Art Installations, Events & Exhibits in NYC to Add to Your List in January 2020



Outsider Art Fair 2019 at The Metropolitan Pavilion

2019 was filled with major art installations, many of them still on view, and a feast for our eyes, like Brick House on The High Line; The Horses on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza; T. rex: The Ultimate Predator; Wangechi Mutu and Kent Monkman at The MET; JR: Chronicles at The Brooklyn Museum, along with Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away;  Roots on Fire; Birds on Broadway; City of Workers, City of Struggle and many more, indoors and out.

This December, New Yorker’s posted millions of ‘Wishes‘ in the Times Square NYE Wishing Well, with all those hopes and dreams raining down as confetti during the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop ~ Times Square adding its own wish for the coming year ~ here in New York, science rules, as science teachers, along with their students, were invited to drop the Ball.

We look forward to kicking-off a new decade of Art In all five boroughs. Here are more than twenty suggestions to add to your list in January, 2020!

Wishing All a Happy New Year.

After the Holidays ~ Mulchfest 2020

First things first…..Sweeping out the old before we usher in the new ~ Mulchfest 2020 ~ here’s what to do with your Christmas trees, wreaths & garland.


Viridian Artists Presents: Concerning…&…&… ~ January 2

Viridian Artists opens its doors to Concerning…&…&…,  an exhibition of seven artists who are part of Viridian Artists’ Affiliate program, along with one Viridian Alum. Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, January 9 from 6-8pm at Viridian Artists, 548 West 28th Street, NYC


Fridman Gallery Presents ~ New Ear Festival ~ January 6-12

Ugnayan: 20 transmitters and 20 transistor radios reanimate Filipino composer José Maceda’s public art installation in the front of the gallery space. . Image via Fridman Gallery

The annual New Ear Festival fulfills one of Fridman Gallery’s core missions—to help restore creative, experimental spirit on the ground floor level of downtown Manhattan. The festival showcases time-based, not overtly commercial performance art in all its forms—from sound installations and video screenings to storytelling and physical movement. Each evening will be live-streamed via Wave Farm / WGXC-90.7 FM.


Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club: Annual Open Juried Exhibition ~ January 6

Image via Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

The  Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club will hold its 123rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition at The National Arts Club from January 7th through January 31, 2020. Benefit Reception supporting the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be held on Friday, January 17th. Awards Dinner will be held on January 31st.


43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade ~ January 6

El Museo del Barrio

El Museo Del Barrio Presents The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade which will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Parade, entitled Nuestros Barrios Unidos: Celebrating our Collective Strength, will celebrate immigrant and migrant communities of past and present that continue to keep history alive by celebrating the cultural traditions of El Barrio and beyond.


2020 Junior and Scholarship Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club ~ January 6

Pictured (clockwise) -Arthur Haywood, “Mock Mural”, Photograph, 11×14, $120;
Tatiana Mitra, “Lemonade”, Oil, 12×12, $450;  Jaron Tepper “86th Street Station”, Oil, 18×24, $4300;
Charity Henderson, “Emergent”, Oil, 40×30, $2100

The Scholarship and Junior program was originally conceived by former Salmagundi Club President Junius Allen in the late 1950’s, and it has remained a vital source for attracting new and talented young members since that time. The Scholarship and Junior Club members have a wide variety of talent that is demonstrated in works done in various mediums and subject matters. Many Salmagundi Club members, such as master portrait painters Daniel Greene and Everett Raymond Kinstler, were former Scholarship and Junior members. The Scholarship program is for members from ages 21-30, and the Junior program is for members ages 31-35.


Impulse, 12 Giant Illuminating Seesaws Arrive in The Garment District ~ January 6

Ride my seesaw. Photo by Scogin Mayo, courtesy of the Dallas Arts District in May, 2019

The Garment District Alliance will be kicking-off the New Year with Impulse, an interactive installation comprised of 12 over-sized seesaws that will transform Broadway in the Garment District into a gleaming winter wonderland on Monday, January 6th, and on view through January 31st.


Alice Sparberg Alexiou: The Iconic Flatiron Building at The National Arts Club ~ January 8

Image via National Arts Club on Eventbrite

Journalist Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Extraordinary City That Arose With It, will talk about what this iconic structure means to the city, the world, and to her. The book formed the basis for a documentary that was part of the ongoing WNET series Treasures of New York.

This event will take place on Wednesday, January 8th from 8-9pm at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. It is free and open to the public, however an RSVP is required.


A Triumphant Triad: Sargent, Sorolla & Zorn ~ a Lecture by Neill Slaughter at Salmagundi Club ~ January 8

From L-R, Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn. Image courtesy The Salmagundi Club

The historic Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village will open its doors to a lecture by artist/member Neill Slaughter entitled, A Triumphant Triad: Sargent, Sorolla and Zorn on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:00pm

While you’re there, step into the Upper Gallery for the Land and Sea Exhibition, on view from January 6 through January 23, 2020.


David Arky: Sights Unseen at Fremin Gallery ~ January 9

David Arky courtesy Fremin Gallery

David Arky was one of the first photographers to see the artistry in x-ray images. In addition to their aesthetic appeal,, Arky’s x-ray photographs invite the viewer to see each object anew. In his latest series, Arky has experimented with many different palettes, creating a bold and colorful contrast to the otherwise monochromatic x-ray images.

David Arky: Sights Unseen on view from January 9 through    Fremin Gallery is located at 520 West 23rd Street, Ground Floor, NYC.


Wayne White: I Don’t Know at Joshua Liner Gallery ~ January 9

Wayne White: The Fuck, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in. Image via Joshua Liner Gallery

Joshua Liner Gallery will open its doors to artist, Wayne White’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, I DON’T KNOW. The Los Angeles-based artist will present new text-based paintings that feature hand painted backgrounds, as well as laser cut word reliefs, and an oversized kinetic puppet. I DON’T KNOW will open on January 9 and remain on view through February 8, 2020. The artist will attend the opening reception.


Meet at The SHED Free Open House ~ January 11

Kick-off the New Year with the first-ever Open House, Meet at The Shed on January 11th, celebrating its opening season as it draws to a close. Meet at The Shed will feature special pop-up events and free admission to its current exhibitions. Reserve your tickets.


Cinema Connex Film Series in Staten Island ~ January 11

After a popular inaugural year screening indie and classic films and hosting special events from the St. George Theatre to Tappen Park, Cinema Connex, Staten Island’s free independent film series, returns! This season’s lineup includes Roma, Woman On Fire and a film program curated by the African Film Festival.


Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds at Fort Gansevoort ~ January 11

Above Image: Edgar Heap of Birds in front of Standing Rock Awakens the World, 2019, 24 primary mono prints and 24 ghost prints on paper, 90 x 176 in and 90 x 176 inches

Fort Gansevoort Gallery will open its doors to Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds on January 11th through February 22nd, with Opening to be held on Saturday, January 11th from 5:00 to 7:00pm.


Climb to the Top of the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ January 11

Harlem Fire Watchtower

Urban Park Rangers and NYC Parks Department will be on hand to open the gate and escort the public up to the top of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower on January 11th and 19th from Noon to 3:00pm. This is a Free event.


No Pants on the Subway ~ January 12

No Pants Afterparty! on Facebook

The 19th Annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place on Sunday, January 12th. Follow on Facebook, along with the afterparty at Bar 13.


The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership at The Apollo Theater ~ January 12

[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., half-length portrait, facing front]. Dick DeMarsico, photographer, 1964. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Prints & Photographs Division
The Apollo Theater and WNYC are partnering for the seventh year to present WNYC’s 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, The Strategic King: MLK’s Visionary Leadership as part of the Apollo’s Uptown Hall series. This is a Free Event with RSVP.


Darren Bader’s Edible Exhibition at The Whitney ~ January 15

Image credit: Darren Bader, no title, not dated. Fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad, dimensions variable. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Sascha S. Bauer and Eleanor Heyman Propp 2015.108. © Darren Bader. Image courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

From January 15 to February 17, 2020, the Whitney’s eighth floor gallery will be the site of fruits, vegetables; fruit and vegetable salad. The exhibition is comprised of an untitled work by Darren Bader from the Whitney’s permanent collection—acquired in 2015 and never before presented at the Museum—featuring a selection of fruits and vegetables presented as sculptures on pedestals.


Krzysztof Wodiczko: Monument in Madison Square Park ~ January 16

Monument of David Glasgow Farragut in Madison Square Park by sculptor artist, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Image via

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 39th commissioned exhibition will be artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, who will realize a new site-specific public art installation ~ Monument ~ which will project the likenesses and spoken narratives of resettled refugees onto the Park’s 1881 monument to Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. On view through May 10,, 2020.


Noah Davis at David Zwirner ~ January 16

Image: Noah Davis, Untitled, 2015 (detail). © The Estate of Noah Davis. Courtesy The Estate of Noah Davis

David Zwirner is pleased to present work by American artist Noah Davis (1983–2015), organized by Helen Molesworth. On view at the gallery’s 533 West 19th Street location in New York, the exhibition will provide an overview of Davis’s brief but expansive career.


Outsider Art Fair 2020 ~ January 16-19

Outsider Art Fair 2019

This year’s Outside Art Fair will present more than 60 exhibitors representing 35 cities, from 10 countries ~ 10 galleries will be joining the Fair for the first time.  Several of our old favorites will return, including Howard Greenberg, with a solo booth featuring work by American street photographer Vivian Maier. The Event is located at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC. Take a look back at Outsider Art Fair, 2019.


Lucas Samaras: Me, Myself and… at Pace Gallery ~ January 17

Lucas Samaras, Untitled, 2019, pure pigment on paper print, 13″ × 13″ (33 cm × 33 cm), image 14″ × 14″ (35.6 cm × 35.6 cm), paper © Lucas Samaras

In its new global headquarters located at 540 West 25th Street, Pace Gallery opens its doors to Lucas Samaras: Me, Myself and …., tracking Samaras’s own history alongside the evolution of his protean body of work, and continuing his long-standing investigation into self-imagery and psychological genre-elasticity.

Also on view, Robert Irwin: Unlights from January 17 through February 22, 2020.


TIME X Fotografiska For Life ~ January 17

Image courtesy Fotografiska NYC

Fotografiska NYC announced it’s inaugural programming schedule for January 2020, beginning with TIME X Fotografiska For Life.


Schomburg Center Presents the 2020 Black Comic Book Festival ~ January 17-18

Images courtesy of The Schomburg Center

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its eighth annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday, January 17 from 10 AM – 8 PM and on Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM to 8:00 PM. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.  Register Here.


Women’s March ~ Saturday, January 18

Courtesy Women’s March Alliance

Rise & Roar on Saturday, January 18th. Line up at 10:30am for rally at 11am, and march at 11:30am. Meet at 72nd Street and Central Park West. March to Columbus Circle. Register Here.

Join NYC Women’s Unity March & Rally: Rise and Roar 2020 on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 am in Foley Square.

Connect with Women’s March on Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 18th at 10am.


Judith Schaechter: Almost Better Angels at Claire Oliver Gallery ~ January 18

Judith Schaecter, ‘Murdered Animal, 2018, stained glass lightbox, 28″ x 28″, courtesy of the artist and Claire Oliver Gallery

The much anticipated inaugural exhibition in its new Harlem building, Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to Almost Better Angels featuring new works by Judith Schaechter on Saturday, January 18th.


Sono Kuwayama: 間 (Ma) at Ki Smith Gallery ~ January 21

Sono Kuwayama. Image courtesy Ki Smith Gallery

Ki Smith Gallery opened its doors to the first solo exhibition in the gallery by artist Sono Kuwayama. In this exhibition, Kuwayama engages Ma and 間 in a new body of work driven by her shifting perception. Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, February 1st from 6-10pm.


Jan Tichy: Light Shop at Fridman Gallery ~ January 22

Jan Tichy: bowery_test 01.  Image courtesy Fridman Gallery

In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Tichy’s new works explore the local history of the Bowery Lighting District in relationship to the commodification of light and the resulting light pollution. The exhibition will include ‘Bowery Prints’, a suite of ten assemblages of neon sculptures and photograms on silver halide paper, made with glass objects that the artist collected from the ten lighting stores that remain on the Bowery. In the gallery’s main room, a site-specific light projection animates a neon sculpture,, exploring both the formal relationship of specific space to time and light, and the social and ecological implications of what is visible and what is left unseen.


The Cooper Union Nivola in New York ~ January 23

Apartment Building Lobby, 1955. Raymond Loewy, Designer. Photo by Norman Oberferst.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the Costantino Nivola Foundation, and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York present Nivola in New York I Figure in Field, an exhibition of the work of Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola (1911-1988), known for his large-scale bas-reliefs, murals, and free-standing sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects.


Arabesque at Storefront for Art + Architecture ~ January 23

Photo: Process image from “Collages” by Rayyane Tabet. Created for Arabesque, an exhibition organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2020.

Storefront for Art + Architecture will open its doors to Arabesque, an exhibition of new works by Rayyane Tablet that explores notions of context and appropriation in our built environment through the road of ornamentation. Arabesque is the third exhibition in Building Cycles, Storefront’s year-long curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Focused on decoration and ornamentation, this exhibition questions existing and historical modes of practice by examining the notions of context and appropriation in our built environment. Arabesque follows the first two exhibitions in the cycle, Aquí­ vive gente and Ministry for All.


Sounds Lasting and Leaving at Luxembourg & Dayan ~ January 23

Marina Abramovic: Freeing the Voice, 1975 © Marina Abramovic, courtesy of the Marina Abramovic Archives and Sean Kelly, New York/DACS 2019

Beginning January 23, 2020, Sounds Lasting and Leaving at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York amplifies the auditory interests of modern and contemporary artists. On view through March 14, 2020, Sounds Lasting and Leaving puts key works by all of these artists into conversation, underscoring how the sonic and the optical have intermixed in art through the 21st century.


The Winter Show at Park Avenue Armory ~ January 24

Park Avenue Armory

The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques and design fair, featuring 72 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. The Event will take place from January 24-February 2, 2020 at Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue at 67th Street, NYC.


Brainwave Impermanence at The Rubin Museum of Art ~ January 27

Brainwave Impermanence via The Rubin Museum of Art

You live inside your head, but do you understand how it works? Brainwave investigates how our minds shape our everyday experiences with onstage conversations and immersive experiences that combine the most compelling advancements in science with traditional Himalayan wisdom.


Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey at Hauser & Wirth ~ January 28

Jack Whitten, Space Flower #9 2006, Acrylic, pastel, powdered mylar on rice paper. 18.4 x 21 cm/7 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. Photo: Genevieve Hanson. Image courtesy the Jackknifes Whitten Estate and  Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth will open its doors to the first major survey of Jack Whitten’s works on paper, spanning the artist’s six decade career. Jack Whitten (1939 – 2018) made it his mission to disrupt the discipline of art history through experiments with material, process, and technique. He effectively constructed a bridge between gestural abstraction and process art, constantly working toward a nuanced language of painting that employs deeply personal expression. Whitten was also a prolific and powerful draughtsman. The unique body of works on view at Hauser & Wirth testifies to the immensity of his commitment to drawing as a means to make manifest his ideas and advance his methods.


Times Square Heart Design Competition ~ January 30

Times Square Arts has announced that MODU and Eric Forman Studio’s Heart Squared is the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition curated by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. As this year’s winning design, Heart Squared will be unveiled on January 30 at 11am at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. The installation will remain on view for the month of February.


Manhattan Vintage: a Clothing Shopping Event ~ January 31 & February 1st

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show features New York City’s greatest collection of vintage clothing, accessories and antique textiles from the last century and more.

Discover high styles from the last century that inspire today’s fashion trends! The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is the ultimate vintage showcase, which brings together over 80 of the country’s top vintage clothing, accessories and antique textile dealers under one roof. So, come join the hunt where top designers get their inspiration! You’re sure to find timeless and beautifully constructed clothing & antique textiles. The collection that 100 years of design built.

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale will take place on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.


Still on View:

The Annual Thumb-Box Exhibition & Sale at Salmagundi Club on view through January 1, 2020

On the easel, two gorgeous paintings by the artist, Guy Wiggins.

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.


The Wreath Interpretations Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery on view through January 2, 2020

Aleksandra Vujkov, ‘Checkmate’, salvaged and reused chess books, crepe paper, and cardboard box

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.


Light Up Luminaries at Brookfield Place on view through January 3, 2020

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.


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

Image 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.


Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance at The Rubin Museum on view through January 6, 2020

Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in New York) on view in the exhibition ‘Clapping with Stones: Art and Acts of Resistance’ at The Rubin Museum of Art

Featuring works in a range of sizes and media, including photography, sculpture, video, textile, and installation, Clapping with Stones articulates a wide variety of societal and political themes while making an open-ended call to action.


Annina Rosescheisen: Bridging Grey at Ki Smith Gallery on view through January 11, 2020

IMAGES: Annina Roescheisen, Stills from Bridging Grey, 2019

Ki Smith Gallery has opened its doors to Bridging Grey, a new video and performance installation by German artist Annina Roescheisen. Her readings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe are the basis for this new body of work. In the mid-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these philosophers began to investigate the aesthetics of color. Roescheisen has been most influenced by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose intuitive approach linked the colors we see to the emotion and mood we feel in their presence. In his Theory of Colours, Goethe writes about painting, “From these three, light, shade, and colour, we construct the visible world, and thus, at the same time, make painting possible, an art which has the power of producing on a flat surface a much more perfect visible world than the actual one can be.”


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.


John Dowell, Cotton: Symbol Of The Forgotten at Laurence Miller Gallery on view through January 25, 2020

John Dowell, Yesterday Brought Tomorrow

Laurence Miller Gallery opened 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.


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 Street

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

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.


Kent Monkman at The MET on view through April 9, 2020

Kent Monkman

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.


Ailene Fields: Once Upon a Time and The Frog Prince at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza through April 26, 2020

Image courtesy NYC Parks

Fascinated since childhood by ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Ailene Fields had these stories and characters form the core of her early bronze sculptures. Taking harsh materials such as bronze and stone and transforming them into gentle characters is a major goal for the artist. It is a process of finding what has been trapped within since time immemorial and allowing it to reveal itself to the world. Her sculptures in Dag Hammarskjold embody whimsy and playfulness in the form of a fairy perched on a branch and a larger-than-life frog prince.


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 Micnilli

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

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

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.

Happy New Year!