June is filled with celebrations, installations and events beginning with Pride Month, and continuing with a series of films and art installations in our Parks including Juneteenth, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival, the River to River Festival, SummerStage and more. On the last day of the month, a preview of the very thoughtful ‘What Hate Can Do’ at The Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Heading out of Town this summer? Check ‘Out East‘ and ‘Heading North’. Here are a few suggestions for art installation, events and exhibits during the month of June, 2022.
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.
Banksy Building Castles in the Sky, one of the biggest exhibitions featuring original artworks of one of the most influential contemporary artists is opening on May 28 in New York City.
The exhibition – organized by MetaMorfosi NY – is based on the results of an independent interdisciplinary academic research project about Banksy with a museum-style layout and will feature over 120 original artworks through an intellectually immersive journey into the mind of the artist.
Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June in 1969. All five boroughs of NYC will celebrate this June, 2022 with a plethora of actives, ending with the historic Pride March on June 26th.
Join the Washington Square Park Conservancy as they celebrate 10 years of support for Washington Square Park and the tradition of live music in the Park! WSPC is proud to be partnering with the legendary Blue Note to bring their kick-off concert for the 11th Annual Jazz Festival to WSP. The free performance in Arch Plaza will feature Grammy-award-winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, as well as other great talent.
The Ford Foundation Gallery has announced the reopening of its gallery to an in-person exhibition on June 1, presenting everything slackens in a wreck, curated by Andil Gosine. The metaphor of wreckage evokes colonialism and the destruction left in its wake, but it also echoes what the exhibition’s curator calls the “wrecking work” of marginalized peoples who answer this destruction with art that invents its own subversive forms of order, rendering alternate visions of existence, and co-existence, imaginable, and therefore possible. Featuring the work of four artists with a shared diasporic heritage, everything slackens in a wreckis the first show to appear in the Ford Foundation Gallery space since its closure in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias invites the public to consider the forgotten terrains and geographic history of New York City in a new public art installation opening this June, her first major temporary public art project in the United States. Landscape and Memory places five bronze sculptural pools, flowing with water, into Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn, harkening back to when the Cedar Creek coursed across the land where the park stands today. Building on Iglesias’ practice of unearthing the forgotten and excavating natural history, Landscape and Memory resurfaces in the imaginations of contemporary viewers the now-invisible force of this ancient waterway. The installation will be on view from June 1 through December 4, 2022.
On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, openings, artist talks, and live performance. Join them on June 2nd from 6-8pm. This is a Free event.
Running from June 2 through June 5, 2022 at the Gene Frankel Theatre at 24 Bond Street in lower Manhattan, “Freedom Dance” consists of a series of playful scenes that build a symbolic, existential story about the challenge of coping in our current troubled world. The production will feature a totally nude cast.
Villa Albertine today announced the return of Films on the Green, the free outdoor French film festival produced annually in partnership with Face Foundation and NYC Parks. This year’s theme, “From Page to Screen”, spotlights 12 diverse and world-class literary adaptations, coming to nine different parks across Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 3rd to September 9th.
Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection.
Join the artist, Susan Stair, for a guided tour of her public art installation on Saturday, June 4th (rain date June 5th) and Saturday, June 11th (rain date June 12th) from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Use the 121st St & Madison Ave entrance to Marcus Garvey Park, at the base of the stairs near the basketball courts. Workshops and tree-inspired activities on each day.
In addition, Tree Power Celebration! will be held on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 (rain date June 5th) from 2:00 to 4:00pm. A family friendly celebration of trees. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, arts & crafts and educational information about trees that participants will be able to take home. This is a free event. Drop in anytime 2 – 4
Figment NYC is back for two-days, June 4-5 at its new location in Snug Harbor, Staten Island. FIGMENT is a free participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. For the weekend of June 4th, we will transform Snug Harbor into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Great for people and groups of all ages!
Completed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates in 1968, the Ford Foundation building was hailed as an architectural icon.
A non-profit organization established in 1936, it partnered with Gensler for a mission-driven redesign of its Manhattan headquarters reopened in 2018. The renovation was an opportunity to create and establish a center for social justice.
This is a Free Virtual Event, Presented by The National Arts Club, with Registration.
Public Art Fund is pleased to present Life in the Abstract, an exhibition of new large-scale sculptures by artist Wyatt Kahn. It will bring seven vibrant rust red Cor-Ten steel artworks to City Hall Park for Khan’s first exhibition in public space. Kahn has adapted forms previously explored in his canvas wall works, combining elements of geometric abstraction with playful “readymade” objects from everyday life like a comb and a phone. Juxtapositions such as glasses resting on abstract shapes and a foot about to crush a lightbulb produce playful narrative compositions. These new works expand the lineage of modernist public sculpture, while the significance of each artwork takes on personal meaning and resonance for the viewer. Life in the Abstract is the New York City-based artist’s first public art exhibition and will be on view from June 8 through December 11, 2022 at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan.
The Art Students League of New York is proud to present the annual Final Project Exhibition, curated by The League’s 2022 Curator-at-Large, Jillian Russo. Featuring the work of artists who have recently completed The League’s four-year Certificate Program, the Final Project Exhibition offers graduating students the opportunity to present a cohesive body of work that represents their selected discipline. This year’s exhibition, on view at the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery from June 9-25,2022, includes work by the six 2022 Certificate Program Graduates: Agnes Collins Hunt, Guada Luz Cruz, Kumi Hirose, Lola de Miguel, Mayumi Nakao, and Lau Nató.
Through Milked in Africa, a series originally begun in 2016, Tony Gum uses photographic self-portraiture to emphasize the role heritage and culture play in capturing African art history. On view here is the updated series, including new works created in 2021, which explore contemporary narratives of exploitation and commercialization. The exhibition will be on view from June 10th to August 21st.
The Staten Island Museum’s latest exhibition Yes, And: a survey exhibition of art and artists connected to Staten Island opens to the public on June 10, 2022 with a public reception on June 11 from 2PM – 4PM. This exhibition, featuring thirty-six artists, is a current version of the Staten Island Museum’s longstanding tradition of holding juried art shows for more than 70 years.
Now a three-day flower filled affair, L.E.A.F will take place Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th from 11:00AM to 6:00PM through Sunday, June 12th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM growing further across the Meatpacking District.
An extended weekend dedicated to spotlighting world class floral design, supported by FTD (Florists’ Transworld Delivery) and Pernod Ricard brands, L.E.A.F will feature a European-style flower market presented by TF Cornerstone, large scale floral installations and displays, as well as retail and hospitality activations and experiences around the neighborhood.
Greenwich Village, long a hot-spot for art and architecture, will play host to In Plain Sight, an immersive animal-themed public art exhibit from June 10-12. The exhibit inspired by the unique history of animals in art and architecture in the neighborhood is a celebration of the resilience, courage and creativity of New Yorkers of all walks of life.
Artist Alison Saar unveiled her sculpture honoring activist, playwright and journalist Lorraine Hansberry, entitled To Sit Awhile, in Times Square. This was a fitting place for the first of three pop-up locations for this monument in the New York area, since Hansberry ~ author of ‘A Raisin in the Sun‘ ~ was the first Black woman to have her work produced on Broadway. The monument moves on to Harlem and Brooklyn before going on a national tour.
Allouche Gallery to open Remembering Bäst, in tribute to the life and career of Michael “Bäst” Polimeni on June 7th at their 2nd Avenue pop-up location. His talent to create edgy, uncomprising compositions that challenge modern urban life will forever be a gesture of his mark on Earth.
The event TreeWear will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 (rain date June 12th) from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Participants will take a clay impression of live tree bark which the artist will fire and glaze to create a TreeWear pendant. Fee is $35.00 due when you pick up your pendant at my studio. Registration is required to email@example.com Can’t participate? You can still own TreeWear in the artists’ Shop.
The Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is back in 2022 with nearly 90 free and benefit performances in Central Park and 12 neighborhood parks across all five boroughs.
Save the date for Opening Night in Central Park, Saturday, June 11th, with the legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, produced in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival.
Hudson Yards has a new gallery, with an inaugural exhibition in June. Located in a former carriage house built in 1910, Hudson Yards Gallery will present curated mixed-media exhibits two-days each month. Well-known photographer/artist James Weber will be at the helm, curating the monthly collection, which will have its inaugural exhibition on June 11 & 12.
For the Birds is a multidisciplinary exhibition and program series inspired by the Garden’s resident birds, as well as “For the Birds: The Birdsong Project,” a multialbum set of original recordings celebrating birds by 200-plus artists, compiled by Randall Poster.
Friends of the Lott House, a non-profit organization that preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the property, is honoring the variety of cultures that have been an integral part of the home by hosting ‘A Taste of the Neighborhood.‘ Come out and enjoy NYC-based food trucks while exploring the Lott House grounds.
The Lott House is a historic farmhouse in Marine Park, Brooklyn dating back to 1720. It is noted as the longest continually owned and occupied property by a single family in NYC.
This June 13, the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (MMJCCM) will raise the curtain on a special virtual health and wellness event—Broadway’s Best for Breast Cancer! The Healing Power of Music, featuring Broadway stars and health experts offering guidance to those experiencing health challenges or wishing to support friends and family members.
In celebration of the Apollo’s Spring Benefit on Monday, June 13, the non-profit announced today it will release a limited edition non-fungible token (NFT) commemorating the annual event. Approximately 400 NFTs will be issued through Ticketmaster. The special NFTs will be given to each person who donated to Apollo’s Spring Benefit. The commemorative NFT will be a digital keepsake celebrating the world-renowned organization’s largest annual fundraising event.
The annual Museum Mile Festival is nearly a 30-block stretch of Fifth Avenue, with eight museums that will be open free to the public. The festival kicks off at 6pm, rain or shine, along with outdoor activities.
Participating Museum’s include The Metropolitan Museum of Art @metmuseum.org Neue Galerie New York @neuegalerieny
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum @guggenheim
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum @cooperhewitt
The Jewish Museum @thejewishmuseum
Museum of the City of New York @museumofcityny
El Museo del Barrio @elmuseo
The Africa Center @theafricacenter
This year, River to River Festival artists look to nature, ritual, and metaphysical wonders to offer a hopeful perspective on the future of public space. All events are free and open to all. Due to limited capacity, some events require advance registration
Harlem Bazaar is touching down for its grand opening and what better way to celebrate Pride Month than to bring New York’s creators, visionaries, artists, inventors, and performers all together into one safe, inclusive space. This new monthly series channels all sorts of authenticity with the dopest handmade arts and crafts, top of the line merchandise, and songs as the night is long. Over 75% of the vendors will be POC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and women-owned businesses.
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) will be part of the 2022 season of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage, with a free outdoor screening on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.
On June 18, the Arts Gowanus ArtWalk returns to the streets, parks and businesses of Atlantic Avenue, giving the public the opportunity to enjoy works from over 100 local artists in a self-guided tour of 70-plus locations in the community.
The second-annual showcase, created through the collaboration non-profit organizations Arts Gowanus, Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, will highlight the talent of Brooklyn artists while supporting local businesses along a 1.5 mile route extending from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront.
The 40th Annual Mermaid Parade will be held on Saturday, June 18th as an in-person event! The Parade will begin at 1:00pm on West 21st Street and Surf Avenue, rolling East to West 10th Street ~ ending around 4:00pm.
On Saturday, June 18th from 11am to 4pm join NYC Parks at the Bandshell area in Central Park (enter at 72nd Street) for a day of rock climbing, zip lining, archery, and more. There will be free bike valet parking.
uneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Libertation Day, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States. While some of our City is still under COVID-19 restrictions, our community celebrates in thoughtful walks, marches, online, and virtually. Here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2021, now an official New York State Holiday, and on June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law, making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday!
Including Apollo Theater Music Under the Marquee; 1,000 Drums Crying for Peace in Marcus Garvey Park; Pueblo Harlem at General Grant National Memorial; Sousapalooza at Bryant Park’s Upper Terrace; Celtic Music in Union Square; Stonewall Ball at Stonewall National Monument + Governors Island, The Battery, Ellis Island, SoHo, Castle Clinton + many many more locations.
After leaving The Schomburg, Lorraine Hansberry: To Sit Awhile will move on to its final pop-up location, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, before embarking on a national tour. It will then be permanently installed in Chicago, Hansberry’s birthplace, and the setting of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’
Located inside the Kaufman Arcade building on 139 W 35th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through August 31st. Coming Full Circle is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and over 17 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.
Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition “nar·ra·tive”, an exhibition of illustrations and strips created by twelve artists from Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Howard Greenberg Gallery will open its doors to William Klein: Afrique from June 23 through September 17, 2022. The exhibition highlights a rediscovered body of work by William Klein, one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.
With the exhibition Crafting Fashion for Possible Futures, curated by Camille Boyer and Miriam Kathrein for the Austrian Fashion Association, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of contemporary Austrian fashion design and shows that design holds the potential for change and possible, better futures. The exhibition will be on view June 24-September 8, 2022. The opening reception with curators and participating designers will take place on June 23, 6-9 PM.
See New York City in 1968 through the lens of photographer Katrina Thomas with “Streets in Play”. Curated from the NYC Parks Photo Archive collection, the exhibition features more than 40 of Thomas’ photographs of “Playstreets” or residential blocks closed to traffic and equipped with recreational and cultural activities. With dynamic black-and-white images that document carless streets and children engaged in inventive and self-directed forms of play, the 1968 images speak to present-day questions of whom and what purposes city streets might serve. Where were you in 1968?
In its 21st year, the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival is a celebration of the diverse cultures that make up our Lower East Side and Chinatown community. Experience the spirit of this ever-changing neighborhood and the immigrant experience in New York City today through music, dance, crafts, cultural practices, foodways, and more! This Free event will take place on June 26th from Noon to 4:00pm on Eldridge Street between Canal and Division. Registration is preferred but not necessary. The Museum will be closed to visitors.
The 53rd NYC Pride March will begin at Noon on Sunday, June 26th from 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. Marchers will proceed south on 5th Avenue before heading west on 8th Street. After crossing over 6th Avenue, the March will continue on Christopher Street passing the Stonewall National Monument. It will then turn north on 7th Avenue, passing the New York City AIDS Memorial, before dispersing in Chelsea at 16th Street and 7th Avenue. More than 75% percent of all marching groups are non-profit organizations, and more than half of all marching groups are participating free-of-charge.
The goats’ much-anticipated return will mark the third year of the Conservancy’s Goatham Initiative, which aims to clear invasive plants from the steep western slopes of Riverside Park’s Forever Wild woodland between 119th and 122nd Streets. Undaunted by the treacherous terrain and loving the sweet taste of poison ivy, the goats will munch through aggressive growth nearly inaccessible to mere mortal gardeners, making space for more ecologically suitable plantings in this crucial forested area.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaustannounces its new core exhibition will open for previews on June 30, 2022. The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do will offer an expansive and timely presentation of Holocaust history told through personal stories, objects, photos, and film—many on view for the first time. Preview on June 30th and opening to the Public on July 1.
It’s Summer! So we will head out east and up north each month through August.
Hauser & Wirth will open its summer season in Southampton on 28 May with an exhibition of extraordinary watercolors and dry pigment works on paper by celebrated painters – and dear friends – Ed Clark and Stanley Whitney. Occupying the entire Southampton gallery space, this exhibition explores the two artists’ shared interest in drawing and watercolor as comprising a distinct and critical component of their respective painting practices. The pairing of their luminous works on paper will provide visitors insight into their sustained experiments with color, form, and the seductive materiality of paint.
A special presentation by French artist Camille Henrot will begin on 28 May with an outdoor installation of major bronze sculptures. On view throughout the summer season, the sculptures will be complemented by a selection of paintings from Henrot’s ongoing series Butter and Bread, Is Today Tomorrow and Systems of Attachment. Many of these 2D works, which were made over the course of the pandemic, will be on view to the public for the first time in this presentation.
Rounding out the Southampton summer season, Hauser & Wirth will present an intimate exhibition of rarely seen works on paper by acclaimed late artist Luchita Hurtado. Opening 6 August, this celebration of Hurtado’s lifelong fascination with corporality, universality, and self-affirmation features drawings from her ruminative I Am series of personal self-portraits using an unconventional perspective.
Hauser & Wirth Presents ‘Of Making and Material’ in Southampton ~ July 2
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce the first US exhibition of the gallery’s UK-based initiative Make Hauser & Wirth, which was launched in Somerset, England, in 2018 to present exceptional contemporary handcrafted design by leading artist-makers from around the world. On view from 2 July in Southampton on the East End of Long Island, ‘Of Making and Material’ will comprise exceptional works informed by the respective creators’ intimate understanding of their chosen materials—from wood, ceramics, and metal to glass and concrete—and mastery of methods rooted in tradition or pioneering new techniques. Together, the objects on view celebrate dedication to knowledge, process, and experimentation. On view through 10 September, this exhibition reflects a re-evaluation of the aesthetics of craft, highlighting the exceptional creativity and substance of the makers’ individual approaches and suggesting the true breadth of art. Make Hauser & Wirth is located at 50 Hampton Road, a short walk from Hauser & Wirth’s Southampton gallery space at 9 Main Street.
The South Enta Montauk Foundation is pleased to Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories, an exhibition of recent work by one of the United States’ most important living artists. Featuring five of her signature Story Quilts, the presentation incorporates over twenty drawings, paintings, sculptures, and prints from Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories” series, which she began in 2004. Ringgold’s renown stems in part from the wide range of media she incorporates into her practice, and this exhibition charts Ringgold’s connection to jazz accros numerous techniques. For this exhibition, the South Etna Montauk Foundation has worked closely with ACA Galleries, which has long represented and championed Ringgold’s work. Organized to complement “Faith Ringgold: American People,” her major retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Faith Ringgold: Jazz Stories” will be on view from May 24th through June 25, 2022.
On view at Hollis Taggert until June 11, 2022, an exhibition based on an intriguing story about a dumpster-diving car mechanic who retrieved artwork that turns out to be the work of ‘wrapper-artist’ Francis Hines. On view at their Southport, Connecticut gallery.
The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. (BCT) with their gallery located at 150 Main Street in Beacon, NY, will present a special exhibition featuring art that was created on Bannerman’s Island on the Hudson River. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, June 11th, with an opening reception from 4:00-6:00pm. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, August 7th.
Fridman Gallery will open its doors to Alina Grasmann’s third exhibition with the gallery, following a three-month residency in Beacon. The Grand Buffet is an homage to, and a celebration of, Haus Schminke, an iconic example of organic architecture in Saxony, Germany designed by Hans Scharoun. A prime example of classical modernism, Haus Schminke has become another site of play and inspiration for Grasmann. As before, she works with the interiors and exteriors of real spaces, adding layers of mythologies, riddles, and personal touches. Fridman Gallery Beacon is located at 475 Main Street. There will be an Open Studio Preview on Sunday, May 29th.
Three new exhibitions on view ~ Dara Birnbaum: Reaction ~ Martine Syms: Grio College ~ and Black Melancholia. Reserve a free timed-entrance ticket before you go to the museum on Annandale-On-Hudson, NY.
Joe Maloney was a pioneer of color photography in the late 1970s and a member of the now-legendary LIGHT gallery in New York. He is known for his vivid and sometimes surreal use of color, his unique large format landscapes depicting his native northern New Jersey suburbs, and his evocative pictures from the waning days of Asbury Park on the New Jersey shore. His poignant photos of lower Manhattan from the late 70s and early 80s depict a city at the cusp of an inrush of capital and development. There is a nostalgia and romance in the empty traffic-free streets and the familiar downtown neighborhoods smiling back at us before their facelifts.
During the 1980s, he largely stepped away from the art world, raising a family in upstate New York, though he never left photography behind, and now over the last couple of years he’s been sharing his work to an entirely new audience through social media.
This wonderful, new nonprofit art space was created by Mexican-born, Brooklyn-based artist Bosco Sodi. The 23,000 square-foot space is located in an old Buick dealership in Monticello. Admission is free with a scheduled time reservation.
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Guided by a desire to illuminate and to inspire reflection on the sculptural form, Dominique Lévy of LGDR invited Rachel Harrison to curate a presentation of 20th-century sculpture. The exhibition that emerged presents a group of works that consider modernism’s devotion to that most fundamental of subjects: the human figure. Stage Fright features works by Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Marisol Escobar, Alberto Giacometti, Yves Klein, and Alina Szapocznikow that represent the body in extremis—shown ruptured in pieces or pared down to the essentials—in surrogates that stand for the whole.
From February 17 to June 5, 2022, the New Museum will present the first full retrospective in New York of the art of Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, New York, NY). Bringing together over sixty years of work, “Faith Ringgold: American People”provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of Ringgold’s impactful vision. Her role as an artist, author, educator, and organizer has made her a key figure whose work links the multi-disciplinary achievements of the Harlem Renaissance to the political art of young Black artists working today. During the 1960s, Ringgold created some of the most indelible art of the Civil Rights era by melding her own unique style of figurative painting with a bold, transformative approach to the language of protest. In subsequent decades, she challenged accepted hierarchies of art and craft through her experimental quilt paintings and undertook a deeply studied reimagining of art history to produce narratives that bear witness to the historical sacrifices and achievements of Black Americans.
A Conversation Between Women is an unexpected dialogue that takes place across mediums of twenty contemporary female artists. The artists are multigenerational and culturally diverse ~ what they have in common besides their gender is that they are part of a community of artists that works collaboratively with the curator, and nonprofit organization, Art Lives Here. The exhibition has been extended to June 6th.
An exhibition of photographs by the renowned London-based artist Nadav Kander will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from April 21 through June 10, 2022. Nadav Kander: The Thread, the Prix Pictet-winning photographer’s first exhibition with Howard Greenberg Gallery, will present evocative landscapes and penetrating portraits from the 1990s-2020s that evoke the interconnectedness of humanity. The exhibition title, inspired by the poem “The Way It Is” by William Stafford, refers to this common thread.
The Green-Wood Cemetery today announced a new installation by the Cemetery’s first artist in residence, Heidi Lau. Gardens as Cosmic Terrains, inspired by Lau’s explorations of the Cemetery, was created specially for the Catacombs, which are usually closed to the public. The installation opens on Saturday, May 7th.
Claire Oliver Gallery announces inaugural exhibition Who That Is? by artist Stan Squirewell, marking the artists’ debut at the gallery, on view March 25 – May 15, 2022. Through a ritualized process, Squirewell’s work examines who curates and controls the narratives that become accepted as history; from what perspective is history written, whose stories are told, and whose are neglected? Featuring more than 15 new works by the Louisville based artist, Who That Is? showcases works from Squirewell’s series While Shepherds Kept Their Watching, the creation of which is a summation of the multimedia artists’ practices of painting, photography, sculpture, and performance.
Marian Goodman Gallery will open its doors to The Awakening, Tavares Strachan’s first major exhibition in the New York space, which will open on Friday, 6 May through Saturday, 11 June 2022. The Awakening marks part one of a trilogy of exhibitions, which will continue with In Total Darkness at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, and In Broad Daylight at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, which will be on view concurrently this Fall, in October 2022.
The Camera is Cruel: Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin at Austrian Cultural Forum New York on view to June 15, 2022
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York will open its doors to ‘The Camera is Cruel: Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin.’ Curated by Dr. Gerald Matt, the exhibition, previously shown at FLATZ Museum in Dornbim (2018) and the WestLicht Museum for Photography in Vienna (2019), brings together a selection of key works in an exclusive joint presentation of the work of three iconic photographers. The exhibition is on view April 8 ~ June 15, 2022, with Opening Reception on Thursday, April 7th.
Theodore is pleased to present (and we are excited to see) an exhibition of sculpture by Scooter LaForge opening on May 6th, with Opening Reception from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
Nicolas de Crécy offers, through his various portraits, a singular vision of human beauty removed from the standards of advertising aesthetics. In his paintings, through what is still today considered to be a model of perfection, the artist is able to echo Greek and Roman statuary by highlighting contrast, the banal, and the non-aesthetic. Indeed, these are the faces of the street that no one would notice, faces without apparent beauty, damaged by life, hollowed out by age, sometimes ridiculous, often strange, yet always amazing once one takes the time to discover them. Nicolas de Crécy’s references are to be found in the German expressionism of the thirties, Otto Dix and Georges Grosz, and their sharp and raw vision of the human condition. Even if less perceptible, other influences are present, such as those of the great portrait painters Marlène Dumas and Alice Neel, through the powerful portrayal of the fragility that emanates from their models.
Renowned Belgian Artist Denis Meyers will be presenting his first American exhibition “DENIS MEYERS – NYC 2022” at Galerie l’Atelier. Born in 1979, Denis Meyers is a Belgian urban artist. He studied at the National Superior School of Arts and Visuals of la Cambre, in Brussels, city where he currently lives and works.
Inspired by Lim’s poem, Wonder Women, curated by Kathy Huang, presents thirty Asian American and diasporic women and non-binary artists responding to themes of wonder, self, and identity through figuration. While some artists explore wonder as it relates to mythology and legend, others depict the heroines in their lives, offering works that highlight family, community, and history. Several of the works in Wonder Womenaddress colonial and patriarchal structures in the West.
Also on view, Sasha Gordon: Hands of Others at Jeffrey Deitch Grand Street.
Harlem Art Park unveiled its latest temporary public art installation, Plastic Fantastic! With a kaleidoscope of color, artist Capucine Bourcart encourages the viewer to evaluate their own environmental footprint. The large-scale installation measures over 66-feet wide and 7-feet high, demonstrating the abundance of single use plastics and its impact on our public spaces and our environment. Plastic Fantastic! interacts with Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s permanent sculpture, Growth, installed in 1985, along with the unique architectural elements that make this park a hidden gem in East Harlem.
The dates for the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure have been announced. Featuring over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawing, ephemera and artifacts, this celebration of Basquiat’s life will open on April 9, 2022 at the NYC Landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building. On view to June 30, 2022.
Harlem-based non-profit the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Public art organizer Connie Lee and Harlem-based artist Susan Stair are pleased to announce the installation of Ascending the Mountain, a public artwork in Marcus Garvey Park. Installed in three distinct sections along the staircase that leads up to the overlook terraces known as the Acropolis and the Harlem Fire Watchtower. The artwork is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and is one of six temporary public art installations organized by the public art committee in Harlem this Summer.
The Abyss of the Ocean: Cuban Women Photographers, Migrations, and the Question of Race focuses on identity and resistance through the creative practices of five artists living and working in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. The exhibition reveals the experiences and strategies of survival of María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Coco Fusco, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Gertrudis Rivalta, and Juana Valdés within the matrix of Latinx Art. Through their work, these artists challenge the concept of Latinidad and its relationship to Blackness in the modern/colonial project. Unsettling the totalizing definitions of Cuban, Latin American, and Latinx Art, The Abyss of the Ocean presents key photographic series produced since the 1990s. These photographs lay bare the nuance of the artists’ multiple Diasporic identities while confronting racist and colonialist stereotypes of women’s bodies.
A dialogue began last year, serious and thoughtful discussion ensued, and artists have continued the conversation. Here, alongside a small pocket-park on 128th Street in Harlem, artist Julio Valdez unveiled his installation this week entitled ‘I Can’t Breathe.‘ The installation is just a few blocked away from last year’s colorful ‘Black Lives Matter‘ mural on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. extending from 125-127th Streets.
David Zwirner is pleased to present concurrent exhibitions of new work by American artist Richard Serra at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York, on May 4, 2022. On view will be a new sculpture in forged steel, and a new series of drawings by the artist will be presented in the second-floor galleries.
With her early work, Cindy Sherman revolutionized the role of the camera in artistic practice and opened the door for generations of artists and critics to rethink photography as a medium. On 4 May 2022, Hauser & Wirth New York will present over one hundred works from Sherman’s most groundbreaking and influential early series – including the complete set of 70 Untitled Film Stills, Rear Screen Projections and Centerfolds – in her first major solo exhibition with the gallery.
This four-month exhibit (through July 31, 2022) will feature nine, six-foot-tall sculptures, representing some of the most endangered animals in the world. Each sculpture will have a QR code that provides more information on the animals and an option to donate to World Wildlife Fund, Gillie and Marc’s charity partner.
Renowned for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery, Winslow Homer (1836–1910) remains a consequential figure whose art continues to appeal to broad audiences. Opening April 11, 2022, Winslow Homer: Crosscurrents will reconsider the artist’s work through the lens of conflict, a theme that spans his prolific career. A persistent fascination with struggle permeates Homer’s art—from emblematic images of the Civil War and Reconstruction that examine the effects of the conflict on the landscape, soldiers, and formerly enslaved people to dramatic scenes of rescue and hunting, as well as monumental seascapes and dazzling tropical works painted throughout the Atlantic world. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be The Met’s iconic The Gulf Stream, a painting that reveals Homer’s lifelong engagement with the charged subjects of race, geopolitics, and nature. Featuring 88 oils and watercolors, this major loan exhibition represents the largest critical overview of Homer’s art and life in more than a quarter of a century.
Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings produced by the iconic, French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in 1949. The exhibition opens on April 12th.
Artist, Gillian Wearing will unveil a bronze monument to celebrated photographer, Diane Arbus at the Doris C. Freeman Plaza, at the entrance to Central Park this October. This is a fitting location for the Arbus monument, since many of her best-known images were taken in this Park.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, the first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art. On view March 12 to August 14, 2022, the exhibition examines work by thirty-five international contemporary artists, from established names to emerging voices, several of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in the United States. By either making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, these artists create garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transforms dress into a critical tool for exploring issues of subjectivity, identity, and difference.
Beginning March 17, 2022, The Frick Collection will present a one-room installation by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone (b. 1947) at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. Displayed in the broader context of the museum’s decorative arts and Old Master paintings and sculpture, this unprecedented exhibition by the acclaimed Arte Povera artist is the first to feature his work in the medium of porcelain. Consisting of eleven disks created during a 2013 collaboration with the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in France, works never before shown publicly, this project invites a dialogue with the Frick’s rich holdings in the medium. Penone’s series of disks will be shown on the third floor in concert with a nearby gallery featuring eighteenth-century porcelains by several renowned manufactories. Propagazioni: Giuseppe Penone at Sèvres is organized by Giulio Dalvit, the Frick’s Assistant Curator of Sculpture, and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue authored by Dalvit, with an introduction by Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator.
Fourteen oversized sculptures with raised hands will provide a warm welcome to New Yorkers and visitors as part of the Garment District Alliance’s latest public art exhibit Here. Created by artist Santi Flores, Heresymbolizes unity, diversity and individuality, and will be dedicated to all New Yorkers and visitors passing through the neighborhood.
Sam Durant’s monumental fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole continues High Line Art’s mission of presenting new, powerful, thought-provoking artworks that generate and amplify some of today’s most important conversations.
This latest addition to Bella Abzug Park’s landscape comes from HYHK’s ambitious public art program that seeks to continually beautify and uplift the neighborhood. In partnership with NYC Parks, funding from the Québec Government Office in New York, and sponsorship from local stakeholder Amazon NYC, HYHK was able to bring this project to life.
Reset: Towards a New Commons aims to foster more diverse and inclusive solutions to building community. Rather than designing specific spaces for specific needs, the exhibition considers how spaces may be designed for all, addressing the importance of barrier-free environments and practices rooted in “Universal Design.” The majority of the exhibition will be dedicated to four projects developed by interdisciplinary design teams—one focusing on New York City, one on Cincinatti, Ohio, and two in the San Francisco Bay Area—which envision environments that encourage new modes of living collaboratively, with special attention paid to ameliorating the divisions of age, race, and ability.
Starting at the young age of fifteen, Brooklyn born photographer Jamel Shabazz identified early on the core subject of his lifelong investigation: the men and women, young and old, who invest the streets of New York with a high degree of theater and style, mixing traditions and cultures. Despite following a celebrated tradition of street photography that includes Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, it is to his credit that Shabazz has been one of the first photographers to realize the joyous, infectious potential of youth culture in neighborhoods such as Red Hook, Brownsville, Flatbush, Fort Greene, Harlem, Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the Grand Concourse section of the Bronx.
The Costume Institute’s next major exhibition will be a two-part show on view from September 18, 2021 through September 5, 2022. Part One, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion—opening in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021 ~ will feature approximately 80 individual ensembles encased and arranged as “squares” in horizontal and vertical rows representing the qualities that collectively define American fashion. Part Two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—opening in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022—will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces. Parts One and Two will close on September 5, 2022.
The Costume Institute’s 2022 spring exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—the second of a two-part presentation—will explore the foundations of American fashion through a series of sartorial displays featuring individual designers and dressmakers who worked in the United States from the 19th to the mid-late 20th century.
Installed on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), El Toro de Oro adds to May’s plethora of art exhibition during Art Week, with the opening of the Whitney Biennial, TEFAF and NYCxDesign, followed by VOLTA, FRIEZE, and The Photography Show.
Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective at El Museo del Barrio on View to September 11, 2022
El Museo del Barrio is pleased to present Raphael Montañez Ortiz: A Contextual Retrospective, from April 14 to September 11, 2022, the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the artist, activist, educator, and founder of El Museo del Barrio, since 1988. Curated by El Museo’s chief curator, Rodrigo Moura, and guest curator Julieta González, the exhibition spans several decades of his production, from the 1950s to the early-2020s, in different media such as film, painting, photography, video installations, documents, and assemblages. This is the largest exhibition-to-date dedicated to the artist.
The Studio Museum in Harlem announced its fall programming, kicking-off the season with Thomas J. Price: Witness, the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States. As part of the Studio Museum’s ongoing inHarlem initiative, the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture entitled The Distance Within (2021) will depict a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. The large-scale artwork celebrates a familiar form rarely monumentalized within a public setting and continues the artist’s exploration of blackness and Black masculinity as it relates to presence, movement, and freedom.
Installed in several locations on the Allen Street Malls between Broome and Hester Streets, this group exhibition features seven artworks by eight artists addressing themes of nature. Artists include Alberto M. Bursztyn, Sarah Haviland, Elizabeth Knowles and Eric David Laxman, Elaine Lorenz, Judith Peck, Daina Shobrys, and Michael Wolf. This exhibition is presented by Sculptors Guild.
The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that sixty-three artists and collectives will be participating in Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, co-organized by two Whitney curators, David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards. This will be the eightieth iteration in the long-running series of annual and biennial exhibitions launched by the Museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, in 1932. The 2022 Biennial takes over most of the Whitney from April 6 through September 5, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through October 23, 2022.
Steve Marcus: Top Dog of Kosher Pop Art at Museum at Eldridge Street on view through November 6, 2022
In a new exhibition at the Museum at Eldridge Street, New York City artist Steve Marcus takes viewers on a journey into the cartoon world of kosher folk art through a series of new artworks inspired by one of the many great Jewish contributions to American culture: the hot dog. Linking his quirky sense of humor with a passion for his own roots and culture, Marcus’s hand-drawn works on paper answer to a higher authority. Let’s be frank: Marcus has once again created art that viewers of all ages can relish. Steve Marcus: Top Dog of Kosher Pop Art opens at the Museum at Eldridge Street on Thursday, May 12 and runs through November 6, 2022.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff joined The Battery Conservancy President and Founder Warrie Price, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Chair Tammy Meltzer, artist Hebru Brantley, and community members on Sunday to unveil Brantley’s sculpture, The Great Debate, at The Battery. The artwork, which stands 16-feet tall, is exhibited in partnership with The Battery and NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, and will be on display through November 13, 2022.
Cavalier Gallery is pleased to reveal the return of Hippo Ballerina. The iconic bronze sculpture, installed in New York City’s Pershing Square Plaza West located on the west side of Park Avenue between East 41st and East 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Created by Danish artist Bjørn Okholm Skaarup, the monumental sculpture will be accompanied by Hippo Ballerina, pirouette and Rhino Harlequin, pirouette permitted as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program.
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.
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.
You know who I am is a large-scale cast bronze replica of the Statue of Liberty wearing various cartoonish masks. The masks are stylized portraits of individuals whose personal experiences of freedom are directly connected to the United States. The masks will change every two months, representing six different people over the course of the exhibition. The work stands twenty-three feet above the High Line on the Northern Spur Preserve. From this vantage, visitors can also see the original Lady Liberty to the south in New York Harbor.
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 July!