 2024

Sophie Rivera, I am U, 1995. Gelatin silver print, 38 5/8 × 38 9/16 in. (98.1 × 97.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of the artist 2019.390. © Estate of Dr. Martin Hurwitz

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents Inheritance, an exhibition of nearly sixty artworks by forty-three leading artists that traces the profound impact of legacy across familial, historical, and aesthetic lines. Featuring primarily new acquisitions and rarely-seen works from the collection, this diverse array of paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, and major time-based media installations from the last five decades asks us to consider what has been passed on and how it may shift, change, or live again.

 

Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera at Frick Madison on view to March 3, 2024

Frick Madison, Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera installation.

The Frick Collection has unveiled a large pastel mural commissioned from the Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980) at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. This site-specific work was created in response to Rosalba Carriera’s Portrait of a Man in Pilgrim’s Costume ~ one of two eighteenth-century pastels by Rosalba bequeathed to the Frick by Alexis Gregory in 2020. The installation features Rosalba’s superb portrait at the center of a three-wall mural designed by Party, as well as two new related works specially created by Party for this presentation.

 

Judy Chicago: Herstory at The New Museum on view through March 3, 2024

Judy Chicago, 2023 by Donald Woodman. Image courtesy New Museum.
Judy Chicago, 2023. © Donald Woodman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Donald Woodman

The New Museum presents “Judy Chicago: Herstory,” bringing together six decades of the artist’s work and including an exhibition-within- the-exhibition spotlighting women essential to the history of art and Chicago’s own practice. On view from October 12, 2023, through January 14, 2024, Chicago’s most comprehensive New York museum survey to date spans three floors of the New Museum, tracing the artist’s sixty- year career across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking. On the Museum’s Fourth Floor, a total installation featuring Chicago’s embroideries, sculptures, drawings, and carpet design contextualizes her practice by bringing together artworks and archival materials from more than eighty women artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Hilma af Klint, Hildegard of Bingen, Claude Cahun, Elizabeth Catlett, Simone de Beauvoir, Artemisia Gentileschi, Emma Goldman, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charlotte Salomon, Remedios Varo, and Virginia Woolf, among others.

 

Puppies Puppies: Nothing New at The New Museum on view through March 3, 2024

Image: Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo), Found image: “nude woman behind opaque glass”, 2023. Original photo by Erik Von Weber via Getty Images

The New Museum presents the first New York solo exhibition of conceptual and performance artist Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo (b. 1989, Dallas, Texas), widely known by the moniker Puppies Puppies. On view October 12, 2023, through January 14, 2024, “Nothing New” transforms the New Museum’s glass-walled Lobby Gallery into a mise-en-scène for Kuriki-Olivo’s daily life, with a portion of the space functioning as a duplicate of the artist’s actual bedroom. Using a fogging glass mechanism, Puppies Puppies will alternately obscure and reveal her activities in the gallery to visitors, foregrounding themes of visibility, representation, and cultural consumption.

 

Something Beautiful: Reframing La Collection at El Museo del Barrio on view to March 10, 2024

Myrna Báez, Noviembre 1976, 1976. Acrylic on canvas. Museo Purchase Fund and a matching Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (purchased on or prior to 1982). Collection of El Museo del Barrio.

El Museo del Barrio is proud to announce Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección, the Museum’s most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Organized by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator; Susanna V. Temkin, Curator; and Lee Sessions, Permanent Collection Associate Curator, the exhibition will present approximately 500 artworks, including new acquisitions and artist commissions, through rotating displays over the course of one year. Something Beautiful cuts across traditional chronological, geographic, and media-specific categories, reconsidering the Collection through new interdisciplinary approaches rooted in El Museo del Barrio’s foundational history and legacy. This forward-thinking model focuses on the contribution of Amerindian, African, and European cultures as the basis of visual production in the Americas and the Caribbean.  See list of participating artists.

 

Marta Minujin: Arte! Arte! Arte! at The Jewish Museum on view through March 31, 2024

Marta Minujin, Para hacer el amor inadvertidamente (For Making Love Inconspicuously), 2010,, acrylic,, tempera, and lacquer on mattress fabric with foam rubber, 94 x 135 x 30 in. (239 x 343 x 76 cm). The Speyer Family Collection, New York. © Marta Minujin, courtesy of Henrique Fair, New York and Herlitzka & Co., Buenos Aires.

Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte! will include nearly 100 works organized to reflect Minujín’s bold experimentation over six decades. The exhibition will chart Minujín’s influential career in Buenos Aires as well as time spent in Paris, New York, and Washington, DC, through a range of pioneering, mattress-based soft sculptures; fluorescent large-scale paintings; psychedelic drawings and performances; and vintage film footage. The artist’s ephemeral works – happenings, participatory installations, and monumental public art – will be presented through rarely-seen photographs, video, and other documentation.

 

Broadway: Now & Then on view through March 2024

Adrian Sas, Broadway: Now & Then. Installation view courtesy of the artist

“Broadway: Now & Then” is a captivating 4-foot-wide lenticular composition that seamlessly blends two distinct moments in history. As viewers pass by the installation, they will witness the enchanting transformation between a black and white image from 1910, loaned by the Museum of the City of New York, and the artist’s 2023 photograph of the very same location where the piece is installed. The flip between archival and contemporary images provides a unique perspective on the transformation of our city.

This site-specific installation displays alternating images of the intersection where it stands, at Broadway and W. 157th Street, in two distinct eras. Pedestrians trigger its lenticular, time-warp effect simply by walking by.

 

Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility at Guggenheim Museum on view through April 7, 2024

Sondra Perry, Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation, 2016. Digital color video, with sound, 9 min., 5 sec.; and bicycle workstation, 68 x 42 x 16 in. (172.7 x 106.7 x 40.6 cm). Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Gift of Jim Cahn and Jeremy Collatz, 2019. © Sondra Perry. Photo: Courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York

While focused on the social contexts of visibility, Going Darkalso argues that this “semi-visible” figuration as a genre is one of art historical significance, intervening upon discourses of modernism and the monochrome. The works in the show move fluidly between figuration and abstraction, thus blurring the lines in that staid binary frame. Recognizing that making art at the limits of the visible requires new materials, tools, and processes, many of the artists featured in Going Darkinventively manipulate color and light to obscure both social and optical perception, challenging the very biology of how we see.

 

The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian at The Met on view to May 28, 2024

Image: Nairy Baghramian (German, born Iran, 1971). Installation view of Scratching the Back: Drift (Tortillon orange), 2023, for The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Back, 2023. Cast and powder-coated aluminum, painted aluminum. Courtesy the artist, kurimanzutto, and Marian Goodman Gallery. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Bruce Schwarz

The Met unveiled four new sculptures by Nairy Baghramian (German citizen, born Iran 1971) for the Museum’s facade. This is the first public installation by the artist in New York City. Baghramian’s cast aluminum polychrome sculptures feature components that seem to have washed up like flotsam and jetsam in the voids of their respective niches. These abstract forms at the threshold of the Museum present a metaphor of the institution as a filter of historical fragments deemed representative or exemplary. The project’s title Scratching the Back—a distortion of the idiom “scratch the surface”—alludes to the need to move beyond superficially constructed cultural narratives. The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Back will be on view through May 28, 2024.

 

Ellsworth Kelly at Lever House on view through June, 2024

Ellsworth Kelly at Lever House. Image courtesy Brookfield Place

This year would have marked the 100th birthday of the artist Ellsworth Kelly. In celebration, Lever House unveiled indoor and outdoor sculpture work by Kelly as they unveiled their newly completed $100 million renovation. The sculptures will be on view for one year.

 

Fred Eversley: Parabolic Light at Doris C. Freedman Plaza on view to August 25, 2024

Fred Eversley “Parabolic Light”, 2023 Image credit © Fred Eversley. David Kordansky Gallery, New York. Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York, New York City, September 7, 2023-August 25, 2024, A 12-foot tall translucent and reflective magenta parabolic sculpture inhabits a park in a bustling city.

On September 7, 2023, Public Art Fund will unveil Fred Eversley’s mesmerizing 12-foot tall sculpture at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park. Eversley’s powerful new magenta-tinted cast polyurethane work, titled Parabolic Light, will offer visitors a captivating experience of perceiving the surrounding environment, others, and themselves through the artist’s “lens”. Simultaneously reflective and transparent, the luminescent parabolic form—a tapered cylinder—will serve as a focal point of serenity, transcendence, and the exploration of new dimensions and perspectives. The exhibition reflects Public Art Fund’s ongoing commitment to creating public exhibition opportunities for advanced career artists and artists of color, particularly those who may not have received widespread recognition earlier in their careers. Eversley’s presentation represents not only his first public sculpture in New York, but also the first outdoor placement of the artist’s large-scale polyurethane resin works.

 

Works in Public Summer 2023 in Riverside Park ~ July 2024

The Art Students League unveils ‘Works in Public’ Summer 2023 in Riverside Park South. Images courtesy The Art Students League

The Art Students League of New York and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation invite you to the unveiling of Works in Public at Riverside Park South, July 18. The ceremony will start in Riverside Park South (59th Street Entrance) at 4pm, followed by a  champagne reception at Pier 1 Café (500 W 70th St).

The year-long outdoor public art exhibition at Riverside Park South in Manhattan features new site-specific sculptures by League artists Helen Draves and Susan Markowitz Meredith. Two additional projects will be unveiled in fall 2023.

 

Art Students League Works in Public in Riverside Park on view through August, 2024

Rendering, Art Students League, 2023 Works in Public, Sophie Kahn, Portrait of t., 2023. Image courtesy Art Students League

The Art Students League of New York in partnership with NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and the Riverside Park Conservancy is proud to announce two new large-scale artworks by League artists Sophie Kahn and Marco Palli as part of the 2023 Works in Public program. The sculptures will be unveiled in a public ceremony at Riverside Park in Manhattan on November 9 and remain on view through August 2024. The 2023 Works in Public program also includes two works by League artists Helen Draves and Susan Markowitz Meredith, unveiled in July and now on view at Riverside Park South through July 2024. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 9, 3–4pm at 145th Street and Riverside.

 

Lineages: Korean Art at The Met on view through October 20, 2024

Image caption: Kwon Young-woo (권영우, 1926–2013). Untitled, 1984. Ink and gouache on hanji (Korean paper), 88 3/16 x 66 15/16 in. (224 x 170 cm). Courtesy of Kwon Young-woo Estate. Image courtesy of Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the exhibition Lineages: Korean Art at The Met, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Arts of Korea gallery. The exhibition will showcase 30 objects dating from the 12th century to the present day, including works acquired by the Museum in the last 25 years, paired with important international loans of 20th-century art. Some of the objects will rotate during the run of the exhibition. Through four themes—lines, things, places, and people—the exhibition will display the history of Korean art in broad strokes.

 

The Girl Puzzle, Roosevelt Island on view ~ To be Announce

Installation for The Girl Puzzle in progress on Roosevelt Island. Image via prometheusart.com

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has selected Amanda Matthews/Prometheus Art to construct the Nellie Bly Monument on the northern end of Roosevelt Island at Lighthouse Park. The sculptural installation will be known as “The Girl Puzzle” and invites the viewer to experience many facets of Nellie Bly’s talent, conviction and compassion. The ground-breaking journalist and women’s rights advocate exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 on Roosevelt Island.

 

See you in 2024!