The Guggenheim Museum presents Going Dark: The Contemporary Figure at the Edge of Visibility, a major exhibition predicated on a duality: works of art that present the figure, yet obscure it in some way, thus existing at the “edge of visibility.” The exhibition asserts that these experimentations in figuration across media—painting, photography, drawing, prints, sculpture, video, and installation—articulate pressing questions around what it means to be seen, not seen, or erased in society. On view from October 20, 2023, through April 7, 2024, the exhibition features 28 artists and fills all six ramps of the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.
The Apollo announces the launch of Apollo Stories, an interactive digital learning hub that aims to connect students and educators across the country with the programs and legacy of the famed Apollo, providing lesson plans, resources and activities that explore themes of social justice, cultural exchange, identity and more. The inaugural lessons are built around The Apollo’s world premiere stage adaptation of Ta Nehisi-Coates’ Between the World and Me. Geared towards activating and amplifying the voices of high school-aged students, the program reflects The Apollo’s commitment to utilizing the arts and humanities to foster conversation centered in the Black experience—all while creating an expansive and generative community for teaching, learning, creativity, self-expression, and for giving young people a framework to understand and navigate issues of contemporary America. The Apollo Stories project is now live!
How does culture influence the artistic process? How does culture impact a community? Each of us has our own thoughts, perceptions, behaviors, and expressions based on our lived experience. Adopting a cross-cultural perspective starts with listening and learning from others who are different from us, and appreciating the beauty of how they experience and show up in the world.
Join Art in Odd Places for its eighteenth annual outdoor public visual and performance art festival, taking place on select blocks each day along 14th Street in Manhattan from October 13-15, with the Paper Dress Ball on October 14th.
Artists will unfold their creative interpretation of the theme ‘DRESS’ in the form of garments, textile, fashion design, costume, performance, sculpture and installation.
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with readings of the eponymous children’s book, live music, City Parks Foundation Puppetmobile performance, and activities for all ages!
As in years past, tours will be first come, first served. To safely and comfortably accommodate visitors, a limited number of timed tickets will be distributed beginning at noon on Saturday, October 7, 2023.
The Empire State Rare Book and Print Fair, featuring 50+ exhibitors from across the country, will take over St. Bartholomew’s Church (St. Bart’s) at 325 Park Avenue in New York City, beginning Thursday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th, 2023.
This fair will showcase tens of thousands of beautiful and rare books, prints, works on paper, and ephemera from around the globe. Exceptional examples that will be offered include the original artwork for the cover of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White ($400,000), a first printing of Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (1 of 500) for $225,000, a first British edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in its iconic jacket ($125,000), and a first edition Galileo by Galileo Galilei from 1635, which was banned in Italy ($100,000).
NYCxDESIGN’s fall activation, Design Pavilion, serves to kickstart the months of preparation that lead towards NYCxDESIGN Festival 2024. By highlighting architecture and sustainable building materials, these installations draw pubic attention to the City’s design industries, stellar sustainable practices and NYCxDESIGN’s role in gathering and galvanizing the broad coalition of design that powers New York City and enriches the world.
City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) marks Hispanic Heritage Month with a rousing special concert featuring award-winning Dominican singer Rubby Pérez. Dubbed “the highest voice in merengue,” Pérez will take to the stage at Aaron Davis Hall on Friday, October 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at citycollegecenterforthearts.org for the event, which is produced and emceed by award-winning radio host and Latin music historian Nelson Radhames Rodriguez.
“Everyday Heroes,” an exhibition of new paintings and photographs by artist Katya Leonovich, will be on view at Leonovich Gallery from October 4-November 13, 2023. A catalogue with an essay by exhibition curator Kathleen Cullen will be available.
The annual event ‘Archtober‘ brings together over 100 partner institutions across the five boroughs to celebrate the importance of architecture and design. Running from October 1-31, here are just a few of the events and exhibitions that caught our eye, including each and every ‘Building of the Day’.
Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro arrived in New York to reveal a first look at the conceptual renderings of his highly anticipated public art installation, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza. Made possible by the Soloviev Foundation, Field of Light at Freedom Plaza will welcome guests free of charge and present meaningful opportunities for community engagement and educational programming.
Celebrate The Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals with the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on October 1st. Organ prelude will begin at 10:20am, and the service will begin at 10:30am on Sunday, October 1st.
The afternoon fair and pet blessings will be held ~ rain or shine ~ beginning immediately after the service.
The Atlantic Antic™ Festival presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023, 12-6 pm, rain or shine. Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival spans 10 blocks through the heart of Brooklyn, passing through the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn.
For 48 years, Atlantic Avenue businesses and vendors from NYC and beyond have electrified the street with something for everyone including food, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and more. Attendees can stroll the avenue with friends and families to enjoy their favorite foods such as bbq, Asian buns, street corn, crepes, lemonade and fried ice cream!
Nicolas Auvray Gallery is thrilled to present the highly anticipated solo exhibition of emerging artist Clément Denis at its Chelsea location. The exhibition, titled “Innerworlds: Journey of a Motionless Nomad”, showcases a captivating collection of unseen ongoing and previous works, offering a unique and profound exploration of life and identity through the eyes of the painter. The exhibition marks Denis’ first solo show in New York City and promises to introduce a new step in his artistic development. Opening September 28th.
The National Black Theatre, in partnership with ArtBridge, RAY, and LMXD, is pleased to announce Steal Away, a public art exhibition created by renowned artist Xenobia Bailey. This 500-foot long exhibition is installed on the construction fencing surrounding the future home of the longest-running Black theater in New York City. In addition to NBT’s multi-floor space, the 21-story project, designed by Frida Escobedo Architects and Handel Architects under the direction of Ray, will include 222 units of mixed-income apartments and substantial commercial space along 125th Street. The project is Ray’s flagship location and first foray into building residential spaces that center daily engagement with art and design.
On Friday, September 22, 2023, NYC Parks will host live music and lectures for the unveiling of the historic James Jackson tombstone in Washington Square Park. The event will take place at 11am at Park House, 200 Washington Square, with a host of attendee’s including NYC Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner Anthony Perez and NYC Parks Art & Antiquities Director Jonathan Kuhn, who will join Washington Square Park Administrator William Morrison, City Council Member Christopher Marte, Chair of Community Board 2 Susan Kent, Consul General of the Irish Consulate Helena Nolan, Executive Director of Village Preservation Andrew Berman, New York University faculty member Marion R. Casey, Consultant Archaeologist JoanGeismar, Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission Sarah Carroll, Irish singer Guen Donohue, NYU Student singer Clare Martin and members of the community, all honoring the unveiling of the historic James Jackson Tombstone.
It was On This Day, September 22nd, in 1799, that James Jackson passed away.
Affordable Art Fair returns to New York for its Fall 2023 edition featuring work by over 400 artists across 76 exhibitors. The fair takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion from Wednesday, September 20to Sunday, September 24.
The Affordable Art Fair is a contemporary art fair dedicated to creating a dynamic and approachable entry-point to the contemporary art market for enthusiasts, collectors, and art-curious fairgoers alike. Affordable Art Fair offers artwork created by emerging and established talent in a range of media and genres priced up to $12,000.
Wednesday, October 11: The long-awaited Triangle Fire Memorial, located at the site of the fire in Greenwich Village, New York, will be dedicated. The memorial is one of the very few in America that honors workers, most of whom were women and immigrants, and it is unique in that it tells their story in their own languages, English, Italian, and Yiddish.
The Keepers is a performance art intervention created by longtime NYC cultural provocateur, Ed Woodham – scheduled for Friday, September 22 in three different locations around the Penn Station neighborhood (The Church of St. John the Baptist, Gimbel’s Skybridge, and the demolished Hotel Pennsylvania). Woodham is the founder/director of the annual public art festival Art in Odd Places, which has taken place each October across 14th Street in Manhattan since 2005.
Expect to see The Keepers between 6:30-7:30am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 213 West 30th Street and Seventh Avenue ~ From 8:30-9:30am at the Gimbels Sky Bridge at West 32nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues ~ and from 10:30-11:30am at the demolished Hotel Pennsylvania at 401 Seventh Avenue.
The New Museum presents the first New York solo exhibition of conceptual and performance artist Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo (b. 1989, Dallas, Texas), widely known by the moniker Puppies Puppies. On view October 12, 2023, through January 14, 2024, “Nothing New” transforms the New Museum’s glass-walled Lobby Gallery into a mise-en-scène for Kuriki-Olivo’s daily life, with a portion of the space functioning as a duplicate of the artist’s actual bedroom. Using a fogging glass mechanism, Puppies Puppies will alternately obscure and reveal her activities in the gallery to visitors, foregrounding themes of visibility, representation, and cultural consumption.
The New Museum presents “Judy Chicago: Herstory,” bringing together six decades of the artist’s work and including an exhibition-within- the-exhibition spotlighting women essential to the history of art and Chicago’s own practice. On view from October 12, 2023, through January 14, 2024, Chicago’s most comprehensive New York museum survey to date spans three floors of the New Museum, tracing the artist’s sixty- year career across painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, textiles, photography, stained glass, needlework, and printmaking. On the Museum’s Fourth Floor, a total installation featuring Chicago’s embroideries, sculptures, drawings, and carpet design contextualizes her practice by bringing together artworks and archival materials from more than eighty women artists, writers, and cultural figures, including Hilma af Klint, Hildegard of Bingen, Claude Cahun, Elizabeth Catlett, Simone de Beauvoir, Artemisia Gentileschi, Emma Goldman, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charlotte Salomon, Remedios Varo, and Virginia Woolf, among others. Titled after fifteenth century author Christine de Pisan’s “Le Livre de la Cité des Dames,” “The City of Ladies” continues Chicago’s work as a feminist activist and cultural historian claiming space for women in narratives that previously obscured or denied their contributions—much like her seminal work The Dinner Party (1974–79) in its attempt to create a history of important and often overlooked women.
After nearly a half century on Washington Square, the Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s fine arts museum, will reopen in a purpose-designed, larger, and more visible space at 18 Cooper Square in lower Manhattan on Friday, March 2, 2024. With this transformational move, the Grey will be renamed the Grey Art Museum. The inaugural exhibition will be ‘Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962‘ and will be on view from March 2 to July 20, 2024.
Since Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s beloved novella The Little Prince was published in 1943, generations of children—and with them, generations of adults—have fallen under its spell. In honor of the book’s 80th anniversary, the prince himself will soon be making his grand return to Manhattan. On September 20, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna will be unveiling a bronze sculpture depicting the whimsical traveler at the garden entrance of Villa Albertine, located at 972 Fifth Avenue. This project by French sculptor Jean-Marc de Pas was spearheaded by the American Society of Le Souvenir Français, in partnership with the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation.
Villa Albertine today announced its fall 2023 season: a packed schedule of performances, artists talks, and cultural events aimed at building exchange and collaboration between creative communities in the US, France, and beyond.
Join LMCC and Allies in Artsfor a full day of artist talks, performances, readings and a special DJ set to celebrate ANTI•VENOM, an exhibition that brings together seven multidisciplinary artists to ask: How do we affirm our humanity in the face of complex harm? In this luminous exhibition of videos the artists face a troubled reality and transform it, directing our gaze towards radiant visions of the future. Each of the programs featured offer a microdose towards collective healing.
The 22nd Annual Chess in the Park Rapid Open will be held on Saturday, September 16th, 2023, at Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain.
NYC Parks will host hundreds of chess players of all ages and skill levels for free at the largest outdoor chess tournament in the United States, the 22nd Annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open. Grand Masters will kick off the event with an exhibition speed chess match and will challenge players throughout the day. At 11 a.m., NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Council Member Gale Brewer, Council Member Shekar Krishnan, and Council Member Shaun Abreu will deliver brief remarks.
Taller Boricua is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in conjunction with its “Inaugural Fall 2023 Exhibition Season,” with the exclusive NYC exhibit and opening reception of architect and visual artist Rafael (Chafo) Villamil’s “Caribbean Trilogy/Trilogia del Caribe” Friday, September 15, 2023, from 6 to 9 pm. It will be on view at the Taller Boricua Galleries through October 29, 2023.
The Garment District Alliance announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing The Rose of Versailles, a collection of fanciful hats and headpieces in partnership with the Milliners Guild in celebration of New York Textile Month.
Located in a street-level window at 215 West 38th Street, the exhibit is free and accessible to the public through October 12th. The installation is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations and over 18 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.
A monumental, majestic steel whale will grace Broadway in the heart of Midtown Manhattan in the Garment District, as the Garment District Alliance will unveil its latest interactive public art display titled Echoes – A Voice from Uncharted Waters on Thursday (9/14). With its captivating sound and light effects, the 55-foot-long installation invites viewers to reflect on the impact of everyday activities on nature and the environment. Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 38th and 39th Streets, Echoes – A Voice from Unchartered Waters is free and will be available to the public through November 13.
Beginning September 14, Vito Schnabel Gallery will present These Days, an exhibition marking twenty years since the 2003 debut of Incubator, the first public show Vito Schnabel organized, and ten years since the opening of the gallery’s first permanent space on Clarkson Street in 2013.
Bringing together works by artists and estates with whom Schnabel has collaborated over the past two decades, These Days will feature works by Trey Abdella, Zachary Armstrong, Vahakn Arslanian, Cecily Brown, Francesco Clemente, Giorgio de Chirico, Jorge Galindo, Ron Gorchov, Rashid Johnson, Spencer Lewis, Caitlin Lonegan, Lola Montes, Robert Nava, Mariana Oushiro, Angel Otero, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Rene Ricard, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, Pat Steir, Piotr Uklanski, Gus Van Sant, Jessica Westhafer, and Thomas Woodruff.
The 1930s was a decade of political and social upheaval in the United States, and the art and visual culture of the time reflected the unsettled environment. Americans searched for their cultural identity during the Great Depression, a period marked by divisive politics, threats to democracy, and intensified social activism, including a powerful labor movement. Featuring more than 100 works from The Met collection and several lenders, Art for the Millions: American Culture and Politics in the 1930s explores how artists expressed political messages and ideologies through a range of media, from paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs to film, dance, decorative arts, fashion, and ephemera. Highlights include paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, and Stuart Davis; prints by Elizabeth Olds, Dox Thrash, and Riva Helfond; photographs by Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange; footage of Martha Graham’s dance Frontier; and more. The exhibition is on view September 7 through December 10, 2023.
The Met unveiled today four new sculptures by Nairy Baghramian (German citizen, born Iran 1971) for the Museum’s facade. This is the first public installation by the artist in New York City. Baghramian’s cast aluminum polychrome sculptures feature components that seem to have washed up like flotsam and jetsam in the voids of their respective niches. These abstract forms at the threshold of the Museum present a metaphor of the institution as a filter of historical fragments deemed representative or exemplary. The project’s title Scratching the Back—a distortion of the idiom “scratch the surface”—alludes to the need to move beyond superficially constructed cultural narratives. The Facade Commission: Nairy Baghramian, Scratching the Backwill be on view through May 28, 2024.
David Nolan Gallery is pleased to announcea solo exhibition of 23 recent drawings by Jim Nutt (b. 1938, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; BFA 1967, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), marking the artist’s first show of new work in over a decade. Organized in close collaboration with Nutt, the exhibition showcases the four-decade stylistic culmination of his richly referential, subtly sinister ‘imaginary women’ portraits. The exhibition’s drawings were created between 2022 and 2023.
Running alongside The Armory Show within Javits Center, (separate entrance), PHOTOFAIRS New York will roll out its inaugural, annual exhibition. In addition, the annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Independent 20th Century, Art on Paper and others open their doors to Armory Art Week all around Town.
It’s time to celebrate in style! To kick-off the arrival of the fall season, the Madison Avenue B.I.D. will host its annual Madison Avenue WELCOME BACK SATURDAY on Saturday, September 9 from 10am-6pm. Free and open to the public, the welcome mat is out in over 40 stores, galleries and businesses on the 29-blocks on Madison Avenue between East 57TH and East 86th Streets. To get everyone energized at high noon, the new Wellness+ Studio is holding a complementary fitness class at the Welcome Back stage at Madison Avenue & East 64h Street. Followed by the Dan Hanson Trio performing jazz from the stage from 1-4pm.
Expanding Climate Action in the Visual Arts, a moderated panel discussion exploring how arts organizations can advance their energy efficiency and resiliency. Taking place on Friday, September 22, at the New Museum, this event is part of Climate Week NYC and tied to the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative (FCI), a multiyear, $15-million initiative supporting carbon neutral and clean energy projects at visual arts institutions across the country.
The life and impact of the renowned artisanal cheesemaker and pioneering advocate of the American farmstead movement, Anne Saxelby, will be celebrated at the second annual benefit for the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund(ASLF) on Wednesday, September 13, from 6 – 10 pm. Expanding upon the successful inaugural benefit in 2022, Chelsea Market will be transformed into a gastronomic showcase to raise money to support the ASLF, which matches individuals with family or community-run farms with fully paid apprenticeships – including salary, travel, room, board and all other expenses paid – so that they may learn sustainable practices and contribute to the continuity of local, organic farming.
Beginning October 2, 2023 until November 3, 2023, the Salmagundi Club will present Reflections: The Art of Burton Silverman, offering a retrospective of one of America’s most accomplished Realist painters and teachers. The exhibition traces Silverman’s prolific career focusing on the last 23 years, highlighting his evolution as an artist into his late 90s.
Objects of Permanence, a special installation curated by Mellány Sánchez and presented during New York Fashion Week, seeks to spotlight the rich histories of the Puerto Rican and other migrant community labor forces in New York City’s garment industry.
This show spotlights the Lower East Side as a pioneering capital of the garment industry in the mid-20th century. Objects in the form of artifacts, both real and imagined, work to preserve and tell the story of LES residents of the past and present, whose labor was integral to the development of New York City as a fashion capital. Simultaneously, it will unite these voices of the past to the direct descendants and beneficiaries of their legacy—today’s fashion designers.
Sailing into Fall, September kicks-off with the annual Armory Show and Armory Art Week, and a plethora of exciting exhibitions and events all around town. Public Art Fund unveils Fred Eversley: Parabolic Light at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, and Little Italy hosts the annual Feast of San Gennaro. Lincoln Center hosts its 61st New York Film Festival and The West Side Cultural Network installs its inaugural West Side Fest! Morningside Park in Harlem holds a Trashion Fashion Show and its fun and colorful annual Morningside Lights event. Museums and galleries open their doors to exciting new exhibitions, as our city never loses sight of our loss on 9/11. Here are a few suggestions for the month of September.
The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has named conceptual artist, Charles Gaines as the winner of the 2023 Brendan Gill Prize for his public art project The American Manifest: Chapter 1.
The award will be presented at The View at The Battery on the evening of Tuesday, September 26. As part of the festivities, Gaines and members of the Brendan Gill Prize Jury will participate in an engaging conversation about the project, his process, and influences. Refreshments and light bites will be served.
The Met will open Picasso: A Cubist Commission in Brooklyn, the first exhibition dedicated to a captivating, but lesser-known chapter in the Cubist period of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). In 1910, while making radical formal experiments with the human figure that brought him to the brink of abstraction, the artist embarked on a decorative commission for the Brooklyn residence of artist, collector, and critic Hamilton Easter Field (1873–1922). While the commission ultimately went unrealized, it served as a catalyst for Picasso’s exploration of Cubism, as he worked, abandoned, and reworked the panels in various studios in France. This focused exhibition will bring together for the first time six paintings linked to the commission—a group of figure and still life compositions—along with related works and archival material. It provides a unique opportunity to view these canvases together in the same gallery and to consider them in relation to the architectural space for which they were originally intended.
It has been twenty-two years since September 11, 2001, a day the world will never forget. On this day, families and friends lost 2,983 souls in the attacks on our Country. By hosting commemorative events, we hope to pay tribute to the victims and their memory, through collection, preservation and exhibition of materials and digital artifacts. Here are just a few thoughtful ways to spend September 11th in 2023.
Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 24, 2023, Manet/Degas examines one of the most significant artistic dialogues in the genesis of modern art. Born only two years apart, Édouard Manet (1832–1883) and Edgar Degas (1834–1917) were friends, rivals, and, at times, antagonists whose work shaped the development of modernist painting in France. By examining the ways in which their careers intersected and presenting their work side by side, this exhibition investigates how their artistic objectives and approaches both overlapped and diverged.
“Lost Human Found Jungle” is a captivating painting exhibition that delves into the complexities of society, movement, and the power of togetherness. Through vivid strokes and intricate compositions, our featured artist, Marie-Chloé Duval, explores the enigmatic labyrinth of human connections and disconnections.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present Zachary Armstrong: New Work, the gallery’s first exhibition with the Ohio-based artist. Debuting a new body of work that reflects the different aspects of the artist’s inventive multimedium practice, this presentation will feature paintings, sculptural reliefs, and an installation of ceramic lamps and carved wooden sewing machines – a group of objects that introduce the visitor to both Armstrong’s penchant for technical innovation and uninhibited, idiosyncratic evocation of imagination and memory as means of connecting.
Zachary Armstrong: New Work will be on view at Vito Schnabel Gallery’s 43 Clarkson Street location from September 13 through October 28, 2023.
Two current exhibitions presented by The Nohra Haime Gallery celebrate the work of Sophia Vari (1940-2023), the Greek artist known internationally for her polychrome paintings, collages, and sculptures. Married to the Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, Vari passed away in May 2023.
It’s a movement! From Ed Molina’s East Harlem DSNY Trash Museum to your trash can, here’s a thoughtful and fun way to focus on our environment, creating everything from art and jewelry to fashion by upcycling what has been historically just tossed.
Now, after months of collaborative trashion design workshops, and weather cancellations, the much anticipated Trashion Fashion Show has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 7th in Morningside Park, when the fashionistas will take to the runway from 3:00 to 3:30pm.