The 12 foot x 24 foot Crochet mural, La Flor De Mi Madre by artist Naomi Lawrence, is being installed on the fence at Eugene McCabe Field in East Harlem. It represents the diverse community in which it is placed, in a colorful representation of national flowers.
Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story is one of several exhibitions in New York City of late, focusing on the artists work, with this exhibit veering stunningly close to our current political climate, as Basquiat painted a bitterly similar story of race and relations between police and community. The Guggenheim chose to explore Basquiat’s role of cultural activism in the early 1980s, beginning with his painting, ‘The Death of Michael Stewart (1983), informally known as ‘Defacement.‘
Spending time with artist Susan Stair brings a whole new meaning to the trees that fill our green spaces. As we watched her work to create the clay molds for her current installation, Roots on Fire, Stair took us on a virtual journey underground, exploring how trees constantly send electrical messages through their roots and the mushroom (or mychorrizal network) that compose the Wood Wide Web. Come along on our three-part journey (from the Trees to the Studio to the Installation) as we document the creation of the installation Roots on Fire.
Last winter the photographer Stephen Shore Received an unusual request from Howard Greenberg Gallery ~ Would he be interested in curating an exhibition that included his students from the renowned photography program at Bard College? The answer was, “yes,” and the resulting collaboration, Bard x HGG, pairs work by seven of Shore’s recent graduates with photographs by historic 20th century artists from the Gallery’s vast archives.
In Kazumi Yoshida’s current exhibition, viewers are treated to a dazzling array of drawings, paintings, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. This lavish offering presents both objective and nonobjective works unified by a deceptively childlike sensibility that belies a sophisticated complexity of process and composition. It is Rite of Spring.
Faction Art Projects opens its doors to Andrew Thiele: Moral Compass, a four-day solo exhibition of new urban, mixed media collage works. The exhibition of the Harlem-based artist will feature over twenty new large-scale artworks. Throughout the show, there will be a calendar of events including a workshop, a jazz performance and a book signing of Thiele’s newest publication.
In anticipation of L.E.A.F. 2020 Festival of Flowers, L.E.A.F. will celebrate #NYFlowerWeek with a celebration across Manhattan from June 11-16th. This is the launch of the first annual city-wide exhibition of florals.
The Landmark Lectures 2019 Series by The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York will host a discussion entitled “The Preservation of Cast Iron Construction” with Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti. Included in the discussion, the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower in Marcus Garvey Park, a project that is nearing completion.
Keith de Lellis Gallery opened its doors to the mid-century work of Italian photographer Nino Migliori(b. 1926) in this summer’s exhibition. Self-taught, Migliori began making photographs in 1948, documenting his familiar and beloved Italy as it emerged from the second world war. The artist traveled throughout his homeland, from the impoverished south to the more affluent and industrial northern regions, capturing the people with the affection and empathy of an equal.
One of the many historic sites in East Harlem is the Harlem Courthouse. It is located between Lexington and Third Avenues on 121st Street, adjacent to the Harlem Art Park and the tiny street known as Sylvan Place.
After the End: Timing Socialism in Contemporary African Artpresents a selection of works engaging with the history of African socialisms. It features artists looking at countries including Angola, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The exhibition is the first in North America to explore aesthetic responses to African socialisms and their aftermath.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, which historically closed in early June and reopened again in September, just announced that they will be open all Summer! Come along with us on a visit to a shop where 70% of the items are created by artisans, in a shop completely run by volunteers. This is the month of their Seasonal Sale (25%-40% off on selected items), which will run to June 16th.
If you have been following GothamToGo East 125th Street, a work in progress, you will already know that East Harlem suffered a major loss when several old-time shops were forced to close, including Demolition Depot, a gorgeous shop that had been at its East 125th Street location since 1996.
We have great news ~ Demolition Depot has opened its doors at a new location, right around the corner on East 126th Street. Come along as we step inside.
On the heals of Memorial Day, we celebrate the beginning of summer with more than 50 outdoor installations and events from Coney Island and Roosevelt Island to Riverbank State Park. This month’s Roundup of Art Installations, Events & Exhibits explores what’s new, what to look forward to, and what’s still on view. Here are a few suggestions to add to your list during June.
As often happens, we received a heads-up today about a monumental installation arriving in the tiny Duarte Square Park. This thoughtful installation, named SuperStorm, was created by the artist,Robert Lobe.
Marking the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s 38th commissioned exhibition, New York-based artist Leonard Drew is creating a monumental new public art project for the Park entitled City in the Grass. The installation will present a topographical view of an abstract cityscape atop a patterned panorama.
Art Students League unveiled this season’s Model to MonumentPublic Art in the Parks installations on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in Riverbank State Park. This year, three sculpture pieces were installed along the Hudson River at 145th Street.
On a sunny Saturday ~ during Memorial Day Weekend ~ we spied a small army of weeders, rackers, mulchers, and general cleaner-upers, hard at work along the Madison Avenue side of Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem. They were New York Road Runner volunteers who regularly give of their time and energy. Follow along as we walk (not run) along the Park to take a closer look at what they’re doing.
The total transformation/renovation of the historic Corn Exchange Bank Building is one we would hope for all of our historic sites. It was a work of love topped with true dedication to the project by a man who saw the building in its deteriorating state every day as he passed by on Metro North that runs alongside Park Avenue on his way to work. But let’s start from the beginning, because this historically Landmarked building has quite a history.
The much anticipated renovation of Settepani Harlem is complete, with a soft opening that packed the tables. The new concept has all the bells and whistles from their signature breads and gorgeous deserts to salads, pizza and panini’s ~ along with a full bar.
The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling will host its second annual benefit, “Rethink Recess.” This year’s benefit honorees are Abigail DeVille, an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally and singer/songwriter and multiple Grammy Award noiminee Meshell Ndegeocello.
Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery’s inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies(March 4 – May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.
The Annual Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA)House Touris set for Sunday, June 9th. This year, the tour’s theme, Harlem Nights, is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.
Fotografiska, the internationally renowned destination for photography based in Stockholm, announced today the inaugural exhibition schedule for Fotografiska New York, their newest global outpost set to open October 18, 2019. The first photographers to exhibit at the historic 281 Park Avenue South landmark will be Ellen von Unwerth, Tawny Chatmon, Helene Schmitz, Adi Nes and Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
Great timing for Marcia Grostein’s exhibition, Brighton Beach Bliss: the World as it Should Be, a testament of harmonious coexistence between diverse populations, and one of several wonderful exhibitions currently on view at The National Arts Club.
Fridman Gallery will open its doors to Passages, the first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-born artist, Tajh Rust. The artists new paintings, a meditation on the lasting impression of transitions, trace the passage of time, of bodies through space, and of ideas through text.
MonumentArt2015 was the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, José Morales of La Marqueta Retoña and La Respuesta in Santurce, Puerto Rico, partnered with muralist Celso González to produce and curate the festival. Eleven internationally known artists created nine murals throughout El Barrio from 99th Street to 138th Street. Many of the murals focused on El Barrio’s rich culture and heritage. Let’s take a walk, as we watched the artists create in October, 2015.
Mapping Resistance: The Young Lords in El Barrio is a new public art project featuring photographs by renowned photographer, Hiram Maristany ~ a founding member of the Young Lords and their official photographer. Follow along as we take the walking tour, map in hand to view 10 large-scale images across five locations in El Barrio.
In anticipation of the reopening of the Hispanic Museum and Library this Fall on the Audubon Terrace, we thought we might take a look at the man behind the historic Terrace ~ Archer Milton Huntington ~ and his home on Fifth Avenue.
The 13th Annual Dance Parade & Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18th, with over 10,000 dancers, DJs and live bands. The Parade will begin at 12:35pm on Broadway at 21st Street, with a ceremonial Native American circle dance. At 1:00pm, the Parade will dance its way down Broadway to Astor Place, to perform in front of the grandstand. Continuing on East on St. Mark’s Place, the festivities will end at Tompkins Square Park with free classes and performances on five stages from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
They’re back! Remember the eleven Harlem students who created murals inside the new Shake Shack on 125th Street? Once again, partnering with Creative Art Works, the young artists completed the exterior work on the facade, which includes Fifth Avenue and 125th Street.
In celebration of the completed installation, Creative Art Works invites the Community to an official dedication of the exterior art on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:30pm. In addition, 25% of all proceeds on any purchase at Shake Shack that entire day will be donated to Creative Art Works IF the buyer mentions Creative Art Works (or CAW) at the register.
The artists Ektoras Binikos and Simon Jutras have merged their diverse artistic styles to create a sophisticated new mixology cocktail bar, located on Frederick Douglass Boulevard’s Restaurant Row in Harlem ~ a homage to the Uptown Speakeasies and salons of Harlem’s historic past ~ Sugar Monk.
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.
One of New York City’s largest artist enclaves is opening its doors to the public May 18-19, 2019. Industry City Open Studios offers the public a behind-the-scenes look into the customized creative spaces of Industry City’s many artists, makers, and manufacturers. The annual event, now in its sixth year, gives visitors a rare opportunity to access the artists’ studios as well as meet with the artists and experience the process of their work being produced firsthand.
The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (AAAL), located in the Audubon Terrace complex, is dedicated to honoring excellence in art, literature and music, with 250 of our country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Take a walk with us through these historic doors.
NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks ~ Creative Courts initiative, Facebook Artist-in-Residence Program (FB AIR Program), along with artist Saya Woolfalk, the non-profit Public Color, and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance/Public Art Initiative have arrived at the basketball court on Madison Avenue near 122nd Street in Marcus Garvey Park. Watch as this work-in-progress takes shape over this next week.
In our ever-changing city, community garden’s still dot the landscape as a growing-place, gathering place, green space for individual neighborhoods. The art installation, Transformation-Integration: Re-Material Wallby artist Leander Knust addresses the recent tsunami of change and displacement throughout our city.