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




Yohana Holding Scissors © Cooper & Gorfer ~ Fotografiska Spring Exhibition

Kick-off the month of March with Women’s History Month and a host of related events. March is also the month for some of our favorite indoor exhibitions like The Armory Show and Armory Art Week, Asia Week NYC, Architectural Digest Design Show, and The Affordable Art Fair; Museums and galleries open their doors to new exhibitions like Studio 54: Night MagicWilli Smith: Street Courture, and Fotografiska’s Spring Calendar, to name just a few.

We will celebrate the 110th anniversary of Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery on the Lower East Side, and bow our heads in remembrance of the 109th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire + wonderful exhibits and installations ‘Still on View.’

Below are more than 20 art installations, events & exhibits in NYC to add to your list in March, however, due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), many opening receptions & events have been cancelled or postponed. Be sure to check websites or call first.

March is Women’s History Month ~ what a difference a year makes

This year during Women’s History Month we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ~ Giving women the right to vote. ‘Valiant Women of the Vote,’ this year’s theme, “honors the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others.”


Bisa Butler: The Storn, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake at Claire Oliver Gallery ~ by Private Appointment Only

Bisa Butler: “Zouave” (detail) quilted and appliquéd cotton, wool and chiffon 88 x 52 inches, 2020. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Update ~ in response to the Coronavirus, the Claire Oliver Gallery will be closed until further notice, showing the current exhibit by private appointment only.

Claire Oliver Gallery opens its doors to the debut solo exhibition by artist Bisa Butler entitled The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake ~ textile portraits of people of color created from layers of brightly colored fabrics with a multiplicity of meanings.


Nate Lewis: Latent Tapestries at Fridman Gallery ~ March 1

Probing the Land V (2020), Hand-sculpted inkjet print, ink, graphite, frottage, 44″h x 60″w

Combining elements of photography, sculpture, frottage, ink, and graphite drawings, Nate Lewis’ intricately carved works on paper reflect his experience as a critical-care nurse and challenge perspectives on race and history. Treating the paper as an organism, he sculpts patterns and textures akin to cellular tissue and uncovers anatomies of photographed subjects. This is his first solo exhibition in New York.


Harlem Restaurant Week ~ March 1 – 15

the wonderful Amuse Bouche Bistro at La Marqueta in East Harlem

Dates have been set for the annual Harlem Restaurant Week 2020! Dozens of new and exciting restaurants and hot spots have been added to the list this year, including retail and special events.


BASE 12: Don’t Call It A Comeback at Ki Smith Gallery Harlem ~ March 3

BASE 12: Don’t Call It a Comeback. Photo credit: Roman Dean. Image courtesy Ki Smith Gallery.

How do you engage with a painting hung on the wall of a subway station? On the sidewalks or in our Parks? What happens when an exhibition is staged at one of the most celebrated museums in New York City without the museum’s consent?


The Armory Show + Armory Art Week ~ March 4

The Armory Art Show 2020 will welcome 178 exhibitors from 31 countries, featuring an expanded curatorial program and 30 first-time exhibitors. The annual event will take place March 5-8 on Piers 90 and 94 ~ followed by Armory Arts Week.


Spring Exhibitions begin at Fotografiska ~ March 5 ~ Museum CLOSED

Cooper & Gorfer, Israa With Yellow Boxes, 2020 © Cooper & Gorfer

Update ~ Fotografiska New York is CLOSED Temporarily

This Spring, 2020, Fotografiska New York will open its doors to acclaimed photographers Julie Blackmon, Cooper & Gorfer, Nick Brandt, Naima Green and a group show of emerging talent, co-curated with VICE Media Group.

Fotografiska New York also announced TrackTuesdays ~ The gallery will be open to the public for Free on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 6-11pm.


The Shadow: a Group Exhibition at Totah Gallery ~ March 5

artist, David Austen. The Shadow at Totah.

Harmonizing dissonance composes the underlying substance of the group exhibition, The Shadow. Carl Jung postulated the theory of a shadow self: a part of our psyche that we distance ourselves from and project onto others. The shadow self is neither negative nor positive, but a fact implied by our conscious personality.


The National Black Theatre Present the Workshop Production of Bayano ~ March 11-15

Inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, Holnes’ Bayano takes audiences on a journey of history, liberation and Yoruba gods in the story of an enslaved African king, Bayano, who led the largest slave rebellion in 16th century Panama. An epic tale of freedom, Bayano runs March 11-15.


Originally scheduled ~ Asia Week New York ~ March 12-19 ~ postponed to week of June 22nd.

Vasant Putra of Raga Hindola, from the Earliest Kshemakarna Ragamala. Popular Mughal or Bikaner, India, ca. 1610. Folio measures 8 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches. Exhibited at 1018 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor ~ at 78th Street. art

The Annual Asia Week New York will take visitors to more than thirty-eight galleries, six auction houses, and fifteen museums and institutions throughout Manhattan.


Landmark Exhibition of the Works of ‘Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist’ at The Whitney ~ March 13 ~ POSTPONED. MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

Agnes Pelton, Ahmi in Egypt, 1931 courtesy The Whitney Museum of American Art
Update ~ The Whitney will be temporarily closed effective March 13, 2020.

Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. The exhibition, Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is composed of approximately forty-five works ranging from 1917 to 1960.


Studio 54: Night Magic at The Brooklyn Museum ~ March 13 ~ MUSEUM CLOSED

Guy Marineau (French, born 1947). Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston’s disco bash at Studio 54, 1977. (Photo: Guy Marineau / WWD / Shutterstock)

Update ~ Brooklyn Museum of Art is CLOSED until further notice

Studio 54: Night Magic traces the radiant history, social politics, and trailblazing aesthetics of the most iconic nightclub of all time. Behind the velvet rope, partygoers of all backgrounds and lifestyles could come together for nights of music, dazzling lights, and the popular song and dance “The Hustle.”


Willi Smith: Street Couture at Cooper Hewitt ~ March 13

Featured Image: Willi Smith, ca. 1981, Photographed by Kim Steele (American, b. 1950); Courtesy of Kim Steele, Photo: Kim Steele / San Francisco

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the first museum exhibition of American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987). “Willi Smith: Street Couture” will feature key works by this pioneer of streetwear fashion who founded the iconic brand WilliWear with partner Laurie Mallet in 1976 and leveraged innovative partnerships with artists, designers and performers to break down social, cultural and economic boundaries.


Walk to the Top of the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ March 14-15

Park Rangers will be on hand to allow tours to the top of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower from Noon to 3:00pm ~ in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem.


Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery on Lower East Side Turns 110 on March 29

Yonah Shimmel ~ original since 1910

How many NYC businesses do you know that have survived 110 years? On March 29, 2020, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery will celebrate their founding from a pushcart on Coney Island in 1890 to their current location on East Houston Street. In honor of this very special occasion, they will be selling Knishes for $1.10 to the first 110 sold that day.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Along 5th Avenue ~ March 17 ~ CANCELLED.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019, courtesy

The NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled for the first time since 1962. Hope to see you next year.

The 2020 New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, March 17th. The day begins with High Holy Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 8:30am (a ticketed event); the Parade will then be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11am to 5pm. If you can’t make it, watch the Parade live on NBC.


The Plastic Bag Store at 20 Times Square ~ March 18 ~ Exhibit CLOSED until further notice

Image via Times Square Arts

Update ~ This exhibit has been CLOSED until further notice.

With the banning of plastic bags in New York State in March, 2020, we thought the installation entitled The Plastic Bag Store to be timely and thoughtful ~ a deep-dive into our culture of consumption and convenience. his public art installation, by artist and director Robin Frohardt, will occupy 20 Times Square, with shelves stocked with thousands of original, hand-sculpted items like produce and meat, dry goods, and toiletries, cakes and sushi rolls ~ each made from discarded single-use plastics in an endless flux of packaging.


Dylan Gebbia-Richards: Viridescent at GR gallery ~ March 19

Dylan Gabbia Richards courtesy GR gallery

GR gallery will open its doors to Dylan Gebbia-Richards for his first New York solo show. Dubbed “Viridescent”, Dylan will be showcasing his raw talent by unleashing 16 new artworks. There will be a vast selection of his signature wax pieces in various sizes and he will showcase for the first time ever his experimental glass works, developed last year during his residency at Bullseye Glass project in Portland. Together with these artworks Dylan will also launch his “Gems”, an edition-like body of small 3-D wax pieces.


Architectural Digest Design Show ~ March 19-22 ~ POSPONED to June 25-28 on Pier 94

4 Days, 400 Brands, and countless ways to celebrate design at the 19th Annual Architectural Digest Design Show.


Salman Toor: How Will I Know at The Whitney ~ March 20 ~ MUSEUM TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Image credit: Salman Toor, Four Friends, 2019. Oil on panel, 40 × 40 in. (101.6 × 101.6 cm). Collection of Christie Zhou; image courtesy the artist.
Update ~ the Whitney Museum will close beginning March 13, 2020

Salman Toor’s first solo museum exhibition will be presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 20 to July 5, 2020.


Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at MAD ~ March 21

Flowers for Zaha, The Art of the Sainsbury Centre, supported and organized in association with HENi; Brian Clarke, Photo © Fraser Watson; Image courtesy MAD

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present a major exhibition of works by celebrated architectural artist and painter Brian Clarke (b. 1953, United Kingdom). The first museum exhibition in the U.S. of Clarke’s stained-glass screens, compositions in lead, and related drawings on paper, Brian Clarke: The Art of Light showcases the most considerable artistic and technical breakthrough in the thousand-year history of stained glass.


109th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire ~ March 25

March 25 ~ Commemoration of the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Washington and Greene Streets, Greenwich Village. Help to build the Triangle Fire Memorial.


Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation at Fort Gansevoort Gallery ~ March 26

Gordon Hookey, Pelvis Deadly, 2005, Oil on canvas, 48 x 66.25 inches

Fort Gansevoort Gallery will open its doors to Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the first solo exhibition in the United States for noted Brisbane-based Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey (b. 1961, Cloncurry, Australia). Hookey uses metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of English colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, Hookey deploys deceptively folksy figuration and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.


2020 Spring Auctions to Benefit The Salmagundi Club ~ March 27 ~ POSTPONED Until June

Update ~ The Spring Auction will be postponed until June 19 & 26.

The Salmagundi Club hosts its Annual Spring Auctions of works by artist members in all media, including oil painting, sculpture, fine-art graphics, and photography.  These Spring Auctions are a major fundraising event for Salmagundi, a non-profit organization.  Monies raised from the auctions help to fund the operation of our historic organization and maintain our landmark building.


The Affordable Art Fair ~ March 26-29 ~ POSTPONED

  • The Spring Edition of the Affordable Art Fair NYC has been POSTPONED.

72 contemporary galleries exhibiting works by over 400 artists, prices from $100 to $10,000 ~ The Affordable Art Fair + educational talks, tours, performances and an irresistible cafe and bar.


Making The Met, 1870-2020 ~ March 30 ~ Temporarily CLOSED

The Met Fifth Avenue, Great Hall. Photo by Brett Beyer. Image courtesy of The Met

Update ~ The MET will be closed due to COVID-19 beginning March 13, 2020. Stay tuned for updates.

In 2020, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding with a dynamic range of exhibitions, programs, and public events. Highlights of the year will include the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, on view March 30–August 2, 2020.


Still on View:

Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) on view through March 1, 2020

Art Dealers Association of America’s (ADAA) Annual Fair to Benefit Henry Street Settlement Will take places from February 27 through March 1, 2020, featuring more than 40 Solo presentations, an emphasis on female artists, and dynamic group presentations spanning art history.


Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds at Fort Gansevoort on view extended through March 7, 2020

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 opened its doors to Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds ~ Standing Rock Awakens the World ~ on January 11th and has been extended through March 7th


Atomized: Alberto Di Fabio | Masakatsu Sashie | Harif Guzman at GR gallery on view through March 12, 2020

Masakatsu Sashie. Image courtesy of the artist, in the exhibition ‘Atomized’ at G R gallery

GR Gallery opened its doors to “ATOMIZED”, a unique duo exhibition of Alberto Di Fabio (1966 Avezzano, Italy), Italian master of exceptional scientific abstraction, and Masakatsu Sashie (1974, Kanazawa, Japan), a visionary Japanese talent of Pop Surrealism. The exhibition will also include new works by street art legend Harif Guzman (1975, Venezuela), appositely conceived for this occasion to match the thread of the event. The show will feature 16 total works that will challenge the title by the subliminal textures of atomized landscapes in peculiar ways.

Sounds Lasting and Leaving at Luxembourg & Dayan on view through March 14, 2020

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.


Line and Frame: A Survey of European Comic Art on view at Danese/Corey through March 14, 2020

Philippe Druillet Loane Sloane

The exhibition, Line and Frame: A Survey of European Comic Art will bring together over 40 European artists from the last 70 years. This is the first time a rare strip and “crayonné” by Franco-Belgian master Hergé from his series, The Adventures of Tintin: Les Bijoux de la Castafiore will be on view in the US.


Nivola in New York: Figure in Field at The Cooper Union on view through March 15, 2020

Sand-casts, Apartment Building Lobby, 1955. 1025 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Photo by Norman Oberfest. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.

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.


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.


Antony Gormley: New York Clearing in Brooklyn Bridge Park on View to March 27, 2020

Antony GormleyWork in Progress for NEW YORK CLEARING, 2020Approx 18km (11mi) of 25.4 mm (1in) square section aluminium and steel spigotsInstallation view, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, New York City, 2020Photograph by Scott Rudd© the artist
© 2020 Scott Rudd @scottruddevents

Antony Gormley: New York Clearing (2020) was unveiled at Pier 3, Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the international public art project, CONNECT, BTS, introducing the pioneering global project from Korea connecting five cities and twenty-two artists, each contributing their own unique philosophy and imagination.


New York Stories: Vintage Postwar Photographs at Keith de Lellis Gallery on view through March 27, 2020

David Attie, Untitled, c. 1955. Image courtesy Keith de Lellis Gallery

In New York Stories, Keith de Lellis Gallery examines a familiar subject, New York City, through the lenses of fourteen accomplished photographers. These local artists discovered captivating scenes through their varied approaches to street photography.


In the Company of Harold Prince: Broadway Producer, Director, Collaborator at New York Public Library on View to March 31, 2020

In addition to displaying original costumes, set models, and archival video, this exhibition borrows from the aesthetic of immersive theatre and invites visitors to pick up, examine, and interact with reproductions of documents and objects from the Library’s unparallelled collections. Facsimiles of the paperwork for Pajama Gameand Damn Yankees will be scattered over a recreation of Prince’s desk. Digital replicas of stage manager Ruth Mitchell’s scripts will be linked to thousands of never-before-seen photographs from the Library’s collections. An open cabaret stage will allow visitors to perform pieces from his shows or record their own stories about their experience with Prince’s theatrical work. The exhibition is on view to March 31, 2020 at NYPL, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th Street and Columbus Avenue, NYC.


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.


Essie Green Galleries Spring Exhibition on view through April 4, 2020

Lois Mailou-Jones, Haiti,1964. Image courtesy Essie Green Galleries

The Spring 2020 exhibition at Essie Green Galleries will focus on the recent attention paid to African-American artists, and their rise in prominence in museums and in the marketplace. With a deep and historic connection between the gallery owner, Sherman Edmiston, and prominent African-American artists, the Spring exhibition is sure to be a feast for our eyes.


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

UPDATE ~ The MET will be closed beginning March 13th. Stay tuned for updates.

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.


Jack Whitten. Transitional Space. A Drawing Survey. will be on view at Hauser & Wirth through April 4, 2020

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 opened 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.


Melodie Provenzano: Seeing Oneself in Others at Nancy Margolis Gallery on view through April 11, 2020

Mel , Fully Ripe, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 in. A painting of the sculpture Ripe by Jeanne Tremel. Image, Nancy Margolis Gallery

Inspired by ancient Buddhist principles of attaining liberation through acts of selflessness, still-life artist Melodie Provenzano devised an exhibition concept that honors this notion. Seeing Oneself in Otherspresents the six paintings Provenzano produced, along with the six sculptures that inspired them, exhibited all together in one space.


Arabesque at Storefront for Art & Architecture on view through April 18, 2020

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 opened 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.


Jutta Koether: 4 the Team at Lévy Gorvy on view through April 18, 2020

Image Jutta Koether Encore, 2019 Oil on canvas 82 11/16 x 133 7/8 inches (210 x 340 cm) © Jutta Koether Courtesy the Artist and Lévy Gorvy

Spanning all three floors of the gallery’s landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue, the exhibition features new paintings alongside a selection of key canvases from the early 1980s to 1990.


The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden on view through April 19, 2020

The 18th annual Orchid Show will feature the dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, the famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars.

Brainwave: Impermanence at The Rubin Museum of Art on view through April, 2020 ~ Museum CLOSED

Brainwave Impermanence via The Rubin Museum of Art
Update ~ The Rubin Museum of Art is temporarily CLOSED

You live inside your head, but do you understand how it works? Brainwaveinvestigates 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


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.


JR: The Chronicles of New York on view in Williamsburg through May 3, 2020


The Chronicles of New York, coincides with his current retrospective, JR: Chronicles, at Brooklyn Museum of Art. More than a 1,128 people were photographed for this mural ~ each choosing how they wished to be interpreted, and asked to share their stories, which are on a free mobile app.


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.


Dorothy Lange: Words & Pictures at MoMA on View through May 9, 2020

Image via MoMA, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, the first major MoMA exhibition of Lange’s in 50 years, brings iconic works from the collection together with less seen photographs—from early street photography to projects on criminal justice reform. The work’s complex relationships to words show Lange’s interest in art’s power to deliver public awareness and to connect to intimate narratives in the world.


Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can’t I Alter at The Drawing Center on view through May 10, 2020

Curtis Talwst Santiago. Image courtesy The Drawing Center

In Can’t I Alter, Santiago creates a multi-faceted narrative in an immersive, drawing-filled installation that explores the theme of ancestry and the necessity of preserving the past while acknowledging the fallacies implicit in historical recollection. As viewers explore the space, they join Santiago and his alter ego, the J’ouvert Knight, in an attempt to locate a diasporic ancestor whose existence cannot ever be fully grasped. A newly commissioned film will accompany the installation, as well as performances organized by Santiago.

Update ~ The Drawing Center will be temporarily closed through April 12th in its effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance at The Drawing Center on view through May 10, 2020

Guy Fengyi. Image courtesy The Drawing Center

Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance is the first major institutional presentation of the Chinese artist’s work in the United States. The exhibition features more than thirty works from Guo’s brief yet prolific career, including drawings executed on book and calendar pages and on cloth, as well as small- and large-scale drawings on rice-paper scrolls. Spanning two floors of The Drawing Center’s galleries, To See from a Distance provides an overview of Guo’s visionary drawings, which incorporate the diagrammatic, the mystical, and the wildly imaginative.


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.


Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945 at Whitney Museum of American Art on view through May 17, 2020

Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

With approximately 200 works by sixty Mexican and American artists, this exhibition reorients art history by revealing the profound impact the Mexican muralists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period and the ways in which their example inspired American artists both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life and to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices.


Cauleen Smith: Mutualities at Whitney Museum of American Art on view through May 17, 2020

Image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Cauleen Smith draws on experimental film, non-Western cosmologies, poetry, and science fiction to create works that reflect on memory and Afro-diasporic histories. Mutualitiespresents two of Smith’s films, Sojourner and Pilgrim, each in a newly-created installation environment, along with a new group of drawings collectively titled Firespitters.


Jordan Casteel: Within Reach at New Museum on view through May 24, 2020

Jordan Casteel ~ New Museum

In her first New York City solo museum exhibition, Jordan Casteel brings together nearly forty paintings spanning her career. Check schedule for related events including Jordan Casteel in conversation.


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.


New York Philharmonic: Project 19 to June, 2020

Project 19. Image via New York Philharmonic

In celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, The New York Philharmonic has launched Project 19 ~ born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Through Project 19, the Philharmonic can mark a tectonic shift in American culture,” says President and CEO Deborah Borda, by giving women composers a platform and catalyzing representation in classical music and beyond. Project 19 launches in February 2020 with the first six World Premieres. The Orchestra will premiere the next two commissions in May–June 2020. 11 more premieres will follow in future seasons.


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.


The Annual Cinema Connex Film Series through June 14, 2020

Cinema Connex brings independent film to Staten Island, free of charge, and featuring screenings and festival film-centric events spanning a variety of genres and locales. For many of the films, film subjects or directors will be coming out for Q&A’s post screening. Enjoy Downtown Dinner & A Movie.


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…… along with some unexpected additions to her posters from locals.


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.


Countryside, The Future at The Guggenheim on view through August 14, 2020

Countryside, The Future, is an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). A unique exhibition for the Guggenheim Museum, Countryside, The Future will explore radical changes in the rural, remote, and wild territories collectively identified here as “countryside,” or the 98% of the earth’s surface not occupied by cities, with a full rotunda installation premised on original research.


José Parlá: It’s Yours at Bronx Museum of the Arts on view to August 16, 2020

José Parlá drawing in his studio, 2020. Photo by Rey Parl

José ParláIt’s Yours will be the first solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist in New York City. The new paintings evoke the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx, as well as the borough’s influence, which have helped to shape how Parlá views painting history and cities around the world. José Parlá: It’s Yours is organized by guest curator Manon Slome.


Ezra Wube: Project Junction on view at The Africa Center through August 23, 2020

The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.


The Poster House Museum: The Sleeping Giant ~ Posters & The Chinese Economy + The Swiss Grid on view through August 23, 2020

The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy

The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy explores China’s economic relationship with the world through poster design.

Weniger Lärm, 1960. Josef Müller-Brockmann

The Swiss Grid explores the development and impact of the International Typographic Style, considered one of the most important movements in graphic design history, through a selection of posters and ephemera. Influenced by the Concrete art of the Bauhaus and Jan Tschichold’s The New Typography, the practitioners of this style streamlined compositions through an adherence to geometric grid structures. The results were pared down, harmonious, instantly comprehensible designs—masterpieces of communication—that have stood the test of time.

To complete the story of Swiss poster history, companion exhibitions in adjoining galleries will celebrate over 100 years of Swiss design, from illustrational posters of the prewar period up through the “Swiss punk” movement of the 1970s and beyond.

The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy + The Swiss Grid will be on view from February 27 through August 23, 2020 at Poster House Museum.


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

Photo credit: AFineLyne

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.


Jordan Casteel: The Baayfalls on The High Line at 22nd Street on view through December 2020

Jordan Casteel: The Baayfalls. Image courtesy High Line

he mural The Baayfalls recreates a painting on canvas of the same name originally made in 2017. The Baayfalls is a double portrait of Fallou—a woman Casteel befriended during her artist residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem—and Fallou’s brother, Baaye Demba Sow. The pair are pictured outside the museum at Fallou’s table, where she sold hats she designed. When Fallou’s brother arrived in New York from Senegal, Casteel asked the two to sit for a portrait. The title references Baye Fall, a sect of the Sufi brotherhood Mouride, of which Fallou’s brother is a member. The gesture Fallou makes with her left hand signifies Allah among members of Baye Fall.

See you in April!