Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC ~ it’s the May 2024 GothamToGo Roundup

 

 

 

Installation view, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Cihuateotl with Mirror inn Private Landscapes and Public Territories, 1998-2011. Mixed media installation including mirror, woven rug created by Mallory Zondag, and moss-covered Styrofoam figure; 138 x 144 x 49 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina. In the new exhibition at El Museo del Barrio, Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory, opening May 2nd.
Festivals, exhibitions, shows, walks, and a Portal to Ireland will be in full bloom during May, with the month ending on the high note of an exhibition of the work of Vivian Maier at Fotografiska, and the opening of The Roof Garden at The Met with its commissioned installation by Petrit Halilaj, ‘Abetare‘. Here are a few suggestions for the month of May.

Huma Bhabha: Before the End Arrives in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Opening April 30, Public Art Fund will debut Huma Bhabha: Before The End, an exhibition featuring a series of four new large-scale bronze sculptures set against the verdant backdrop of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, Bhabha’s works blend aesthetic, cultural, and psychological elements, probing the intersections of art, science fiction, horror, and mythology.  Huma Bhabha: Before The End is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Uplands.

 

Petrit Halilaj: Abetare, The 2024 Met Roof Garden Commission

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will open the Roof Garden on April 30th with the 2024 commission given to artist Petrit Halilaj. This is the 10th in the series of site-specific commissions for the outdoor space. Halilaj’s work is rooted in his biography, deeply connected to the history of the young country of Kosovo (declared an independent nation in 2008), and his experience living through the war and conflict in the Balkan region in the 1990s as a child refugee. He uses art as a critical tool to reflect and investigate identity issues, questions of displacement, the interface of personal and global histories, and queer identities.

Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions on The Garment District Plazas

Artist Chakaia Booker, Shaved Portions, Installation view. Photo credit: Alexandre Ayer/© DiversityPics for the Garment District Alliance.
Garment District Alliance will unveil the new outdoor art installation, Shaved Portions by artist Chakaia Booker on Thursday, April 18th on The Plazas, 39th and 40th Streets on Broadway in the Garment District.

Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Chinatown, NYC

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.

 

Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days at Acquavella Galleries

Wayne Thiebaud, Single and Doubledecker, 1998, Oil on canvas board; 11 x 14 inches. © Wayne Thiebaud Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Wayne Thiebaud: Summer Days, which will be on view from April 26th through June 14th in New York. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Wayne Thiebaud Foundation, presents works from multiple decades of the artist’s career and tracks his sustained interest in recurring subject matter, here offering a nostalgic look at American life passing through the heat of summer. In Summer Days the artist’s many paintings play with both present and past, tasking the viewer to relax amongst scenes of warmth, indulgence, and distant serenity. Rendered in candy-colored impasto, the exhibition includes examples of Thiebaud’s paintings of sweets, hot dogs, bathing suits, and whirling beach scenes, among other subjects.

 

2024 Frieze New York at The Shed + Frieze Week All AroundTown ~ May 1-5

The Shed, Hudson Yards, NYC

Frieze revealed the programming line-up for the 12th edition of Frieze New York, which takes place at The Shed from May 1 – 5, 2024. The Fair will present a new curator for Focus and more than 60 galleries from 25 countries. This year’s program places a particular emphasis on performance through a series of collaborations with four defining New York arts organizations. Located both in and around The Shed and across the city, the curated program extends the reach of Frieze New York, animating public space and engaging diverse audiences, as well as providing a platform for boundary-pushing work that reflects the dynamism of New York’s arts communities.

 

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Starrett-Lehigh Building ~ May 1-4

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair; Aïcha Snoussi, Memorial to the Drowned, 2021, Cellular concrete, glass bottles, water, paper, alcohol-based link and calcined black wool ink, organic elements, sound of the sun, 400 x 400 x 300 cm. Courtesy of the Artist and MO.CO.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will take place in The Starrett-Lehigh Building from May 1-4. The fair will host over 30 galleries and 70 artists of the African diaspora.

Now in its emblematic 10th edition, this year 1-54 New York will take place at The Starrett-Lehigh Building for the first time. This new location and expansion underscores the fair’s commitment to showcasing the richness and diversity of contemporary African art on a global stage.

Antony Gormley: Aerial at White Cube New York ~ May 1

Antony Gormley, BIG SIDLE, 2023, Cast iron 267.8 x 87.5 x 63.5 cm. Photograph by Stephen White & Co. © the artist

White Cube is pleased to present ‘Aerial’, an exhibition by Antony Gormley, in which the artist considers sculpture as an instrument for proprioception – the body’s innate capacity to sense and perceive its position, movements and orientation in relation to itself and the environment. The exhibition features two recent developments in Gormley’s practice: one explores physical proximity in mass and scale, where two over-life-size bodies merge as one, while the other endeavours to catalyse space almost without mass.

 

Yves Klein Monotone Silence Symphony ~ May 1

© Charles Wilp / BPK, Berlin © The Estate of Yves Klein c/o Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

On the occasion of the exhibition Yves Klein and the Tangible WorldLévy Gorvy Dayan will present a performance of ‘Yves Klein Monotone Silence Symphony, conducted by Petr Kotik and performed by the orchestra and choir of the S.E.M. Ensemble. The performance will take place at St. James’ Church, 865 Madison Avenue, NYC on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm.

 

Guided Bird Walk Through The Battery with NYC Audubon ~ May 1

Seaglass Carousel, The Battery

Join NYC Parks Department for a bird walk through The Battery with NYC Audubon!  Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in the park. Meet at The SeaGlass Carousel in The Battery. This is a Free event with Registration.

While you’re there, take a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel.

 

Eva Hesse. Five Sculptures at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea ~ May 2

Installation view, ‘Eva Hesse: Expanded Expansion’ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY July 8 – October 16, 2022. Photograph by Midge Wattles & Ariel Ione Williams © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved © The Estate of Eva Hesse. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Beginning 2 May, Hauser & Wirth will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the estate’s representation by the gallery by spotlighting Hesse’s remarkable achievements in ‘Eva Hesse. Five Sculptures.’ This exhibition, organized by Barry Rosen, longtime adviser to the Hesse estate, in collaboration with art historian and critic Briony Fer, reunites five of her most celebrated large-scale works, all on loan from major American museums and all made in the most intense period at the end of her life from 1967 to 1969. Installed on the ground floor of Hauser & Wirth’s gallery on West 22nd Street, the exhibition will emphasize the breadth, scope and impact of Hesse’s materially experimental and psychologically charged sculptures.

 

Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory at El Museo del Barrio ~ May 2

Detail, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Venus EnvyII: The Virgin’s Garden, 1994. Mixed media installation; 180 x 120 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Photograph by Daria Lugina.

On view May 2 to August 11, 2024, the exhibition features over 40 works including the artist’s large-scale altar-installations, as well as prints, artist books, and codices. Anchored by the multi-chapter “Venus Envy” series, Archaeology of Memory is a rare opportunity to view three decades of Mesa-Bains’s genre-defying artworks, many of which are on display together for the first time.

 

Jennifer Rochlin. Paintings on Clay at Hauser & Wirth ~ May 2

Jennifer Rochlin Studio, Altadena, CA © Jennifer Rochlin. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow

Beginning 2 May, Hauser & Wirth New York will present Rochlin’s most recent series of large-scale hand-built terra cotta vessels on which she offers up an autobiographical journey—intimate scenes of her life and loves, of nature observed and of her own responses to the greats of art history. ‘Jennifer Rochlin. Paintings on Clay’ will remain on view on the second floor of the gallery’s 22nd Street building through 12 July.

 

Peter Hujar: Rialto at The Ukrainian Museum ~ May 2

Peter Hujar, Paul Thek on Zebra, 1965, courtesy The Ukrainian Museum, New York, 2 May ~ 1 September 2024 © The Peter Hujar Archive ~ Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

The Ukrainian Museum, New York, is pleased to announce Peter Hujar: Rialto, opening on 2 May 2024. The exhibition will present 74 photographs taken by the Ukrainian-American artist between 1955 and 1969.

Peter Hujar (b. 1934, Trenton, New Jersey; d. 1987, New York) was a leading figure in the queer avant-garde counterculture, which flourished in downtown New York from throughout the ‘70s until 1980, and during the advent of AIDS. 

 

Kips Bay Decorator Show House ~ May 2

45th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Image via kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org

The internationally recognized Kips Bay Decorator Show House, hosted by premier youth organization Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, announced today the location of its forty ninth Decorator Show House in New York City. The highly anticipated design event has claimed the iconic Upper East Side townhouse at 125 East 65th Street as its location. The Show House will be open to the public beginning Thursday, May 2nd, 2024, and doubles as the nation’s leading design event of the year as well as the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club’s top fundraiser.

 

The 2024 MAS NYC Jane’s Walk ~ May 3-5

Jane’s Walk 2023. Image courtesy MASNYC Jane’s Walk

The annual Jane’s Walk NYC is back! Celebrating the life of Jane Jacobs in the city that never sleeps, this all volunteer-led event will offer in-person, guided group walks, virtual and self-guided tours with over 200 walks across all five boroughs. The festival is free and open to the public with your RSVP for each tour. Sign up early because many of the tours are capped at 30 attendees.

 

Jerome Lagarrigue: Shoreline at Fridman Gallery ~ May 3

Jerome Lagarrigue, Towards Soufriere, 2023, oil on linen, 96 x 72″. Image courtesy Fridman Gallery

Fridman Gallery is honored to announce Shoreline, the first solo exhibition with the gallery by Jerome Lagarrigue.

An accomplished portraitist recognized for powerful interpretations of his subjects’ interior, psychological spaces, Lagarrigue centers his new body of work on observations of coastal life in the Caribbean. This geographical restriction and the seemingly mundane activities depicted in the paintings allow the artist and his viewers to focus on incremental, subtle changes in light and color. The scenes unfold slowly – fishermen looking out onto expanses of water and sky, grocers tending to their inland shops, people going about their everyday life.

 

‘Naming the Lost’ at Green-Wood Cemetery ~ May 3

photo credit: CityLore

Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, nearly 1.2 million people across the country—including an estimated 83,000 in New York City—have lost their lives to the virus. Countless others continue to suffer from Long COVID. The mounting toll of death and diminished health has inflicted immeasurable pain but also brought communities together to provide support and comfort to those suffering the reverberating effects of the virus.

In memory of those impacted by the pandemic, NAMING THE LOST Memorials (NTLM), City Lore,Great Small Works, Mano a Mano, andThe Green-Wood Cemetery are collaborating on a new memorialA Big Slow, Majestic Covid Memorial. On view from Friday, May 3rd through Friday, June 3rd, it will consist of tributes made by 22 community groups from across New York City.

 

The Trashion Fashion Show in Morningside Park ~ May 4

2023 Trashion Fashion ‘Pulp Fiction’ was designed by Cynthia Holder for the Trashion Fashion Show. Image courtesy Susan Stair

The popular Trashion Fashion Show is returning for a second season, with two more workshops in April (April 16th and 23rd) before hitting the runway in Morningside Park on May 4th.

 

Blessing of the Bicycles at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine ~ May 4

Join the Cathedral for the 26th annual Blessing of the Bicycles! All bikers, skaters, scooter-riders, and users of self-propelled vehicles are welcome, along with all who share the road. The event will take place between 9am – 9:30am. Please RSVP.

 

Atlantic Avenue Art Walk ~ May 4-12

2023 (Clockwise) A special thank you to El Zason, Grape Hill Liquors, Sahadi’s, The Little Pig, and Michelle Karshan for their contributions at ArtWalk’s Closing Reception; Strafe and Sharon Taylor, owners of Hard Soul Boutique, 418 Atlantic Avenue, kept the artful weekend going on May 27; M.PATMOS, 358 Atlantic Avenue pop up event attracted Brooklynites; Visitors went to take a closer look at Make A Frame’s art-filled interior, 137 Atlantic Avenue.

Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk returns in 2024 for nine straight days from Saturday, May 4th through Sunday, May 12th from noon to 6 pm. This 1.5-mile, self-guided tour along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront, and its immediate side streets, will feature art from different mediums while showcasing approximately 100 emerging and established Brooklyn artists at 50+ participating businesses.

 

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo ~ May 5

Cinco de Mayo Parade along Central Park West, 2013

There are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in New York City, beginning with the annual parade along Central Park West on the Upper West Side. Check out the Stone Street historic district for its annual event celebrating the holiday. Raise a glass at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Celebrate the holiday at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts with a special program ‘Viva El Cinco De Mayo on Saturday, May 4th.

 

 

Village Preservation Spring House Tour Benefit ~ May 5

Saving places doesn’t just happen. It takes time, dedication and funds. And because Village Preservation has worked tirelessly to this end, there is a charming and historic neighborhood to Tour! Join Village Preservation on Sunday, May 5th for its 23rd Spring House Tour Benefit.

 

The Broadway Bach Ensemble ~ May 5

Broadway Bach,, 2008. Photo: AFineLyne

One of our favorite events, Broadway Bach, will be performing its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm. The concert selections will be George Frideric Handel, Suite No. 2 from The Water Music; Ruth Gipps, Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 20; Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 ‘Italian’; Featuring Audrey J. Edelstein, Conductor, Reve Wilson, Oboe. The Broadway Bach Spring Concert will take place at The Broadway Presbyterian Church, West 114th Street and Broadway, NYC.

 

The Portal Linking Ireland to the Flatiron ~ May 8

Image via Portals.org

A groundbreaking public technology sculpture known as “The Portal” is set to form a visual bridge between New York City and Dublin, Ireland, launching on Wednesday, May 8th. Conceived as a testament to the power of art to transcend physical barriers, “The Portal” offers the public a real-time, visual live stream that connects these two iconic cities.

The Portal in New York City will be installed on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, next to the famed Flatiron Building, and will be presented by the Flatiron NoMad Partnership in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art) and the Simons Foundation.

 

The 31st New York African Film Festival ~ May 8 ~ 14

African Film Festival, This is Lagos. Image credit: Pauline Still

Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will celebrate the 31st edition of the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) from May 8 to May 14. Since its inception in 1993, the festival has been at the forefront of showcasing African and diaspora filmmakers’ unique storytelling through the moving image. This year’s theme, “Convergence of Time,” explores the intersection of historical and contemporary roles played by individuals representing Africa and its diaspora in art. With 91 films from more than 30 countries, the festival invites audiences to delve into the convergence of archival and modern experimentalism, transcending both space and time.

 

Lindsay Burke: Stain Maker at Marinaro ~ May 9

Lindsay Burke, Sad Fallopians, 2024, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 22 inches (76.2 x 55.9 cm)

In Stain Maker we see the artist’s continued interest in the body as a locus for transformation. Bodies themselves are stain makers: they grow, shed, discharge, regenerate, and decay over time. These bodily functions that appear in the exhibition mirror larger notions of creation and destruction, both within the body and the world around it.

 

‘Therein the Beauty’ a group exhibition will be on view from May 9 to June 15, 2024 at Marinaro ~ May 9

Jessica Dickinson, Beneath- Then, 2018-2021, Pastel and dirt on paper with holes and cuts, 50 x 42.25 inches (127 x 107.3 cm)

Marinaro is pleased to present Therein the Beauty, a group exhibition featuring the work of artists Jennifer Calivas, Matthew Chambers, Chang Sujung, Cynthia Daignault, Jessica Dickinson, Matt Grubb, Ilana Harris-Babou, Bridget Mullen, and Michael Stamm. Therein, the Beauty presents connection and loss as intertwined states, rather than feelings that are in opposition to the other. The artists in this exhibition explore this relationship from several different pathways.

 

Suchitra Mattei: We are nomads, we are dreamers at Socrates Sculpture Garden ~ May 11

Suchitra Mattei with artwork for the exhibition ‘We are nomads, we are dreamers’. Image by Anna Maria Zunino Noellert. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

The 2024 summer exhibition is an immersive installation by internationally acclaimed, Indo-Guayanese and LA-based artist Suchitra Mattai. Drawing upon themes of identity, migration, and memory, the exhibition Suchitra Mattai: We are nomads, we are dreamers invites viewers to explore the intersections of cultural and personal histories through sculptured textiles, most notably heirloom, vintage saris. Her thought-provoking installations will transform the landscape of Socrates Sculpture Park, offering visitors a profound and immersive artistic experience coupled with dance performances. The exhibition is on view Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, August 25, 2024.

 

Mother’s Day ~ May 12

 

The 2024 NYCxDesign Festival ~ May 16 ~ 23

NYCxDesign Festival, Cornell Tech Open Studio, May 17, 2024

The annual NYCxDesign Festival will take place May 16th ~ 23rd featuring hundreds of design events from exhibits and trade shows to talks and tours. Beginning with the Festival opening party at Mercer Labs, and After Party at Spring Studios, visitors look forward to the 2024 Design Pavilion, Emerging Designer Residency, Student Graduate Portfolio Showcase, NYCxDesign Mic and Tours throughout all five boroughs + more.

 

Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to Unveil Bruno Catalano: Travellers + The T&P Maker Market ~ May 18

Bruno Catalano, Benoit, part of ‘Travellers’ installation, May 2024

We thought it would be a rather hard act for the Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) to follow after its 2023/2024 commission,Carole A. Feuerman: Sea Idylls. But we believe they have risen to the occasion with the 2024/2025 commission by French sculpture artist Bruno Catalano, unveiling ‘Travellers’, a series of nine monumental works along the Broadway divide from 35th to 38th Streets ~ concurrent with an exhibition at Galleries Bartoux in Soho.

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In addition, POPA will hold the Trade + Prosper Makers Market, a street festival that will run from 34th Street to 40th Street on Park Avenue. The festival will run alongside the debut of Bruno Catalano sculptures, and be open from 10am to 5pm on May 18th. Looking forward to the fabulous vendors including one of my favorites, K’s European Jams!

 

The New York Landmarks Conservancy Hosts Sacred Sites Open House ~ May 18-19

Bowne House Historical Society and Museum. Image courtesy The New York Landmarks conservancy/Sacred Sites

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is proud to host its annual Sacred Sites Open House on May 18 & 19inviting visitors to explore the extraordinary architecture, art and history of diverse houses of worship throughout New York State.  Participating congregations will showcase their buildings and community programs. Some will feature musical performances, and special guided tours.  Sacred Sites Open House is a free, state-wide event giving visitors an opportunity to discover remarkable architecture as a “tourist in your own town.”  

This year’s theme is “Welcoming Our Neighbors” as religious institutions continue to offer social service and cultural programs serving the wider community. 

 

The 2024 Annual Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk ~ May 18

Image courtesy Madison Avenue BID

A prestigious roster of 64 internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for tours and discussions of their current exhibitions during the Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk 2024 on Saturday, May 18 from 11am-6pm. The annual event encompasses many of the foremost galleries located on Madison Avenue between East 57th and East 86th streets and the adjoining side streets

 

Harlem Wellness Festival in Marcus Garvey Park ~ May 18

Harlem Wellness Festival. All images courtesy Uptown Grand Central

 Harlem Wellness Festival is a celebration of the strong network of minority-and women-owned gyms, studios and spas that Harlem has built over the past decade. This year, the festival is back, with more locally-owned fitness and wellness businesses than ever before.

 

MMPCIA Stoop Sale in Mt Morris Park Historic District ~ May 19

Get ready for a day of community connection and sustainability as the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) brings back its beloved Stoop Sale event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the third and largest, with more than 50 stoops participating. All of this is set within the beautiful catchment area known as the Mt. Morris Park Historic District from 116th to 124th Street, between Madison Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., will offer a treasure trove of unique finds available for sale for visitors.

 

AIDS Walk New York ~ May 19

Image courtesy AIDS Walk NYC

Founded in 1986, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), a leading provider of HIV/ADS care, prevention services and advocacy, is the primary beneficiary of AIDS Walk New York. Make a difference. Register to walk ~ Volunteer ~ Donate by supporting a fundraiser.

 

Village Preservation Presents a Book Talk ‘My Greenwich Village: Dave, Bob and Me’ at Jefferson Market Library ~ May 21

Terri Thal was part of the 1960’s Greenwich Village folk music world. She was Bob Dylan’s first manager shortly after the 21-year-old musician came to New York City. She also managed Dave Van Ronk (her then-husband and always friend) and others, including Maggie and Terre Roche and the Holy Modal Rounders. Her apartment on Waverly Place was a gathering place for musicians such as Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton; and her “home away from home” was the now-legendary Gaslight Café on MacDougal Street, where she met and hung out with old-timers like Mississippi John Hurt.

 

The Exhibition ‘Vivian Maier’ at Fotografiska New York ~ May 31

Vivian Maier Self-Portrait. Photo credit: © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

The exhibition Vivian Maier (from May 31, 2024 to September 2024) at Fotografiska New York will be the first institution to present the extraordinary work of this invisible artist in the United States. Vivian Maier, born in New York in 1926, spent her early years in the Bronx, and New York was the city where she began to photograph and build her visual language, while she was a nanny as it was her profession. This exhibition focuses on the whole of her work, from the early 1950s to the mid-1980s, through around 200 works, vintage or modern prints, color, black and white, super 8 films and soundtracks, offering a complete vision of the dense, rich and complex architecture of this archive that provides a fascinating testimony to post-war America and the hell of the American dream.

 

Still on View:

 

Cantando Bajito: Testimonies at Ford Foundation Gallery on view to May 4, 2024

Credit Line: Leonilda González, Novias revolucionarias I (Revolutionary brides I), 1968.
Courtesy of Ministerio de Educación y Cultura Uruguay. Photo by Sebastian Bach.

Translated into English as “singing softly,” the exhibition series title is drawn from a phrase used by Dora María Téllez Argüello, a now-liberated Nicaraguan political prisoner, to describe the singing exercises she did while she was incarcerated in isolation. Helping her to conserve her voice and defeat the political terror she endured, Téllez’s quiet singing became a powerful strategy for survival and resistance. Conceived in three movements, Cantando Bajito features artists who explore similar forms of creative resistance in the wake of widespread gender-based violence.

 

Claude Lawrence: Reflections on Porgy & Bess at Venus Over Manhattan on view to May 4, 2024

Claude Lawrence, The Inquisitors, 2022. Oil on canvas; 75 1/2 x 107 in (191.8 x 271.8 cm). Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan is pleased to announce Reflections on Porgy & Bess, a major solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-born, New York-based artist Claude Lawrence. Spanning the gallery’s spaces at 39 and 55 Great Jones Street, this presentation—Lawrence’s first with Venus—debuts a suite of exuberant, monumentally scaled canvases created in response to composer George Gershwin’s 1935 masterpiece Porgy & Bess. Lawrence’s abstract paintings unfold sequentially, echoing the opera’s sweep and emotional impact through the artist’s radiant abstraction and confident improvisation.

 

Adrienne Ottenberg ~ On the Lower East Side: Twenty-Eight Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel at Museum at Eldridge Street on view through May 5, 2024

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

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

 

Present in the Modern World at Art Lives Here on view through May 11, 2024

Artist, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn. Image courtesy of the Artist and Connie Lee, Art Lives Here, Inc., The exhibition ‘Present in the Modern World’ opening March 9th.

The three women artists featured in Present in the Modern World, Ingrid Capozzoli Flinn, Alison Causer, and Donnelly Marks share a modern sensibility in their art practices. Their works reference periods in time from Byzantine to the present.

 

Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster at Claire Oliver Gallery on view through May 11, 2024

Suyao Tian, Aviary, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery.

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster, a special group exhibition marking the New York City debut of work by artists Sami Tsang, Ebony Russell, and Suyao Tian. The exhibition spans media including figurative sculpture, watercolor on paper, sculptural vessels, and installation and explores the themes of memory, childhood, patriarchal societal values, and female identity through the lens of multiple cultures and vernaculars. Teetering on the Brink: Femininity, Inheritance, and Disaster will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery’s Harlem gallery from March 15 through May 11, 2024.

 

Harold Cohen: AARON at The Whitney on view to May 19, 2024

Harold Cohen, AARON KCAT, 2001. Screenshot. Artificial intelligence software. Dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Digital Art Committee 2023.20. © Harold Cohen Trust

Harold Cohen: AARON, opening at the Whitney Museum of American Art on February 3, 2024, examines the evolution of AARON, the first AI artmaking program, which was developed in the late 1960s by artist Harold Cohen. Beginning with AARON’s creation and early years, the exhibition explores the foundational stages of AI and its place in art history.

 

Numan/Nature: Encountering Ourselves in the Natural World at Fotografiska on view through May 25, 2024

David Ụzọchukwu, Rush, 2017. Image courtesy FotografiskaNYC

Fotografiska New York today announced the opening of Human / Nature: Encountering Ourselves in the Natural World (February 9, 2024 through May 25, 2024), a sprawling group exhibition bringing together more than a dozen photographers from around the world through over 40 works for an investigation into humanity’s fraught relationship with planet Earth.

 

Clifford Prince King: Let me know when you get home on view to May 26, 2024

For his first public art exhibition, King photographed the people and places he encountered during travels in the summer of 2023. An extension of his autobiographical practice, Let me know when you get home serves as a photo diary of King’s time in artist residencies at BOFFO on Fire Island, Light Work in Syracuse, and 8th House in Vermont, as well as travels throughout São Paulo and the Cayman Islands. During this period of transience, King sought to capture his sources of comfort, companionship, and love. The resulting series explores nature, intimacy, the act of claiming space, and the significance of creating a home.

 

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

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

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

 

Josèfa Ntjam ‘Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s)’ will be on view at Fotografiska through May, 2024

Copie de The Deep n2 120 x 160

The show, titled Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s), will feature a selection of new works, including biomorphic sculptures, photomontages printed on plexiglass and aluminum.

 

Joan Jonas: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral at The Drawing Center on view to June 2, 2024

Joan Jonas, Untitled, 2013. Ink, 11 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (29 x 40.3 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Photo Credit Pierre Le Hors. Image courtesy of The Drawing Center.

The Drawing Center will present the first major drawing retrospective of Joan Jonas, one of the most experimental and significant voices in American art of the postwar period. Although Jonas’s work has received critical attention and acclaim over the past few decades, her voluminous drawing oeuvre, which constitutes the backbone of her video, performance, and sculpture practices, has never been surveyed. This exhibition will be a definitive look at the integral place of drawing in the career of this pioneering feminist artist. The exhibition is organized by Laura Hoptman, The Drawing Center’s Executive Director, working in close collaboration with the SoHo-based artist. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral will occupy the entirety of The Drawing Center’s gallery spaces and will feature more than three hundred individual drawings dating from the 1960s to the present as well as a recent drawing environment that will be presented in the United States for the first time. On view beginning March 6th.

 

Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting on view at The Met to June 9, 2024

Prince Aurangzeb looks upon an Enraged Elephant, Mughal, 17th century.

Widely regarded as one of the finest of its kind, British artist Howard Hodgkin’s collection of Indian paintings includes works created at the Mughal, Deccan, Rajput, and Pahari courts dating from the 16th to the 19th century. Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 6, 2024, the exhibition Indian Skies: The Howard Hodgkin Collection of Indian Court Painting will present a unique and personal vision of India’s great painting tradition through newly acquired works from the artist’s collection. In 2022, The Met announced a major acquisition of more than 80 drawings and paintings from the Howard Hodgkin Collection.

 

Ellsworth Kelly at Lever House on view through June, 2024

Ellsworth Kelly at Lever House. Image courtesy Brookfield Place

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

 

‘Americans in Paris’ at Grey Art Museum on view to July 20, 2024

18 Cooper Square in the NoHo historic district, the future home of NYU’s new Grey Art Museum, which will be located on the ground floor. Designed by Ennead Architects. Photo credit: © Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects.

After nearly a half century on Washington Square, the Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s fine arts museum, will reopen in a purpose-designed, larger, and more visible space at 18 Cooper Square in lower Manhattan on Friday, March 2, 2024. With this transformational move, the Grey will be renamed the Grey Art Museum. The inaugural exhibition will be ‘Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962‘ and will be on view from March 2 to July 20, 2024, along with a plethora of public programming.

 

The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism at The Met on view to July 28, 2024

William H. Johnson (American, 1901–1970). Woman in Blue, c. 1943. Oil on burlap, 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm). Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Permanent Loan from the National Collection of Fine Art, 1969.013

In February 2024, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present the groundbreaking exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism. Through some 160 works, it will explore the comprehensive and far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s–40s in New York City’s Harlem and Chicago’s South Side and nationwide in the early decades of the Great Migration when millions of African Americans began to move away from the segregated rural South. The first survey of the subject in New York City since 1987, the exhibition will establish the Harlem Renaissance as the first African American–led movement of international modern art and will situate Black artists and their radically new portrayals of the modern Black subject as central to our understanding of international modern art and modern life.

 

The Whitney Biennial 2024 on view to August 11, 2024

Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing

The Whitney Museum of American Art announces that 69 artists and 2 collectives will participate in Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing. Opening March 20, this is the 81st edition of the Museum’s landmark exhibition series, the longest-running survey of American art. A presentation of the most relevant art and ideas of our time, the artists featured in the Whitney Biennial showcase work across most of the Museum’s gallery space as well as through a robust series of film and performance programs available at the Museum and online. Co-organized by two Whitney curators, Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli, the Biennial presents the work of contemporary artists working across media and disciplines, representing evolving notions of American art.

 

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

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

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

 

Works in Public Summer 2023 in Riverside Park ~ July 2024

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

BYVENVENI, Welcoming Contemporary Haitian Diasporic Art at CCCADI to April 14, 2024

Photo credit: Remed by Madjeen Isaac

The artists featured in BYENVENI encompass a spectrum of artistic styles, with works spanning from visual documentary to paintings, photography and conceptual approaches. They delve into the concept of lakay transcending geographical boundaries, examining how they serve as sanctuaries for some, yet not for all. Collectively, this body of work pays tribute to the myriad interpretations of what makes a home, family, kinship, and community in the current context of Haitians worldwide. The exhibition will be on view from February 15 to November 14, 2024, with an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 15th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the CCCADI historic firehouse, 120 East 125th Street, NYC.

 

Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Freedom Plaza on view to December 15, 2024

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

Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro arrived in New York to reveal a first look at the conceptual renderings of his highly anticipated public art installation, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza. Made possible by the Soloviev Foundation, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza will welcome guests free of charge and present meaningful opportunities for community engagement and educational programming.

 

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

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

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

 

See you in May!

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