Urban Design Forum and the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (“ANHD”) announce The Local Center, a new initiative to equip neighborhood leaders with the power and resources to shape public spaces.
Today, on the steps of the Manhattan County Courthouse, the historic Flatiron Building, located at 175 Fifth Avenue, received a new owner ~ Jacob Garlick’s Abraham Trust, won the building in today’s auction with his winning bid of $190 million.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map,on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art from April 19 through August 13, 2023, is a recognition of a groundbreaking artist’s work. For nearly five decades, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, has charted an exceptional and unorthodox career as an artist, activist, curator, educator, and advocate. The exhibition highlights how Smith uses her drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures to flip commonly held historical narratives and illuminate absurdities in the dominant culture.
The Affordable Art Fair will open, with a Private View, on Wednesday, March 22nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. This annual event will be open to the public from Tuesday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 26th, showcasing original artwork ranging in price from $100 to $12,000.
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) in partnership with Hunter College East Harlem Gallery, has announced the opening of the exhibition, Ida y Vuelta: Experiencias de la migración en el arte puertorriqueño contemporáneo (Arrivals and Departures: Migration Experiences in Contemporary Puerto Rican Art), from March 30th, 2023 through September 30th. The exhibition, a major show featuring 19 artists whose works respond to the processes, causes, and consequences of traveling and living away from their place of origin, will mark the first time in ten years that CENTRO will be partnering with the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, neighbor to the CENTRO Library & Archives, as part of their 50th Anniversary celebrations.
This year, National Rugelach Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29th. We will be celebrating with The King of Rugelach, Alvin Lee Smalls ~ also known and loved as Mr. Lee, owner of Lee Lee’s Baked Goods in Harlem. It also happens to be Mr. Lee’s 81st Birthday!
With over eight million people and as many as 800 languages spoken in New York City, it’s up to the people to keep their culture shining bright. This April, People’s Theatre Project will present the world premiere of an original play – developed by immigrant artists and starring a majority-immigrant cast.
On Saturday, April 12th, during New York City’s celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week 2023, People’s Theatre Project will welcome audiences to the world premiere of The Diamond at Pregones Theater in the Bronx.
The Ford Foundation Gallery is pleased to presentNo Justice Without Love, guest curated by Daisy Desroisers, on view April 4 – June 30, 2023. No Justice Without Love brings together the transformational work of artists, activists, and allied donors who make up the Art For Justice Fund community.
Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Bonnard: The Experience of Seeing, a loan exhibition from museums and private collections, featuring over twenty paintings by the French artist Pierre Bonnard. The exhibition will present works created in the last three decades of Bonnard’s career, featuring the artist’s visionary use of color and composition across a range of subjects, including still lives, nudes, interior scenes, and landscapes. The show is on view April 12 to May 26, 2023 at Acquavella’s New York location.
City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) is marking the 60-year history of the legendary, Cuban charanga band Orquesta Broadway on Friday, March 24 at Aaron Davis Hall’s Marian Anderson Theatre, with a special concert featuring multi-award-winning flutist and educator Connie Grossman and esteemed flutist Karen Joseph. Award-winning radio host and Latin music historian Nelson Radhames Rodriguez serves as producer and emcee of the show, which starts at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available at citycollegecenterforthearts.org.
NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) has been issued for the temporary and seasonal implementation of programming, amenities, events, and development at Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn.
Anchorage Plaza is surrounded by a busy and dynamic section of the Brooklyn Bridge, bound by Old Fulton, Front, York, Washington, and Prospect Streets with views of the Manhattan skyline. It is located between the vibrant and frequently visited historic districts of Brooklyn Heights and Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (“DUMBO”) neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
NYC Parks is pleased to announce that artist Rose DeSiano has been selected as the recipient of the Highland Park Art Grant. DeSiano will receive an award of $25,000 to create her proposed artwork, Public Continuum, to be displayed in Highland Park on the border of Brooklyn and Queens from Summer 2023 to Summer 2024. The Highland Park Art Grant supports the creation of one new, temporary artwork by a New York City-based emerging artist in Highland Park. The resulting artwork will transform Lower Highland Park into an art destination, with supporting events and programs.
Sitting in on the recent CB 11 meeting, Jana La Sorte, the Administrator of Historic Harlem Parks, gave an update on a plethora of good news happening in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.
The Park, which runs from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Madison Avenue to Mount Morris Park West, is the home to the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower, the Harlem Drummers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a swimming pool, and from what we heard in this meeting, it may be the new home of Harlem Eat Up!
In 2021, the New York Public Library enhanced, repaired, and expanded public spaces to the tune of over $335 million in a capital construction program. In addition to the highlighted Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library and upgrades to Gottesman Hall in the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (including the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures), the Library spent $37.4 million on 30 other branches serving the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Many of these projects were stalled during the pandemic, and have now been restarted. One such project is a complete renovation for five of the original Carnegie Libraries. And one of those five is located at 224 East 125th Street. Below are a few renderings for the new space, including artwork.
The New York City Fire Museum today announced the launch of a new exhibition, Colonial Firefighting & the American Revolution, which presents the untold story of a group of volunteers, the colonial FDNY, that stood between New York and disaster during years of rampant arson, wars for North America, and the American Revolution.
The exhibition will be on display from March 15, 2023, to August 13, 2023, and feature multimedia, video animations, and 3D models that illustrate the major events of the colonial era, including a breathtaking video-animation of the devastating fire in 1776 that destroyed 500 buildings – homes, churches, schools, stores, and factories.
What Is Psychedelic, co-presented by Mishkin Gallery and Pioneer Works, marks the first institutional survey of New York-born artist Aura Rosenberg. This two-venue exhibition traces the artist’s trajectory from early paintings of the 1970s to her more recent endeavors in photography, film, sculpture, and installation. Throughout her five decades long career in New York and Berlin, Rosenberg has moved through diverse styles, preferring to work thematically and serially while often returning to ideas from past projects. The exhibition also includes several previously unseen works, and Rosenberg’s collaborations with artists like Ei Arakawa, Mary Heilmann, Mike Kelley, Louise Lawler, and Haim Steinbach, all of which chronicle the breadth of her multifaceted career.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church will host an in-person presentation on Sunday, March 19th at 1:00pm, welcoming Martha Foley, archivist and historian for The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange.
Since 1934, aspiring performers have come to The Apollo to “Be Good or Be Gone!” On Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Apollo (253 W. 125th Street) will hold live auditions for its signature program, Amateur Night at The Apollo, the quintessential talent competition and one of the longest-running events in the world.
As the world commemorates Hip-Hop’s 50th anniversary, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) launches its latest in-person exhibition entitled,Rhythm, Bass and Place: Through the Lens. Launching on March 17, 2023 with a free public reception at CCCADI (120 E 125th Street, NY, NY 10035), this exhibition, featuring the photographs of New York photographers Joe Conzo Jr. and Malik Yusef Cumbo, explores the moments in which musical styles were created in New York City’s African Diasporic communities. From portrait to photojournalism, this exhibition is a testament to a social movement, a cultural renaissance and a communally crafted sound experience that reverberates worldwide.
Gagosian is pleased to announce Drawing within Nature: Paintings from the 1990s, an exhibition of twelve paintings and two large-scale works on paper by Helen Frankenthaler. This will be the first time in almost two decades that a group of the artist’s paintings from this era have been presented in New York, with some that have never previously been exhibited.
Beginning April 6, 2023, Fort Gansevoort will present The Arrival of Foreign Professionals, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Ukraine-born, Israel-based artist Zoya Cherkassky. In her latest works, Cherkassky offers up vibrant figurative compositions to depict scenes of African diasporic communities in Europe, Israel, and the USSR from the 1930s to the present day. Based upon historical research and the artist’s own memories, these paintings examine cross cultural encounters from disparate times and locations. Cherkassky’s personal experiences as the wife of a Nigerian emigrant and mother of a mixed-race child simultaneously inform her perspective and complicate her relationship to the subjects she portrays. Aware of the challenges that come with presenting these works in America—a nation whose own history of African enslavement and white supremacy remains entrenched— Cherkassky aims to engage viewers in open conversation about the aftermath of failed colonial projects.
Beginning 13 April, Hauser & Wirth will present ‘You Don’t Have to Tell Me Twice,’ a major solo exhibition by Mark Bradford. Filling the entirety of the gallery’s 22nd Street building, the artist’s first show in New York since 2015 sees the artist embarking upon a deeply personal exploration of the multifaceted nature of displacement and the predatory forces that feed on populations driven into motion by crisis. Primarily known for his unique style of ‘social abstraction,’ Bradford has recently turned his attention toward figures, including his own, and has created sweeping new works where flora and fauna––predators and prey––move within dense, dreamlike abstracted landscapes, masses of material, color and line.
On Saturday, March 11th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership in collaboration with Bombay Sandwich Co., PMT House of Dance, and Aeilushi Mistry will host an inaugural Rangoli Art Celebration. The family-friendly freer public event will feature Rangoli, an art form originating from India where beautiful patterns are created using organic materials, live traditional music, South Asian treats, educational and cultural activities. Participants will have the opportunity to help build a community Rangoli guided by Aeilushi Mistry or a smaller version to take home.
Daylight Saving Time will take place on Sunday, March 12th, when clocks are turned forward 1 hour. This year, the change will take place at 2:00am, moving our clocks to 3:00am. This will put sunrise and sunset about an hour later, and there will be more light in the evening. It is the time of year when we ‘Spring Forward’.
Beginning March 16, Venus Over Manhattan will present Cornelius Annor: A Fabric of Time and Family, an exhibition of new paintings by the Accra-based artist whose vibrant canvases offer glimpses of Ghanian life through figures in states of gathering, leisure, and repose. In the series of fifteen works on view, Annor depicts scenes culled from photo albums, archives, recollections, and imaginings—a group of paintings that radiate kinship and harken to both classical art historical paradigms and the unique aesthetics of modern African portraiture.
On view through April 22 at the gallery’s Great Jones Street location, this presentation marks the artist’s second solo exhibition with Venus Over Manhattan.
The Museum of Modern Art announces Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time, the first exhibition to investigate the artist’s works on paper made in series. Using charcoal, watercolor, pastel, and graphite, she explored forms and phenomena—from abstract rhythms to nature’s cycles—across multiple examples. The exhibition will run from April 9 to August 12, 2023.
With its gleaming shopping centers and refurbished row houses, today’s Harlem bears little resemblance to the neighborhood of the midcentury urban crisis. In The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, first published in 2017 by Harvard University Press, Brian D. Goldstein traces Harlem’s Second Renaissance to a surprising source: the radical social movements of the 1960s that resisted city officials and fought to give Harlemites control of their own destiny. Inspired by the civil rights movement, young activists envisioned a Harlem built by and for its low-income, predominantly African American population. In the succeeding decades, however, the community-based organizations they founded came to pursue a very different goal: a neighborhood with national retailers and increasingly affluent residents.
One of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama will unveil her latest works on May 12 in her largest gallery exhibition to date, spanning David Zwirner Galleries West 19th and West 20th Street in New York City.
The exhibition will feature new paintings, new sculptures elaborating on her signature motifs of pumpkins and flowers, and a new Infinity Mirrored Room.
David Zwirner is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition of works by Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) since the announcement of his representation in December 2022. Held at the gallery’s location at 537 West 20th Street in New York, the exhibition will feature new and recent abstract works by Richter, all created between 2016 and 2022. This will be the first exhibition devoted to the artist’s work in New York since his retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was only briefly on view in March 2020.
LGDR will present Rear View, the inaugural exhibition of the gallery’s new flagship location at 19 East 64th Street in New York City beginning April 18, 2023. Spanning two floors of this landmark Beaux Arts- style townhouse, Rear View will present a transhistorical selection of approximately 40 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs that explore representations of the human figure as seen from behind—an enduring, wide-ranging paradigm which has exerted potent influence on modern and contemporary artists. In addition to rare twentieth-century masterworks by Félix Vallotton, René Magritte, Francis Bacon, Domenico Gnoli, Egon Schiele, Paul Cadmus, Aristide Maillol,and others, Rear View will bring together seminal pieces by a diverse group of living artists spanning generations.
The 10th Anniversary Edition of the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY will take place from March 16-31, with an opening night to be held at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center with the films, SHABU and TNAASH.
Harman Projects is pleased to present The Message, a solo exhibition by United Kingdom-based artist Louis “Masai” Michel. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery.
For the past three years, artist Louis “Masai” Michel has been living on the south-eastern coastline of Margate, England. His proximity to the coast has informed the environmentally conscious artist’s practice, resulting in a new body of work exploring our relationship with plastic items that often end up as trash in the sea.
On view at Salmagundi Club, Birthday Suit: An Artful Exploration of Nude Photography. This exhibition highlights the talents of Salmagundi photography members and two specially selected non-member artists, showcasing the beauty and complexities of the human form through the art of nude photography.
Perrotin is pleased to introduce JR’s newest series, Les Enfants d’Ouranos. Building upon Déplacé-e-s which shares the stories of refugee children from around the world, this project explores the tensions between the visible and invisible. The title of the exhibition translates to The Children of Ouranos—referring to the primordial Greek god of the sky who fathered the Titans, the first gods—and associates JR’s subjects with holiness.
On March 16 at 6pm, the Jefferson Market Library and archivist and Caffe Cino actress Magie Dominic will share documentation and stories about the landmark space, Caffe Cino, presenting the first program devoted to the women playwrights who produced their work at the Caffe. This small theater, located at 31 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village, opened in 1958, and produced plays and theater work until its closing in 1968. Magie Dominic was one of the original performers at the Caffe, and like many, worked in a multiple of capacities. During its 10 year existence, Joe Cino, owner of the Caffe Cino, produced the work of hundreds of new writers, many of whom went on to win a multitude of awards -including Pulitzers, Tonys, Academy Awards and Obies.
On the heals of the exhibition, ‘Figuratively: Real and Imagined‘, Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the exhibition ‘Women Who Paint: Are Fearless‘ on March 13th, highlighting the work of three contemporary artists ~ Beth Barry, Silvia Battistuzzi and Yael Dresdner. Collectively their paintings are in conversation through color, brush stroke, shape and natural forms, interpreted by each artist.
“One Earth, After Another,” an exhibition of work by Peruvian artist Elena Damiani, is on view at Revolver Galería from February 16, and extended to April 1, 2023. The exhibition, Damiani’s first in the gallery’s new space in New York, explores through sculpture and collage, principles linked to the geology of the earth and related scientific branches such as stratigraphy, mineralogy, paleontology, and sedimentology. In addition, Damiani is included in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition of contemporary Latin American artists, who have drawn on history as source material for new works, that opens on April 30, 2023. “Zenith,” Damiani’s permanent, site-specific installation, can be seen in the David Rockefeller Atrium of the Americas Society headquarters on Park Avenue in New York.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts celebrates the long and colorful career of costume designer Willa Kim in her first-ever major retrospective exhibition, The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers. Kim’s archive was acquired by the Library in 2017. The show features an assortment of designs and costumes from her long and prolific career, including work from productions like Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Will Rogers Follies, and her final Broadway show, Victor/Victoriastarring Julie Andrews.
Public Art Fund debuts This is where I am, an exhibition of 12 new photographs by Aïda Muluneh on over 330 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York, Boston, and Chicago in the United States, and Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. The exhibition marks both the artist’s first public art exhibition in Côte d’Ivoire and the first time that Public Art Fund presents artwork on the African continent, expanding the organization’s partnership with JCDecaux beyond the United States. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Muluneh’s practice focuses on her cultural heritage as a way to explore themes of history, politics, sense of place, and other pressing issues such as the climate crisis. For this new series, Muluneh drew inspiration from Ethiopian poet Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin’s “This is where I am”. Written in 1974–the year that marked both Muluneh’s birth and the start of the Ethiopian Revolution–the poem and the resulting body of photographs are markedly personal. The series bridges past and present, as Muluneh examines her experiences as an immigrant and Ethiopian woman, reflects upon the various political regimes she has lived through, and borrows visual language from religious iconography.
New Land Plaza: You Can’t Beat a New York Original looks at the spatial effects of the criminalization of informal markets and the contemporary repercussions this has on sidewalks and across the facades of Lower Manhattan. Over the course of the exhibit, Canal Street Research Association will attempt to “bootleg” a historic Canal Street counterfeit bust, by tracing the bust’s historical antecedents in order to understand current-day conditions. Anchored in Ming Fay’s seminal Monumental Fruit public artwork honoring street vendors, the archival and speculative research for this re-staging takes various modes: resurfacing of Fay’s proposals and artworks, creating a modular display system in collaboration with architectural collective common room, and pursuing an active intervention on Storefront’s facade. Canal Street Research Association is currently offering Storefront as ad space to mimic the increasingly frequent Lower Manhattan phenomenon that prioritizes buildings as billboards. This gesture attempts to invert the typical flow of corporate funding by redistributing any resources accrued through this experiment to support on the ground advertisers for luxury fashion houses: shanzhai luxury vendors themselves.
The Salmagundi is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Hartley Invitational, on view in the Skylight Gallery from March 6 through April 1, 2023. This exhibition brings together some of the most eminent contemporary realist artists from around the world, with several top artists showcasing their work at Salmagundi for the first time.
The month of March opens up to a host of new and exciting exhibitions, talks, and annual events and celebrations from St. Patrick’s Day (for All), Women’s History Month, The Photography Show, to Love Rocks NYC and Villa Albertine’s ‘Night of Ideas’. New exhibitions by the New Museum, The MET, The Museum of the City of New York, Rubin Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts & Design, and The Guggenheim will fill our days with exciting new work. Don’t forget to scroll down to all that are ‘Still on View.’ Here are a few suggestions for the month of March.
NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Congresswoman Grace Meng, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, Council Member Sandra Ung, Representatives from Community Boards 4, 6, 7, and 8, Senior Swimmers from Roy Wilkins, St. John’s, and Al Oerter Recreation Centers, and community members to officially reopen the Flushing Meadows Aquatics Center to the public and debut brand new programming.
Art in DUMBO has announced that DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk will take place on March 2, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Highlights from March’s Gallery Walk are four one-night-only special events including an evening of performances of sound, poetry, and dance taking place within the group exhibition at New York Studio SchoolProjects @ DUMBO; an artist talk with Mandy Cano Villalobos at Main Window; and celebrating International Women’s Month: the Opening Reception of En La Lucha at Cuban Art Space and Light Year digital projections from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the Manhattan Bridge.
Today, NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove and City Council Member Inna Vernikov teamed up to remove three derelict vessels from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Derelict, abandoned vessels and other marine debris are environmental hazards and create navigational and property damage risks, particularly when becoming dislodged during heavy weather events.
The 2023 Theme for Women’s History Month is “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.” “Throughout 2023, the NWHA will encourage the recognition of women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, TV, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news, and social media. This timely theme honors women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art and news, pursuing truth and reflecting society decade after decade.“….. National Women’s History Alliance
China Institute Gallery will reopen on March 23rd with a landmark exhibition of Chinese flower-and-bird paintings. The largest survey of its kind outside of China and the first in the U.S., Flowers on a River: The Art of Chinese Flower-and-Bird Painting, 1368-1911, Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum will showcase masterpieces of Chinese painting across five centuries. The exhibition will be on view through June 25, 2023. The exhibition marks the first showing of masterpieces traveling from China to the U.S. since the onset of the pandemic.