Summer is heating up with lots of color in all five boroughs. Bringing it outdoors this month, here are Art installations, Events and Exhibits to add to your list in July, with more than 45 exhibits and installations still on view from earlier this year.
Kicking off Summer with a 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, which will be installed on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem on July 1st. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a colorful representation of national flowers. We took a peek at the artist’s work-in-progress, as she pieced the installation together on the floor of the main gallery at PS 109 Art Space in East Harlem earlier this month.
The artist, Capucine Bourcart will install EAT ME! takes a deep-dive into the serious subject of nutrition in her Harlem community. EAT ME! is located along Park Avenue and 120thStreet. Above image, the ‘T’ in EAT ME! as a work-in-progress with fish scales clearly in view.
Opening Reception for La Flor De Mi Madre and EAT ME! will take place on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:00pm.
Where were you on July 20th, 1969? Like millions of people, you were probably glued to your television, watching the first images of American astronauts on the moon. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20th, The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its doors to the exhibition, Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography.
This year, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks will launch over 70,000 colorful effects that will be displayed over the East River. You’ll be able to see them from a variety of locations. And don’t forget Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest on Coney Island.
Governor’s Island has become quite a destination. On our list of ‘not-to-miss’ exhibitions is ‘this life given’ by Tomo Mori. This timely theme of strong women cherishing their family everywhere is beautifully portrayed in her featured image (above) her daughter. Exploring the challenges of women is a common theme in Mori’s work, looking back at her solo exhibition at The Yard where she explored her own experiences and challenges as a woman and immigrant. Follow Tomo Mori on Instagram.
The Garment District Alliance will unveil 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.
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.
Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales is a series of five large-scale aluminum sculptures presented by Public Art Fund in City Hall Park. Unveiling of the installation will take place on Wednesday, July 10th from 6:30-7:30pm at City Hall Park.
Returning for the 4th year, the Whitney Staff Art Show will be on view from July 12 to August 15, 2019, with Opening Reception on July 17 from 6-8pm, located at Westbeth, 55 Bethune Street, NYC.
Commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the birth of the modern French nation ~ Bastille Day has become a major celebration here in New York. We have a few suggestions on how to spend your 2019 Bastille Day Celebration.
March along with the 5th Annual Disability Pride Parade in NYC, celebrating the autonomy and empowerment of people with disabilities. The parade will begin at 10am at Madison Square Park. RSVP for more details.
The Salmagundi Club of New York will be offering another rare opportunity to explore the landmarked building and view its historic art collection with a VIP Tour on Sunday, July 14th at 3pm.
The Annual Non-Member Open Exhibition presents Painting, Sculpture and Graphics in the Upper Gallery, and Photography in the Lower Gallery.
This two-floor exhibition will be on view from July 15 to August 2, 2019 at The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue between 11th/12th Streets in Greenwich Village.
The sixth annual NYC Bodypainting Day will take place on July 20th and will be held in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Take part in a four-hour live public body painting followed by a march through the streets of Bushwick.
On this walking tour, historians Işıl Acehan and Todd Fine will bring Ottoman New York back to life through stories of culture, religion, and politics. However, the focus will always be on the actual lives of people, whose stories are often simplified and obscured because of the political focus of our time.
OZY Fest an interactive festival that brings people together for two full days of live music, conversation, comedy and food. Now in its fourth year, OZY Fest offers a unique opportunity to dance, learn and chow down with leaders from entertainment, art, politics and business.
Headliners for the 2019 OZYFest include John Legend, Spike Lee, Malcolm Gladwell, Alex Rodriguez and many more including a surprise guest + great food!
The Rubin Museum’s Annual Block Party will take place on Sunday, July 21st from 1-4pm! It’s a true Summer celebration when thousands of New Yorkers fill the car-free 17th Street between 7th/6th Avenues. This year, it’s all about the Power Within.
Still one View
Desert Painters of Australia, Contemporary Indigenous Paintings at Gagosian NYC on view to July 3, 2019
Gagosian Madison Avenue opened its doors to a special exhibition of contemporary Indigenous Australian painting from two significant American collections. Spanning three generations, the exhibition includes works by leading painters from the Central and Western Desert regions.
Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People, a 25-foot tall Afro Comb will arrive on the Plaza at The Africa Center in Harlem along with an exciting calendar within the Museum and a great new restaurant.
As part of Stonewall 50, NYU/Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art announced a major exhibition, examining the impact of the LGBTQ movement on visual arts and culture this April, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings.
The exhibition features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture, presented in two parts ~ at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery, and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
The exhibition Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India focuses on early painting styles that emerged in the Pahari courts of North India during the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring some 20 of the most refined paintings produced in South Asia during this period. This exhibition will be on view to July 21, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Floor 3, NYC.
Condo, the large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries is an annual event, with Condo New York 2019 taking place in 38 galleries across 18 New York spaces beginning today!
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.
Smack Mellon is pleased to present I come to this place, a group exhibition that explores abstraction in art as a chain of histories that align, unpack, communicate, and translate connections. Twelve artists present their sensibilities through installations, multi-media work, paintings, and sound. The exhibition is curated by Eva Mayhabal Davis and is on view June 15–July 28, 2019.
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 opens its doors to the 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.
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.
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.”
#TatsCru vanished from the Bowery Wall earlier this month, painted white ~ a fresh canvas for the famed Wall’s next artist ~ Andrea von Bujdoss aka @queenandreaone.
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.
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.
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, as we wait for the much anticipated Simone Leigh: Brick House on the High Line this month.
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.
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.
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 August!