Museums and galleries have shut their doors, but not their commitment to art and the artists they represent. Online Viewing Rooms have been popping up due to the ban on public gatherings, and parks and public spaces have become a respite for New Yorkers getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying a bit of space. Here is a list of some online viewing, free and available to the public now, and beginning in April, 2020. We will continue to add content, as more exhibitions open their doors online.
Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Arturo O’Farrill has that pedigree in his DNA: His father, Chico O’Farrill, was part of a groundbreaking group of musicians who created the mash-up of Afro-Cuban music and jazz back in late-’40s New York. Turn up the sound & bring the image to full-screen!
In celebration of El Museo del Barrio’s 50th anniversary, the Museum partnered with Nuevayorkinos, a digital visual archive dedicated to New York City’s Latinx population. The collaboration aims to highlight the long-standing presence and cultural contributions of Latinx communities in its home of El Barrio (East Harlem). In the summer of 2019, the Museum co-hosted a number of pop-up installations at El Museo and issued an open call, asking visitors to submit images and videos of Latinx life in El Barrio from 1969 to 2005. The Museum is delighted to present “#MIBARRIO: Memories of Home,” a family album that celebrates personal and shared histories in this neighborhood ~ Online.
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.
Watch, listen and interact with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Learn about their recordings, enjoy music videos, and watch livestreams.
Jazz at Lincoln Center has unlocked its vaults and rolled out three full concert videos from past seasons. Heading over to YouTube, enjoy The Music of Miles Davis; South African Songbook; and Family concert: Who is Chick Corea. Stay tuned for more from their archives in the near future.
Let’s Go to the Movies ~ Albert Maysle’s Final Film, ‘In Transit’ will be Streaming for Free for One Week
The Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) created an incredible online learning lab filled with video’s, reading, and exploration of their collection ~ which includes over 95% of MAD’s permanent collection, to be viewed in high resolution images.
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.
Tour self-made millionaire Madam C. J. Walker’s historic summer home with her great-great granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles.
The Met 360° Project is a series of six short videos inviting viewers to virtually visit The Met’s art and architecture using spherical 360° technology. The Project includes The Great Hall; Met Cloisters; The Temple of Dendur; Met Breuer; The Charles Engelhard Court; and Arms and Armor Galleries.
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.
Grey Art Gallery at NYU opens its digital window to the exhibition, Taking Shape: Abstration from the Arab World, 1950s ~ 1980s, along with a short film taken at the opening reception in January, 2020. The Gallery also offers a selection of their permanent collection online. In addition, the gallery is passing along a link to Self-Guided Walking Tours for neighbors in Greenwich Village.
Joe’s Pub, the small performance space inside the Public Theater New York, has a plethora of performances available on youtube.
The historic brownstone that houses The Salmagundi Club may be closed, but the artists within are hard at work, and this work can been seen in the Artsy Showroom. The site features not only the SCNY Monotype Show, and the exhibition ‘Figuratively Speaking’, but also each participating artist member. All work available for sale.
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, who brought us ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ in Yiddish, has stepped up with ‘Folksbiene LIVE!’, a social media performance series. Can’t get to Broadway? Check out the online stage at Folksbiene! Live.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage has launched Livestream Events including a concert to commemorate The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.
Online at the 92nd Street Y, are a number of concerts and Conversations + online classes.
The romance of the Old West reminds modernity of the freedoms it represents in our imaginations. Artists America Martin, Billy Schenck, Greg Miller and James Wolanin incorporate the legacy of Western Expansion into their art. Now online, JoAnne Artman Gallery presents a new series of exhibitions.
Ursula von Rydingsvard is renown for her powerful, monumental cedar sculptures, Here, she explains the labor-intensive, intuitive process for the 2011 Oddychająca, for which she manipulated a field of flat 2-by-4-foot beams into an organic form that gently curves out into space.
Fridman Gallery opens its doors to Latent Tapestries, a presentation of new work by New York-based, multidisciplinary artist Nate Lewis. This exhibition marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. The exhibition is now available in the Online Viewing Room.
Fremin Gallery has opened an online window to its exhibitions on the Artsy Showroom. On view, new body of works by Nemo Jantzen and Emilie Arnoux. This site allows for Gallery news on the artists and their work, which is all for sale.
The works in this presentation capture her inner psyche through undulating marks in ink, watercolour and pencil. ‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawings 1947 – 2007’ coincides with the launch of ‘Dispatches’, a new series of original video, online features and experiences that connects you with the artists as the gallery continues to navigate this shared reality together.
Fort Gansevoort Gallery will open its online window, announcing SEEING THROUGH YOU, a series of weekly online exhibitions organized for the gallery by invited curators and scholars. Launching with its first exhibition on Thursday, March 26, 2020, this initiative will highlight artists from around the globe and aim to initiate lively discourse among larger and more diverse audiences for whom the web and social media are an even more vital ‘salon space’ in a time of crisis.
In New York Stories, Keith de Lellis Gallery examines a familiar subject, New York City, through the lenses of fourteen accomplished photographers including David Attie, Anthony Barboza, Donald Blumberg, Esther Bubley, Jeanne Ebstel, Bedrich Grunzweig, Simpson Kalisher, Jan Lukas, Benn Mitchell, Fritz Neugass, Beuford Smith, W. Eugene Smith, Todd Webb, and Weegee. Now for sale in their online gallery.
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.
New York City Parks have a plethora of outdoor art installations throughout all five boroughs. It may come to pass that our City is put under a ‘shelter-in-place’ order. But in the meantime, a nice long walk and some fresh air and exercise might be good for mind and soul. Here are a few suggestions, keeping in mind that some of the installations are temporary, and coming to an end as soon as the end of this month.
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 SWCNY Annual Members’ Exhibition will be Online from April 27 through May 21, 2020.
Religious Services ~ Online
Many religious institutions are offering online services. Here are just a few on view: St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Trinity Church NYC Online ~ Riverside Church Online ~ Park Avenue Synagogue ~ The Islamic Center at NYU ~ Most recent sermon at First Corinthian Baptist Church. Check with your religious institution to see what might be available.
Below are exhibitions still open and remaining on our calendar until cancelled (We will continue to add, as exhibits and installations re-open)
Fort Gansevoort Gallery opened its doors to Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, the first solo exhibition in the United States for noted Brisbane-based Waanyi Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey (b. 1961, Cloncurry, Australia). Hookey uses metaphors, wordplay, and humor – sometimes brazenly provocative – to subvert tropes of English colonialization and to reclaim, empower, and redefine Aboriginal culture. Eschewing the traditional dot abstraction most commonly associated with indigenous Australian art, Hookey deploys deceptively folksy figuration and bold painted words in paintings that connect Black Aboriginal experience to that of African Americans.
In Can’t I Alter, Santiago creates a multi-faceted narrative in an immersive, drawing-filled installation that explores the theme of ancestry and the necessity of preserving the past while acknowledging the fallacies implicit in historical recollection. As viewers explore the space, they join Santiago and his alter ego, the J’ouvert Knight, in an attempt to locate a diasporic ancestor whose existence cannot ever be fully grasped. A newly commissioned film will accompany the installation, as well as performances organized by Santiago.
Guo Fengyi: To See from a Distance is the first major institutional presentation of the Chinese artist’s work in the United States. The exhibition features more than thirty works from Guo’s brief yet prolific career, including drawings executed on book and calendar pages and on cloth, as well as small- and large-scale drawings on rice-paper scrolls. Spanning two floors of The Drawing Center’s galleries, To See from a Distance provides an overview of Guo’s visionary drawings, which incorporate the diagrammatic, the mystical, and the wildly imaginative.
The Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition, In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, will feature promised gifts from Sandy Schreier, a pioneering collector who over the course of more than half a century assembled one of the finest private fashion collections in the United States. On view from November 27, 2019, through May 17, 2020, the show will explore how Schreier amassed a trove of 20th-century French and American couture and ready-to-wear, not as a wardrobe, but as an appreciation of a form of creative expression.
Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945 at Whitney Museum of American Art on view through May 17, 2020
With approximately 200 works by sixty Mexican and American artists, this exhibition reorients art history by revealing the profound impact the Mexican muralists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period and the ways in which their example inspired American artists both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life and to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices.
Cauleen Smith draws on experimental film, non-Western cosmologies, poetry, and science fiction to create works that reflect on memory and Afro-diasporic histories. Mutualitiespresents two of Smith’s films, Sojourner and Pilgrim, each in a newly-created installation environment, along with a new group of drawings collectively titled Firespitters.
In her first New York City solo museum exhibition, Jordan Casteel brings together nearly forty paintings spanning her career. Check schedule for related events including Jordan Casteel in conversation.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) presents A Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate, opening new avenues for understanding one of the most spectacular achievements of the ancient world. On view from November 6, 2019, through May 24, 2020, the exhibition features 180 objects that bring to life the synthesis of masterful craftsmanship and ancient beliefs that transformed clay, minerals, and organic materials—seen as magically potent substances—into this powerful monument.
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~ Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Public Color, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have brightened up the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park.
Art Students League unveiled this season’s Model to Monument Public Art in the Parks installations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Riverbank State Park. This year, three sculpture pieces were installed along the Hudson River at 145th Street.
Robert Lobe: SuperStorm Arrived in Duarte Square Park on view to June, 2020
SuperStorm references Hurricane Sandy, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricane to hit the northeast, inflicting billion in damage. This event so moved the artist that he was compelled to create a monument reflecting the event. Robert Lobe: SuperStorm will be on view to June, 2020.
In celebration of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, The New York Philharmonic has launched Project 19 ~ born of the conviction that an orchestra can participate in conversations about social imperatives and even change the status quo. Through Project 19, the Philharmonic can mark a “tectonic shift in American culture,” says President and CEO Deborah Borda, by giving women composers a platform and catalyzing representation in classical music and beyond. Project 19launches in February 2020 with the first six World Premieres. The Orchestra will premiere the next two commissions in May–June 2020. 11 more premieres will follow in future seasons.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled four installations on the facade of The Met Fifth Avenue, entitled The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free us. Wangechi Mutu was selected to create sculptures for The Met’s Fifth Avenue façade niches—the first-ever such installation on the Museum’s historic exterior—inaugurating a new annual artist commission series. The works were unveiled on September 9, 2019, and extended through June 8, 2020.
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) will open its doors to the exhibition, The Color of Power: Heroes, Sheroes & Their Creators ~ highlighting the work of comic book artists of color. The exhibition will be on view in the historic firehouse (CCCADI) in East Harlem to June 13, 2020.
Cinema Connex brings independent film to Staten Island, free of charge, and featuring screenings and festival film-centric events spanning a variety of genres and locales. For many of the films, film subjects or directors will be coming out for Q&A’s post screening. Enjoy Downtown Dinner & A Movie.
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist at The Whitney Museum of American Art on view through June 28, 2020
Agnes Pelton (1881–1961) was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. The exhibition, Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is composed of approximately forty-five works ranging from 1917 to 1960.
In a city filled with fast-food options on every corner, bags of chips and cans of soda filling the shelves in local deli’s and bodega’s, and large, glossy ads of sugared drinks on billboards and in shop windows, it’s not easy promoting healthy eating to our kids. Or is it. In the installation EAT ME! the artist, Capucine Bourcart takes a deep-dive into the ease of turning this around in her community, Harlem.
The 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, is located on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a colorful representation of national flowers.
The Brooklyn Museum of Art opened its doors to Studio 54: Night Magic, the first exhibition exploring the trailblazing aesthetics and continuing impact of New York City’s legendary nightclub. The exhibition will highlight the revolutionary creativity, expressive freedom, and sexual liberation celebrated at the world-renowned nightclub, presenting nearly 650 objects ranging from fashion, photography, drawings, and film to stage sets and music.
Salman Toor’s first solo museum exhibition will be presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 20 to July 5, 2020.
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 American Museum of Natural History presents the new exhibition, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, exploring the latest research and discoveries related to the dinosaurs known as Tyrannousaurs as a kick-off to the Museum’s 150th Anniversary celebration. As part of this exhibition, the Museum will introduce visitors to the entire tyrannosaur family, and reveal the amazing story of the most iconic dinosaur in the world.
Countryside, The Future, is an exhibition addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the think tank of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). A unique exhibition for the Guggenheim Museum, Countryside, The Future will explore radical changes in the rural, remote, and wild territories collectively identified here as “countryside,” or the 98% of the earth’s surface not occupied by cities, with a full rotunda installation premised on original research.
José Parlá: It’s Yours will be the first solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist in New York City. The new paintings evoke the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx, as well as the borough’s influence, which have helped to shape how Parlá views painting history and cities around the world. José Parlá: It’s Yours is organized by guest curator Manon Slome.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents 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 new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.
The Poster House Museum: The Sleeping Giant ~ Posters & The Chinese Economy + The Swiss Grid on view through August 23, 2020
The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy explores China’s economic relationship with the world through poster design.
The Swiss Grid explores the development and impact of the International Typographic Style, considered one of the most important movements in graphic design history, through a selection of posters and ephemera. Influenced by the Concrete art of the Bauhaus and Jan Tschichold’s The New Typography, the practitioners of this style streamlined compositions through an adherence to geometric grid structures. The results were pared down, harmonious, instantly comprehensible designs—masterpieces of communication—that have stood the test of time.
To complete the story of Swiss poster history, companion exhibitions in adjoining galleries will celebrate over 100 years of Swiss design, from illustrational posters of the prewar period up through the “Swiss punk” movement of the 1970s and beyond.
The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy + The Swiss Grid will be on view from February 27 through August 23, 2020 at Poster House Museum.
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away at Museum for Jewish Heritage extended through August 30, 2020
The Museum of Jewish Heritage has opened its doors to the largest and most extensive exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States, featuring more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs ~ Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, extended through August 30, 2020.
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.
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.
The Rubin Museum of Art presents “Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge/Tsherin Sherpa,” three contemporary art installations in dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. Located on the fourth floor of the Rubin, alongside the heart of the Museum — the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room — “Shrine Room Projects” feature artists who reinterpret traditional and religious iconography and practices. The exhibition includes rotating video installations by Shiva Ahmadi; an interactive sculptural piece by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge; and newly acquired work by Tsherin Sherpa. “Shrine Room Projects: Shiva Ahmadi / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge / Tsherin Sherpa” will be on view October 18, 2019, through September 14, 2020.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present the first museum exhibition of American designer Willi Smith (1948–1987). “Willi Smith: Street Couture” will feature key works by this pioneer of streetwear fashion who founded the iconic brand WilliWear with partner Laurie Mallet in 1976 and leveraged innovative partnerships with artists, designers and performers to break down social, cultural and economic boundaries.
Pope. L continues on with Pope.L: Choir, the next complementary exhibition in the trio, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lobby Gallery, from October 10th through Winter, 2020. Here, the artist creates a new installation expanding on his ongoing exploration and use of water. Choiris inspired by the fountain, the public arena, and John Cage’s conception of music and sound.
The mural The Baayfalls recreates a painting on canvas of the same name originally made in 2017. The Baayfalls is a double portrait of Fallou—a woman Casteel befriended during her artist residency at The Studio Museum in Harlem—and Fallou’s brother, Baaye Demba Sow. The pair are pictured outside the museum at Fallou’s table, where she sold hats she designed. When Fallou’s brother arrived in New York from Senegal, Casteel asked the two to sit for a portrait. The title references Baye Fall, a sect of the Sufi brotherhood Mouride, of which Fallou’s brother is a member. The gesture Fallou makes with her left hand signifies Allah among members of Baye Fall.
See you in May!