Don’t Miss the Keith Haring Pop-Up at City Center’s Shuman Lounge ~ #FiorucciWalls

 

 

 

Fiorucci Walls, 1983; Site-specific performance on October 9, 1983, made in cooperation with Angel Ortiz (LA II) at the Fiorucci Store, Galleria Passarella, Milan, Italy. On loan from MACo Museum of Chang Mai, Thailand. Keith Haring Reading, PA 1958 – New York, NY 1990 Angel Ortiz (LA II) b. New York, NY 1967

Fiorucci Walls, a mural painted by Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz in 1983, is on view at City Center’s Shuman Lounge. If you don’t have tickets to a performance, the general public viewing will be October 29 and 30th, and November 5 and 6.

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Tin Pan Alley Day Celebrates Birthplace of American Popular Music with Free Public Concert in the Flatiron District

 

 

 

Courtesy the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project

The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project in collaboration with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will present a free, outdoor public concert at the Flatiron North Plaza on 23rd Street/Broadway on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. The event will feature more than two dozen leading performers of Tin Pan Alley music and the Great American Songbook. The rain date is Sunday, October 24.

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Bella Abzug Park Unveiled Félix Marzell’s Big Apple !

 

 

In partnership with designer Félix Marzell, of the Canada based studio World of Marzell, and manufacturer DIX2, presents the Big Apple – the latest temporary public art installation in Bella Abzug Park. The Big Apple is a creative, inspiring new meeting place for imagining your best self in the middle of the city’s newest park and neighborhood. Sponsorships from Amazon NYC and the Québec Government Office in New York made this commission possible.

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Artist Emily Oliveira Creates Mural in Lena Horne Bandshell, Prospect Park

 

 

 

Emily Oliveira, We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down. photo credit: BRIC arts.

Artist, Emily Oliveira will be reminding us that ~ We Are At a Moment That Will Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Great Change, For Who Can Say When a Wall Is Ready To Come Down, with a mural at the Prospect Park Bandshell on October 1st!

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‘Dante, Opera, and Shing Shoes: Rituals of My Italian Immigrant Grandpa’s Life’ with Performance Artist LuLu LoLo in Dante Park

 

 

 

Image of Giovanni Pascale, Italian immigrant grandfather of performance and visual artist, playwright/actor, LuLu LoLo.Image courtesy LuLu LoLo productions.

Performance and visual artist playwright/actor LuLu LoLo brings to life memories of her Italian immigrant grandfather Giovanni Pascale who died before she was born. Through family lore, he was a man of myth to her. Grandpa Giovanni loved opera, the poetry of Dante, and shined shoes for a living. This performance celebrates his life with operatic arias and accordion performed by tenor, Aaron Halevy; and with Actor/dancer Luca Villa reciting in both Italian and English an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia (commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death September 14,1321).

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The Harlem Arts Stroll is Back with Two Dates in September

 

 

 

Artist, Thomas Heath, current exhibition UBRolling at Heath Gallery in Harlem,The Gallery  celebrating its 19th year.

Dust off your walking shoes! The Harlem Arts Stroll, produced by Calabar Gallery, is back with two strolls during the month of September. The strolls will take you from 110th Street to 155th Street ~ do part of it; do all of it.

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The Cow Parade NYC Auction is Now Live!

 

 

 

CowParadeNYC2021. Image via glad.org

Cow Parade NYC 2021 is grazing across all five boroughs of New York City this month, benefiting the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver. Fifty life-size fiberglass cows, arrived in two poses (standing and grazing), painted by artists, designers and celebrity supporters, with each cow sponsored by businesses and individuals. The cows are on display, (or put out to pasture) throughout the city’s five boroughs beginning August 18th, remaining on view ~ and now, rounded up for the gala auction, with proceeds going to the non-profit, God’s Love We Deliver.

All Cows are up for auction online on the Heritage Auctions website , now through October 7th!

Bid on the Cows Here

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Art Installations, Exhibits & Events in NYC to Add to Your List in August, 2021

 

 

The Summer Salon is now on view at Living with Art Salon in a brownstone located in the Mount Morris Historic District of Harlem. Above, Ceramic piece by artist Reuben Sinha with artist Tomo Mori on the wall in the background

This month, we lead our Roundup into August with three of many NYC Parks Department art installations that reflect the times we live in, as we kick-off the month outdoors with everything from miniature golf in Battery Park City to a plethora of concerts and walking tours. Many of our favorite annual events are back on track, like the 9th annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park, East Harlem’s Giglio, and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – plus a new mural that makes the Guinness Book of World Records. There are still tons of installations and exhibits “Still on View,” and a few wonderful finds “Out East” and “Heading North,” Here are art installations, exhibits and events to add to your list in August.

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The White Room in Bridgehampton presents Linda Colletta: This is Different

 

 

 

Artist Linda Colletta, ‘This is Different’, a solo exhibition at the white Room. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Let’s take a ride…..to The White Room Gallery, voted the best gallery in the Hamptons by Dan’s Papers ~ “Best of the Best.” The gallery will open its doors to This Is Different, a solo exhibition highlighting the work of abstract artist Linda Colletta. The show will spotlight large scale abstract work from Colletta, on view from July 13th through July 18th at the gallery located at 2415 Main Street Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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Uptown Grand Central Unveils Blocks of Canvas Fencing ~ Continuing The Uptown Grandscale II Mural Project in East Harlem, 2021

 

 

 

Uptown Grandscale on East 125th Street ~ BLAZAYny

The Uptown Grandscale Mural Project is back!  Uptown Grand Central unveiled canvas fencing extending all the way to Third Avenue, kicking-off the opening of our City with color and fun. In this second edition of Uptown Grandscale, murals were painted by more than 100 artists in May, June and July, with a closing celebration ~ The Roller Jam ~ on Saturday, July 10th from Noon to 7:00pm at the newly renovated 125th Street Plaza at Park Avenue.

The Roller Jam will be headlined by D.J. Ted Smooth, D.J. Arson, the World Famous Brucie B. Kool D.J. Red Alert, Ninoflex and D.J. Kenny Maneuver. Roller skates will be available for rent, and the African-American Roller Skate Museum will also be on hand to share historical perspective. Participating artists will give a tour of the murals ~ art tour at 3:00pm.

Sign up for the free closing party murals tour Here!

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National Black Theatre Teams up with ‘Ray’ to Create ‘Ray Harlem’ on National Black Theatre Way

 

 

 

Architect Frida Escobedo. Image via raycommunnity.com

When the National Black Theatre announced its intention to develop its current site, concerns about the interior (and exterior) artistic treasurers were of great concern. The property, which was purchased by the Theatre’s founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer in 1969, houses the largest collection of Nigerian New Sacred Art in the Western Hemisphere. Hand carved wood totems and copper, aluminum and brass relief were created for the Theatre by traditional Nigerian artisans from the Sun-Oshogbo Sacred Grove. They carved these works using tools and methods which spanned seven generations. With its founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, dedicated to the preservation of this unique spiritual tradition, it is no wonder that the upcoming project, demolishing the current structure, and creating a new, would present questions about the preservation of the artwork.

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UncleBrother in Hancock Reopens to ‘Bug Farm Family: Singing An American Night’

 

 

 

BugFarmFamily ‘My Friend the Bird’ mixed media on paper; 8.5 x 11 in. Image via UncleBrother on Instagram

Let’s take a ride! We’re headed to the Catskills to visit Gavin Brown’s fabulous UncleBrother canteen and gallery ~ located in what used to be a car dealership ~ in Hancock, New York. Bug Farm Family: Singing an American Night will be opening on Saturday, May 15th, with a side of Curry.

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‘Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bill Spira, and Paul Peter Porges’ in Exhibition at Austrian Cultural Forum NYC

 

 

 

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York opened its doors to the presentation, Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bill Spira, and Paul Peter Porges, featuring works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria, the so-called “Anchluss,” in 1938. The exhibition showcases examples of their signature work in comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and, inn part, help contextualize their professional achievements.

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ChaShaMa Brightens our Spring with Five NYC Lobby Exhibitions

 

 

Image ~ Impulses and Incrustations, Elizabeth Knowles at 200 Water Street.

We’ve seen quite a few artist-supported groups, teaming up with owners of empty ground-floor space, filling windows with art during this very difficult year, as we search for fun ways to connect while socially distancing.

But way before COVID-19, the nonprofit, ChaShaMa, supported artists by partnering with property owners, transforming unused space. In addition, they have provided free art classes for under-resourced communities, subsided 200 artist work spaces, and given 170 artists free space to present plus much much more.

This month, ChaShaMa brightens up our Spring with five lobby exhibitions and six brilliant artists. Take a virtual tour of each, below.

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Public Art Addressing Anti-Asian Racism ~ Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya: I Still Believe in Our City

 

 

 

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Addressing anti-Asian racism in our city, artist, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya seized the moment, creating portraits of Asian people with the wording, I Am Not Your Scapegoat and This is Our Home Too. The project, entitled I Still Believe in our City’ is a series of 45 individual pieces of artwork, located in this cities busiest places ~ subway stations in Brooklyn.

Congratulations to Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya for making the cover of Time Magazine, The Story Behind Time’s Cover on Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Crimes, March, 2021.

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The Ultimate Pop-Up Descending on the State of New York Beginning February 20th Through Labor Day, 2021 ~ #NYPOPSUP!

 

 

 

Image via NYPOPSUP on Twitter

Hugh Jackman, Renée Fleming, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabel Leonard, Nico Muhly, Joyce DiDonato, John Early and Kate Berlant, Patti Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Raja Feather Kelly, J’Nai Bridges, Kenan Thompson, Gavin Creel, Garth Fagan, Larry Owens, Q-Tip, Billy Porter, Conrad Tao, Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, Tina Landau, Rhiannon Giddens, Aparna Nancherla, Anthony Rodriguez, Jonathan Groff, Savion Glover, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chris Celiz, Christine Goerke, Kelli O’Hara, Dev Hynes, Phoebe Robinson, Sara Mearns, George Saunders, Caleb Teicher, Danielle Brooks, Jeremy Denk, Idina Menzel, Sondra Radvanovsky, Gaby Moreno, Davóne Tines, Jerrod Carmichael, Taylor Mac, Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, and Courtney ToPanga Washington ~ Did we get your attention yet? Welcome to #NYPopsUp, a festival featuring hundreds of pop-up performances throughout the five boroughs and across New York State beginning February 20th.

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MTA Launches Living Memorial to Honor Transit Workers Lost to COVID-19

 

 

 

The global pandemic has led to unimaginable loss to the MTA family, with 136 employees dying of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. To honor and pay tribute to those who have been lost too soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today launched an engaging visual memorial to those employees, heroes who dedicated their lives to moving New Yorkers through the city and region. 

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Yinka Shonibare CBE: Earth Kids at James Cohan Gallery in December, 2020

 

 

 

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE, Fire Kid (Girl), 2020

James Cohan is pleased to present Earth Kids, an exhibition of new sculptures by Yinka Shonibare CBE, on view from December 4 through January 23 at the gallery’s Lower East Side location at 291 Grand Street. This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition at James Cohan. To book an appointment to view the exhibition, please click here.

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New York Choral Society + Artist, Joyce McDonald Present ‘Peace Unto Zion

 

 

 

The New York Choral Society presents a beautiful and thoughtful video in a production of ‘Our Voices” as part of its 2020-21 season. This production is a collaboration with artist Joyce McDonald, merging song and visual art ~ stunning sculpture portraits ~ Peace Unto Zion. Continue reading “New York Choral Society + Artist, Joyce McDonald Present ‘Peace Unto Zion”

Michelangelo Pistoletto at Lévy Gorvy NYC

 

 

 

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Viceversa, 1971, Mirror, gilded wood frame, and wood easel, 98 7/16 x 35 5/8 x 19 11/16 inches (250 x 90.5 x 50 cm) © Michelangelo Pistoletto, Courtesy the Artist and Galleria Continua, Photo: Alessandro Scipiano

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.

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October is ‘Digital Art Month’ ~ a Digital Festival Throughout NYC

 

 

 

The Digital Art Month, a creative celebration of digital and new media art, kicks off October 1, 2020, in New York. The inaugural edition presents curated exhibitions located in various public locations and online. In the times of social distancing, this digital festival unites the creative community and invites viewers to discover, share and experience cutting edge art.

Check out this very cool Augmented Reality Map.

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NYC Parks Reopened Riverside Park Cherry Walk in January 2021

 

 

 

Out of an abundance of caution, and due to planned shoreline and path reconstruction work, NYC Parks temporarily closed the Cherry Walk path in Riverside Park from W. 100th to W. 125th streets. The closure began onMonday, September 28, 2020 and reopened to pedestrians and cyclists in January, 2021!

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‘David Blaine: Ascension’ Didn’t Fly High in New York on August 31st but Did Ascend on September 2nd in Arizona

 

 

 

David Blaine, Ascension, from YouTube
  • Update, August 31, 2020: Due to weather conditions, the ‘ascent’ was cancelled. The magician will move his ascension to Arizona, where he successfully completed the project on September 2, 2020. See his YouTube video below.

New York-based Magician, David Blaine, will turn our attention from our current serious state of affairs to wondrous, def defying and maybe a little silly. Blaine will float across the Hudson River from New York to New Jersey holding a cluster of helium-filled balloons.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designated 227 Duffield Street, Brooklyn as a NYC Landmark + NYC Purchases the Historic House

 

 

 

227 Duffield Street, Brooklyn via Google Maps 2020

On February 2, 2021, the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission voted to designate 227 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, a New York City Landmark, with a vote of 11 in favor and 0 against.

The home is a rare surviving 19th Century abolitionists’ home, and a stop on the historic underground railroad. Don’t miss the fabulous Youtube video below with ‘Mama Joy’ Chatel.

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LaGuardia Airport & Public Art Fund install Major Art Works in Terminal B

 

 

 

Interior: The more than 1.3 million square feet of the new Terminal B will be flooded with natural light and feature exciting food, retail and service options for passengers. Image via laguardia.com

As part of New York’s vision for a world-class airport at LaGuardia, Terminal B unveiled spectacular new permanent artworks by world-renowned artists, Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. The project is a partnership with the leading New York-based nonprofit Public Art Fund to bring inspirational, large-scale art installations to the new LaGuardia Airport.

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Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First ‘Percent for Art’ Installation, ‘Growth’ and artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez in Harlem Art Park ~ July 5, 2020

 

 

 

Image of Mayor Edward Koch who was the originator of the Percent for Art Program, along with Bess Myerson and the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at ribbon cutting for ‘Growth’ in 1985 in the Art Park. Image via New York City Percent for Art courtesy of the Artist

*A 2021 Update ~ Art Park will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary on Saturday, June 26th from Noon to 5:00pm with art, music and more.

On June 26th, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, and its first art installation, Growth, by sculpture artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Here are some wonderful images of the artist and Growth as it was being created, and a few thoughts on this historic occasion by the artist when we visited his studio in May, 2020.

Due to bad weather, the celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 5th from Noon to 2:00pm. Stop by and meet the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Art Park. Please remember to wear a mask. Social distancing will be in place.

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The Plastic Bag Store ~ Returning to Times Square

 

 

Image via Times Square Arts

The banning of plastic bags in New York State in March, 2020, was temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic. Now that the ‘pause’ is up on the banning of plastic, The Plastic Bag Store installation returns to Times Square. Let’s take a deep-dive into our culture of consumption and convenience.

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Ezra Wube: Project Junction, a New Exhibition at The Africa Center

 

 

 

Ezra Wube: Project Junction at The Africa Center. Image courtesy The Africa Center

The new exhibition at The Africa Center, Ezra Wube: Project Junction, couldn’t have been timed better ~ running during NYC Restaurant Week. This commissioned mixed media installation explores food “as a collective identity in its ever evolving state,” with the exhibition including a visit to some local, well-known African restaurants.

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Art Forgery or Genuine Art ~ John Howard Sanden & The Norman Rockwell Mystery at The Salmagundi Club

 

 

 

John Howard Sanden. Image courtesy The Salmagundi Club

In the summer of 2003, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Massachusetts opened its doors to an exhibition of Rockwell’s works produced during the time the artist lived in Arlington, Vermont. Among the works was the painting entitled, Breaking Home Ties. But standing before it, the artist and museum patron, John Howard Sanden had an overwhelming feeling that this was not at all the original ~ it was a reproduction (a fake!)

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Public Art: Should We Value it? A Conversation in Nevelson Chapel ~ December 16th

 

 

(L-R) Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, artist Leonardo Drew, public art historian Dr. Michele Bogart; Director of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Kendal Henry

What invigorates public art today and how do we value it? These are the questions  that will be explored in the context of very real, current threats to governmental and public funding for art in our time with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in a salon conversation with artist Leonardo Drew, public art historian Dr. Michele Bogart, and Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program, Kendal Henry, to be held in the Nevelson Chapel at Saint Peter’s Church on Monday, December 16, 2019.

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Yayoi Kusama: EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE at David Zwirner in November

 

 

Kusama portrait courtesy David Zwirner gallery

David Zwirner will open its doors to new work by Yayoi Kusama at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. The exhibition will feature new paintings, new sculptures, an immersive installation, and the debut of INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – DANCING LIGHTS THAT FLEW UP TO THE UNIVERSE, 2019.

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The Inspiring Alzheimer’s Programs in Arts + Culture

 

 

 

Revolving art on the waiting room wall at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital ~ a waiting room specifically for Alzheimers patients.

If you know someone with Alzheimer’s, there’s a good chance you are familiar with the organizations Caringkind Connect2Culture and Arts + Minds, a few of the non-profit groups partnering with museums and institutions to provide art and art-centered activities that create positive emotional and cognitive experiences for people with dementia, family members and their caregivers.

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Visiting The Hispanic Society of America in Washington Heights

 

 

 

Sorolla Gallery, Hispanic Society of America in New York

As the Museum continues the comprehensive renovation of the Museum’s Main Building, they have started to reopen new and exciting spaces. The Museum recently inaugurated the first ever temporary exhibition space, the East Building Gallery, and have reactivated its outdoor space with exhibitions and public programs on Audubon Terrace.
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Wayne Miller + Marvin E. Newman at Keith De Lellis Gallery

 

 

Marvin E. Newman, Chicago, 1950. Image courtesy Keith De Lellis Gallery

Keith de Lellis Gallery will open its doors to an exhibition of two American documentary photographers: Wayne Miller and Marvin E. Newman. In the early days of their careers, both men endeavored to document Chicago’s black communities in the wakes of the Great Migration and World War II. Miller received two consecutive Guggenheim fellowships (1946-1948) to photograph his series “The Way of Life of the Northern Negro,” which would later be published as a book: Chicago’s South Side. Newman’s series was completed while he pursued a master’s degree in photography at Chicago’s Institute of Design.

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Harlem One Stop & The Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebrate the Life & Music of Mary Lou Williams in Harlem

 

 

Mary Lou Williams. Image courtesy Harlem One Stop

Harlem One Stop presents An Afternoon with Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band, a free film screening co-presented with Harlem Cultural Collaborative Partners as part of The Harlem Renaissance 100 Program (The Harlem Renaissance Centennial Community Celebration).

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Donna Karan + ArtLeadHer = King Woman in Celebration of Women’s History Month

 

 

 

Lacey McKinney, Double Blind VII

In celebration of Women’s History Month, ArtLeadHer and Donna Karan will host a monthlong art exhibition of work by female artists ~ King Woman.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month ~ March 2019

 

 

Walter Scott’s Three Dancing Maidens sculpture, Central Park Conservatory Garden, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

March is the month when we celebrate the extraordinary achievements of women, and this past year has truly been extraordinary, as we watched women in politics step forward to take the lead in Change.

The National Women’s History Theme for 2019 is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence. Here are a few ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, from installations and exhibitions currently on view to new installations, exhibitions and events from March 1 through March 31st, 2019.

Join the conversation ~ “Lessons Learned from the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Continuing Fight for Women’s Equality,” March 27th from 6:30 to 8pm at New York Historical Society, Skylight Gallery.

Looking forward to four more Monuments dedicated to women as part of SheBuiltNYC.

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The Armory Show + Armory Art Week + ADAA at The Armory 2019

 

 

 

Credit: Photograph by Teddy Wolff~Courtesy of The Armory Show. The Armory Show~Pier 94

It’s time to mark your calendar and make your list of must-see galleries and artists at the 2019 Armory Show  on Piers 90, 92 and 94, along with Armory Art Week galleries and event spaces throughout the City. Here are a few suggestions.

Update on The Armory Show & Pier 92 ~ The City of New York found significant portions of Pier 92 to be not structurally sound. Therefore, VOLTA 2019 has been cancelled, and the majority of Pier 92 exhibitions and activations will relocate to Pier 90. Pier 90, adjacent to Pier 92, can be reached via a designated walkway or a one-minute shuttle ride, complimentary service provided continuously for the duration of the fair.

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Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree + Follow This Line ~ Met Breuer & Public Art Fund at Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

A view of Siah Armajani’s ‘Bridge Over Tree’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park from the Manhattan Bridge

The Iranian-born, American sculpture artist, Siah Armajani is best known for his works of public art in bridges, gazebos, gardens, and reading rooms across the United States and Europe.

The artist has arrived in New York with a two-pronged installation and exhibition. The outdoor component will be featured by The Public Art Fund in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the installation Bridge Over Tree (1970), which was first exhibited as a temporary installation at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis nearly fifty years ago (1970). It consists of a 91-foot-long walkway with open, trussed sides and a shingled roof, with a set of stairs at the midpoint that climb and descend over a small evergreen tree.  The installation is located on the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Siah Armajani: Bridge Over Tree is curated by The Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume.

The original concept and installation by Armajani was created as an outdoor, site-specific piece for the Walker Art Center’s 9 Artists/9 Spaces exhibition. Coinciding with The Public Art Fund installation, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line  is on view at The Met Breuer. Featuring nearly one hundred works made over the past 60 years, Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first major U.S. retrospective of the preeminent Iranian-American artist Siah Armajani (b. 1939).

Here, we explore both the indoor and outdoor components, beginning at Met Breuer, and moving to Brooklyn Bridge Park with the MET and the Public Art Fund.

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Looking Back at ‘A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America’ by the artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez

 

 

 

The exhibition ‘A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America’ by the artist Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Center for Puerto Rican Studies in East Harlem in 2014

In anticipation of The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s upcoming event, Open Archive: The Slave Ship, we reached back in our archives to an exhibition on this very subject which opened at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies East Harlem in 2016. The exhibition was a compilation of decades of artwork by Jorge Luis Rodrigues, entitled ARTchives: Method and Documentation ~ and part of this exhibition included an exhibit entitled A Monument to the 500 Years of the Cultural Reversal of America, which was a small-scale exhibition of his original sculpture of a Galleon ~ a slave ship, including ceramic slaves placed in the hold of the vessel. Bringing the original sculpture down to scale, the Galleon was painted on the wall of the library, with 50 of the original 126 ceramic slaves beneath.

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Hauser & Wirth NYC ~ Kicking-Off the New Year with Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007 and Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years

 

 

Günther Förg, untitled 2005, Acrylic on canvas ©Estate Günther Förg , Suisse/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy Estate Günther Förg , Suisse (280×1200 cm/110 1/4x 472 1/2 in

Hauser and Wirth New York will kick-off the New Year with Günther Förg. Works from 1986 – 2007 opening in Chelsea and Luchita Hurtado. Dark Years to open on the Upper East Side in January.

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Ballon Rouge Collective to Open in East Harlem

 

 

Ballon Rouge is an international female-led gallery collective founded in 2017 by Helene Dumenil, with curators from cities like Istanbul, Brussels, London, Sao Paulo, Paris and New York.

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Tribeca Art + Culture Night ~ September 26th

 

 


Tribeca Art+Culture Night is a downtown arts festival that celebrates culture at large in Tribeca and takes place in 30+ Lower Manhattan venues. Now in its third year, it will take place on September 26, 2018.

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Morningside Lights 2018 ~ Harlem

 

 

Image via Morningside Lights 2017

Get ready for the seventh annual Morningside Lights, a weeklong arts event led by the directors of Processional Arts Workshop, and produced by Columbia University’s Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre.

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Sotheby’s + Studio Museum in Harlem = Creating Space ~ Auction off to a Great Start!

 

 

 

Clockwise, from top left, Sam Gilliam, Lorna Simpson, Mark Bradford, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Glenn Ligon Julie Mehretu, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Rashid Johnson. | Imagew via Sotheby’s

Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building  took place on May 16 and 17 at Sotheby’s New York, with a public viewing of the works during the month of May, up to auction date. The Museum hopes to raise $175 million during its capital campaign.

At auction, all five additional donated pieces sold above their high estimates, raising $16.4 million. 37 more pieces were sold Thursday evening, raising $20.2 million ~ and yielding 24 artist records.

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CCCADI ~ Making Music in El Barrio

 

 

 

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) moved into a historic firehouse in East Harlem in 2016.  Since then, a plethora of art, education and entertainment have filled the floors within. Here are a few events coming up that caught our eye.

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Step into The Future at The Rubin Museum of Art with Future Fellow, Chitra Ganesh

 

 

 

Chitra Ganesh at The Rubin Museum of Art with images via The Rubin

As part of the 2018 theme, The Future, artist Chitra Ganesh will kick-off her residency on May 4th with a free celebration from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, featuring music by DJ Rekha, and the performance “Blessed Avenue” by Jacolby Satterwhite.  This is exciting and pertinent programming, exploring responsibility, feminism, transformation and The Future.

Face The Future with artist, Chitra Ganesh during her fellowship at The Rubin Museum of Art.

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A Prelude to The Shed


A preview of what The Shed will have to offer is on view across the street from where The Shed is currently under construction. Prelude to The Shed is a free two-week sneak-peek that will run from May 1-13 and will showcase The Shed’s mission to support artistic invention, and present multiple art forms in one flexible space. We were there when the doors opened on May 1st. Here are a few photos.

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Thrive Collective Art Hub ~ Harlem

 

 

Thrive Collective, has a new home in Harlem.  With special thanks to Clorox, Community Connections for Youth, and the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub, the arts organization opened its doors on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of National Service, February 27, 2018. Continue reading “Thrive Collective Art Hub ~ Harlem”

MTA Arts & Design + Jackie Battenfield = A Beautiful New Installation

 

 

Image via Jackie Battenfield

The Avenue P on the F Train in Brooklyn can look forward to a new MTA Arts & Design installation coming soon.  The 28 new laminated glass panels, created by artist Jackie Battenfield, will grace the stairways on the ground platform. The first 7 panels are ready for installation now.

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