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




Simone Leigh, Brick House, 2019. A High Line Plinth commission. On view June 2019 – September 2020. Photo by Timothy Schenck. Courtesy the High Line

Get ready for Spring with exhibits and events that will take you from Plein Air on The High Line to Jazz at The Apollo Theater. Play it Loud at The MET and Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Greenwich Village Historic District. Step onto the Roof Garden at The MET and Remember Stonewall at 50. Here are a few art installation, events and exhibits to add to your list in April.

Simone Leigh: Brick House on The High Line ~ This Spring

For the inaugural High Line Plinth, Simone Leigh presents Brick House, a sixteen-foot-tall bronze bust of a black woman whose torso is conflated with the forms of a skirt and a clay house. Leigh’s Brick House will be centered on the Spur, standing in sharp contrast to the disparate elements of the immediate architectural landscape ~ and saving the Date for The Spur, opening June 5th.


En Plein Air on The High Line ~ April 1

Lubaina Himid for En Plein Air on The High Line

This Spring, the High Line will welcome eight international artists to set up their easels and work En Plein Air ~ in an artistic dialogue with the surrounding landscape.


The Photography Show, Presented by AIPAD on Pier 94 ~ April 4

Image via The Photography Show

The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, has announced a program of 12 AIPAD Talks during the Show, which runs April 4 through April 7, 2019 at Pier 94 in New York City. Prominent curators, collectors, artists, and journalists will discuss thought-provoking ideas, new trends, and unique processes involved in photography. AIPAD Talks speakers will include Vince Aletti, Harry Benson, Dawoud Bey, Chris Boot, Malcolm Daniel, Sarah Greenough, Deana Lawson, Sarah Hermanson Meister, Corey Keller, An-My Lê, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Carol Squiers, and Martha Wilson.


The Jazz Foundation + Apollo Theater = A Great Night in Harlem ~ April 4

Jazz Foundation of Americ

Since 2001, the Jazz Foundation of America has produced an annual gala at the Apollo Theater called “A Great Night in Harlem.” This benefit concert is always one of the best nights of the year in New York City. It brings together all-time legends and unknown gems from the worlds of jazz, blues, rock, and soul.


The Shed ~ April 5

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With great anticipation, artists and art patrons look forward to the opening of The Shed on April 5, 2019. New York’s first multi-arts center designed to commission, produce, and present all types of performing arts, visual arts, and popular culture.


MoCCA Arts Festival ~ April 6-7

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, The Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.


Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll at The MET ~ April 8

Les Paul Special electric guitar, Gibson Guitar Corp., 1961; Painted by Bob Cantrell.
Steve Miller had this guitar painted by surfboard artist Bob Cantrell and used it in live
performances throughout the 1970s. Courtesy of Steve MillerSt.

The iconic instruments of Rock & Roll will go 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.


Life Without Tragedy Arrives at Astor Place

The art installation entitled Life Without Tragedy by artist Kostis Velonis arrived at Astor Place this month ~ three sculptures constructed of wood that mimic an ancient Greek amphitheater.


Nemo Jantzen: Age of Spectacle at Fremin Gallery ~ April 11

Attitude II Size: 140x120cm. (55” x 47.5”) Public Price: $9,500 USD

Fremin Gallery opens its doors to Age of Spectacle, new large-scale works by the Dutch artist Nemo Jantzen.


Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969 – 2019 ~ April 11

Image via El Museo del Barrio

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio presents Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019, a two-part exhibition featuring selections from the Permanent Collection and a timeline contextualizing the history of the institution with related archival materials. Part 1 will be on view from April 11 through September 29, 2019. Part 2 will begin on June 11, 2019.


LOOT 2019 at Museum of Arts and Design ~ April 9-13

LOOT 2019 via MAD website

LOOT: MAD About Jewelry is an annual benefit exhibition and sale featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists. Now in its 19th edition, LOOT has become the not-to-miss pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewelry.


George Platt Lynes: Portraits, Nudes & Dance at Keith de Lellis Gallery ~ April 11

George Platt Lynes, Untitled, n.d.

Keith de Lellis Gallery showcases the portrait photography of noted fashion photographer and influential artist George Platt Lynes (American, 1907-1955) in its spring exhibition. Though largely concealed during his lifetime (or published under pseudonyms), Lynes’ male nude photographs are perhaps his most notable works today and inspired later artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts.


The Art of Immigration: Paintings by Donatus Buongiiorno at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry Street ~ April 11

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St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry street will open its doors to The Art of Immigration: Paintings by Donatus Buongiorno this April. This exhibit displays samples of Buongiorno’s secular work, easel paintings from private collections—images that capture the same passion for human life seen in his inspirational murals at the church.


The Bonnet Bash at The National Arts Club ~ April 12

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Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath or sloth? The Fashion Committee invites you to indulge in your favorite at The Carnival of Capital Sins at The National Arts Club on Friday, April 12th.


do it (in school) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery ~ April 12

do it (in school) at Hunter East Harlem Gallery

What would happen if talented art students were given a selection of instructions to create temporary artworks and told to just do it (in school)? Hunter East Harlem Gallery opens its doors to its own version of the original idea, do it, conceived in 1993 by Hans Ulrich Obrist, which challenged traditional exhibition formats, questioned authorship, and championed art’s ability to exist beyond a single gallery space.


Food Truck Fest ~ April 13

The annual Food Truck Fest will be held on Saturday, April 13th ~ the largest in New York City! Grand Bazaar NYC will feature 15 of the best gourmet food trucks in addition to over 30 of its most unique weekly vendors. This 3rd annual special event is organized by Grand Bazaar NYC, the largest weekly curated market in New York City, and is co-hosted by the NYC Food Truck Association and National Food Truck Association. Grand Bazaar NYC is located at 100 West 77th Street, NYC


Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People at The Africa Center ~ April 13

All Power to All People, Hank Willis Thomas © 2018. Conceived by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas.

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 a fun-filled weekend including a Community Day on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday Drumming on April 14th.


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District ~ April 13-14

Map art by Barbara Macfarlane, represented by Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery. Image via GVSHP

Join the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation in a weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District in Washington Square Park on Saturday, April 13th from Noon to 3pm, and a Greenwich Village Historic District-Wide Open House lasting the entire weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14), including over 70 participating local businesses, houses of worship, theaters, educational institutions, bars, restaurants, walking tours, parks + more. #GVHD50


Alicja Kwade: ParaPivot on The MET Roof Garden ~ April 16

Alicja Kwade. Photo: Luise Müller-Hofstege

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.


Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body at The Schomburg ~ April 16

Jonathan McCrory credit Christine Jean Chambers, courtesy National Black Theater

The National Black Theatre partners with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to present In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival.


Gabriel Orozco: Rotating Objects at Noguchi Museum ~ April 17

From left: Gabriel Orozco, Roto Shaku 14, 2015. Paper tape and graphite on wood. Photo: Cathy Carver. Photo: Michel Zabe. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Gabriel Orozco: Rotating Objects, a focused installation of ten works by Gabriel Orozco (b.1962), seven Roto Shaku and three Obi Scrolls, will be on view at The Noguchi Museum as a complement to the major exhibition Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. All created in Tokyo in 2015, Orozco’s works will provide a contemporary parallel to Noguchi and Hasegawa’s efforts to create modern art that developed Japan’s traditional craft cultures.


The Dino Safari Arrives at The Bronx Zoo ~ April 19

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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 ~ opening in April!


Annual Fifth Avenue Easter Stroll, 2019 NYC

Fifth Avenue Easter Parade, 2018

Looking forward to the Annual Fifth Avenue Easter Stroll, which will take place on Sunday, April 21st. The parade route runs from 49th Street to 57th Street along Fifth Avenue, from 10am to 4pm.

Check out a few images from last year’s Stroll.


Art After Stonewall, 1969 – 1989 ~ April 24

Keith Haring, National Coming Out Day, 1988. Offset lithograph, 26 x 23 in. © Keith Haring Foundation

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.

Celebrate Stonewall 50 with events in April, May and June.


Denzil Forrester: A Survey at Stephen Friedman Gallery ~ April 25

Artist Denzil Forrester. Image via Stephen Friedman Gallery

Stephen Friedman Gallery opens its doors to a survey exhibition of large-scale paintings from the past 40 years by Grenada born, British artist Denzil Forrester. Forrester’s first exhibition with the gallery includes new and historical work and is accompanied by a substantial new publication featuring essays by Sam Thorne (Director of Nottingham Contemporary and Contributing Editor of Frieze) and Eddie Chambers (Curator and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas, Austin).


Essie Green Galleries Spring 2019 Exhibition ~ April 27

Allen Stringfellow “Jumping”. Image courtesy Essie Green Galleries

The Spring 2019 exhibition at Essie Green Galleries will focus on the recent attention paid to African-American artists, their rise in prominence in museums and in the marketplace, along with a significant rise in forgeries and fakes.


Car Free Earth Day ~ April 27

Image via DOT and Car Free Earth Day

Car Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 27th, the Saturday immediately following Earth Day ~ and related events throughout the City leading up to that day.


Jazzmobile: Keep the Music Playing ~ April 29

Jazzmobile will celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month, Duke Ellington’s Birthday, Louis Armstrong and more with the annual event, Keep The Music Playing Concert, scheduled for April 29th. Tickets on sale now.


The National Art Club ~ April 29

The National Arts Club currently has several exciting exhibitions on view. Opening today, Studio in the Street: Symbols ~ Totems ~ Cyphers, an overview of Street Art featuring works by Keith Haring and Richard Hambleton and many others AND Iké Udé: Portraiture and Transgressions.


Looking forward to

Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard at Cadman Plaza Park ~ May 1

Public Art Fund; Harold Ancart at Cadman Plaza

Public Art Fund will unveil 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.


Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. at Museum for Jewish Heritage ~ May 8

Image courtesy of Jeff Simmons, Executive Vice President, Anat Gerstein, Inc.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will present the largest and most extensive exhibition on Auschwitz, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away,produced in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland and the international exhibition firm Musealia.


Harlem EatUp! ~ May 13 ~ 17

Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Harlem EatUp! Celebrates Culinary All-Stars, Music, Culture & Art in NYC’s Vibrant Uptown Community. Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz Present the Fifth Annual Festival, May 13 through May 19, 2019 ~ and don’t miss Harlem WarmUp! while you wait.


FIGMENT: Salvage Swings on Roosevelt Island ~ June, 2019

Salvage Swings by Somewhere Studio. Image: Somewhere Studio

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! (pending approval and fundraising).


Still on View

R. Crumb at David Zwirner on view to April 6, 2019

Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Culture Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact ~ an exhibition examining the mind and career of R. Crumb, on view from February 21 to April 6, 2019 at David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street in Chelsea.

Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Culture Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact ~ an exhibition examining the mind and career of R. Crumb, on view from February 21 to April 6, 2019 at David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street in Chelsea.


Ink Stories by Reka Nyari at Fremin Gallery on view to April 6, 2019

Reka Nyari ‘Nursing Madonna’ Image courtesy Fremin Gallery

Finnish photographer, Reka Nyari places her Ink Stories series into the canon of unfettered female imagery with the tales of four women and their response to struggle and pain. The intricately woven threads of ink on their skin empower their spirit as acts of defiance, vows of power, and emblems of transformation of the mind through the physical body


Emily Copeland: Lineage at Bernarducci Gallery will be on view to April 6, 2019

Mazzoni Accordion, 2017, charcoal on Stonehenge Paper, 42 x 46 inches

Bernarducci Gallery opened its doors to Lineage, a solo exhibition of work by Canadian artist, Emily Copeland ~ whose artistry favors using vintage flea market finds as her subjects, bringing them to life in charcoal.


CRUSADE: Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Schomburg on view to April 6, 2019

In celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to the exhibition, CRUSADER: Martin Luther King, Jr.


Fritz Ascher: Expressionist on view to April 6, 2019

Fritz Ascher, Female Nude, 1916, White gouache over graphite, watercolor, and black ink on paper, 17 3/8 x 12 1/4 in. Private collection, Photo: Malcolm Varon. (c) Bianca Stock

Fritz Ascher: Expressionist presents works by this German Jewish artist, who lived through the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, and into the postwar years. With the support of prominent Berlin painter Max Liebermann, Fritz Ascher (1893–1970) studied in Berlin before traveling to Oslo, where he met Edvard Munch. During a prolonged stay in Munich, he associated with the artists who contributed to Simplicissimusmagazine, and back in Berlin, he fell in with the artists of Die Brücke. His early work is steeped in old myths, spirituality, and reflections on the human condition. From 1933 he was forbidden to produce, exhibit, or sell his art. Interned at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in 1938, he survived the Nazi era mostly in hiding, writing poetry. After 1945 he returned to painting, expressing his inner turmoil in colorful, mystical landscapes devoid of human figures. The exhibition comprises 75 paintings and works on paper, ranging from Ascher’s early academic studies to his final landscapes. Fritz Ascher: Expressionist is organized by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue – on view to April 6, 2019.


Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt on view to April 6, 2019

Wally Reinhardt, Medusa Regards the Head She Is About to Lose, 1987, Prismacolor colored pencil and gouache on prepared Arches paper, 11 x 15 in. New York University Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 2018.2.11

Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the largest solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths. From a deformed figure staring at her reflection in Medusa Regarding the Head She is About to Lose to the demise of the grotesque, labyrinth-dwelling monster in Theseus Slays the Minotaur, Reinhardt portrays these classic tales with wickedly satirical wit and cheeky captions. While elaborate, decorative borders can reference ancient Roman frescoes and mosaics, he also imbues his works with a modern-day spin. Organized by the Grey Art Gallery, Metamorphoses features some 50 scenes from the series comprising more than 200 works, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. The exhibition will also coincide with the conference “Ovid and Art,” taking place April 4, 2019, organized by NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies in collaboration with the Grey Art Gallery and the Department of Art History ~ on view to April 6, 2019.


Günther Förg: Works from 1986-2007 on view to April 6, 2019

Günther Förg, untitled 2005, Acrylic on canvas ©Estate Günther Förg , Suisse/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Estate Günther Förg , Suisse (280×1200 cm/110 1/4x 472 1/2 in

Beginning 24 January, Hauser & Wirth will present its first exhibition devoted to Günther Förg since announcing representation of the artist’s estate in June 2018, with the exhibition Günther Förg: Works from 1986-2007.


Luchita Hurtado: Dark Years on view to April 6, 2019

Luchita Hurtado, Untitled 1949. Crayon and watercolor on paper.74.3 x 35.6 cm/29 1/4 x 14 in. Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Also at Hauser & Wirth, ‘Dark Years’ by Luchita Hurtado, focuses on the artist’s early works from the 1940s to the 1950s, a period defined by prolific experimentation.


King Woman at Urban Zen on view to April 7, 2019

Tawny Chatmon Redemption

In celebration of Women’s History Month, ArtLeadHer and Donna Karan will host a monthlong art exhibition of work by female artists ~ King Woman.


Macy’s Flower Show on view through April 7, 2019

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For more than 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has featured floral materials native to many different landscapes ~ spectacular gardens filled with millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the world.


Alice Neel: Freedom at David Zwirner on view through April 13, 2019

Image: Alice Neel, Bronx Bacchus, 1929 (detail)

David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea will open its doors to one of the foremost American figurative painters of the twentieth century, Alice Neel, with the exhibition, Alice Neel: Freedom.


blu Marble by Sebastian ErraZuriz on view to April 14, 2019

Image via Sebastian ErraZuriz website

Artist, designer, and activist Sebastian Errazuriz unveiled blu Marble, a 20-foot LED structure depicting a live stream of the Earth from space, “beckoning us to live fully with the awareness and mindfulness of our limited time on this vulnerable and beautiful planet,” explained Errazuriz.  blu Marble will be on view at 159 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, to April 14, 2019.


Vern Dawson + Cy Gavin at Gavin Brown’s enterprise on view to April 14, 2019

Cy Gavin, Untitled (Surf), 2018

Vern Dawson: The Theft of Fire, Expulsion & Mudslide + Cy Gavin at Gavin Brown’s enterprise to April 14, 2019.


Sugar Hill Songbooks: Selected Works by Faith Ringgold extended to April 14, 2019

Faith Ringgold. Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold features a collection of works on paper, soft sculptures, quilts, and illustrations inspired by the rich cultural and political heritage of the artist’s home of Sugar Hill.


Migrations: The Making of America on view to April 15, 2019

Carnegie Hall presents Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival that traces the journeys of people from different origins and backgrounds who helped to shape and influence the evolution of American arts and culture.


Derrick Adams: Interior Life at Luxembourg & Dayan on view through April 20, 2019

Derrick Adams: Interior Life is an exhibition of new works, curated by Francesco Bonami. In this exhibition, Adams was inspired by a tenet of Catholic theology that describes “a life which seeks God in everything” ~ a mediation on the intimate spaces of one’s mind and home, each an analog for the other.


PATRICK MARTINEZ | That Which We Do Not See at Fort Gansevoort on view to April 20, 2019

Patrick Martinez Purple Roses, 2018 Stucco, ceramic, acrylic paint, spray paint and latex house paint on panel 36 x 36 x 3.5 in. PM003

This thoughtfully delicious exhibition is sliced into three bodies of work ~ cake paintings ~ Los Angeles ‘landscape paintings’ ~ and neon text pieces. Through formally painted portraits, Patrick Martinez sheds light on past and current civil rights leaders who would historically be left in the shadows. These portraits are found atop realistically depicted three-dimensional cakes, embodying the celebratory tone that Martinez wishes to portray.


Prismatica on view through Alliance for Downtown New York through April 21, 2019

Prismatica Georgetown, Sam Kittner. Image via RAW Design

The Downtown Alliance is lighting up the lower Manhattan with the colorful interactive art trail, Prismatica. Follow the twenty-five kaleidoscopes to three privately owned public plazas (POPS) that include 75 Wall Street, 77 Water Street and 32 Old Slip.


James Van Der Zee: Studio on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery on view to April 27, 2019

James Van Der Zee, Marcus Garvey with George O. Marke and Prince Kojo Tovalou-Houenou, 1924, Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1924, 5 x 7 inches

Howard Greenberg Gallery opened its doors to the exhibition, James Van Der Zee: Studio, with forty of his influential portraits spanning the 1920s through the 1950s, during the Harlem Renaissance.


The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden on view through April 28, 2019

The 17th annual Orchid Show, at the New York Botanical Garden, will be a tribute to Singapore, the vibrant “City in a Garden.”  It will be one view from Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, April 28, 2019.


Full Steam Ahead at Madison Square Park on view to April 28, 2019

Image via Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park will be kicking off its Fall season with the new art installation entitled Full Steam Ahead by artist Arlene Shechet. This installation consists of a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north end of Madison Square Park.


A Day in the Life of Seneca Village on view through April 30, 2019

We Wore More Than Shackles, Sara Bunn

Located at Port Authority, near Ninth Avenue, is an interesting new exhibition by the artist Sara Bunn. We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village are life size, beautifully clothed figures, inspired by 1830s fashions, representing the people of Seneca Village. Recognizing both Black History Monthand Women’s History Month, the exhibition tells a story through fashion, in colorful reproduction period pieces, viewing Seneca Village residents through an expanded lens, not often told.


Ademola Olugebefola at X Gallery on view to April 30, 2019

Ademola Olugebefola. Image courtesy X Gallery.

X Gallery opens its doors to the artwork of Ademola Olugebefola, one of the original founders of the WEUSI Artist Collective ~ a movement founded in 1965, created for the purpose of promoting the African-American Culture through art.


Imagine A World: Revolution from Without on the 8th Floor on view to May 4, 2019

Documentation of Imagine a World Without America, an artowrk by Dread Scott. Screen print on canvas 75″ x 75″. Also available as screen print on paper 25″ x 25″

Revolution from Without..., the first in a two-year series of exhibitions under the larger title Revolutionary Cycles, will feature five artists and two collectives – Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger – whose practices engage structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, access to human rights and positions of privilege. The title suggests that social and political change can come from the margins of the polity, Imagine A World: Revolution from Without will be on view from January 17 to May 4, 2019 at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC


Perilous Bodies at The Ford Foundation on view to May 11, 2019

The entrance to the inaugural exhibition, Perilous Bodies at Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation announced the opening of its art gallery, an innovative exhibition space dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary art, performance, and public programming by artists committed to exploring issues of justice and injustice. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Perilous Bodies.


Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at The Brooklyn Museum on view to May 12, 2019

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Self-Portrait with Red and Gold Dress (Self-Portrait MCMXLI), 1941. Oil on canvas, 15 ¼ x 10 ¾ in. (39 x 27.5 cm). The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation. © 2018 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Brooklyn Museum will open its doors to the exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, a major exhibition exploring the life and work of the iconic Mexican artist.


Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth on view at The Morgan Library through May 12, 2019

Image courtesy Morgan Library

The exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will open at The Morgan Library & Museum on January 25th. The exhibition is the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.


Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey at the MET on view to May 12, 2019

Take a photographic journey back in time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey ~ a display of Girault’s daguerreotype process using oversized plates and innovative formats to produce what is today the world’s oldest photographic archive. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to Girault, focusing on his Mediterranean journey, with this exhibit featuring approximately 120 of his daguerreotypes, supplemented by examples of his graphic work, watercolors, paintings, and his lithographically illustrated publications.


Christopher Wool at The Hill Art Foundation on view to May 20, 2019

Image via Hill Art Foundation

The much anticipated Hill Art Foundation will open its doors in Chelsea with the inaugural exhibition, Maybe Maybe Not: Christopher Wool and the Hill Collection,  21 works by Christopher Wool, on February 9th.


Nari Ward: We the People at New Museum on view to May 26, 2019

Nari Ward, Crusader, 2005. Plastic bags, metal, shopping cart, trophy elements, bitumen, chandelier, and plastic containers, 110 x 51 x 52 in (279.4 x 129.5 x 132.1 cm). Installation view: “Nari Ward: Re-Presence,” Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2010. Collection Brooklyn Museum; Purchased with funds given by Giulia Borghese. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Nari Ward: We the People will open at the New Museum, featuring over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installation, in a first museum survey in New York of his work.


Adam McEwen at Lever House on view through May, 2019

Lever House is kicking-off the new year with Adam McEwen: 10, Feels like 2, an installation that will transform the large open space into a glass ice box!


Destruction and Transformation at The Walther Collection to May 25, 2019

The Walther Collection

Destruction and Transformation: Vernacular Photography and the Built Environmentexamines the decisive role of vernacular photography in capturing the convulsive cycles of change that define modernist topographies. This exhibition is free and open to the public with an Opening Reception on February 7th from 6-8pm at the Walther Collection Project Space, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, NYC.


Sonic Gates on Staten Island on view to June 1, 2019

Float, Float, Float On by Arthur Simms is a floating sculpture collaged with nautical buoys and bells that will create chords as waves splash through and around it.
Photo by Sam Samore. Image courtesy Design Trust for Public Space

Sonic Gates: New York City’s Sound Sculpture Walk was created by artist Volker Goetze as a public art pilot of the Future Culture initiative, launched by The Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts. Sonic Gatesfeatures seven sound sculptures and a mural. Installed last summer, Sonic Gates is on view through June, 2019.


Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree + Siah Armajani: Follow This Line on view through June 2, 2019

Center of Bridge Over Tree in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park presented by The Public Art Fund, and Siah Armajani: Follow This Line at The MET Breuer will be on view from February 20 through June 2, 2019.


Hymn to Apollo at ISAW on view to June 2, 2019

Image: By Léon Bakst. Costume Design for Tamara Karsavina as Chloé, for Daphnis et Chloé. ca. 1912. Graphite and tempera and/or watercolor on paper. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund: 1933.392. Image provided by Allen Phillips/Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) will open its doors to the exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes,an exploration of the seminal role of antiquity in shaping the radically new creations of the famed ballet troupe founded in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev.


Maren Hassinger: Monuments in Marcus Garvey Park to June 10, 2019

June 16th, 2018 brought inHarlem back to Marcus Garvey Park, with the eight site-specific installations Maren Hassinger: Monuments. Take a walk with us, beginning on 124th Street at the Fifth Avenue entrance.


Race, Myth, Art and Justice at CCCADI on view to June 15, 2019

Race, Myth, Art, and Justice celebrates a community of voices who illuminate how art continues to serve as a powerful tool for justice. As part of CCCADI’s commitment to public engagement and collaboration, the curators invited thirteen dynamic scholars, activists, artists, and writers to reflect on the exhibition’s works.


Karla & James Murray: Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. on view to June 19, 2019

Image via nycparks

As part of the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, the installation Karla & James Murray: Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. displays wood-framed sculptures of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, no longer in busines


Harlem Stage 2019 Calendar through June, 2019

Spill the Tea-Celebrating Pride (June 15) Image via Harlem Stage

From January through June, feast on a smorgasbord of events to add to your list during 2019.


Tanda Francis: Adorn Me on view to July 13, 2019

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Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture, Francis also incorporates Victorian and colonial ornamentation into her work. Adorn Me will address the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provide a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control.


Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India on view to July 21, 2019

Attributed to the Master of the Early Rasamanjari
Devi in the Form of Bhadrakali Adored by the Gods, folio from a dispersed “Tantric Devi” series India, Punjab Hills, kingdom of Basohli, ca. 1660-70 Opaque watercolor, gold, silver and beetle-wing cases on paper Promised Gift of Steven Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 2015

The exhibition Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North Indiafocuses 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


Come Closer in Tribeca Park on view through July, 2019

Come Closer

The artist Rebecca Manson invites viewers to “Come Closer and the View Gets Wilder” with her art installation in Tribeca Park.


Joseph La Piana: Tension on Park Avenue Mall on view through July, 2019

Joseph Di Piana: Tension on Park Avenue at 67th Street

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.


Present Histories at Harlem Art Park on view to August 10, 2019

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 is 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.


Mark Manders: Tilted Head curated by Public Art Fund on view to September 1, 2019

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.


Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing on view through September 1, 2019

Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Dreambox, 2012. Wolf 125 motorcycle, motors, metal construction, steel, wire, sensor, transformer.

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.


Rep Your Flag in Inwood Park on view to September 19, 2019

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We have followed the artist Andre Trenier from the Audubon Mural Project in Hamilton Heights to #100GatesProject in East Harlem. Now, this lifelong Bronx resident presents “Rep Your Flag”—an homage to the immigrant communities that give the Bronx its strength.  The 16 included flags were determined directly from community feedback: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Pan-African, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago. This exhibition is presented by the ArtBridge.


Culture and the People: El Museo Del Barrio, 1969-2019 will be on view to September 29, 2019

Vargas-Suarez Universal Virus Americanus XIII, 2003. Oil enamel on wood. Acquired through “PROARTISTA: Sustaining the Work of Living Contemporary Artists,” a fund from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust and a donation from the artist 2003.16.

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.


Peace Perch in Marcus Garvey Park on view to September 30, 2019

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 Maren Hassinger: Monuments (listed above) on view to June 10, 2019, and I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me (below


Folk Art on Broadway Malls on view to October, 2019

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The Lincoln Square BID and American Folk Art Museum are partnering to create a new public art project on the Broadway Mall between 60th and 70th Streets. The painting will take place on Friday, October 12th from 9:30am to 5:00pm, when they will be working with New York Cares volunteers.


Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History at The Museum of the City of New York on view through October 6, 2019

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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 in Marcus Garvey Park on view to October 12, 2019

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.


MADSTEEZ x MTN DEW at St. Nicholas Park to October 18, 2019

Artist MADSTEEZZ. Image via

The artist Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ completed a large-scale, multi-layered painting of the basketball court located at West 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in St. Nicholas Park. The exhibition is presented by Mountain Dew and will be on view to October 18, 2019. More info and pictures at


Power: Within and Between Us on view to December 31, 2019

Power: Within and Between Us, a yearlong 2019 theme ~ the Power of Intention

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.


TatsCru on The Bowery Wall

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The well-known street artists known as #TatsCru just finished a colorful ode to New York, its street art and Lower East Side history, remembering the man who created the canvas we know today as the Bowery Wall, Tony Goldman, and Keith Haring, the first to create on the wall (1982). Let’s take a closer look.


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 has opened its doors to a 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.