Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters is the latest addition in a broader program in the past decade that has celebrated a range of voices and perspectives through digital productions, installations, publications, and collaborations. At various times during the next year, four New York–based artists will engage with Old Master paintings in the permanent collection, each presenting a single new work on the second floor, where paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Holbein are displayed. These “pop-up” presentations, each running for a limited number of months, will initiate fresh conversations with the institution’s traditional figurative holdings, with particular emphasis on issues of gender and queer identity typically excluded from narratives of early modern European art.
The very cool and eclectic East Village ‘gallery’ Eerdmans opened its doors to Sam Sidney: New York Never Felt so Good ~ an exhibition of iconic New York City images. These finely crafted felt portraits depict some of NYC’s larger-than-life personalities like Andy Warhol, Joan Rivers and Billie Holiday, and hallowed civic iconography like a metro card, a street-cart hotdog, and Lady Liberty.
The Union Square Partnership, in collaboration with NYC Park’s Art in the Park Program and Confront Art, unveiled SEEINJUSTICE in Union Square on Thursday, September 30th. Conceived by artist Chris Carnabuci, the installation features three 12 foot bronzed sculptures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Congressman John Lewis. The installation will be on view through October 30th in Union Square Park.
Salon 94 in collaboration with Fondation César and Dayan Rohatyn is pleased to present César: Sacred Anarchy. Celebrating the centenary of the artist’s birth, this survey exhibition ranges from his Human Imprints from the 1960s and Expansionsfrom the 1970s to his Championnes and Compressions conceived throughout his life. Since the start of César’s career, the complex and performative nature of his practice has captured the attention of even the most suspect of viewers, which included James Baldwin. Underpinning César: Sacred Anarchy is Baldwin’s articulation of César’s nuanced contributions.
BRIC House will open its doors to two Fall 2021 Exhibitions, Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of … and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani on September 29th.
The Apollo today announced details of its fall 2021 season, taking place in-person at the Apollo and online on the Apollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free and ticketed events and programs, paying tribute to the Apollo’s legendary community of artists and highlighting new works and commissions. Highlights include in-person auditions for Amateur Night at the Apollo in October ahead of the long-anticipated February 16, 2022 return of the original, legendary talent show; a preview of upcoming projects from an array of Apollo New Worksartists; an Apollo Film Presents: ImageNation Cocktails & Sol Cinema virtual screening of the rarely seen documentary Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo about the singer’s rise to stardom, sudden disappearance, and return to music; the beloved Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater returns to the Digital Stage, and more.
This much anticipated gallery, encompassing the entire third floor of The Ruben Museum of Art, has finally been completed, and ready for its opening in September. This is almost one-year after closing that space, which once housed the permanent collection exhibition ‘Masterworks of Himalayan Art.’
The Rubin Museum of Art announced today that the newly finished third-floor, renamed the Mandala Lab, is the Museum’s new interactive space for social, emotional, and ethical learning, and will open to the public on October 1, 2021, with a free admission during opening weekend, October 1-3.
The Stone Age, New York City’s premiere immersive, multi-sensory cannabis experience, will welcome its first ticket holders on October 1st Located at 607 Avenue of the Americas in the Flatiron District. The limited-run pop-up is designed to offer participants a unique, captivating experience dedicated to cultivating awareness on the wellness and lifestyle benefits of cannabis.
Artist, Emily Oliveira will be reminding us that ~ We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down, with a mural at the Prospect Park Bandshell on October 1st!
The Studio Museum in Harlem announced its fall programming, kicking-off the season with Thomas J. Price: Witness, the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States. As part of the Studio Museum’s ongoing inHarlem initiative, the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture entitled The Distance Within (2021) will depict a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. The large-scale artwork celebrates a familiar form rarely monumentalized within a public setting and continues the artist’s exploration of blackness and Black masculinity as it relates to presence, movement, and freedom.
During the past year and a half, places of sanctuary have been more important than ever. A new exhibition opening at Socrates Sculpture Park addresses several interpretations of sanctuary – as spaces of rest and protection; as sacred sites; and as supportive environments. Thirteen artists selected through an open call have created eleven new projects on this theme. Projects were created onsite at the Park’s outdoor studios with financial support and technical assistance as part of the Socrates Annual Fellowship.
The Drawing Center Presents ‘Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection ~ October 2
Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collectionwill present three curatorial interpretations of the extraordinary collection of drawings that artist, curator, and collector Jack Shear has built over the past half-decade.
Continuing The Drawing Center’s tradition of exhibiting drawings from outstanding public and private collections, Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collectionoffers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making. During the course of the exhibition’s fifteen-week run, artist Arlene Shechet, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest, and Shear himself will each present an exhibition curated from Shear’s holdings.
On Saturday, October 2, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host MetFest, an afternoon filled with special programs, performances, art-making activities, behind-the-scenes tours, food experiences, and more, with artists and community partners from across the five boroughs. Taking place both outside—on The Met’s David H. Koch Plaza—and inside—at the Museum’s Fifth Avenue location—from noon to 6 p.m., MetFest will celebrate the resilience of New York City and its people and be a moment to reflect on the meaning and inspiration that art can bring to our lives. Programming will be both in person and online and offered in multiple languages. MetFest will be free on the plaza and free with Museum admission inside the building for audiences of all ages and abilities.
The inaugural Van Alen Block Party will bring Sackett Street alive with art, food, family activities and live performances.
Beginning on October 3, New Yorkers passing through the neighborhood can have their portraits taken, which will be printed in real-time and featured outside Port Authority’s iconic, major transportation hub in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Presented by GDA in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Inside Out: NY Together will represent how New Yorkers come from all walks of life, and together, make the city one of the greatest in the world.
Learn the story of Harlem’s mountain of schist rock that became an urban forest growing from roots by photosynthesis to form a canopy ~ and lots of fun and educational activities from clay demos, drumming and even a scavenger hunt! October 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00pm in Marcus Garvey Park, entrance between 120th/121st Streets, the stairs near the basketball court.
The Feast of Saint Francis is Sunday, October 4th and with it, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will hold the annual Blessing of the Animals from 10am to 4pm. The Cathedral invites the public to a day of music, prayer, joy, blessings and fun in honor of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. While we cannot gather in person this year for the Service or the Outdoor Fair, we’re excited to offer an online extravaganza that will include pet blessings, children’s activities, and a behind-the-scenes look at the history of one of our most beloved days of the year!
Howard Greenberg Gallery, one of the world’s leading galleries for classic and modern photography, is celebrating its 40th year with a move to two new locations on 57th Street, and an exhibition of work by renowned photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks. The gallery will continue its presence in the Fuller Building at 41 East 57thStreet by relocating to a new exhibition space on the 8th floor. It will also occupy an entire floor at 32 East 57th Street, directly across from the Fuller Building, to house, manage and present its vast archive of over 40,000 prints.
Philippe Labaune Gallery will open its doors to Poetry Iinterrupted! ~ an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Italian artist Tanino Liberatore. On view will be paintings the artist created highlighting his infamous 1980s Italian comic series’ protagonist, Ranxerox, a hyper-masculine cyborg anti-hero that shook the world of comics with themes of sex, drugs, anarchy, and violence. Accompanying Liberatore’s paintings will be a selection of works created by international artists paying homage to the iconic comic books series.
Geek Out from October 7 – 10 at the 2021 New York Comic Con at the Javits Center Be inspired by award-winning comic artists and Japanese anime creators. Get star struck over your favorite TV and film idols.
Join The Nature Conservancy for “How to Accelerate Climate Action” on October 7th at 7:00pm, featuring the Conservancy’s Chief Scientist, Katharine Hayhoe, Zero Hour Co-Founder and Policy Director Zanagee Artis, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Sr. Vice President Janet Joseph. The talk will be moderated by Teen Vogue Senior Political Editor Allegra Kirkland and introduced by Nature Conservancy in New York’s Executive Director, Bill Ulfelder. This is a Free event.
Fort Gansevoort will open its doors to Winfred Rembert: 1945-2021, a solo exhibition of works by Winfred Rembert, opening Thursday, October 7th (6-8 PM) at the gallery’s New York City space in the historic Meatpacking District.
Heller Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition by the octogenarian Italian maestro Lino Tagliapietra, who announced his retirement from the furnace last month. The exhibition, on view from October 8 – November 6, 2021, focuses on prime examples of new and archived works and honors the unprecedented 75 years Tagliapietra, who just celebrated his 87th birthday, has spent practicing his art. The exhibition is curated by Douglas Heller, one of the leading authorities on contemporary glass.
Labyrinth of Forms: Women and Abstraction, 1930-1950, An Exhibition Highlighting Early 20th Century Female Artists at The Whitney ~ October 9
The exhibition features over thirty works by twenty-seven artists. Labyrinth of Forms seeks to highlight the achievements of these groundbreaking artists and explores how works on paper, in particular, were important sites for experimentation and innovation. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Humphreville, Senior Curatorial Assistant, and is on view in the Museum’s third-floor Susan and John Hess Family Gallery from October 9, 2021 to March 2022.
Don’t miss the 2021 Tribeca Gallery Walk with several new and exciting galleries. The event will run from Noon to 6pm. Check out the map Here.
Tour to the top of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park with the Urban Park Rangers on Sunday, October 10th from 1:00-2:00pm.
In partnership with designer Félix Marzell, of the Canada based studio World of Marzell, and manufacturer DIX2, we are thrilled to present the Big Apple – the latest temporary public art installation in Bella Abzug Park. The Big Apple is a creative, inspiring new meeting place for imagining your best self in the middle of the city’s newest park and neighborhood. Sponsorships from Amazon NYC and the Québec Government Office in New York made this commission possible.
Building on a body of work artist Pamela Council refers to as ‘Fountains for Black Joy,’ A Fountain for Survivors is both an ode to the ways in which we maintain ourselves and an exuberant life-affirming monument for survivors of all kinds. Adorned with a handmade mosaic of hundreds of thousands of acrylic fingernails, a massive cocoon-like structure houses a tiered water fountain inside a warm, welcoming, and enveloping space. Council’s largest public artwork to date, A Fountain for Survivors will be on view and accessible to all in Times Square’s most iconic plaza, Duffy Square, from October 14 to December 8, 2021.
On October 15, Flushing Town Hall will open its first indoor exhibition since its gallery closed for pandemic precautions in March 2020. The group show, “Communicating Beyond Words,” will run through October 31 and features 12 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who use letterforms as their visual elements. More than 30 artworks will be on display, including illustration, street art, calligraphy, tattoo art, and paintings.
Marcus Garvey Park has a plethora of outdoor art installations over this past few months, with the installation of Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain and Thomas J. Price: Witness. Now, we look forward to the unveiling of Alice Mizrachi: Renaissance Women, an abstract, figurative sculpture that honors women of the Harlem Renaissance ~ paving the way for many of the artists today, including Mizrachi.
Open House New York Weekend is the city’s largest free, public architecture and design festival. This year’s festival will include a mix of in-person and virtual experiences. The majority of events are free and open to the public. A Members Only Preview for a first look at the festival lineup will take place on September 30th; the public launch of the festival lineup will take place on October 4th; Reservation Day is October 7th.
Atlantic Gallery will open its doors to DREAMSCAPES, a solo exhibition of of life-sized figurative drawings by Carol Crawford. The images of refugees in transit, were created by merging / blending enlarged archival photographs in black and white with charcoal and pastel drawings.
Artist, Gillian Wearing will unveil a bronze monument to celebrated photographer, Diane Arbus at the Doris C. Freeman Plaza, at the entrance to Central Park this October. This is a fitting location for the Arbus monument, since many of her best-known images were taken in this Park.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Spray Painterly, a group show curated by Stickymonger, featuring works by Gucci Ghost, Michael Reeder, Paul Insect and UFO907. The exhibition debuts on October 21st and continues until November 16th, 2021.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust announces Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, a first-of-its-kind exhibition on the 20th century artist and Holocaust survivor and the Museum’s first contemporary art show, opening to the public on October 22, 2021.
The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project in collaboration with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will present a free, outdoor public concert at the Flatiron North Plaza on 23rd Street/Broadway
A prestigious roster of internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for curator tours and talks of their current exhibitions during the 5th Annual Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk on October 23 from 11am-5pm. One of New York’s favorite art events, this is a prime opportunity to visit the participating galleries located on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets. Organized by the Madison Avenue B.I.D, Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public.
Join the Conversation with Studio Museum in Harlem ~ Studio Salon: conversations in the Commons ~ October 23
In conjunction with Thomas J Price: Witness, the public program Studio Salon: Conversations in the Commons unpacks key themes and ideas addressed in Price’s practice through literary texts and works of art. Salon topics will include fashion, surveillance, monuments and public space, and portraiture and Black masculinity. We’ll unpack key texts through conversation and creative prompts, as well as supplementary materials for further explorations. The first Studio Salon: Conversations in the Commons theme is “Self / Fashion.” How does clothing inform our perception of our private selves and our public presentation? How is meaning conveyed through fashion?
Join virtually on Saturday, October 23 from 12:00–2:00 pm EDT with co-facilitators danilo machado and Rikki Byrd, and special guest Antoine Gregory, to consider different modes of (self)-fashion(ing) as it intersects with race and community.
In anticipation of releasing his new solo-album, Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation), jazz saxophonist Darius Jones will fill Green-Wood’s Catacombs with the anxiety, frustration, and hope of life in the wake of global pandemic. Influenced by the titans of music, both past and present, he handpicked compositions from Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, and Georgia Anne Muldrow to unpack the vulnerability of our time. As Jones explains: “I want to capture a moment in time, to crystallize the beginning of something at the end of something else.”
52 Walker, the new David Zwirner gallery space programmed and led by Director Ebony L. Haynes, will open October 2021, with a solo presentation of work by Kandis Williams, on view through December 2021. The gallery takes its name from its location at 52 Walker Street in Tribeca. The gallery will occupy the first floor of the five-story landmark building, which was formerly the home of M1-5 Lounge. Selldorf Architects is designing the renovation of the space.
Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is pleased to present a solo exhibition with Jaume Plensa, featuring new sculptures by the artist, including the debut of the new nest series, that explore the innovation of figurative forms in his depictions of contemporary portraiture.
On Sunday, October 31st, New Yorkers will step out in whimsical and fantastical costumes. Where to find the ghouls and goblins? Here are a few suggestions.
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The New Woman of the 1920s was a powerful expression of modernity, a global phenomenon that embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes in life and art. Opening July 2, 2021 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Woman Behind the Camera will feature 185 photographs, photo books, and illustrated magazines by 120 photographers from over 20 countries. This groundbreaking exhibition will highlight the work of the diverse “new” women who made significant advances in modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Reflecting the evolution of Bey’s vision, the exhibition examines his enduring engagement with portraiture, place, and history. From early portraits in Harlem and classic street photography to multi-panel studio portraits and nocturnal landscapes, Bey has consistently focused his lens on Black individuals, foregrounding the uniqueness of his subjects while reflecting the profound and ongoing effects of the history of the United States. Co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, An American Project will be on view at the Whitney from April 17, 2021 through October 31, 2021.
Philippe Labaune Gallery opened its doors to Tale of Unrealism ~ an exhibition featuring a selection of large-scale drawings and illustrations by French artist Georges Bess. This is the first time the artist will be exhibiting in the United States. Bess, an illustrator of comics and graphic novels, is recognized as a master of line and ink and his collaborations with renowned Chilean-French artist Alejandro Jodorowsky. In recent works, Bess breaks away from the parameters of the book, creating ornate world originating from a single page that he expands upon intuitively, in a trance-like state of drawing. Also on view will be a collection of original comic strips from Bram Stoker Dracula(2018) and his 1989 graphic novel Le Lama Blanc (The White Lama).
GR Gallery will open its doors to – BLUE STROKES – a groundbreaking group exhibition showcasing multi-talented artists from different states of Africa: Mamus Esiebo, Daniel Tetteh Nartey, Atanda Quadri Adebayo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou. This exciting show will reveal, for the first time in a public exhibition in the U.S. , the latest series of artworks that the artists have been working on for the past months. Appositely conceived for this occasion, this bold body of new works will independently invade the gallery space, contrasting and counterbalancing each other. The show will put together in total twenty original artworks, including paintings on canvas, works on paper and a print.
The Sculptors Guild will celebrate the re-opening of the Westbeth Gallery with the exhibition, Walls and Borders, curated by Dr. Bruce Weber.
On the heals of her massive and colorful installation, Spectrum, in the Garment District, artist Kim Carlino unveils her solo exhibition, In Here Together, at 324 Fifth Avenue this week. Her large-scale paintings on stretched tyvek explore her desire for structure within the surface, finding ways to peel it back to play with spaciousness and ambiguous fluidity, creating mystical and playful moments of connection and interaction. Carlino’s work has continued threads of abstraction, color, pattern and an ongoing dialogue with the tension between organic and structured.
Village Preservation will unveil ‘Village Voices’, a new interactive art and history experience from September 13 through October 13, 2021 using the streets of Greenwich Village, East Village and NoHo as its stage. Look for twenty-one art installations accompanied by digital content accessed through QR codes on each exhibit with narrations recorded by a variety of Village residents.
Mnuchin Gallery opened its doors to In Search of Grace, a solo exhibition of the work of Betty Blayton (1937-2016), activist, advocate, artist, educator, lecturer, and founding member of The Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition will feature paintings and works on paper from five decades of the artist’s career, spanning from the late 1960s until just before her passing in 2016. On view from September 8 until October 16, 2021, this presentation will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue authored by her close friend and art historian, Lowery Stokes Sims.
David Zwirner opened its doors to an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Alice Neel (1900–1984) from the first decades of the artist’s influential career. On view at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location, the focused presentation centers on works from the 1930s through the 1950s, and includes interiors, memory paintings, New York City streetscapes, and portraits of family and others close to Neel. At turns atmospheric, somber, and deeply personal, these works offer a chronological account of this significant period of Neel’s life and work, and engage themes of interiority, intimacy, and the negotiation between private and public, which continue to resonate in our present moment.
Fridman Gallery is honored to present Dindga McCannon’s first major solo exhibition in her five-decade career. In Plain Sight brings together a range of works spanning the 1980s to today and highlights her multidisciplinary practice featuring mixed media quilts, paintings, and sculpture.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Brand Royalty, the first solo show of the Fall season, featuring the inaugural debut of twenty new paintings by the contemporary Pop and street artist. Ron English. The exhibition will remain on view at Allouche Gallery from September 18 to October 19, 2021.
More Life ~ AIDS in the Art World: A Timeline will be on view at David Zwirner Gallery to October 23, 2021
More Life ~ AIDS in the Art World: A Timeline at David Zwirner Gallery is an exhibition and timeline marking the fortieth anniversary of the US Centers for Disease Control first reporting on the disease we came to know as AIDS. More Lifehighlights a selection of artists whose lives were cut short by HIV/AIDS related complications during the first twenty years of the epidemic.
Fremin Gallery opened its doors to Punctured Ink, a new exhibition featuring works from Reka Nyari. The new series “Punctured Ink” incorporates works from Nyari’s ongoing portrait project titled “Ink Stories”, which was introduced at Nyari’s very first solo gallery exhibit, and consists of large-scale nude photographs that explore the concept of self-identity and female empowerment.
David Zwirner Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of new works by Lisa Yuskavage. For more than thirty years, Yuskavage’s highly original approach to figurative painting has challenged conventional understandings of the genre. Her simultaneously bold, eccentric, exhibitionist, and introspective characters assume dual roles of subject and object, complicating the position of viewership.
Since the late nineteenth century, The Art Students League of New York has launched its Fall exhibition season with a presentation of work by current League instructors. Notable artists who have had their work displayed as a part of this historic tradition include Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, William Merritt Chase, Norman Lewis, Charles Alston, Hilda Terry D’Alessio, Robert Henri, and Anita Steckel, just to name a few. This year’s exhibition features work by 85 accomplished, diverse League instructors, and exemplifies their resiliency and innovation in these unprecedented times.
Organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Obama Portraits will travel across the U.S. from June 2021 through May 2022, reaching millions of people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to view these remarkable paintings. The much anticipated portraits will be arriving at The Brooklyn Museum of Art this August as part of a five-city tour throughout the United States, beginning the tour appropriately enough, at The Art Institute of Chicago, the location of ‘Barack & Michelle’s’ first date!
In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negative by Jeffrey Henson Scales will be on view at Claire Oliver Gallery to October 29, 2021
Claire Oliver Gallery opened its doors to the gallery’s debut solo exhibition by photographer Jeffrey Henson Scales, In A Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives. The exhibition features 20 photographs from the 1960s including Scales’ earliest forays as a photographer during the electrifying summer of 1967 when at age 13 with his paternal grandmother he toured the Midwest to see relatives. As a Black teenager, he saw the poverty and oppression of Northern Black communities and when he returned to Oakland, CA became immersed in photographing the milieu of the Black Panther movement in Northern California. The images chart the emergence of his awakening as a documentary photographer as well as a Black man in a pivotal moment in the 20th century that echoes today’s Black Lives Matter movement. In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives is on view September 16 – October 29, 2021 at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem.
Coinciding with the artist’s current survey at the Brooklyn Museum, SHARE by Kaws is the latest commission on the Rockefeller Center Plaza. The 18-foot-tall bronze figure features two of the artist’s iconic motifs ~ ‘COMPANION’ and ‘BFF’.
Visitors will be transported into the vibrant world of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham at an immersive installation opening in The Seaport on September 12 during New York Fashion Week.
Jordan Kerwick: Things We Talk About, Things We See will be on view at Vito Schnabel through October 30, 2021
Vito Schnabel Gallery opened its doors to Jordan Kerwick. Things we talk about, things we see, the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the Australian-born artist. This intimate presentation, which features a selection of paintings and drawings, serves as a prelude to the artist’s major New York solo show with Vito Schnabel in March 2022 at the gallery’s 19th Street location in the Chelsea Arts District.
Pixar Putt, the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience, popped up at Pier A in Battery Park City, open from August 1st through October 31, 2021! The colorful mini-golf experience is made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce Ron Gorchov: Spice of Life, an exhibition that pays tribute to the revolutionary work of the late American painter acclaimed for shaped canvases that uniquely merged the grandeur of Abstract Expressionism, formal conceits of Minimalist sculpture, and subversive wit of the 1970s, arriving at an enigmatic and wholly new form of abstraction.
The much anticipated exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature by renowned Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, which was postponed due to COVID-19, is now back on track, and opening in April. The exhibition will be installed across the Garden’s landscape, in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building. What better place to socially distance than at the New York Botanical Garden.
Alex Da Corte: As Long as the Sun Lasts , a Roof Garden Commission at The Met will be on view through October 31, 2021
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Alex Da Corte (American, born 1980) has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts will be on view from April 16 through October 31, 2021.
Chelsea Market will host the photography exhibition “The Streets of Chelsea” beginning September 9 from photographer and Chelsea local Leslie Fratkin. “The Streets of Chelsea” is both a documentation of the continuously evolving neighborhood captured during the COVID-19 pandemic and a series of portraits of Fratkin’s Chelsea neighbors. The collection, made up of 37 black-and-white images, reflect Fratkin’s drive to seek out people and places that are not posed or arranged. She welcomes the challenge of not being able to control all the variables and seeing what an element of chance brings to the final image.
Four new sculptures created by American artist Carol Bove for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches will be on view beginning March 1, 2021. The Facade Commission: Carol Bove: The Séances Aren’t Helping is the second commission to be featured on the facade of The Met.
This interactive installation of multiple cut out figures made of plywood are applied with collage and photographs from Mardok’s @ny.strong photography project. As people walk through the portals they’re transported into the energy of the protests of 2020: the unified experience of citizens across ethnicities and genders fighting for freedom and justice for Black lives. The team has also collaborated with the Bronx River Art Center on a program focused on public art and activism, offered to a team of young adults who are creating their own sculptures and photographs.
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is pleased to unveil a new public artwork by Shaun Leonardo titled Between Four Freedoms on September 30th at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island.
This September, The Green-Wood Cemetery will present After the End, a participatory art installation that provides visitors with an opportunity to publicly share about their personal losses. Created by artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, the installation will be located inside Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel beginning on Wednesday, September 15th.
Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy, co-founders of Lévy Gorvy, announced today that the gallery will host an international exhibition unfolding across its spaces in four world capitals—New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong—over the course of fall 2021, unveiling interconnected bodies of new work by acclaimed American artist Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971, Camden, NJ). This multi-site presentation, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, will feature paintings, installations, and video works that expand Thomas’ decades-long exploration of the Black female body as a realm of power, eroticism, agency, and inspiration, and a vehicle for reformulating familiar visual idioms of modernism inherited from some of the 20th century’s most influential masters. Presented in uniquely designed environments for each of the four locations, Thomas’ exhibition will also include a video made in collaboration with her life partner and muse Racquel Chevremont, an art advisor, curator, and collector.
At a time when New Yorkers are cherishing outdoor space ~ from pocket-parks to Central Park, the Madison Square Park Conservancy is preparing to unveil a much anticipated (and delayed) commissioned work by sculptor artist/environmental activist, Maya Lin, with her thoughtful and relevant installations entitled Ghost Forest.
Peter Sis ~ The Wall: How I Grew Up Behind The Iron Curtain will be on view at The Czech Center New York to November 19, 2021
Czech Center New York presents Peter Sis~The Wall, a documentary exhibition by the internationally acclaimed illustrator, author and filmmaker. Curated by Joachim Dvořák and Michaela Šilpochová, the exhibition is based on Sis’s award-winning autobiographical picture book “The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.”
On August 25, Public Art Fund presents ANTI-ICON, a 300-site exhibition of ten new photographs by Brooklyn-based photographer and performance artist Martine Gutierrez. The exhibition will be on view on 100 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City, 150 in Chicago, and for the first time in this exhibition series, 50 JCDecaux bus shelters in Boston. With ANTI-ICON, Gutierrez continues her exploration of identity across the landscapes of race, gender, class, and culture.
The Garment District Alliance (GDA) is inviting New Yorkers and visitors to Midtown Manhattan to experience a series of seven gigantic, origami-inspired sculptures as part of its latest public art exhibit, Hacer: Transformation, created by California artist Hacer.
Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days will include five works created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new sculpture commissioned in 2020, which was the originally anticipated date for this exhibit. Now, stepping out of our COVID-19 shutdown, this Public Art Fund exhibition was unveiled in City Hall Park on May 4th, 2021.
Art On The Ave has taken a giant step south with a new exhibition, in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance. The Downtown artwork will take you from Park Row, past the Fulton Center and the Oculus, down Broadway past Maiden Lane and Liberty to Bridge Street. Here is a sneak-peek at the exhibition, aptly named ~ Resiliency.
Kasmin, The George Rickey Foundation, Inc., and The George Rickey Estate, LLC., are pleased to announce a host of upcoming events celebrating the life and work of groundbreaking sculptor George Rickey.
A major public exhibition of his work along the central median on Park Avenue between 52nd and 56th Streets will open concurrently with an exhibition of large-scale works at the Kasmin Sculpture Garden in Chelsea, and will also coincide with the publication of the first biography of the artist.
Ozier Muhammad: Events That Changed the World at Keith de Lellis Gallery on view through December 4, 2021
Keith de Lellis Gallery is honored to present the photography of Ozier Muhammad in the artist’s first one man exhibition in New York. Ozier Muhammad (b. 1950) is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from Chicago who has documented the cultural events of black citizens across the world for over four decades. This exhibition showcases Muhammad’s dedication to utilizing photography as a truth telling medium that explores racial issues throughout society and sheds light on the daily joys and strife of the African and African American communities.
Galerie Gmurzynska is delighted to present a selection of works by Christo (1935-2020) in celebration of the city of New York and the late artist’s relationship to it, as well as other significant sites in the United States during the half-century that Christo lived and worked in America.
Cavalier Gallery unveiled three life-size works by artist Jim Rennert, which have been installed in New York City’s Pershing Square Plaza West located on the west side of Park Avenue between East 41st and East 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Each sculpture stands over 6 feet tall and depicts the daily struggles and achievements of everyday people. The sculpture installations are being facilitated as part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program.
JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present, Seeing America, an exhibition of new portraits that investigate humanity, legacy, and change. Freehandedly and unapologetically capturing her subjects, America Martin’s compositions are a personal reflection of the human experience and condition. Through the stories they tell by means of history and Martin’s depictions, this assembled group of leaders challenge us to be our very best selves.
Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment at The Rubin Museum of Art will be on view to January 3, 2022
The Rubin Museum of Art invites visitors to unplug and discover the possibility to free their minds with “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment,” opening March 12, 2021. Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this traveling exhibition guides visitors on a journey toward enlightenment, showcasing the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine awareness, and highlighting the inextricable relationship between artistic endeavor and spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. The exhibition has been re-imagined and adapted for the Rubin Museum’s galleries and features 35 traditional objects, including 14 from the Rubin Museum’s collection, with two contemporary works by Nepal born, Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Undercurrent are pleased to present un/mute, an international group exhibition of collaborative works by 28 artists across multiple disciplines. On view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Undercurrent, the exhibition is the culmination of an 18-month-long project that was launched in 2020 providing European and NYC-based artists with an opportunity for critical exchange and collaboration during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
For years, the term “Blaxploitation” has been used derisively to dismiss or caricature a bygone era of low-budget Black cinema—but it was and is so much more as we will see in the exhibition, You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits, on view from September 2, 2021 to February 6, 2022.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will open its doors to a new major exhibition, Craft Front & Center on May 22nd, bringing together over 70 iconic and lesser-known works from MAD’s eclectic permanent collection to highlight significant periods in craft’s history that have led to the current moment.
Always something happening on The High Line. Still on view until March ~ The Musical Brain; Horizon Poems; Retainer; and 57 Forms of Liberty. Also on view, Sam Durant: Untitled (Drone).
Founded by Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins, and Edward Sorel—and soon joined by Milton Glaser—Push Pin served as a counterpoint to the slick ads being created on Madison Avenue and the rigid, grid-based designs popular in Europe. They were referential, drawing from troves of disparate and often forgotten tropes from past art movements and time periods, hurtling them into the new, playful visual language of the 1960s and beyond.
The Garment District Alliance (GDA) is brightening Midtown Manhattan this spring with a vivid, painted mural titled Spectrum, created by artist Kim Carlino. The artwork – which contains 34 unique colors and is painted on 82 concrete blocks along the 7th Avenue pedestrian corridor – signifies the city’s vibrant comeback as New Yorkers and visitors return following the pandemic.
Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway on view to Spring, 2022
Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway, a sculpture exhibition located at eight locations between 64th Street and 157th Street is now on view. The sculptures are shaped in the form of flowers, celebrating the return to life from a long and difficult winter into spring.
On July 29, Public Art Fund will unveil Rehearsal, Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser’s public art debut. Featuring five distinct large-scale geometric sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles, panels featuring photographs of New York City and Roman and Greek antiquities, and mirror polished stainless steel, Rehearsal will create an immersive experience for park goers to explore. The cluster of sculptures will be located at the iconic terminus of Washington Street, where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building. Juxtaposed with the surrounding architecture and natural landscape of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Rehearsal highlights the dynamism of the city and its people.
Sculpture artist Zaq Landsberg created and presented the illustrations for this piece during the last administration, prior to COVID-19 and our citywide shutdown. It was inspired by Buddhist imagery, and meant to depict our iconic American landmark, weary, reclining, and asking the question ~ “what stage of America are we in.” COVID-19 closed our city, and Reclining Lady lay waiting, like all of us, for better days. Fast-forward one year (or-what a difference a year makes). With a new administration and a city that is beginning to bloom along with spring, Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty will emerge from the artists’ studio, with an installation date set for May 1, 2021 in Morningside Park, Harlem.
BIRDLINK is an interactive habitat sculpture whose mission is to support migratory birds by inserting native plant systems throughout the urban and suburban corridors through which they travel. BIRDLINK attracts the wild birds that reside or migrate trough the city with native plants at the empty tower and middle canopy levels. Visit Anina Gerchick: BIRDLINK in Crotona Park, Bronx, on view to May 21, 2022.
Harlem Art Park unveiled its latest temporary public art installation, Plastic Fantastic! With a kaleidoscope of color, artist Capucine Bourcart encourages the viewer to evaluate their own environmental footprint. The large-scale installation measures over 66-feet wide and 7-feet high, demonstrating the abundance of single use plastics and its impact on our public spaces and our environment. Plastic Fantastic! interacts with Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s permanent sculpture, Growth, installed in 1985, along with the unique architectural elements that make this park a hidden gem in East Harlem.
Harlem-based non-profit the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, Public art organizer Connie Lee and Harlem-based artist Susan Stair are pleased to announce the installation of Ascending the Mountain, a public artwork in Marcus Garvey Park. Installed in three distinct sections along the staircase that leads up to the overlook terraces known as the Acropolis and the Harlem Fire Watchtower. The artwork is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and is one of six temporary public art installations organized by the public art committee in Harlem this Summer.
A dialogue began last year, serious and thoughtful discussion ensued, and artists have continued the conversation. Here, alongside a small pocket-park on 128th Street in Harlem, artist Julio Valdez unveiled his installation this week entitled ‘I Can’t Breathe.‘ The installation is just a few blocked away from last year’s colorful ‘Black Lives Matter‘ mural on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. extending from 125-127th Streets.
Sam Durant’s monumental fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole continues High Line Art’s mission of presenting new, powerful, thought-provoking artworks that generate and amplify some of today’s most important conversations.
The Costume Institute’s next major exhibition will be a two-part show on view from September 18, 2021 through September 5, 2022. Part One, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion—opening in the Anna Wintour Costume Center on September 18, 2021 ~ will feature approximately 80 individual ensembles encased and arranged as “squares” in horizontal and vertical rows representing the qualities that collectively define American fashion. Part Two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—opening in the American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022—will explore the development of American fashion by presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces. Parts One and Two will close on September 5, 2022.
The Met’s Great Hall will Display Ancient Maya Stone Monuments from Republic of Guatemala until 2024
The two massive stelae—both significant long-term loans from the Republic of Guatemala—feature life-sized representations of influential Indigenous American rulers: a king, K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II (ca. A.D. 664–729), and queen, Ix Wak Jalam Chan (Lady Six Sky) (ca. A.D. 670s–741), one of the most powerful women known by name from the ancient Americas. The installation heralds the upcoming exhibition Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art, which is scheduled to open in fall 2022 and will highlight Maya visual narratives featuring a cast of gods: sacred beings that are personified elements of the cosmos, nature, and agriculture. The Great Hall display is also the first in a series of special exhibitions and installations that will present art of the ancient Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania throughout The Met’s galleries while the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing is closed for a renovation project that will reenvision these collections for a new generation of visitors.
See you in November!