The Harlem Chamber Players (Founding Executive and Artistic Director Liz Player) will mark its 15th Anniversary and Black Music Month with a musical extravaganza Harlem Songfest II,celebrating Black opera singers and the music of Black composers, including women, on Friday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street in Manhattan). Multifaceted artist Damien Sneed will serve as music director and conductor for the event, which will also feature arias from the European canon.The special concert is hosted by WQXR radio personality and Harlem Chamber Players (HCP) Artistic Advisor Terrance McKnight and presented in association with the Manhattan School of Music. Tickets for Harlem Songfest II— ranging from $20-$40, with $50 VIP tickets — are on sale Here. They can also be purchased by calling 212-854-7799 (Wed-Fri from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.).
NYC Parks today announced it will hold a public hearing on July 7, 2023, for proposed new rules to change the application timeline for Special Event permits and to establish standards for the distribution of permits for multi-day Special Events in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. New Yorkers have an opportunity to submit comment on the proposed new rules beginning this Tuesday, June 6, 2023; comment submissions will be accepted until Friday, July 7, 2023.
The Hispanic Society Museum & Library is honored to commemorate the centenary of the passing of Joaquín Sorolla (1863–1923), an artist whose name and legacy remains inextricably linked to the history of this institution. Sorolla was a renowned Spanish artist, whose work was highly regarded in Europe and the Americas in the early twentieth century. Born in Valencia, he was orphaned early in life and raised by his aunt and uncle, who recognized his artistic talent and arranged for his training in painting and drawing from the age of nine.
Keith de Lellis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of photographs that explore the history of dance in the 20th century, with works spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s. The poses, expressions, and moments formed in these photographs were also conceptualized through a phrase of dance, a surrealist notion that holds visually throughout these works. Together and separately, both dance and photography are ever-changing. ‘Focus on Dance’ to open on June 14th.
Hours after the 2017 “Muslim travel ban” was announced, a mosque in Victoria, Texas erupted in flames. This three-part docuseries chronicles the town, its residents, and complex history as a quiet community reckons with the deep rifts that incited this hate crime. Episode 1 will be presented ahead of a fall broadcast on PBS by JustFilms at Ford Foundation on June 6th.
LGDR is pleased to present Lines in Space — opening June 7, 2023, at 19 East 64th Street in New York—the first exhibition of Gego’s work at the gallery’s new flagship location. A leading figure of Venezuelan abstraction in the 1960s and ’70s, Gego (1912–1994) created multidimensional works that radically engage the properties of line and space. Lines in Space will offer a concentrated survey of the artist’s works across media, including the constellated wire structure Chorro (1979/86), the six-part steel-and-bronze sculpture Cornisa I (1967), the rectilinear Meccano (1985), and a diverse array of luminous watercolors, collages, and drawings. We are delighted to present our exhibition in collaboration with Fundación Gego and to mount our presentation alongside the New York iteration of Gego: Measuring Infinity, a major traveling retrospective of the artist’s work on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
We loved Zaq Landsberg’s Reclining Liberty in Morning Side Park, Harlem, and celebrated the monuments move to Liberty State Park. Now, she is packed and ready to return to New York for a brief stay in Red Hook!
Following Reclining Liberty…..here’s what we know. After a year on display in Liberty State Park, the 25-foot-long, 2,000 pound statue is moving indoors ~ into the Red Hook gallery space, Andrew Logan Projects located at 384 Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn for a short stay through June 24, 2023.
Making its North American debut in Brooklyn, the exhibition features over 180 works, including fashion, music, film, visual art, and photography, as well as textiles and jewelry from the Museum’s Arts of Africa collection. The exhibition will open on June 23rd.
The Frick Collection has unveiled a large pastel mural commissioned from the Swiss-born artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980) at the museum’s temporary home, Frick Madison. This site-specific work was created in response to Rosalba Carriera’s Portrait of a Man in Pilgrim’s Costume ~ one of two eighteenth-century pastels by Rosalba bequeathed to the Frick by Alexis Gregory in 2020. The installation features Rosalba’s superb portrait at the center of a three-wall mural designed by Party, as well as two new related works specially created by Party for this presentation.
On view from June 1, 2023, through the remainder of the Frick’s residency at the Breuer building (which ends March 3, 2024), this installation will inspire the Frick’s summer and early fall programming as well as a new publication.
Kicking-off the month of June with a plethora of annual events like Pride Month, Juneteenth, the TriBeCa Festival, Schomburg Center’s Literary Festival, Sing for Hope Pianos, Salmagundi Club Spring Auction, NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll, and the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival. Here are a few suggestions for the month of June.
Bruce Davidson: The Way Back will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from June 22 through September 16, 2023. Selected by the acclaimed photographer from his vast archive, the exhibition will present previously unpublished work dating from 1957-1977. The photographs represent the arc of Davidson’s versatile career with individual images that were overlooked at the time. Some are from Davidson’s most well-known series—East 100th Street, a look at one Harlem block in 1966-68; Brooklyn Gang, which followed a group of teenagers in the summer of 1959; Time of Change, his Civilrights photographs from 1961-65; and Subway, a look at life on the trains from 1977. Other works, in the streets of New York, the markets of Mexico, or the wilds of Yosemite, stand apart from those series though remain characterized by a creative practice rooted in humanism. The works in the exhibition are drawn from a new book, Bruce Davidson: The Way Back, to be published by Steidl in 2023.
Affected by the rawness of the walk down an unfinished staircase featuring the original plaster walls, exposed and weathered concrete floors, Below Constructions is a presentation of works by five artists who allow surfaces to act as their medium– exploring the “here and now” of art making materials. When completion doesn’t involve a conventional finishing or framing of the art object, but rather an affirmation of the reality of the object itself, the studio’s tool box becomes evident, and a glimpse of the worktable made visible.
On Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm EST The Apollo Theater will host “CHAMP: Deaf Artists of Color Redefining the Performing Arts,” an in-depth discussion featuring the leading Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing artists, creators, and musicians working in the performing arts space today. The panelists come from all corners of the creative industry, spanning dance, theater, music, and film. Throughout the conversation, they will share their stories—their successes, their setbacks, and the steps they took to get to where they are today. Not only will this be an opportunity to connect and network with trailblazing artists, but also a chance to celebrate all of their contributions and uplift an integral but often under-acknowledged community.
Solitary Figures, Franco-Algerian artist Djamel Tatah’s first solo exhibition in the United States, will be on view at Bienvenu Steinberg & J, from June 8 to July 15, 2023. Curated by Richard Vine, the exhibition will showcase eleven of Tatah’s full-size figurative paintings, produced between 2011 and 2021. These works question our presence in the world and our relationship to the humanity that surrounds us. A fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Richard Vine and art historian Barbara Stehle will accompany the exhibition.
Alison Elizabeth Taylor: These Days is a must-see exhibition before it closes on June 24th. Even our closeup images don’t due justice to her intricate inlaid-wood and painted collages. Over the past twenty years, Taylor’s highly original approach to marquetry and image making has challenged conventional assumptions about art and the definition of painting. This is Taylor’s seventh solo exhibition with James Cohan.
In the New York art scene of the mid-1960s and early ‘70s, Brigid Berlin achieved the rarest of feats by becoming an essential member of both of the two opposing spheres of the downtown creative classes gathered at Max’s Kansas City, the definitive watering hole of the avant-garde. She was a fixture in the queerdélireof the back room, where Andy Warhol held court among his Factory Superstars, drag queens, and other hangers-on. At the same time, Berlin was equally welcomed by “the heavies” in the front of the bar: the mostly male, infamously macho crowd of carousing artists that included Willem de Kooning, John Chamberlain, Larry Rivers, Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, James Rosenquist, and Brice Marden, among others. Berlin not only penetrated these distinct precincts of the clubby art establishment, but conspired with them, occasionally collaborating on artworks, and even going so far as to turn them into muses for her own polymorphic, deeply conceptual oeuvre. Brigid Berlin was one of them: anartist on equal footing,the heaviest of the heavies.
“You don’t call yourself an ‘artist’ – if others want to, that’s up to them.” — Brigid Berlin
On June 6, 2023, Public Art Fund will debut PRANK, the late British artist Phyllida Barlow’s final series of large-scale freestanding sculptures. This exhibition of seven new steel and fiberglass sculptures in City Hall Park offers the opportunity to experience her rich artistic legacy in the public sphere. As Barlow’s first series of outdoor sculptures made from robust long-lasting materials, PRANK marks a notable departure from the artist’s typical use of materials suitable for indoor display, extending her highly influential practice into the realm of public art.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Libertation Day, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States. Now a State and Federal Holiday, here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2023.
The first exhibition of its kind in the United States, A Greater Beauty: The Drawings of Kahlil Gibran features over one hundred drawings by the prolific Lebanese-American artist, poet and essayist, and coincides with the 100th anniversary of Gibran’s world-renowned publication, The Prophet. Though best known for his poetry and prose, Gibran viewed himself equally as a visual artist, producing paintings, watercolors, sketches, illustrations, book covers, and other material as a complement to his written work. A Greater Beauty will present an overview of Gibran’s drawings and sketches alongside manuscript pages, notebooks, correspondence, magazine illustrations and essays, and first editions, providing a glimpse into the artist’s production in the context of his work as a whole. The exhibition will be on view from June 2 to September 3, 2023.
The Coney Island History Project’s 2023 exhibition center seasonbegins Memorial Day Weekend with a combination of free indoor and outdoor exhibits. This year’s special exhibition is The Riegelmann Boardwalk: Past, Present, and Future. This fascinating exhibit tells the story of how the Coney Island Boardwalk came into being, how it was constructed, and how it changed Coney Island forever by opening the shoreline to the public. Historic photographs and maps will illustrate the innovative construction techniques that were used for the first time to create Coney Island’s new “Main Street” one hundred years ago in 1923. A century of memorable photographs will be on display.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host its 5th Annual Literary Festival on Saturday, June 17th. Traditionally held on Juneteenth weekend, the Schomburg Center Literary Festival is held both outdoors and throughout the historic research library in Harlem, featuring discussions, workshops, and book signings with established and emerging writers across the Black Diaspora.
Beginning June 8, 2023, Fort Gansevoort will present Play The Hand That’s Dealt You, the first New York solo exhibition of Alabama-based artist Yvonne Wells. Born in 1939 in Tuscaloosa, Wells is known for her intricate narrative quilts depicting American history subjects, pop culture figures, and religious subject matter. As a self- taught artist living and working in the same region as the enslaved female quilters from the rural Alabama community known as Gee’s Bend, Wells is aware of heritage techniques, yet cleaves to her own contemporary visual vernacular. Through a practice that illuminates quilt making as a form of fine art and not simply craft, she has developed a style that uniquely melds geometric abstraction with bold figuration. The evolution of Wells’ personal aesthetic and technical mastery will be seen through over a dozen large works on view, spanning three decades of the artist’s career.
Salmagundi Club is home to the oldest continuous art auction in New York, held each spring and fall since the late 1870’s. This year, Salmagundi will be holding our annual Spring Auction online. The preview period will run for a full month, taking online bids via LiveAuctioneers. Take a look, online on view now.
Beginning in 1969 with a ‘Gay Power’ demonstration of about 500 people in Washington Square Park, the NYC Pride March is now considered to be the largest Pride Parade in the United States. In 2019, celebrating Stonewall 50/WorldPride NYC, approximately five-million people took part over the final weekend of the celebrations, with about four-million in attendance at the parade.
Join NYC Pride 2023 during the month of June as it celebrates its legacy and future projects like the 2024 opening of the LGBTQ Visitor Center and The American LGBTQ+ Museum with an anticipated opening in 2026.
Below are just a few events during #NYCPride on our list.
The annual New York City Pride March will take place on March 25th beginning at Noon. This years Grand Marshals will include Billy Porter, Yasmin Benoit, AC Dumlao, Hope Giselle and Randolph ‘Randy’ Wicker. Angelica Ross will return for a third year as co-host on the broadcast special on ABC-7.
The New York Historical Society will be adding more than 70,000 square-feet to its historic building along Central Park’s Upper West Side. This five-story addition will include additional classrooms, galleries, study areas ~ and the the first museum in New York dedicated to LGBTQ+ history and culture, with an anticipated completion date near 2026.
The American LGBTQ+ Museum will be located within a 4,000 square foot gallery space and occupy a full floor. Exciting programming to include rotating exhibitions and a ‘virtual museum’ in addition to its permanent exhibitions.
We are saving the date for the 22nd Annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival to be held on Sunday, June 18th from Noon to 4:00pm on Eldridge Street between Division and Canal Streets. The free event is a delicious celebration of all things Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican.
Vulnerable Landscapes, now on view at the Staten Island Museum, is an interdisciplinary exhibition that centers the shorelines at the forefront of climate change in one of New York City’s most vulnerable landscapes: Staten Island.
The exhibition, which opened on Earth Day, explores Staten Island’s unique challenges due to its geography and history, with industry and community concentrated where water meets ground. Vulnerable Landscapes circumnavigates Staten Island illuminating the past to shed light on the future.
This June, in solidarity with their LGBTQI+ community members, Acacia Network and its affiliate Loisaida Inc. will present a month-long arts series celebrating Pride Month.
Curated by queer artist Gabriel G Torres, the Loisaida is Proud series kicks off on Thursday, June 8th at 6 PM with an opening reception for the exhibition “We are all born naked, the rest is drag,” showcasing more than 15 years of never-before exhibited work by lens-based artist Ernesto Linnemann. The exhibition will run through Friday, June 23rd.
The setting is a white conference room in the pristine offices of Amsterdam’s world-famous museum of modern art, the Stedelijk. The museum’s leading curators and administrators (all white), including Director Rein Wolfs, convene to discuss the government’s diversity and inclusion mandate, a new requirement for continued financial support. How does a major cultural institution go about changing course dramatically — to exhibit work by people of color, women, LGBTQ+ artists, and those who suffered under the Netherlands’ 250 years of colonial rule — and also reform the decision-making process?
For those of us with the good fortune to have a place to hang our things, a closet is a magical container, a collection of materials, arranged by each of us that at a glance can reveal our values, desires, cares, and even our deepest secrets. Time itself is frozen inside a closet in contrasting meters and timelines, fragmented in things accumulated and arranged in juxtaposed order, stacked and aligned, quickly thrown or casually dropped there to be taken care of later. The scene is set, and the narratives that blossom come alive whenever the doors swing open, giving us a reading, a reminder, an understanding of who we are, where we have been, secrets, and dreams we hold. Boxes concealing our heart’s contours, scribbled messages scratched on folded notes and cards, photos, records, files, all the stuff worth saving for the reason that each thing signifies, all these choices contained in the holding space, the closet.
As part of its transformation into an arts center, the Deer Gallery will open on the second floor, with its inaugural exhibition, Steven Hirsch: Crispy Critters. Featuring nearly 40 paintings and drawings from 2020-2023 by the self-taught artist, the exhibition will be on view from May 25 to July 1, 2023. An opening reception will be held Thursday, May 25 from 6-8 p.m. The artist will be present.
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA. The exhibition is on view May 4 to June 4, 2023.
Grounded in intersectional feminism, this gallery installation addresses socio-cultural issues of ageism, beauty standards, and identity. La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA translates to “The Third and Last: Miss Buttocks USA,” referencing that this is Meza-DesPlas’ third and final manifestation of the creative project Miss Nalgas USA.
NYC Parks today announced the completion of a brand-new StoryMaphighlighting the City’s trees, canopy, and forestry maintenance titled “Our Urban Forest.” Through the StoryMap, Parks has compiled the most comprehensive look at the City’s urban forest to date, complete with information on the city’s process for caring for trees; contextual data on thecoverage and expansion of the City’s urban canopy; and additional information on tree services requests, inspections, and more.
ARTECHOUSE, a pioneer in innovative, experiential art and the leading contemporary art space dedicated exclusively to technology-based art, is pleased to announce Beyond the Light. Developed in collaboration with NASA, this visionary and awe-inspiring exhibition is a unique artistic expression of NASA’s scientific discoveries, including newly analyzed galactical data captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, that offers audiences the opportunity to explore the universe through the innovative use of technology-driven art. Beyond the Light will open to the public on June 1, 2023, at ARTECHOUSE NYC, before traveling to Washington, D.C., in the fall.
The highly anticipated design event has claimed the historic River Mansion at 337 Riverside Drive at W 106th Street in the Upper West Side as its location. The Show House will be open to the public for one month beginning Thursday, May 11th, 2023. An iconic building on the Upper West Side, the home is also known as “The River Mansion” as the oversized home sits on a corner high point beside Riverside Park with enchanting Hudson River views. With a colorful history beginning in 1902, the building has been home to several notable residents including actress Julia Marlowe, and the Bronfman family including Edgar, Sherry B. and Hannah Bronfman.
Nicolas Auvray of Galerie L’Atelier will be opening his doors to a new space, new name and new artists. The public is invited to celebrated the opening of Nicolas Auvray Gallery, 522 West 23rd Street in Chelsea on May 18th from 6-9pm. The Opening is a chance to meet the artists, including special guest Eric Ceccarini, joining the gallery from Belgium. RSVP Requested.
Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by artist Gio Swaby, I Will Blossom Anyway. The exhibition features life-scale textile works including six self-portraits and a grid work of nine silhouettes. This new series explores the concept of dual identities and the cognizance of “other” experienced by immigrants living in a foreign culture. Through detailed sewn line drawing and quilting, Swaby conveys intimacy and beauty in the humanity and imperfection of her subjects. The artist displays the back sides of her canvases to the viewer as the finished work to showcase the knots and loose threads, which signify the sitter’s ongoing journey of life. In I Will Blossom Anyway, Swaby turns this reflection and loving gaze inward, an introspective view of her own journey. The works will be on view in Harlem May 19 – July 29, 2023.
This Memorial Day weekend, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership will host a free Memorial Day-themed historic walking tour on Sunday, May 28. The tour, “From Decoration Day to Memorial Day,” led by historian and author Miriam Berman, will give visitors an insight into the history of Memorial Day in the Flatiron NoMad District.
The Montague Street Business Improvement District (Montague BID) will unveil Montague Street Blooms, a 6-foot tall pop up flower park installation on Saturday, May 13 at 12pm. The pop up park created by artist Piera Bonerba, owner of Le Meraviglie Art Studio, 108 Montague Street, and artist Emanuele Simonelli, will bloom during Open Streets on Montague every Saturday in May, June and July (except June 10), from 12-6pm on Montague Street between Henry and Hicks Streets in Brooklyn Heights.
In honor of NYC BID Day and NYCxDesign 2023, The School of Visual Arts and NYCxDesign unveiled Art History 101: A Brush with Fashion, presented by students of the Design Department at the School of Visual Arts under the direction of Professor Kevin T. O’Callaghan. The installations are on view from 61st Street to 77th Street along Madison Avenue.
Allouche Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo show entitled “Now You See It” by world-renowned artist Ron English at Allouche Gallery NYC. This new body of work continues to explore the immersive world English has perfected throughout his long evolution as painter, sculptor, street artist and pop culture provocateur. Opening May 20th.
BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce the 34th annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition, Emerging Creators, The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, an art exhibition curated by the Youth Curatorial Fellows, and Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival produced by Youth Media Fellows. Youth Takeover, a reception and media event for the exhibitions and film festival, will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 5-8pm at BRIC House. The exhibitions will be on view through June 18, 2023.
The Apollo announced today its 2023 cohort of artists for its Apollo New Works initiative, an initiative which champions artistic development and allows artists across disciplines to incubate and present new works across The Apollo’s stages—its Historic Theater, Soundstage, and The Apollo’s Victoria Theater, which will open this winter. The series of commissions will feature world premiere performances, festivals, and programs rooted in music, dance, theater, poetry, and more, by an award-winning group of artists including: vertical dance company Bandaloop with composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer Billy Childs, playwright Francisca Da Silveira, actor Kevin R. Free, multimedia artist Ebony Noelle Golden, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, photographer Alex Harsley and the E. 4th Street Photo Gallery, choreographer Aku Kadogo and poet jessica Care moore, sculptor Jonathan Payne, American blues and soul singer Martha Redbone,musical duo Soul Science Lab (Chen Lo and Asante Amin), playwright Talvin Wilkes, and playwright Nathan Yungerberg, and The Apollo’s current Master Artist in Residence Kamasi Washington.
NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Jackie Langsam joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Council Member Vickie Paladino, Community Board 7 Chairperson Eugene Kelty, representatives from the Bowne Park Civic Association and the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association, former City Council Member Paul Vallone, and members of the community to celebrate the completion of $3.6 million in improvements to Bowne Parke in Flushing Queens.