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




In the month of May we celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Above image, Chinatown, NYC

New Yorkers will kick-off the month of May in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month. New Yorkers also look forward to the opening of the Gilder Center at American Museum of Natural History, The annual Met Gala, Jane’s Walk, New York African Film Festival, Frieze New York and Frieze Week, NYCxDesign, Cinco de Mayo, Gallery Walks & House Tours, and the AIDS Walk, to name a few.

May also brings with it several gallery and museum openings including Andy Warhol at Brant Foundation, Young Picasso in Paris at The Guggenheim, the monumental ‘Something Beautiful’ opens at El Museo del Barrio, Mary Mattingly unveils her work at Socrates Sculpture Park, and Kusama at David Zwirner. Public Art Fund brings Nicholas Galanin to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We end the month with a plethora of music including the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships here in NYC.

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month. As part of a $20 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award, Chinatown announced eleven transformational projects that will include renovating Kimlau Square, beautifying the Park Row connection to Chinatown, upgrading a section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, installing murals and light projection art, and more.

Check the NYC Parks Department calendar of events for related tours given by Urban Park Rangers during the month of May.

Don’t miss the photographic exhibition ‘Just Between Us‘ at Pearl River Mart. And concurrently, the artist Arlan Huang can be found throughout Chelsea Market in his exhibition ‘Corridor Glance‘.

Check out 100 ways to #SendChinatownLove in three boroughs with this new app.

Stop by The Rubin Museum of Art.


Van Cleef & Arpels Presents Fifth Ave Blooms by Charlotte Gastout ~ May 1-31

From May 1st to 31st, the avenue will be transformed into an enchanting floral universe created by French illustrator Charlotte Gastaut, with ten colorful sculptures complimented by live flowers, spanning from 50th to 59th street.


‘The Gaze’, Portraits by Martin Adalian at JoAnne Artman Gallery ~ May 1

Martin Adalian, Since in Vain; Acrylic, Oil, Tar, on canvas. 62″ x 48″ 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.


Tickets go On Sale for TriBeCa Festival 2023 ~ May 2

The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, today announced its lineup of feature narrative, documentary, and animated films. This year’s Festival, which takes place June 7-18, showcases the best emerging talent from across the globe alongside established household names.

Passes and Ticket Packages Available at; Single Tickets on Sale May 2


Neighborhood Gallery Walk ~ May 3

Join members of the Female Design Council for a neighborhood gallery walk. Meet at Hostler Burrows at 6pm for a toast and enjoy the participating galleries including FDC gallery Bernd Goeckler.


The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation at American Museum of Natural History Opens ~ May 4

A rendering of the insectarium on the first floor of the Gilder Center. Courtesy of Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

The 235,000-square-foot project, including 194,000 square feet in a new building, will house resources for education, exhibition, and research, and reveal modern science to visitors of all ages.


Pearl River Mart Galley & Think!Chinatown present ‘Just Between Us’ ~ May 4

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. Opens May 4th. Registration required.


AVEDON 100 at Gagosian ~ May 4

Installation view. Artwork © The Richard Avedon Foundation. Photo: Rob McKeever courtesy Gagosian

Gagosian is pleased to present Avedon 100, a landmark exhibition in celebration of the centenary of Richard Avedon’s birth. Opening on May 4, 2023, in New York, the collection of Avedon photographs was selected by more than 150 people—including prominent artists, designers, musicians, writers, curators, and fashion world representatives—who elaborate on the impact of the photographer’s work today. On view through July 7, 2023.


Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty at The Met ~ May 5

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 to July 16th, 2023.


The Melt Goes on Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons at Film Forum ~ May 5

David Hammons. Photo credit: Dawoud Bey

Film Forum will open it’s doors to ‘The Melt Goes On Forever ~ The Art & Times of David Hammons’, a film by Judd Tully and Harold Crooks, on Friday, May 5th.

Not a conventional chronicle of Hammons’s life and work (now 79, he believes “the less they know about me the better”), the film captures his playful, no-bullshit spirit and conceptual integrity, using archival footage and rare interviews, dynamic animation and sound art, and candid accounts by artists (Betye Saar, Suzanne Jackson, Henry Taylor, Lorna Simpson). Hammons’s profound critiques of racial and social inequality illuminate and implicate simultaneously.


Cryptids & Creepshows, works on Paper by Jesse Duquette at BravinLee Programs ~ May 5

Jesse Duquette, ‘Chinless Dust Mummy Devouring His Ego’, for the exhibition Cryptids and Creepshows. Image courtesy of the artist and BravinLee programs.
May 5th – June 8th
Opening Friday May 5th, 6-8 PM
BravinLee programs is very pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by Jesse Duquette. He is the creator of The Daily Don, an Instagram-based project documenting every day of the Trump administration with cartoons. Duquette has released two books through Skyhorse Publications (The Daily Don: All the News That Fits into Tiny, Tiny Hands (2019) and The Pandemic Edition: From Impeachment to Imbleachment (2020). Duquette is Instagram’s most shadow-banned cartoonist.


First Friday at Poster House ~ May 5

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. This month, the museum is thrilled to partner with Welcome to Chinatown for a series of programming that celebrates the culture, community, and resilience of Chinatown. Stop by and learn more about Welcome to Chinatown and how you can support the organization’s recovery efforts.


COSTAS PICADAS: Biomes and Homologies at Tenri Cultural Institute ~ May 5

Costos Picadas, Biomes and Homologies -BRAIN -2023; print 8×20 on archival paper. Limited edition. Image courtesy of the artist.

Tenri Cultural Institute proudly presents Biomes and Homologies: Costas Picadas. Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, the exhibition will be on view May 5 – May 31, 2023 with an opening reception on Friday May 5, 6-8PM. The title of this show speaks to Costas Picadas’ use of the biome motif that informs his paintings and videos while examining the underlying similarities in all things.


The Municipal Art Society’s Annual Jane’s Walk ~ May 5-7

Jane Jacobs during a press conference at the Lion’s Head Restaurant in 1961. Photo: Library of Congress. Modifications: photo cropped.

Dust off your sneakers and get ready for the annual Jane’s Walk, which will be held on May 5-7. Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, it is the largest chapter of the festival anywhere in the world, with more than 165 in-person, virtual, and on-demand walks in all five boroughs.

Chose from themes like Advocacy, Art & Architecture, Environment, Food & Entertainment, and History & Culture. Below are just a few of a plethora of fabulous tours. The full list Here.


Join Human Connection Arts for the Sugar Hill Art Festival ~ May 6

Join Human Connection Arts in Harlem for the Sugar Hill Art Festival on May 6th from 9am to 5pm. The event will be held in Jackie Robin Park at 148th Street and Bradhurst Avenue.


Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Kupferberg Center for the Arts ~ May 6

¡Viva México! Join us for our inaugural Cinco de Mayo family celebration at KCA! This festive program will feature nearly 50 performers on stage with four world-renowned ensembles presenting traditional Mexican music and dance, including Tlen Huicani, Mariachi Real De Mexico, Ensamble Huasteco, and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York, joined by special guest José Adán Pérez. Fun for all ages!


Flushing Town Hall Presents its Global Mashup ~ May 6, 19, 21

Image, Jarana Beat
After a three-year hiatus, Flushing Town Hall‘s most popular series, the Global Mashups, returns to the stage. The mashup series celebrates world music by presenting a different pairing of bands each month. Starting with dance lessons from each band, both ensembles play a set, showcasing traditional music from their distinct country or culture, and then they jam together for a third, collaborative, and spontaneous set.
To commemorate the return of these Mashups, Flushing Town Hall will host three mashups into the month of May: Global Mashup: Colombia Meets Klezmer on May 6, Global Mashup: Ireland Meets Mexico on May 19, and Mini-Global Mashup: Stride Piano Meets Guinea on May 21.


The Broadway Bach Ensemble ~ May 7

Rehearsal photo 2019 Winter concert

The Broadway Bach Ensemble returns with a full schedule. Join Broadway Bach on Sunday, May 7that 2pm for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D Major. 385, “Haffner”. The concert will be held at The Broadway Presbyterian Church on West 114th Street and Broadway, NYC.


Village Preservation’s Spring House Tour ~ May 7

Village Preservation is thrilled to announce the return of its treasured Spring House Tour Benefit on Sunday, May 7, 2023!

This time-honored spring tradition is held to raise funds in support of Village Preservation’s work to educate about and advocate for the distinctive character and irreplaceable architecture of Greenwich Village, the East Village, NoHo, and the Gansevoort District.


‘Old Tree’ by Pamela Rosenkranz on The High Line Plinth ~ May 8

Photo credit: Timothy Schenck

The High Line would like you to share your thoughts on 80 artists’ proposals for the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions to open in 2022 and 2024.

And the winner is ~ Old Tree, a 25-foot-tall sculpture in vivid pink and red, by artist Pamela Rosenkranz. Located on the High Line at 30th Street and 10th Avenue, the Plinth is a landmark destination for major public art that features a rotating program of new monumental commissions.


Alison Elizabeth Taylor: These Days at James Cohan ~ May 10

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR, The Hotel’s Pool, 2023, Marquetry hybrid93 3/4 x 130 1/4 in/238.1 x 330.7 cm. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

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.


Andy Warhol, a Major Exhibition at The Brant Foundation, East Village ~ May 10

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.


New York African Film Festival ~ May 10-16

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will celebrate the kickoff of the 30th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) at FLC from May 10 to 16. Launched in 1993 and one of the first of its kind in the United States, the festival reflects on the myriad ways African and diaspora storytellers have used the moving image as a mold to tell stories with their own nuances and idiosyncrasies. Under the banner, Freeforms, the festival presents over 30 films from more than 15 countries that invite audiences to explore the infinite realms of African and diaspora storytelling and embrace its visionary, probing and fearless spirit.


Kips Bay Decorator Show House ~ May 11

Image courtesy kips bay decorator show house

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.


Yayoi Kusama: I Spend Each Day Embracing Flowers at David Zwirner ~ May 11

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.


Modern Masters: 1930-2008 at Christopher Bishop Fine Art ~ May 11

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.


Shahzia Sikander Livestream, ‘Looking at Courthouses Through a New Lens’ ~ May 12

Shahzia Sikander, Witness at Courthouse of the appellate Division, first Department of the State of New York, for Havah…tobreathe, air, life, 2023. Photos: Yasunori Matsui courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy

Historic courthouses serve as the backdrop for society’s most consequential conversations. In today’s era of rapid social and technological change, and issues of diversity, we are faced with the thorny questions of how to contextualize the role of art and architecture in our public buildings. Join the Society and an esteemed group of legal and artistic thinkers for a thoughtful conversation exploring the First Department’s monumental courthouse off Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. Presented by the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department and Historical Society of the New York Courts.

Looking at Courthouses Through a New Lens: Art, Architecture, and Justice in New York and Beyond, May 12th from 6-7:30pm – Livestream.


TEFAF New York at Park Avenue Armory ~ May 12-16

TEFAF New York, Photography by Julian Cassady

TEFAF New York is pleased to return to the historic Park Avenue Armory this May. More than 91 distinguished galleries from around the world will participate, presenting some of the most beautiful objects from modern and contemporary art, jewelry, antiques, and design. TEFAF New York will be on view from May 12-16, 2023, with an invitation-only Collectors Preview on May 11, 2023.


Young Picasso in Paris at The Guggenheim Museum ~ May 12

Pablo Picasso, Leaving the Universal Exposition, Paris (La sortie de l’Exposition Universelle, Paris), 1900. Charcoal and colored pencils on paper, 47.5 x 61.3 cm. Private collection © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Picasso’s death and “Celebration Picasso 1973-2023” events Worldwide, Young Picasso in Paris will highlight a defining work, Le Moulin de la Galette (ca. November 1900), from the Guggenheim collection. The exhibition at The Guggenheim Museum will kick-off the worldwide celebration here in New York.


Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Cake at Fridman Gallery ~ May 12

Wura-Natasha Ogunji, A Normal Day of Love and Brutality , 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.


Piera Bonerba Unveils 6-Foot Tall flower Park on Montague Street ~ May 13

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.


François Bonnel: Les Beaux Jours at Cheryl Hazan Gallery ~ May 13

Installation view. FRANÇOIS BONNEL : LES BEAUX JOURS. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

Cheryl Hazan Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of over twenty new paintings by artist François Bonnel with a complementary installation of floated, wire, sculpture by artist Michael Rex.


Public Art Fund present Nicholas Galanin: In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra at Brooklyn Bridge Park ~ May 16

Image credits: Nicholas Galanin, Photo: Raven’s Tale Studio, courtesy Public Art Fund

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.


Frieze New York at The Shed ~ May 17-21

Image courtesy Frieze New York

Returning to The Shed, Frieze New York will host over 60 galleries from 27 countries, showcasing both established and emerging galleries from around the world, and representing a snapshot of the art world’s ecosystem. The celebrated Focus Section, dedicated to galleries aged 12 years or younger, will also return to showcase solo presentations by emerging artists.

Each gallery’s presentation will also be available to view online at Frieze Viewing Room, opening May 10 at 11am EST and closing May 22 at 6pm EST.


The Opening of Nicolas Auvray Gallery ~ May 18

Clement Denis, ‘Chemin’, 45 x 62.9 inches. Image courtesy Nicolas Auvray Gallery.

Nicolas Auvray of Galerie L’Atelier will be opening his doors to a new space, new name and new artists. The public is invited to celebrated the opening of Nicolas Auvray Gallery, 522 West 23rd Street in Chelsea on May 18th from 6-9pm. The Opening is a chance to meet the artists, including special guest Eric Ceccarini, joining the gallery from Belgium. RSVP Requested.


Villa Albertine Muséum Series: 24 women Rethink the Future of Museums ~ May 18

Villa Albertine opens its doors to a conversation on Thursday, May 18, 6–8 p.m., between Katherine E. Fleming, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Laurence des Cars, President-Director of the Musée du Louvre,moderated by Elizabeth W. Easton, Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, at Villa Albertine’s headquarters (Payne Whitney Mansion, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY).

This event is part of a year-long series that pairs women museum directors from France and the US for cross-cultural dialogue about the future of museums in the face of societal and technological shifts.


1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair during Frieze Week ~ May 18-21

1-54 New York,, 2022. Image credit © Eva Sakellarides

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced details of the 2023 annual New York edition, following the notable success of last year’s return to an in-person fair event in Harlem. The 2023 iteration will take place at Malt House in the Manhattanville Factory District, 429 West 127th Street, from Thursday,, May 18 through Sunday, May 21, 2023. The fair will host VIP previews from 11amm to 7pm on Thursday, May 18th. Artsy will be hosting the fair online.


VOLTA New York ~ May 18 ~ 21

Artist Wieteke Heldens will be on view at 0-68 Gallery at VOLTA New York 2023.

Volta New York will take place from May 17 through May 21st, presenting over 50 international galleries. 14 galleries will exhibit solo presentations with a focused spotlight that offers a broader scope of an artist’s body of work.

Volta New York 2023 will be on view from May 17 through May 21st at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street in Chelsea, NYC.


NYCxDesign 2023 ~ May 18-25

NYCxDESIGN’s globally acclaimed design week returns to the city for its 11th edition from May 18-25, 2023, presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, public installations, renowned trade fairs, and robust programming. Celebrating New York City as the destination for world-class design, the annual Festival serves up the talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with premier design districts and leading cultural and academic institutions. Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from the U.S. and abroad, NYCxDESIGN is anchored by key trade shows such as ICFF, WantedDesign and LightFair alongside hundreds of other engaging events across the city.


Harlem International Film Festival ~ May 18 ~ 28

The 18th edition of the Harlem International Film Festival is coming and we recently received the lineup. Taking place at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters from May 18th to the 28th, it will open up with Blow Up My Life and Paris Is In Harlem on May 18th, and the world premiere of the first two episodes from the next season of STARZ’ Run the World series, and the world premiere of Clayton P. Allis and Doug E. Doug’s In The Weeds on Friday, May 19th.


Close Up: Three East Village Stories opens at Metropolitan Playhouse ~ May 18

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.


Gio Swaby: I Will Blossom Anyway at Claire Oliver Gallery ~ May 19

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.


Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección at El Museo del Barrio ~ May 19

Augusto Marín, 1873-1973, 1973. Collection of El Museo del Barrio. Image courtesy 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.


Sean Fader, ‘Sugar Daddy: Dear Danielle’ at Denny Gallery ~ May 19

Sean Fader, Sugar Zaddy, 2023, Archival inkjet print, 40 x 30 in/102 x 76 cm

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. Opening May 19th.


Love & Loss: Traditional Music of Syria at Weill Recital Hall ~ May 19

The Syrian Music Preservation Initiative (SMPI) will present an evening featuring works by Syrian composers, Love and Loss: Classical Music of Syria to mark its fifth anniversary at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Friday, May 19, 2023.

“The theme of love and loss is common throughout the classical Syrian repertoire and remains relevant to their reality today,” Samer Ali said. “We are dedicated to preserving and invigorating the diverse regional music traditions of Syria, and this performance will promote the musical heritage through both older, lesser-known works and contemporary pieces. In this way, we celebrate the past, present and future of Syrian music.”

The one-night only event will feature works by Mahmood Aijan, Wanees Wartanian, Khalil Haj Hussein, and Samer Ali, as well as traditional works by other Syrian composers. Joining Samer Ali (violin) on stage will be Marissa Arciola Ali (bass), Brian Prunka (oud), John Murchison (qanun), Nezih Antakli (riq), Lubana Al Quntar (vocals), and in the choir, Zahra AlZubaidi, Erik Jönsson, Marwa Morgan, and Stefan Paolini.


‘Ron English: Now You See It’ at Allouche Gallery NYC ~ May 20

Ron English, Cereal Killers, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Allouche Gallery

Allouche Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo show entitled “Now You See It” by world-renowned artist Ron English at Allouche Gallery NYC. This new body of work continues to explore the immersive world English has perfected throughout his long evolution as painter, sculptor, street artist and pop culture provocateur. Opening May 20th.


Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk ~ May 20

Join ARTnews and Madison Avenue’s galleries for the annual Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 20 during Frieze Week. This free event invites the public to visit participating galleries, view their fall exhibitions and attend expert talks led by artists and curators on Madison Avenue & side streets from East 57 to East 86 St.

Scheduled Gallery Talks are quite popular, and are often booked to capacity. To register for a Gallery Talk, kindly click on “Book Now”. Galleries are listed alphabetically. Reservations are not required for visits to participating galleries during times when they are not hosting scheduled gallery talks.


The Annual Atlantic Ave ArtWalk ~ May 20-28

The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is pleased to announce it will once again present its popular self-guided annual ArtWalk along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront from May 20 through May 28, 2023. 


Rafa Macarrón: Too Loud a Solitude / Una Soledad Demasiado Ruidosa at Lio Malca’s 60 White ~ May 20

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.


Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tide at Socrates Sculpture Park ~ May 20

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. An Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 12 – 5 pm.


AIDS Walk New York ~ May 21

Sheridan Square, NYC

AIDS Walk New York is the world’s largest & most visible HIV/AIDS fundraising event. Thousands of people will converge on the Naumburg Bandshell on Sunday, May 21, united by the common cause of sustaining GMHC’s vital programs to serve New Yorkers living with or affected by HIV & AIDS.


The Deer Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Steven Hirsch: Crispy Critters at The Harriman Clubhouse in the East Village ~ May 25

The historic 287 East 10th Street in the East Village had been occupied by the Boys Club of New York since its opening in 1901. Known as The Harriman Clubhouse, the Boys Club sold the building in 2019 ~ and the historic building entered into a lease with The Joyce Theater Foundation, with a promise to continue offering community services as well as opening a door into the arts.

As part of its transformation into an arts center, the Deer Gallery will open on the second floor, with its inaugural exhibition, Steven Hirsch: Crispy Critters. Featuring nearly 40 paintings and drawings from 2020-2023 by the self-taught artist, the exhibition will be on view from May 25 to July 1, 2023. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 25 from 6-8 p.m. The artist will be present.


Youth Takeover BRIC ~ May 25

Dreams Are What We’re Made Of,, mural by Brownsville Academy High School and BRIC Arts Media. Photo credit: Eric Miles

BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce the 34th annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition, Emerging Creators, The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, an art exhibition curated by the Youth Curatorial Fellows, and Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival produced by Youth Media Fellows. Youth Takeover, a reception and media event for the exhibitions and film festival, will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 5-8pm at BRIC House. The exhibitions will be on view through June 18, 2023.


2023 International Lindy Hop Championships ~ May 25-29

ILHC November 2021. Image via ILHC.

During Memorial Day Weekend 2023 (May 25–29), an estimated 1,000 swing dance and jazz music enthusiasts will gather in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood to “Celebrate Lindy Hop where it all began!” with the World Finals of the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships.


‘White Balls on Walls’ Opens at Film Forum ~ May 26

‘White Balls on Walls’ Image courtesy Film Forum

The setting is a white conference room in the pristine offices of Amsterdam’s world-famous museum of modern art, the Stedelijk. The museum’s leading curators and administrators (all white), including Director Rein Wolfs, convene to discuss the government’s diversity and inclusion mandate, a new requirement for continued financial support. How does a major cultural institution go about changing course dramatically — to exhibit work by people of color, women, LGBTQ+ artists, and those who suffered under the Netherlands’ 250 years of colonial rule — and also reform the decision-making process?


2023 Union Square Mural, Union with the Universe by artist/educator Vanesa Alvarez, Unveiled ~ May 26

Image via Union Square Partnership

Union Square Partnership (USP) today announces a new street mural installation to debut along the pedestrian areas of the 14th Street Busway between Broadway and Union Square West. Titled Union with the Universe, the artwork is designed by Brooklyn-based Spanish artist and educator Vanesa Álvarez and will be installed over five days from May 22-26 with the help of community partners and volunteers.


The Coney Island History Projects Presents ‘The Riegelmann Broadwalk: Past, Present and Future ~ May 27

Image via Coney Island History Project

The Coney Island History Project’s 2023 exhibition center season begins Memorial Day Weekend with a combination of free indoor and outdoor exhibits. This year’s special exhibition is The Riegelmann Boardwalk: Past, Present, and Future. This fascinating exhibit tells the story of how the Coney Island Boardwalk came into being, how it was constructed, and how it changed Coney Island forever by opening the shoreline to the public. Historic photographs and maps will illustrate the innovative construction techniques that were used for the first time to create Coney Island’s new  “Main Street” one hundred years ago in 1923. A century of memorable photographs will be on display.


Flatiron NoMad Partnership Holds Free Memorial Day Weekend Walking Tour ~ May 28

Image courtesy Miriam German and Flatiron NoMad Partnership

This Memorial Day weekend, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership will host a free Memorial Day-themed historic walking tour on Sunday, May 28. The tour, “From Decoration Day to Memorial Day,” led by historian and author Miriam Berman, will give visitors an insight into the history of Memorial Day in the Flatiron NoMad District.


Out East

Hauser & Wirth Kicks-Off its Summer Season in Southampton – May 26

Angel Otero, Splintered, 2019. Oil skins on fabric. 269.2 x 315 x 12.7 cm/106 x 124 x 5 in. © Angel Otero Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Matthew Hermann

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


Still on View:

Rebekah Goldstein: My Reflection in the Water at Denny Gallery on view to May 6

Rebekah Goldstein, ‘When This Kiss Is Over It Will Start Again, 2020’; Oil one shaped canvas. 49 x 69in/125 x 175cm. Image courtesy of the gallery

The title of the exhibition My Reflection in the Water comes from one of the paintings in the exhibition. It speaks to the idea that form is mirrored back, yet changed and abstracted. With mirroring there are also notions of repetition and continuation – the looping of an idea. Looping, in the context of Goldstein’s work, becomes key in its linguistic terms of being both the description of shape as a curve or bended form, and also as a commentary on how the visual elements in her work interact.

Women Who Paint: Are Fearless at Living With Art Salon on view to May 10, 2023

Artist Yael Dresdner, ‘Float + 4’, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist for the exhibition ‘Women who Paint’.

On the heals of the exhibition, ‘Figuratively: Real and Imagined‘, Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint: Are Fearless‘ on March 13th, highlighting the work of three contemporary artists ~ Beth Barry, Silvia Battistuzzi and Yael Dresdner. Collectively their paintings are in conversation through color, brush stroke, shape and natural forms, interpreted by each artist.


Simone Elizabeth Saunders: Unearthing Unicorns at Claire Oliver Gallery on view to May 13, 2023

Simone Elizabeth Saunders, Release in Darkness, 2022, Unearthing. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to Unearthing Unicorns, the debut solo exhibition by artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders. Unearthing Unicorns showcases large-scale textile artworks that explore the iconography of the famed high Renaissance era Unicorn Tapestries and Art Nouveau advertising through a contemporary Black feminist lens. The artist’s sweeping art historical reframing is rendered in vibrant polychrome hand-tufted textiles that both reference the prized woven tapestries of the Renaissance as well as the more contemporary feminist craft movement of the later 20th century. Unearthing Unicorns will be on view in Harlem March 17 – May 13, 2023.


Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias at The Drawing Center on view to May 14, 2023

Xiyadie, Boiling (A boiling pot resembles helplessness and suffering of humanity), 2018. Papercut with water-based dye and Chinese pigments on Xuan paper, 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (20 x 20 cm). Courtesy of the artist

Occupying two floors at The Drawing Center, Queer Cut Utopias will feature more than thirty of Xiyadie’s intricate paper-cuts, dating from the early 1980s through today, each of which articulates his longing to fully express his queer desire. Xiyadie presents a strong sense of artistic autonomy; his highly graphic works on paper fuse traditional folk forms and iconography with narratives from his personal life.


Entrance to the Mind: Drawings by George Condo at The Morgan Library on view through May 14, 2023

Female Portrait, 2003. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Anna Nikolayevsky, 2021.102. Photography by George Condo Studio. © George Condo, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

In 2021, the Morgan acquired twenty-eight drawings by American artist George Condo (b. 1957) that offer an overview of his career over the last forty-five years. Ranging from early drawings made when he was a teenager to recent explorations into what he calls “psychological Cubism,” the exhibition, Entrance to the Mind: Drawings by George Condo will highlight Condo’s brilliant draftsmanship through a cast of characters in turn comic, monstrous, tragic, and endearing. The exhibition opens on February 24th.


Koho Yamamoto: 101 Springs at Leonovich Gallery on view to May 14, 2023

Koho Yamamoto, Untitled, 1979, ink and watercolor, 35 ½ x 25 in.

Koho Yamamoto: 101 Springs, a solo exhibition of sumi-e paintings by Japanese American artist Koho Yamamoto, will be on view at the Leonovich Gallery from April 15-May 14, 2023. Curated by Jaya Duvvuri, Yamamoto’s long-time associate and former student, the exhibition will include seventeen works spanning fifty years of Yamamoto’s artistic practice and will open on the artist’s 101st birthday.


Sacred Sites Open House ~ May 20-21

St. Jean Baptiste Church courtesy The New York Landmarks Conservancy.

The annual Sacred Sites Open House will take place on May 20th and May 21st, with more than 100 houses of worship participating throughout the State of New York. The Event will kick-off with a short presentation about the Sacred Sites program, followed by a reception and tour on May 10th from 6-8pm at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th Street, NYC. RSVP Here.


Hip-Hop: Conscious, Unconscious at Fotografiska New York on view to May 21, 2023

‘Queen Latifah’, 1990, Photo credit: Jesse Frohman. Courtesy of Fotografiska New York and © of the artist.

Fotografiska New York is pleased to present a new exhibition that traces hip-hop’s origins—starting in the Bronx in 1973, as a social movement by-and-for the local community of African, Latino, and Caribbean Americans—to the worldwide phenomenon it has become 50 years later. Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious amplifies the individual creatives involved in the movement while surveying interwoven focus areas such as the set of women who trail blazed amid hip-hop’s male dominated environment; hip-hop’s regional and stylistic diversification; and the turning point when hip-hop became a billion-dollar industry that continues to mint global household names.


Public Art Fund’s ‘Aïda Muluneh: This is Where I Am’ on view to May 21, 2023

Aïda Muluneh, “If They Come For Me In The Morning,” 2022 Artwork by Aïda Muluneh. Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY. Artwork a part of “Aïda Muluneh: This is where I am”, presented by Public Art Fund on over 330 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City, Chicago, and Bostonn in the United States, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire on view from March 1 – May 21, 2023

Public Art Fund debuts This is where I am, an exhibition of 12 new photographs by Aïda Muluneh on over 330 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York, Boston, and Chicago in the United States, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. The exhibition marks both the artist’s first public art exhibition in Côte d’Ivoire and the first time that Public Art Fund presents artwork on the African continent, expanding the organization’s partnership with JCDecaux beyond the United States.


Hew Locke: Gilt is The Met Facade on view through May 22, 2023

The artist, Hew Locke with the Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Max Hollein at unveiling of ‘Gilt’, the new Met Facade

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke has been selected to create new works for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches, the third in a new series of site-specific commissions for the exterior of the Museum. The Facade Commission: Hew Locke, Gilt will be on view September 16, 2022 through May 22, 2023.


Bonnard: The Experience of Seeing at Acquavella Galleries on view to May 26, 2023

Pierre Bonnard, Dining Room on the Garden, 1934-35. Oil on canvas. 50 x 53 ¼ in.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift. © 2023 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADGP, Paris

Bonnard: The Experience of Seeing reasserts the artist’s influence as a pioneering modernist painter whose style transcended the conventional narrative of modern art and who was often overlooked and described as a late impressionist painter. The exhibition highlights his innovative use of incandescent color, open-ended forms, and unconventional compositions. Across works from different moments in time and varied subjects, the exhibition explores how Bonnard translated the experience of optical perception with several tactics, such as shifting spaces, camouflaged and dissolving figures moving in and out of focus, and glimpsed forms hidden at the periphery.


New Land Plaza: You Can’t Beat a New York Original at Storefront for Art and Architecture on view to May 27, 2023

make money and good luck!, 2023. Photo: Canal Street Research Association

New Land Plaza: You Can’t Beat a New York Original looks at the spatial effects of the criminalization of informal markets and the contemporary repercussions this has on sidewalks and across the facades of Lower Manhattan. Over the course of the exhibit, Canal Street Research Association will attempt to “bootleg” a historic Canal Street counterfeit bust, by tracing the bust’s historical antecedents in order to understand current-day conditions. Anchored in Ming Fay’s seminal Monumental Fruit public artwork honoring street vendors, the archival and speculative research for this re-staging takes various modes: resurfacing of Fay’s proposals and artworks, creating a modular display system in collaboration with architectural collective common room, and pursuing an active intervention on Storefront’s facade.


Uncommon Denominator: Nina Katchadourian at the Morgan Library through May 28, 2023

Nina Katchadourian (b. 1968), Weekly calendar annotated with pens and stickers, 1982. Courtesy of Nina Katchadourian. © Nina Katchadourian, 2023.

The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to present Uncommon Denominator, a sequence-based exhibition in which interdisciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian combines pieces from the Morgan’s collection with her own artworks and objects of familial significance. Opening February 10th and on view through May 28th, 2023, it is the third in an ongoing series of exhibitions the Morgan’s Photography Department has created in collaboration with a living artist.


Chip Haggerty: Boy Meets World at Julia Seabrook Gallery on view through May 28, 2023

Chip Haggerty, Untitled (planes), 2023. Mixed media on upcycled paper, 48 x 74 inches

Chip Haggerty: Boy Meets World presents 49 paintings that touch on themes drawn from quotidian stresses: gravity, traffic, food, people. A list of herbs and spices for a recipe becomes a threat. Some Warholesque bananas become a decorative frieze. Collections of sunglasses and ballet slippers take on repetitive relevance.  There are scenes of skiers and snow from his adopted home in Vermont. But bowing to his New York City roots, Haggerty also includes Gotham cityscapes, traffic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the subway, and Central Park.


Deconstructing Power: W.E.B. DuBois at the 1900 World’s Fair at Cooper Hewitt on view through May 29, 2023

W.E.B. DuBois: Recharging Modern Design image Library of Congress courtesy Cooper Hewitt

At the Paris World Fair of 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois used groundbreaking statistical graphics to document the accomplishments of Black Americans and life inside “the Veil” of systemic oppression. The Library of Congress will lend a selection of these rare data visualizations to Cooper Hewitt’s Recharting Modern Designexhibition, allowing visitors to see them in person for the first time in 120 years. The data graphics of W.E.B. Du Bois will appear in dialogue with decorative objects from the fair, connecting Du Bois’s “color line” to the “whiplash line” of Art Nouveau.


Merriem Bennani, Windy on view on The High Line to May 31, 2023

Photo credit: Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Windy is a spinning sculpture in the shape of a tornado made from black foam. The work plays with various traditions and ambiguities of public sculpture. In many cases, the public is asked to walk around public sculpture, taking in its grandeur from a safe distance. Bennani’s sculpture spins itself, and at a speed that makes the details of the work almost impossible to grasp—both visually and physically. In her conceptualization of the work, Bennani was inspired by the dynamism and constant movement on the High Line, wishing to make a sculpture that could capture and work within this urban energy. On view to May 31, 2023.


MAGENTAVERSE will be on view at ARTECHOUSE through May, 2023

Magentaverse. Image courtesy ARTECHOUSENYC

ARTECHOUSE, the leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art, is pleased to announce its latest collaboration with Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards for the design community, on bringing to life Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023 PANTONE 18-1740 Viva Magenta through an immersive experience MAGENTAVERSE. 


Charles Gaines: Moving Chains (Chapter Two, Governors Island on view to June 2023

The American Manifest

Presented as the second chapter of The American Manifest, sited at the base of Outlook Hill on Governors Island with views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Lower Manhattan, Moving Chains — a 100 foot-long immersive, kinetic sculpture — evokes the hull of a ship reverberating with the low rumble of nine chains churning overhead, while visitors pass through below. Eight of the chains move along at the pace of New York Harbor’s currents, while a central ninth chain moves noticeably faster, at the speed of the ships and barges that have traveled the city’s waterways over centuries. Moving Chains illuminates the exchange of people, capital, and goods cycling between the north and south that made up the slave trade, while calling attention to the political, judicial, and economic operations established in this country’s foundational financial system.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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/

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.


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.


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.


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: Timelapse will 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.


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.


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

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

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 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.


See you in June!