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



Shellyne Rodriguez, The Debrief (Tres & Dalaeja), 2020 color pencil one paper, 19″ x 22″. Courtesy of the artist in the exhibition “Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon

Inching our way back to a new normal, October brings with it limited indoor dining, museums, galleries and an array of outdoor art installations, tours, and performances from Astor Place, the Garment District, and Hudson Yards, to Hunters Point. Harlem, Central Park Zoo, and Central Park’s, Doris C. Freedman Plaza.

Here are a few suggestions for October, including amazing installations and exhibitions still on view!

Archtober 2020: A Month-Long Celebration ~  October 1

Celebrating Ten Years, Archtober 2020 will present more than sixty partners, and hundreds of events, tours, and exhibitions ~ this year, all Online. Take a look at what’s planned for this month-long Event ~ virtual and in-person.


October is ‘Digital Art Month’ Throughout NYC ~ October 1

The Digital Art Month, a creative celebration of digital and new media art, kicks off October 1, 2020, in New York. The inaugural edition presents curated exhibitions located in various public locations and online. In the times of social distancing, this digital festival unites the creative community and invites viewers to discover, share and experience cutting edge art.


Ki Smith Gallery Opens in Historic Gusto House, East Village ~ October 1

Matthew Capasso, Claire Foussard, Naomi Falk, Ki Smith.

Ki Smith Gallery is coming home! The Gallery announced that it will be opening a second location located in the East Village. The new showroom is on 4th Street,  between A and B in the famed Gusto House where decades of culture and history have taken place.


HERE + Leimay = Correspondences at Astor Place ~ October 1-4

Photo credits: Main image (Shige Moriya), Audience Files (Brandon Perdomo), Dancing…Environment (Tom Kochie), Talks (Laura Brichta), On-Demand (Shige Moriya)

With Correspondences, multidisciplinary artist duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya offer multiple entry points for spectators to engage with questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence. The human body (performer and observer), machines, natural elements, and the urban square mingle in an entangled poetic microcosm while opening inquiries into animate life and environmental ethics. In the inaugural presentation of this multi-borough project, audiences can safely engage in Manhattan’s Astor Place installation over conversation, and bear witness to daily activation periods performed by members of the LEIMAY Ensemble.


‘Artists for New York’ organized by Hauser & Wirth ~ October 1

Rashid Johnson, Standing Broken Men, 2020; Ceramic tile, mirror tile, spray enamel,, oil stick, black soap, wax; 240.7 x 186.7 x 7.6 cm/94 3/4 x 73 1/2 x 3 in © Rashid Johnson Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Martin Parsekian

Hauser & Wirth co-presidents Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth, and Marc Payot, announced today that the gallery has organized ‘Artists for New York,’ a major initiative to raise funds in support of a group of pioneering non-profit visual arts organizations across New York City that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project brings together dozens of works committed by foremost artists across generations, from both within and outside of the gallery’s program, that will be sold to benefit these institutions that have played a significant role in shaping the city’s rich cultural history and will play a critical role in its future recovery.


Ariana Papademetropoulos: Unweave a Rainbow ~ October 1

ArianaPapademetropoulos Espulsione dalla discoteca, 2020
Oil on canvas, 90 x 120 inches (228.6 x 304.8 cm) © Ariana Papademetropoulos
Photo by Flying Studio, Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Projects

Vito Schnabel Projects will present Ariana Papademetropoulos: Unweave a Rainbow, the first New York City solo exhibition for the Los Angeles-based artist. Unweave a Rainbow will debut a new series of large-scale works by the artist, in which she mingles images of natural phenomena with her meditations on interiors as analogs. The exhibition will also feature new small-scale additions to her ongoing series of ‘symbolist’ paintings.


We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz at The Jewish Museum ~ October 1

Ben Shahn, We Fight For A Free World!, c. 1942, gouache and tempera on board. Artwork © Estate of Ben Shahn / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Image courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

We Fight to Build a Free World: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz looks at how artists have historically responded to the rise of both xenophobia — including anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry — and authoritarianism. The exhibition also addresses issues surrounding immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity.


Cool New Exhibitions & Activities at Fotografiska ~ October 2

Image Courtesy of Olga/Gruber Photographers

Several new exhibits opening at Fotografiska on October 2nd, including 6th Floor Installation: Aperture 2020 Summer Open and Holiday Season Family Portrait Shoot with photographer, Terry Deroy Gruber! Check out the full Fall season.


The Guggenheim Reopens to the Public ~ October 3

The Guggenheim will reopen on October 3rd to the public with Countryside, The Future, 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). Check The Guggenheim website for information on reserving your tickets.


Climb to the Top of the Harlem Fire Watch Tower ~ October 3

NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers have resumed tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park. This is a Free park event.


New Installation at Prospect Park Bandshell ~ October 3

BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance new art installation. Image courtesy David Andrako

A new art installation landed at the Prospect Park Bandshell this month, created by the collaborative duo, Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine. Titled, Inspired By “What Is Left,” the text-based installation quotes the late poet Lucille Cliftonand offers the Brooklyn community a message of resilience and perseverance.


Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon ~ October 4

Image: Stephanie J. Woods, When the Hunted Become the Hunters (still), 2020, moving audio photograph, 07:39 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was organized in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the world. The exhibition centers on the achievements that granted some women the right to vote and the pervasive and enduring intersections of racism, sexism and misogyny that disfigure American culture and society.


‘100 Drawings from Now’ at The Drawing Center ~ October 7

The Drawing Center will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 with the exhibition 100 Drawings from Now. Featuring drawings made by an international group of artists since early 2020, 100 Drawings from Now provides a snapshot of artistic production during a period of profound global unrest that has resulted from the ongoing health and economic crises, as well as a surge of activism in response to systemic racism, social injustice, and police brutality in the United States. Together, the works in the exhibition spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.


Créolité: Andrew LaMar Hopkins to be Inaugural Exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan’s New Gallery ~ October 7

Andrew LaMar Hopkins, Neptune’s Bathroom (2019); Acrylic on canvas board; 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm). All images: © Andrew LaMar Hopkins. Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

Venus Over Manhattan will inaugurate its new gallery space at 120 East 65th Street by opening an exhibition of new paintings by Andrew LaMar Hopkins, curated by Alison M. Gingeras. Entitled Créolité, the artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York features more than fifteen works, including new portraits, miniatures, and the artist’s signature architectural tableaux, that all relate to the complexity of Creole identities and the antebellum history of the Gulf States in the American South.


‘Isolation to Revolution/Rebirth to Dissent’ at Pen + Brush ~ October 8

Lola Flash, BLM Demo in Harlem from the series “syzygy, the vision” 2020
Photograph, dye sublimation print on metal 24 x 36 inches

Pen + Brush will reopen its doors to the timely exhibition entitled, Isolation to Revolution/Rebirth to Dissent, bringing together the work of seven artists with a range of perspectives on reflection in this moment in time.


Climb to the Top of the Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ October 11

A pop-up visit by Urban Park Rangers visiting the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower prior to resuming tours. Image courtesy Connie Lee, President, Marcus Garvey Park Alliance; Director, Public Art Initiative; Curator, Living With Art Salon

NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers have resumed tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park. This is a Free park event.


Adam Lupton: Cerberus at GR Gallery ~ October 14

Image courtesy of the Gallery

GR Gallery will open its doors to ‘Cerberus’, the first exhibition of Adam Lupton with the gallery and in New York.  A total of 18 oil and acrylic paintings will be shown; this body of Lupton’s work grows out of his OCD, where performing mental and physical rituals, endlessly seeking assurance, and repeating mantras and projections make up his every day – mediating between himself and an unyielding “otherness”. Through this lens, the work weaves together individual and societal rituals, spiritual schizophrenia, and self-defining myth, thereby illuminating our various attempts at and desires for certainty.


Ari Haselbeck: Approximate Ecosystems at Art of Our Century ~ October 15

Artist, Ali Haselbeck for Approximate Ecosystems. Image courtesy of the Gallery

Art of Our Century will open its doors to Ali Haselbeck: Approximate Ecosystems, the first solo New York exhibition by the artist. The exhibition opening reception, which will be on view in the new North Gallery, will stretch over three afternoon, October 15, 16, and 17, from 4:00 to 7:00pm to allow for social distancing and COVID guidelines. The exhibition will be on view through November 15, 2020.


The Salmagundi Club Fall Auction ~ October 16

Claire Taveras, Equestriana Tributes

Once a year, the Salmagundi Club hosts a Fall Auction as a fundraiser to benefit this historic nonprofit organization. Art Collectors since the early 1900s have attended SCNY Auctions for the opportunity to purchase quality art work by living artists. Housed in a brownstone on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, the Club’s doors are open and free to the public six-days a week. The artwork went on view September 21st, with the Auction to be held on October 16, 2020.


The Pete Souza Documentary on the Obama Presidency on MSNBC ~ October 16 at 10pm

MSNBC will air the documentary ‘The Way I See It’ about presidential photographer Pete Souza, shortly after it opens in theaters.


A Remedy for Constitutional Crisis: Part 2 at Smack Mellon ~ October 17

To coincide with Smack Mellon’s current exhibition, Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, join exhibiting artist Maya Ciarrocchi for Part 2 of A Remedy for Constitutional Crisis, a participatory reexamination of the U.S. Constitution. On Saturday, October 17th, 2–6 PM, Ciarrocchi will organize a public performance reading of the U.S. Constitution.


‘Reckoning’, Multi-Media Installation for One-Night in Central Park ~ October 17

Michael Stewart: Reckoning. Image via

Michael Stewart: Reckoning, an Installation on Political Power, Greed, and the Climate Emergency is a multi-media installation created by painter, sculptor, printmaker & graphic designer, Michael Stewart., dramatizing “the heedless greed and political malfeasance which has brought us to the brink of an environmental catastrophe.” In this work, he focuses on the devastating impact the current U.S. administration is having on environmental policies. On view for one night, October, 17th in Central Park.


Open House New York Weekend! ~ October 17-18

photo credit: Ben Lieberman 2007

Of course, the 2020 OHNY Weekend will be unlike any other year. To protect the safety of our community, there are no in-person tours or group activities. That said, we are thrilled to present more than 150 ways to explore and experience the city.


Arts Gowanus ArtWalk2020 ~ October 17-18

Arts Gowanus has teamed up with the Atlantic Avenue BID and the Atlantic Avenue LDC for a fabulous weekend featuring Gowanus artists displaying paintings, drawings, prints, photography, installations and sculptures in Arts Gowanus ArtWalk! The event will be displayed on storefronts, roll down gates, and dining fences of sixty-five Atlantic Avenue businesses.


The GVSHP Presents ‘House Tour Benefit Film,’ Adaptive Enchantment ~ October 18-24



The Plastic Bag Store at Times Square ~ October 22nd

Image via Times Square Arts

The banning of plastic bags in New York State in March, 2020, was temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic. Now that the ‘pause’ is up on the banning of plastic, The Plastic Bag Store installation returns to Times Square. Let’s take a deep-dive into our culture of consumption and convenience.


FUTURA2000 at Eric Firestone Gallery ~ October 22

FUTURA2000, MERCURY, 2020, spray paint, acrylic, varnish, oil and ink on, canvas, 84h x 60w in
213.36h x 152.40w cm

In this exhibition, twenty new paintings in the show are made with raw unprimed canvas in an elegant, subdued palette. Earthy tones of black, umber, gray and white are punctuated with unexpected shimmers of gold or bursts of color. Larger works are compositions of FUTURA2000’s sprayed atoms,framed within a defined space. Smaller square canvases in the same somber palette solely utilize brushwork. Another group is distinctly contracted with brighter colors or darker grounds, tracing forms that pull the viewers’ eye off the edges of the canvas in a dynamic, open composition.


Free Haunted Brooklyn Heights Tour by Boroughs of the Dead ~ October 23

Take a virtual stroll among the graceful old homes of one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods… but don’t let their sedate charms fool you. Nestled within these dwellings are a wealth of gory, ghastly, haunted, and gruesome tales. See horror master H.P. Lovecraft’s former home, visit the site of a “ghost-haunted” fort, discover the “Gate to Hell” and more!


The 4th Annual Madison Avenue Gallery Walk ~ October 24

It’s time for the 4th annual Madison Avenue Gallery Walk

The 4th Annual Madison Avenue Gallery Walk on Saturday, October 24, is one of the most anticipated highlights of the fall art season in New York. It is a must for art lovers, and free and open to the public. Art enthusiasts will be able to visit participating galleries to view their fall exhibitions, and attend expert talks led by artists and curators on Madison Avenue and its adjacent side streets from East 57th Street to East 86th Street between 11am and 5 pm.


Climb to the Top of the Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ October 24

NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers have resumed tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park. This is a Free park event.


A Feminist Walk Through Harlem: Celebrating Remarkable Women ~ October 26

Join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side and Save Harlem Now! for a free virtual walk through Harlem. The tour will focus on sites publicly celebrating pioneering Black and Latina women, and issues surrounding the preservation of such sites. Tour guide Leigh Hallingby, of Harlem Walks, will explore the neighborhood murals, mosaics, plaques, and other forms of public commemoration honoring such pioneers as Vivian Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Madam C.J. Walker, Billie Holiday, Mother Clara Hale, Ruby Dee, Lois Alexander, Mary McLeod Bethune, Julia de Burgos, A’Lelia Walker, Nicholasa Mohr, and Zora Neale Hurston.


National Academy of Design’s Virtual Inductions ~ October 28

The National Academy of Design’s first-ever virtual Induction is just one week away! Join us on Wednesday, October 28th, at 6pm ET to celebrate our fifteen newest National Academicians and their entry into our vibrant artist- and architect-led community. We are thrilled to be welcoming:

Derrick Adams, Cecily Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Mitch Epstein,
Rafael Ferrer, Beverly Fishman, Charles Gaines, Carmen Herrera, Michael Maltzan, Toshiko Mori, Jennifer Packer,
Walid Raad, Betye Saar, Beverly Semmes, Claire Weisz


About Time: Fashion & Duration at The MET ~ October 29

(Left) Timeline: Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993). Ensemble, spring/summer 2005. Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.
(Right) Interruption: Madeleine Vionnet (French, 1876–1975). Evening dress, 1939. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, 1952 (C.I.52.24.2a, b)

The Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view October 29, 2020 to February 7, 2021) will trace 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline, in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—the continuity of time—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition’s “ghost narrator.”


The New York Landmarks Conservancy in a virtual gathering for ‘2020 Living Landmarks Celebration’ ~ October 29

Join The New York Landmarks Conservancy for a virtual get-together. 2020 Living Landmarks Celebration, an annual event, recognizes extraordinary New Yorkers who have contributed to the City we all love.


Halloween on Broadway at Ellen’s Stardust Diner ~ October 30-31

The fabulous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, that reopened earlier this month, will celebrate “HALLOWEEN ON BROADWAY” with their world famous singing wait staff, The Stardusters, in costume all week long leading up to special performances of Halloween hit songs on Friday, October 30and Saturday, October 31.


Legendary Puppet Maker, Ralph Lee, Installs VOTE in Westbeth Courtyard

Photo: Mailestudios at Westbeth

Legendary puppet maker and founder of NYC Halloween Parade, Ralph Lee, creates the art installation entitled VOTE, now on view in Westbeth’s reopened Inner Courtyard.


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Still on View:

Raúl Ayala & Groundswell on the Bowery Art Wall NYC 

Now completed and on view. The Bowery Art Wall.


Frieze Sculpture 2020 on View At Rockefeller Center through October 2, 2020.

Beatriz Cortez, Glacial Erratic, 2020; Commonwealth and Council

In this second edition of Frieze at Rockefeller Center, six artists explore themes of women’s suffrage, migration, urban planning, and ecology.


The Currency of Meaning and Other Tales at Wilmer Jennings Gallery/Kenkeleba on View to October 3, 2020

Charles Alston, Hudson River, 1966; Oil on canvas; 41 x 51 in. Image courtesy of the gallery

The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba opened its doors to a beautiful collection entitled, The Currency of Meaning and Other Tales, an exhibition of abstract paintings created over more than sixty-years between 1953 and 2019.


MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on View Through October 7, 2020

AJ Stetson, MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time – close up.

With most museums and galleries shuttered for months during the Covid pandemic, artists have been yearning to respond, reach out, and connect. MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time, photos by AJ Stetson, is a Covid-safe exhibition in response to that call. From September 9 through October 7, 2020, every day from sunrise to sunset, a selection of more than two dozen four-foot vinyl panels, drawn from a revolving exhibition of 525 photo portraits of masked New Yorkers, will be displayed at six feet apart on the historic cast-iron fence of the Quaker Meeting House on East 15 Street and Rutherford Place.


James Evans: A Manner of Forgetting at GR Gallery on View through October 10, 2020

James Evans courtesy GR Gallery

This is the first solo exhibition of James Evans with GR Gallery. The exhibition will include fifteen oil paintings, exploring many of the newfound realities 2020 has presented, and dealing largely with ideas of constraint and familiarity.


If You Only Knew at Art of The Century to October 13, 2020

Photo: Uman, near Cooperstown, NY, August 2020. Image courtesy Art of Our Century Gallery

Art of Our Century will opens its doors to the group show ‘If You Only Knew‘ curated by Uman, the noted Somali-born multimedia artist. The show is a reunion of friends, and friends of friends of Uman; stories told through painting, photography, sculpture and objects with memories.


Harold Ancart: Traveling Light + Suzan Frecon: oil painting on view at David Zwirner through October 17, 2020

Suzan Frecon: Oil paintings. Image courtesy David Zwirner gallery

David Zwirner gallery will be reopening globally, with the New York galleries opening their doors to three new exhibitions. Suzan Frecon: oil paintings and Harold Ancart: Traveling Light on September 10th, and Josh Smith in New York and London, concurrently on September 15th.


Monuments Now at Socrates Sculpture Garden through October 20, 2020

For Part II, Daniel Bejar, Concept rendering for monument to immigrants, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

ocrates Sculpture Garden opens its gates to the very controversial topic surrounding monuments. The new installation, Monuments Now, addresses the role of monuments in society and commemorates underrepresented narratives with a focus on diasporas, indigenous, and queer histories. The Garden and its new installations offer New Yorkers a very welcomed safe way to venture out. Monuments Now will roll out in three parts, with the first part on view now.


The Plastic Bag Store at Times Square ~ October 22

Image via Times Square Arts

The banning of plastic bags in New York State in March, 2020, was temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic. Now that the ‘pause’ is up on the banning of plastic, The Plastic Bag Store installation returns to Times Square. Let’s take a deep-dive into our culture of consumption and convenience.


Emma Amos: Falling Figures on view at Ryan Lee Gallery to October 24, 2020

EMMA AMOS, Head First, 2006; Acrylic on canvas with hand-woven fabric and African fabric borders, 68 x 53 1/2 inches (172.7 x 135.9 cm)

Ryan Lee Gallery opened its doors to the exhibition, Falling Figures, an exhibition of paintings by Emma Amos. This is the first exhibition to mine this motif in Amos’s work, an exploration that began with her Falling Series (1988-1992) and continued into the twenty-first century. Amos was a celebrated artist and educator who began her career in New York in the 1960s.


Styling: Black Expression, Rebellion, and Joy Through Fashion at Nordstrom NYC on view to October 29, 2020

Margaret Rose Vendryes, Igbo Billy – Billy Porter, 2020.

Styling: Black Expression, Rebellion, and Joy Through Fashion will be presented at Nordstrom NYC from September 17 to October 29, 2020. The exhibition, presented in partnership with Long Gallery Harlem and curated by Souleo, is a celebratory exploration of style within Black culture as a historical form of creative expression; rebellion against oppression; and source of joy.


#IfThenSheCan at the Central Park Zoo on view through October 31, 2020


Designed to activate a culture shift among young girls and inspire the next generation of STEM pioneers, Lyda Hill Philanthropies®’ IF/THEN® Initiative  has created this exhibit, featuring contemporary women of all ages and backgrounds who currently work in a variety of STEM careers. The 3D statue exhibit was originally scheduled to open earlier this year. While COVID-19 delayed the launch of the full exhibit, IF/THEN® has arranged for a pop-up preview of the exhibit – six statues to be unveiled and displayed at WCS’s Central Park Zoo in New York City.


Around Day’s End: Downtown New York, 1970-1986 on view at The Whitney to November 1, 2020

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978), Days End Pier 52.3 (Documentation of the action “Day’s End” made in 1975 in New York, United States), 1975, printed 1977. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm); image, 7 × 9 3/4 in. (17.8 × 24.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Harold Berg 2017.134. © 2020 Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The exhibition pays homage to Gordon Matta-Clark’s legendary Day’s End (1975) and features works by twenty-two artists who engaged with the Meatpacking District and West Side piers, among other downtown Manhattan locations, in the 1970s and early 1980s. Around Day’s End also anticipates David Hammons’s monumental public artwork Day’s End,  located directly across from the Whitney Museum in Hudson River Park.


ArtCrawl Harlem on Governors Island on view to November 1, 2020

ArtCrawl Harlem’s inaugural artist residency program, entitled Boundaries and Connection: The Other Side of Us, is a residency commemorating the Centennial of the Harlem Renaissance. The theme is dedicated to the memory of the two co-founders of the original ArtCrawl Harlem. We couldn’t help but notice that it was ten years ago that we went on one of the original ArtCrawl Harlem tours, founded by Jacqueline Orange of Taste Harlem and Evelyn Archer, owner, Canvas, Paper, and Stone Gallery. Picking up where they left off, let’s meet the three artists chosen for the inaugural residency.


Adebunmi Gbadebo: A Dilemma of Inheritance at Claire Oliver Gallery on view through November 5, 2020

Adebunmi Gbadebo, True Blue: Simon, Human Black Hair, Cotton, Rice Paper, Denim, Indigo, Hair Dye, Silk Screen Print, 22 x 28 in., 2019. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery announced a reopening of the gallery with a solo exhibition by Adebunmi Gbadebo entitled A Dilemma of Inheritance. The exhibition will showcase the artist’s True Blue series, which is comprised of more than 45 works that grapple with concepts surrounding heredity and the evolution of memory and forgetting focused on two former slave plantations in South Carolina, both named True Blue.


Luke Ivy Price: Salome at Ki Smith Gallery East Village through November 7, 2020

Luke Ivy Price. Image courtesy Ki Smith Gallery

The East 4th Street Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, Luke Ivy Price: Salome ~ a new body of work named after the biblical passage and based on Oscar Wilde’s eponymous tragedy. This inaugural exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and drawings.


Studio 54: Night Magic at Brooklyn Museum on view through November 8, 2020

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)

The Brooklyn Museum will reopen the first and 5th floors on September 12th with timed-ticketing, entry every 15-miinutes, and limited number of people in galleries. Look forward to Studio 54: Night Magic ~ Jr: Chronicles ~ and African Arts: Global Conversation.


Doggy Bags by Will Kurtz presented by The Garment District Alliance on view through November 20, 2020

Gomer, Bull Mastiff by Will Kurtz

New Yorkers love their canine companions, so this one’s for your four-legged friend ~ Doggy Bags is a series of seven oversized sculptures created by the New York-artist, Will Kurtz, depicting unique characteristics and personalities of different breeds.


Taller Boricua: A Political Printshop at El Museo on view through January 17, 2021

Taller Boricua Poster courtesy El Museo del Barrio

The Museum’s physical reopening will be celebrated with Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York, the first monograph exhibition in three decades about the East Harlem-based Nuyorican collective workshop and alternative space. Curated by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator of El Museo del Barrio, the exhibition had been postponed due to the temporary closure, and is now on view as of September 12, 2020 through January 17, 2021.


José Parlá: It’s Yours on View through January 10, 2021 + Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch on View through January 24, 2021 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

The Bronx Museum of the Arts reopened its doors to exhibitions of Sanford Biggers and José Parlá.


Brian Clarke: The Art of Light at MAD on view through February 21, 2021

Seville (detail); The Art of Light at the Sainsbury Centre, supported and organized in association with HENI; Brian Clarke; Photo © Chris Gascoigne; Image courtesy MAD

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will reopen on September 17, 2020 with 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.


Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1 on view through April 4, 2021

Image via Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

MoMA PS1 will open its doors to the timely exhibition, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, highlighting more than thirty-five artists reflecting on the growing COVID-19 crises in U.S. prisons. The exhibition features work by people in prisons and work by non incarcerated artists, with a creative eye towards state repression, erasure, and imprisonment, and is on display across PS1’s first floor galleries.


Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away on view at Museum of Jewish Heritage to May, 2021

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 reopened 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 exhibition has been extended to May, 2021.


Gillie and Marc’s ‘King Nyani’ on view through July, 2021

Gillie and Marc with King Nyani

To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc  have created a massive sculpture of the animal that will be unveiled later this month in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for gorilla, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture.


Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs on View Through August, 2021

Casting magnificent shadows, Boulevard of African Monarchs by artist Kenseth Armstead

NYC DOT Art Community Commission and The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance partnered to install a timely and pertinent new art installation in Harlem. Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs arrived on 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard on August 13, 2020.


Doors for Doris by Sam Moyer through Public Art Fund on view through September 12, 2021

Sam Moyer, “Doors for Doris,” 2020 Bluestone, poured concrete, assorted marble and steel Presented by Public Art Fund at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, September 16, 2020-September 12, 2021 Courtesy Sam Moyer Studio and Sean Kelly, New York Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY

Artist, Sam Moyer created a new site specific installation for the Public Art Fund at the entrance to Central Park on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza. The enormous three-part sculpture creates a gateway that poetically bridges the architecture of the city and the natural landscape of the park.


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See you in November!