Metropolitan Playhouse presents new solo-performances drawn from oral histories of East Village residents May 18 – June 4, 2023. Directed by Sidney Fortner and Alex Roe, performances will be in-person at the Playhouse home at 220A E 4th Street.
Popping Up at the entrance to Harlem, an exhibition, workshops and music will fill an empty storefront at 301 West 110th Street (enter on Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the old Subway Shop). Opening May 7th and on view throughout the month.
The 18th edition of the Harlem International Film Festival is coming and we recently received the lineup. Taking place at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters from May 18th to the 28th, it will open up with Blow Up My Life and Paris Is In Harlem on May 18th, and the world premiere of the first two episodes from the next season of STARZ’ Run the World series, and the world premiere of Clayton P. Allis and Doug E. Doug’s In The Weeds on Friday, May 19th.
From May 1st to 31st, the avenue will be transformed into an enchanting floral universe created by French illustrator Charlotte Gastaut, with ten colorful sculptures complimented by live flowers, spanning from 50th to 59th street.
Pearl River Mart, the Asian American Arts Alliance, and Chelsea Market are proud to present this solo exhibition from acclaimed Chinese American artist, Arlan Huang, in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
For nearly six decades as a practicing artist, Arlan Huang has quietly collected art. While some of the pieces were purchased, much has been amassed through “art swaps,” friendly exchanges between fellow artists. “Just Between Us,” a group exhibition presented in partnership by Think!Chinatown and Pearl River Mart, highlights some of these works. Opens May 4th. Registration required.
New Yorkers will kick-off the month of May in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month. New Yorkers also look forward to the opening of the Gilder Center at American Museum of Natural History, The annual Met Gala, Jane’s Walk, New York African Film Festival, Frieze New York and Frieze Week, NYCxDesign, Cinco de Mayo, Gallery Walks & House Tours, and the AIDS Walk, to name a few.
May also brings with it several gallery and museum openings including Andy Warhol at Brant Foundation, Young Picasso in Paris at The Guggenheim, the monumental ‘Something Beautiful’ opens at El Museo del Barrio, Mary Mattingly unveils her work at Socrates Sculpture Park, and Kusama at David Zwirner. Public Art Fund brings Nicholas Galanin to Brooklyn Bridge Park. We end the month with a plethora of music including the 2023 International Lindy Hop Championships here in NYC.
This exhibition, Sugar Daddy: Dear Danielle, opening May 19 and running through June 24 at Denny Gallery, New York, is a culmination of the artist’s years of research into the life and interwoven stories of the wealthy socialite Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, her husband the sugar magnate Adolph Spreckels and their relationship which formed around the Spreckels Mansion now owned by prolific romance novelist Danielle Steel. Opening May 19th.
Join ARTnews and Madison Avenue’s galleries for the annual Madison Avenue Spring Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 20 during Frieze Week. This free event invites the public to visit participating galleries, view their fall exhibitions and attend expert talks led by artists and curators on Madison Avenue & side streets from East 57 to East 86 St.
Christopher Bishop Fine Art announces the gallery’s spring exhibition, Modern Masters: 1930 – 2008, on view from May 11 through June 3, 2023. The exhibition will present exceptional modern and contemporary drawings and watercolor paintings by Georg Baselitz, Henri Matisse, Sam Francis, and Zao Wou-Ki.
Madison Square Park Conservancy announced the program for its eighth annual symposium, which convenes artists, curators, and cultural leaders to discuss critical issues and ideas in the fields of public and contemporary art. This year’s symposium, Transforming Public Art, explores how artists are reshaping public art practice—and public space itself—through the use of unexpected materials and by layering their work onto historic sites to spark dialogue about who and what is represented and immortalized in the civic space. The theme of the symposium is inspired by the Conservancy’s commissioned public art exhibitions for 2023: Shahzia Sikander’s Havah…to breathe, air, life, on view through June 4, 2023, and Sheila Pepe’s My Neighbor’s Garden, opening June 26, 2023.
Free and open to the public, Transforming Public Art is organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy and will be held on Friday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in the SVA Theatre.
The 2023 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, today announced its lineup of feature narrative, documentary, and animated films. This year’s Festival, which takes place June 7-18, showcases the best emerging talent from across the globe alongside established household names.
Passes and Ticket Packages Available at Tribecafilm.com; Single Tickets on Sale May 2
The 2023 features program includes 109 feature films from 127 filmmakers across 36 countries. The lineup includes 93 world premieres, one international premiere, eight North American premieres, one U.S. premiere, and six New York premieres. There are 43 first-time directors and 29 directors returning to Tribeca with their latest projects. 41% (45) of all feature films are directed by women and, for the first time, more than half of competition feature films are directed by women at 68% (19). Additionally, 36% (39) of feature films are directed by BIPOC filmmakers, including two indigenous filmmakers.
A joyful, endearing bronze sculpture is welcoming New Yorkers and visitors to the heart of Midtown Manhattan’s Garment District, as the Garment District Alliance unveils its latest public art exhibit, Kneeler, created by artist Joy Brown.
Located on Broadway in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets, Kneeler is a large bronze figure that holds a quiet power, a friendly space inviting us to touch and play. Its presence conveys a universal spirit of harmony and optimism that transcends culture, gender and age.
Patrons of Park Avenue (POPA) have made a big splash with its second art installation along the Park Avenue divide from 34th Street to 38th Street in Murray Hill. Carole A. Feuerman: Sea Idylls ~ a Monumental Exhibition of nine sculptures will be on view to December 10, 2023. Artist Carole A. Feuerman and Galeries Bartoux will hold a formal unveiling/ribbon cutting on Thursday, April 27th at 4pm at 38th Street and Park Avenue.
Melanie Brock, originally from Indiana, moved to Brooklyn last year to be at the center of the contemporary art world. Her work, mostly abstract painting, explores the relationship and effects of the built environment on a city’s inhabitants, and equally on how human presence affects our surroundings. Having moved from a small town to a busy and crowded city, she is acutely aware of the impact this change has had on her relationship to her environs; the city has become the lens through which she interprets and develops her layered and highly personal paintings.Each piece is created fromobservations and memories of an often-fleeting moment embedded as form, its energy manifest as color and motion.
Tenri Cultural Institute proudly presents Biomes and Homologies: Costas Picadas. Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos, the exhibition will be on view May 5 – May 31, 2023 with an opening reception on Friday May 5, 6-8PM.
El Museo del Barrio is proud to announce Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección, the Museum’s most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Organized by Rodrigo Moura, Chief Curator; Susanna V. Temkin, Curator; and Lee Sessions, Permanent Collection Associate Curator, the exhibition will present approximately 500 artworks, including new acquisitions and artist commissions, through rotating displays over the course of one year. Something Beautiful cuts across traditional chronological, geographic, and media-specific categories, reconsidering the Collection through new interdisciplinary approaches rooted in El Museo del Barrio’s foundational history and legacy. This forward-thinking model focuses on the contribution of Amerindian, African, and European cultures as the basis of visual production in the Americas and the Caribbean. See list of participating artists. The exhibition will open on May 19th.
The Frick Collection announces details of its final year at Frick Madison, the acclaimed temporary home of the Upper East Side museum and library, as it looks ahead to the reopening of its renovated historic buildings on East 70th Street, planned for late 2024. Following the June 2023 debut of a site-specific mural created by Nicolas Party, Frick Madison will then feature a special exhibition of portraits by Barkley L. Hendricks, opening in September. The final special presentation at Frick Madison will provide a rare opportunity for the public to view St. Francis in the Desert (ca. 1475–80) by Giovanni Bellini—one of the most iconic works from the Frick’s permanent collection and considered by many to be the finest Renaissance painting in the United States—in dialogue with Giorgione’s Three Philosophers (ca. 1508/9). Both works were owned by Venetian collector Taddeo Contarini, and this installation will mark the first time in more than four hundred years that the two masterworks, which were both displayed for decades in Contarini’s palazzo, will be presented together. Bellini and Giorgione in the House of Taddeo Contarini will be on view at Frick Madison from November 9, 2023, through February 4, 2024. Frick Madison will remain open through March 3, 2024.
To celebrate the centennial of Richard Avedon’s birth in 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a selection of the photographer’s most innovative group portraits in the exhibition Richard Avedon: MURALS, opening January 19, 2023. Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer in the late 1940s, his greatest achievement was his stunning reinvention of the photographic portrait. Focused on the short period between 1969 and 1971, this exhibition will explore a critical juncture in the artist’s career, when, after a hiatus from portraiture, he began working with a new camera and a new sense of scale. The exhibition will be organized around three monumental photomurals in The Met collection (the largest measures nearly 10 x 35 feet) that depict the era’s preeminent artists, activists, and politicians. Uniting the murals with session outtakes and contemporaneous projects, the exhibition will track Avedon’s evolving approach to group portraiture, through which he transformed the conventions of the genre.
Dust off your sneakers and get ready for the annual Jane’s Walk, which will be held on May 5-7. Organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York, it is the largest chapter of the festival anywhere in the world, with more than 165 in-person, virtual, and on-demand walks in all five boroughs.
The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) is pleased to announce it will once again present its popular self-guided annual ArtWalk along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront from May 20 through May 28, 2023.
Returning to The Shed, Frieze New York will host over 60 galleries from 27 countries, showcasing both established and emerging galleries from around the world, and representing a snapshot of the art world’s ecosystem. The celebrated Focus Section, dedicated to galleries aged 12 years or younger, will also return to showcase solo presentations by emerging artists.
Each gallery’s presentation will also be available to view online at Frieze Viewing Room, opening May 10 at 11am EST and closing May 22 at 6pm EST.
Let’s take a look at what to expect during the 11th edition of Frieze New York 2023.
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO) will host the panel “El Rey del Timbal: Tito Puente Centennial Celebration” at Hostos Community College’s Repertory Theatre on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 4 p.m. The event will feature Tito Puente’s closest friends, collaborators, and lifelong colleagues.
Volta New York will take place from May 17 through May 21st, presenting over 50 international galleries. 14 galleries will exhibit solo presentations with a focused spotlight that offers a broader scope of an artist’s body of work.
Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will celebrate the kickoff of the 30th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) at FLC from May 10 to 16. Launched in 1993 and one of the first of its kind in the United States, the festival reflects on the myriad ways African and diaspora storytellers have used the moving image as a mold to tell stories with their own nuances and idiosyncrasies. Under the banner, Freeforms, the festival presents over 30 films from more than 15 countries that invite audiences to explore the infinite realms of African and diaspora storytelling and embrace its visionary, probing and fearless spirit.
The annual Sacred Sites Open House will take place on May 20th and May 21st, with more than 100 houses of worship participating throughout the State of New York. The Event will kick-off with a short presentation about the Sacred Sites program, followed by a reception and tour on May 10th from 6-8pm at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th Street, NYC. RSVP Here.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released New York City’s balanced $102.7 billion Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). The budget reflects the mayor’s ongoing commitment to promoting an equitable recovery by making investments in affordable housing, keeping city streets clean, ensuring the safety of communities, and promoting a greener, healthier city. The Preliminary Budget also doubles down on Mayor Adams’ commitment to fiscal responsibility by spending limited city resources wisely amid the ongoing economic and fiscal challenges facing the city, state, and nation, and maintaining the city’s budget reserves at a record level of $8.3 billion.
60 White is pleased to announce Too Loud a Solitude / Una Soledad Demasiado Ruidosa, a solo presentation of work by acclaimed Spanish painter Rafa Macarrón in New York City. On view from May 20 through the summer of 2023, the show will inaugurate 60 White, the new exhibition space founded by Lio Malca, with the debut of large-scale paintings inspired in part by Macarrón’s recent visits to the city. The works evoke the vibrancy and grit of New York while responding to the distinctive architecture of the space.
AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange — the documentary series from Black Public Media and WORLD Channel dedicated to bringing the stories of men and women from across the African Diaspora — examines the art and legacy of an amazing visual artist as season 15 continues this April with Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts. The documentary is now available to stream at worldchannel.org, blackpublicmedia.org, WORLD’s YouTube Channel, Black Public Media’s YouTube Channel, PBS.org and the PBS app. It will have its U.S. television premiere on WORLD Channel on Monday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue joined NYC Department of Transportation Manhattan Borough Commissioner Ed Pincar, Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Chief Operating Officer Kim Cipriano, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Assembly Member Alex Bores, Council Member Julie Menin, representatives from Community Boards 8 and 6,and community members cut the ribbon on the reconstruction of Honey Locust Park.
601Artspace is delighted to present Two Grains of Wheat,an exhibition that explores how contemporary artists engage with spirituality and religious symbolism in their work, especially in times of political upheaval. The exhibition encompasses performative gestures, devotional objects, monuments, ruins, and text-based works that use religious references to promote ideals of justice. The artworks expand our understanding of faith, spirituality, and religion–related but distinct concepts that inform both collective and individual identity.
In celebration of Earth Day, the museum will host The World Around’s annual summit and its first Young Climate Prize, recognizing twenty-five extraordinary minds from diverse backgrounds under the age of twenty-five who are working to combat climate change. These climate pioneers will take part in a mentorship program and design academy, ultimately presenting their projects at the museum. Three winners will be celebrated during the summit, held on April 22.
The Guggenheim and The World Around will also co-host Late Shift x The Young Climate Prize, a ticketed public program on Friday, April 21. The evening will highlight the projects by the Young Climate Prize finalists, and guests will have the opportunity to view short films about the projects, listen to talks between design champions, participate in sustainable artmaking activities, embark on self-guided tours of the museum’s iconic architecture and exhibitions, and connect with the finalists as well as other guests.
Convening groups of novice and advanced crocheters, artist Sheila Pepe will create her first outdoor exhibition commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and opening on June 26. In My Neighbor’s Garden, Pepe upends a traditional American nineteenth-century urban park layout with a twenty-first century temporary installation that brings color, unexpected materials, and optimism outdoors. Pepe, a feminist and queer artist whose elaborate web-like structures summon and critique conventional women’s craft practice, uses crochet to transform contemporary sculpture.
BravinLee programs is very pleased to present an exhibition of drawings by Jesse Duquette. He is the creator of The Daily Don, an Instagram-based project documenting every day of the Trump administration with cartoons. Duquette has released two books through Skyhorse Publications (The Daily Don: All the News That Fits into Tiny, Tiny Hands (2019) and The Pandemic Edition: From Impeachment to Imbleachment (2020). Duquette is Instagram’s most shadow-banned cartoonist.
East Harlem’s Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute will celebrate Record Store Day at 120 E 125th Street with DJ sets spinning a variety of genres on vinyl, a film screening, and a pop-up shop.
This free event, entitled RnBnP Record Store Day: Diggin’ Through Crates, features sets by DJs Hard Hittin Harry (African/Caribbean) and DJ Kamala (Jazz/House). The event’s pop-up shop with vinyl records and roller skates available for purchase will be hosted by The Shop NYC on Saturday, April 22nd from Noon to 6:00pm.
Socrates Sculpture Park presents New York-based artist Mary Mattingly: Ebb of a Spring Tideon view May 20 through September 9, 2023. Mattingly’s first solo exhibition at Socrates unveils new sculptural works exploring our relationship to coastal ecosystems and the shifting nature of rivers and water lines. An Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 12 – 5 pm.
NYCxDESIGN’s globally acclaimed design week returns to the city for its 11th edition from May 18-25, 2023, presenting thought-provoking exhibitions, public installations, renowned trade fairs, and robust programming. Celebrating New York City as the destination for world-class design, the annual Festival serves up the talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with premier design districts and leading cultural and academic institutions. Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from the U.S. and abroad, NYCxDESIGN is anchored by key trade shows such as ICFF, WantedDesign and LightFair alongside hundreds of other engaging events across the city.
TEFAF New York is pleased to return to the historic Park Avenue Armory this May. More than 91 distinguished galleries from around the world will participate, presenting some of the most beautiful objects from modern and contemporary art, jewelry, antiques, and design. TEFAF New York will be on view from May 12-16, 2023, with an invitation-only Collectors Preview on May 11, 2023.
On May 16, 2023, Public Art Fund will debut In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra, a monumental corten steel sculpture by artist Nicholas Galanin. The artist’s first public artwork in New York City, this new 30-foot tall sculpture combines references to the US/Mexico border wall and Pop Art, serving as a point of focus to consider the legacy of colonization and its impact on migration and our relationships with Land across generations, cultures, and communities. In every language there is Land / En cada lengua hay una Tierra questions the concept of border walls, which are designed to cut across land and water, restricting access to the migratory routes necessary for various life forms.
The Costume Institute’s spring 2023 exhibition will examine the work of Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019). Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight the German-born designer’s unique working methodology. The exhibition will be on view from May 5th through July 16th, 2023.
Koho Yamamoto: 101 Springs, a solo exhibition of sumi-e paintings by Japanese American artist Koho Yamamoto, will be on view at the Leonovich Gallery from April 15-May 14, 2023. Curated by Jaya Duvvuri, Yamamoto’s long-time associate and former student, the exhibition will include seventeen works spanning fifty years of Yamamoto’s artistic practice and will open on the artist’s 101st birthday.
Julia Seabrook Gallery brings Chip Haggerty – a brutish New England painter and reluctant outsider – in from the cold with his first ever New York City solo exhibition. The show, on view from April 20 through May 28, 2023, at Julia Seabrook Gallery, 660 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will open with a reception on April 20 from 5-9 p.m. The artist will be present.
April 8, 2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and thus the year will represent a celebration of his work and his artistic legacy in France, Spain and internationally. For this occasion, the French and Spanish governments have organized a large-scale transnational event through a bi-national commission, bringing together the cultural and diplomatic administrations of both countries.
Supported by renowned cultural institutions in Europe and the United States, the program of the Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 will be structured around some fifty exhibitions and events that, as a whole, trace a historiographical approach to Picasso’s work.
In Europe and the United States, the exhibitions and associated programs of the Picasso Celebration 1973-2023 will therefore highlight the artist’s influence throughout the 20th century and his continued reference for artists of the 21st century through a variety of approaches. 42 exhibitions are currently planned. 16 in Spain; 12 in France; 2 in Germany; 2 in Switzerland; 1 in Monaco; 1 in romania; 1 in Belgium, and we will highlight below the 7 exhibitions scheduled for here in the USA.
Below, we list where the celebratory events will be held in the New York area from May into January, 2024. As we get closer to the dates for each event, more information will be provided.
The Guggenheim Museum will present Young Picasso in Paris, an intimate exhibition comprising a total of ten paintings and works on paper executed during Pablo Picasso’s introduction to the French capital. Created over the course of one pivotal year, these works exemplify a period of stylistic experimentation and show his burgeoning mastery of character study. Picasso (b. 1881, Málaga, Spain; d. 1973, Mougins, France) arrived in Paris from Barcelona in autumn 1900, during the final weeks of the Universal Exhibition that included his own art in the Spanish pavilion. The ville lumière, or “city of lights,” captivated, and ultimately transformed, the nineteen-year-old Spaniard. He absorbed everything Paris had to offer over his initial two-month stay and during his return the following May through the end of 1901. Picasso patronized not only the art galleries, but also the bohemian cafés, raucous nightclubs, and sensational dance halls in the hilltop neighborhood of Montmartre. These sites of social gathering and the various types of people who frequented them quickly became a primary source of inspiration.
A Koala Bassoonist! A Rhino Strongman! In Bjørn Okholm Skaarup’s grand “Circus” installation, the animals themselves are running the show. The artwork, entitled Circus, is made of bronze and steel. It measures 78 x 39 x 117 inches. The full installation is on view through May, 2023 at Cavalier Gallery, 530 West 24th Street in Chelsea.