The Apollo today announced details of its fall 2021 season, taking place in-person at the Apollo and online on theApollo’s Digital Stage. The season features a broad range of free and ticketed events and programs, paying tribute to the Apollo’s legendary community of artists and highlighting new works and commissions. Highlights include in-person auditions for Amateur Night at the Apollo in October ahead of the long-anticipated February 16, 2022 return of the original, legendary talent show; a preview of upcoming projects from an array of Apollo New Works artists; an Apollo Film Presents: ImageNation Cocktails & Sol Cinema virtual screening of the rarely seen documentary Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo about the singer’s rise to stardom, sudden disappearance, and return to music; the beloved Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night featuring Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theater returns to the Digital Stage, and more.
NYC Parks and Chess in the Schools once again hosted the City’s most anticipated annual public chess tournament, The 20th AnnualChess in the Park Rapid Open, free and open to everyone who loves the game. Cancelled last year due to Covid-19, Chess in the Park Rapid Open is back!
Archtober, the fabulous month-long celebration of New York City’s architecture and design, is back! Check out the calendar of events, tours, lectures, films and exhibitions ~ including several partners who will be hosting programs digitally, allowing visitors from everywhere to participate in this annual event. From October 1st to October 31st, be sure to register online.
Since the late nineteenth century, The Art Students League of New York has launched its Fall exhibition season with a presentation of work by current League instructors. Notable artists who have had their work displayed as a part of this historic tradition include Peggy Bacon, Thomas Hart Benton, William Merritt Chase, Norman Lewis, Charles Alston, Hilda Terry D’Alessio, Robert Henri, and Anita Steckel, just to name a few. This year’s exhibition features work by 85 accomplished, diverse League instructors, and exemplifies their resiliency and innovation in these unprecedented times.
Galerie Gmurzynska is delighted to present a selection of works by Christo (1935-2020) in celebration of the city of New York and the late artist’s relationship to it, as well as other significant sites in the United States during the half-century that Christo lived and worked in America.
Nature/Environments, which will be on view from now through December 31, includes works from 1968-2013, spanning decades of both the city’s history as well as Christo’s career. This exhibition runs in conjunction with Nature/Environments at Galerie Gmurzynska Zurich, which showcases Christo’s European works. These exhibitions are an homage to the late masters upcoming L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, to be shown in Paris September 18 – October 3, 2021. It was Christo’s wish that this remarkable project, originally devised in 1961, be carried out posthumously.
The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will present a free, live simulcast of the Opening Night performance of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones-the first opera by a Black composer ever performed by the Met-on Monday, September 27 at 6:30pm ET in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park. The performance will also be seen on multiple screens in Times Square, a tradition that returns for its 15th season. Approximately 1,700 seats will be available in Marcus Garvey Park, and 2,000 seats will be available in Times Square, all on a first-come, first-served basis. These audiences will be joining the 3,600 audience members who will be attending inside the opera house.
NYC Parks Acting Commissioner Margaret Nelson today joined Camilla Mellander, Consul General of Sweden in New York, Heidi Olufsen, Consul General of Norway in New York, and 2020 Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Harvey J. Alter to unveil eight new inscriptions to the Nobel Monument at Theodore Roosevelt Park.
Artist Paula Crown’s interactive piece, EMANARE will be installed at Rockefeller Center from Tuesday September 7 through September 30, 2020, encouraging visitors, both in-person and virtually, to send messages of positive intention emanating into the world.
Inspired by the Buddhist prayer wheel, participants contribute virtual message-in-a-bottle affirmations using a QR Code, recent examples including “Take it easy on yourself”, “You are made of strong stuff” and “Time to eat right” which begin to appear in a digital scroll against a backdrop of colors of soothing ethereal colors. Eventually these messages begin to layer, conjoin and merge into one another, transforming the work into a digital collage of each participant’s unique contribution.
The United Nations hosts the first ‘Interspecies Assembly’ at the 76th UN General Assembly, inviting humans and non-humans to gather and work together. The project interspecies Assembly by artist group SUPERFLEX for Art 2030 opens during the United Nations General Assembly, seeking to draw attention to biodiversity and the critical role of the ocean-particularly to the region now as the twilight zone-to the global climate.
Governor Kathy Hochul today unveiled designs for the new High Line – Moynihan Connector, an elevated path that will connect the High Line at 30th Street to Moynihan Train Hall through the new Manhattan West public plaza on 31st Street and Dyer Avenue.
We’re excited to be one of the first projects announced by Governor Hochul and are so pleased to partner with the new Governor to advance this along with Empire State Development and Brookfield Properties. The project is moving forward on a rapid timeline and is expected to be finished by spring of 2023. The Moynihan Connector is composed of a pair of two bridges: the Woodlands Bridge, a heavily planted section that extends from the eastern edge of the High Line Spur along 30th Street, and the Timber Bridge that goes north along Dyer Avenue.
Cavalier Gallery is pleased to announce the groundbreaking exhibition, Jim Rennert: In New York, which features 10 major works on public exhibition throughout midtown Manhattan. The exhibition continues with new works on exhibit in the gallery at 3 West 57th Street with mid-sized bronze sculptures, drawings, and studies for his monumental sculptures.
Jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker will be celebrating the release of his new album, Connection, with a live concert at Harlem Stage on Saturday, September 25th at 7:30pm!
Whitaker’s new album not only communicates his growth as a player, composer, and bandleader but also the importance of community and the connections it fosters. Having been musically trained in Harlem, it’s fitting for Whitaker to debut his new album at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, celebrating his ties to the city that has shaped him as one of the leading artists of his generation.
We first came upon the work of Jaynie Gillman Crimmins last year in the group exhibition ‘Form, Paper, Scissors, at Living With Art Salon. In that exhibition, Crimmins displayed creations from two of her major series ~ ‘In Search of Beauty’ and ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost.’ Beautiful and thoughtful pieces. So when we heard that she had an exhibition opening this month ~ we were all ears.
The name of the current exhibition is Matter and Spirit. These two entities have a long history of being deeply intertwined, and for good reason. As we engage with the world around us, we also sense something more than what our eyes can see. What that other dimension is has been the subject of many explorations in verbal language – poetry, philosophy, metaphysics – as well as in the visual language of art.
The 40th anniversary of World Peace Day (September 21) will coincide with the launch of a traveling art exhibit aimed at spreading equality, unity, peace, and love, and understanding of diverse cultures worldwide. Artist Daniel Anderson’s “Share the Love” XO sculptures will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony in New York City at 1 World Trade Center and Oculus World Trade. The two monumental sculptures are XO World and XO Play.
The Studio Museum in Harlem announced its fall programming, kicking-off the season with Thomas J. Price: Witness, the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States. As part of the Studio Museum’s ongoing inHarlem initiative, the nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture entitled The Distance Within (2021) will depict a young Black man looking down at his cell phone. The large-scale artwork celebrates a familiar form rarely monumentalized within a public setting and continues the artist’s exploration of blackness and Black masculinity as it relates to presence, movement, and freedom.
Visitors will be transported into the vibrant world of legendary street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham at an immersive installation opening in The Seaport on September 12 during New York Fashion Week.
Part of New York City’s cultural fabric, Cunningham photographed both everyday people and famed personalities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anna Wintour, and Andy Warhol on the streets of Manhattan, and at both fashion shows and social events, for more than six decades.
GR Gallery will open its doors to – BLUE STROKES – a groundbreaking group exhibition showcasing multi-talented artists from different states of Africa: Mamus Esiebo, Daniel Tetteh Nartey, Atanda Quadri Adebayo, Moustapha Baidi Oumarou. This exciting show will reveal, for the first time in a public exhibition in the U.S. , the latest series of artworks that the artists have been working on for the past months. Appositely conceived for this occasion, this bold body of new works will independently invade the gallery space, contrasting and counterbalancing each other. The show will put together in total twenty original artworks, including paintings on canvas, works on paper and a print.
Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery’s debut solo exhibition by photographer Jeffrey Henson Scales, In A Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives. The exhibition features 20 photographs from the 1960s including Scales’ earliest forays as a photographer during the electrifying summer of 1967 when at age 13 with his paternal grandmother he toured the Midwest to see relatives. As a Black teenager, he saw the poverty and oppression of Northern Black communities and when he returned to Oakland, CA became immersed in photographing the milieu of the Black Panther movement in Northern California. The images chart the emergence of his awakening as a documentary photographer as well as a Black man in a pivotal moment in the 20th century that echoes today’s Black Lives Matter movement. In a Time of Panthers: The Lost Negatives is on view September 16 – October 29, 2021 at Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Brand Royalty, the first solo show of the Fall season, featuring the inaugural debut of twenty new paintings by the contemporary Pop and street artist. Ron English. The exhibition will remain on view at Allouche Gallery from September 18 to October 19, 2021.
This September, The Green-Wood Cemetery will present After the End, a participatory art installation that provides visitors with an opportunity to publicly share about their personal losses. Created by artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, the installation will be located inside Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel beginning on Wednesday, September 15th.
Performance and visual artist playwright/actor LuLu LoLobrings 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 Villareciting in both Italian and English an excerpt fromDante Alighieri’s La Divina Commedia (commemorating the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death September 14,1321).
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.
Kiyan Williams: Piecing Myself Back Together After The World Has Ended ~ exhibition curated by Jessica A. Cooley and Ann M. Fox.
Working fluidly across sculpture, video, and performance, Kiyan Williams is attracted to quotidian, unconventional materials and methods that evoke the historical, political, and ecological forces that shape individual and collective bodies. Piecing Myself Back Together After The World Has Ended is a new video in a series of works which furthers the artist’s aesthetic and conceptual exploration of Blackness, ecology, and trans/gressive subjectivity; wherein bodies are in process, oscillate in legibility, and blur the boundaries between self and other forms of sentient life.
Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA, Chapter 6 is a Virtual Event to be held on Thursday, September 23 from 6:00 ~ 7:00pm.
Keith de Lellis Gallery is honored to present the photography of Ozier Muhammad in the artist’s first one man exhibition in New York. Ozier Muhammad (b. 1950) is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from Chicago who has documented the cultural events of black citizens across the world for over four decades. This exhibition showcases Muhammad’s dedication to utilizing photography as a truth telling medium that explores racial issues throughout society and sheds light on the daily joys and strife of the African and African American communities.
The Garment District Alliance (GDA) is inviting New Yorkers and visitors to Midtown Manhattan to experience a series of seven gigantic, origami-inspired sculptures as part of its latest public art exhibit, Hacer: Transformation, created by California artist Hacer.
Celebrated for his bold, origami-inspired, metal sculptures that explore psychologically complex themes, Gerardo Hacer will take over the Broadway Mall on September 14th from 36th to 39th Streets, greeting pedestrians who will walk through the colorful exhibit of two dark turquoise coyotes, two medium turquoise rabbits, a magenta elephant, a yellow dog, and a green bear cub. Fabricated from powder coated steel, the sculptures vary in size; with the largest of the series, Coyote, Stalking, prowling over Midtown Manhattan at 14 feet long.
Meet Fremin Gallery for an unveiling of this fabulous installation on Tuesday, September 21st at 12:30pm on Broadway and 38th Street – on the Plaza.
Fremin Gallery will open its doors to Punctured Ink, a new exhibition featuring works from Reka Nyari. The new series “Punctured Ink” incorporates works from Nyari’s ongoing portrait project titled “Ink Stories”, which was introduced at Nyari’s very first solo gallery exhibit, and consists of large-scale nude photographs that explore the concept of self-identity and female empowerment.
On the heals of her massive and colorful installation, Spectrum, in the Garment District, artist Kim Carlino unveils her solo exhibition, In Here Together, at 324 Fifth Avenue this week. Her large-scale paintings on stretched tyvek explore her desire for structure within the surface, finding ways to peel it back to play with spaciousness and ambiguous fluidity, creating mystical and playful moments of connection and interaction. Carlino’s work has continued threads of abstraction, color, pattern and an ongoing dialogue with the tension between organic and structured.
Taking a deep breathe, New York City heads into the Fall season remembering 9/11 ~ followed by a return of some of our favorite annual indoor events likeThe Affordable Art Fair, The Armory Show and related venues, The Rubin Museum reopens its third floor to the newly created Mandala Lab; The Met unveils Part-One of the Costume Institute exhibition; ‘Showing Out: Fashion in Harlem’ at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and a plethora of new gallery exhibitions, and outdoor installations and events including The Feast of San Gennaro! Here are a few suggestions for the month of September.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that it will unveil a new installation of two eighth-century Maya stone monuments, known as stelae, in its iconic Great Hall on September 2, 2021.
The two massive stelae—both significant long-term loans from the Republic of Guatemala—feature life-sized representations of influential Indigenous American rulers: a king, K’inich Yo’nal Ahk II (ca. A.D. 664–729), and queen, Ix Wak Jalam Chan (Lady Six Sky) (ca. A.D. 670s–741), one of the most powerful women known by name from the ancient Americas. The installation heralds the upcoming exhibition Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art, which is scheduled to open in fall 2022 and will highlight Maya visual narratives featuring a cast of gods: sacred beings that are personified elements of the cosmos, nature, and agriculture. The Great Hall display is also the first in a series of special exhibitions and installations that will present art of the ancient Americas, sub-Saharan Africa, and Oceania throughout The Met’s galleries while the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing is closed for a renovation project that will reenvision these collections for a new generation of visitors.
The Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy will return this year, with its Grand Marshall, NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro, honoring the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and all of our First Responders and their families. The Feast is open from September 16-26th, from 10am to 10pm each day.
Vito Schnabel Gallery will open its doors to Jordan Kerwick. Things we talk about, things we see, the gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to the Australian-born artist. This intimate presentation, which features a selection of paintings and drawings, serves as a prelude to the artist’s major New York solo show with Vito Schnabel in March 2022 at the gallery’s 19th Street location in the Chelsea Arts District.
Quick….Quick ~ write this down ~ EatUp! New York, a new one-hour special with hosts Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bevy Smith will take you on a special culinary tour this Saturday night, August 28th at 7:00pm on ABC Channel 7.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Undercurrent are pleased to present un/mute, an international group exhibition of collaborative works by 28 artists across multiple disciplines. On view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Undercurrent, the exhibition is the culmination of an 18-month-long project that was launched in 2020 providing European and NYC-based artists with an opportunity for critical exchange and collaboration during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce Ron Gorchov: Spice of Life, an exhibition that pays tribute to the revolutionary work of the late American painter acclaimed for shaped canvases that uniquely merged the grandeur of Abstract Expressionism, formal conceits of Minimalist sculpture, and subversive wit of the 1970s, arriving at an enigmatic and wholly new form of abstraction.
Opening September 14, Spice of Life will be on view through October 30 at the gallery’s 455 West 19th Street location. The exhibition features a selection of exceptional paintings made by Gorchov across the course of his fifty-year career, from the 1970s to the late 2010s.
Art On The Ave has taken a giant step south with a new exhibition, in collaboration with the Downtown Alliance. The Downtown artwork will take you from Park Row, past the Fulton Center and the Oculus, down Broadway past Maiden Lane and Liberty to Bridge Street. Here is a sneak-peek at the exhibition, aptly named ~ Resiliency.
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is pleased to unveil a new public artwork by Shaun Leonardo titled Between Four Freedoms on September 30th at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island.
Kasmin, The George Rickey Foundation, Inc., and The George Rickey Estate, LLC., are pleased to announce a host of upcoming events celebrating the life and work of groundbreaking sculptor George Rickey.
A major public exhibition of his work along the central median on Park Avenue between 52nd and 56th Streets will open concurrently with an exhibition of large-scale works at the Kasmin Sculpture Garden in Chelsea, and will also coincide with the publication of the first biography of the artist.
Czech Center New York presents Peter Sis~The Wall, a documentary exhibition by the internationally acclaimed illustrator, author and filmmaker. Curated by Joachim Dvořák and Michaela Šilpochová, the exhibition is based on Sis’s award-winning autobiographical picture book “The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.”
Chelsea Market will host the photography exhibition “The Streets of Chelsea” beginning September 9 from photographer and Chelsea local Leslie Fratkin. “The Streets of Chelsea” is both a documentation of the continuously evolving neighborhood captured during the COVID-19 pandemic and a series of portraits of Fratkin’s Chelsea neighbors. The collection, made up of 37 black-and-white images, reflect Fratkin’s drive to seek out people and places that are not posed or arranged. She welcomes the challenge of not being able to control all the variables and seeing what an element of chance brings to the final image.
Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36 this September with 75 galleries featuring top modern and contemporary paper-based art. Continuing the Fair’s historical alignment with New York City’s Arts week and The Armory Show, Art on Paper will take place from Thursday, September 9th through Sunday, September 12th. Tickets are on sale now.
Riverside Park Conservancy announced this week that it installed special “houses” for native bees in Riverside Park.
In partnership with The Bee Conservancy, Riverside Park Conservancy placed bee houses in Riverside Park South and in the pollinator meadow at 119th Street, in order to provide safe shelter for native bee populations like Mason bees, Carpenter bees, Leaf-cutter bees, and Bumble bees. Bee houses can support bees through the hibernation season, and can help to increase the populations in coming years.
As an ‘end-of-summer celebration’, Jadda Cat and Michael Alan Alien will come together for a wild, body morphing, transformational performance on Saturday, August 28th on the Christopher Street Pier. The live, two-hour, Hudson River Park performance, which can also be viewed online, will take place from 6-8pm.
Lumino City, Inc., a multimedia entertainment company that transforms captivating stories into multidimensional experiences, announced the return of its one-of-a-kind holiday event, LuminoCity Festival, with its 2021 festival theme, Shine Again. For the first time ever, the LuminoCity Festival will be taking place in two different locations ~ Fairfax County, Virginia (opening October 15) and Long Island, New York (opening November 12) at Clark Botanic Gardens in Albertson, New York.
We knew there had to be a story behind an installation named ‘Flowers of Turtle Island‘, and so it is that artist, Naomi Lawrence, created her large-scale floral installation based on the folkloric tales told by the Lenape and other tribes of indigenous Americans, passed down verbally from generation to generation.
Flowers of Turtle Island becomes the 4th temporary public art installation that appeared in the neighborhoods of Harlem this Summer. Installed at Eugene McCabe Field, the Fiber Art mural completes the public art gallery curated by Connie Lee that begins in Harlem Art Park with Capucine Bourcart’s Plastic Fantastic!, winds through Marcus Garvey park with Susan Stair’s Ascending the Mountain, and ends at Collyer Brothers Park with Julio Valdez’s I Can’t Breathe. An additional art installation will be added this fall.
Beginning with the first of three panels along 121st Street, the image above (corner of Park Avenue) begins with the Black-Eyed Susan; Aster Blue Violets; Echinacea Coneflowers; and Cow Parsley.
The Hunter College Art Galleries will be reopening on August 24th with Constance DeJong: a survey exhibition, marking the artist’s first solo show at an institutional gallery. For over four decades, DeJong—“a person of language”—has made daring, original forays into the intersections of the formal avant-garde in experimental prose writing, multi-media spoken text works, and user-navigated digitalprojects. Well known for her contributions to New York’s downtown performance art and avant-garde music scene in the 1970s and ’80s, DeJong is considered one of the progenitors of media art, or “time-based media.”This exhibition highlights DeJong’s hybrid mode of art making, featuring work from the past three decades and debuting several new works by the artist.
On September 9, 2021, The Armory Show ~ New York’s Art Fair ~ returned with 212 exhibitors from 37 countries for its 27th edition. 157 of these galleries took part in the physical fair in The Armory Show’s permanent new home, the Javits Center. The Event will also include off-site outdoor art installation at Astor Place; Bella Abzug Park; Flatiron Plaza; and Pier 64 at Hudson River Park. If you missed the show, digital access to Armory Online will be available on Artsy through September 30th.
This August 26th ~ Women’s Equality Day, Monumental Women will celebrate by unveiling a new and virtual five-borough Women’s Rights History Trail Map on the Women’s Rights History Trail. This map will feature over 150 New York City historical women, some famous and some not well-know ~ all deceased ~ linked to locations around the City, where key moments in advancing women’s rights occurred.