Art Installations, Exhibits & Online Viewing in NYC to Add to Your List in September, 2020



Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, opening at MoMA PS1 on September 17th

Stepping out of a muggy, hot summer, our City takes a giant step opening more businesses, museums and other entertainment venues, learning new phrases like timed-entry & physical-distancing, and considering face masks as necessary as our cell phones. Here are a few suggestions, new and still on view, in September.

ChaShaMa + Art Students League present Fantasia ~ September 1

In a new partnership, the Art Students League of New York and ChaShaMa join forces to initiate artistic activations in vacant retail spaces across the five boroughs. These presentations will celebrate global stories by emerging artists at the Art Students League while repurposing unused city real estate. In its first Exhibition Outreach show with Chashama, The Art Students League of New York presents: Fantasia. On view through October 30, 2020 at 1 Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street) in Brooklyn.


Living With Art Reopens with exhibit, Pattern Migration

Artist, Capucine Bourcart. Image courtesy Living with Art

Living with Art reopened its doors with the exhibition, Pattern Migration ~ and a new Online presence. This exhibition will be on view through September 30, 2020.


John Lewis: Good Trouble at The Africa Center ~ September 1 at 7:30pm

In partnership with Storyspaces, The Africa Center will host an outdoor film screening of John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by Dawn Porter. The documentary focuses on Congressman John Lewis’ lifelong commitment to being a civil rights champion and his crusade for racial and social justice. As the 2020 general election day is fast approaching, The Africa Center presents this timely film to inspire and encourage our community to exercise their right to vote early and on November 3rd.


Frieze Sculpture 2020 unveiled at Rock Center ~ September 1

Beatriz Cortez, Glacial Erratic, 2020; Commonwealth and Council

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


‘Moonrise Sunrise’ Exhibition at The Salmagundi Club ~ September 1

Seth Harris, Sunset at the Rockaway’ Image courtesy of the artist and the Salmagundi Club

No matter what’s happening in our world, some things never change, like the magic that happens just before sunrise and just before sunset. In a new exhibition entitled Moonrise Sunrise, members of the historic Salmagundi Club were given the artistic challenge of creating, in a variety of media, an expression of this natural wonder ~ a reminder of the beauty that greets us everyday.


The Ford Foundation Presents ‘Listening as an Act of Love/Dispatches from the Future ~ September 1 at 3pm

Vanessa German. Photo: Dana Bishop-Root

In a monthly series beginning September 1st, artist Vanessa German will host a listening event where audience members are invited to share with Vanessa their feelings of constipated rage, speak of their grief, or seek dispatches from the future – to participate in a session of collective healing and future making.


The Whitney Museum Reopens ~ September 3

The Whitney Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on September 3, 2020. Prioritizing the health and safety of its visitors and staff, the Museum will operate at no more than twenty-five percent of its total capacity to ensure proper physical distancing. The Museum also announced that Pay-what-you-wish admission will be offered to all through September 28, 2020. All visitors and members will reserve timed-entry tickets in advance.


Soho Art Walks ~ September 5

The wonderful outdoor event will take place on Saturday, September from Noon to 6:00pm in Soho District 2. The walk will include artists murals on storefronts and canvases of thirty-six businesses. This is the first of what they hope to be an annual event. Pick up your map to this free event at CJ Yao Gallery, 66 Greene Street. Be sure to wear your face mask when greeting the artists, and entering the shops where they’ll be painting. Follow on Instagram.


Tall Ship Wavertree Open for Free to Visitors ~ September 5+

Though the South Street Seaport Museum’s indoor spaces remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the permanently-moored tall ship Wavertree will welcome back visitors for FREE on select days in September. September 5, 6, 12, 19, 26 from 11am to 5pm.


The National Arts Club Reopens with Reservations ~ September 8

Beginning Tuesday, September 8th, The National Arts Club will welcome guests to its gallery for an extended showing of the annual ‘Artist Member Exhibition.’ Reservations are required through their website, along with face masks and social distancing.


MASKED NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson on view in the East Village ~ September 9

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

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


The Bronx Museum Reopens with Sanford Biggers & José Parlá ~ September 9

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

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is reopening on Wednesday, September 9th with Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, a solo show featuring more than 50 quilt-based works by the artist, and José Parlá: It’s Yours, evoking the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx. Reserve your visit.


James Evans: A Manner of Forgetting at GR Gallery ~ September 9

James Evans

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


Art of Our Century Presents ‘If You Only Knew’ curated by Uman ~ September 10

Uman, Untitled Mural, detail, West Wall, 2nd Floor, 137 West 14th Street, NYC (2017). Image courtesy Art of Our Century Gallery

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


Suzan Frecon: Oil Paintings + Harold Ancart: Traveling Light at David Zwirner ~ September 10

Suzan Frecon: Oil paintings. Image courtesy David Zwirner gallery

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

Harold Ancart: Traveling Light. Image courtesy David Zwirner gallery


‘Sanctuary’ an Online Exhibition at Robert Klein Gallery ~ September 10

Jeff Brouws, Flamingo Fever, Daly City, California (from the series Freshly Painted Houses)

Robert Klein Gallery presents SANCTUARY, an online photography exhibition on view from September 10 through October 31, 2020, that explores themes of survival, tranquility, nature, family, memory, and temporality. SANCTUARY seeks to define our current challenging era with the hope of bringing solace and the pleasures of discovery to the viewer.


Remembering 9/11 in this time of COVID-19

It has been 19 years since that memorable day, simply called 9/11. This year we will honor those who passed away when our Country was attacked at a time when our Country is being attacked by another enemy ~ COVID-19.  There will be no public events. Virtual events and tributes will be listed.

Revisiting the 9/11 Tiles for America in Greenwich Village.


City of Water Day: Experience the Blue Line ~ September 12

Justin Brice Guariglia, We Are the Asteroid 11

More than one million people in our region face direct risks from coastal flooding today. Experience the BlueLine through the work of three extraordinary climate artists will be on view through September 27th for Climate Week NYC.


The Fabulous Chelsea Flea Market Reopens ~ September 12

Looking back at Chelsea Flea

Oh, how we love our flea markets, and how we have missed one of the last outdoor markets in Manhattan, The Chelsea Flea. Good news came today, when we learned that the Chelsea Flea will reopen on September 12th and 13th.


The Brooklyn Museum Reopens ~ September 12

Guy Marineau (French, born 1947). Pat Cleveland on the dance floor during Halston’s disco bash at Studio 54, 1977. (Photo: Guy Marineau / WWD / Shutterstock)

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


The Rubin Museum of Art will Reopen ~ September 12

The Lotus Effect

The Rubin Museum of Art will reopen to the public on September 12th along with the shop, with member preview days on September 10 & 11. Visitors will be greeted by The Lotus Effect, participatory installation. Timed entry tickets are now available.

Not ready to step out yet? The Rubin Museum launched a new online collection database, and listeners can still take refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room online.


Practical Grandeur: The Making of the Brooklyn Bridge ~ September 12

Meet Gesso’s co-founders Michael Reynolds and Henna Wang at 15 Centre Street at 4pm for a self-guided audio walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. We will host a meet up after the walk, details to follow soon! This is a free, fully immersive, mobile audio tour across the Brooklyn Bridge. Check out the other free Gesso tours, staycations and their podcast.


El Museo del Barrio reopens with Taller Boricua: A Political Printshop in New York ~ September 12

Taller Boricua Poster courtesy El Museo del Barrio

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


The Museum of Jewish Heritage Reopens ~ September 13

Uniform worn by Marian Kostuch, held as a Polish political prisoner. Kostuch was born on June 8, 1922, in Bieżanów. His occupation was listed in camp records as “tanner.” © Musealia

The Museum of Jewish Heritage will reopen to members on September 11-12, and open to the public on September 13th, with advanced ticketing, new hours and safety measurers for visitors. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. has been extended through May 2, 2021.


Robert Rauschenberg: Stoned Moon 1969-70 at Craig F. Starr Gallery ~  September 15

Robert Rauschenberg, Cover Page, Stoned Moon Book from Stoned Moon Book, 1970, 19 pages comprised of photographs, watercolor, press type, acetate, graphite, solvent transfer, cut paper, and colored pencil on illustration board, Dimensions vary.
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Craig F. Starr Gallery will reopen by appointment beginning Tuesday, September 15th. On view, Robert Rauschenberg: Stoned Moon 1969-70 and  Lucas Samaras: Photographs from the 1970s.


Josh Smith at David Zwirner NYC & London ~ September 15

Josh Smith. Image courtesy David Zwirner gallery

New works by New York-based artist Josh Smith will open at the gallery’s London location and 69th Street in New York, concurrently. In New York, the exhibition will be on view from September 15 through October 24, 2020 at 34 East 69th Street, NYC.


Public Art Fund Unveils Sam Moyer: Doors for Doris at Doris C. Freedman Plaza ~ September 16

Concept rendering of Sam Moyer: Doors for Doris, one view starting September 2020 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. Courtesy Sam Moyer Studio

Sam Moyer’s commission for Doris C. Freedman Plaza will investigate the economy of stone and how these natural materials manifest in the urban landscape. Moyer will construct archways using stone indigenous to the New York area and remnants of locally sourced marble that originates from around the world. Adorned with rich, mosaic patterns, the portals will allow the public to pass through and around the sculpture into Central Park. This powerful new work will stand as a gateway between bustling Midtown—seen through the same types of polished stone often used as construction elements in the architecture of New York—and the more restive oasis of nature that is Central Park.


Popular Gourmet Bistro, Amuse Bouche, Reopens ~ September 17

Amuse Bouche Bistro reopens in La Marqueta

While this was a quiet time for most, Anthony Mariano and Edward Rodwell (creative co-founders of Amuse Bouche Bistro) were planning on putting into play a new vision ~ one that would include our new normal ~ safe, social distancing, and a new set of needs for their patrons. This week, Amuse Bouche Bistro will reopen on Thursday, September 17th at 11am at La Marqueta in East Harlem with a whole new look.


Claire Oliver Gallery reopens with Adebunmi Gbadebo ~ September 17

Adebunmi Gbadebo, installation of True Blue series at the 2020 Dhaka Art Summit. Image courtesy Claire Oliver Gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery announced a reopening of the gallery with a solo exhibition by Adebunmi Gbadebo entitled A Dilemma of Inheritance.

The exhibition will showcase the artist’s True Blue series, which is comprised of more than 45 works that grapple with concepts surrounding heredity and the evolution of memory and forgetting focused on two former slave plantations in South Carolina, both named True Blue.


Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1 ~ September 17

Marking Time: Art in the age

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


MAD Reopens with Brian Clarke: The Art of Light ~ September 17

Flowers for Zaha, The Art of the Sainsbury Centre, supported and organized in association with HENi; Brian Clarke, Photo © Fraser Watson; Image courtesy MAD

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will reopen on September 17, 2020 with a major exhibition of works by celebrated architectural artist and painter Brian Clarke (b. 1953, United Kingdom). The first museum exhibition in the U.S. of Clarke’s stained-glass screens, compositions in lead, and related drawings on paper, Brian Clarke: The Art of Light showcases the most considerable artistic and technical breakthrough in the thousand-year history of stained glass.


The Ford Foundation Presents ‘Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA’, Chapter 1 ~ September 17th at 3pm

Alex Dolores Salerno, El Dios Acostado (video still), 2020

Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act) is a multi-module online exhibition series that will roll out over the course of 2020 – 2021 and will culminate in a physical exhibition in 2021. Drawn from some of the leading artists and scholars addressing the lived experience of disability today, Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA addresses the urgent questions of our moment where pandemic and demands for racial justice intersect. The first chapter, scheduled for Thursday, September 17th at 3pm EST will begin with a performance by actor/playwright Ryan J. Haddad, who will serve as MC.


Will Kurtz brings ‘Doggy Bags’ to the Garment District ~ September 18

Gomer, Bull Mastiff by Will Kurtz

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


The 2nd Annual AfriBembé Virtual Festival at CCCADI ~ September 19

AfriBembé is a celebration of the Diaspora’s renown creativity, artistry, musicality, and now more than ever, we have to tap into our spirits and rejoice in this Black joy. On Saturday, September 19th, CCCADI will be bringing you artists that have roots in NYC, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Motherland.


The Salmagundi Club Fall Auction to Benefit the Club ~ September 21

Miguel Delrey, Beauty Crisis

Once a year, the Salmagundi Club hosts a Fall Auction as a fundraiser to benefit this historic nonprofit organization. Art Collectors since the early 1900s have attended SCNY Auctions for the opportunity to purchase quality art work by living artists. Housed in a brownstone on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village, the Club’s doors are open and free to the public six-days a week. Making it easy, there are three ways to purchase at this year’s Fall Auction.


Shakespeare’s Othello: The Moor of Venice, Streaming Live ~ September 21

OTHELLO stars international actress/producer, Debra Ann Byrd, who recently received the Broadway World Best Lead Actress Award for her portrayal in the title role. This live classic Zoom production is led by celebrated director Vanessa Morosco and performed by a cast of ten classically trained actresses, who tell the story of a love that defies the boundaries of race; and a hatred that defies all boundaries of reason. Together they transform a lover’s world of sighs into a universe of hurt … Othello: “Be careful who you trust!” Streaming Live via Zoom and Facebook, Free presented by The National Arts Club in partnership with Harlem Shakespeare Festival.


Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards, a Virtual Celebration ~ September 23

St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University

This year, The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards will go to 817 Broadway; Belvedere Castle; Doering-Bohack House; Empire Stores; Harlem Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey park; Fort Totten Building 207; Fotografiska New York; Henry Street Settlement-Dale Jones Burch Neighborhood Center; Manhattan Civic Buildings; Appellate Division Courthouse; Surrogate’s Courthouse; Sun Building; McGraw-Hill Building; Church of St. Anselm & St. Roch; St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University; and TWA Hotel.


Keith de Lellis Gallery invites the public to a Two-Part Auction ~ September 24

Roddy McDowell, Judy Garland 1963

On September 24th (2:00PM EDT), we will be auctioning a curated sale on Live Auctioneers’ website: California Mid-Century and Other Photographs by various artists. Many of these artists are being offered at auction for the first time. The photographs are from a collection that belonged to an important picture editor and curator of the 1950s and ’60s, with additions directly from artists as well as from a collector that acquired material from various artists and estates.  We are offering approximately 250 lots priced from $300-$3000.  Many of the artists have rarely been offered at auction or privately, but have a rich biography and history in the medium.  The prints are mostly vintage and museum quality, and many are the originals that were published in photography journals contemporaneously and have crop notations on verso as well as author, title, etc. This gives them the added value of being a bonafide artifact from the photographers career history.  The auction will be conducted live on the internet on Live Auctioneers, with phone bidding and left bids directly through Keith de Lellis Gallery. See below for a preview of the auction.


Art Works: A Benefit for Arts Gowanus ~ September 25

Celebrate the arts and artists in the Gowanus area, and take home one piece of original artwork from a local artist, all while supporting the critical mission of Arts Gowanus to promote, support, and advocate for local artists and a sustainable arts community in the Gowanus neighborhood. Friday, September 25th at The Old Stone House, Brooklyn.


Urban Park Rangers Giving  Free Tours of the Historic Harlem Fire Watchtower ~ September 27

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

NYC Parks Department Urban Park Rangers will resume tours of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower. Beginning today. Check for more dates and times. Be sure to wear your face mask.


John Lewis: Good Trouble Documentary on CNN ~ September 27

Did you miss The Africa Center documentary film, John Lewis: Good Trouble? Well, you’re in luck. CNN Films will be airing the documentary on September 27th at 9:00pm.


Hana Yilma Godine + Azuki Furuya, Two-Floors, Two-Exhibitions at Fridman Gallery ~ September 27

Image: Azuki Furuya, Limonium, 2020, mixed media, collage, and acrylic paint on wood panel, 60 x 48 in.

Fridman Gallery will opens its doors to two exhibitions on two-floors of the gallery later in September ~ Azuki Furuya: Fragility and Hana Yilma Godine: Spaces within Space.

Image: Azuki Furuya, Catastrophe, 2018, paper, oil paint, metal oxidation on aluminum, 72 x 72″.

Hana Yilma Godine: Spaces within Space and Azuki Furuya: Fragility will be on view from September 27 through November 1, 2020 at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, NYC. Opening Reception for both exhibitions will be held on Sunday, September 27th at 6pm. RSVP at Please wear a mask.


Ki Smith Gallery Opens in Historic Gusto House, East Village ~ September 30

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

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


Keep an Ear Open for the #NYPhilBandwagon!

NY Phil Bandwagon image from video

Are you missing the New York Philharmonic? Keep your eyes (and ears) open, because they may roll by a neighborhood near you, aboard the NY Phil Bandwagon for a pull-up concert.


Out East:

David Hammons Body Print at Hauser & Wirth Southampton

David Hammons, Untitled (Body Print) 1970, pigment and ink on paper, 152.4 x 101.6 cm/60 x 40 in. Image courtesy Hauser & Wirth

This historical work from the artist’s celebrated series using the body as a printing plate is now on view at Hauser & Wirth, 9 Main Street, Southhampton, NY.


Mass Ornament: Pleasure, Play and What Lies Beneath opening at South Etna ~ September 3

Beginning September 3rd, and borrowing Kracauer’s title, the exhibition Mass Ornament: Pleasure, Play, and What Lies Beneath at South Etna Montauk takes liberties with the philosopher’s critical lens, transposing it to a twenty-first century exploration of pleasure and ornamentation, and the secrets they may conceal, in the work of a diverse group of artists and designers: Derrick Adams, Thomas Barger, Louis Fratino, Terri Friedman, Frank Haines, Varnette P. Honeywood, Ak Jansen, Nikki Maloof, Ohad Meromi, Ruby Neri, Gaetano Pesce, Rob Pruitt, Walter Robinson, Brian Rochefort, Jennifer Rochlin, Ugo Rondinone, Bruce M. Sherman, Katie Stout, and Iiu Susiraja. South Etna, 6 South Etna Avenue, Montauk, New York


Outsider’s View: A Tour of Southampton Gardens ~ September 12

After ten years of hosting “An Insider’s View” as an interior tour of architecturally and historically significant homes, the Southampton History Museum is stepping outside this year to carry on our beloved tradition.  Please join us for “An Outsider’s View,” a tour of Southampton’s most beautiful gardens and landscape settings.


‘Arborescent’ on view at Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue extended through September 20, 2020

Anita Balkun, Rivoletto, 2019; Eco-printed paper, leaf stems, thread, encaustic wax, and slipcase. 6.5 x 6.5 inches closed, 6.5 x 20 in open

The group exhibition, Arborescent, brings together 38 pieces by 34 national artists exploring trees, in all their states ~ from branches, trunks, roots, and leaves, to bark, new growth, buds, and decay. We recognized one of the artists ~ Susan Stair ~ who, this year had a large-scale outdoor installation, Roots on Fire, in the Art Park (NYC), and an exhibition last month at Living with Art Gallery (NYC).


Still on View:

Yoko Ono’s ‘Dream Together’ Banners at The MET on view through September 13, 2020

Yoko Ono, #DreamTogether. Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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.

Jean Shin at Brookfield Place on View Through September 18, 2020

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.


The Public Art Fund launches Art On The Grid ~ on view through September 20, 2020

Interactive Map for Art on the Grid

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.


Capucine Bourcart’s Dream Series on View Through September, 2020

Studio visit to view ‘The Dream Series’

Have you been dreaming more frequently over this past few months? Intense, life like, scary dreams? Whimsical or wonderful dreams? According to several studies, COVID-19, and its affect on our life in general, has increased the trend. Here, we visit to the artists’ studio to see her entire collection of the Dream Series.


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

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

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


Monuments Now at Socrates Sculpture Garden through October 20, 2020

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

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.


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


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


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

Gillie and Marc with King Nyani

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


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

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

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


Still not 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:

Popular Painters and Other visionaries in the Online Viewing Room at El Museo del Barrio

Felipe Jesus Consalvos (n. La Habana, Cuba 1891 ~ f. ca. 1960) Chant of the Jungle, c. 1920-1950 (Canto de la jungle) Collage de Tecnica mixtape; 106 x 71.1 cm; Cortesia de Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York y Doodletown Farm, LLC. Image courtesy of El Museo del Barrio

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.


The Rubin Museum of Art Launches New Online Collection Database

Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears. Origin: Khao Province, Southeastern Tibet. Date: late 19th ~ early 20th century. Credit: Rubin Museum of Art, gift of Dr. Michael Henss, Zurich

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 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.


Take Refuge in the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at The Rubin Museum of Art

Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room inside The Rubin Museum of Art

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. Just a note, The Rubin Museum of Art will reopen on September 12th.


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. Just a note, The Rubin Museum of Art will reopen to the public on September 12th.


Here’s How to Whitney From Home!

Image credits: Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Sunset, 1934. Oil on canvas, overall: 29 1/8 × 36 1/4in. (74 × 92.1 cm). Josephine N. Hopper Bequest; 70.1166. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper/Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Still from “The Making of Liza Lou’s Kitchen”

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.


Read, Watch + Listen at MoMA

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 The National Arts Club Permanent Collection

Pictured from our collection: Carlos Quintana (born 1966). Men Walking on the Ocean. 2015

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.


Explore The American Museum of Natural History Virtually

The Ultimate Predator

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.


Pieter Henket: Congo Tales in the Online Viewing Room at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Pieter Henket,’The River, 2017′ archival pigment print. Image courtesy Howard Greenberg

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

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982; Acrylic, lipstick, and metallic paint on canvas; 94 3/4 x 60 in; 240.7 x 152.4 cm; © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat courtesy Lévy Gorvy

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.


Fridman Gallery Presents ‘Young Artists: One’

Lucia Hierro, BYOB: Retrato de la Artista Primavera 2020 (2020) Raw canvas, foam, digital print on brushed suede, 43″ h x 33″ w x 3″ d. Image courtesy Fridman Gallery

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

Our VR walk through Bisa Butler: Portraits at Katonah Museum of Art with Claire Oliver Gallery

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.


Museum of Jewish Heritage Livestream Events

Star of David Necklace Made by Manci Rubinstein in Auschwitz Margit (Manci) Rubenstein made this Star of David necklace from material taken from the lining of her shoes and shoelaces while imprisoned in Auschwitz (1944). Credit line: Collection of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Gift of Sugar siblings in memory of Rosenfeld & Schwartz families. Image courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage has launched Livestream Events including a concert to commemorate The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.


Village Preservation unveils African Americans History Tour Videos

Images and videos courtesy Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation (Village Preservation)

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.


NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Launches ‘Seneca Village Unearthed’ ~ Online

One nearly complete light blue transfer printed and molded gothic style whiteware teapot consisting of 49 mended body, handle, spout, and rim sherds. Cross-mends with contexts 9531.51 (1 sherd) and 9531.53 (1 sherd) as well. The transfer printed pattern is “Florentine” after the city of Florence, Italy, which was a popular stop on the Grand Tour. The pattern was very popular and fourteen different Staffordshire potteries (England) made ceramics with a Florentine pattern. Date made: 1815-1915

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 Schomburg Center invites the Public to Explore Victor Hugo Green + The Green Books Online

The Negro Motorist Green Book: 1948 courtesy The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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.

Can’t end this Roundup without mentioning this great find ~ an interactive street view map showing New York City (all five-boroughs) in 1940.

Street view of 1940s New York

See you in October!