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

 

 

 

Tony D’Amico, ‘Saturday Morning at Madison Square Park’, Oil. 16 x 12 (image) 21.5 x 17.5 (framed). Image courtesy of the artist and Salmagundi Club ~ in the Salmagundi Club Spring Auction June 1st

Kicking-off the month of June with a plethora of annual events like Pride Month, Juneteenth, the TriBeCa Festival, Schomburg Center’s Literary Festival, Sing for Hope Pianos, Salmagundi Club Spring Auction, NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll, and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival. Here are a few suggestions for the month of June.

June is Pride Month

From our archives, Harlem Pride at Casa Frela Gallery, 2010

Beginning in 1969 with a ‘Gay Power’ demonstration of about 500 people in Washington Square Park, the NYC Pride March is now considered to be the largest Pride Parade in the United States. In 2019, celebrating Stonewall 50/WorldPride NYC, approximately five-million people took part over the final weekend of the celebrations, with about four-million in attendance at the parade.

Join NYC Pride 2023 during the month of June as it celebrates its legacy and future projects like the 2024 opening of the LGBTQ Visitor Center and The American LGBTQ+ Museum with an anticipated opening in 2026.

 

Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera at Frick Madison ~ June 1

Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera mural and paintings on view at Frick Madison

This summer, The Frick Collection will debut a site-specific pastel mural by Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980), executed in the Italian Galleries at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. The work will be created in response to Rosalba Carriera’s Portrait of a Man in Pilgrim’s Costume (above), a spectacular eighteenth-century pastel bequeathed to the Frick in 2020 by Alexis Gregory, the founder of Vendome Press.

 

Salmagundi Club Spring Auction ~ June 1

Amanda Epstein, ‘Rittenhouse Square’. Watercolor,, 7.5 x 7.5 (image), 13 x 15 (framed). Image courtesy of the artist and Salmagundi Club.

Salmagundi Club is home to the oldest continuous art auction in New York, held each spring and fall since the late 1870’s. This year, Salmagundi will be holding our annual Spring Auction online. The preview period will run for a full month, taking online bids via LiveAuctioneers. Take a look, online on view now.

 

Art in DUMBO First Thursday ~ June 1

Alyssa Fanning, Isle of Trees and Shadows, 2023. Graphite on paper, 23 x 30 in. Photo courtesy of Platform Project Space.

Don’t miss Art in Dumbo’s last First Thursday Gallery Walk of the season! All are welcome to visit the neighborhood and view new artwork at their own pace.

You’re also invited to join our free Insider’s Tour, which starts at 6 PM in the lobby of 20 Jay Street. RSVP is required, and tickets are going quickly. Reserve your spot here.

 

‘Terry O’Neill: Stars’ at Fotografiska New York

Audrey Hepburn during the filming of “Two for the Road” in the South of France, 1966; 1966 102 x 150 cm. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta. © Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images

Fotografiska New York is pleased to present Stars, the largest U.S. exhibition and first New York museum solo show of the late British photographer Terry O’Neill (1938-2019). The curation of 110 works on view spans six decades (1960s through 2010s) of O’Neill’s fine art photography, from crisp portraiture to playful behind-the-scenes snapshots.

 

NoMAA Presents a Month-Long Celebration ~ The Annual Uptown Arts Stroll 

Artist, Devyn White, 1st Place Winner.

Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) will hold its 21st Uptown Arts Stroll, with events and open studios throughout the month of June.

 

‘Below Constructions’ at Ki Smith Gallery ~ June 1

Artist Capucine Bourcart. Image courtesy of the artist.

Affected by the rawness of the walk down an unfinished staircase featuring the original plaster walls, exposed and weathered concrete floors, Below Constructions is a presentation of works by five artists who allow surfaces to act as their medium– exploring the “here and now” of art making materials. When completion doesn’t involve a conventional finishing or framing of the art object, but rather an affirmation of the reality of the object itself, the studio’s tool box becomes evident, and a glimpse of the worktable made visible.

 

NASA & ARTECHOUSE Present ‘Beyond the Light’ at Chelsea Market ~ June 1

Beyond the Light, Image courtesy Artechouse NYC

ARTECHOUSE, a pioneer in innovative, experiential art and the leading contemporary art space dedicated exclusively to technology-based art, is pleased to announce Beyond the Light. Developed in collaboration with NASA, this visionary and awe-inspiring exhibition is a unique artistic expression of NASA’s scientific discoveries, including newly analyzed galactical data captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, that offers audiences the opportunity to explore the universe through the innovative use of technology-driven art. Beyond the Light will open to the public on June 1, 2023, at ARTECHOUSE NYC, before traveling to Washington, D.C., in the fall.

 

‘A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran’ at The Drawing Center ~ June 2

Kahlil Gibran, A woman with a Blue Veil, 1916. Watercolor, 8 1/2 x 10 inches (21.5 x 25.3 cm). Collection of the Gibran Khalil Gibran Museum, Courtesy of the Gibran National Committee.

The first exhibition of its kind in the United States, A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran features over one hundred drawings by the prolific Lebanese-American artist, poet and essayist, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of Gibran’s world-renowned publication, The Prophet. Though best known for his poetry and prose, Gibran viewed himself equally as a visual artist, producing paintings, watercolors, sketches, illustrations, book covers, and other material as a complement to his written work. A Greater Beauty will present an overview of Gibran’s drawings and sketches alongside manuscript pages, notebooks, correspondence, magazine illustrations and essays, and first editions, providing a glimpse into the artist’s production in the context of his work as a whole. The exhibition will be on view from June 2 to September 3, 2023.

 

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Annual Public Art Symposium at SVA Theatre ~ June 2

Madison Square Park Conservancy announced the program for its eighth annual symposium, which convenes artists, curators, and cultural leaders to discuss critical issues and ideas in the fields of public and contemporary art. This year’s symposium, Transforming Public Art, explores how artists are reshaping public art practice—and public space itself—through the use of unexpected materials and by layering their work onto historic sites to spark dialogue about who and what is represented and immortalized in the civic space. The theme of the symposium is inspired by the Conservancy’s commissioned public art exhibitions for 2023: Shahzia Sikander’s Havah…to breathe, air, life, on view through June 4, 2023, and Sheila Pepe’s My Neighbor’s Garden, opening June 26, 2023.

Free and open to the public, Transforming Public Art is organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy and will be held on Friday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the SVA Theatre.

 

Spring Art+Craft Market at Westbeth ~ June 3

This is WestBeth’s First Ever Art + Craft Fair! The Event will be held on Saturday, June 2nd from 11am to 6pm and feature bespoke fabric, art, photos, music, up-cycled vintage clothing, hats, jewelry, and affordable fine art by some of Westbeth’s most well-known artists. Enter through courtyard.

 

Montague Street Blooms ~ June 3, 17, 24

Montague Street Blooms. Next Gen Influencers. Image credit: Amy Gibbs

The Montague Street Business Improvement District (Montague BID) will unveil Montague Street Blooms, a 6-foot tall pop up flower park installation on Saturday, May 13 at 12pm. The pop up park created by artist Piera Bonerba, owner of Le Meraviglie Art Studio, 108 Montague Street, and artist Emanuele Simonelli, will bloom during Open Streets on Montague every Saturday in May, June and July (except June 10), from 12-6pm on Montague Street between Henry and Hicks Streets in Brooklyn Heights.

 

Harman Projects Presents ‘KEFE: Fresh Eyes’ ~ June 3

Kelly Tunstall, Orchid, 2023. 30 x 24 inches. Image courtesy Harman Projects.

Harman Projects is pleased to present Fresh Eyes, a two-person exhibition by artist duo KEFE, aka Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock. This will be the artists’ first solo exhibition with Harman Projects. Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are a husband-and-wife duo based in San Francisco. They are firmly rooted in the Northern California new contemporary movement and their work (both individually and jointly) emphasizes their whimsical world-building.

 

Charles Ray: Adam and Eve at Two Manhattan West ~ June 5

Charles Ray, Adam and Eve, 2023. Image by Timothy Schenck

Ray’s “Adam and Eve” (2023) stands outside the entrance to Brookfield Properties’ skyscrapers, One and Two Manhattan West.  Consisting of two figures machined out of solid blocks of stainless steel, each nearly nine feet tall, the sculpture activates and is activated by the space of its location, which is Two Manhattan West, 375 Ninth Avenue, NYC.

 

Washington Square Music Festival with The Harlem Chamber Players ~ June 6

Attend the opening of the 65th season of the Washington Square Music Festival on June 6, at 8 pm when the Harlem Chamber Players perform with Kenneth Overton, baritone (2020 Grammy Award Winner; Met debut in Porgy and Bess)

 

Soho Photo Galery ‘Portfolio Development: The Annual Exhibition’ ~ June 6-11

Portfolio Development is an independent study program sponsored by Soho Photo Gallery. It is for photographers of all levels who want to grow their creative practice. The photographs on display in the gallery from June 6 – 11 represent the best work produced this season. The gallery will be open from 12noon-6pm each day for the public to view both their photographs and books.

*Note: The next season of Portfolio Development will begin in September. If you would like to improve your own photography by participating, please email us using the contact form below.

 

Ford Foundation JustFilms Presents ‘A Town Called Victoria’ ~ June 6 from 5:30-8:00pm

Image courtesy Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

Hours after the 2017 “Muslim travel ban” was announced, a mosque in Victoria, Texas erupted in flames. This three-part docuseries chronicles the town, its residents, and complex history as a quiet community reckons with the deep rifts that incited this hate crime. Episode 1 will be presented ahead of a fall broadcast on PBS by JustFilms at Ford Foundation on June 6th.

 

Public Art Fund Unveils ‘Phyllida Barlow: PRANK’ in City Hall Park ~ June 6

Phyllida Barlow “PRANK: hoax; 2022/23” PRANK: mimic; 2022/23 Corlen steel, fiberglass, lacquer © Phyllida Barlow Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo; Flip Wolak, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY Artwork a part of “Phyllida Barlow: PRANK”, presented by Public Art Fund in City Hall Park, New York City, June 6, 2023-November 26, 2023.

On June 6, 2023, Public Art Fund will debut PRANK, the late British artist Phyllida Barlow’s final series of large-scale freestanding sculptures. This exhibition of seven new steel and fiberglass sculptures in City Hall Park offers the opportunity to experience her rich artistic legacy in the public sphere. As Barlow’s first series of outdoor sculptures made from robust long-lasting materials, PRANK marks a notable departure from the artist’s typical use of materials suitable for indoor display, extending her highly influential practice into the realm of public art.

 

‘Nora Thompson Dean: Lenape Teacher and Herbalist’ on view at The Morgan Library ~ June 6

Nora Thompson Dean. Photograph by Roy Pataro.

An exhibition in the Rotunda of the 1906 Library and an installation in the Morgan Garden, developed collaboratively with the Lenape Center and Hudson Valley Farm Hub, honors Nora Thompson Dean (1907–1984), a Lenape teacher and herbalist who worked to preserve Lenape culture. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dean made multiple influential visits to Lenapehoking, the ancestral lands of the Lenape (an area that now encompasses New Jersey and sections of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut). The exhibition, incorporating letters, photographs, and printed materials, sheds light on different aspects of Nora Thompson Dean’s life and teaching. It is complemented by an installation of plants important to the Lenape in the Morgan Garden, including corn, squash, and beans.

 

‘Gego: Lines in Space’ at LGDR Flagship Gallery ~ June 7

Image courtesy LGDR

LGDR is pleased to present Lines in Space — opening June 7, 2023, at 19 East 64th Street in New York—the first exhibition of Gego’s work at the gallery’s new flagship location. A leading figure of Venezuelan abstraction in the 1960s and ’70s, Gego (1912–1994) created multidimensional works that radically engage the properties of line and space. Lines in Space will offer a concentrated survey of the artist’s works across media, including the constellated wire structure Chorro (1979/86), the six-part steel-and-bronze sculpture Cornisa I (1967), the rectilinear Meccano (1985), and a diverse array of luminous watercolors, collages, and drawings. We are delighted to present our exhibition in collaboration with Fundación Gego and to mount our presentation alongside the New York iteration of Gego: Measuring Infinity, a major traveling retrospective of the artist’s work on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

 

Purple Prose: Queer Illiteralism & a Flowering Cacophony at Marianne Boesky Gallery ~ June 7

David Gilbert, Stage Set, 2021. Archival inkjet print. 37 5/8 x 54 1/2 inches/95.57 x 138.43cm. Edition of 3 plus 1 AP. © David Gilbert. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen.

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Purple Prose: Queer Illiteralism & a Flowering Cacophony, a summer group featuring works by Felix Beaudry, John Burtle, David Gilbert, Borna Sammak, Marisa Takal, and Michaela Yearwood-Dan. Taking its title from the literary term for an overly embellished writing style, Purple Prose is a queer celebration of the fanciful, the excessive, the transgressive. Organized by Kory Trolio, the exhibition embraces the artist’s rambling plight and the tortuous journey of queer being, foregrounding playful narratives of evolving selves, opening June 7th.

 

The Annual TriBeCa Festival ~ June 7 ~ 18

Image courtesy of the Tribeca Festival

The 2023 features program includes 109 feature films from 127 filmmakers across 36 countries. The lineup includes 93 world premieres, one international premiere, eight North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, and six New York premieres. There are 43 first-time directors and 29 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects. 41% (45) of all feature films are directed by women and, for the first time, more than half of competition feature films are directed by women at 68% (19). Additionally, 36% (39) of feature films are directed by BIPOC filmmakers, including two indigenous filmmakers.

 

Zaq Landsberg’s ‘Reclining Liberty’ to Pop-Up in Red Hook ~ June 8

In Red Hook for a refinishing before she moves on, Zaq Landsberg’s “Reclining Liberty” will be back in New York for a brief stay in Red Hook.

We loved Zaq Landsberg’s Reclining Liberty in Morning Side Park, Harlem, and celebrated the monuments move to Liberty State Park. Now, she is packed and ready to return to New York for a brief stay in Red Hook!

Following Reclining Liberty…..here’s what we know. After a year on display in Liberty State Park, the 25-foot-long, 2,000 pound statue is moving indoors ~ into the Red Hook gallery space, Andrew Logan Projects located at 384 Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn for a short stay through June 24, 2023.

 

‘Yvonne Wells: Play the Hand That’s Dealt You’ at Fort Gansevoort ~ June 8

Yvonne Wells, Play the Hand That’s Dealt You, 2011; Assorted fabrics, 81.5 x 65 inches © Yvonne Wells. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevort, New York

Beginning June 8, 2023, Fort Gansevoort will present Play The Hand That’s Dealt You, the first New York solo exhibition of Alabama-based artist Yvonne Wells. Born in 1939 in Tuscaloosa, Wells is known for her intricate narrative quilts depicting American history subjects, pop culture figures, and religious subject matter. As a self- taught artist living and working in the same region as the enslaved female quilters from the rural Alabama community known as Gee’s Bend, Wells is aware of heritage techniques, yet cleaves to her own contemporary visual vernacular.

 

‘Djamel Tatah: Solitary Figures’ at Bienvenu Steinberg & J ~ June 8

Djamel Tatah, Untitled, 2021, oil and wax on canvas, 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches (200 x 300 cm). Image courtesy of Bienvenu Steinberg & J.

Solitary Figures, Franco-Algerian artist Djamel Tatah’s first solo exhibition in the United States, will be on view at Bienvenu Steinberg & J, from June 8 to July 15, 2023. Curated by Richard Vine, the exhibition will showcase eleven of Tatah’s full-size figurative paintings, produced between 2011 and 2021. These works question our presence in the world and our relationship to the humanity that surrounds us. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Richard Vine and art historian Barbara Stehle will accompany the exhibition.

 

The Loisaida Center Kicks-Off a Pride Celebration, ‘June is for Drag’ Beginning ~ June 8

Ernesto Linnemann. “Homo-Venus”, Composite photograph, 2020

This June, in solidarity with their LGBTQI+ community members, Acacia Network and its affiliate Loisaida Inc. will present a month-long arts series celebrating Pride Month.

Curated by queer artist Gabriel G Torres, the Loisaida is Proud series kicks off on Thursday, June 8th at 6 PM with an opening reception for the exhibition “We are all born naked, the rest is drag,” showcasing more than 15 years of never-before exhibited work by lens-based artist Ernesto Linnemann. The exhibition will run through Friday, June 23rd.

‘Zhang Zipiao: Swallow Whole’ at LGDR, East 89th Street ~ June 8

Installation view, ‘Zhang Zipiao: Swallow Whole’. Image courtesy LGDR. Photos by Elisabeth Bernstein courtesy of LGDR

Zhang Zipiao’s lush, monumental, and painted abstractions envelope the viewer. Her debut solo exhibition with LGDR, Swallow Whole, opens on June 8, 2023, at 3 East 89th Street in New York. It features new canvases in oil that oscillate between figuration and abstraction, triggering our tendency to interpret abstractions as recognizable symbols and objects—a heart, seashell, chestnut, and rosebud—as suggested in her titles. Zhang creates imagery through intricate layers and sweeping brushstrokes. Her rich palette and the physicality of her application form the foundation of psychologically charged compositions.

The Harlem Chamber Players Celebrate 15th Anniversary ~ June 9

The Harlem Chamber Players_image 2 Photo credit: Bob Curtis

The Harlem Chamber Players (Founding Executive and Artistic Director Liz Player) will mark its 15th Anniversary and Black Music Month with a musical extravaganza Harlem Songfest II, celebrating Black opera singers and the music of Black composers, including women, on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street in Manhattan). Multifaceted artist Damien Sneed will serve as music director and conductor for the event, which will also feature arias from the European canon.The special concert is hosted by WQXR radio personality and Harlem Chamber Players (HCP) Artistic Advisor Terrance McKnight and presented in association with the Manhattan School of Music.

 

Human Connection Arts at ChaShaMa Gala ~ June 8 and June 10

Human Connection Arts

Join the amazing ChaShaMa Gala on June 8 and June 10 where we will be performing live Human Canvas Paintings! The Gala is an exclusive art event featuring many cutting edge and prominent artists.

 

‘Jim Hodges: Craig’s closet’ at NYC AIDS Memorial ~ June 9

Jim Hodges, Craig’s closet, 2023, Granite and bronze, 90 x 57 x 28 1/2 inches (228.6 x 144.8 x 72.4 cm)
Installation view: New York City AIDS Memorial Park; Presented by the New York City AIDS Memorial, June 9, 2023-May 31, 2024 © Jim Hodges, Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery Photography by Daniel Greer

For those of us with the good fortune to have a place to hang our things, a closet is a magical container, a collection of materials, arranged by each of us that at a glance can reveal our values, desires, cares, and even our deepest secrets. Time itself is frozen inside a closet in contrasting meters and timelines, fragmented in things accumulated and arranged in juxtaposed order, stacked and aligned, quickly thrown or casually dropped there to be taken care of later. The scene is set, and the narratives that blossom come alive whenever the doors swing open, giving us a reading, a reminder, an understanding of who we are, where we have been, secrets, and dreams we hold. Boxes concealing our heart’s contours, scribbled messages scratched on folded notes and cards, photos, records, files, all the stuff worth saving for the reason that each thing signifies, all these choices contained in the holding space, the closet.

 

Studio Museum in Harlem Hosts ‘Artists on Artists’ Celebrating the Historic Smokehouse Associate in Harlem Art Park ~ June 11 ~ postponed

Courtesy Studio Musem in Harlem/Smokehouse Associates, an afternoon at Harlem Art Park

On June 11, Studio Museum in Harlem is hosting the final event in celebration of the groundbreaking publication Smokehouse Associates. Artists on Artists: sonia louise davis, David L. Johnson, and Shamel Pitts on Smokehouse Associates presents an afternoon of dance, readings, lectures, and more, all in Harlem Art Park, the site of one of the art collective’s first painted walls.

 

Sing for Hope Pianos ~ June 12

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 06: An aerial view of the pianos in Liberty Plaza during The 2016 Sing For Hope Pianos launch event on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Sing for Hope Pianos )

Attention all music lovers and piano enthusiasts ~ Sing For Hope Pianos is thrilled to announce the return of the Pianos to the streets of New York City starting Monday, June 12th. The Sing for Hope (SFH) Pianos are set to grace NYC’s Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan before being located in Parks throughout our City.

The Sing for Hope Pianos hit the streets beginning Tuesday, June 13 and are available for public play at 10 fantastic host sites:

Christopher Park

Governors Island

Herbert von King Park

Lippman Plaza

Lowery Plaza

Marcy Plaza

Queens County Farm Museum

Quisqueya Plaza

Snug Harbor Culture Center & Botanical Garden

Van Cortlandt House Museum

 

Museum Mile Festival ~ June 13

From our archives, Museum Mile Festival in front of the Jewish Museum

Museum Mile 2023 will be held on Tuesday, June 13th from 6:00 to 9:00pm. This year, participating galleries include The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center. All activities are free, with no registration required.

 

Trashion Show Designer Workshop at The Dwyer ~ June 13

The ‘Fantastic Plastic’ dress from Virginia Beach fashion designer Sonya Phillips, worn by model Queen Ayesha at Virginia Fashion Week. SONYA PHILLIPS

All you need is a little trash ~ something we each have way too much of. Here’s how to get started. Join artist Susan Stair and costume designer Agnes Faireye for Trashion Show and Design Workshops to be held at the Dwyer Cultural Center on June 13th, with follow-up workshops on July 11th and August 8th. Learn to develop ideas and create artwork and garments using discarded plastics, bottle caps and paper.

The workshops will take place from 6:30 to 7:30pm at The Dwyer, located at 309 West 123rd Street, between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. You’ll surprise yourself with what you can create, and all participants are invited to model their creations in a Trashion Show this fall in Morningside Park!

 

“Focus on Dance” for Pride Month at Keith de Lellis Gallery ~ June 14

George Platt Lynes (American, 1907-1955), Lew Christiensen, William Dollar & Daphne Vane performing Orpheus and Eurydice, c. 1936, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

Keith de Lellis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of photographs that explore the history of dance in the 20th century, with works spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s. The poses, expressions, and moments formed in these photographs were also conceptualized through a phrase of dance, a surrealist notion that holds visually throughout these works. Together and separately, both dance and photography are ever-changing. ‘Focus on Dance’ to open on June 14th.

 

NYC Celebrates Juneteenth ~ June 17

From our archives, Africa Day Parade

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. Now a State and Federal Holiday, here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2023.

 

The Schomburg Center’s 5th Annual Literary Festival ~ June 17

Image from Schomburg Center Literary Festival, 2022.Photo credit: APM World/Emmanuel Agbeble, Isseu Diouf Campbell, Bill Farrington and Bob Gore. Image Above, ‘The Exonerated Five: An In-Depth Look at their Journey to Justice’ Abiodun Oyewole, a founding member of The Last Poets in conversation with Dr. Yusef Salaam (Exonerated Five) and current candidate running for Harlem City Council.

he Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host its 5th Annual Literary Festival on Saturday, June 17th. Traditionally held on Juneteenth weekend, the Schomburg Center Literary Festival is held both outdoors and throughout the historic research library in Harlem, featuring discussions, workshops, and book signings with established and emerging writers across the Black Diaspora.

 

Culture Creative & Care Initiative Unveils in Marcus Garvey Park ~ June 18

Jerome Haferd’s ‘Sakofa’. Image via CB 11, courtesy Harlem Grown

Marcus Garvey Park, which is adjacent to both Harlem and East Harlem, was the lucky recipient of a Mellon Foundation Humanities in Place Initiative, with a focus on fostering creativity and care in essential public space.

Administered through Harlem Grown, The Culture, Creativity & Care Initiativewill be a two-year project, amplifying Harlem’s rich history and culture, along with its plethora of talented residents, from visual and performing arts to culture and food Programming, unveiling on June 18, 2023.

 

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Street Festival ~ June 18

Courtesy Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival, 2023.

We are saving the date for the 22nd Annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival to be held on Sunday, June 18th from Noon to 4:00pm on Eldridge Street between Division and Canal Streets. The free event is a delicious celebration of all things Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican.

 

The Soapbox Presents Harlem ~ June 18

The soapbox Presents will hold its second annual Stoop Sessions: Big Band Jubilee on Sunday, June 18th at 8:00pm. Celebrating Juneteenth, they will celebrate 14 Black musicians playing from The Stoop.

You will find The Stoop at 199 Lenox Avenue, at 120th Street next to NiLu Gift Shop in Harlem.

 

CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts at The Apollo Theater ~ June 20

On Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm EST The Apollo Theater will host “CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts,” an in-depth discussion featuring the leading Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing artists, creators, and musicians working in the performing arts space today. The panelists come from all corners of the creative industry, spanning dance, theater, music, and film. Throughout the conversation, they will share their stories—their successes, their setbacks, and the steps they took to get to where they are today. Not only will this be an opportunity to connect and network with trailblazing artists, but also a chance to celebrate all of their contributions and uplift an integral but often under-acknowledged community.

 

Make Music New York ~ June 21

This is the 17th Annual Make Music New York, celebrating NYC’s artists and public spaces. MMNY musicians will be all around Town from Bryant Park and Madison Square Park to Union Square and the Oculus North Plaza. At the Basilica of St Patrick’s Old Cathedral to Metro North on East 125th Street – and the 124th Street Harlem Library. At Freeman Plaza East, on Little Island, and Dante Park on Broadway & 63rd Street. Check the map for many more locations.

 

‘Bruce Davidson: The Way Back’ at Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ June 22

Bruce Davidson, Washington, D.C., 1963. Image © Bruce Davidson, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York

Bruce Davidson: The Way Back will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from June 22 through September 16, 2023. Selected by the acclaimed photographer from his vast archive, the exhibition will present previously unpublished work dating from 1957-1977. The photographs represent the arc of Davidson’s versatile career with individual images that were overlooked at the time. Some are from Davidson’s most well-known series—East 100th Street, a look at one Harlem block in 1966-68; Brooklyn Gang, which followed a group of teenagers in the summer of 1959; Time of Change, his Civilrights photographs from 1961-65; and Subway, a look at life on the trains from 1977.

 

Brigid Berlin: The Heaviest at Vito Schnabel Gallery ~ June 23

Postcard collage from David Whitney to Brigid Berlin, 1970, 6 x 4 1/3 inches (15.24 x 11.01 cm); Collection of Jordan and Kathleen Pike

Opening at Vito Schnabel Gallery’s Clarkson Street space on June 23, 2023, Brigid Berlin: The Heaviest is the first exhibition ever to document all aspects of the artist’s life, shedding light on the full scope of her career beyond the shadow of her famous friend and mentor Andy Warhol.

 

‘Africa Fashion’ at The Brooklyn Museum ~ June 23

Sanlé Sory (Burkinabe, born 1943). Je Vais Décoller, 1977. © Sanlé Sory/Tezeta. Courtesy of David Hill Gallery

Making its North American debut in Brooklyn, the exhibition features over 180 works, including fashion, music, film, visual art, and photography, as well as textiles and jewelry from the Museum’s Arts of Africa collection. The exhibition will open on June 23rd.

 

Flushing Town Hall Celebrates the Queens Jazz Orchestra’s 15th Anniversary ~ June 23

On June 23, Flushing Town Hall celebrates the 15th anniversary of its resident Queens Jazz Orchestra with “Land of the Giants,” a concert featuring the music of several of the greatest saxophonists who lived in Queens. The orchestra will be led by Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and conductor Antonio Hart.

 

Uptown Triennial 2023 at Wallach Art Gallery ~ June 23

The third edition of the Uptown Triennial presents work by artists from Upper Manhattan and beyond that is representative of the history, culture, and contemporary issues of Harlem and spans the visual arts, media, and sound. The 1980s and 2000s saw musicians and rappers pushing both the sonic landscape and the changing representation of Black urban society. A new visual aesthetic followed with its own language and the next generation of visual artists became interested in exploring the intersection and/or juxtaposition of sonic and visual traditions.

 

Day of Actions ~ The Women’s March ~ June 24

From our archives

On June 24th, thousands of women will gather in Washington D.C. and across the Country in support causes including reproductive rights, criminal justice, defense of our environment, rights of immigrants, LGBT people, the disabled and more. Join them by finding the location nearest you.

 

NYC Pride March ~ June 25

The annual New York City Pride March will take place on March 25th beginning at Noon. This years Grand Marshals will include Billy Porter, Yasmin Benoit, AC Dumlao, Hope Giselle and Randolph ‘Randy’ Wicker. Angelica Ross will return for a third year as co-host on the broadcast special on ABC-7.

 

Sheila Pepe ‘My Neighbor’s Garden’ Throughout Madison Square Park ~ June 26, 2023

Sheila Pepe (American, b. 1959), Proposal for ‘My Neighbor’s Garden’ in Madison Square Park, 2023. Telephone poles, yard hardware, nylon and cotton string, shoelaces, paradors, rubber bands, plant materials. Dimensions variable. Collection the artist. Courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy.

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

 

Village Preservation Presents ‘Edward Hopper’s Greenwich Village’ ~ June 28

Jason Vartikar courtesy Village Preservation

Join Village Preservation and art history scholar Jason Vartikarfor a webinar that takes a look at Hopper’s relationship to Greenwich Village, especially the restaurants, streetscapes, drugstores, and cafes that make Greenwich Village an iconic destination for so many. This Zoom Webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 28th at 6pm. Pre-registration required for this Free event.

 

‘Inheritance’ at Whitney Museum of American Art ~ June 28

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

Beginning Wednesday, June 28, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Inheritance, an exhibition of nearly sixty artworks by forty-three leading artists that traces the profound impact of legacy across familial, historical, and aesthetic lines. Featuring primarily new acquisitions and rarely-seen works from the collection, this diverse array of paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, drawings, and major time-based media installations from the last five decades asks us to consider what has been passed on and how it may shift, change, or live again.

Inheritance is organized by Rujeko Hockley, Arnhold Associate Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and is on view in the Museum’s sixth-floor galleries from June 28, 2023, through February 2024.

 

Patchwork at Fremin Gallery ~ June 29

REKA NYARI “Wandered” 63″ x 50″ Archival Pigment Print

Fremin Gallery will open its doors on June 29th to the summer group exhibition, ‘Patchwork‘, featuring works by the following artists ~ Emilie Arnoux, Thannyo De Freitas, Daniel Diaz Tai, Hacer, Nemo Jantzen, Jean Philippe Kadzinski, Kevin Kelly, Lisa Meek, Yeji Moon, Reka Nyari, Ardan Ozmenoglu, Antoine Rose, Jake Michael Singer, Drew Tal, TMU, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, Cecile Van Hanja, Alex Voinea.

 

Out East

Hauser & Wirth Kicks-Off Summer Season in Southamton

Frank Bowling, Hurrycain, 2000. Acrylic on canvas 127.3 x 172.1 cm/50 1/8 x 67 3/4 in © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved,/DACS, London Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt

Hauser & Wirth will kick off its summer season in Southampton with a special exhibition celebrating its diverse family of artists.

 

Still on View:

Marilyn Minter at LGDR on view to June 3, 2023

Marilyn Minter. Roxane Gay, 2021–23. Enamel on metal, 72 × 48 inches (182.9 × 121.9 cm) © Marilyn Minter, courtesy the artist and LGDR

In a first for Minter’s painting practice, the exhibition debuts portraiture. For centuries, portraits have been the mainstay of the elite. Most portraits that grace the walls of museums, boardrooms, and private homes perpetuate a distorted view of history as remarkable for its absences as for its role in shaping mainstream political and civic discourse. Minter charges into this history, selecting subjects who have made impactful shifts in the cultural landscape.

 

Rear View at LGDR Flagship Headquarters on view through June 3, 2023

LGDR new headquarters, 19 East 64th Street, NYC Image courtesy LGDDR

Spanning two floors of LGDR’s landmark Beaux-Arts-style townhouse, Rear View presents a transhistorical selection of over sixty paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs that explore representation of the human figure as seen from behind—an enduring, wide-ranging paradigm that has exerted potent influence upon modern and contemporary artists. In addition to rare twentieth-century masterworks by Félix Vallotton, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, Paul Cadmus, Aristide Maillol, and others, Rear View brings together seminal works by a diverse group of living artists spanning generations.

 

Zoya Cherkassky: The Arrival of Foreign Professionals at Fort Gansevoort ann view to June 3, 2023

Zoya Cherkassky ‘Simone, 2022’; Acrylic on paper. 51.25 x 78 in. © Zoya Cherkassky. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort

In the new painting Arrival of Foreign Professionals (after Abram Cherkassky), Cherkassky replicates the composition of a Socialist-realist style canvas of a similar title made by her great-granduncle Abram Cherkassky in 1932.

 

Modern Masters: 1930-2008 at Christopher Bishop Fine Art on view through June 3, 2023

Sam Francis, Untitled (Yellow Splashes), 1956. Image courtesy Christopher Bishop Fine Art.

Christopher Bishop Fine Art announces the gallery’s spring exhibition, Modern Masters: 1930 – 2008, on view from May 11 through June 3, 2023. The exhibition will present exceptional modern and contemporary drawings and watercolor paintings by Georg Baselitz, Henri Matisse, Sam Francis, and Zao Wou-Ki.

 

Gateway to Himalayan Art at Rubin Museum on view through June 4, 2023

Teacher Jigme Lingpa (1729-1798) Tibet; 18th-19th century; Metal alloy; C2002.29.2 (HAR 65159)

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.

 

Shahzia Sikander: Havah…to breathe, air, life in Madison Square Park + New York State Appellate Division Courthouse rooftop on view through June 4, 2023

Shahzia Sikander, Drawings for Witness at Madison Square Park and NOW

This winter, 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. Additionally, a recent video animation by Sikander will be on view in the park, visually intertwining the distinct elements. The exhibition is a culmination of Sikander’s exploration of female representation in monuments and marks her first major, site-specific outdoor exhibition in sculptural form.

 

Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined at The New Museum on view to June 4, 2023

Image: Wangechi Mutu, Yo Mama, 2003. Ink, mica flakes, acrylic, pressure-sensitive film, cut-and-pasted printed paper, and painted paper on paper, diptych, overall 59 1/8 × 85 in (150.2 × 215.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift, 2005. Courtesy the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Photo: Robert Edemeyer

The New Museum will present a major solo exhibition of work by Wangechi Mutu, bringing together more than one hundred works across painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, and film to present the full breadth of her practice from the mid-1990s to today. On view March 2–June 4, 2023, “Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined” will take over the entire the museum, encompassing the three main floors, lobby, “Screens Series” program on the lower level, and a new commission for the building’s glass façade. Curated by Vivian Crockett, Curator, and Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator, with Ian Wallace, Curatorial Assistant, “Intertwined” will trace connections between recent developments in Mutu’s sculptural practice and her decades-long exploration of the legacies of colonialism, globalization, and African and diasporic cultural traditions.

 

Close Up: Three East Village Stories at Metropolitan Playhouse on view to June 4, 2023

Metropolitan Playhouse presents new solo-performances drawn from oral histories of East Village residents May 18 – June 4, 2023.  Directed by Sidney Fortner and Alex Roe, performances  will be in-person at the Playhouse home at 220A E 4th Street.

 

Kips Bay Decorator Show House on View to June 6, 2023

Image courtesy Kips Bay Decorator Show House New York

The highly anticipated design event has claimed the historic River Mansion at 337 Riverside Drive at W 106th Street in the Upper West Side as its location. The Show House will be open to the public for one month beginning Thursday, May 11th, 2023. An iconic building on the Upper West Side, the home is also known as “The River Mansion” as the oversized home sits on a corner high point beside Riverside Park with enchanting Hudson River views. With a colorful history beginning in 1902, the building has been home to several notable residents including actress Julia Marlowe, and the Bronfman family including Edgar, Sherry B. and Hannah Bronfman.

 

Dissident Practices: How Brazilian Women Artists Respond to Social Change at John Jay College on view to June 16, 2023

Berna Reale, Palomo, 2012, performance. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler, Saio Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and New York.

Dissident Practices, on view April 19-June 16, 2023, at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, explores how Brazilian women artists respond to social change — from the military dictatorship in the mid-1960s to the return to democracy in the mid-1980s, the social changes of the 2000s, the rise of the Right in the late-2010s, and the recent development of a more diverse younger generation fighting for gender equality and LGBTQI+ rights.

 

Aura-Natasha Ogunji: Cake at Fridman Gallery on view to June 17, 2023

Wura-Natasha Ogunji,The one where we’re all together, 2023, thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 24 x 24″

Fridman Gallery is honored to present Cake, Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s first solo exhibition in New York, opening May 12th.

Ogunji works in drawing, painting, performance, and video. The exhibition includes new drawings and a site-specific thread installation, accompanied by a selection of the artist’s early video works.

 

Alison Elizabeth Taylor: These Days at James Cohan on view to June 24, 2023

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR, Cheryl Before She Left for Maine 2020, 2022, Marquetry Hybrid
67 1/4 x 55 in/170.8 x 139.7 cm

Alison Elizabeth Taylor: These Days is a must-see exhibition before it closes on June 24th. Even our closeup images don’t due justice to her intricate inlaid-wood and painted collages. Over the past twenty years, Taylor’s highly original approach to marquetry and image making has challenged conventional assumptions about art and the definition of painting. This is Taylor’s seventh solo exhibition with James Cohan.

 

Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers at David Zwirner on view through June 24, 2023

Image: Portrait of Yayoi Kusama. © Yayoi Kusama courtesy David Zwirner

One of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama will unveil her latest works on May 11 in her largest gallery exhibition to date, spanning David Zwirner Galleries West 19th and West 20th Street in New York City.

The exhibition will feature new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, and a new Infinity Mirrored Room.

 

Rhythm, Bass and Place: Through the Lens at CCCADI on view to June 24, 2023

Dancing in the Streets South Bronx 1980 by Joe Condo Jr. Image courtesy of the artist and CCCADI

As the world commemorates Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) launches its latest in-person exhibition entitled, Rhythm, Bass and Place: Through the Lens. Launching on March 17, 2023 with a free public reception at CCCADI (120 E 125th Street, NY, NY 10035), this exhibition, featuring the photographs of New York photographers Joe Conzo Jr. and Malik Yusef Cumbo, explores the moments in which musical styles were created in New York City’s African Diasporic communities. From portrait to photojournalism, this exhibition is a testament to a social movement, a cultural renaissance and a communally crafted sound experience that reverberates worldwide.

 

Sean Fader ‘Sugar Daddy: Dear Danielle’ at Denny Gallery on view to June 24, 2023

Sean Fader, Sugar Daddy II, 2023; Archival inkjet print. 44 x 78in/112 x 198cm

This exhibition, Sugar Daddy: Dear Danielle, opening May 19 and running through June 24 at Denny Gallery, New York, is a culmination of the artist’s years of research into the life and interwoven stories of the wealthy socialite Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, her husband the sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels and their relationship which formed around the Spreckels Mansion now owned by prolific romance novelist Danielle Steel.

 

Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower-and-Bird Painting, 1368-1911 Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum on view at China Institute Gallery through June 25, 2023

Wang Caiping (?-1893) To Longevity. Round fan mounted as album leaf; ink and color on paper. Diameter 10 1/4 in (26 cm). Changzhou Museum

China Institute Gallery will reopen on March 23rd with a landmark exhibition of Chinese flower-and-bird paintings. The largest survey of its kind outside of China and the first in the U.S., Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower-and-Bird Painting, 1368-1911, Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum will showcase masterpieces of Chinese painting across five centuries. The exhibition will be on view through June 25, 2023. The exhibition marks the first showing of masterpieces traveling from China to the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic.

 

Fred Wilson: Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds on view at Columbus Park through June 27, 2023

Digital rendering of Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, an upcoming public installation by artist Fred Wilson. The sculptural mockup is situated in Brooklyn’s Columbus Park.

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.

 

Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection at Grey Art Gallery on view to June 28, 2023

Installation view of “Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection”
Photo by Nicholas Papananias, courtesy Grey Art Gallery, NYU

Currently on view at Grey Art Gallery at NYU, ‘Mostly New: Selections from the NYU Art Collection‘. The exhibition presents modern and contemporary artworks, the majority of which have entered the New York University Art Collection over the last decade. This exhibition will be on view to June 28, 2023.

 

No Justice Without Love at Ford Foundation Gallery on view to June 30, 2023

James Yaya Hough, Untitled, 2008-2016, paper, colored pencil. courtesy of the artist and JTT NYC

The exhibition is an invitation to engage with the Fund’s mission to change the narrative around mass incarceration and disrupt the criminal justice system. Inaugurated in 2017 under the unprecedented philanthropic vision of Agnes Gund, A4J launched with $100M generated from the sale of Agnes’ favorite painting, Roy Lichtenstein’s Masterpiece. This spurred artists, collectors and supporters to donate an additional $25M in support of the Fund’s mission to advance policy reform, shift public narratives on criminal justice, and promote the leadership of formerly incarcerated people while centering art as a catalyst to propel change.

 

A Place for Us: Reflections from Chinatown at Think!Chinatown on view through June, 2023

Photo exhibition “A Place for Us: Reflections from Chinatown” Photo credit: Yin Kong

Think!Chinatown, a cultural community organization, presents “A Place for Us: Reflections from Chinatown / 我們的歸宿”. From the grit of Mom & Pop legacy businesses to the joys of reclaiming public spaces, the exhibition explores the many strengths and vulnerabilities that lie within Manhattan’s historic and ever-changing Chinatown community. Displayed at Think!Chinatown’s new community art space, this exhibition  is a celebration of the powerful sense of  belonging and connection Chinese- and Asian-Americans have for Chinatown.

 

‘The Gaze’, Portraits by Martin Adalian at JoAnne Artman on view through June 30, 2023

Martin Adalian, Afternoon Garden. Acrylic, Oil, Tar ann Canvas. 62 x 48 inches. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

JoAnne Artman Gallery will open its door to The Gaze, an exhibition of portraits by Martin Adalian. Referring to the concept of gaze within the confines of visual culture, the title and selected paintings explore how an audience perceives art’s depicted figures. Examining different strategies of the gaze, Adalian implicates the viewer by placing them in the position of both the observer and the observed. Mediating between the sense of invasion and invitation, viewers are coerced into different ways of seeing when they are confronted with direct gazes and personal spaces.

 

Two Grains of Wheat at 601Artspace on view to July 2, 2023

Artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez, ‘Labyrinth IV, 1979, welded steel, model, (proposed structure). Image courtesy of the artist.

601Artspace is delighted to present Two Grains of Wheat,an exhibition that explores how contemporary artists engage with spirituality and religious symbolism in their work, especially in times of political upheaval.  The exhibition encompasses performative gestures, devotional objects, monuments, ruins, and text-based works that use religious references to promote ideals of justice. The artworks expand our understanding of faith, spirituality, and religion–related but distinct concepts that inform both collective and individual identity.

 

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty at The Met on view to July 16, 2023

Sketch of CHANEL wedding dress, Fall-Winter 2005/06 Haute Couture; Courtesy Patrimoine de CHANEL, Paris.

The Costume Institute’s spring 2023 exhibition will examine the work of Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019). Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight the German-born designer’s unique working methodology. The exhibition will be on view from May 5th through July 16th, 2023.

 

Mark Bradford. You Don’t Have to Tell Me Twice at Hauser & Wirth on view to July 28, 2023

Fire Fire (2021) Mixed media on canvas 3 panels, overall: 346.4 x 687.7 x 5.7 cm / 136 3/8 x 270 3/4 x 2 1/4 in Left: 345.8 x 190.8 cm / 136 1/8 x 75 1/8 in. Middle: 345.8 x 275 cm / 136 1/8 x 120 1/8 in. Right: 345.8 x 191.1 cm / 136 1/8 x 75 1/4 in. Image: Mark Bradford © Mark Bradford, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com

Beginning 13 April, Hauser & Wirth will present ‘You Don’t Have to Tell Me Twice,’ a major solo exhibition by Mark Bradford. Filling the entirety of the gallery’s 22nd Street building, the artist’s first show in New York since 2015 sees the artist embarking upon a deeply personal exploration of the multifaceted nature of displacement and the predatory forces that feed on populations driven into motion by crisis. Primarily known for his unique style of ‘social abstraction,’ Bradford has recently turned his attention toward figures, including his own, and has created sweeping new works where flora and fauna––predators and prey––move within dense, dreamlike abstracted landscapes, masses of material, color and line.

 

Architecture Now: New York, New Publics at MoMA on view through July 29, 2023

Kinfolk. The Monuments Project. Manhattan, 2022. Proposal for an augmented reality monument in honor of General Toussaint Louverture on Columbus Circle. Image by Kinfolk

The Museum of Modern Art announces Architecture Now: New York, New Publics, the inaugural installation of a new exhibition series that will serve as a platform to highlight emerging talent and foreground groundbreaking projects in contemporary architecture. On view February 19 through July 29, 2023, the first iteration of the series, New York, New Publics, will explore the ways in which New York City–based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics through 12 recently completed projects. In addition, each project will be accompanied by a new video by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hudson Lines, produced on the occasion of the exhibition.

 

Gio Swaby, I Will Blossom anyway at Claire Oliver Gallery on view to July 29, 2023

Gio Swaby, Together We Bloom 3, 2023, 64. 52 in., Cotton fabric and thread sewn on muslin. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Gio Swaby, I Will Blossom Anyway. The exhibition features life-scale textile works including six self-portraits and a grid work of nine silhouettes. This new series explores the concept of dual identities and the cognizance of “other” experienced by immigrants living in a foreign culture. Through detailed sewn line drawing and quilting, Swaby conveys intimacy and beauty in the humanity and imperfection of her subjects. The artist displays the back sides of her canvases to the viewer as the finished work to showcase the knots and loose threads, which signify the sitter’s ongoing journey of life.  In I Will Blossom Anyway, Swaby turns this reflection and loving gaze inward, an introspective view of her own journey.  The works will be on view in Harlem May 19 – July 29, 2023.

 

Andy Warhol at The Brant Foundation on view through July 31, 2023

Andy Warhol, Thirty Are Better Than One, 1963. Synthetic Polymer paint and silkscreen ink on Canvas
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Brant Foundation is pleased to present Thirty Are Better Than One, an exhibition of over 100 artworks by Andy Warhol, at its East Village location. On view from May 10 through July 31, 2023, the survey spans the entirety of Warhol’s illustrious career, from his early drawings and intimate Polaroids to instantly recognizable silkscreens and sculptures. Thirty Are Better Than One pulls in large part from the Brant Collections, which includes an expansive and coherent selection of Warhol’s work. It is curated by Peter M. Brant, founder of The Brant Foundation and an early patron, collaborator, and close friend of the artist.

 

Young Picasso in Paris at Guggenheim on view to August 6, 2023

Pablo Picasso, Le Moulin de la Gale-e, Paris, ca. November 1900. Oil on canvas, 89.7 x 116.8 cm. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Thannhauser CollecFon, GiG, JusFn K. Thannhauser 78.2514.34. Photo: David Heald, Solomon R. Guggenheim FoundaFon, New York ©2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / ArFsts Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Guggenheim Museum will present Young Picasso in Paris, an intimate exhibition comprising a total of ten paintings and works on paper executed during Pablo Picasso’s introduction to the French capital. Created over the course of one pivotal year, these works exemplify a period of stylistic experimentation and show his burgeoning mastery of character study. Picasso (b. 1881, Málaga, Spain; d. 1973, Mougins, France) arrived in Paris from Barcelona in autumn 1900, during the final weeks of the Universal Exhibition that included his own art in the Spanish pavilion. The ville lumière, or “city of lights,” captivated, and ultimately transformed, the nineteen-year-old Spaniard. He absorbed everything Paris had to offer over his initial two-month stay and during his return the following May through the end of 1901.

 

Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time at Museum of Modern Art on view to August 12, 2023

Georgia O’Keeffe. Evening Star No.II, 1917. Watercolor on paper. 8 3/4 × 12″ (22.2 × 30.5 cm). Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.. Photography by Dwight Primiano. © 2022 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Among the key works in the exhibition is the early charcoal No. 8 – Special (Drawing No. 8) (1916). O’Keeffe called some of her works “specials,” indicating her belief in their success; this drawing features a spiraling composition that would recur throughout the artist’s decades-long career. She once noted of this work, “I have made this drawing several times—never remembering that I had made it before—and not knowing where the idea came from,” emphasizing the seriality of her practice.

 

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at Whitney Museum on view through August 13, 2023

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade Canoe: A Western Fantasy, 2015

Memory Map is the largest and most comprehensive showcase of Smith’s career, featuring more than one hundred thirty works. Organized thematically across the Museum’s third and fifth floors, the exhibition offers a new framework to consider contemporary Native American art, addressing how Smith has led and initiated some of the most pressing dialogues around land, racism, and cultural preservation. It celebrates the artist’s dedication to creativity and community and emphasizes her deep political commitments, essential and potent reminders of our responsibilities to the earth and each other.

 

The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on view through August 19, 2023

Installation view, The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers courtesy NYPL

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the long and colorful career of costume designer Willa Kim in her first-ever major retrospective exhibition, The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers. Kim’s archive was acquired by the Library in 2017. The show features an assortment of designs and costumes from her long and prolific career, including work from productions like Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Will Rogers Follies, and her final Broadway show, Victor/Victoriastarring Julie Andrews.

 

Bharti Khêr: Ancestor on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza through August 27, 2023

IMAGE CREDITS: Bharti Kher, Ancestor, 2022, Courtesy the artist; Hauser & Wirth; Perrotin; Nature Morte, New Delhi; and is in the collection of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, New York City, September 8, 2022—August 27, 2023.
Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY

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, Ancestorembodies 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.

 

Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s at Museum of Arts and Design on view to August 27, 2023

Installation view of Generation Paper: Fast Fashion of the 1960s, 2021; Phoenix Art Museum. Image © Phoenix Art Museum.

On view from March 18 to August 27, 2023, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s explores the era’s short-lived phenomenon of paper fashion through more than 80 rare garments and accessories crafted from non-woven textiles. These fashions, introduced in 1966 as a promotional campaign for Scott Paper Company, combined bold, graphic design with space-age innovations in materials. Surfacing a little-known chapter in the history of design, Generation Paperilluminates the creative partnerships of craft and commerce in the development of semi-synthetic and synthetic materials.

 

‘Just Between U’ at Pearl River Mart Gallery on view through August 27, 2023

Untitled, 1972. Photograph by Corky Lee

For nearly six decades as a practicing artist, Arlan Huang has quietly collected art. While some of the pieces were purchased, much has been amassed through “art swaps,” friendly exchanges between fellow artists. “Just Between Us,” a group exhibition presented in partnership by Think!Chinatown and Pearl River Mart, highlights some of these works.

 

Rafa Macarrón: Too Loud a Solitude at 60 White on view through Summer 2023

Rafa Macarrón, Too Loud a Solitude / Una Soledad Demasiado Ruidosa, in process. Image courtesy Moncho Paz.

60 White is pleased to announce Too Loud a Solitude / Una Soledad Demasiado Ruidosa, a solo presentation of work by acclaimed Spanish painter Rafa Macarrón in New York City. On view from May 20 through the summer of 2023, the show will inaugurate 60 White, the new exhibition space founded by Lio Malca, with the debut of large-scale paintings inspired in part by Macarrón’s recent visits to the city. The works evoke the vibrancy and grit of New York while responding to the distinctive architecture of the space.

Berenice Abbott’s New York album, 1929 on view at The Met to September 4, 2023

Marquee: Berenice Abbott (American, 1898–1991). Page from New York Album, 1929–30. Gelatin silver prints, 10 x 13 in. (25.4 x 33 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Emanuel Gerard, 1984 (1984.1097.9–.18). © Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd. Inc.

Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 2, 2023, Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929 will present selections from a unique unbound album of photographs of New York City created by American photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991), shedding new light on the creative process of one of the great artists of the 20th century. Consisting of 266 small black-and-white prints arranged on 32 pages, the album comprises a kind of photographic sketchbook, offering a rare glimpse of an artist’s mind at work.

 

Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide at Socrates Sculpture Park on view through September 9, 2023

Mary Mattingly, Ebb of a Spring Tide at Socrates Sculpture Park, Concept image courtesy of the artist

Socrates Sculpture Park presents New York-based artist Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide on view May 20 through September 9, 2023. Mattingly’s first solo exhibition at Socrates unveils new sculptural works exploring our relationship to coastal ecosystems and the shifting nature of rivers and water lines.

 

Sarah Sze: Timelapse at The Guggenheim on view to September 10, 2023

Sarah Sze: Timelapse at Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present a solo exhibition of Sarah Sze (b. 1969, Boston) featuring a series of site-specific installations by the acclaimed New York–based artist. Sarah Sze: Timelapsewill unravel a trail of discovery through multiple spaces of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building, from the exterior of the museum to the sixth level of the rotunda and the adjacent tower level gallery. The exhibition will explore Sze’s ongoing reflection on how our experience of time and place is continuously reshaped in relationship to the constant stream of objects, images, and information in today’s digitally and materially saturated world.

 

Gego: Measuring Infinity at Guggenheim Museum on view through September 10, 2023

A major retrospective devoted to the work of Gego, or Gertrud Goldschmidt (b. 1912, Hamburg; d. 1994, Caracas), will be presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from March 31, 2023, through September 10, 2023, offering a fully integrated view of the influential German-Venezuelan artist and her distinctive approach to the language of abstraction. Across five ramps of the museum’s rotunda, Gego: Measuring Infinity will feature approximately 200 artworks from the early 1950s through the early 1990s, including sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles, and artist’s books.

 

Aliza Nisenbaum: Queens, Lindo y Querido at Queens Museum on view to September 10, 2023

Aliza Nisenbaum, “Pedacito de Sol (Vero y Marissa)”, 2022. Oil on canvas, 75 x 95 inches (190.5 x 241.3 cm) © Aliza Nisenbaum. Photo courtesy the Artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York. Photographer: Thomas Barratt.

Aliza Nisenbaum portrays human stories. With her magically exuberant color palette, she paints people, individually or in groups, with their countenance, posture, and immediate surroundings organically composed to depict their humanity. Aliza Nisenbaum: Queens, Lindo y Querido, opening April 23rd, chronicles the artist’s years-long engagement with people at the Queens Museum and its neighborhood, Corona.

 

Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo (Arrivals and Departures: Migration Experiences in Contemporary Puerto Rican Art) at CENTRO on view through September 30, 2023

John Betancourt La fuga, 2015 digital print with pigment-based ink on paper 22” x 33”
Artist’s collection John Betancourt La fuga, 2015 impresión digital con tintas pigmentadas sobre papel 22” x  33”  Colección del artist

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) in partnership with Hunter College East Harlem Gallery, has announced the opening of the exhibition, Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo (Arrivals and Departures: Migration Experiences in Contemporary Puerto Rican Art), from March 30th, 2023 through September 30th.

 

Richard Avedon: MURALS at The MET on view to October 1, 2023

Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol & member of the Factory, NYC, October 30, 1969. From left: Paul Morrissey, director; Joe Dallesandro, actor; Candy Darling, actress; Eric Emerson, actor; Jay Johnson, actor; tom Hompertz, actor; Gerard Malanga, poet; Viva, actress; Morrissey; Taylor Mead, actor; Brigid Polk, actress, Dallesandro; Andy Warhol, artist.

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.

 

LaurenHalsey: the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I) in Cantor Roof Garden at The Met on view to October 22, 2023

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that American artist Lauren Halsey has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden for Spring, 2023. Halsey created a full-scale architectural structure imbued with the collective energy and imagination of the South Central Los Angeles Community where she was born and continues to work. Titled the eastside of south central los angeles hieroglyph prototype architecture (I), the installation is designed to be inhabited by The Met’s visitors, who are able to explore its connections to sources as varied as ancient Egyptian symbolism, 1960s utopian architecture, and contemporary visual expressions like tagging that reflect the ways in which people aspire to make public places their own.

 

Fanny Allié: Shadows in Bella Abzug Park on view through October 2023

His name is ‘David’. He is one of 10 sculptures in Bella Abzug Part created by artist Fanny Allié for this site-specific commission as part of the installation, ‘Shadows.’ Image courtesy of the artist.

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.

 

Nicholas Galanin: In Every Language There is Land in Brooklyn Bridge Park on view to November 12, 2023

IMAGE CREDITS: Nicholas Galanin. In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra, 2023 Corten steel. Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery
Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY. Presented by Public Art Fund at Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, May 16 through Fall 2023.

On May 16, 2023, Public Art Fund will debut In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra, a monumental corten steel sculpture by artist Nicholas Galanin. The artist’s first public artwork in New York City, this new 30-foot tall sculpture combines references to the US/Mexico border wall and Pop Art, serving as a point of focus to consider the legacy of colonization and its impact on migration and our relationships with Land across generations, cultures, and communities. In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra questions the concept of border walls, which are designed to cut across land and water, restricting access to the migratory routes necessary for various life forms.

 

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

Carole A. Feuerman, Justice

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

In addition, Carole Feuerman: Sea Idylls, a solo exhibition is on view at Galleries Bartoux, 104 Central Park South, NYC. An Opening Reception for this exhibition will be held on April 27th at 6:30pm.

 

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

Vulnerable Landscapes at Staten Island Museum

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

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

 

The Girl Puzzle, Roosevelt Island on view ~ To Be Announced

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

See you in July!