Now in Phase 4, our City continues to open its doors, navigating cautiously, keeping social distance and wearing masks. The green light has been given to low-risk venues like zoos and botanical gardens. Several galleries are now open with timed registration or limited capacity. Outdoor dining puts us one-step closer to ‘almost back to normal’, while indoor dining and bars remain off-limits for now. Here are a few suggestions for outdoor art installations, new indoor exhibits, and online viewing rooms to look forward to in August, 2020.
A spectacular new series, Studio: Kerry James Marshall, was unveiled at David Zwirner Gallery’s Online Viewing Room. The paintings reference John James Audubon’s nineteenth-century magnum opus, The Birds of America, bringing the Black figure back into the narrative of the Western canon. Studio: Kerry James Marshall will be in the Online Viewing Room through August 30, 2020.
Watch Kerry James Marshall in-conversation.
Liberty Bell is an animated, monumental, and richly sonorous augmented reality (AR) drawing in 360 degrees. The public artwork will be geolocated at a series of sites and experienced on smartphones and tablets through Baker Cahill’s free 4th Wall app. This project, which is two years in the making, lives at the vibrant intersection of public art, social consciousness, and tech. It is being presented simultaneously in six cities in the United States: Boston, MA, Charleston, SC, Philadelphia, PA, Rockaway, NY, Selma, AL, and Washington, DC.
Also on tap in our area with Art Production Fund, Ryan Flores, Low Life’s: An Upside Down Love Letter at Rockefeller Center.
Rockefeller Center is celebrating New York with a temporary art installation of 193 flag images created by artists surrounding the Rink. The images conger up ways we celebrate the diverse culture, vibrant energy and strength of our City.
The Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba opened its doors to a beautiful collection entitled, The Currency of Meaning and Other Tales, an exhibition of abstract paintings created over more than sixty-years between 1953 and 2019.
Now, with New York City in Phase 3, Hauser & Wirth has opened the doors to its new building located at 542 West 22nd Street in Chelsea. The 36,000 square-foot, Selldorf Architects designed building includes a bookshop, crafted cafe and bar, and large flexible-configuration gallery spaces with site-specific artist interventions in such areas as stairways and elevators.
Living with Art, the uptown salon-style gallery, re-opened with the installation Pattern Migration ~ works by artists Capucine Bourcart and Beatrice Lebreton.
Join The Jewish Museum for an online workshop exploring the road of public art in society. Hear from Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman, Chief Curator at Madison Square Park Conservancy. Register for Zoom link.
Looking forward to the Museum’s outdoor installation of a mural by artist Lawrence Weiner, with date to be announced.
August 4 ~ Virtual Talk: The Racially Segregated Black Fives Era of Basketball
August 5 ~ Equity & Justice Poster Design During COVID
August 6 ~ Virtual Talk & Tasting: Cheese Posters!
Fotografiska New York’s Lobby and Shop will reopen to the public starting on Wednesday, August 5th. The Shop will be open Wednesday-Sunday 11am – 6pm. Special shopping hours will also be reserved for our Members on Friday and Saturday from 10:00am – 11am, where they will receive special perks such as complimentary coffee. Doors will reopen with enhanced hygiene and safety measures to help keep shoppers and staff safe. Shoppers can expect to find The Shop’s signature retail merchandise, discover unique accessories and gifts from around the globe, explore a curated collection of photography and arts books, and learn more about the museum’s upcoming exhibitions while browsing the latest collection of master box prints and collectable posters.
Fremin Gallery will reopen its doors on August 6th with a new summer exhibition aptly titled ‘Long Weekend.’ This exhibition will feature the gallery’s long-standing roster of artists, as well as some new names, with a focus on travel and dreamscape locations. They include: Johnston Foster, Christophe Pouget, Antoine Rose, Steve Schlackman, Anne Valverde, Reiko Yagi, Pascal Goet.
El Museo del Barrio announces Popular Painters and Other Visionaries, the museum’s first online exhibition that examines the work of 30 artists from the Americas and the Caribbean. Curated by El Museo’s Chief Curator, Rodrigo Moura, and originally planned as an in-person experience, the exhibition was adapted as a virtual presentation that will be on view from August 6 to November 8, 2020.
Curating during the Pandemic ~ Join the conversation on August 6th, free admission to Zoom with RSVP.
Contemporary artist Kris Perry’s monumental sculpture Mother Earth will be installed at Rockaway Beach (Queens) as part of the NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, which brings both experimental and traditional art to the public in locations throughout the five boroughs.
Taking a moment to spotlight Chinatown’s unique history of outdoor advertising, this virtual program by design historian Thomas Rinaldi will explore the ways in which graphic design, technology, and cultural undercurrents converged to produce one of New York’s quintessential urban landscapes. Free Registration.
Davina Semo: Reverberation will unveil In Brooklyn Bridge Park this August. This installation of new large-scale bronze bells will explore our relationship to industrial materials and the built environment that we encounter every day.
NYC DOT Art Community Commission and The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance partnered to install a timely and pertinent new art installation in Harlem. Kenseth Armstead: Boulevard of African Monarchs arrived on 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard on August 13, 2020.
On August 13, Kevin Kwan, author of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, and a new book, Sex and Vanity, will share his escapades with China’s newly minted billionaire taitais as they quietly snap up haute couture baubles at the Paris fashion shows ~ One cream silk (and very expensive) Christian Dior ball gown, worn by Chinese actress Fei Fei Sun, perfectly captures the emergence of the Super Rich Chinese onto the global stage. This will be Episode 1 1: Kevin Kwan of The Story of China, One Object at a Time, a New Online Video Series. Free Registration.
The New York Historical Society will open on August 14th with the free, outdoor exhibition, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine, in its rear courtyard. The Museum will reopen on September 11th.
HARLEM WEEK is an annual festival that celebrates one of the world’s most culturally rich neighborhoods with conferences, seminars, music, food, and more. This year’s digital HARLEM WEEK, from Sunday, August 16 to Saturday, August 23, brings the culture, history, resilience, and strength of Harlem to the world.
OK ~ we won’t be able to gather quite the way we’ve done in the past, but gather we will ~ Online where you can dance, taste and shop. Here are a few suggestions. Let’s Celebrate!
Just in time for this months celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and Women’s Equality Day, New York City’s Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo unveiled the exhibit #IfThenSheCan, a new monumental 3D-printed display of 122 female statues ~ the most women statues ever assembled in one location, at one time.
Lévy Gorvy New York re-opens its doors with Francesco Clemente: Watercolors on August 17. The exhibition surveys three decades of work in the medium. Concurrently on view at the gallery in New York, Pat Steir: Waterfall Paintings on Paper.
Embark on a virtual journey through the Paris portion of Alphonse Mucha’s career, as featured in the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme that recently debuted at Poster House. Q&A with the museum’s Chief Curator, Angelina Lippert, to follow. Free Registration.
In anticipation of its reopening on August 29, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will unveil tomorrow a timely new work of art on its Fifth Avenue facade—for the first time dedicating the spaces usually used for exhibition banners to display art. The work, Yoko Ono’s DREAM TOGETHER(2020), offers a powerful message of hope and unity to the world. Created by the artist in response to the global COVID-19 crisis, the two banners, measuring 24 x 26 feet, are composed of black letters on a white field, with the word “DREAM” placed south of the Museum’s main entrance and the word “TOGETHER” to the north.
Presented by LMCC in partnership with Westfield World Trade Center, with support from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of River To River 2020: Four Voices. Exclusive print partner: Absolut Art.
Poster House Museum will earmark August 20th for reopening, with the first week of access for Members-only. The Museum will be following New York State and City guidelines and timelines, adapting to ensure safety.
Visitors will find restrictions to the number of people admitted at one time, and face masks will be a must. Check each museum’s website for visiting information specific to their institution.
Gillie and Marc bring King Nyani to Hudson Yards ~ August 24
To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc have created a massive sculpture of the animal that will be unveiled later this month in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for gorilla, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture.
The New York Aquarium will reopen on Monday, August 24th for Members,, and on Thursday, August 27th to all guests. Advance tickets required.
Each year on August 26th we celebrate Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of women’s suffrage in the United States. But this year, 2020, we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Here are a few suggestion on how to celebrate Monday, August 26th.
Monumental Women’s Statue Fund has commissioned and endowed a monument in Central Park honoring pioneers in the battle for Woman Suffrage and the movement for women’s rights, scheduled for installation on August 26, 2020. The Monument will also be included in the Talking Statues Project, with actors portraying each of the three monumental women. Actors Jane Alexander and America Ferrera will be the voice of Susan B. Anthony; Viola Davis and Zoe Saldana will be the voice of Sojourner Truth; and Meryl Streep and Rita Moreno will be the voice of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This exciting announcement is in honor of the 172nd Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention in July, 2020.
Tune in to this live cooking event where Nom Wah’s chefs will guide you through two authentic Chinese recipes highlighted in their upcoming cookbook The Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 100 Years at New York City’s Iconic Dim Sum Restaurant.
As part of El Museo del Barrio’s year-long initiative ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21, the museum announces the debut of Somxs Podemx, a newly commissioned video by Puerto Rican performance duo Poncilí Creación, on Thursday, August 27 at 6pm. Known for their fantastical and improvisational approach to puppetry, the collective – composed of identical twin brothers Pablo and Efrain Del Hierro – describe their practice as “speculative alchemy.” For Somxs Podemx, the group takes to the streets for a durational progression across the neighborhoods of San Juan, Poncilí Creación’s hometown and where they have been in quarantine during the global pandemic.
Reopening with new, reduced hours from 11am to 7pm from Thursday through Sunday. Online ticketing platform for timed admissions.
Fotografiska New York will re-open its doors on Friday, August 28th, 2020, with a preview for members on Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 27th. The Museum is excited to finally present its Spring, 2020 exhibition ~ as we approach Fall. The doors will open on specific days and times, and with enhanced COVID-19 safety measures, which you can find at the end of this post.
Celebrate legendary jazz icon Charlie Parker’s 100 birthday! Find the Event on SummerStage Instagram on Saturday, August 29th from 10am to 5pm.
The MET Fifth Avenue will reopen on August 29th with three new exhibitions. Read visitor guidelines. Member Preview, July 27-28. The MET Cloisters will open in September.
New York-based Magician, David Blaine, will turn our attention from our current serious state of affairs to wondrous, def defying and maybe a little silly. Blaine will float across the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey holding a cluster of helium-filled balloons.
Still on View:
The Salmagundi Club Re-Opened its Doors to The Coast Guard Art Program on view through August 7, 2020
As New York City moves to step beyond the restrictions of COVID19, it is only appropriate that the Salmagundi Club re-opens its main floor gallery on June 30 with an exhibition of works depicting the United States Coast Guard, first responders in their own right.
Suzanne Scott: A Particular Group of Women at a Particular Place in Time at Art of Our Century on view through August 23
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the solo exhibition of paintings by Suzanne Scott is a selection of nontraditional portraits based upon the fingerprints of exceptional women, each one a maverick in their own right.
Jean-Marie Appriou: The Horses arrived on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, following Mark Manders: Tilted Head. Curated by Public Art Fund Curator, Daniel S. Palmer, the massive equine sculptures stand like surreal sentinels at the entrance to Central Park.
Spending time with artist Susan Stair brings a whole new meaning to the trees that fill our green spaces. As we watched her work to create the clay molds for her next installation, Roots on Fire, Stair took us on a virtual journey underground, exploring how trees constantly send electrical messages through their roots and the mushroom (or mychorrizal network) that compose the Wood Wide Web. Come along on our three-part journey, as we document the creation of the installation Roots on Fire.
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a Brooklyn-based street artist and painter whose street art project Stop Telling Women to Smiletackles gender-based street harassment. Her work can be found on walls from New York to Paris, Los Angeles to Mexico City, and right here…… along with some unexpected additions to her posters from locals.
The National Audubon Society, Gitler &___ , New York City Parks Department, NYC Audubon and the Broadway Mall Association have a very special installation scheduled for May 17, 2019. Ten sculptures in reclaimed wood to call attention to New York City’s climate threatened birds.
Low Life’s: An Upside Down Love Letter by Ryan Flores on view at Rockefeller Center through August, 2020
As part of Rock Center’s ongoing Art in Focus series, produced in partnership with Art Production Fund, the work of Ryan Flores will be showcased all summer long in an exhibition entitled Low Lifes: An Upside Down Love Letter.
As the High Line extends north, the new extended section known as the High Line Plinth unveiled its inaugural installation ~ Simone Leigh’s Brick House, seen from 10th Avenue at 30th Street.
Jean Shin: Floating Maize is a stunning new installation floating high above the grand stairway in the Winter Garden area of Brookfield Place. On the ground level, Jean Shin: The Last Straw. Let’s step inside.
On June 29, 2020 Public Art Fund launched Art on the Grid, a multi-platform exhibition of new work by a group of 50 New York-based, emerging artists. The exhibition was conceived in the spring of 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it developed, the parallel epidemic of systemic racism came into sharp and painful focus. Both crises now set the backdrop for the exhibition. The city, country, and world will emerge changed by these events, and the exhibition’s focus on reconnection and renewal have become even more urgent. Works in the exhibition are united around a number of themes including healing and loss; community and isolation; intimacy and solitude; and the creation of a future that is more just, inclusive, and equitable.
Socrates Sculpture Garden opens its gates to the very controversial topic surrounding monuments. The new installation, Monuments Now, addresses the role of monuments in society and commemorates underrepresented narratives with a focus on diasporas, indigenous, and queer histories. The Garden and its new installations offer New Yorkers a very welcomed safe way to venture out. Monuments Now will roll out in three parts, with the first part on view now.
Not quite ready to step out yet? Here are some fabulous live stream and virtual exhibits and tours. You can visit more than 2,500 museums and galleries online. Here are some of our favorites:
Online Viewing Rooms + Virtual Tours:
With a globally renowned collection of nearly 4,000 objects spanning more than 1,500 years from the Himalayan region, the Rubin Museum of Art launches a new and improved online collection database today. A total of 381 objects from the Rubin Museum’s permanent collection are now available at collection.rubinmuseum.org. This marks the first phase of an initiative to make the Rubin Museum collection accessible to visitors, students, teachers, and scholars alike around the world. More objects will be added continually, with the goal of eventually publishing the entire collection.
The Rubin Museum of Art is sending out an online ‘Rubin Care Package’ of art and practices for navigating our world in this time of instability and feeling of global community fear, loss, isolation and stress. Take refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room with two-hours of meditative chanting, and Podcasts allowing listeners to hear meditations designed to focus our mind and control our breath.
In addition, Mindfulness Meditation will return to the Rubin’s weekly programming beginning August 3, 2020, hosted live over Zoom.
The Lotus Effect ~ a Participatory Installation About Gratitude & Transformation at The Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art launched a new participatory installation, The Lotus Effect, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lotuses take root in murky waters and burst into beautiful bloom above the surface. For The Lotus Effect, the Rubin invites members of the public to fold a lotus flower and dedicate their origami creation to someone or something that has helped them overcome a challenging time. When the Rubin reopens, people can contribute their folded piece to an installation in the Museum that will serve as a community-built symbol of gratitude and powerful reminder that collectively we can emerge from difficult moments.
Even in uncertain times, there are no limits to the creative spirit. It’s what makes us human. So while the Museum is temporarily closed, know that the spirit of the Whitney is open to all—and committed to connecting you to inspiration, knowledge, and a sense of community through art. They’ve laid out some of the best ways to explore American art of the twentieth century to today across our website and social media channels. Start with a journey through our online collection, revisit some of your favorite Whitney exhibitions, and enjoy an array of video and audio content that will bring you closer to the stories behind the art and artists that we at the Whitney hold so dear.
MoMA has opened its Online Portal to free online courses, educational materials to teach art from home, Artist Talks, and an online view of the Museum’s collection.
Explore over 60 artworks from The National Arts Club’s permanent collection + the Club’s first-ever virtual exhibition, A Century of American Landscape Art, showcasing works collected over the last 100 years.
The Museum of Natural History is closed, but they welcome virtual visits. Here you will get a behind the scenes look at iconic habitat dioramas; inside the Museum, and a Google Arts and Culture Tour. On this page, you will also find materials for teachers (Khan Academy), families and kids.
Howard Greenberg Gallery opened its Online Viewing Room to Pieter Henkel’s Congo Tales, which explores cultural mythologies of the local inhabitants of the Congo Basin, containing some of the largest tropical rainforests in the world. The 2017 series has rarely been exhibited, and this is the first time the work is on view through a U.S. gallery.
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets on view through Lévy Gorvy in Hong Kong + in the Online Viewing Room
This summer, Lévy Gorvy will inaugurate its new global initiative REVEAL, an ongoing series of single-work focus exhibitions devoted to postwar and contemporary masterpieces, accompanied by in-depth contextual materials and educational programming both in its spaces and online. The first REVEALexhibition will open at Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong on July 7, 2020. Jean-Michel Basquiat: Royalty, Heroism, and the Streets will be on view through September 10, 2020. Can’t make it to Hong Kong? Enjoy the Online Viewing Room.
Also at Lévy Gorvy Hong Kong (and in the Online Viewing Room) this summer, Soulages 1953, as part of REVEAL, an ongoing series of single-work focus exhibitions ~ on Pierre Soulages. This exhibition will offer viewers a historical perspective on Soulages’s oeuvre, this defining work will be presented for the first time in nearly sixty years and will be placed in dialogue with an exhibition of his recent Outrenoirpaintings, highlighting a period during which Soulages developed mature style and gained international recognition.
Young Artists: One, attempts to reframe and re-contextualize art, by highlighting the voices of a diverse group of modern and contemporary artists. In the context of this series, the word ‘young’ does not refer to an artist’s age, but rather to the new ways in which artists are claiming their voice and proclaiming their existence in the art world. Young Artists: One, highlights these global voices, with a focus on the practices, aesthetics, and conceptual questions of each individual artist. The exhibition, Young Artists: One is on view through September 9, 2020, and can be seen at Fridman Gallery by appointment only as well as in the Online Viewing Room. The Gallery is located at 169 Bowery, NYC.
Claire Oliver Gallery adds VR Experience with Inaugural Visit to Bisa Butler: Portraits at Katonah Museum of Art
Expanding on the gallery model, Claire Oliver Gallery announced a new addition to its website. Its inaugural VR Experience will take us to the Bisa Butler: PortraitsExhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage has launched Livestream Events including a concert to commemorate The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (Village Preservation) unveiled two new free YouTube videos this week. They include African American History and Landmarks in Greenwich Village, the East Village and NoHo.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced the launch of Seneca Village Unearthed, an online exhibit and collection of artifacts from what was once New York City’s largest community of free African-American landowners. Seneca Village was located in what is now Central Park, a scenic landmark. Through this online exhibit and collection, the general public will for the first time have access to nearly 300 artifacts and get a glimpse of what life was like for Seneca villagers in the mid-19th century.
The Green Book, a guidebook for black Americans, was published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the Jim Crow era in America as a way for working-class African-Americans to pursue the American Dream of travel before and during the Civil Rights Movement. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture houses the full digital collection of Green Books and other similar guides. They are available free online.
As we slowly begin to reopen, New York City now has an interactive Map showing all open restaurants on Roadways, Sidewalks, Open Streets ~ with and without Alcohol, and easily found byBorough, Zip Code or Search by the name of the restaurant.
See you in September!