It’s Summertime ~ when nothing is better than life outdoors with the annual Summer Streets and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. This year, adding to our list will be a 100-site installation by Public Art Fund, 7 new sculptures on the Park Avenue Mall, and The Harlem Art Collective’s Summer installation on The Guerrilla Gallery Wall, addressing social and political issues in the news and close to our hearts. Be sure to check ‘Still on View‘ for the many fabulous installations closing soon.
In the new film, Jay Myself, director Stephen Wilkes chronicles Jay Maisel’s monumental move out of his 72-room home at 190 Bowery.
HART: The Harlem Art Collective is the creative force behind The Guerrilla Gallery, located on 116th Street in El Barrio. In a community with a history of welcoming immigrants, local artists use the wall, located between second and Third Avenues, to address pressing issues of our times ~ local, national and international. This month, they had a lot to say.
Each year, the Chinatown BID and NYC DOTart close the tiny Doyers Street to traffic from August 1 to November 1st, turning the 4,800 square foot winding street into a colorful public space.
Located in the Italian neo-renaissance architectural treasure, Cipriani 25 Broadway, Moment Factory launched Superreal, a 45-minute, multimedia experience blending 360 degree projection mapping, architectural lighting, surround sound, and troupe l’ceil effects to create a journey through multidimensional realms, blurring boundaries between real and virtual. The event takes places in the 12,000 square foot grand hall of Cipriani, formerly the historic Cunard Building, and will continue through the month to August 31st. General Admission is $24.
Summer Streets will take place on August 3, 10 & 17, 2019 along Park Avenue from the Brooklynn Bridge to Central Park between 7:00am and 1:00pm.
Uptown Grand Central has stepped out from under the viaduct to coordinate a colorful three-sided mural near Metro-North along 125th Street this summer. The project, which will begin on August 3rd, will transform 1,500 feet of green construction fencing on 125th Street/Park Avenue/124th Street, into a canvas.
East Harlem Giglio society is a diverse religious and cultural organization of Catholics of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Shrine Church in East Harlem New York City. Under the auspices of the Catholic Church and the United States Catholic Conference, the Giglio Society is dedicated to honoring and encouraging devotion to its patron Saint Anthony of Padua by organizing and producing the annual Giglio and procession.
St. Anthony Procession will be held on Saturday, August 10th at Noon. Giglio Sunday is the next day, August 11th, at Noon. Join the Event on Facebook.
Acclaimed Austrian recitalist Stefan Donner will play 19th century romantic music on the massive pipe organ, considered one of the most important historical instruments in the nation, on August 11th in Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street, NYC.
In the installation, Roots on Fire, the artist works to create national flags representing the surrounding community, in all their magnificent colors ~ in glass.
Public Art Fund announces a multi-work, 100-site exhibition by New York-based photographer Elle Pérez to inaugurate its new partnership with JCDecaux. Opening on August 13, from sun to sun, by Elle Pérez, will feature a series of works on bus shelters citywide that continues Pérez’s exploration of representation, identity, and heritage among the Puerto Rican communities of the Bronx where the artist grew up, as well as the expanded Latinx diaspora. This collaboration between Public Art Fund and JCDecaux will establish a new exhibition platform for the non-profit, bringing two, 14-week solo exhibitions a year to 100 of JCDecaux’s advertising spaces on bus shelters across New York City. from sun to sun will be Pérez’s first public art commission and will be on view from August 13 through November 24, 2019.
Harlem School of the Arts + George Faison’s Universal Dance Experience in Marcus Garvey Park ~ August 15
In celebration of the Clark Center’s 60th anniversary, the showcase upholds the mission of a space to cultivate emerging artists, with room for dancers and choreographers from every demographic to feel comfortable to create the work they want to make.
The 27th Annual ‘Jazz at the Mansion‘ hosted by Marjorie Eliot, Rudel Drears and Parlor Entertainment, will be held on Saturday, August 17th at 2:00pm and Sunday, August 18th at 6:00pm. The outdoor jazz performance is held on the lawn of the historic landmark Morris Jumel Mansion.
The 2019 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will be better than ever, with music and film leading up to the weekend. It will include a tribute to Clark Terry and the screening “Keep on Keeping On” on the Hansborough Recreation Center Rooftop on West 134th Street and Jazz in the Garden with Michael Marcus at 6BC Botanical Garden on East 6th Street ~ both on Wednesday, August 21st; The National Jazz Museum and The Langston Hughes House will each open their doors to musical events on Thursday, August 22nd as well as a screening of “The Ballad of Fred Hersch” at Maysles Documentary Center.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Weekend begins on Friday, August 23rd at 5:30pm in the Harlem Rose Garden, than moves to Marcus Garvey Park’s Amphitheater for the main event at 7pm.
Saturday, August 24th continues in Marcus Garvey Park for an all-day event from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
Sunday, August 25th takes place in Tompkins Square Park on East 10th Street in the East Village ~ an all-day event from 3:00pm – 7:00pm.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts will offer the tour, Telling the Art Deco Story of the Grand Concourse with Art Deco Society of New York expert and Bronx historian Sam Goodman. This is a Free event with RSVP.
School of Visual Arts (SVA) Chelsea Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, Look Both Ways: The Illicit Liaison Between Image and Information, curated by Debbie Millman, chair of the MPS Branding program at SVA. This exhibition brings together a wide range of typographic work from 60 individual artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Dave Eggers, Deborah Kass, Jenny Holzer, Miranda July, Kim Gordon, and more ~ from Millman’s personal collection and beyond.
On the heals of Joseph La Piana: Tension Sculptures, The Fund for Park Avenue and New York City Parks announced its latest installation along the Park Avenue Mall from 50th to 57th Street. The commissioned work by artist Alex Katz (b. 1972) will include seven large-scale works, each work an iteration of Park Avenue Departure.
Still on View:
Each year, the historic Salmagundi Club opens its doors to a non-member exhibition. Two floors of gallery space devoted to this annual event, which includes painting, sculpture and graphics in the main gallery, and photography in the lower gallery.
Bobby Hill: Stellar will be on view from July 25 and extended through August 4th, with a Closing Reception and Artist Q&A on August 4th from 1pm to 8m, located at South Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street, Lower East Side, NYC.
The Fund for Park Avenue commissioned Brooklyn-based artist, Joseph La Piana, to create six sculptures to grace the Park Avenue Mall from 53rd Street to 70th Street. The installation has been extended to early August, 2019.
Keith de Lellis Gallery opened its doors to the mid-century work of Italian photographer Nino Migliori (b. 1926) in this summer’s exhibition. Self-taught, Migliori began making photographs in 1948, documenting his familiar and beloved Italy as it emerged from the second world war. The artist traveled throughout his homeland, from the impoverished south to the more affluent and industrial northern regions, capturing the people with the affection and empathy of an equal.
Lévy Gorvy Gallery New York opened its doors to its summer group exhibition, ‘Visible Traces (Mountain Water Air)‘ curated by artist Pat Steir. The exhibition includes a selection of Steir’s paintings alongside numerous works the artist has said she “hums to” in her mind—art from centuries past, such as historical Chinese scrolls and Kongo sculpture, and works by artists with whom Steir has engaged in ongoing and inspiring dialogue.
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative unveiled the installation Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Albumby artist Kathleen Granados in the Harlem Art Park, East Harlem. This has been an ongoing installation, with the artist continuing to accept images from residents, and adding to a unique collection exploring the history of East Harlem by the people who live there. On view to August 10th.
Fort Gansevoort presents A Look Back: 50 Years After Stonewall, organized by Lucy Beni and Adam Shopkorn. The exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day riot said to have been spontaneously set off byMarsha P. Johnson in protest of one of many regular police raids at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located in New York City’s Greenwich Village. This event marks the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement and the contemporary fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the United States.
Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery’s inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies (March 4 – May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.
New York Studio School is located at 8 West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. Exhibitions are free and open to the public from 10am to 6pm daily.
In Kazumi Yoshida’s current exhibition, viewers are treated to a dazzling array of drawings, paintings, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. This lavish offering presents both objective and nonobjective works unified by a deceptively childlike sensibility that belies a sophisticated complexity of process and composition. It is Rite of Spring.
Last winter the photographer Stephen Shore Received an unusual request from Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ Would he be interested in curating an exhibition that included his students from the renowned photography program at Bard College? The answer was, “yes,” and the resulting collaboration, Bard x HGG, pairs work by seven of Shore’s recent graduates with photographs by historic 20th century artists from the Gallery’s vast archives.
AIA New York announced the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams Competition~ Salvage Swings by Somewhere Studio, led by Charles Sharpless, AIA, and Jessica Colangelo. The temporary annual summer installation will move to a new location this summer ~ Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island! FIGMENT on view June 1-2. City of Dreams Pavilion winner Salvage Swings, will be on Roosevelt Island from June through late August.
Beyond the Streets is a true celebration of street as canvas featuring over 150 artists descending on 25 Kent Street in Williamsburg this June. The Event made its debut in LA’s Chinatown district last year with an exhibition and panel discussions hosted by legendary street art icons. So successful was this event, Beyond the Streets will bring this same magic to New York, celebrating “society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with a sprawling showcase of works by more than 150 artists from around the world.”
Emmanuel Fremin Gallery opened its doors to the Turkish artist, Ardan Özmenoğlu in a solo exhibition entitled ‘Through the Looking Glass.‘ In this exhibition, the artist creates mesmerizing 3D artworks by using nail polish on glass panels and layering them into one consistent three-dimensional sculpture. Each piece of glass, each layer, looks abstract ~ but when combined in rows, the viewer see’s the whole of the artwork, which changes shape when seen from different angles.
The Garment District Alliance unveiled its annual green oasis ~ Urban Garden ~ along with the 180-foot painted mural, Nymph Pond, created by artist Carla Torres along the Broadway Mall between 37th ~ 38th Streets on July 9th.
The Public Art Fund has a lot going on this year, on the heals of the opening of Siah Armajani in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Coinciding with Met Breuer’s Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, it will unveil Mark Manders: Tilted Head at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, on the southern end of Central Park at Fifth Avenue.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts opens its doors to Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing ~ an exhibition questioning notions of utility, rationality and progress.
Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space transforms Socrates Sculpture Park into a gateway to the universe, presenting artworks that consider space, time, and matter in relationship to celestial entities and earth-bound processes. In the open-air environment of the Long Island City waterfront park, the exhibition uses scale to put the universe in context, creating connection points to space and time.
Tepkik, Jordan Bennett‘s suspended site-specific installation at Brookfield Place, intersects the artist’s Mi’kmaq ancestral and contemporary traditions. Mi’kmaq are a First Nations people Indigenous to the eastern seaboard of Canada and into the state of Maine. Bennett’s work draws on historical references to the land, sky, and our galaxy, illuminated by the artist’s handling of color, his interpretation of patterns and shapes, and his use of materials.
Aquí vive gente: Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra at Storefront for Art and Architecture on view to September 7, 2019
Aquí vive gente (people live here). Throughout the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, murals with this refrain brighten the walls and convey to passersby the self-determination of a community that is taking agency over the future development of its neighborhood. This vision of collective action and cultural preservation—born out of hope and necessity—has been channeled toward efforts to realize a groundbreaking new organization in Puerta de Tierra. Storefront for Art and Architecture is honored to host the Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra (MHC PDT).
Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition will explore the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp‘” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.
What is Here is Open: Selections from the Treasures in the Trash Collection at Hunter East Harlem on view to September 14, 2019
For over 30 years, Nelson Molina worked for the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) as a sanitation worker. His regular pick up routes were in Manhattan 11, a district bordered by 96th Street to 106th Street between First and Fifth Avenues. While he worked, he found many objects; some that needed repair and others that were fully intact. As hundreds and hundreds of objects amassed, Molina created the Treasures in the Trash Collection inside DSNY’s garage. Much has been written about the eclectic treasurers collected by Molina. There have been too many articles on the Molina treasurers to mention, and there was even a #TreasuresInTheTrash Tour in 2018! Now, Hunter East Harlem Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition exploring the man and his treasurers.
The very well-received exhibition, A Day in the Life of Seneca Village, that debuted at Port Authority Bus Terminal in March, 2019, will be on view, presented by the Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) at their Project Find Space ~ three large street-level windows on Ninth Avenue between 40th/41st Streets, directly across the street from the Port Authority. Newly titled, Sara Bunn: Seneca Village & Women of Distinction, the exhibition will be on view at Project Find Spacethrough September 17, 2019.
New York Historical Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement this summer, as New York City welcomes WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world. Stonewall 50 at New York Historical Society features two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs for all ages.
This ambitious exhibition surveys visual representations of the moon, including many extraordinary visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography to the present day. More than 170 photographs as well as an array of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo astronauts will span five galleries, surveying the role photography played in the scientific study and artistic interpretation of the moon.
El Museo del Barrio will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a major permanent collection exhibition and timeline, contextualizing the history of the institution, in a two-part exhibition. The exhibition will reflect on the institution’s activist origins and pioneering role as a cultural and educational organization dedicated to Latinx and Latin American art and culture.
In the largest botanical exhibition to date, the New York Botanical Society’s current exhibition, Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, will be a showing of lush gardens, paintings, drawings, and textiles ~ and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired the artists’ life and work.
Peaceful Perch by Kim Dacres and Daniel A. Matthews is a figurative bust-like sculpture that will sit elevated, as an honored monument of watchfulness, embodying the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form, and celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair as the artist experiences it, reflected in her neighborhood in Harlem. Sculpture by Kim Dacres ~ Perch by Daniel A. Matthews.
While you’re in Marcus Garvey Park, take a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where the Park is preparing for the return of the historic fire watchtower in Summer, 2019. And the new work done by NYC Parks’ Creative Courts on the basketball court located on the Madison Avenue side, near 121st Street.
This summer’s Lever House installation features Lever House alumni Jorge Pardo, Enoc Perez and Urs Fischer.
The iconic instruments of Rock & Roll are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with instruments played by artists such as Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Don Felder, Kim Gordon, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield, Wanda Jackson, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Kate Pierson, Elvis Presley, Prince, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Eddie Van Halen, St. Vincent, Tina Weymouth, Nancy Wilson, and others.
Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History at The Museum of the City of New York on view through October 6, 2019
Cycling in the City traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The exhibition reveals the complex, creative, and often contentious relationship between New York and the bicycle, while underscoring the importance of cycling as the city confronts climate change, energy scarcity, and population growth in the years to come.
I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me….. by José Carlos Casadoacknowledges how little he knows of the black woman’s experience, but as an immigrant, gay man and new father, he found a personal connection to the poem entitled Sympathy by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar that inspired writer/poet/activist Maya Angelou’s American classic. Accompanying the physical sculpture is an augmented reality component making the sculpture interactive.
After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Art presents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.
The Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to Simone Leigh: Loophole of Retreat, on the occasion of Leigh winning the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize. Simone Leigh: Brick House is also on view on the High Line.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade has been selected to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden this Spring. Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot will be on view from April 16 through October 27, 2019.
Two Views: North Shore explores two perspectives considering similar themes about one place, and provides a glimpse into the lives, and stories, of many. It is also the inaugural exhibition of Obisanya’s work in New York City.
On the heals of the opening of T. rex: The Ultimate Predator at The American Museum of Natural History, The Bronx Zoo announced the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in the Country ~ The Dino Safari.
A tightly focused, thematic exhibition of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988), supplemented with work by others of his generation, will explore a formative chapter in the artist’s career through the lens of his identity and the role of cultural activism in New York City during the early 1980s.
The Public Art Fund unveiled the installation, Estructuras Monumentalesby the well-know, Cuban-born, New York artist, Carmen Herrera in City Hall Park. This significant body of work is Herrera’s first major outdoor sculpture exhibition ~ having spent more than 70 years as an abstract painter. It is also significant that Ms. Herrera is 104 years of age.
Madison Square Park Conservancy has commissioned Leonardo Drew to create a monumental new public art project for the Park on June 3rd. Marking the Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition and the artist’s most ambitious work to date, City in the Grass will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama. On view through December 15, 2019.
The Rubin Museum of Art will dedicate its 2019 exhibitions, programs, and experiences to the theme of power, focusing on how visitors can activate the power that exists “within and between us.” Drawing on a diverse range of sources and perspectives, from contemporary art to scientific theories to Buddhist philosophies, the Rubin Museum will explore secular and religious systems of power as well as personal and collective agency.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage has opened its doors to the largest and most extensive exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States, featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs ~ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.
The Museum of the City of New York opened its doors to the exhibition, City of Workers, City of Struggle, an examination of how the labor movement transformed New York.
The National Audubon Society, Gitler &___ , New York City Parks Department, NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association have a very special installation scheduled for May 17, 2019. Ten sculptures in reclaimed wood to call attention to New York City’s climate threatened birds ~ making quite a statement along Broadway.
Public Art Fund unveiled Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard, a playable, painted concrete handball court by Brooklyn-based, Belgian-born artist, Harold Ancart, at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn on May 1st. Join the Public Art Fund on May 5th for a formal unveiling celebration, including free Melt ice cream sandwiches, handball giveaways, art making activities + more.
In Spring, 2019, the High Line welcomed eight international artists to set up their easels and work En Plein Air ~ in an artistic dialogue with the surrounding landscape.
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~ Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Public Color, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park.
Art Students League unveiled this season’s Model to Monument Public Art in the Parks installations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Riverbank State Park. This year, three sculpture pieces were installed along the Hudson River at 145th Street.
Robert Lobe: SuperStorm Arrives in Duarte Square Park on view to June, 2020
SuperStorm references Hurricane Sandy, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricane to hit the northeast, inflicting billion in damage. This event so moved the artist that he was compelled to create a monument reflecting the event. Robert Lobe: SuperStorm will be on view to June, 2020.
In a city filled with fast-food options on every corner, bags of chips and cans of soda filling the shelves in local deli’s and bodega’s, and large, glossy ads of sugared drinks on billboards and in shop windows, it’s not easy promoting healthy eating to our kids. Or is it. In the installation EAT ME! the artist, Capucine Bourcart takes a deep-dive into the ease of turning this around in her community, Harlem.
The 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, is located on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a colorful representation of national flowers.
The American Museum of Natural History presents the new exhibition, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, exploring the latest research and discoveries related to the dinosaurs known as Tyrannousaurs as a kick-off to the Museum’s 150th Anniversary celebration. As part of this exhibition, the Museum will introduce visitors to the entire tyrannosaur family, and reveal the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world.
As the High Line extends north, the new extended section known as the High Line Plinth unveiled its inaugural installation ~ Simone Leigh’s Brick House, seen from 10th Avenue at 30th Street.
See you in September!