City College Center for the Arts, on the campus of City College of New York, is honoring the 60-year-history of the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Faber and Grammy® Award-winning Otis Williams and The Temptations, on Monday, November 1, with a special live, virtual event. The affair will feature a conversation with Williams, a founding and the sole surviving original member of The Temptations sharing memories about the “Evolution of The Temptations’ Music, 1961 –2021, ”while also celebrating his 80th birthday. This special virtual conversation will be simulcast at citycollegecenterforthearts.org from the Aaron Davis Hall’s renowned Marian Anderson Theatre, named after the distinguished African American singer who broke racial barriers and inspired new generations of singers of all colors. Distinguished musician, composer and entertainment entrepreneur K. Sparks will conduct the online event, which begins at 7:30pm and will feature other special guests.
NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—is back for its 30th year! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. And on select dates, start a new holiday tradition as day turns to night with NYBG GLOW.
David Zwirner will present four exhibitions, each opening on November 4th in its Chelsea locations. Ruth Asawa: All Is Possible at 537 West 20th Street; Seen in the Mirror: Things from the Cartin Collection at 537 West 20th Street; Neo Rauch: The Signpost at 533 West 19th Street; and Portia Zvavahera: Ndakaoneswa marimba at 525 West 19th Street.
Fiorucci Walls, a mural painted by Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz in 1983, is on view at City Center’s Shuman Lounge. If you don’t have tickets to a performance, the general public viewing will be October 29 and 30th, and November 5 and 6.
Stitching the Future with Clues is an experimental documentary that looks at neurodivergence as a way of knowing, through a cybernetic lens. Combining animated diagrams, video and audio feedback processes, and expanded media techniques, Stitching the Future with Cluesdraws from Holt’s article “Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence” (PUBLIC #59), and asks one to consider feedback systems as a medium for understanding the sensing, processing, and exchanging of information happening not just in human minds and brains, but within and between all scales of intelligent life. This film explores the post-humanist sense-making of neurodivergence: differently-attuned to temporal, psychic, and environmental embodied experience.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Spray Painterly, a group show curated by Stickymonger, featuring works by Gucci Ghost, Michael Reeder, Paul Insect and UFO907. The exhibition debuts on October 21st and continues until November 16th, 2021.
Spray Painterly aims to advance the notion of spray paint as a fine art medium. While some categorize spray paint with graffiti and vandalism, curator and artist Stickymonger challenges this perception and believes that spray paint is indeed a gallery medium. The featured artists are from diverse artistic backgrounds, all of whom utilize spray paint conventionally and unconventionally to express their character-based styles.
TheTin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project in collaboration with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will present a free, outdoor public concert at the Flatiron North Plaza on 23rd Street/Broadway on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. The event will feature more than two dozen leading performers of Tin Pan Alley music and the Great American Songbook. The rain date is Sunday, October 24.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust announces Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, a first-of-its-kind exhibition on the 20th century artist and Holocaust survivor and the Museum’s first contemporary art show, opening to the public on October 22, 2021.
The exhibition is centered around Lurie’s earliest body of work (the paintings and drawings in his so-called “War Series”), as well as never-before-exhibited objects and ephemera from his personal archive, presenting a portrait of the artist reckoning with devastating trauma, haunting memories, and an elusive, lifelong quest for freedom. In drawing together artistic practice and historical chronicle, Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try is fertile new territory for the Museum of Jewish Heritage, offering a survivor’s searing visual testimony within a significant art historical context.
The Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s widely admired fine arts museum, is pleased to announce a major gift from Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett, longtime art patrons, social activists, and downtown Manhattan residents. The gift includes over 200 artworks from their extensive collection of downtown New York artists from the past 50 years.
Atlantic Gallery will open its doors to DREAMSCAPES, a solo exhibition of of life-sized figurative drawings by Carol Crawford. The images of refugees in transit, were created by merging / blending enlarged archival photographs in black and white with charcoal and pastel drawings.
Human Connection Arts was launched in 2017, born from the days when Andy Golub, its founder, painted freely in the streets of New York City.
Now, the nonprofit ~ true to its mission of forming unique connections between artist and model during body painting ~ focuses on the vulnerabilities between models and artists, creating significant impact on artist, models and the public, as they strive to build a world where all people are accepted, regardless of race, gender, size, shape, age and even political views.
Kicking-off 2021, Human Connection Arts announced the opening of new indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard, set to open on January 18, 2021 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The new space will be located at Java Art Studios, where HCA will host free interactive events each week, including painting, poetry, music, movement, and conversations.
Check out the two events on tap for Halloween 2021! The Glow-in-the Dark Party and participation in the 2021 NYC Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village!
Marcus Garvey Park has a plethora of art over this past few months, with the installation of Susan Stair: Ascending the Mountainand Thomas J. Price: Witness, added to the park’s weekly music and dance. Now, we look forward to the unveiling of Alice Mizrachi: Renaissance Women, an abstract, figurative sculpture that honors women of the Harlem Renaissance ~ paving the way for many of the artists today, including Mizrachi.
Building on a body of work artist Pamela Council refers to as ‘Fountains for Black Joy,’ A Fountain for Survivors is both an ode to the ways in which we maintain ourselves and an exuberant life-affirming monument for survivors of all kinds. Adorned with a handmade mosaic of hundreds of thousands of acrylic fingernails, a massive cocoon-like structure houses a tiered water fountain inside a warm, welcoming, and enveloping space. Council’s largest public artwork to date, A Fountain for Survivors will be on view and accessible to all in Times Square’s most iconic plaza, Duffy Square, from October 14 to December 8, 2021.
On October 15, Flushing Town Hall will open its first indoor exhibition since its gallery closed for pandemic precautions in March 2020. The group show, “Communicating Beyond Words,” will run through October 31 and features 12 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who use letterforms as their visual elements. More than 30 artworks will be on display, including illustration, street art, calligraphy, tattoo art, and paintings.
A prestigious roster of internationally acclaimed galleries will open their doors for curator tours and talks of their current exhibitions during the Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk on October 23 from 11am-5pm. One of New York’s favorite art events, this is a prime opportunity to visit the participating galleries located on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets. Organized by the Madison Avenue B.I.D, Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk is free and open to the public.
El Museo del Barrio will open its doors to two new exhibitions this fall: Popular Painters and Other Visionaries and En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74. Expanding on last year’s virtual presentation, Popular Painters and Other Visionaries examines the practices of 42 artists working on the margins of modernism and the mainstream art world in different parts of the Americas around the mid-20th century. Concurrently, El Museo will present En Foco: The New York Puerto Rican Experience, 1973–74, which centers on a single portfolio of 79 photographs by the Bronx-based photographic collective, En Foco. Opening simultaneously, both shows are organized by El Museo’s curatorial department and reflect core values of the institution from its formative Nuyorican formative roots to its continued commitment to expand the art historical canon in the Americas. Each will be accompanied by fully illustrated catalogues, forthcoming in Winter 2021.
‘Marcel Duchamp‘ became the go-to book on the legendary artist for many decades following its publication in late 1959, when editions in French and English were simultaneously released. After being out of print for more than sixty years, the Grove Press English edition is now back in circulation with Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ fully authorized facsimile of Duchamp’s seminal first monograph and catalogue raisonné.
This iconic title is the culmination of many years of Duchamp’s collaboration with its author, art historian and critic Robert Lebel. To this day, the book’s texts, which include chapters authored by Duchamp, H.P. Roché, and André Breton, remain just as relevant and impactful, as does Duchamp’s book design. Hauser & Wirth Publishers reanimate ‘Marcel Duchamp‘ with its faithful reproduction of the 1959 Grove Press edition alongside Jean-Jacques Lebel, Robert Lebel’s son, and Association Marcel Duchamp, representing the artist’s estate.
How many of us take the time to think about our legacy ~ our legacy as a family member, friend, person in our community, or as an artist, and what we might leave behind after we’re gone. The BARDO ∞ PROJECT shines a light on terminally ill artists and creatives nationwide, exploring creativity as a form of spiritual care. It is a project that helps to create their legacy, and in so doing, illuminates the positive effects of art ~ while educating the public about end of life care options. Here, a life’s work is celebrated at that transitional time between death and rebirth. helping to define and create a legacy.
In partnership with designer Félix Marzell, of the Canada based studio World of Marzell, and manufacturer DIX2, presents the Big Apple – the latest temporary public art installation in Bella Abzug Park. The Big Apple is a creative, inspiring new meeting place for imagining your best self in the middle of the city’s newest park and neighborhood. Sponsorships from Amazon NYC and the Québec Government Office in New York made this commission possible.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, Riverside Park Conservancy has secured the necessary funds for NYC Parks to repair The Firemen’s Memorial at 100th Street in Riverside Park this Fall.
With support from an individual donor, funding from the Conservancy will provide the equipment and supplies needed for NYC Parks’ monuments crew to clean, repoint, and repair the monument. The memorial is the site, each October, of the Fire Department’s annual memorial event honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
Parks will kick off autumnal celebrations with the #FallforNYC photo campaign, fall foliage hikes, and more!
Fall in love with New York City’s parks all over again! With the season’s crisp, cool weather and vibrant hues making an entrance, Parks today announced the return of its #FallForNYC initiative, with its fourth annual fall photo campaign, Leaf ID guide, suggestions for the most scenic spots to leaf peep, and fun events across the five boroughs to get New Yorkers in the autumn spirit.
The Union Square Partnership, in collaboration with NYC Park’s Art in the Park Program and Confront Art, unveiled SEEINJUSTICE in Union Square on Thursday, September 30th. Conceived by artist Chris Carnabuci, the installation features three 12 foot bronzed sculptures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Congressman John Lewis. The installation will be on view through October 30th in Union Square Park.
New Yorkers will kick-off October with the Annual Archtober Festival, Open House New York, Blessing of the Animals, and Halloween Festivities! along with a combination of in-person and online Events. New Yorkers will celebrate the opening of The Mandela Lab at the Rubin Museum of Art, and a host of outdoor art installations from Socrates Sculpture Park to The Studio Museum in Harlem’s nine-foot-tall bronze entitled ‘Witness‘ by artist Thomas J. Price. Howard Greenberg Gallery celebrates its 40th with a move to two new locations on 57th Street, and an inaugural opening with a Gordon Parks exhibition. Here are a few suggestions for the month of October.
The installation at Frick Madison has prompted new ways of looking at the Frick’s paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts—works predominantly made in Europe from the thirteenth through nineteenth centuries. Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters is the latest addition in a broader program in the past decade that has celebrated a range of voices and perspectives through digital productions, installations, publications, and collaborations.
At various times during the next year, four New York–based artists will engage with Old Master paintings in the permanent collection, each presenting a single new work on the second floor, where paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Holbein are displayed. These “pop-up” presentations, each running for a limited number of months, will initiate fresh conversations with the institution’s traditional figurative holdings, with particular emphasis on issues of gender and queer identity typically excluded from narratives of early modern European art.
The very cool and eclectic East Village ‘gallery’ Eerdmans opened its doors to Sam Sidney: New York Never Felt so Good ~ an exhibition of iconic New York City images.
These finely crafted felt portraits depict some of NYC’s larger-than-life personalities like Andy Warhol, Joan Rivers and Billie Holiday, and hallowed civic iconography like a metro card, a street-cart hotdog, and Lady Liberty.
The Feast of Saint Francis is Sunday, October 3rd and with it, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will hold the annual Blessing of the Animals from 10am to 4pm. The Cathedral invites the public to a day of music, prayer, joy, blessings and fun in honor of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. While we cannot gather in person this year for the Service or the Outdoor Fair, we’re excited to offer an online extravaganza that will include pet blessings, children’s activities, and a behind-the-scenes look at the history of one of our most beloved days of the year!
The Design Trust for Public Space announced the selection of two major public space projects to be implemented as part of The Restorative City: Building Community Wellness through Public Space. Launched as an open call for proposals in spring 2021, The Restorative City is a major Design Trust initiative dedicated to connecting health equity with the built environment throughout New York City.
52 Walker, the new David Zwirner gallery space programmed and led by Director Ebony L. Haynes, will open October 2021, with a solo presentation of work by Kandis Williams, on view through December 2021. The gallery takes its name from its location at 52 Walker Street in Tribeca. The gallery will occupy the first floor of the five-story landmark building, which was formerly the home of M1-5 Lounge. Selldorf Architects is designing the renovation of the space.
Artist, Gillian Wearing will unveil a bronze monument to celebrated photographer, Diane Arbus at the Doris C. Freeman Plaza, at the entrance to Central Park this October. This is a fitting location for the Arbus monument, since many of her best-known images were taken in this Park.
On Tuesday, September 28, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on the proposed designation of the 200 Madison Avenue First Floor Lobby Interior as an interior landmark. Located in Murray Hill, between East 35th and East 36th Streets, this understated red brick structure by Warren & Wetmore contains one of the most ornate office building lobbies in midtown Manhattan.
Artist, Emily Oliveira will be reminding us that ~ We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down, with a mural at the Prospect Park Bandshell on October 1st!
Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is pleased to present a solo exhibition with Jaume Plensa, featuring new sculptures by the artist, including the debut of the new nest series, that explore the innovation of figurative forms in his depictions of contemporary portraiture.
As part of City Hall In Your Borough, NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Margaret Nelson joined Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick, Reverend Phil Craig of Greater Springfield Community Church, and community members to announce a $21 million allocation from Mayor de Blasio to develop Gwen Ifill Park into a community greenspace in Jamaica, Queens. Located in Ifill’s childhood neighborhood, the park is one of 28 park spaces recently named in honor of the Black experience in New York City.
Remember the Garment District Alliance ‘Call for Mural Artists’ in June? Well, The Garment District Alliance (GDA) announced today the launch of Inside Out: NY Together, a public art installation that will transform the wall outside the Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal in the Garment District into a massive, 40-foot gallery featuring the diverse individuals that make up New York City.
Beginning on October 3, New Yorkers passing through the neighborhood can have their portraits taken, which will be printed in real-time and featured outside Port Authority’s iconic, major transportation hub in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Presented by GDA in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), Inside Out: NY Togetherwill represent how New Yorkers come from all walks of life, and together, make the city one of the greatest in the world.
Iconic and iconoclastic. Prolific and destructive. Reverential and rebellious. “Loved and detested,” according to his obituary in Le Monde, the French newspaper. What distinguishes César (1921-1998) from other giants of postwar art is the dichotomous, dangerous dynamism of his oeuvre. Within his sculptures, there are antithetical forces at work ~ pushing and pulling against the modern tradition, the French cultural establishment, and the nascent mass consumerism of his time. A founding member of the 20th-century Nouveau Réalisme movement, César looms large in the art canon. His masterpieces remain ever relevant, offering fresh perspectives.
During the past year and a half, places of sanctuary have been more important than ever. A new exhibition opening at Socrates Sculpture Park addresses several interpretations of sanctuary – as spaces of rest and protection; as sacred sites; and as supportive environments. Thirteen artists selected through an open call have created eleven new projects on this theme. Projects were created onsite at the Park’s outdoor studios with financial support and technical assistance as part of the Socrates Annual Fellowship.
Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection will present three curatorial interpretations of the extraordinary collection of drawings that artist, curator, and collector Jack Shear has built over the past half-decade.
Continuing The Drawing Center’s tradition of exhibiting drawings from outstanding public and private collections, Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection offers a revealing experiment in connoisseurship and exhibition-making. During the course of the exhibition’s fifteen-week run, artist Arlene Shechet, critic and curator Jarrett Earnest, and Shear himself will each present an exhibition curated from Shear’s holdings.
The radical, inventive art of Jasper Johns (b. 1930) continues to influence today’s artists like few others. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum of Art will stage a simultaneous retrospective—the largest of Johns’s seven-decade career—that offers a fresh take on the living legend. From his iconic flags to lesser-known and recent works, the exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints—nearly five hundred artworks across the two museums, many of which are from Johns’s personal collection and will be shown publicly for the first time.
While we generally stay within our five boroughs, a very noticeable sculpture caught our eye In Jersey City’s Newport Pier Park. It is the permanent installation, by Internationally-known artist Jaume Plensa, entitled Water’s Soul.
Beginning 30 September, Hauser & Wirth will debut ‘Erna Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time,’ the first monographic exhibition outside of Poland devoted to Erna Rosenstein (1913 – 2004). One of the key figures of the Polish avant-garde, Rosenstein’s wartime survival, commitment to Surrealism, and lifelong adherence to leftist ideologies course through a remarkable array of paintings, drawings, and assemblage sculptures, as well as poems, diaristic writings, and deceptively whimsical children’s stories. Steeped in an extraordinary history and responding to the Nazi occupation of Poland, personal traumas suffered in the Holocaust, the postwar sociopolitical upheaval of her native country, and passionate engagement in the intellectual circles of her times, Erna Rosenstein’s work defies simple classification. Her six-decades long career was fueled by the formation of prewar artistic, intellectual, and political affiliations, and is expressed through her continued oscillation between autobiographical figuration and biomorphic abstraction. Grappling with themes of memory, trauma, longing, and loss, she used paint, ink, and found materials to suggest a world tinged with allegory, enchantment, and fairy tale.
Heller Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition by the octogenarian Italian maestro Lino Tagliapietra, who announced his retirement from the furnace last month. The exhibition, on view from October 8 – November 6, 2021, focuses on prime examples of new and archived works and honors the unprecedented 75 years Tagliapietra, who just celebrated his 87th birthday, has spent practicing his art. The exhibition is curated by Douglas Heller, one of the leading authorities on contemporary glass.
Philippe Labaune Gallery will open its doors to Poetry Iinterrupted! ~ an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Italian artist Tanino Liberatore. On view will be paintings the artist created highlighting his infamous 1980s Italian comic series’ protagonist, Ranxerox, a hyper-masculine cyborg anti-hero that shook the world of comics with themes of sex, drugs, anarchy, and violence. Accompanying Liberatore’s paintings will be a selection of works created by international artists paying homage to the iconic comic books series. Artists include Paul Pope, Jonathan Barravechia, Victor Kalvachev, Oliver Valtine, among others. Also on view will be a selection of eleven large-scale drawings Liberatore made in response to Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), a collection of poems written by 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire. Poetry Interrupted! will be on view October 7 ~ November 13, 2021, with an opening reception on Thursday, October 7th from 11am to 9pm.
On Saturday, October 2, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host MetFest, an afternoon filled with special programs, performances, art-making activities, behind-the-scenes tours, food experiences, and more, with artists and community partners from across the five boroughs. Taking place both outside—on The Met’s David H. Koch Plaza—and inside—at the Museum’s Fifth Avenue location—from noon to 6 p.m., MetFest will celebrate the resilience of New York City and its people and be a moment to reflect on the meaning and inspiration that art can bring to our lives. Programming will be both in person and online and offered in multiple languages. MetFest will be free on the plaza and free with Museum admission inside the building for audiences of all ages and abilities.
On Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 the Apollo will hold in-person auditions at its legendary theater for the 2022-23 season of its signature program, Amateur Night at the Apollo, the original talent show and one of the longest-running events in New York City. Auditions will be held at the Apollo on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. ET through 6 p.m. ET. Each day, Amateur Night producers will audition the first 200vocalists, rappers, dancers, instrumentalists, comedians, spoken-word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will compete for a chance to win the $20,000 Grand Prize. Performers between the ages of 12 and 17 will compete for a spot in the “Child Star of Tomorrow” category and a $5,000 prize. Amateur Night at the Apollo returns live and in-person for its 32-night competition on Wednesday, February 22, 2022.
Fort Gansevoort will open its doors to Winfred Rembert: 1945-2021, a solo exhibition of works by Winfred Rembert, opening Thursday, October 7th (6-8 PM) at the gallery’s New York City space in the historic Meatpacking District.