On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to designate the main building of the Angel Guardian Home as an Individual Landmark. The enthusiastic vote registered 16 in favor with zero opposition, along with 71 letters in favor. This architecturally distinctive building serves as a reminder of the important role played by religious social service organizations in Brooklyn’s early 20th century history. This would be the first landmark in this area.
As New Yorkers continue to navigate through COVID-19, keeping a social distance, and wearing masks, new and creative ways to continue the life we so love here are popping up throughout our City. Wallplay is showcasing the perfect art crawl for our times ~ ‘On Canal,’ Fall 2020 Program spanning across multiple previously vacant storefronts on Canal Street in SoHo. Taking place from October 15 through December her 31, 2020, the fall program will include film screenings curated by Women (Womxn) in Windows, a solo presentation by Emmanuel Torres for LatchKey Gallery, a Canal Street research project and poetry archive exhibited by Shanghai Lyric and an exhibition by Troy Jones in the newly relocated Tulsa, Oklahoma gallery, Black Wall Street Gallery. The diverse array of projects featured for ‘On Canal’s’ fall program highlights Wallplay’s mission to repurpose vacant space for public good.
Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present its inaugural Tribeca exhibition, The Nightmare It Was, a new series of works by Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi. The 2020 presidential campaign has proven itself to be an unpredictable landscape, as political, cultural and economic gaps, interwoven with tensions from the COVID-19 pandemic, have carved divisions between the American people. Drawing on US-centric political subjects, from life and the media, Perjovchi’s exhibition investigates challenging discussions surrounding tensions between the two American parties and how fact can so easily be obscured into fiction. The Nightmare It Was is on view from November 21 – December 19, 2020.
The much anticipated Carmen Herrera designed mural, Uno Dos Tres, was unveiled today (November 5, 2020) in East Harlem’s JHS99, which houses semi-autonomous ‘mini-schools.’ Through the spring and summer of 2020, the artist worked with the nonprofit Publicolor to install the 54-foot wide by 17-foot tall artwork, which was meant to be installed last May in celebration of Herrera’s birthday.
In honor of the 51st anniversary of Black Solidarity Day, NYC Parks proudly announces it has named 10 park spaces in honor of the Black experience in New York City, memorializing that which is locally, nationally, and historically relevant. In June, the agency pledged to continue to demonstrate how it stands in solidarity with the Black Community in its fight to combat systemic racism. The naming of these park spaces is among the many ways NYC Parks is acknowledging the legacies of these Black Americans, encouraging discourse about their contributions, and working to make the park system more diverse and reflective of the people it serves. The spaces named now represent five Black Women, four Black Men and one Black settlement group; and represent arts, culture, education, sports and more.
It has been a long and slow slog to November, with art installations and exhibitions echoing this sentiment. The Rubin Museum will create space on an entire floor dedicated to social and emotional learning; Zag Landsberg’s ‘Reclining Liberty‘ pretty much portrays our feelings thus far; while others look to a brighter future ~ Isolation to Revolution/Rebirth to Dissent at Pen + Brush; Unweave a Rainbow at Vito Schnabel Projects; ‘We Fight to Build a Free World‘ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, ‘Light of Freedom’ unveils in Madison Square Park, and the exhibition, 20/20 at David Zwirner Gallery, speculating anxiously , rethinking and looking for a vision beyond. All of the events, exhibits and installations in November consider social distancing and offer a wonderful way to step-out in a safe way. Here are a few suggestions.
Between 1933 and 1942, The Metropolitan Museum of Art organized one of its especially noteworthy landmark educational initiatives to bring the Museum’s collection to as many New Yorkers as possible. Called the Neighborhood Circulating Exhibitions, the series consisted of small, thematic displays of select artworks presented in New York Public Library branches, high schools, city universities, and settlement houses. The effort, which was developed in response to an inquiry from a high school teacher, reached more than two million visitors and will be the focus of the exhibition Art for the Community: The Met’s Circulating Textile Exhibitions, 1933–1942, on view October 31, 2020, through June 13, 2021, in honor of The Met’s 150th anniversary.
On view for a short time only, the original wood Melania sculpture, carved out of a poplar tree by a local Slovenian chainsaw sculpture and installed in Sevnica, Slovenia, the town in which Melania Trump was born. The short video below is a wonderful documentary on the artist’s creation, and his thoughts about the sculpture piece all along the way.
Beginning 5 November 2020, Hauser & Wirth New York will present rarely seen works made by American artist Jack Whitten (1939 – 2018). The exhibition focuses on his practice from 1991 through 2000, a period of intense experimentation during which, deeply affected by tumultuous world events, he strove to incorporate them into his work. Blurring the boundaries between sculpture and painting, and between the studio and the world, the multidimensional works on view combine geometric abstraction and found objects to mine spiritual and metaphysical thematic veins.
For Madison Square Park Conservancy’s public art commissioning program, artist Abigail DeVille has installed Light of Freedom, a new work that reflects the despair and exultation of this turbulent period. The project is a thirteen-foot high reference to the Statue of Liberty’s torch, and to the scaffolding that encased it during construction. DeVille has filled her torch with a well-worn bell, a herald of freedom, and the arms of mannequins, beseeching viewers.
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artists from the gallery’s program located at 537 West 20th Street, NYC.
The world has never faced such uncertainty: everything from our understanding of public health and racial injustice to our geopolitical order and our social and environmental responsibilities is being challenged and rethought. 2020 may go down as the watershed year when the deck was reshuffled; and while we don’t know the future, our minds are busy speculating, anxiously rethinking and looking for a vision beyond.
Craig F. Starr Gallery opened its doors to Souvenirs: Cornell Duchamp Johns Rauschenberg, an exhibition which brings together four artistic giants of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. While Johns continues working today, the influence of Cornell, Duchamp, and Rauschenberg remains pervasive in contemporary art even in their absence. Souvenirs distills their rich and myriad connections down to just six exemplary masterworks—all on loan from prestigious private and public collections—which are now on view in a single intimate space. Focusing on the theme, process, and function of the souvenir, the exhibition puts these carefully selected works into close correspondence.
Salman Toor’s first solo museum exhibition—originally scheduled to open in March 2020 but postponed due to the pandemic—will be presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art from November 13, 2020 to April 4, 2021. Primarily making intimate oil-on-panel works, Toor expands the tradition of figurative painting by melding sketch-like immediacy with disarming detail to create affecting views of young, queer Brown men living in New York City and South Asia. Salman Toor: How Will I Know is part of the Whitney’s emerging artists program, which most recently included solo shows by Kevin Beasley and Eckhaus Latta, and will be on view in the first-floor John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge.
Hauser & Wirth will open its doors to ‘Internal Riot,’ an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by American artist George Condo. Made during the quarantine period, these works reflect the unsettling experience of physical distance and the absence of human contact during this prolonged time of so- cial isolation. The pandemic has forced Condo to take his portraiture practice to a new level, with invented cha- racters captured in an abstract web that reveals the humanity inherent in their fractured psychological states.
This week, NYC Parks unveiled the renovated Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The Sensory Garden project in the Playground for All Children has expanded the existing planting space within the playground and reconstructed the wheelchair-accessible planting areas. The new design has enhanced and diversified the existing plantings with colorful new foliage and flowers, offering playful light and shadow effects, sounds, touchable textures, and fragrances showcasing native biodiversity.
Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce a major exhibition of works by the renowned Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto. The first US presentation in a decade to feature multiple installations by Pistoletto, it will take visitors on a journey through one of the most influential and enduring artistic practices to unfold from the postwar period to the present. Lévy Gorvy’s exhibition will resonate with the themes that have animated Pistoletto’s body of work for over six decades: perception, time, history, tradition, and the relationship between art, artist, and viewer.
GR Gallery will open its doors to DAZZLED, a group exhibition featuring new works by artists Gao Hang, Kenz, Adam Lister and Kentaro Okawara. The show puts together 20 pieces, including paintings, works on papers and sculptures. The title is inspired by the unique style and visual approach that defines the four artists, able to forge, in four exclusive ways, a dreamy esthetic that misleads our visual realm.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, joined Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer yesterday to celebrate the completion of a new LEED certified field house and comfort station in Queensbridge Park. The project constructed a new, energy-efficient building to provide facilities for community members and Parks staff.
“After 30 years of being vacant, the brand new Queensbridge Field House will provide new public restrooms for park visitors,” said Commissioner Silver. “This new facility will also serve an important role as base of operations for our maintenance staff in Queensbridge Park. We are grateful for the funding support we received from Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and Mayor Bill de Blasio to enhance the Queensbridge Park experience.”
Fridman Gallery will be opening its doors to Alina Grasmann: Sculpting in Time, the artists second exhibition with the gallery. This exhibition will feature two new series of large-scale paintings combining imaginary, real, and emotional places. The paintings reflect the artist’s fascination with American architecture, landscape, mythology, cinema, literature, and illusion.
The fun and family-friendly LuminoCity Festival will be returning to Randall’s Island from November 27, 2020 to January 10, 2021. LuminoCity is one of the few large-scale events happening this holiday season ~ all outdoors and easy to socially distance.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined City Council Member Peter Koo and City Council Member Francisco Moya unveiled new upgrades to the spectacular Fountain of the Fairs in Queens.
“The Fountain of the Fairs is an iconic symbol of the 1964 World’s Fair that keeps us connected to our city’s rich history,” said Commissioner Silver. “We’re thrilled to restore vibrancy to this historic site for the enjoyment of New Yorkers and visitors. Thanks to Mayor de Blasio’s investment, the revitalized Fountain of the Fairs will continue to serve as a symbol of Queens and place for peaceful respite for generations to come.”
Eric Firestone Gallery opens its doors to FUTURA2000 | FUTURA 2020, the renowned American artists first solo exhibition in New York City in over thirty-years. Beginning artistic life in the world of illegal street art in the early 1970s, some of these very talented artists continued forward into legal public spaces ~ parks and commercial buildings, galleries, streetwear, and even museums. Leonard Hilton McGurr (c.1955) aka FUTURA2000, was among this elite group that moved from illegal to highly sought-after ~ creating artwork with a contemporary message ~ political, social, personal. Many of these artists are familiar to all of us and include the likes of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf to name just a few.
The Guggenheim turns 61 today, so here’s a gift for New York, from New York—“Mind’s Eye: A Sensory Guide to the Guggenheim New York,” a new audio experience designed for blind and low-vision communities, and illuminating for all. Narrated by a diverse cast of quintessential New York voices, including both regular and renowned city dwellers—among them actors Bobby Cannavale and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Bishop Chantel R. Wright—the “Mind’s Eye” guide transports listeners to New York City, bringing them from bustling Fifth Avenue into the uplifting space within the museum.
In present day, New Yorkers enjoy a plethora of activities at the Park Avenue Armory, including live performances, concerts, art and antique shows. But the Armory enjoys a history just as exciting ~ completed in 1881, designed and decorated by some of the most sought-after masters of the American Aesthetic Movement during the Gilded Age, and home to the prestigious National Guard’s Seventh Regiment ~ also known as the ‘Silk Stocking Bragade.’ Take a look back in time.
The Met announced today the discovery of a painting by esteemed American artist Jacob Lawrence that has been missing for decades. The panel is one of 30 that comprise Lawrence’s powerful epic, Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56), and it will be reunited immediately with the series, now on view at The Met through November 1 in Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. Titled by the artist There are combustibles in every State, which a spark might set fire to. —Washington, 26 December 1786, the work depicts Shays’ Rebellion, the consequential uprising of struggling farmers in western Massachusetts led by Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays; it protested the state’s heavy taxation and spurred the writing of the U.S. Constitution and efforts to strengthen federal power. The panel is number 16 in the Struggle series.
The Montefiore Hospital Front-Line Workers, community, volunteers, and CITYarts are restoring the 400 ft. long Rolling Bench Mosaic at the General Grant National Memorial in New York City on October 22, 2020. Here are a few of some images from their day, with photo credit to Wendy Nadler.
The Rubin Museum of Art announced today that on November 10 the Museum will close its third floor galleries, where the permanent collection exhibition Masterworks of Himalayan Art is currently on view, and begin construction on a new interactive space for social and emotional learning for all ages. Scheduled to reopen fall 2021, the third floor, renamed Mandala Lab, will bring cognitive science, contemplative practice, and visitor-contributed art experiences to the heart of the Rubin, as well as act as the new home for School and Family Programs. The Mandala Lab will draw on the symbolism of a Tibetan Buddhist mandala, which also serves as conceptual inspiration for the floor.
The fabulous Ellen’s Stardust Diner, reopening earlier this month, will celebrate “HALLOWEEN ON BROADWAY” with their world famous singing wait staff, The Stardusters, in costume all week long leading up to special performances of Halloween hit songs on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31. The first set, which will begin at 6:00pm on both nights, will be family-friendly, and the second set, beginning at 8:30pm on both nights, will be catered to the 16 and over crowd. Reservations can be made now onYelp (https://www.yelp.com/biz/ellens-stardust-diner-new-york). Guests unable to make a reservation can join the waitlist on Yelp, a feature which has allowed the always busy Ellen’s Stardust Diner to reopen safely under a reduced capacity.
The Shed reopened this month with a powerful and timely exhibition, Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water, an exhibition about the brutality of racism and the healing power of art, with Free tickets to the public through October 31st.
The Costume Institute’s upcoming exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view October 29, 2020 to February 7, 2021) will trace 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline, in honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée—the continuity of time—the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition’s “ghost narrator.”
Michael Stewart: Reckoning, an Installation on Political Power, Greed, and the Climate Emergency is a multi-media installation created by painter, sculptor, printmaker & graphic designer, Michael Stewart., dramatizing “the heedless greed and political malfeasance which has brought us to the brink of an environmental catastrophe.” In this work, he focuses on the devastating impact the current U.S. administration is having on environmental policies. On view for one night, October, 17th in Central Park.
The much anticipated exhibition, Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop will finally unveil at The Whitney on November 21st. This groundbreaking exhibition features over 150 photographs by fourteen early members of the Kamoinge Workshop, nine of whom are living and working today.
The 4th Annual Madison Avenue Gallery Walk on Saturday, October 24, is one of the most anticipated highlights of the fall art season in New York. It is a must for art lovers, and free and open to the public. Art enthusiasts will be able to visit participating galleries to view their fall exhibitions, and attend expert talks led by artists and curators on Madison Avenue and its adjacent side streets from East 57th Street to East 86th Street between 11am and 5 pm.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy, from September 25, 2020 to April 4, 2021, a major midcareer survey that is the first to assess the remarkable achievements of the renowned contemporary artist. From sumptuous displays of excess, including provocative installations comprising hundreds of individual glass elements, to poetic and contemplative works in glass, metal, clay, video, and photography, the works on view are ethereal meditations on time and mortality and simultaneously sobering indictments of our contemporary consumer culture and its impact on the planet.
One year ago (October, 2019), Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of the Mother Cabrini Memorial Commission to oversee the creation of a statue honoring Mother Cabrini. Now, a year later, the monument was unveiled on October 12th, 2020, Columbus Day, during Italian Heritage Month, in Battery Park City, overlooking Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
In anticipation of Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway, an MTA community information center with rotating exhibits is open to the public on East 125th Street, steps from the MTA Metro North Station, and halfway between the #2/3 and #4/5/6.
Returning to The Met for the 13th consecutive year, the exhibition P.S. Art: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids will feature works of art in a variety of media created by public school students in New York City. The exhibition will be on view from October 8, 2020, through February 14, 2021, at The Met Fifth Avenue in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. On the evening of October 8, there will be a private virtual opening ceremony with remarks at 5 p.m. by Max Hollein, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Richard A. Carranza, Schools Chancellor; and Alison Scott-Williams, President of Studio in a School NYC. P.S. Art 2020: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids is a project of the New York City Department of Education and Studio in a School NYC.
Carla LynDale Bishop has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the MIT & Black Public Media Fellowship, hosted by MIT Open Documentary Lab and sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology. Part of BPMplus— the Black Public Media (BPM) initiative focused on eliminating barriers for Black makers to help increase their participation in the world of emerging technology — the semester-long fellowship marks the first collaboration between the three partners. BPM is a Harlem-based nonprofit dedicated to creating content about the global, Black experience.
As a child, I remember my Uncle taking me to a huge plot of land he owned in Rhinebeck near his home where he grew pumpkins ~ the largest pumpkins I had ever seen. Each year, I looked forward to taking a seat on his tractor, surveying rows of these uniquely shaped gourds. Here began a love of pumpkins ~ painting, carving, illuminating ~ and contests weighing-in the largest pumpkins of each season. Every October, The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, New York holds an annual World Pumpkin Weigh-Off, and the 2020 winner officially weighed-in on October 3rd at 1,982.5 pounds!
Arts Gowanus has teamed up with the Atlantic Avenue BID and the Atlantic Avenue LDC for a fabulous weekend featuring Gowanus artists displaying paintings, drawings, prints, photography, installations and sculptures in Arts Gowanus ArtWalk! The event will be displayed on storefronts, roll down gates, and dining fences of sixty-five Atlantic Avenue businesses.
Art of Our Century will open its doors to Ali Haselbeck: Approximate Ecosystems, the first solo New York exhibition by the artist. The exhibition opening reception, which will be on view in the new North Gallery, will stretch over three afternoon, October 15, 16, and 17, from 4:00 to 7:00pm to allow for social distancing and COVID guidelines. The exhibition will be on view through November 15, 2020.
NYC Parks Asks Brooklynites to help reimagine five parks in the Borough. Community members can register and participate virtually through registration starting today. Along the way, check out images of Parks improvements already completed.
As we all navigate through the trials and tribulations of COVID-19 and social distancing, a very cool activity has emerged ~ Open Streets. Each weekend, some of our favorite restaurants open from Friday through Sunday, outdoor seating and eating, sidewalk chalking, board games and much more is happening on the car-free streets of East Harlem.