Art Installations, Exhibits & Events in NYC to Add to Your List in September, 2021



Souleo.~ ‘Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem opening at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opening September 9th. Photo credit: Abigail Ekue

Taking a deep breathe, New York City heads into the Fall season remembering 9/11 ~ followed by a return of some of our favorite annual indoor events likeThe Affordable Art Fair, The Armory Show and related venues, The Rubin Museum reopens its third floor to the newly created Mandala Lab; The Met unveils Part-One of the Costume Institute exhibition; ‘Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem’ at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a plethora of new gallery exhibitions, and outdoor installations and events including The Feast of San Gennaro! Here are a few suggestions for the month of September.

George Rickey: Monumental Sculpture on Park Avenue

George Rickey, Two Planes Vertical Horizontal IV, 1974, stainless steel, 240 x 164 inches. Park Avenue at 54th Street.

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.


Poster House Museum Fall 2021 Exhibitions ~ September 2

Vera List & The Posters of Lincoln Center

The Poster House Museum will reopen in two weeks with four distinct exhibitions, all opening on September 2nd. Let’s take a look at what will be on view, from Push Pin Legacy (founded by Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins, and Edward Sorel – soon joined by Milton Glaser); The Posters of LeRoy Neiman and more.


The Met’s Great Hall to Display Ancient Maya Stone Monuments from Republic of Guatemala ~ September 2

Portrait of a queen regent trampling a captive (Stela 24) Estela 24 de Naranjo-Sa’al, Petén, Guatemala
MUNAE 15213 Registro Cortesía Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de Guatemala © Archivo Digital MUNAE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it will unveil a new installation of two eighth-century Maya stone monuments, known as stelae, in its iconic Great Hall on September 2, 2021.


Picnic Performances in September in Bryant Park ~ September 3

Bryant Park is excited to announce the 2021 return of Picnic Performances: twenty-five live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City’s performing arts institutions. Thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, nearly all of the events will be available for the public to livestream at no cost, significantly expanding the audience beyond the park. September 3rd ~ New York City Opera “Rigoletto’.


Art on the Ave unveils ‘Resiliency’ with Downtown Alliance ~ September 7

Image courtesy Art on the Ave ~ Downtown!

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.


Paula Crown: EMANARE at Rockefeller Center ~ September 7-30

Installation of EMANARE, Palm Desert, CA, 2021, Multimedia Installation, Dimensions Variable.

Artist Paula Crown’s interactive piece, EMANARE will be installed at Rockefeller Center from Tuesday September 7 through September 30, 2020, encouraging visitors, both in-person and virtually, to send messages of positive intentionemanating into the world.


Dinga McCannon: In Plain Sight at Fridman Gallery ~ September 8

Dindga McCannon, Four Women, 1988, Mixed media, 24h x 27w in

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.


Kim Carlino: In Here Together Opening at ChaShaMa’s 324 Fifth Ave Space ~ September 8

Kim Carlino: Illusory Visions. Acrylic and gouache on stretched tyvek. 55in x 44in. 2021.

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.


Betty Blayton: In Search of Grace at Mnuchin Gallery ~ September 8

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.


SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2021 NYC ~ September 8-13

Sam Tufnell, Chicken Soup is Not Good for the Soul in Times Square. Image courtesy of the artist.

Spring/Break Art Show returns for its tenth New York City shows with more than 100 curatorial exhibitions from the First-Look Collectors Preview one Wednesday, September 8th through September 13th.


Reka Nyari: Punctured Ink at Fremin Gallery Chelsea ~ September 9

“L’Artiste”, Hand Punctured Pigment Print

Fremin Gallery will open 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.


Art on Paper New York ~ September 8-12

Images courtesy of Art on Paper

Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36 this September with 75 galleries featuring top modern and contemporary paper-based art. Continuing the Fair’s historical alignment with New York City’s Arts week and The Armory Show, Art on Paper will take place from Thursday, September 9th through Sunday, September 12th. Tickets are on sale now.


The Armory Show 2021 at Javits Center ~ September 9-12

Image courtesy the Javits Center and The Armory Show

On September 9, The Armory Show ~ New York’s Art Fair ~ returns with 212 exhibitors from 37 countries for its 27th edition. 157 of these galleries will take part in the physical fair in The Armory Show’s permanent new home, the Javits Center.

Don’t miss Armory Off-Site with large-scale outdoor art installations at 4 locations including Astor Place, Bella Abzug Park, Flatiron Plaza and Pier 64.


Georges Bess: Tale of Unrealism at Philippe Labaune Gallery ~ September 9

Georges Bess, Lieutenant Myrtille (Hommage a Jean Giraud), 2016-2017, pen and ink, forty-eight panels of paper. Framed dimensions 82 x 160 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Philippe Labaune Gallery will open 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).


Mickalene Thomas: Beyond the Pleasure at Lévy Gorvy New York ~ September 9

MICKALENE THOMAS. Jet Blue #25 (detail), 2021. Rhinestones, acrylic paint, chalk pastel, mixed media paper and archival pigment prints on museum board mounted on dibond, 84.25 x 61 in (213.995 x 154.94 cm). © Mickalene Thomas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.


Alice Neel: The Early Years at David Zwirner Gallery ~ September 9

Image: Alice Neel, Spanish Party, 1939 (detail). Image courtesy of the Gallery.

David Zwirner will open 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.


Lisa Yuskavage: New Paintings at David Zwirner Gallery ~ September 9

Image: Lisa Yuskavage, Night Classes at the Department of Painting Drawing and Sculpture, 2018–2020 (detail)

David Zwirner Gallery will open 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.


America Martin: Seeing America + Jada & Jon at JoAnne Artman Gallery ~ September 9

America Martin’s ‘I See Heroes Everywhere’ Series, available individually. Image courtesy of the Gallery

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.


Leslie Fratkin: The Streets of Chelsea, a Photo Exhibition at Chelsea market ~ September 9

Leslie Fratkin: The Streets of Chelsea photo exhibition at Chelsea Market. Image courtesy of the artist.

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.


Harlem Arts Stroll ~ September 9 from 5-8pm

Artist, Thomas Heath, current exhibition UBRolling at Heath Gallery in Harlem

The Harlem Arts Stroll September , 2021 Edition will be held on Thursday, September 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm (beginning at Calabar Gallery); and on Saturday, September 11th from 1:00 to 6pm. These are fabulous, free events sponsored by Harlem based businesses and nonprofits including Harlem Brewing Company, Harlem One Stop, Harlem Careers, Harlem 4 All, TBO Harlem, While We Are Still Here, The Uptown Collective, Park North Physical Therapy and Calabar Imports.


Atanda Quadri Adebayo | Mamus Esiebo | Daniel Tetteh Nartey Moustapha Baidi Oumarou ~ BLUE STROKES at G R Gallery ~ September 9

Atanda Quadri Adebayo

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.


Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem ~ September 9th and Extended Through September 30

Photograph of models Tuesday P. Brooks, Etta, an unidentified model, and Morgan (left to right) at a fashion show at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, wearing an unidentified designer, 1991. Photo by and in the private collection of Beau McCall

Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem is a pop-up exhibition curated by Souleo featuring archival materials from the private collections of Beau McCall, Tuesday P. Brooks, Cedric Jose Washington, and the Schomburg Center. The exhibition will be on view from September 9 and extended through September 30, 2021 at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Special program event will be held on Thursday, September 9th, celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Harlem Institute of Fashion (HIF). Program will include conversation with millinery and costume designer, Carolyn Adams; model and business owner, Tuesday P. Brooks; and fashion show designer, Cedric Jose Washington. Moderated by Souleo. Register for this Free event, to be held at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem.


Classical Theatre of Harlem in Langston in Harlem/A Harlem Dream in Bryant Park ~ September 10

Join the Classical Theatre of Harlem in Bryant Park for a special event performance featuring excerpts from two works: Langston in Harlem and A Harlem Dream. This is a Bryant Park Picnic Performance which will show from 7-8pm ~ unticketed, open entry.


Christo: Nature/Environments at Galerie Gmurzynska New York ~ September 10

Christo: The Gates. Image via Estate of the Artist / Courtesy of Galerie Gmurzynska

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.


9/11: Commemorating 20th Anniversary of the Attacks on NYC ~ September 11

9/11 Memorial NYC

It has been twenty years since September 11, 2001, a day the world will never forget. On this day, families and friends lost 2,983 souls in the attacks on our Country. By hosting commemorative events, we hope to pay tribute to the victims and their memory, through collection, preservation and exhibition of materials and digital artifacts. Here are just a few thoughtful ways to spend the day.


Harlem Arts Stroll ~ September 11

Artist, Thomas Heath, current exhibition UBRolling at Heath Gallery in Harlem

The Harlem Arts Stroll September , 2021 Edition will be held on Thursday, September 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm (beginning at Calabar Gallery); and on Saturday, September 11th from 1:00 to 6pm. These are fabulous, free events sponsored by Harlem based businesses and nonprofits including Harlem Brewing Company, Harlem One Stop, Harlem Careers, Harlem 4 All, TBO Harlem, While We Are Still Here, The Uptown Collective, Park North Physical Therapy and Calabar Imports.


Karen Fitzgerald & Jaynie Gillman Crimmins: Matter and Spirit at JVS Project Space ~ September 11

Artist, Jaynie Gillman Crimmins. Image courtesy of the artist.

We first came upon the work of Jaynie Gillman Crimmins last year in the group exhibition ‘Form, Paper, Scissors, at Living With Art Salon. In that exhibition, Crimmins displayed creations from two of her major series ~ ‘In Search of Beauty’ and ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost.’ Beautiful and thoughtful pieces. So when we heard that she had an exhibition opening this month ~ we were all ears.

The name of the current exhibition is Matter and Spirit. These two entities have a long history of being deeply intertwined, and for good reason. As we engage with the world around us, we also sense something more than what our eyes can see. What that other dimension is has been the subject of many explorations in verbal language – poetry, philosophy, metaphysics – as well as in the visual language of art.


Urban Park Rangers Free Tour to the Top of the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ September 12

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

Urban Park Rangers will be on the Acropolis in Marcus Garvey Park to give free tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower from 1:00 ~ 3:00pm.


The Sculptors Guild Celebrates the Re-Opening of Westbeth Gallery ~ September 12

The Sculptors Guild will celebrate the re-opening of the Westbeth Gallery with the exhibition, Walls and Borders, curated by Dr. Bruce Weber.


2021 NYC Honey Fest ~ September 12

The 10th annual NYC Honey Fest will take place on Sunday, September 12th from 11am to 6pm at Beach 106th Street in Rockaway Beach. The boardwalk will be buzzing with activities including the Bee Marketplace and special raffle to help support the Queens Beekeepers Guild.


‘Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham’ at The Seaport ~ September 12

Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham opening at The Seaport

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.


Village Voices, An Outdoor Exhibition ~ September 13

Jane Jacobs courtesy

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.


César: Sacred Anarchy at Salon 94 ~ September 10

Installation view, César, Sacred Anarchy, 2021
Courtesy of the Fondation César and Salon 94, New York. Photo: Farzad Owrang

Iconic and iconoclastic. Prolific and destructive. Reverential and rebellious. “Loved and detested,” according to his obituary in Le Monde, the French newspaper. What distinguishes César (1921-1998) from other giants of postwar art is the dichotomous, dangerous dynamism of his oeuvre. Within his sculptures, there are antithetical forces at work ~ pushing and pulling against the modern tradition, the French cultural establishment, and the nascent mass consumerism of his time. A founding member of the 20th-century Nouveau Réalisme movement, César looms large in the art canon. His masterpieces remain ever relevant, offering fresh perspectives.


Gigantic Origami-Inspired Animals Take Over Broadway in the Garment District ~ September 14

Image courtesy of the artist

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.


Awards Ceremony for Riverside Park Goats ~ September 14

Running with the Goats will take place on July 14th. Image courtesy Riverside Park Conservancy

The results of the ranked-choice vote will be announced at a public ceremony on September 14, 2021 at 11am. (originally September 9th, but postponed due to rain). The winning goat will be presented with a medal and bouquet of weeds, with the ceremony overseen by Congressman Jerry Nadler, Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell; Borough President Gale Brewer; Council Member Mark Levine; Conservancy President & CEO Dan Garodnick; George Shea, co-Founder, Major League Eating; and You, their adoring public. The Event will be located at 120th Street and Riverside Park.

The public can review all of the five candidates’ platforms — and cast a vote using the new ranked-choice voting system on Riverside Park Conservancy’s website. Election highlights can be seen on Instagram,Twitter, and Facebook. As of today, nearly 1,000 votes have been case. Every vote will count!


More Life ~ AIDS in the Art World: A Timeline at David Zwirner Gallery ~ September 14

Frank Moore, Everything I Own II, 1993 (detail). Image courtesy of the Gallery

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 Life highlights a selection of artists whose lives were cut short by HIV/AIDS related complications during the first twenty years of the epidemic.


Rededication Ceremony for Dante Monument in Dante Park ~ September 14

Statue of the poet, Dante Alighieri in Dante Park

With the help of specially trained City Cleanup Corps (CCC) staff, NYC Parks’ monuments crew is fully conserving the famed statue of Dante Alighieri by Ettore Ximenes, using blow torches and boom lifts to treat the bronze sculpture in advance of the 700th anniversary of the Italian poet’s death in September.

Rededication ceremony will be held on September 14th at 2:00pm.


Ron Gorchov: Spice of Life at Vito Schnabel Gallery ~ September 14

Ron Gorchov, Spice of Life, 1976. Oil on linen, 49 x 75 x 15 in (124.5 x 190.5 x 38.1 cm). © Ron Gorchov; Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.


Art Lives Here: A Guided Art Walk of 5 Public Art Installations in 4 Harlem Parks ~ September 15

Taking a closer look. Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain in Marcus Garvey Park

Join Curated Public Art Gallery and the 5 artists that created the public art installations in 4 parks in Harlem on Wednesday, September 15th from 6:00 ~ 8:00pm.  #ArtLivesHere.


Candy Chang + James A. Reeves” After the End” at The Green-Wood Cemetery ~ September 15

Image courtesy Green-Wood Cemetery

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.


Claire Oliver Gallery Presents Photographs of Black Panthers by Jeffrey Henson Scales – September 16

Black Panthers Defermery Park, 1968, from, “The Lost Negatives,” photographs by Jeffrey Henson Scales. Credit: Jeffrey Henson Scales

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce 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 20thcentury 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.


Rapid Open Chess in the Park ~ September 18

NYC Parks and Chess in the Schools will once again host the City’s most anticipated annual public chess tournament, Chess in the Park Rapid Open, free and open to everyone who loves the game. Cancelled last year due to Covid-19, Chess in the Park Rapid Open is back!


The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy ~ September 16-26

The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy will return this year, with its Grand Marshall, NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, honoring the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and all of our First Responders and their families.


‘Peter Sis ~ The Wall: How I Grew Up Behind The Iron Curtain’ at The Czech Center NYC ~ September 16

Peter Sis~The Wall. Image courtesy Czech

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.”


‘Jordan Kerwick: Things we talk about, things we see’ at Vito Schnabel Gallery ~ September 16

Image, Jordan Kerwick Yves beginning and end, 2021; oil, acrylic, and spray on canvas 78 3/4 x 90 1/2 inches (200 x 230 cm) © Jordan Kerwick
Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Vito Schnabel Gallery will open 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.


American Symphony Orchestra Presents Brooklyn Bridge Park’s ‘Sounds at Sunset Series’ ~ September 16

The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents three free concerts of chamber music on September 16, 23, and 30 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, as part of the Sounds at Sunset series. All concerts are performed and curated by ASO members and take place on Thursdays at 6:00PM. Each evening offers some of NYC’s finest talents performing music that ranges from Baroque to Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz as the sun sets over the New York City skyline.


Curtain Up! in Times Square ~ September 17-19

Image courtesy of the Times Square Alliance

A celebration of Broadway’s return is coming to Times Square with Curtain Up! taking place September 17-19. During the celebratory weekend, theatre fans will enjoy live performances, panels, and concerts throughout the district. The festival will culminate in a live, free outdoor concert with Broadway favorites. Additional announcements will be made in the coming weeks to include schedules, talent, and more. All details for Curtain Up! will be found at The three-day outdoor festival is hosted by Playbill, in partnership with The Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance and title sponsor Prudential. Event organizers will continue to follow the city, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines and will inform the public of any changes to the event schedule.


Cascade: A Jen Stark Experience ~ September 17

Image courtesy A Jen Stark Expeience

Cascade features 6,000 square feet of interactive projections and 3-D mapped environments alongside Stark’s mind-bending paintings and sculptures, created specifically for this exhibition. To bring her psychedelic visions and sacred geometries to life, Stark collaborated with a team of highly skilled technologists who have been trained in augmented reality and projection mapping. The event is located in the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. Tickets Here.


Ron English: Brand Royalty at Allouche Gallery ~ September 18

Ron English: Tempertot Koolaid Guernica, 2021; Oil onn canvas; 58 x 72 inches. Image courtesy of the Gallery.

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.


Museum Day ~ September 18

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Check out 36 participating museums in New York State that include the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, The AKC Museum of the Dog, The Heckscher Museum of Art, The Noble Maritime Collection, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center to name just a few.


The Costume Institute at The Met unveils Part-One, a Focus on American Fashion ~ September 18

Ensemble, Christopher John Rogers (American, born 1993), fall/winter 2020–21; Courtesy Christopher John Rogers. Image courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Christina Fragkou

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 Village Trip Festival ~ September 18 – 26

Image courtesy Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

Greenwich Village’s rich history of creativity and activism will drive dozens of events throughout the iconic neighborhood, from September 18 through September 26. Seven-time-Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band will bring Latin Jazz to a free concert in Washington Square Park on Sept. 25, while the folk revival will return to the Bitter End on Sept. 26, and classical compositions by Village residents Harold Meltzer and David Del Tredici will fill the sanctuary of St. John’s in the Village on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. Literary tours, poetry readings, theater crawls, a program of Village-themed films, open design studios, children’s book readings, and many other activities will offer Village residents, New Yorkers, and tourists opportunities to discover what makes Greenwich Village such a vital place.


Madison Avenue: Welcome Back Saturdays ~ September 18

The Madison Avenue B.I.D. will host its 2nd annual ‘Welcome Back Saturdays’ on September 18 and 25th. The welcome mat is out on the 29 blocks on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets. Check out the fabulous list of participating shops.


The Art Students League Annual Instructor Salon ~ September 20

Image Credit: Doug Safranek, Maize and Capsicum, 2018

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.


Candy Chang + James A. Reeves: After the End, a Public Talk at Green-Wood Cemetery on September 20

Artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves courtesy Green-Wood Cemetery

The artists will host a free, public talk about the installation on Thursday, September 30th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Attendees will be able to experience the installation—and contribute their own messages—before and after the discussion.


‘Daniel Anderson: Share the Love’ for World Peace Day ~ September 21

Daniel Anderson: XO World at One World Trade. Image courtesy of the artist.

The 40th anniversary of World Peace Day (September 21) will coincide with the launch of a traveling art exhibit aimed at spreading equality, unity, peace, and love, and understanding of diverse cultures worldwide. Artist Daniel Anderson’s “Share the Love” XO sculptures will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony in New York City at 1 World Trade Center and Oculus World Trade. The two monumental sculptures are XO World and XO Play.


Jim Rennert: New York at Cavalier Galleries ~ September 21

Jim Rennert: Inner Dialogue. Image courtesy Cavalier Gallery

Cavalier Gallery is pleased to announce the groundbreaking exhibition, Jim Rennert: In New York, which features 10 major works on public exhibition throughout midtown Manhattan. The exhibition continues with new works on exhibit in the gallery at 3 West 57th Street with mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures.


SUPERFLEX Unveils ‘Vertical Migration’ on Facade of UN ~ September 21-24

Visualisation of Vertical Migration, SUPERFLEX, 2021. Vertical Migrationis commissioned by ART 2030 and TBA21–Academy, andsupported by AvatarAlliance Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, OceanX, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI),New Carlsberg Foundation, The Obel Family Foundation, Beckett Fonden, and Danish ArtsFoundation. Vertical Migrationwas developed in close collaboration with Kollision. Vertical Migrationispart of ‘Interspecies Assembly’ by SUPERFLEX for ART 2030.Background image by UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. Visualisations by SUPERFLEX.

Vertical Migration is a dramatic, 505-foot (154-meter) video installation that draws attention to the role that the ocean plays in sustaining the world’s biodiversity and climate. From 8-11 pm EST every night from September 21st to 24th, a representative from the animal world will travel up from the deep sea to visit the UN. The filmwork will cover the entire north-facing marble façade of the United Nations signature 39-story tower, inviting humans to meet one of the many species we share our planet with.


un/mute at the Austrian Cultural Forum + Undercurrent ~ September 22

un/mute Banner, Laura Zaveckaite

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.


American Classical Orchestra Opens its Season with Free Concert at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park ~ September 22

Image via American Classical Orchestra on Facebook

The opening season program at Damrosch Park will feature Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in G Minor “L’Estate” (from The Four Season) with rising star Rachell Ellen Wong and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and excerpts from Water Music.


American Symphony Orchestra Presents Brooklyn Bridge Park’s ‘Sounds at Sunset Series’ ~ September 23

The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents three free concerts of chamber music on September 16, 23, and 30 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, as part of the Sounds at Sunset series. All concerts are performed and curated by ASO members and take place on Thursdays at 6:00PM. Each evening offers some of NYC’s finest talents performing music that ranges from Baroque to Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz as the sun sets over the New York City skyline.


Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA, Chapter 6 ~ September 23

Image caption: Still from Piecing Myself Back Together After The World Has Ended. Image Alt Text: A triptych of images zoomed in to soil, grass, and orange fungus. American Sign Language (ASL) and Real-Time Captioning (CART) will be available during the event.

Kiyan Williams: Piecing Myself Back Together After The World Has Ended ~ exhibition curated by Jessica A. Cooley and Ann M. Fox.

Working fluidly across sculpture, video, and performance, Kiyan Williams is attracted to quotidian, unconventional materials and methods that evoke the historical, political, and ecological forces that shape individual and collective bodies. Piecing Myself Back Together After The World Has Ended is a new video in a series of works which furthers the artist’s aesthetic and conceptual exploration of Blackness, ecology, and trans/gressive subjectivity; wherein bodies are in process, oscillate in legibility, and blur the boundaries between self and other forms of sentient life.


Affordable Art Fair NYC ~ September 23-26

The Affordable Art Fair will be in NYC from September 23-26 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Over 70 local, national and international exhibitors will showcase original work from over 300 contemporary artists. Ranging between $100 and $10,000, the diverse and carefully curated selection is truly Affordable.


Matthew Whitaker Celebrates Release of New Album at Harlem Stage ~ September 25

Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker will be celebrating the release of his new album, Connection, with a live concert at Harlem Stage on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30pm!


Madison Avenue: Welcome Back Saturdays ~ September 25

Shop with your dog on Saturday, September 25th as The Madison Avenue B.I.D. works in partnership with The Humane Society of New York, who will provide pet-related programming throughout the day.



Dante, Opera and Shining Shoes: Rituals of My Italian Grandpa’s Life in Dante Park with Performance Artist, LuLu LoLo ~ September 26

Image courtesy LuLu LoLo productions.

Performance and visual artist playwright/actor LuLu LoLo brings to life memories of her Italian immigrant grandfather Giovanni Pascale who died before she was born. Through family lore, he was a man of myth to her. Grandpa Giovanni loved opera, the poetry of Dante, and shined shoes for a living. This performance celebrates his life with operatic arias and accordion performed by tenor, Aaron Halevy; and with poet Angelo Zeolla reciting in both Italian and English an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia (commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death September 14,1321).


Terence Blanchard’s ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Opening at Marcus Garvey Park ~ September 27

Fire Shut Up in My Bones

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will present a free, live simulcast of the Opening Night performance of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones-the first opera by a Black composer ever performed by the Met-on Monday, September 27 at 6:30pm ET in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. The performance will also be seen on multiple screens in Times Square, a tradition that returns for its 15th season. Approximately 1,700 seats will be available in Marcus Garvey Park, and 2,000 seats will be available in Times Square, all on a first-come, first-served basis. These audiences will be joining the 3,600 audience members who will be attending inside the opera house.


Sing for Hope One-Day Event on Liberty Plaza ~ September 29

NEW YORK – September 21, 2021 – The beloved Sing for Hope Pianos will return to 28 Liberty Plaza on Wednesday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. when Sing for Hope launches 10 artist-designed pianos for anyone and everyone to play as a one-day-only special event. Each of the 10 pianos celebrate a past collaboration with New York City artists. Sing for Hope will also present its Art for All Award to actress, dancer and singer-songwriter Daphne Rubin-Vega at the event.


Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror at The Whitney ~ September 29

Image credits:
Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper – Studio, N.Y.C, #8, 1958. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 19 7/8 × 16 in. (50.5 × 40.6 cm); image, 15 × 15 in. (38.1 × 38.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Leonard A. Lauder 2020.14. © 2021 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The radical, inventive art of Jasper Johns (b. 1930) continues to influence today’s artists like few others. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will stage a simultaneous retrospective—the largest of Johns’s seven-decade career—that offers a fresh take on the living legend. From his iconic flags to lesser-known and recent works, the exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints—nearly five hundred artworks across the two museums, many of which are from Johns’s personal collection and will be shown publicly for the first time.


Ozier Muhammad: Events That Changed the World at Keith de Lellis Gallery ~ September 29

An usher at the United House of Prayer surrenders to the sound of the gospel, Harlem, New York, 1994

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. Our 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.


Erna Rosenstein. Once Upon a Time at Hauser & Wirth New York ~ September 30

Poświata (Afterglow), 1968; oil on canvas; 58 x 66 cm (22 7/8 x 26 in); Photo Marek Gardulski. Erna Rosenstein © The Estate of Erna Rosenstein/Adam Sandauer; Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Foksal Gallery Foundation

Beginning 30 September, Hauser & Wirth will debut ‘Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time,’ the first monographic exhibition outside of Poland devoted to Erna Rosenstein (1913 – 2004). One of the key figures of the Polish avant-garde, Rosenstein’s wartime survival, commitment to Surrealism, and lifelong adherence to leftist ideologies course through a remarkable array of paintings, drawings, and assemblage sculptures, as well as poems, diaristic writings, and deceptively whimsical children’s stories.


Shaun Leonardo: Between Four Freedoms on Roosevelt Island ~ September 30

Rendering: Shaun Leonardo, Between Four Freedoms, 2021.
Courtesy of the artist and Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

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.


American Symphony Orchestra Presents Brooklyn Bridge Park’s ‘Sounds at Sunset Series’ ~ September 30

The American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) presents three free concerts of chamber music on September 16, 23, and 30 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace, as part of the Sounds at Sunset series. All concerts are performed and curated by ASO members and take place on Thursdays at 6:00PM. Each evening offers some of NYC’s finest talents performing music that ranges from Baroque to Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz as the sun sets over the New York City skyline.


Out East:

Hauser & Wirth South Hampton

Hauser & Wirth, 9 Main Street, Southampton, NY

Beginning this summer, Hauser & Wirth artists will present a number of significant outdoor sculptures in and around the Village of Southampton. Martin Creed’s multicolored neon work ‘EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT’ (2010) will be on view at the Parrish Art Museum beginning 28 May, while the gallery’s space will host several works by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida and French-American master Louise Bourgeois, whose large hanging sculptures, both ‘Untitled’ (2004) will hang amid the verdant branches of trees in the garden of the Southampton Arts Center.

Later in the summer, Hauser & Wirth will also present outdoor sculptural works by Nicole Eisenman and Henry Taylor. Executed in cast bronze and aluminum, Eisenman’s outdoor works are considered landmarks of her esteemed artistic practice.

© Henry Taylor, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ken Adlard

Henry Taylor’s monumental work ‘Untitled,’ (2020) – the artist’s first outdoor bronze sculpture – will have its US debut in conjunction with the artist’s solo exhibition at the gallery’s Southampton location, opening beginning July 1, 2021.

The Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

Image via Parrish Art Museum.

Some of the current exhibitions this month include Joel Meyerowitz: Images From Ground Zero After September 11 on view from September 10 to November 7, 2021.

Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim on view to November 7, 2021 and Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960 on view to October 24, 2021.


Robert Colescott: My Shadow at South Etna Montauk 

Robert Colescott: My Shadow will be on view to October 3, 2021


Heading North:

Suprina: The DNA Totem on The Walkway Over the Hudson

Suprina: The DNA Totem in Marcus Garvey Park, 2016

Let’s take a ride! This time, Upstate to Poughkeepsie/Highland, where the artist. Suprina Kenney will be exhibiting The DNA Totem on The Walkway Over the Hudson ~ a walking bridge that spans the 1.28 miles across the Hudson River, connecting Poughkeepsie to Highland, beginning July 26th


Fridman Gallery Beacon

Sahana Ramakrishnan, Ghost dance (Triumph of the dead) 2021; Oil on canvas; 72h x 54w in

Beyond Binaries, an exhibition featuring works by Basil Kincaid, Sahana Ramakrishnan and Milford Graves on view to October 18, 2021 in Beacon. On view to October 18, 2021.


UncleBrother in Hancock

UncleBrother building taken from GoogleMaps, 250 East Front Street in Hancock, NY

Kitchen and Gallery open all summer on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 – 9:00pm


KinoSaito Art Center Opens in Verplanck, New York on September 9th

KinoSaito Art Center in Verplanck, NY

KinoSaito is pleased to announce the opening of its art center in Verplanck, NY, a hamlet located along the Hudson River in Westchester County. The nonprofit art center in a newly renovated former Catholic School building consists of two large, light-filled galleries, live/work artist residency studios, a performance space, an arts education classroom and a café. A contemporary art center, it was established to recognize and extend the legacy of Japanese-American abstract painter and theater designer, Kikuo Saito (1939-2016), and to present art that honors his commitment to working across disciplines. KinoSaito will open on September 9th with a retrospective of Saito’s work, a reprisal of one of his theater pieces originally performed at La MaMa, and open studios of inaugural artists in residence Alexandra Rojas and  Jane Dickson. The art center will host special events from September 9 through September 12,  2021. KinoSaito Art Center is located at 115 7th Street, Verplanck, NY.


Still on View:


Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges at Austrian Cultural Forum through September 3, 2021

Lily Renée ~ Kitty and Was I Too Young For Love? comic strips, New York, 1949
Reprinted in: Trina Robbins: Babes In Arms: Women in the Comics During the Second World War. San Diego, 2017 Lily Renée Collection (reproduction

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York opened its doors to the presentation, Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bill Spira, and Paul Peter Porges, featuring works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria, the so-called “Anchluss,” in 1938. The exhibition showcases examples of their signature work in comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and, inn part, help contextualize their professional achievements.


#NYCFree on Little Island to September 5, 2021

NYC FREE, curated by Mikki Shepard, celebrates the creativity of New York City’s artists and the resilient spirit of all its people with four weeks of free live performances at Little Island. With performances occurring throughout the park every week, come and enjoy shows of innovative dance, experimental music, interactive poetry, late-night comedy, and more!


KAWS: WHAT PARTY at Brooklyn Museum on view to September 5

KAWS (American, born 1974). WHAT PARTY, 2020. Bronze, paint, 90 × 435/16 × 353/8 in. (228.6 × 110 × 89.9 cm). © KAWS. (Photo: Michael Biondo)

KAWS: WHAT PARTY is a sweeping survey featuring more than one hundred broad-ranging works, such as rarely seen graffiti drawings and notebooks, paintings and sculptures, smaller collectibles, furniture, and monumental installations of his popular COMPANION figures. It also features new pieces made uniquely for the exhibition along with his early-career altered advertisements. On view to September 5, 2021.


Laura Lappi, 7 x 7 (HOPE) on view to September 5, 2021

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Finnish-born, Queens-based artist Laura Lappi’s 7 x 7 (Hope) explores issues of space in New York City and the cost of living and housing, and how that impacts many communities. With this sculpture, Lappi draws attention especially to immigrant communities and their living conditions in Queens. While Queens is the New York City’s most culturally diverse borough welcoming immigrants from different backgrounds, its housing affordability is often out of a reach for many people.  The sculpture consists of a black wooden house structure that measures seven feet long, five feet wide and seven feet high, referring to the size of the average illegal basement room. Each wall has an embedded letter, creating a word H-O-P-E. Inside the structure a light is making the sculpture visible and glowing during the night. This exhibition is made possible by the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant, which supports the creation of site-specific public artworks by Queens-based artists for two sites within Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life at MoMA PS1 through September 6, 2021

Niki at The High Priestess in the Tarot Garden, Tuscany, Italy. 1985. Gelatin Silver Print. 8 ⅜ x 12 ⅜” (21.3 x 31.5 cm). Photo: Michiko Matsumoto © Michiko Matsumoto

MoMA PS1 presents the first New York museum exhibition of the work of visionary feminist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930‒2002). On view from March 11 to September 6, 2021, Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life will feature over 200 works created from the mid-1960s until the artist’s death, including sculptures, prints, drawings, jewelry, films, and archival materials. Highlighting Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with key social and political issues, the exhibition will focus on works that she created to transform environments, individuals, and society.


Art on the Corner on View through September 6, 2021

2780 Broadway, corner of 107th Street. Image courtesy of Art On The Corner

An exhibition of 24 paintings, photographs, and other artworks that reflect and celebrate the Upper West Side will open on June 5th, filing the windows of 2780 Broadway. The temporary gallery, prominently located at the corner of 107th Street, was formerly home to Bank Street Bookstore.


Mary Mattingly, Public Water: Watershed Core in Prospect Park on View to September 7, 2021

Mary Mattingly, Watershed Core, 2021. Installation at Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY. Photos by Manuel Molina Martagon

Mary Mattingly brings attention to the rarely-seen labor that humans (and non-humans) do to care for New York City’s drinking water. Visit her website for the full-story. Visit the installation in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The sculpture, a 10-foot-tall geodesic dome, is designed as a structural ecosystem covered in native plants that filter water in a gravity-fed system that mimics the geologic features of the watershed. Public Water: Watershed Core will be on view to September 7, 2021.


Cheryl Parry: The Magician’s Daughter (is a Painter) on view by Garment District Alliance through September 9, 2021

Artist Cheryl Parry. Images courtesy The Garment District Alliance

Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public from July 18 through September 9. The Magician’s Daughter (is a Painter) is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 16 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.


Born in Flames: Feminist Futures at Bronx Museum of the Arts to September 12, 2021

Tourmaline, Summer Azure, 2020

Born in Flames: Feminist Futures is a constellation of imagined world-scapes projected by fourteen contemporary artists. Set within the space of an exhibition, the artwork presented is a projection of the artists’ larger visions about futurity. Each section of the show is a microcosmic speculation on what could have been, what is, or what is to come. These worlds are steeped in lessons of our complicated pasts, peppered with the ravages of oppression but also blooming joys. Their work critically examines current struggles for equity by exploring strategies for justice and equality through multifaceted futurisms.


Jack Howard-Potter: Torso II, Swinging II, Messenger of the Gods (medium) on view to September 12, 2021

Image credit: photo by Reiko Yang, courtesy of the artist

Long Island City based sculptor, Jack Howard-Potter, makes large, often kinetic, figurative steel sculptures that can  be seen in city governments, sculpture parks and public art shows around the country.  The outdoor public arena is the perfect setting for the academic roots to be easily recognizable and accessible, bridging the gap between the fine art institution and the public. It all comes together in an effort to brighten the landscape and shift someone’s gaze to break the daily routine with something beautiful. Court Square Park is located at Court Square and Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, NY.


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

Ferris Wheel in Times Square to September 14, 2021

A rendering of the Ferris wheel. Photo credit Anthony George

This giant ferris wheel is a pop-up at the Crossroads of the World in Times Square only until September 14.


Something Broke: 2011-Windows-2021 at Storefront for Art and Architecture on view to September 15, 2021

Something Broke: 2011-Windows-2021 by Mariela Scafati. Graphic design by Julián Solí­s Morales. Organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2021.

Storefront for Art and Architecture opened Something Broke: 2011-Windows-2021, an exhibition by Buenos Aires-based artist Mariela Scafati that presents an installation of hand-painted posters lettered by the artist with her writings and reflections on art, activism, and community. The exhibition, hosted at Storefront’s gallery space at 97 Kenmare Street, is open Wednesday through Saturday until September 15th, 2021.


Xenobia Bailey ‘Mothership’ at Brookfield Place on view to September 17, 2021

Xenobia Bailey: Hallowed Be Their Names in The Winter Garden. Image via Brookfield Place.

Mothership pays homage to the African American homemaker, caregiver, and domestic worker through the humble aesthetic of the needle arts. Single-stitched hand-crochet coverings draped over wooden chairs are reminiscent of the creativity and nurturing practices of her mother’s domestic skills.


Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête at The Drawing Center through September 19, 2021

Huguette Caland, Homage to Pubic Hair, 1992. 10 x 10 inches (25.4 x 25.4 cm), ink on paper mounted on panel. Private collection.

Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête will be the artist’s most comprehensive solo museum exhibition. Bringing together works on paper and canvas from the past five decades—as well as caftans, mannequins, sculptures, and notebooks on and in which she wielded her pen—the exhibition will show how Caland used the candidness and mutability of the medium of drawing to challenge taboos associated with the representation of female sexuality.


Cow Parade 2021 on View to September 20, 2021

#CowParadeNYC on Instagram – in Industry City

Cow Parade NYC 2021 will be grazing across all five boroughs of New York City this month, benefiting the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver. Fifty life-size fiberglass cows, arriving in two poses (standing and grazing), will be painted by artists, designers and celebrity supporters, with each cow sponsored by businesses and individuals. The cows will then be put on display, (or put out to pasture) throughout the city’s five boroughs beginning August 18th, remaining on view until they are rounded up for the gala auction, which will take place in late September, 2021, with proceeds going to the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver.


Summerstage 2021 Season Through September 21, 2021

Image via

Check out this years SummerStage Season Brochure, ~ a bit pared-down, but with concerts, film screenings and performances in four parks including Ramsey Playfield Central Park, Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, and the Coney Island Amphitheater along the boardwalk. Check out a fabulous lineup.


The Summer Show at Living With Art Salon on view through September 21, 2021

The Summer Salon at Living with Art ~ Ceramics by Reuben Sinha, textile art by Tomo Mori. Image courtesy Connie Lee, Living with Art Salon

On the heals of the exhibition ‘At Home’, Living with Art Salon opens its doors to The Summer Salon, creating a unique and colorful conversation between Ceramics and Fiber Art. This new exhibition features the works of two artists ~ Reuben Sinha and Tomo Mori.


Melting Point at Heller Gallery on view to September 25, 2021

Amber Cowan (Copy), Fountain in Rosalene, 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Heller Gallery in collaboration with Ferrin Contemporary, will open its doors to Melting Point, a group exhibition of glass and ceramic artists whose use of the melting point is central to their practice. Featuring nearly 100 works by 22 artists. The artists, both established and emerging, explore the inherent physical qualities of materials that are formed and reformed by melting, as well as express their concern for the environmental melting point our planet seems to be approaching.


El Museo del Barrio, Estamos Bien-La Triennial 20/21 on view through September 26, 2021

Nyugen E. Smith b. 1976, Jersey City, NJ; lives and works in Jersey City, NJ

On March 13, 2021, El Museo del Barrio will open its doors toEstamos Bien ~ La Triennial 20/21, the museum’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art. The exhibition will feature more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.


Samantha Holmes: Mundilio/Little World at West Farms Square Plaza in the Bronx, on view through September 2021

Samantha Holmes, Mundilo/Little World at West Farms Square. Image credit: Liz Logan

Samantha Holmes collaborated with Bronx-based lacemakers to inform the traditional Puerto Rican lace patterns ‘woven’ into the steel. The installation is a monument to women’s work and the cultural dynamism of the Bronx. Here, the artist hopes to bring the softness of cotton into the resilience of steel, as the sculpture stretches across the plaza, “filling it with the colors and textures of the surrounding neighborhood ~ weaving this vibrant community the very fabric of the piece.”


Adrian Sas: Source to Spout in Riverside Park to October, 2021

Adrian Sas: Source to Spout can be seen throughout Riverside Park from 66th to 148th Streets. Image courtesy

Artist Adrian Sas augments our understanding of reality with an installation entitled ‘Source to Spout‘ in Riverside Park. by wrapping a series of panoramic photographs around drinking fountains throughout the park, Sas reveals the system of protected lands, reservoirs, and aqueducts which feeds these fountains.  This new and very refreshing installation will be on view from 64th street to 148th street throughout Riverside Park beginning June 18, 2021.


The Green at Lincoln Center on view Throughout The Fall, 2021

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

Lincoln Center Restart Stages transformed the Josie Robertson Plaza into approximately 14,000 square feet of open, park-like space. The Green will be on view through Fall, 2021.


The New Woman Behind the Camera at The Met on view to October 3, 2021

Unknown. Tsuneko Sasamoto, Tokyo, 1940. Inkjet print, 2020, 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in. x 7 3/16 in.). Courtesy Tsuneko Sasamoto / Japan Professional Photographers Society

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.


Dawoud Bey: An American Project at The Whitney on View Through October 3, 2021

Image: Dawoud Bey, Fred Stewart II and Tyler Collins, from the series “The Birmingham Project,” 2012. Archival pigment prints mounted on Dibond, 40 x 64 (101.6 x 162.6 cm). © Dawoud Bey. Courtesy Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA and Rennie Collection, Vancouver.

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.


The Obama Portraits at Brooklyn Museum of Art on view to October 24, 2021

Images via Brooklyn Museum of Art

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!


SHARE by Kaws at Rockefeller Center Plaza on view to October 29, 2021

SHARE by Kaws with image via Rockefeller Center

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’.


Pixar Putt at Pier A Open through October 2021

Image credit: Kelli Argott (Rockefeller) via Pixar Putt

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.


Kusama: Cosmic Nature on view at NYBG through October 31, 2021

Kusama, Him of Life. Illustrated Image via NYBG

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

Installation view, The Roof Garden Commission, Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts (detail), 2021. Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Hyla Skopitz

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.


Carol Bove: The séances aren’t helping on view at The Met through Fall, 2021

Installation view of The séances aren’t helping (detail) for The Facade Commission: Carol Bove, The séances aren’t helping, 2021. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Bruce Schwarz

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.


KaN Landscape Design + Caroline Mardok, The Plywood Protection Project on view to November 1, 2021

Image credit: courtesy of Worthless Studios

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.


Maya Lin: Ghost Forest in Madison Square Park on view through November 14, 2021

Image via Maya Lin Studio

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.


Martine Gutierrez: ANTI-CON by Public Art Fund on view to November 21, 2021

Martine Gutierrez: ANTI-CON. Image courtesy Public Art Fund

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.


Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days on view in City Hall Park to November 28, 2021

Melvin Edwards Song of the Broken Chains, 2020
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London © 2021 Melvin Edwards/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Presented by Public Art Fund at City Hall Park, New York City, May 4 to November 28, 2021.
Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.

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.


Jim Rennert: Timing, Inner Dialogue and Listen on view at Pershing Square through December 2021

Jim Rennert: Inner Dialogue. Image courtesy Cavalier Gallery

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.


Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment at The Rubin Museum of Art will be on view to January 3, 2022

Vajrabhairava; 15th century or later; Sino-Tibetan; polychromed wood; 53 1/4 x 50 3/4 x 30 3/4 in. (135.3 x 128.9 x 78.1 cm).; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund; 93.13a–oo

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.


Craft Front & Center at Museum of Arts & Design On View to February 13, 2022

Image—Indonesian Napkin Holder, 1984, Betty Woodman. Glazed earthenware; wheel-thrown, slab-built, altered, Museum of Arts and Design, New York; gift of Caren and Walter Forbes, 1997. © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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.


The High Line Art on view to March, 2022

Photo by Timothy Schenck. David Horvitz, the day of a thousand hours, 2021.

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).


Kim Carlino: Spectrum on view in The Garment District through March, 2022

Artist Kim Carlino creating her installation, ‘Spectrum’ for Garment District Alliance. Image courtesy Garment District Alliance and the Artist

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

Bloom #3 “Live in the Sunshine,” 2020/21, Bardiglio Imperiale marble, 47 x 51 x 51 inches. Broadway & 79th Street. Image courtesy of The Broadway Mall Association.

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.


Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal will be on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park to April 17, 2022

Claudia Wieser in her studio. Photo: Michael Schultze

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.


Zaq Landsbert: Reclining Liberty on view in Morningside Park through April, 2022

Reclining Liberty by artist Zaq Landsberg in Morningside Park, Harlem. Image courtesy Connie Lee, Public Art Initiative.

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.


Anina Gerchick: BIRDLINK in Crotona Park on view to May 21, 2022

Anina Gerchick: Birdlink. Image courtesy of the artist.

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.


Capucine Bourcart: Plastic Fantastic! on view in Harlem Art Park to June 26, 2022

Image courtesy of the artist

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.


Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain in Marcus Garvey Park on view through June 30, 2022

Taking a closer look. Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountain in Marcus Garvey Park

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.


Julio Valdez: I Can’t Breathe at Collyer Brothers Park on view to July 10, 2022

Julio Valdez: I Can’t Breathe on view at Collyer Brothers Park, Harlem

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, Untitled (drone) on the High Line Plinth through August, 2022

Sam Durant, Untitled (drone), 2016-2021 (rendering). Proposal for the High Line Plinth. Commissioned by High Line Art.

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.

See you in October!