Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in December 2019




Bryant Park Holidays of the past

Tis the season for indoor artistic treks, from galleries to museum, and gorgeous holiday displays in a variety of public spaces throughout our five boroughs. Here are Art Installations, Events & Exhibits to add to your list in December, with more than 50 still on view!

Kicking off the Season with a Visit to Rolf’s German Restaurant

Rolf’s German Restaurant

Every December, we kick-off our Holiday Season at one of the most festive restaurants in town ~ Welcome to Rolf’s GermanRestaurant in Gramercy Park.


New Yorker’s Celebrate Beloved Pet’s on a Memorial Tree in Central Park

Hidden deep within Central Park, in a secluded place, stands a perfectly situated tree, dressed up for the Holiday’s every year ~ the ornaments all dedicated to beloved pets who have passed on ~ but as we see each year, are never forgotten. Walk with us as we hit the less-traveled paths in search of the Memorial Pet Tree in Central Park from years past.

Holiday exhibits and installations on view:

#Ziggy at Flatiron Public Plaza as part of the 23 Days of Holiday Cheer

#LuminoCityFest on Randalls Island

#HolidayTrainShow at New York Botanical Garden

#OrigamiHolidayTree at The American Museum of Natural History

Christmas Tree & Neapolitan Baroque crèche at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vintage Train ride from New York Transit Museum on Dec 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Ice Skating at Rock Center

Holiday Lightings + more Holiday Lightings and the Shine on Moment at Hudson Yards.

Holiday Markets

Memorial Pet Tree in Marcus Garvey Park, East Harlem


The Salmagundi Club Thumb-Box Exhibit ~ December 2

Top L-R, Artist, Shirlee Cunningham, ‘Golden Moon Tea Ceremony; Artist, Shirlee Cunningham, ‘Tangerines After Peale. Bottom L-R: Artist, Shirlee Cunningham, ‘Sepia Rembrandt Tulip’, Artist, Sharon Way-Howard, ‘Tiny Toy Mixer’

The annual Thumb Box Exhibition and Sale at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village is one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year, with over 500 works of art in all media, held in two galleries. With prices beginning in the $100’s, it is also an opportunity to purchase a one-of-a-kind holiday gift.


Light Up Luminaries at Brookfield Place ~ December 3

Luminaries ~ Brookfield Place NYC

During the Light Up Luminaries event, enjoy free ice skating, sweet treats, a live performances from Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge, and more! And from December 4 through January 3rd, this interactive installation will project special light shows set to popular holiday songs taking place daily, at the top of every hour.


The Classical Theatre of Harlem Presents ‘A Christmas Carol in Harlem’ ~ December 4

Emery Mason as Tiny Timothia and Charles Bernard as Scrooge

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH)is pleased to announce its holiday production, “A Christmas Carol in Harlem.” This newly directed and re-designed work updates Charles Dickens’ classic work with Harlem flair and social consciousness as a part of CTH’s 20th anniversary season ~ on view from December 4 – 21.


First Thursday Gallery Walk in DUMBO ~ December 5

The first Thursday of every month‚ the galleries of DUMBO stay open late, hosting special events and receptions. Visitors curate their own evening of art viewing by visiting any or all participating venues.


John Dowell: Cotton at Laurence Miller Gallery ~ December 5

John Dowell, African Union Church

Laurence Miller Gallery will open its doors to the New York City debut of John Dowell’s COTTON: Symbol of the Forgotten. In this timely exhibition, Dowell blends a unique mixture of spiritualism, historical awareness, racial angst and deft technique to create photographic works that inspire the viewer to recognize the injustices imposed upon the black community, especially in New York, over the past 400 years.


The Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at The Arsenal Gallery ~ December 5

Leenda Bonilla + Luis Pagan, ‘Un Cafecito del Pueblo’, Foil coffee packages, artificial berries, pinecone

This year’s exhibition includes wreaths by more than 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who employed a variety of unexpected materials to reinterpret the traditional holiday symbol, often with a touch of humor and lighthearted fun. Incorporating unconventional materials like woven dog leashes, candy, plastic trophies, foil coffee wrappers, and wigs, this year’s wreaths draw inspiration from a variety of themes, including the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the bridges of New York City. Celebrate the holiday season with this quirky and one-of-a-kind exhibition.


Dapper Dan Book Signing at NiLu Gift Shop in Harlem ~ December 5

Dapper Dan image via GQStyle

The iconic Harlemite will be signing his book, Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir, on Thursday, December 5th at NiLu Gift Shop.


23rd Annual Crafts at the Cathedral ~ December 6-8



#DreamOver at The Rubin Museum ~ December 7-8

On December 7, the Rubin Museum will host its annual Dream-Over for adults, where guests sleep overnight under a hand-picked work of art in the museum. After guests arrive in their pajamas, Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak will discuss the significance of dreaming in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.


John Howard Sanden: The Norman Rockwell Mystery at The Salmagundi Club ~ December 13

John Howard Sanden. Image courtesy The Salmagundi Club

In the summer of 2003, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Massachusetts opened its doors to an exhibition of Rockwell’s works produced during the time the artist lived in Arlington, Vermont. Among the works was the painting entitled, Breaking Home Ties. But standing before it, the artist and museum patron, John Howard Sanden had an overwhelming feeling that this was not at all the original ~ it was a reproduction (a fake!)

John Howard Sanden: ‘The Norman Rockwell Mystery’ slide-screen presentation will be held on Friday, December 13th from 7-9pm at The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th/12th Streets in Greenwich Village. Follow the Event on Facebook.


Fotografiska New York will Open ~ December 14

Ellen von Unwerth, ‘Bathtub’, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss (for Vogue US), 1996 © Ellen von Unwerth

After months of anticipation, Fotografiska New York, the internationally renowned destination for photography based in Stockholm, announced its opening date ~ December 14, 2019. Tickets and memberships open Here.


Annina Roescheisen: Bridging Grey at Ki Smith Gallery ~ December 14

IMAGES: Annina Roescheisen, Stills from Bridging Grey, 2019

Ki Smith Gallery will open its doors to Bridging Grey, a new video and performance installation by German artist Annina Roescheisen. An Opening Reception celebrating the world premiere to be held on Saturday, December 14 from 6:00-10:00pm


Santacon NYC ~ December 14

2019 Santacon will begin at Father Duffy Square, Times Square between West 46th and 47th Streets at 10am. More info on Eater, including a map of where we should avoid that day.


Public Art: Should We Value It? a Conversation in Nevelson Chapel ~ December 16

(L-R) Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, artist Leonardo Drew, public art historian Dr. Michele Bogart; Director of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Kendal Henry

What invigorates public art today and how do we value it? These are the questions  that will be explored in the context of very real, current threats to governmental and public funding for art in our time with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in a salon conversation with artist Leonardo Drew, public art historian Dr. Michele Bogart, and Kendal Henry, Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, to be held in the Nevelson Chapel at Saint Peter’s Church on Monday, December 16, 2019.


Kent Monkman in MET Great Hall ~ December 19

Image: Installation view of The Great Hall Commission: Kent Monkman, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen

Kent Monkman has been selected to create two monumental paintings for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall.  The installation will be part of a new series of contemporary commissions at The Met in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art inspired by the collection, establishing a dialogue between the artist’s work, the collection, the space, and audiences. This installation will be on view through April 9, 2020.


‘Selva Musical’: The Hispanic Society Music Collection ~ December 19

The 2019- 2020 Concert Series will offer three concerts, preceded by a half-hour lecture, devoted to exploring parallelisms and differences in the treatment of ideas such as “cosmic music,” the natural world, and human tribulations in baroque Spanish and American music. Through these series, we offer the public a richly-textured overview of Spanish music and its projection into the New World, while highlighting a valuable part of New York City’s diverse cultural patrimony. This event will take place at American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155th Street, NYC.


Bobby Hill Art: The Print Show ~ December 19

Bobby Hill Art will be on view from December 19-30 at South Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street, Lower East Side, with Opening Reception from 6-9pm on December 19th.


Times Square Ball Drop ~ December 31

Celebrate the arrival of 2020 with the world’s biggest New Year’s celebration. It’s a chance to catch live music and other performances before and after midnight, and be part of this unique party that the whole world is watching.


Still on View:

Wave Hill Summer Exhibition on view to December 1, 2019

Pictured above: Katherine Toukhy, For Nadia Murad, 2018, Paper, acrylic, watercolor, 37 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Reflecting on the site-specificity of these works, exhibited amid the flourishing gardens of Wave Hill, Curator of Visual Arts Eileen Jeng Lynch notes how the exhibition is enhanced by the visible and tangible connections with flora on the grounds.


Kehinde Wiley: Rumors of War in Times Square through December 1, 2019

While we have seen images of the Kehinde Wiley sculpture, Rumors of War, the images don’t do justice to this stunning, visually imposing new installation on the plaza at 46th Street and Broadway in Times Square.


Jason Rhoades: Tijuanatanjierchandelier at David Zwirner Gallery through December 7, 2019

Jason Rhoades,Tijuanatanjierchandelier, 2006. Installation view, Venice Biennale, 2007. Image via David Zwirner Gallery

David Zwirner will open its doors to an exhibition of American artist Jason Rhoades’s large-scale installation Tijuanatanjierchandelier, on view at 519 West 19th Street. First installed at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, Spain, in 2006, and then featured the following year at the 52nd Venice Biennale, this exhibition marks the first presentation of Tijuanatanjierchandelier in New York. This significant work—one of several installations made during the latter part of the artist’s career—exemplifies Rhoades’s singular investigation of contemporary consumer culture, his career-long interest in probing both language and identity, and his ceaseless drive to push the limits of convention.


Modernisms is on view at Grey Art Gallery/NYU through December 7, 2019

L-R: Parviz Tanavoli, ibex, 1970, G1975.55 © Panviz Tanavoli: Mansour Ghandriz, Simurg, c. 1961-64 (detail) G1975.94; Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, full Moon, 1961: G1975.293; Maqbool Fida Husein, Virgin Night, 1964 (detail): G1975.158. All works are from the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art, New York University Art Collection

Drawing on its remarkable collection of modern Iranian, Indian, and Turkish art, the Grey Art Gallery at New York University presents Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection. Featuring approximately thirty to forty artworks from each country, the exhibition examines the artistic practices in Iran, Turkey, and India, from the 1960s and early ’70s via selections from the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art.


Utopian Imagination at The Ford Foundation on view through December 7, 2019

farxiyo jaamac, IFTIN, 2017. Private Collection. Image courtesy Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation opened its doors to the exhibition, Utopian Imagination. Curated by Jaishri Abichandani, the show brings together works by 14 diverse artists from around the world, and closes out the inaugural year of exhibitions at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice’s beautiful new gallery.


Doze Green: A Volta at Allouche Gallery on view through December 8, 2019

Artist, Doze Green, ‘Picmic 2019’ Acrylic on canvas: 77 x 49.5 in. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

Allouche Gallery will open its doors to new works by legendary New York artist Doze Green. A Volta, opening on Thursday November 14th, marks the return to the city that inspired and defined Green’s long standing career. Concurrently, this show offers a comprehensive look into the evolution of the artist’s style leading up to his present creative departure, which is deeply influenced by the raw nature of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil, where Doze Green lives now.


Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray for Love at David Zwirner through December 14, 2019

Yayoi Kusama: Every Day I Pray for Love will be on view from November 9 through December 14, 2019. This exhibition id entirely new work by Kusama ~ including paintings, sculptures, an immersive installation, and the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM ~ DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE. Free event. Not taking reservations.


Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass in Madison Square Park on view to December 15, 2019

Madison Square Park Conservancy has commissioned Leonardo Drew to create a monumental new public art project for the Park. Marking the Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition and the artist’s most ambitious work to date, City in the Grass presents a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.


‘Seascape’ by Ejay Weiss in Kaufman Arcade through December 15, 2019

Artist, Jay Weiss, ‘Seascape’ in the Kaufman Arcade. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance

The Garment District Alliance (GDA) announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing Seascape,a series of 13 panel paintings created by the late artist Ejay Weiss. The GDA installation marks the first time the artwork has ever been exhibited to the public.


Vanessa German: Trampoline at Fort Gansevoort on view through December 21, 2019

Vanessa German, Venus as an Around Away Girl, 2019, Mixed-media collage on New York Times magazine, 25 x 19.5 x 5 inches

Fort Gansevoort, in association with Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, is pleased to present Vanessa German, TRAMPOLINE: Resilience & Black Body & Soul, opening Thursday, November 7th, 2019. German’s exhibition will showcase her richly encrusted sculptures, which she refers to as power-figures, alongside a series of wall-mounted altars that each act as seers or protectors carrying with them the gift of their own human technology: joy, love, and protection for the souls of Black Americans. The work is made as an act of love in response to the daily injustices and violence committed against Black and Brown people, their bodies and their souls. Each figure confronts us with the questions, “how do we survive? How do we, as hybrid-people, keep breathing? How then do we surpass mere existence into creative champions, future makers, lovers even?”


To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962-1972 at Hauser & Wirth through December 21, 2019

Alina Szapocznikow, Cendrier de Célibataire I (The Bachelor‘s Ashtray I) 1972
Coloured polyester resin and cigarette butts, 11.5 x 12.5 x 11 cm / 4 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 4 3/8 in © ADAGP, Paris, Courtesy the Estate of Alina Szapocznikow / Piotr Stanislawski / Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris / and Hauser & Wirth, Photo: Fabrice Gousset

Hauser & Wirth opened its doors to ‘To Exalt the Ephemeral: Alina Szapocznikow, 1962-1972,’ a selection of sculptural works that together survey the expressive force of the Polish artist’s material innovations in the last decade of her life. This is the gallery’s first solo exhibition devoted to Szapocznikow since undertaking representation of her estate in May 2018.


Cutting Edges at Cheryl Hazan Gallery on view through December 21, 2019

Mindstream 32, mixed media- resin on wood, 48 inches diameter

Cheryl Hazan Gallery opened its doors to the group exhibition, Cutting Edges, featuring Kristiin Bauer, Pancho Luna, Paul Rousso and James Berbicky ~ all using text and literary images in innovative ways to convey a message.


Power: Within and Between Us on view to December 31, 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.


Uptown GrandScale on view throughout the year ~ 2019

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 began on August 3rd, has transformed 1,500 feet of green construction fencing on 125th Street/Park Avenue/124th Street, into a canvas.


Bowery Art Wall on view untill at least the end of 2019

The beautiful work of artist Tomokazu Matsuyama ‘Matzu’ went up on the famed Bowery Art Wall in September, 2019. We are never sure when a new canvas will appear, but think this piece may be on view until at least the end of 2019.


LuminoCity Festival on Randalls Island on view to January 5, 2020

Images courtesy LuminoCity

The annual LuminoCity Festival will return to Randall’s Island, with an immersive experience offering 16-acres of light and art installations, holiday shopping, food & drink vendors, performances, and more.  Fun for kids, and adults alike, the Event will run from November 23rd to January 5th.


City of Workers, City of Struggle on view to January 5, 2020

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 Pencil is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists on view at The Drawing Center through January 5, 2020

The Pencil Is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists is an exhibition of more than 140 drawings by imprisoned artists from around the globe. Featuring works produced over a roughly two-hundred-year period, the exhibition presents powerful evidence of the persistence of human creativity in the most inhumane of circumstances. For each of the incarcerated artists represented in The Pencil Is a Key, the act of putting pencil to paper is a vehicle through which they proclaim their individuality and measure their humanity against systems of repression. Together, their drawings are containers of memories, records that bear witness, tools for survival, weapons in the fight for justice, and portals to a better future.


Baptized by Beefcakes: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana at Poster Museum on view through January 5, 2020

Photographs of posters from Ernie Wolfe’s Extereme Canvas 2 for Poster House, 2018; by Ola Baldych

The exhibition presents the work of twenty-two artists whose posters explore how Western movies became symbols of modernity, and even vehicles for religious experience ~ where Rambo and the Terminator become messengers of moral ideologies.


20/20 Insight: Posters from 2017 Women’s March at Poster House on view through  January 5, 2020

In a celebration of January 21, 2017 ~ the Women’s Marchthroughout the Country, Poster House Museum opens its doors to a deeper look within the larger context of this demonstration in response to the election of Donald Trump, with the exhibition 20/20 Insight: Posters from the 2017 Women’s March.


Lineage: Anthony Hunter ~ Adriana Oliver + Matt Devine on view at JoAnne Artman Gallery through January 14, 2020

Matt Devine, BC99. Aluminum with Powdercoat. 20 x 20 x 5 inches.

JoAnne Artman Gallery will open its doors to, LINEAGE, an exhibition that focuses attention on the intersection of decorative and functional elements of contour and linear stylization. Addressing the fundamental component of the line within artistic composition, LINEAGE explores the possibilities of perspective, volume, and interaction of planes. Suggesting the line as both a fluid material and conceptual device, these artists highlight their ability to create works that uniquely define the space around them. Using divergent forms of display, artists Matt Devine, Anthony Hunter, and Adriana Oliver’s works compliment one another in color, form, and in their parallel explorations of linear gesture. Merging form and content, their linear constructions exemplify the expressive potential of line.


Francesco Clemente: India at Vito Schnabel Projects on view through January 17, 2020

Francesco Clemente, India 2019 Oil on canvas 96 x 92 inches (243.8 x 233.7 cm) CLEF_0032. Image courtesy Vito Schnabel Projects

Vito Schnabel Gallery announced a unique collaboration with New York-based Italian and American artist, Francesco Clemente, presenting a pair of parallel solo exhibition in the United States and Switzerland. Debuting new paintings and frescoes, both shows will present boldly expressive, large-scale works that comprise a meditation upon the restless physical and spiritual journey that has shaped the course of the artist’s acclaimed four-decade career. Francesco Clemente: India will be on view at Vito Schnabel Projects, New York, from November 8, 2019 through January 17, 2020.  Francesco Clemente: Clouds will be on view at Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, from December 27, 2019 through February 2, 2020.


Günther Uecker: Notations at Lévy Gorvy through January 25, 2020

Günther Uecker, Wolken, 1992, watercolor on handmade paper, 5 3/10 x 7 1/2 inches (13.5 x 19 cm) From the series Wolken. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: Ivo Faber

Lévy Gorvy will open its doors to the exhibition, Günther Uecker: Notations, the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery in New York. Notations brings together new large-scale nail paintings with a selection of watercolors from series made by Uecker (b. 1930, Wendorf, Germany) during his global travels over the past three decades.


Chung Sang-Hwa: Excavations, at Lévy Gorvy through January 25, 2020

Chung Sang-Hwa in his studio in Kobe, 1970. MIDDLE IMAGE: Work K-3, 1970. Acrylic, kaolin and oil on canvas, 64.02 x 51.3 inches (162.2 x 130.3 cm). Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein.

Lévy Gorvy will open its doors to Chung Sang-Hwa: Excavations, 1964-78, an exhibition of paintings from a formative era of Chung’s five-decades-long career. Presented on the third floor of the gallery’s landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue, Excavations will include works from a crucial period in which the Korean master was immersed in the international avant-garde milieus of both Asia and Europe.


Rashid Johnson: The Hikers at Hauser & Wirth on view through January 25, 2020

Rashid Johnson: The Hikers

Hauser & Wirth will open its doors to ‘The Hikers,’ an exhibition of recent works by American artist Rashid Johnson. The exhibition brings together ceramic tile mosaics, collaged paintings, and a large-scale sculpture that address Johnson’s recurring interest in currents of anxiety and escapism created by the political and social turmoil felt across the United States and around the globe. The exhibition borrows its title from Johnson’s latest film, a centerpiece of the exhibition, shot earlier this year on location in the mountains of Colorado.


Mike Kelley: Timeless Painting at Hauser & Wirth on view through January 25, 2020

Mike Kelley, Yummy Puffy Mommy Yoni

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, features paintings from different series created over a 15-year period, between 1994 and 2009, spotlighting the breadth of the artist’s engagement with the medium of painting.


NYBG Holiday Train Show on view through January 26, 2020

This year’s show — presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory — showcases Central Park, with its iconic landscape fashioned in mosses and hollies and architectural treasures such as Belvedere Castle.


4 x 14: Four Photographs by Fourteen Women Photographers will be on view at Keith de Lellis Gallery through January 31, 2020

Toni Frissell, John F. Kennedy & Jacqueline Bouvier on Their Wedding Day, 1953

Keith de Lellis Gallery presents an exhibition of fourteen women photographers, represented by four photographs each, for this end-of-year exhibition. Spanning nearly a century, these photographs capture cityscapes, cultures and customs, fashion models, family life, and more.


Nicolas Holiber Birds on Broadway on view through January, 2020

64th st

The National Audubon Society, Gitler &___ , New York City Parks Department, NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association commissioned ten sculptures by artist Nicolas Holiber in reclaimed wood to call attention to New York City’s climate threatened birds ~ making quite a statement along Broadway.


Pope.L: Member at MoMA through January, 2020

The third in the Trio is Pope.L: Member, which will take place on the third floor of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from October 21 through January 2020, and is part of MoMA’s Opening Season for Fall 2019.


Bill Traylor at David Zwirner on view through February 15, 2020

Bill Traylor ~  Brown House with Multiple Figures and Birds, 1939-1942. Image via David Zwirner Gallery

Organized in collaboration with the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Family Collections, the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the artist’s distinctive imagery, which mixes subjects and iconography from the American South with a strong formalistic treatment of color, shape, and surface. As part of the Foundation’s broader philanthropic mission, proceeds from the sales of its artworks will benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone, as well as the Foundation itself.


Chellis Baird at Nevelson Chapel Galleries on view to February 27, 2020

Image courtesy of Chellis Baird via

In her exhibition, Chellis Baird paves the entryway of Nevelson Chapel with her sculptural paintings. The exhibition will be on view from November 21, 2019 to February 27, 2020 at Galleries at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, NYC.


The Extraordinary at Hunter East Harlem Gallery on view through February 29, 2020

The Extraordinary is a group exhibition of eight artists who are currently in the process of gaining, or currently possess an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to this process and at the same time, inspect the system which requires those to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking individuals will be able to list on their CVs for qualification for the Visa through the US Government. Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events. Opening Reception October 16th from 6-9pm.


Adam Friedberg: Single-Story Project at Center for Architecture on view through February 29, 2020

Adam Friedberg, Single-Story Project

In 2015, photographer and long-time East Village resident Adam Friedberg  decided to explore all the single-story buildings in the East Village and the Lower East Side. To date, he has documented in photographs nearly 100 sites. Many of these images are on view in his exhibition, Single-Story Project, at the Center for Architecture.


Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard at Cadman Plaza Park on view to March 1, 2020

Public Art Fund; Harold Ancart at Cadman Plaza

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.


Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) at El Museo del Barrio on view through March 22, 2020

Zilia Sánchez, Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), c. 1968/96. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 x 72 x 12 in., Collection of theartist, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) is the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely unknown artist Zilia Sánchez(b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan). The exhibition features over 40 works from the early 1950s to the present, including paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and ephemera.


En Plein Air on The High Line on view through March 2020

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.


The Poetry Jukebox at Bella Abzug Park through April, 2020

The Poetry Jukebox on the Wittenburg Triangle in Greenwich Village

We’ve enjoyed The Poetry Jukebox on the Wittenburg Triangle in Greenwich Village, and in the East Village at Extra Place next to Howl! Happening Gallery. Now, The Poetry Jukebox will make its way to Bella Abzug Park.


Bella Abzug Park Sculptures on view through Spring, 2020

Artist, Gina Micinilli

Who can forget Bella Abzug ~ and in honor of her memory, New York City Parks renamed Hudson Yards Park in her honor during Women’s History Month, 2019. The busy little Park is also a #7 Train stop on the subway at 34th Street, and sits alongside an entrance to The Shed and The Vessel. It is under the auspices of not only NYC Parks, but also The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK).


JR: Chronicles at Brooklyn Museum through May 3, 2020

JR (French, born 1983), 28 Millimeters. Women Are Heroes, Eyes on Bricks. New Delhi, India, 2009. Color lithograph. © JR-ART-NET. Image courtesy Brooklyn Museum.

The Brooklyn Museum opened its Great Hall to a soaring multimedia installation tracing French artist, JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris, to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide, to his more recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse publics.


Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power at The Rubin Museum of Art through May 4, 2020

Shahidul Alam (b. 1955, Dhaka, Bangladesh); Bishsho Ijetma; Tongi, Gaipur, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 1988; photograph; courtesy ofShahidul Alam/Drik/Majority WorldBishsho Ijetma isthe second largest religious gathering of Muslims after Mecca. President Ershad and his predecessor President ZiaurRahman introduced Islam as the state religion for political benefit. The nation has struggled to return to its secular roots. —Shahidul Alam

The Rubin Museum of Art will open its doors to Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power, the first U.S. survey of photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam. The exhibition will feature more than 40 images, ephemera, and new work from the artist’s over four-decade career, including portraits, landscapes, and scenes of daily life, strife, and of resistance in the “majority world” ~ a phrase Alam has used since the 1990s to reframe the notion of the “third world” or “global south,” with a view of Bangladesh and South Asia.


Dream Machine: Dandara on view in Tribeca Park through May 4, 2020

Dream Machine: Dandara (2019), by artist Rubem Robierb in Tribeca Park

“Imagine yourself between these wings, close your eyes, and make a wish! See yourself traveling to the place your dreams will come true!”…. artist, Rubem Robierg. The new installation, Dream Machine: Dandara is on view in Tribeca Park.


In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection on view at The MET through May 17, 2020

mage: Evening Dress, Cristóbal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895–1972) for House of Balenciaga (French, founded 1937), summer 1961; Promised gift of Sandy Schreier. Photo © Nicholas Alan Cope

The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition, In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. On view from November 27, 2019, through May 17, 2020, the show will explore how Schreier amassed a trove of 20th-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear, not as a wardrobe, but as an appreciation of a form of creative expression.


A Wonder to Behold at ISAW on view through May 24, 2020

Reconstructed panel of bricks with a striding lion. Neo-Babylonian Period (reign of Nebuchadnezzar II, 604–562 BCE).

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) presents A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate, opening new avenues for understanding one of the most spectacular achievements of the ancient world. On view from November 6, 2019, through May 24, 2020, the exhibition features 180 objects that bring to life the synthesis of masterful craftsmanship and ancient beliefs that transformed clay, minerals, and organic materials—seen as magically potent substances—into this powerful monument.


Creative Courts + Facebook AIR unveil Courts at Marcus Garvey Park on view to May 24, 2020

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 brightened up the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park.


Art Students League: Model for Monuments on view through May 2020

Image courtesy Art Students League

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 Arrived 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.


The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu at The MET on view through June 8, 2020

just right of entrance

The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled four installations on the facade of The Met Fifth Avenue, entitled The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free us. Wangechi Mutu  was selected to create sculptures for The Met’s Fifth Avenue façade niches—the first-ever such installation on the Museum’s historic exterior—inaugurating a new annual artist commission series. The works were unveiled on September 9, 2019, and extended through June 8, 2020.


The Color of Power: Heroes, Sheroes & Their Creators at CCCADI on view to June 13, 2020

Image from the creator owned series ‘Aquarius: The Book of Mer’ via CCCADI

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) will open its doors to the exhibition, The Color of Power: Heroes, Sheroes & Their Creators ~ highlighting the work of comic book artists of color. The exhibition will be on view in the historic firehouse (CCCADI) in East Harlem to June 13, 2020.


Capucine Bourcard: Eat Me!  + Public Art Initiative on view to July 1, 2020

Close up of the metal squares making up the letter ‘ a variety of beans

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.


Naomi Lawrence: La Flor De Mi Madre + Public Art Initiative on view to July 1, 2020

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.


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Stop Telling Women to Smile on view to at least August, 2020

artist tatyana fazlailzaheh-she is the first public artist in residence at nycchr.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a Brooklyn-based street artist and painter whose street art project Stop Telling Women to Smiletackles gender-based street harassment. Her work can be found on walls from New York to Paris, Los Angeles to Mexico City, and right here……


T. rex: The Ultimate Predator at The Museum of Natural History on view to August 9, 2020

The Ultimate Predator March 5 2019

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.


Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away at Museum for Jewish Heritage extended through August 30, 2020

Uniform worn by Marian Kostuch, held as a Polish political prisoner. Kostuch was born on June 8, 1922, in Bieżanów. His occupation was listed in camp records as “tanner.” © Musealia

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, extended through August 30, 2020.


Jean-Marie Appriou: the Horses on view through August 30, 2020

Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses arrived on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, following Mark Manders: Tilted Head.  Curated by Public Art Fund Curator, Daniel S. Palmer, the massive equine sculptures stand like surreal sentinels at the entrance to Central Park.


Susan Stair: Roots on Fire on view through August, 2020

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Spending time with artist Susan Stair brings a whole new meaning to the trees that fill our green spaces. As we watched her work to create the clay molds for her next installation, Roots on Fire, Stair took us on a virtual journey underground, exploring how trees constantly send electrical messages through their roots and the mushroom (or mychorrizal network) that compose the Wood Wide Web. Come along on our three-part journey, as we document the creation of the installation Roots on Fire.


Simone Leigh: Brick House Coming to the High Line Plinth on view to September, 2020

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.


Shrine Room Projects at The Rubin Museum on view through September 14, 2020

The Rubin Museum of Art presents “Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge/Tsherin Sherpa,” three contemporary art installations in dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. Located on the fourth floor of the Rubin, alongside the heart of the Museum — the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room — “Shrine Room Projects” feature artists who reinterpret traditional and religious iconography and practices. The exhibition includes rotating video installations by Shiva Ahmadi; an interactive sculptural piece by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge; and newly acquired work by Tsherin Sherpa. “Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Tsherin Sherpa” will be on view October 18, 2019, through September 14, 2020.


Pope.L.: Choir at Whitney Museum of American Art on view through Winter, 2020

Pope. L continues on with Pope.L: Choir, the next complementary exhibition in the trio, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lobby Gallery, from October 10th through Winter, 2020. Here, the artist creates a new installation expanding on his ongoing exploration and use of water. Choiris inspired by the fountain, the public arena, and John Cage’s conception of music and sound.


Seaport Community Mural Project 2019 on view during Construction

The winners of the Seaport Community Mural Project were announced by Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and the New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), with the winning designs and artists names.


Stay warm. See in in January!


See you in 2020!

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