There’s a lot going on in the month of February, from the celebration of Black History Month to the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, and a host of new installations and exhibits, including the relocation and opening of the Museum for Dogs here in New York. It’s a month to Pop the Question or Renew Vows on the famed Red Glass Steps. It’s a month to take a deep-dive into the life of #Frida at the Brooklyn Museum. Here are a few installations, exhibits and events to add to your February list, along with several that popped up late last month, and are still on view.
This year, Black History Month has a plethora of events and installations from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to The famed Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and NAMA, the oldest African American musical organization in the U.S. Here are a few destinations that celebrate Black History every day.
New York Shakespeare Exchange will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy directed by Brendan Averett from January 31 through February 10th. The Secret Theatre is located at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City
In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, JoAnne Artman Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, The Art of Fashion, featuring recent works by Jane Maxwell. Assorted works by artist Pedro Bonnin will also be on display in the gallery’s Projects Space.
What better way to kick-off an 85th anniversary than to announce a spectacular Winter/Spring 2019 Season ~ at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Check it out….
The inaugural exhibition, Sei Smith: Reflections 2 will open at the Ki Smith Gallery on February 2nd. The exhibition will focus on relationships between color, light, shadow, and atmosphere ~ widening the conversation of contemporary art.
And……on February 3rd, the fabulous Westbeth Stop N’ Swap – you don’t have to bring something to get something. Stop N’ Swap will open at Noon. The First Shoe Collection and Stop N’ Swap, both events at Westbeth in February.
Pest in the Garden is an installation by Jennie Thwing featuring a cut-paper animated garden and wall mural. The installation will be on view at Chashama’s One Brooklyn Bridge Park location, 360 Furman Street.
The art exhibition, John Driscoll: Slight Perturbations, is a collection of playful kinetic sound sculptures activated by visitors. Each instrument contains tiny microphones and speakers, emitting feedback at ultrasonic frequencies above our hearing level. This exhibition will be on view through February 16th.
On February 3, at 2pm, John Driscoll + Cecila Lopez will be performing Speaking in Tongues and Listening Out Loud. As part of his ongoing exhibition, Slight Perturbations, John Driscoll will perform two compositions: Speaking in Tongues, using an array of ultrasonic instruments, and Listening Out Loud, a bowed saw duet with Cecilia Lopez.
While you’re there, enjoy Dana Levy: The Weight of Things.
The Fridman Gallery is located at 169 Bowery, Between Delancey and Broome Streets, NYC
February 5th officially kicks-off the Chinese Lunar New Year ~ The Year of the Pig. It is said that those born in the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) are realistic, energetic, enthusiastic and a little materialistic. There are so many ways to celebrate. Here are just a few suggestions…..
Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to Light & Dark: Portraits of Distinguished African Americans on February 7th, and we are saving the date. The group exhibition of portraits depicts distinguished African American figures of the 20th century. Included are famed musicians, actors, writers, boxers, and more. These artists were photographed by noted documentary and portrait photographers, including Flip Schulke, Chuck Stewart, Carl Van Vechten, and David Attie.
GR Gallery will open its doors to the first solo exhibition by West Coast graffiti and urban culture pioneer, Dave Persue, with the exhibition Persue: Liminal Space. The work highlights Persue’s signature artwork, including the iconic Bunny Kitty and Wet Paint paintings, taking viewers through the artist’s career, and revealing a new body of work that will include 20 new pieces created specifically for this exhibition, along with a mural painting on the walls of the gallery.
The American Kennel Club has relocated its headquarters from St. Louis, Missouri to the Kalikow Building on Park Avenue, where The Museum of the Dog will occupy a large, windowed ground-level space running along 40th street, and additional space on two upper floors. The new museum will house one of the largest collections of dog art in the world, from paintings to sculptures.
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.
Destruction and Transformation: Vernacular Photography and the Built Environment examines the decisive role of vernacular photography in capturing the convulsive cycles of change that define modernist topographies. This exhibition is free and open to the public with an Opening Reception on February 7th from 6-8pm at the Walther Collection Project Space, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718, NYC.
The much anticipated Hill Art Foundation will open its doors in Chelsea with the inaugural exhibition, Maybe Maybe Not: Christopher Wool and the Hill Collection, 21 works by Christopher Wool, on February 9th.
The title, Refiguring the Future, is inspired by artist Morehshin Allahyari’s work defining a concept of “refiguring” as a feminist, de-colonial, and activist practice.
Informed by the punk ethos of do-it-yourself (DIY), the 18 artists featured in Refiguring the Future deeply mine the historical and cultural roots of our time, pull apart the artifice of contemporary technology, and sift through the pieces to forge new visions of what could become.
Chelsea Market will unveil Carl Roodman: Japan to Indonesia, 1961 to 1963, a photo exhibit, on display throughout the entire concourse of the Market.
Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem Panel Discussion at SVA Theatre ~ February 12, 2019
The Studio Museum in Harlem is partnering with The American Federation of Arts (AFA) to present Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a major traveling exhibition comprised of over one-hundred works by nearly eighty artists from the 1920s to present. The exhibition is not on view in New York, however there will be a panel discussion, moderated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, catalogue contributor, with panelists Connie H. Choi, exhibition curator; Willie Cole, artist; Steffani Jemison, artist; and Robert Pruitt, artist to be held at the SVA Theatre on February 12th. The catalogue will be available for purchase at the event.
Explore items from The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s collection of archival material related to an image that became an epochal symbol of transatlantic slavery – The Slave Ship. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center.
Nari Ward: We the People will open at the New Museum, featuring over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installation, in a first museum survey in New York of his work.
Nine finalists once again vied to be the winner of the 2019 Annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition ~ And the winner is….. Reddymade! Get ready to Pop the Question or Renew your Vows?
Howl! Happening opens its doors to Homo Eruptus, a new body of work by Scooter LaForge, including large, mural-size paintings ‘that mine the artist’s fertile inner emotional realm.’
Here you’ll find a full sensory experience, rounded off by the worlds most renowned electronic music acts ~ on Saturday, February 16th at The Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn.
This third annual “Culture in a Changing America” will feature keynote speeches, open studios and interactive workshops. The symposium will conclude with a conversation moderated by The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Director and Chief Curator, Thelma Golden, with choreographer, director and dancer, Bill T. Jones, the Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph, visual artist, Julie Mehretu, and musician Toshi Reagon, centered on the state of American culture in the age of Trump, followed by a musical performance by Toshi Reagon and special guests.
Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree consists of a 91-foot-long walkway with open, trussed sides and a shingled roof, with a set of stairs at the midpoint that climb and descend over a small evergreen tree. It will be located on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.
Coinciding with The Public Art Fund installation of Siah Armajani: Follow This Line, The MET Breuer will feature nearly one hundred works by Siah Armajani made over the past 60 years, accompanied by a major publication by the Walker Art Center.
Drawing for Print: Mind Fucks, Culture Klashes, Pulp Fiction & Pulp Fact ~ an exhibition examining the mind and career of R. Crumb, on view from February 21 to April 6, 2019 at David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street in Chelsea.
The 17th annual Orchid Show, at the New York Botanical Garden, will be a tribute to Singapore, the vibrant “City in a Garden.” It will be one view from Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Derrick Adams: Interior Life is an exhibition of new works, curated by Francesco Bonami. In this exhibition, Adams was inspired by a tenet of Catholic theology that describes “a life which seeks God in everything” ~ a mediation on the intimate spaces of one’s mind and home, each an analog for the other.
Organized annually by the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA), The Art Show benefits the Henry Street Settlement.
Fremin Gallery will open its doors in their new, expanded Chelsea space, on February 28th, with the inaugural exhibition, Ink Stories by Reka Nyari.
Finnish photographer, Reka Nyari places her Ink Stories series into the canon of unfettered female imagery with the tales of four women and their response to struggle and pain.
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With over 150 artworks in the exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history.
The exhibit divides an enormous space of 16,000 square feet into separate rooms and tunnels, curated by Darren Romanelli, a leader in experiential art and a specialist in re-appropriating classic brands. Disney and Romanelli confirm that this exhibit is the biggest Disney experience to come to New York City in several decades. A dozen art artists from around the country are contributing to the exhibition. Mickey: The True Original will be on view from November 8 through February 10 at 60 Tenth Avenue, NYC.
The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay partner to present an exhibition entitled Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today in New York and Le Modèle noir, de Géricault à Matisse in Paris.
The first Black & White Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club took place in 1878. Now, following the tradition, SCNY Black & White Exhibition 2019 will be on view through February 14, 2019. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, between 11th/12th Streets, and opens at 1:00pm every day.
David Zwirner kicks-off the New Year with a significant group of works by American artist Charles White (1918–1979) on the second floor of the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. On view for the first time since the 1970s will be four monumentally scaled ink and charcoal drawings made by the artist as studies for the figures in his mural Mary McLeod Bethune, completed in 1978 for the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, as well as related preparatory works and ephemera documenting the project—White’s last major artistic endeavor during his lifetime.
More at David Zwirner, as the Gallery presents a group exhibition curated by Hilton Als, which will feature works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Richard Avedon, Karl Bissinger, Beauford Delaney, Marlene Dumas, Glenn Ligon, Cameron Rowland, Kara Walker, and James Welling, among other artists. The exhibition will be on view from January 10 to February 16, 2019 at David Zwirner, 525 & 533 West 19th Street, NYC.
Fort Gansevoort is kicked-off the new year with the exhibition, The Big Easy, featuring new work by New Orleans, Louisiana-based artist Keith Duncan. Keith Duncan is a visual storyteller, depicting stories both familiar to all and those specific to New Orleans, with a focus on a multidimensional approach both in subject matter and material.
Bernarducci Gallery opens its doors to New York Cool, a group exhibition of New Precisionist painters. The subjects capture many elements; landscapes, still life, figures, nature, and fantasy with unique and original images.
Pour: Heather Day & Kathryn Macnaughton will open at Joshua Liner Gallery this week. This two-person exhibition features new works on canvas from San Francisco-based Heather Day and Toronto-based Kathryn Macnaughton.
Smack Mellon currently has two thoughtful and colorful solo exhibitions running concurrently ~ Bonnie Collura, Prince and Rachelle Mozman Solano, Metamorphosis of Failure. Smack Mellon.
This is Ella Kruglyanskaya’s third solo exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, which will occupy the second and fourth floors of the gallery. In addition, Michel Auder: Fictional Art Film from January 13 to February 24, 2019
On the heals of the colorful installation, Candy Nation by Laurence Jenkell, the Garment District Alliance kicks-off the New Year with the installation, Iceberg.
Power to the People will be on view from January 17 to February 28, 2019 with an Opening Reception on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6-8pm. the Arsenal Gallery is located at 830 Fifth Avenue in Central Park. This is a Free Event.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to A 3 Person Show featuring the works of Eric Freeman, Nathan Rittenpusch, and Brian Willmont on January 31st, with each artist defining their art in their own precise and distinctive style.
The Broadway Mall Association presented the art installation for Spring/Winter 2018 ~ Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreamsawake. Artist, Kathy Ruttenberg created six site-specific sculptures that run along the Broadway Mall from 64th Street to 157th Street that continue to draw crowds each day. The installation has been extended through February, 2019.
The exhibition Egon Schiele: In Search of the Perfect Line will mark the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death in 1918 with nearly 50 watercolors and drawings, including several iconic self-portraits, at Galerie St. Etienne NYC.
Dust Specks on the Sea: contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haiti on view to March 2, 2019
Hunter East Harlem Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, Dust Specks on the Sea: Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haitiopening on November 7, 2018. Dust Specks on the Seafocuses on sculptural works by over twenty contemporary artists from Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, and Haiti and addresses the various positionings of the postcolonial condition in this region.
The Socrates Annual is on view at Socrates Sculpture Park. For the 2018 exhibition, projects range from a decolonial greenhouse to audio-sculptural portraits of Queens hip-hop legends. Approaches vary among community-centered pedagogy and production, material experimentation, and redeployment of historical forms of construction, among others. This year contemporary and historical land-use is examined by several artists in projects including a labyrinth of fences and gates, and a steel and textile installation that traces the East River ecology of waste flows through land, water, and biological life. Additionally, several artists employ representations of the human figure, perhaps suggesting a time for reflection upon the Humanist philosophies that seem precarious with looming climate change and ongoing political conflict.
Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Pen + Brush will be kicking-off the New Year with the exhibition, Furies, Fairies, Visionaries. This exhibition will address such timely issues as gender, age, sexuality ~ the evolution of urban and natural environments, and the impact of technology through the works of thirty artists who will utilize the visual languages of both fantasy and abstraction to claim and create space.
The exhibition Andy Warhol ~ From A to B and Back Again at The Whitney Museum of American Art is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. On view are more than 350 works of art, many assembled together for the first time. Below are just a few of the images in this exhibition, along with the story behind them. Plan on spending the day.
Sugar Hill Songbook: Select Work by Faith Ringgold features a collection of works on paper, soft sculptures, quilts, and illustrations inspired by the rich cultural and political heritage of the artist’s home of Sugar Hill.
More than 50 works of craft, art, design and jewelry acquired for Museum of Arts and Design’s permanent collection over the past five years, including works by artists Derrick Adams, El Anatsui (above), David Bielander, Sanford Biggers, Wendell Castle, Judy Chicago, and more.
Metamorphoses: Ovid According to Wally Reinhardt is the largest solo museum exhibition of this New York-based octogenarian artist. Since the 1980s, Reinhardt has exclusively depicted scenes from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, creating vivid, whimsical illustrations in colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache that recount the Roman poet’s time-honored myths. From a deformed figure staring at her reflection in Medusa Regarding the Head She is About to Lose to the demise of the grotesque, labyrinth-dwelling monster in Theseus Slays the Minotaur, Reinhardt portrays these classic tales with wickedly satirical wit and cheeky captions. While elaborate, decorative borders can reference ancient Roman frescoes and mosaics, he also imbues his works with a modern-day spin. Organized by the Grey Art Gallery, Metamorphoses features some 50 scenes from the series comprising more than 200 works, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. The exhibition will also coincide with the conference “Ovid and Art,” taking place April 4, 2019, organized by NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies in collaboration with the Grey Art Gallery and the Department of Art History ~ on view to April 6, 2019.
Fritz Ascher: Expressionist presents works by this German Jewish artist, who lived through the Weimar Republic, the Nazi regime, and into the postwar years. With the support of prominent Berlin painter Max Liebermann, Fritz Ascher (1893–1970) studied in Berlin before traveling to Oslo, where he met Edvard Munch. During a prolonged stay in Munich, he associated with the artists who contributed to Simplicissimus magazine, and back in Berlin, he fell in with the artists of Die Brücke. His early work is steeped in old myths, spirituality, and reflections on the human condition. From 1933 he was forbidden to produce, exhibit, or sell his art. Interned at the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in 1938, he survived the Nazi era mostly in hiding, writing poetry. After 1945 he returned to painting, expressing his inner turmoil in colorful, mystical landscapes devoid of human figures. The exhibition comprises 75 paintings and works on paper, ranging from Ascher’s early academic studies to his final landscapes. Fritz Ascher: Expressionist is organized by the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., and accompanied by an illustrated catalogue – on view to April 6, 2019
Beginning 24 January, Hauser & Wirth will present its first exhibition devoted to Günther Förg since announcing representation of the artist’s estate in June 2018, with the exhibition Günther Förg: Works from 1986-2007.
Also at Hauser & Wirth, ‘Dark Years’ by Luchita Hurtado, focuses on the artist’s early works from the 1940s to the 1950s, a period defined by prolific experimentation.
In celebration of what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture opened its doors to the exhibition, CRUSADER: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Madison Square Park will be kicking off its Fall season with the new art installation entitled Full Steam Ahead by artist Arlene Shechet. This installation consists of a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north end of Madison Square Park.
Revolution from Without..., the first in a two-year series of exhibitions under the larger title Revolutionary Cycles, will feature five artists and two collectives – Tania Bruguera, Tony Cokes, Chto Delat, Raqs Media Collective, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, and Mark Wallinger – whose practices engage structures of power that determine who is entitled to, and excluded from, access to human rights and positions of privilege. The title suggests that social and political change can come from the margins of the polity, motivated by conditions of being without: without rights, without capital, without representation. Each artist specifically addresses key political and historical moments in which the articulation of rights has been…
Imagine A World: Revolution from Without will be on view from January 17 to May 4, 2019 at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC
The exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth will open at The Morgan Library & Museum on January 25th. The exhibition is the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.
Lever House is kicking-off the new year with Adam McEwen: 10, Feels like 2, an installation that will transform the large open space into a glass ice box!
The Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts announce the Future Culture 2018 Public Art Program Winners ~ Sonic Gates + Court Yard Fridays ~ a series of eight public artworks, which will be installed in July, consisting of eight sound sculptures, one murals, and four world music concerts, created by, and featuring Staten Island-based artists and community members.
June 16th, 2018 brought inHarlem back to Marcus Garvey Park, with the eight site-specific installations Maren Hassinger: Monuments. Take a walk with us, beginning on 124th Street at the Fifth Avenue entrance.
Race, Myth, Art, and Justice celebrates a community of voices who illuminate how art continues to serve as a powerful tool for justice. As part of CCCADI’s commitment to public engagement and collaboration, the curators invited thirteen dynamic scholars, activists, artists, and writers to reflect on the exhibition’s works.
As part of the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant, the installation Karla & James Murray: Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S. displays wood-framed sculptures of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, no longer in business.
Harlem Stage announced its Spring 2019 Calendar and tickets are on sale! From January through June, feast on a smorgasbord of events to add to your list during the New Year.
Tanda Francis’ work examines the African presence in public space as a powerful force of beauty and cultural relevance. Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture, Francis also incorporates Victorian and colonial ornamentation into her work. Adorn Me will address the underrepresentation of this demographic in public artworks, and provide a healing message during a time of heated debate over monuments erected as symbols of oppression and control.
The exhibition Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India focuses on early painting styles that emerged in the Pahari courts of North India during the 17th and 18th centuries, featuring some 20 of the most refined paintings produced in South Asia during this period. This exhibition will be on view to July 21, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Floor 3, NYC
The artist Rebecca Manson invites viewers to “Come Closer and the View Gets Wilder” with her art installation in Tribeca Park.
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative unveiled the installation Present Histories: An East Harlem Photo Album by artist Kathleen Granados in the Harlem Art Park, East Harlem. This is an ongoing installation, with the artist continuing to accept images from residents, and adding to a unique collection exploring the history of East Harlem by the people who live there.
We have followed the artist Andre Trenier from the Audubon Mural Project in Hamilton Heights to #100GatesProject in East Harlem. Now, this lifelong Bronx resident presents “Rep Your Flag”—an homage to the immigrant communities that give the Bronx its strength. The 16 included flags were determined directly from community feedback: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Pan-African, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad and Tobago. This exhibition is presented by the ArtBridge.
Peaceful Perch by Kim Dacres and Daniel A. Matthews is a figurative bust-like sculpture that will sit elevated, as an honored monument of watchfulness, embodying the ubiquitous presence of race and the female form, and celebrating women of color, their unique features and hair as the artist experiences it, reflected in her neighborhood in Harlem. Sculpture by Kim Dacres ~ Perch by Daniel A. Matthews.
While you’re in Marcus Garvey Park, take a walk up to the top of the Acropolis, where the Park is preparing for the return of the historic fire watchtower in Spring, 2019 ~ and Maren Hassinger: Monuments (listed above) on view to June 10, 2019, and I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me (below).
The Lincoln Square BID and American Folk Art Museum are partnering to create a new public art project on the Broadway Mall between 60th and 70th Streets. The painting will take place on Friday, October 12th from 9:30am to 5:00pm, when they will be working with New York Cares volunteers.
I Don’t Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ah me….. by José Carlos Casadoacknowledges how little he knows of the black woman’s experience, but as an immigrant, gay man and new father, he found a personal connection to the poem entitled Sympathy by African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar that inspired writer/poet/activist Maya Angelou’s American classic. Accompanying the physical sculpture is an augmented reality component making the sculpture interactive.
The artist Mark Paul Deren, aka MADSTEEZ completed a large-scale, multi-layered painting of the basketball court located at West 140th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in St. Nicholas Park. The exhibition is presented by Mountain Dew and will be on view to October 18, 2019. More info and pictures at designboom.com
The Rubin Museum of Art will dedicate its 2019 exhibitions, programs, and experiences to the theme of power, focusing on how visitors can activate the power that exists “within and between us.” Drawing on a diverse range of sources and perspectives, from contemporary art to scientific theories to Buddhist philosophies, the Rubin Museum will explore secular and religious systems of power as well as personal and collective agency. The timely, year-long exhibition Power: Within and Between Us will begin January 1, 2019.
The well-known street artists known as #TatsCru just finished a colorful ode to New York, its street art and Lower East Side history, remembering the man who created the canvas we know today as the Bowery Wall, Tony Goldman, and Keith Haring, the first to create on the wall (1982). Let’s take a closer look.