2023 kicks-off with many of our favorite in-person events beginning with the Three Kings Day Parade and ending with The Winter Show back at Park Avenue Armory. Ring in the New Year with joyful song in Times Square and a day of service in celebration of MLK Day. Be inspired by a spectacular art installation at Madison Square Park. Explore architectural details and clues of the past at the historic Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. Music, Photography, Poetry, and Art will fill our January, 2023. Here are a few suggestions, including many still on view.
The Poetry Project’s 49th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon ~ January 1
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that on January 1, 2023, we will be returning to the sanctuary for The Poetry Project’s 49th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon. And we’re so happy to share that the entire event will be livestreamed. However you join us, we hope that you do.
Throughout the course of a hazy, time-altering day that turns edgelessly into a fever-dream night, The New Year’s Day Marathon gathers hundreds of poets and performers from every corner of the creative demimonde, the radical margin, the flagrant underground—a true gathering of the many counter-cultural lineages from which we hail. From the moment we open the sanctuary gates until the time we say goodnight to the poetry ghosts, the New Year’s Day Marathon welcomes thousands of audience members who come to participate in one of the world’s longest-running events of poetic encounter and shared listening.
Take The Polar Bear Plunge ~ January 1
Celebrating its 120th year, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge welcomes thousands of brave souls from NY to Paris and everywhere in between to check off one of the “coolest” events on their bucket-list. A great way for everyone to get involved in supporting our local non-profit organizations, every dollar donated helps makes a difference! January 1st at 11am in Coney Island.
Smoke Jazz Club Kicks-Off 2023 with 10th Annual Coltrane Festival ~ January 1
New York’s Smoke Jazz Club kick-starts 2023 with a stellar line-up of some of jazz’s greatest artists during the month of January. SMOKE honors two octogenarians with special birthday celebrations: saxophonist Billy Harper and drummer Al Foster. Master trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton is joined by two of the greatest: bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White for a four-night album release series. SMOKE’s 10th Annual Coltrane Festival, an homage to the great saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, continues for one week with some of today’s leading artists. Wrapping up January is one of the most beloved pianists, Bill Charlap, returning with his Trio: bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Scroll down for complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com.
League at Large: MYTHOS at The Painting Center ~ January 3
The Art Students League’s League at Large program is proud to present MYTHOS at The Painting Center from January 3-28, 2023. Guest Curated by Clintel Steed, the group exhibition explores visual artists as storytellers. Bringing together work by seventeen artists who study at the League, the exhibition features a variety of disciplines in works inspired by classical mythology, legend, and global folklore. Tackling themes of love, discovery, and metamorphosis, MYTHOS shows how the tales that define our past can also populate our present.
Josh Dorman: Idyll ~ Idol at Ryan Lee Gallery ~ January 5
RYAN LEE is pleased to announce Josh Dorman: Idyll ~ Idol a solo exhibition of recent works which are an investigation of the artist’s longstanding interest in creating multi-layered and self-contained universes of antique collage material, acrylic and resin. Dorman’s two new bodies of work, the Being series and the Wallpaper series, take a new approach to the allegorical world building for which he is known. Opening January 5, 2023.
Victoria Sambunaris: High and Dry at Yancey Richard Gallery ~ January 5
High and Dry, an exhibition of new photographs by Victoria Sambunaris, documents the inexorable evidence of human activity on the desert landscape from the literal to the geological. The work will be on view at Yancey Richardson from January 5 through February 18, 2023, and will feature seven new large-scale photographs traversing the intersection of the natural open terrain and the interventions shaped by climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. An opening will be held on Thursday, January 5, from 6-8 p.m. The artist will be present.
The 46th Annual Three Kings Day Parade ~ January 6
El Museo del Barrio is delighted to present the 46th Annual Three Kings Day Parade and Celebration! Returning to an in-person experience, the Parade’s theme this year is Entre Familia: Mental Health & Wellness of our Communities, giving space and focus to the importance of mental health and wellness, in light of national political and health occurrences these past few years.
Lunar New Year with Festivities Beginning on January 7
This year, Chinese New Year ~ The Year of the Rabbit ~ falls on Sunday, January 22nd, with the celebrations lasting before and after. Even though we are firmly in Winter, this Holiday is also known as the Spring Festival, and is the longest Chinese Holiday, with celebrations up to 16 days. It is a time for praying to gods and fighting off monsters. Here are a few suggestions for celebrating The Lunar New Year in NYC, The Year of the Rabbit.
MulchFest 2023 ~ January 6-14
The holidays are fast approaching, and so is NYC Parks’ annual Mulchfest tree chipping celebration! Beginning December 26, New Yorkers can “tree”-cycle their trees at local parks, with convenient drop-off sites in all five boroughs. NYC Parks wants you to bid your Holiday Tree fir-well during Mulchfest 2023!
Judy Ledgerwood: Sunny at Denny Dimin Gallery ~ January 7
Denny Dimin Gallery is pleased to announce Sunny, a solo exhibition of new work by painter Judy Ledgerwood, which will be on view at the gallery’s New York location from January 7 to February 11, 2023.
The All Sing ‘Here Lies Joy’ in Times Square ~ January 8
Originally commissioned in direct response to the forced isolation of the pandemic, The All Sing is an ode to song and human connection that brings hundreds of people together in a vibrant tapestry of sound, poetic justice, and hope. Greet the New Year with the sounds joy, justice, and hope. On Sunday, January 8th at 2pm for 15 minutes, hundreds of people will convene on Duffy Square for a performance of The All Sing: Here Lies Joy, a communal choral work composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain, featuring a libretto by marc Barmuthi Joseph and musical direction by Damien Sneed, and presented by PROTOTYPE Festival in partnership with Times Square Arts.
Want to belt it out with them? Novice and experienced singers alike are welcome. Sign up to Sing Here!
Dan Flavin: Kornblee Gallery 1967 at David Zwirner ~ January 10
David Zwirner is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Dan Flavin at the gallery’s 34 East 69th Street location in New York. Presented in adjacent rooms of the Upper East Side townhouse, the works on view recreate two groundbreaking exhibitions that Flavin mounted in 1967 at New York’s Kornblee Gallery, then located at the nearby and architecturally similar 58 East 79th Street. The exhibition will offer viewers a rare opportunity to experience the artist’s early installations as he would have presented them.
Craig Harris’ ‘Ohnedaruth’, a Jazzmobile Session ~ January 11
A New Year of jazz mobile Sessions! Craig Harris’ presents: ‘Ohnedaruth’ (Compassion), a Tribute to John Coltrane. The ensemble includes Craig Harris on Trombone/Composer; Alexis Marcelo, Piano; James Brandon Lewis, Saxophone; Jordan Davis, Bass; and Jerome Jennings on Drums.
This is a Free event at The Chapel at the Interchurch Center with Reservation.
Myrlande Constant: Drapo at Fort Gansevoort Gallery ~ January 12
Beginning January 12, 2023, Fort Gansevoort will present Drapo, its first solo exhibition with Haitian artist Myrlande Constant, who has attracted international attention for dazzling hand-beaded and sequin-embroidered textile works in which heritage techniques are used to mingle contemporary and traditional themes. The evolution of Constant’s personal aesthetic and mastery of her medium will be evident in monumental new pieces juxtaposed with examples from earlier in the artist’s career.
Remains by Adebunmi Gbadebo will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery ~ January 13
Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Remains by artist Adebunmi Gbadebo. On view January 13 – March 11, 2023, the exhibition continues Gbadebo’s years-long exploration of her ancestral origins centered on the plantation on which her forbearers were enslaved and currently buried, called True Blue in Fort Motte, South Carolina. Gbadebo’s interrogation of this lineage through her work encompasses her signature multi-media paper works crafted from indigo, rice paper, cotton, and human hair, and new ceramic works fabricated from the soil in which her enslaved ancestors were buried. These will be displayed alongside historical artifacts salvaged from antebellum architectural fragments from sites built on the labor of her forebears. The multi-media exhibition will debut at Claire Oliver Gallery before traveling to the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis throughout 2023-24.
Derrick Adams: I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You at The Flag Art Foundation ~ January 13
I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You, a solo exhibition by Derrick Adams, comprises a cycle of sixteen large-scale works from Adams’s new series Motion Picture Paintings, 2020-22, which extend the artist’s signature deconstructed, cubist-style portraits in a new cinematic direction. Freeze framed moments—drawn from movies, media, and the artist’s imagination—are emblazoned with a variety of graphic texts reminiscent of film titles. “Black life is a movie,” says Adams, “a psychological thriller, situational comedy, romance, adventure drama, suspense, and horror all rolled into one.” Opening at The Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea on January 13th.
CMTK (Chihiro Mori x Teppei Kaneuji): Double Trouble at Jane Lombard Gallery ~ January 13
Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present Double Trouble, a two-person project by Kyoto-based artists Teppei Kaneuji and Chihiro Mori. Collaborating under the name “CMTK,” the duo’s new and recent lenticular works from the series Star & Dust will be featured. Kaneuji’s exploratory printing and collaging methods, coupled with Mori’s own photographs and collection of found images, result in a slivered amalgam of pop culture and personal snapshots, shifting with the viewer’s changing vantage point. Also on view will be several new dimensional collage works from Kaneuji’s surrealistic series The Sea & Pus: An Illustrated Guide to Animals. Double Trouble will be on view from January 13 – February 25, 2023, with a public reception on January 13, from 6-8 PM.
47 Fifth: up close and personal through photographs by Anthony Bellov at Salmagundi Club ~ January 15
Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov presents highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building, exciting and challenging the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this unique structure.
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ~ January 14-16
Every year, on the third Monday of January, the United State of America honors the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the celebration and reflection of his life will take place on January 16th. It is a Federal, State and City Holiday, and for many New Yorkers, it is a day of service. How will you reflect on the meaning of that day? Here are a few suggestions, with more to be added in the next week.
Shahzia Sikander Raises New Symbols of Justice in Madison Sq. Park & Atop Neighboring Courthouse ~ January 17
Significant new works on the theme of justice by artist Shahzia Sikander will be featured in a major multimedia exhibition at Madison Square Park. Presented simultaneously in the park and at the adjacent Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life features two new large-scale sculptures—one within the park that can be transformed through augmented reality and another atop the Courthouse rooftop, the first female figure to adorn one of its ten plinths.
‘Living Lantern’ Unveils in the Garment District ~ January 17
An oversized, illuminating lantern will serve as a symbol of hope, brightness and guiding light in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, as the Garment District Allianceunveils Living Lantern on Tuesday (1/17) – an inviting, kinetic installation that offers a meditative effect through its mesmerizing movement and changing colors. As the wind fuels its movements, the lantern will come to life, with its outer membranes opening and closing, allowing light to filter from its core and animated light sequences to infuse the space with flowing colors. Living Lantern is free and will be open to the public through February 24th on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets.
Organist Gail Archer to Host ‘Concert for Peace’ at St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ January 19
Hailed as one of this era’s most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire, leading female organist Gail Archer hosts “Concert for Peace”, a special one-night only free concert at the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Known for enthralling listeners with her musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality, Archer introduces audiences to rarely performed works by 19th-21st century Russian and Ukrainian composers. This concert marks Archer’s latest offering in her decade-long commitment to sharing Eastern European organ literature.
Richard Avedon: MURALS at The Metropolitan Museum of Art ~ January 19
To celebrate the centennial of Richard Avedon’s birth in 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a selection of the photographer’s most innovative group portraits in the exhibition Richard Avedon: MURALS, opening January 19, 2023. Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer in the late 1940s, his greatest achievement was his stunning reinvention of the photographic portrait. Focused on the short period between 1969 and 1971, this exhibition will explore a critical juncture in the artist’s career, when, after a hiatus from portraiture, he began working with a new camera and a new sense of scale.
The Flamboyant & the Bohemia: Greenwich Village & How It Became Famous, a Free Zoom Webinar Hosted by Village Preservation ~ January 19
In its earliest years, Greenwich Village was a refuge from the yellow fever epidemic downtown. By the early 20th century, the Village had become home to artists, writers, and playwrights looking for an unconventional environment and creative freedom. Protesters came here in their struggles for the vote for women, better working conditions, opposition to war, supporting LGBTQ+ rights, and to advance feminist ideals. Join Village Preservation and Joyce Gold for a trip through the Greenwich Village as we discover the history, architecture, and movements that brought our neighborhood to the public stage.
The Flamboyant and the Bohemia: Greenwich Village and How It Became Famous will take place on January 19th from 6:00 – 7:15pm. This is a Free Zoom Webinar hosted by Village Preservation.
Trick Photography and Visual Effects at Keith de Lellis Gallery ~ January 19
Keith de Lellis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of over forty photographs created during the 19th and 20th centuries that historically altered and redefined the capabilities of the medium by utilizing pre-digital innovations such as photo montage, photo collage, double exposures and the darkroom process of composite printing. This show elegantly brings together photographs motivated by both advertising and artistic intents to highlight the significant level of ingenuity applied by artists across the fields to deliberately visualize their subject matter, of which many on display are painstakingly constructed by hand.
Geometric Abstraction, the Works of David Paul Kay + Mher Khachatryan at Fremin Gallery ~ January 19
Fremin Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, ‘Geometric Abstraction’, featuring the works of Georgian artist David Paul Kay and Armenian artist Mher Khachatryan on January 19th as its first exhibition in 2023.
Master Drawings New York 2023 ~ January 20-28
Established in 2006, Master Drawings New York (MDNY) is the pre-eminent event for exhibiting and celebrating old masters through contemporary drawings in the United States. A select number of exhibitions also feature master paintings, sculpture, and photography. Dealers from the United States and Europe showcase their highest quality artwork in galleries along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan from January 20-28.
MAGENTAVERSE at ARTECHOUSE in Chelsea Market ~ January 20
NEW YORK – ARTECHOUSE, the leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art, is pleased to announce its latest collaboration with Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards for the design community, on bringing to life Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023 PANTONE 18-1740 Viva Magenta through an immersive experience MAGENTAVERSE.
The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory ~ January 20-29
The Winter Show announces notable highlights, special presentations, and programming for its 69th edition and joyous return to its home at the Park Avenue Armory. The Show, taking place January 20–29, 2023, brings together 68 exhibitors, leading experts in the fine and decorative arts, presenting objects that range from ancient times to present day. As the US’s leading antiques and fine art fair, The Winter Show features an outstanding and global mix of exhibitors from Europe, South America, and the US, including new, returning, and longtime participants, offering museum-quality works. All ticket proceeds from the fair and benefit events, including the Opening Night Party on January 19 and Young Collectors Night on January 26, directly fund East Side House Settlement.
The Lunar New Year Celebrations Continue
The 25th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival will take place on Sunday, January 22 from 11am to 3:30pm.
This year’s Parade Route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Tenuous Threads at Atlantic Gallery ~ January 24
Atlantic Gallery will open its doors to TENUOUS THREADS, a two-part exhibition showcasing works incorporating textiles, fibers, threads and mixed media. Tenuous Threads alludes to the delicate lines that bring us together and sets us apart; that join us yet repel us. All of life is connected through networks, systems, fibers and webs. Communication (visual, verbal, electrical, chemical, and kinetic) enables an exchange of information amongst all life forms. The exhibition, curated by Patricia Miranda, includes innovative artworks that utilize textiles, fibers, threads (natural and synthetic) in sculpture, collage, 3D and 2D mixed media that communicates the strength and fragility of what binds all life.
Lunch & Learn with NYC Municipal Archives ~ January 24
Join the New York City Municipal Archives on Tuesday, January 24th from 1-2pm for a virtual event: Lunch & Learn: How Manhattan’s Cityscape Was Remade After WWII, transforming it into both a world city and one mired in urban crisis. The recent opening of Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center paid tribute to San Juan Hill, the community that was razed to make way for this cultural landmark back in the late 1950’s. Reserve a spot online.
Bold Vision for a New Penn Station ~ The Cooper Union ~ January 26
ReThinkPennStationNYC presents a program on new ideas for Penn Station featuring Vishaan Chakrabarti, PAU, Alexandros Washburn, Grand Penn Community Alliance, Richard Cameron, Atelier and Co. and ReThinkNYC, and Lorraine B. Diehl, author of The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station.
Join them as they discuss their plans, and present visual renderings with the focus on giving New Yorkers and the traveling public a great, above-ground station. Come. Listen. Ask questions. Believe… in New York, again.
Hip-Hop: Conscious, Unconscious at Fotografiska New York ~ January 26
Fotografiska New York is pleased to present a new exhibition that traces hip-hop’s origins—starting in the Bronx in 1973, as a social movement by-and-for the local community of African, Latino, and Caribbean Americans—to the worldwide phenomenon it has become 50 years later. Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious amplifies the individual creatives involved in the movement while surveying interwoven focus areas such as the set of women who trail blazed amid hip-hop’s male dominated environment; hip-hop’s regional and stylistic diversification; and the turning point when hip-hop became a billion-dollar industry that continues to mint global household names.
Hauser & Wirth presents Charles Gaines.Southern Trees ~ January 26
Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Southern Trees,’ the gallery’s first New York exhibition with distinguished American artist Charles Gaines and his first in the city since 2018. One of the most important conceptual artists working today, the show explores the evolution of Gaines’s complex practice, demonstrating how he has continued to forge new paths within the innovative framework of two of his most acclaimed series, Numbers and Trees and Walnut Tree Orchard. The exhibition’s title, ‘Southern Trees,’ alludes directly to the 150-year-old pecan trees pictured in the new works, and symbolically to the opening lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s haunting protest anthem from the 1930s. Charles Gaines.Southern Trees opening January 26th.
Roberto Cuoghi.PEPSIS at Hauser & Wirth ~ January 26
For his first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth and first New York City solo presentation in nearly a decade, Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi will populate the ground floor of the gallery’s 22nd Street building with an entirely new body of work. One of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, artists of his generation, Cuoghi is known for an exacting, almost obsessive, research- and process-driven practice that spans the full spectrum of styles and genres. ‘Pepsis’* will debut works from Cuoghi’s ongoing, all-consuming project of the same name—a complex, multi-faceted investigation initiated in early 2020 after a fully immersive stay in New York City.
Portia Munson: The Pink Bedroom at The Museum of Sex ~ January 27
The Museum of Sex is pleased to announce Portia Munson: The Pink Bedroom, opening to the public on January 27, 2023. Visitors will be immersed in a world of pink, exploring new work alongside thirty years of Portia Munson’s (b.1961) Pink Project (1994 – ongoing) which features everyday items that pose questions about mass consumerism, constructions of femininity and sexual objectification.
Best Song Contest at The Music Inn ~ January 27
Wow ~ Don’t miss the “Best Song Contest” at The Music Inn on West 4th Street.
Suanjaya Kencut: Social Circle at GR Gallery ~ January 27
GR gallery is pleased to announce ‘Social Circle’, the first solo exhibition of Suanjaya Kencut with the gallery and in New York. The show will feature a total of 19 artworks revealing a new suite titled ‘Connection Series’, among this, a special recognition is merited by five shaped canvases that challenged the artist with a new media and opens up innumerable future possibilities. Suanjaya aims to turn viewers focal points to the representation of human beings as dolls, which comes from the desire of recognizing all life forms as sacred and re-state how people are social creatures who thrive from cultivation of support systems like friends and family.
Harlem Stage Presents ‘Black Arts Movement: Examined Part III ~ Poetry ~ January 27-28
Join Harlem Stage for an exciting evening of music and poetry at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse. The third program in our Black Arts Movement: Examined series features Pulitzer Prize-nominated trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith, poet and interdisciplinary scholar Thulani Davis, and the Kikuyu Ensemble. The work Harlem, a Futuristic vision: a Historical and Cultural Oasis and a Sanctuary for the Spiritual Rebirth of America is centered on Davis’ works, Nothing But the Music and The Emancipation Circuit.
Fotografiska Presents High Tea: Tarot Reading & Book Signing ~ January 28
Elizaveta Porodina’s darkly romantic aesthetic and surreal images ask the viewer to expand their understanding of reality. Apropos of her new exhibition, Un/Masked, the artist is hosting a transcendent high tea at Chapel Bar, with pastries, tarot readings by the artist’s intuitive of choice, Laetitia Cartomacy of Morbid Anatomy, and an in-person book signing of her photography book, Un/Masked.
There are 18 tarot reading slots available, on a first come first serve basis. We suggest arriving early to sign up.
Fred Hersch & esperanza spalding Release ‘Alive at the Village Vanguard ~ January 29
We are excited to hear about a 2023 album release by two of our favorite musical artists, the iconic pianist/composer Fred Hersch and visionary jazz vocalist esperanza spalding ~ with a release celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on January 29th, 2023.
The Legacy of Woman Sculptors in Public Art Hosted by Village Preservation ~ January 30
Until August of 2020, New York City had only had five public art works that portray actual (as opposed to fictional) women. At the same time there were scores of such works of men. But there is a huge number of sculptures which were created by female artists, starting with Emma Stebbins’ iconic Angel of the Waters in Central Park. During the 19th century, it was mostly upper class women who received the artistic training and won the public commissions to create such statuary. But in the 20th century these commissions for female sculptors expanded and included both figurative and abstract works. Some of these artists include Anne Huntington, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Marisol and Louise Nevelson. Join Village Preservation and art historian and tour guide Sylvia Laudien-Meo as we discover the role and responsibility of female sculptors in our neighborhoods. This program includes shared images via webinar and facilitated group discussion.
Still on View:
Figuratively: Real and Imagined at Living with Art Salon on view to January 2, 2023
Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the exhibition, ‘Figuratively: Real and Imagined,’ where art explores the figurative work created by four New York-based female artists.
Each artist renders the body differently ~ at times, literally, and often figuratively, expressing fantasies and emotions often in response to social norms that inherently compromise the day-to-day existence of women
Sacred Pause, Sacred Fertilizer in Nevelson Chapel on view to january 4, 2023
During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis (and social justice movements which ignited during the same period), humankind faced a torrent of emotions ~ sadness, grief, rage, fear, anxiety, and constant uncertainty. Nineteen female-identifying artists offer witness, through personal statements and artworks produced during this historic period, on what was awakened in their practice (and within) when they ceded to what presented in the pause.
Ariana Papademetropoulos: Baby Alone in Babylone at Vito Schnabel on view through January 7, 2023
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present Ariana Papademetropoulos: Baby Alone in Babylone, an exhibition of new paintings that find the Los Angeles- based artist drawing upon 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn. In her exploration of this theme, Papademetropoulos considers iconography from two celebrated tapestry series of the late Middle Ages: The Lady and the Unicorn (Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris), an allegorical fable of the five senses, and The Hunt of the Unicorn(The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), a narrative unfolding of the swift, wild horned creature who could only be tamed by a virgin maiden.
Spectacular Factory at ARTECHOUSE in Chelsea Market on view to January 8, 2023
Artechouse has announced an immersive and enchanting holiday art experience for the whole family – SPECTACULAR FACTORY: The Holiday Multiverse. Open to the public November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023,Spectacular Factory immerses guests into an imaginative multiverse of holiday villages. Visitors will float among giant swinging jingle bells, crash the party of a thousand nutcrackers, join a thrilling train ride through wreaths, take a spin in the candy cane carousel and more! Located at Chelsea Market, ARTECHOUSE NYC is conveniently situated among scores of vendors offering artisanal food, art, and apparel gifting options for the holidays.
Self Power | Self Play at Museum of Sex on view through January 9, 2023
The Museum of Sex is pleased to announce Self Power | Self Play: 50 years of Erotic Portraiture by Linda Troeller. For half a century, artist Linda Troeller (b. 1949) has used the camera as a tool for sensual empowerment. The first museum retrospective of Troeller’s work in New York City, Self Power | Self Play will feature over sixty erotic photographs on loan from the artist’s studio and Bryn Mawr College Special Collections which highlight her radical and playful photographic practice. The museum will host a private opening reception on the evening of Monday, October 17th and the exhibition will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 19th.
Malin Pierre: Metamorphosis at Heller Gallery on view to January 14, 2023
Pierre is part of a new group of women artists working with glass in Sweden, whose feminist lens permeates their work. The luscious curves of her vessel-based pieces, some of which are inherently anthropomorphic and suggestive of the female figure, are always juxtaposed with the fragility of glass.
Robert Colescott: Womenn on view at Venus Over Manhattan, Great Jones through January 14, 2023
Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to present Robert Colescott: Women, an exhibition organized to trace the development of the artist’s depictions of female subjects over the course of his sixty-year career. Serving as a coda to the recent, critically-lauded traveling museum retrospective Art and Race Matters: The Career of Robert Colescott, this presentation charts the evolution of Colescott’s ambitious practice through some thirty works produced between 1955 and 1996.
Peter Opheim & Adam Handler: Warriors and Ghosts at GR Gallery on view to January 14, 2023
GR Gallery is pleased to present “Warriors and Ghosts”, a primary duo exhibition of Peter Opheim and Adam Handler. The show will feature a total of 21 works, individually created by the two artists appositely for this occasion, that will challenge the exhibition title by unleashing a variety of ghostly paintings and abstraction filled warrior-like figures that will captivate and invite viewers into an experience that illuminates a vibrancy of colors and textures.
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans will be on view at The Rubin Museum of Art to January 16, 2023
On March 18, 2022, the Rubin Museum of Art will present “Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans,” a new exhibition highlighting the diverse ways that Tibetan Buddhist artworks and practices have served as roadmaps to well-being. The exhibition juxtaposes objects from the Rubin Museum’s collection with stories from Himalayan Americans, revealing the many ways these living traditions are transformed and adopted for today’s world, especially in times of crisis. “Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans” is the Rubin Museum’s first collaborative exhibition with a Community Advisory Group and will be on view March 18, 2022 to January 16, 2023.
Peter Saul: Early Works on Paper (1957 ~ 1965) on view at Venus Over Manhattan 65th Street to January 21, 2023
Peter Saul: Early Works on Paper (1957 – 1965) will be on view at Venus Over Manhattan’s uptown location at 120 East 65th Street from November 14th, 2022, through January 21st, 2023. The gallery will publish a catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring new texts by Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and noted curator Robert Storr.
Nari Ward: Home of the Brave at The Vilcek Foundation on view to February 3, 2023
The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to present Nari Ward: Home of the Brave, Ward’s first solo exhibition with the foundation. The exhibition, curated by Vilcek Foundation President Rick Kinsel, will be on view from May 31, 2022, to February 3, 2023.
Lucio Fontana: Sculpture at Hauser & Wirth on view to February 4, 2023
Hauser & Wirth New York will stage the second part of a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, in collaboration with the Fondazione Lucio Fontana. Dedicated to Fontana’s extraordinary experimentation in sculpture, this tailor-made presentation will take place at the gallery’s uptown location on November 3, 2022, the very same building where in 1961 Fontana’s first solo shows in the United States were held concurrently at the Martha Jackson and David Anderson galleries.
Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces at The New Museum on view to February 5, 2023
The New Museum will present the first American museum survey exhibition devoted to Theaster Gates, encompassing the full range of the artist’s practice across a variety of media creating communal spaces for preservation, remembrance, and exchange. This landmark exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of newly commissioned works by Vivian CaccuriandMiles Greenberg exploring the relationship between bodies and sound waves.
Just Above Midtown at MoMA on view through February 18, 2023
They say if you remember the 60s & 70s in NYC, you weren’t really there. With that it mind, The Museum of Modern Art will refresh our memories with the exhibition, Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present, on view from October 9, 2022, through February 18, 2023.
Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle at Museum of Arts and Design on view through February 19, 2023
On view from September 10, 2022 through February 19, 2023, the exhibition brings together more than 80 of the artist’s creations for stage, spectacles, and street theater, alongside a variety of environments, ephemera, material samples, photography, and video.
The Eveillard Gift at Frick Madison through February 26, 2023
The major fall exhibition at Frick Madison (the temporary home of The Frick Collection during renovation of its historic buildings) presents the largest and most significant promised gift of drawings and pastels in the institution’s history. Assembled by Elizabeth “Betty” and Jean-Marie Eveillard, avid collectors of drawings and pastels, the exhibition includes European works ranging in date from the end of the fifteenth century to the twentieth century and representing artists working in France, Britain, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.
The Zoo by artist Idriss B On Park Avenue in Murray Hill on view through February 2023
If you are waking up in Murray Hill today, you will be delighted to find whimsical creatures along the Park Avenue medium between 34th and 38th Streets. Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) invited French artist Idriss B to create a one-of-a-kind urban jungle as an inaugural installation.
At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century Modernism at The Whitney on view to March, 2023
The Whitney Museum of American Art presents At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism, an exhibition of over sixty works by more than forty-five artists that highlights the complexity of American art produced between 1900 and 1930. The exhibition showcases how American artists responded to the realities of a rapidly modernizing period through an array of abstract styles and media. At the Dawn of a New Age features artworks drawn primarily from the Whitney’s collection, including new acquisitions and works that have not been on view at the Museum for decades.
Edward Hopper’s New York at The Whitney on view through March 5, 2023
Edward Hopper’s New York, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from October 19, 2022, through March 5, 2023, offers an unprecedented examination of Hopper’s life and work in the city that he called home for nearly six decades (1908–67). The exhibition charts the artist’s enduring fascination with the city through more than 200 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings from the Whitney’s preeminent collection of Hopper’s work, loans from public and private collections, and archival materials including printed ephemera, correspondence, photographs, and notebooks. From early sketches to paintings from his late in his career, Edward Hopper’s New York reveals a vision of the metropolis that is as much a manifestation of Hopper himself as it is a record of a changing city, whose perpetual and sometimes tense reinvention feels particularly relevant today.
Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah at El Museo del Barrio on view to March 26, 2023
El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present Reynier Leyva Novo: Methuselah, from October 27, 2022 to March 26, 2023. Conceived by the Cuban-born and Houston based artist Reynier Levya Novo, the digital artwork virtually reproduces the 5000-kilometer transnational migratory journey of a single monarch butterfly, tracking its travel from southern Canada across the United States to Mexico. Embodied through the life of a virtual avatar, the epic journey is hosted and reproduced in real time on a specially designed, open-access, dedicated website. Commissioned by El Museo del Barrio with the support of VIA Art Fund, the in-person mixed-reality presentation at El Museo debuts in conjunction with the upcoming Fall exhibition, Juan Francisco Elso: Por América.
New York City Fire Museum Presents: Firehouse ~ Photography of Jill Freeedman on view through April 2, 2023
The New York City Fire Museum is presenting an exhibition showcasing award-winning photographer Jill Freedman’s moving collection of photographs documenting New York City firefighters on the job in the ‘70s. Firehouse: The Photography of Jill Freedman is open now through April 2, 2023.
Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art at the Met through April 2, 2023
In Maya art—one of the greatest artistic traditions of the ancient Americas—the gods are depicted in all stages of life: as infants, as adults at the peak of their maturity and influence, and finally, as they age. The gods could perish, and some were born anew, providing a model of regeneration and resilience. Opening November 21, 2022, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art will bring together nearly 100 rarely seen masterpieces and recent discoveries in diverse media—from the monumental to the miniature—that depict episodes in the life cycle of the gods, from the moment of their birth to resplendent transformations as blossoming flowers or fearsome creatures of the night.
no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria at The Whitney on view through April 23, 2023
no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria is organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria—a category 5 storm that hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017. The exhibition explores how artists have responded to the transformative years since that event by bringing together more than fifty artworks made over the last five years by an intergenerational group of more than fifteen artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora. no existe un mundo poshuracán—a verse borrowed from Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera—is the first scholarly exhibition focused on Puerto Rican art to be organized by a large U.S. museum in nearly half a century.
Hew Locke: Gilt is The Met Facade on view through May 22, 2023
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke has been selected to create new works for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches, the third in a new series of site-specific commissions for the exterior of the Museum. The Facade Commission: Hew Locke, Gilt will be on view September 16, 2022 through May 22, 2023.
Deconstructing Power: W.E.B. DuBois at the 1900 World’s Fair at Cooper Hewitt on view through May 29, 2023
At the Paris World Fair of 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois used groundbreaking statistical graphics to document the accomplishments of Black Americans and life inside “the Veil” of systemic oppression. The Library of Congress will lend a selection of these rare data visualizations to Cooper Hewitt’s Recharting Modern Design exhibition, allowing visitors to see them in person for the first time in 120 years. The data graphics of W.E.B. Du Bois will appear in dialogue with decorative objects from the fair, connecting Du Bois’s “color line” to the “whiplash line” of Art Nouveau.
Merriem Bennani, Windy on view on The High Line to May 31, 2023
Windy is a spinning sculpture in the shape of a tornado made from black foam. The work plays with various traditions and ambiguities of public sculpture. In many cases, the public is asked to walk around public sculpture, taking in its grandeur from a safe distance. Bennani’s sculpture spins itself, and at a speed that makes the details of the work almost impossible to grasp—both visually and physically. In her conceptualization of the work, Bennani was inspired by the dynamism and constant movement on the High Line, wishing to make a sculpture that could capture and work within this urban energy. On view to May 31, 2023.
Charles Gaines: Moving Chains (Chapter Two, Governors Island on view to June 2023
Presented as the second chapter of The American Manifest, sited at the base of Outlook Hill on Governors Island with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan, Moving Chains — a 100 foot-long immersive, kinetic sculpture — evokes the hull of a ship reverberating with the low rumble of nine chains churning overhead, while visitors pass through below. Eight of the chains move along at the pace of New York Harbor’s currents, while a central ninth chain moves noticeably faster, at the speed of the ships and barges that have traveled the city’s waterways over centuries. Moving Chains illuminates the exchange of people, capital, and goods cycling between the north and south that made up the slave trade, while calling attention to the political, judicial, and economic operations established in this country’s foundational financial system.
Gateway to Himalayan Art at Rubin Museum on view through June 4, 2023
Gateway to Himalayan Art, on view at Rubin Museum of Art through June 4, 2023, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.
Fred Wilson: Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds on view at Columbus Park through June 27, 2023
More Art unveiled Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, Fred Wilson’s first ever large-scale public sculpture, opening at the plaza in Columbus Park, Brooklyn on Tuesday June 28, 2022 and closing a year later, in June 2023. The installation features a 10-foot-tall sculpture, composed of layers of decorative ironwork, fencing and statues of African figures. This project is funded in part through the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, under New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), and is exhibited through NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.
Bharti Khêr: Ancestor on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza through August 27, 2023
Depicting a universal mother figure linking our cultural and personal pasts and futures, Ancestor is Kher’s most ambitious work to date. The sculpture stems from the artist’s ongoing “Intermediaries” series in which Kher reassembles small, broken clay figurines of humans, animals, and mythical beings into hybrid figures that defy a fixed identity. Brought to life at a monumental scale, Ancestor embodies the complexity and potential of the “Intermediaries”, and of Indic and global traditions of creator deities that challenge identities by bringing together male and female into a single philosophical form. Ancestor, however, is a resolutely feminine figure. Adorned with the heads of her 23 children that extend from her body, she embodies multiculturalism, pluralism, and interconnectedness. They manifest a sense of belonging and celebrate the mother as a keeper of wisdom and the eternal source of creation and refuge.
Fanny Allié: Shadows in Bella Abzug Park on view through October 2023
The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) today announces Shadows, an installation of ten new site-specific sculptures created by mixed-media artist Fanny Allié for Bella Abzug Park (542 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018) and inspired by the workers who maintain it. Shadows invites people to experience the park—a picturesque public green space surrounded by urban bustle—in a new way, as a place for compelling, free art.
The Girl Puzzle, Roosevelt Island on view ~ To Be Announced
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.
The Met’s Great Hall will Display Ancient Maya Stone Monuments from Republic of Guatemala until 2024
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.
See you in February!