The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to present Uncommon Denominator, a sequence-based exhibition in which interdisciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian combines pieces from the Morgan’s collection with her own artworks and objects of familial significance. Opening February 10th and on view through May 28th, 2023, it is the third in an ongoing series of exhibitions the Morgan’s Photography Department has created in collaboration with a living artist.
The New Museum will present a major solo exhibition of work by Wangechi Mutu, bringing together more than one hundred works across painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, and film to present the full breadth of her practice from the mid-1990s to today. On view March 2–June 4, 2023, “Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined” will take over the entire the museum, encompassing the three main floors, lobby, “Screens Series” program on the lower level, and a new commission for the building’s glass façade. Curated by Vivian Crockett, Curator, and Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Senior Curator, with Ian Wallace, Curatorial Assistant, “Intertwined” will trace connections between recent developments in Mutu’s sculptural practice and her decades-long exploration of the legacies of colonialism, globalization, and African and diasporic cultural traditions.
The Museum of Modern Art announces Architecture Now: New York, New Publics, the inaugural installation of a new exhibition series that will serve as a platform to highlight emerging talent and foreground groundbreaking projects in contemporary architecture. On view February 19 through July 29, 2023, the first iteration of the series, New York, New Publics, will explore the ways in which New York City–based practices have been actively expanding the relationship of metropolitan architecture to different publics through 12 recently completed projects. In addition, each project will be accompanied by a new video by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hudson Lines, produced on the occasion of the exhibition. Architecture Now: New York, New Publics is organized by Evangelos Kotsioris, Assistant Curator, and Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator, with Paula Vilaplana de Miguel, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.
Harman Projects is pleased to present Promise Made. Promise Kept, a solo exhibition by New York City-based artist ChrisRWK. This will be the artist’s first solo presentation with the gallery.
ChrisRWK creates layered mixed mediapaintings drawing inspiration from cartoons, comic books and his time as a graffiti writer. These paintings feature a selection of recurring cartoon-like characters that the artist has been developing over the last two decades. Centered in this cast of characters is the eponymous robot. The most iconic image in Chris’ work, the robot actually originated as a cube that began appearing in his work in the late 1990s and evolved into a television and then finally a robot around the turn of the century.
Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to Unearthing Unicorns, the debut solo exhibition by artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders. Unearthing Unicorns showcases large-scale textile artworks that explore the iconography of the famed high Renaissance era Unicorn Tapestries and Art Nouveau advertising through a contemporary Black feminist lens. The artist’s sweeping art historical reframing is rendered in vibrant polychrome hand-tufted textiles that both reference the prized woven tapestries of the Renaissance as well as the more contemporary feminist craft movement of the later 20th century. Unearthing Unicorns will be on view in Harlem March 17 – May 13, 2023.
Themes and Dreams, a retrospective of collage and assemblage illustration by New York-based artist Joan Hall, will be on view at the Westbeth Gallery from March 4-24, 2023. Self-curated with input from independent curator Lilly Wei, the exhibition will feature seven distinct bodies of work that explore modernist strategies of fragmentation and re-composition. Produced over a 50-year career, the 100 pieces in the exhibition will be exhibited together for the first time charting the depth and breadth of Hall’s varied interests and talent.
As part of Central Synagogue’s ‘Get Inspired. Get Connected. Get Shabbat’ initiative, the Synagogue has opened its sanctuary to a new site-specific installation, Where Lines Converge, created by Brooklyn-based artist Nell Breyer. The temporary installation adds a new, visual dimension to a place of prayer, offering a unique opportunity for individual, communal, and spiritual reflection.
Venus Over Manhattan will open its doors to Anastasia Bay: The Sumbler’s Parade, an exhibition of new work by the Brussels-based artist. Comprising a series of twelve paintings inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpiece The Blind Leading the Blind (1568), the exhibition is Bay’s first in New York City, and her debut presentation with Venus Over Manhattan. On view February 9th.
On view from March 18 to August 27, 2023, at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s explores the era’s short-lived phenomenon of paper fashion through more than 80 rare garments and accessories crafted from non-woven textiles. These fashions, introduced in 1966 as a promotional campaign for Scott Paper Company, combined bold, graphic design with space-age innovations in materials. Surfacing a little-known chapter in the history of design, Generation Paperilluminates the creative partnerships of craft and commerce in the development of semi-synthetic and synthetic materials.
The National Arts Club is proud to partner with the Hispanic Society Museum and Library in presenting this landmark exhibition commemorating the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. The exhibition features the work of the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida—the preeminent artist in Spain at the turn of the 20th century—on the occasion of the centennial year of his death. On view are Sorolla’s rarely-seen preparatory sketches for the paintings in the HSM&L’s Sorolla Gallery, Vision of Spain. This is the first time the works are being exhibited in the U.S.
The Yanomami Struggle is a comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the collaboration and friendship between artist and activist Claudia Andujar and the Yanomami people, one of the largest Indigenous groups living in Amazonia today.
Following acclaimed presentations at the Instituto Moreira Salles (São Paulo), the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris), and the Barbican Centre (London), among other venues, the exhibition is expanded at The Shed to include more than 80 drawings and paintings by Yanomami artists André Taniki, Ehuana Yaira, Joseca Mokahesi, Orlando Nakɨ uxima, Poraco Hɨko, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, and Vital Warasi. Visitors will also encounter new video works by contemporary Yanomami filmmakers Aida Harika, Edmar Tokorino, Morzaniel Ɨramari, and Roseane Yariana.
The Esplanade Friends’ years of tireless advocacy is paying off, thanks in large part to your continuing support. The Pier 107 and Bobby Wagner Walk Project is finally moving forward. Community Board 11 and the New York City Economic Development Corporation want to hear from you about whether to rebuild the Pier on 107th or 112th St. Register for the February 9th or 11th visioning meetings now.
NYC Parks announces a new campaign debuting today on LinkNYC, to remind New Yorkers of the fun and beauty they can experience by spending time off-screen by playing and exploring the outdoors.
“Our new campaign is a gentle reminder to get out, look up, and enjoy the outdoors!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “Social Media is a great way to learn about the best parks to visit in NYC, but nothing beats the mental and physical benefits of playing in nature IRL.”
This month we celebrate Black History Month, the annual Queens Center for Progress ‘Evening of Fine Food’, Losar Family Day at Rubin Museum, new exhibitions, gallery walks and tours. Love is in the air in all five boroughs for Valentine’s Day, as we also have a Day of Remembrance for Japanese American Incarceration on its 81st anniversary. Entering February, here are a few suggestions.
Pen + Brush is pleased to present its first exhibition of 2023, The Ripening curated by Parker Daley Garcia with Birdie Piccininni, opening February 16th and open to the public through April 15th. Loosely based on Édouard Glissant’s book of the same name, The Ripening puts forth a shared process, where trauma, fluidity, and choice intersect, as a way of exploring the state of identity, specifically, gendered (or lack thereof) identity today. Artists here explore various states of ‘otherhood’, pain, desire, and power as ways of self-actualizing identity. Much like the process of ripening, this exhibition blurs the realms of dream and reality as it explores the capacity and fluidity of gender to become and, indeed, unbecome. Works put forth here document and envision complexities of differences in our shared world. Multitudes are put forth, as are universal truths, while hedging toward a dynamic and unpredictable future.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) has opened its doors to the exhibition Face to Face: Portraits of Artists by Tacita Dean, Brigitte Lacombe and Catherine Opie. Organized by renowned writer and curator Helen Molesworth, the exhibition presents portraits of luminaries in the arts by three of the most prominent portraitists of our time. Face to Face will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by ICP and MACK, London, with essays by Molesworth and writer and curator Jarrett Earnest.
In February 2023, The Drawing Center will present Xiyadie: Queer Cut Utopias, the first solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Xiyadie in New York. The name Xiyadie, which translates to Siberian Butterfly, is one the artist chose for himself to describe his upbringing in Weinan, a city in the Shaanxi Province of Northwest China. A reflection of his personal and artistic evolution, the pseudonym also denotes Xiyadie’s enduring resilience despite the fact that he has never been able to freely show his work or live openly with regard to his sexual orientation. Occupying two floors at The Drawing Center, Queer Cut Utopias will feature more than thirty of Xiyadie’s intricate paper-cuts, dating from the early 1980s through today, each of which articulates his longing to fully express his queer desire. Xiyadie presents a strong sense of artistic autonomy; his highly graphic works on paper fuse traditional folk forms and iconography with narratives from his personal life.
Pictor Gallery will open its doors to a solo exhibition by West African born, Harlem based artist TAFA entitled The Echoes of Memories.
Well known for his colorful abstract oil & acrylic paintings of musicians, sporting events, marches, and protests, his brush strokes take viewers on a literal moving adventure. Below, ‘Pele the Great’…… His paintings also bring to light social and political issues, such as the featured image on this post (above) Sarah Baartman…
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance,” and will explore how African-Americans have fought repression from America’s earliest days, from escaping plantations, to the rise out of poverty and struggle for equal housing and education, and voting rights. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.
Atlantic Gallery will open its doors to TENUOUS THREADS, a two-part exhibition showcasing works incorporating textiles, fibers, threads and mixed media. Tenuous Threads alludes to the delicate lines that bring us together and sets us apart; that join us yet repel us. All of life is connected through networks, systems, fibers and webs. Communication (visual, verbal, electrical, chemical, and kinetic) enables an exchange of information amongst all life forms. The exhibition, curated by Patricia Miranda, includes innovative artworks that utilize textiles, fibers, threads (natural and synthetic) in sculpture, collage, 3D and 2D mixed media that communicates the strength and fragility of what binds all life.
The 46th stamp in the Black Heritage series for the USPS honors author Ernest J. Gaines (1933-2019). Best known for such novels as ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ and ‘A Lesson Before Dying‘, Gaines drew from his childhood as the son of sharecroppers on a Louisiana plantation to explore the untold stories of rural African Americans.
For his first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth and first New York City solo presentation in nearly a decade, Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi will populate the ground floor of the gallery’s 22nd Street building with an entirely new body of work. One of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, artists of his generation, Cuoghi is known for an exacting, almost obsessive, research- and process-driven practice that spans the full spectrum of styles and genres. ‘Pepsis’* will debut works from Cuoghi’s ongoing, all-consuming project of the same name—a complex, multi-faceted investigation initiated in early 2020 after a fully immersive stay in New York City. Much of this body of work focuses on a rarely explored aspect of his ever-expanding practice, a medium infrequently associated with Cuoghi but central in contemporary art discourse now: painting.
The Rubin Museum of Art is pleased to present “Death Is Not the End,” a new exhibition opening March 17 that explores notions of death and the afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. Featuring prints, oil paintings, bone ornaments, thangka paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual objects, “Death Is Not the End” invites contemplation on the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist. This cross-cultural exhibition brings together 58 objects spanning 12 centuries from the Rubin Museum’s collection alongside artworks on loan from private collections and major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Morgan Library & Museum; Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp; Wellcome Collection, London; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and more. The exhibition is part of the Rubin Museum’s yearlong thematic focus on Life After, exploring moments of change that propel us into the unknown. “Death Is Not the End” will be on view March 17, 2023, to January 14, 2024.
The community was shocked to see their 191st Street #1 subway station at Broadway, devoid of the colorful murals commissioned by Department of Transportation in 2015 as part of a Beautification Project. This past weekend, a DOT operation “fully clean and sanitize’ the approximately 900-foot-long tunnel early on Saturday morning, January 21, 2023.
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic artists and American visual artists to exhibit and sell their works. This three-day event serves as an economic platform for the multicultural, general market and arts communities to empower and increase market share in numerous regions throughout the United States. From February 24-26, the Harlem Fine Arts Show will return to New York City to celebrate its 15th Anniversary in a new location ~ The Glasshouse in Chelsea.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Stefan Bondell: Dark Marks, opening at its West Chelsea location on February 2, 2023. This presentation will debut works from the New York poet and artist’s most recent series of paintings – a dramatic series of monumentally scaled works executed in an obsidian palette, with deep, compounded layers of classical and contemporary imagery used to explore the turbulent sociopolitical condition of the United States today. On view through March 18, 2023, Dark Marks is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Art in DUMBO has announced that DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk will take place on February 2, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Highlights from December’s Gallery Walk include group exhibition Orderly Chaos at the New York Studio School DUMBO Project Space; and Light Year digital projections from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the Manhattan Bridge.
The Museum of Sex is pleased to announce Portia Munson: The Pink Bedroom, opening to the public on January 27, 2023. Visitors will be immersed in a world of pink, exploring new work alongside thirty years of Portia Munson’s (b.1961) Pink Project (1994 – ongoing) which features everyday items that pose questions about mass consumerism, constructions of femininity and sexual objectification.
For one night only – Tuesday, February 28 – hundreds of people will come together for the hottest event during the coldest time of the year – the Queens Centers for Progress’ 27th annual “Evening of Fine Food” at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.
Acclaimed artist Lily Kwong, the designer for The Orchid Show’s 20th year, presents a meditative and captivating design inspired by her ancestral connections to the natural world. Kwong’s vibrant and fantastical vision will envelop visitors in thousands of orchids, allowing them to reconnect to nature amidst picture perfect beauty.
Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to announce Tania Pérez Córdova: Precipitation, opening February 2. This is the second show of the artist’s to be held at the gallery, and coincides with her solo exhibition currently ongoing at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Incorporating within her practice sculpture, found objects, and activation or performance, Pérez Córdova is recognized for her poetic and contemplative works that often bear narrative implications. Born and based in Mexico City, Mexico, Pérez Córdova’s practice is distinguished by its provisional nature—both in its process of making, but also in its reception. Although she often works with conventional materials such as metal, glass, ceramics, and marble, Pérez Córdova allows chance encounters in everyday life (for example, coins gathered in the bottom of a friend’s pocket, or a meeting with a street musician) to inspire or influence the outcome of the works themselves. As a result, the artist integrates unorthodox materials—including found objects, detritus, clothing, jewelry, amongst others—into the works themselves. Presented in the context of an exhibition, her works frame relationships between objects and narratives, pointing towards situations or events that may have happened outside the space of the gallery.
Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit that sustains the park in partnership with the City, has received a prestigious $275,000 Humanities in Place grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance its ReImagine Lefferts initiative, which seeks to re-envision the mission and programming at the park’s historic house museum to recognize its roleas a site of dispossession and enslavement, and explore the stories of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rests upon and the Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family.
The Alliance will engage the public around this initiative with a Community Conversation on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1-4 pm, at the Prospect Park Boathouse. Learn more and RSVP for this free event at prospectpark.org/reimagine-lefferts-conversation
The Rubin Museum of Art invites visitors to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with an afternoon of art with your family and friends. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the kind and sensitive Water Hare. Free admission to all of the galleries during visitor hours.
Opening January 2023, Havah…to breathe, air, life Merges Sikander’s Explorations into Sculpture and Video in an Exhibition That Reconsiders Traditional Representations of Power
Significant new works on the theme of justice by artist Shahzia Sikander are featured in a major multimedia exhibition at Madison Square Park. Presented simultaneously in the park and at the adjacent Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life features two new large-scale sculptures—one within the park that can be transformed through augmented reality and another atop the Courthouse rooftop, the first female figure to adorn one of its ten plinths. Additionally, a recent video animation by Sikander will be on view in the park, visually intertwining the distinct elements. The exhibition is a culmination of Sikander’s exploration of female representation in monuments and marks her first major, site-specific outdoor exhibition in sculptural form. Havah…to breathe, air, lifeis co-commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS). The exhibition will be on view in New York from January 17 through June 4, 2023, before traveling to Houston.
As the exhibition opens, we must congratulate the artist on being awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity. “The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced it has awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity to artistShahzia Sikander. The $50,000 award honors Sikander’s exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life, opening today, January 17, at Madison Square Park and the neighboring Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.” (continued at the end of this post).
Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Southern Trees,’ the gallery’s first New York exhibition with distinguished American artist Charles Gaines and his first in the city since 2018. One of the most important conceptual artists working today, the show explores the evolution of Gaines’s complex practice, demonstrating how he has continued to forge new paths within the innovative framework of two of his most acclaimed series, Numbers and Trees and Walnut Tree Orchard. The exhibition’s title, ‘Southern Trees,’ alludes directly to the 150-year-old pecan trees pictured in the new works, and symbolically to the opening lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s haunting protest anthem from the 1930s. Charles Gaines.Southern Trees opening January 26th.
As a New Yorker, born & raised, we were more than curious about a couple who would visit 202 bagel shops in all five boroughs ~ taste-test, review and create a map on the best, the worst, and all in-between.
Hunter College Art Galleries will open its doors to the exhibition C.C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction on February 2nd in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery.
Born to a family of scholar-officials at the twilight of the Qing dynasty, C. C. Wang mastered the traditional ink and brush techniques in Republican Shanghai and immigrated to New York City in 1949. There he sought to preserve the tradition of classical Chinese painting through engagement with new ideas, materials, and forms. Drawing inspiration from past masters in the history of Chinese painting, as well as New York’s artistic climate in the wake of World War II, Wang advanced breakthrough transformations in ink painting.
The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York has released its preliminary 2024 budget, which includes $62.3 million in funding for the restoration of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and Plaza in Riverside Park.
This huge milestone comes after years of advocacy from Riverside Park Conservancy, elected officials and the public. Among the project’s most active champions has been Council Member Gale Brewer, who launched a petition to save the monument last year that garnered thousands of signatures.
If you take Fifth Avenue Uptown, You will have a pleasant pause at 120th Street, where you will be greeted by an entrance to Marcus Garvey Park ~ Harlem to the West and East Harlem to the East. The Park spans from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Mt. Morris Park West to Madison Avenue.
Fremin Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, ‘Geometric Abstraction’, featuring the works of Georgian artist David Paul Kay and Armenian artist Mher Khachatryan on January 19th as its first exhibition in 2023.
Today, Villa Albertine, a French cultural institution headquartered in New York City, announced the launch and expansion of several federal arts initiatives and cultural programs across the United States that span music, visual art, philosophy, and dance.
GR gallery is pleased to announce ‘Social Circle’, the first solo exhibition of Suanjaya Kencut with the gallery and in New York. The show will feature a total of 19 artworks revealing a new suite titled ‘Connection Series’, among this, a special recognition is merited by five shaped canvases that challenged the artist with a new media and opens up innumerable future possibilities. Suanjaya aims to turn viewers focal points to the representation of human beings as dolls, which comes from the desire of recognizing all life forms as sacred and re-state how people are social creatures who thrive from cultivation of support systems like friends and family. Through the emptiness filled pandemic, Kencut felt disconnected and wanted to add hope, positivity, and optimism to his compositions with brilliant colors and figural views. These inanimate puppets show a fragmented scenes of human life that contains a consideration on the current situation in the hope that people can reflect on themselves through his artworks.
Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present Double Trouble, a two-person project by Kyoto-based artists Teppei Kaneuji and Chihiro Mori. Collaborating under the name “CMTK,” the duo’s new and recent lenticular works from the series Star & Dust will be featured. Kaneuji’s exploratory printing and collaging methods, coupled with Mori’s own photographs and collection of found images, result in a slivered amalgam of pop culture and personal snapshots, shifting with the viewer’s changing vantage point. Also on view will be several new dimensional collage works from Kaneuji’s surrealistic series The Sea & Pus: An Illustrated Guide to Animals. Double Trouble will be on view from January 13 – February 25, 2023, with a public reception on January 13, from 6-8 PM.
An oversized, illuminating lantern is serving as a symbol of hope, brightness and guiding light in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, as the Garment District Alliance unveiled Living Lantern—an inviting, kinetic installation that offers a meditative effect through its mesmerizing movement and changes in color.
Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets, Living Lantern is free and will be available to the public through February 24th.
Established in 2006, Master Drawings New York (MDNY) is the pre-eminent event for exhibiting and celebrating old masters through contemporary drawings in the United States. A select number of exhibitions also feature master paintings, sculpture, and photography. Dealers from the United States and Europe showcase their highest quality artwork in galleries along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan from January 20-28.
Keith de Lellis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of over forty photographs created during the 19th and 20th centuries that historically altered and redefined the capabilities of the medium by utilizing pre-digital innovations such as photo montage, photo collage, double exposures and the darkroom process of composite printing. This show elegantly brings together photographs motivated by both advertising and artistic intents to highlight the significant level of ingenuity applied by artists across the fields to deliberately visualize their subject matter, of which many on display are painstakingly constructed by hand. An example of such artistry is found in a star-studded montage published by L. J. Lipp Publishing of Hollywood, California in 1928 with hundreds of faces of Hollywood’s famous actors and actresses, including Charlie Chaplin and Tom Mix, Hollywood’s first Western star. In another photograph we witness a beaming Fred Astaire miraculously dancing through the clouds as he plays the role of Charlie Hill from the 1952 film The Belle of New York.
Join the New York City Municipal Archives on Tuesday, January 24th from 1-2pm for a virtual event: Lunch & Learn: How Manhattan’s Cityscape Was Remade After WWII, transforming it into both a world city and one mired in urban crisis. The recent opening of Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center paid tribute to San Juan Hill, the community that was razed to make way for this cultural landmark back in the late 1950’s. Reserve a spot online.