In keeping with the history of The Battery as the home to the first New York Aquarium, The Battery Conservancy included a design for an aquatic carousel when designing the park’s interior. It opened to the public on August 20, 2015. Let’s take a ride.
With the unveiling of the recently restored Harlem Fire Watchtower, and renovation of the Acropolis on which it sits, we take a look back at a Marcus Garvey Park art installation in 2015, Caesura: a forum ~ a large-scale architectural and sound installation we frequented, but find our original post unretrievable ~ and worth a re-post.
Who can forget Bella Abzug ~ and in honor of her memory, New York City Parks renamed Hudson Yards Park in her honor during Women’s History Month, 2019. The busy little Park is also a #7 Train stop on the subway at 34th Street, and sits alongside an entrance to The Shed and The Vessel. It is under the auspices of not only NYC Parks, but also The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK).
Times Square Arts has announced that MODU and Eric Forman Studio’s Heart Squared is the winner of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition curated by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. As this year’s winning design, Heart Squared will be unveiled on January 30 at 11am at Father Duffy Square, between 46th and 47th Streets. The installation will remain on view for the month of February. Interested in renewing vows? Proposing? How about getting married ~ all on Duffy Square, info below.
November 9, 2019 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. It was a wall that divided the East and West part of Germany for more than twenty-eight years ~ and a perfect canvas for artists to express their feelings in creative and colorful works that became a tourist attraction on the West side. While those living on the East side were not permitted to write on that side of the wall.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Community Board 7 Parks Chair Kim Ohanian, and members of People for the Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, to break ground on the reconstruction of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to new works by legendary New York artist Doze Green. A Volta, opening on Thursday November 14th, marks the return to the city that inspired and defined Green’s long standing career. Concurrently, this show offers a comprehensive look into the evolution of the artist’s style leading up to his present creative departure, which is deeply influenced by the raw nature of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil, where Doze Green lives now.
“Imagine yourself between these wings, close your eyes, and make a wish! See yourself traveling to the place your dreams will come true!”…. artist, Rubem Robierg. The new installation, Dream Machine: Dandara is on view in Tribeca Park.
The sign said ~ The Story of a Dream ~ and all the people standing behind the black velvet-roped area sure did look like they had stars in their eyes. The object of their glassy stares is a collection of five Zonda Hypercars + the latest model, the Huayra Roadster BC, by Pagani Automobili.
Check out the eye-candy behind that velvet-rope in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal.
The changing of the season brings our roundup of exhibitions and installation indoors, with a nod to the approaching holiday season. You know we’re near Thanksgiving when the installation, Canstruction, arrives at Brookfield Place; The New York Botanical Garden sets up its annual Holiday Train Show; The Flatiron Public Plaza announced its design competition winner for their triangular plaza; and Macy’s gets ready for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Put on your sneakers and get ready for Yayoi Kusama, arriving at David Zwirner Gallery, with all new work! Celebrate the founding of the city of Havana with three NYC colleges. Here are art installations, events and exhibits to add to your list in November!
The annual LuminoCity Festival will return to Randall’s Island, with an immersive experience offering 16-acres of light and art installations, holiday shopping, food & drink vendors, performances, and more. Fun for kids, and adults alike, the Event will run from November 23rd to January 5th.
The Garment District Alliance announced a public art exhibits, showcasing Seascape, a series of 13 panel paintings created by the late artist Ejay Weiss. The GDA installation marks the first time the artwork has ever been exhibited to the public.
Some twenty-five years ago, Commissioner of the New York State Office of General Services, RoAnn Destito, did a walk-through at what is our current State Office Building. The building was in total disarray with no window glass in some of the space. But in the basement she found a treasure-trove of artwork that had been stacked up and left there for several years. It was the work of local artists of that day, names like Barboza, Bey, Catlett, DeCarava, Van Der Zee…….
This work is part of The New York State Harlem Art Collection’s permanent collection, and it will be on view beginning November 15 for the first time since the mid 1990s.
The First Annual Harlem Doc Fest will kick off at Harlem Stage on November 15th, hosting the opening night of the Double Lens: Harlem Doc Fest, a documentary film festival that explores the cultural richness and history of Harlem, along with critical issues impacting the community.
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.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) presentsA Wonder to Behold: Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate, opening new avenues for understanding one of the most spectacular achievements of the ancient world. On view from November 6, 2019, through May 24, 2020, the exhibition features 180 objects that bring to life the synthesis of masterful craftsmanship and ancient beliefs that transformed clay, minerals, and organic materials—seen as magically potent substances—into this powerful monument.
The long-awaited ribbon-cutting for the restoration and unveiling of the historic Harlem Fire Watchtower took place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, to the delight of the entire community. Come along with us as we walk up to the Acropolis and celebrate the watchtower’s return.
We love the Upper East Side Art Walks. And it was by accident while stopping in at Shepherd W&K Galleries today, that we learned of the next walk, taking place during TEFAF, on Wednesday, October 30th from 5-9pm. Save the date, and download a map.
Fort Gansevoort, in association with Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, is pleased to present Vanessa German, TRAMPOLINE: Resilience & Black Body & Soul, opening Thursday, November 7th, 2019. German’s exhibition will showcase her richly encrusted sculptures, which she refers to as power-figures, alongside a series of wall-mounted altars that each act as seers or protectors carrying with them the gift of their own human technology: joy, love, and protection for the souls of Black Americans. The work is made as an act of love in response to the daily injustices and violence committed against Black and Brown people, their bodies and their souls. Each figure confronts us with the questions, “how do we survive? How do we, as hybrid-people, keep breathing? How then do we surpass mere existence into creative champions, future makers, lovers even?”
X Gallery began as a one-year experiment, with the support and sponsorship of John McGuinness, owner of Harlem Properties on Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). Now in its third year, the gallery will be closing its doors with a final two-day exhibition, works by the renowned artist, Al Johnson.
Vito Schnabel Gallery announced a unique collaboration with New York-based Italian and American artist, Francesco Clemente, presenting a pair of parallel solo exhibition in the United States and Switzerland. Debuting new paintings and frescoes, both shows will present boldly expressive, large-scale works that comprise a meditation upon the restless physical and spiritual journey that has shaped the course of the artist’s acclaimed four-decade career. Francesco Clemente: Indiawill be on view at Vito Schnabel Projects, New York, from November 8, 2019 through January 17, 2020. Francesco Clemente: Clouds will be on view at Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, from December 27, 2019 through February 2, 2020.
The Rubin Museum of Art will open its doors to Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power, the first U.S. survey of photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam. The exhibition will feature more than 40 images, ephemera, and new work from the artist’s over four-decade career, including portraits, landscapes, and scenes of daily life, strife, and of resistance in the “majority world” ~ a phrase Alam has used since the 1990s to reframe the notion of the “third world” or “global south,” with a view of Bangladesh and South Asia.
On December 7, the Rubin Museum will host its annual Dream-Over for adults, where guests sleep overnight under a hand-picked work of art in the museum. After guests arrive in their pajamas, Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak will discuss the significance of dreaming in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Tickets on sale October 22nd.
JoAnne Artman Gallery will open its doors to, LINEAGE, an exhibition that focuses attention on the intersection of decorative and functional elements of contour and linear stylization. Addressing the fundamental component of the line within artistic composition, LINEAGE explores the possibilities of perspective, volume, and interaction of planes. Suggesting the line as both a fluid material and conceptual device, these artists highlight their ability to create works that uniquely define the space around them. Using divergent forms of display, artists Matt Devine, Anthony Hunter, and Adriana Oliver’s works compliment one another in color, form, and in their parallel explorations of linear gesture. Merging form and content, their linear constructions exemplify the expressive potential of line.
Keith de Lellis Gallery presents an exhibition of fourteen women photographers, represented by four photographs each, for this end-of-year exhibition. Spanning nearly a century, these photographs capture cityscapes, cultures and customs, fashion models, family life, and more.
David Zwirner will open its doors to an exhibition of American artist Jason Rhoades’s large-scale installation Tijuanatanjierchandelier, on view at 519 West 19th Street. First installed at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, Spain, in 2006, and then featured the following year at the 52nd Venice Biennale, this exhibition marks the first presentation of Tijuanatanjierchandelier in New York. This significant work—one of several installations made during the latter part of the artist’s career—exemplifies Rhoades’s singular investigation of contemporary consumer culture, his career-long interest in probing both language and identity, and his ceaseless drive to push the limits of convention.
Allouche Gallery opened its doors to the solo exhibition, BÄST: Melmoth Confetti, a new body of work influenced by Oscar Wilde’s favored alias, Sebastian Melmoth. with an opening reception on October 17 from 6-9pm.
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.
Three colleges from The City University of New York — Hostos Community College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The City College of New York — in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts (SVA) will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Havana.
Scheduled for Nov. 12 through Nov. 15, 2019, the program will consist of a series of seminars, walking tours, a film screening and a concert. “La Habana 500: A New York Salute to a Timeless City” explores the arc and trajectory of the city’s fascinating story, identifying and exploring points where Cuban and United States history intersect.
The 27th Annual Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition will take place from November 7-21, 2019, on exhibit within the beautiful ten-story, glass-vaulted, Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place.
The Flatiron/23rdStreet Partnership and Van Alen Institute today announced the winner of the sixth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition: Ziggyby New York-based team Hou de Sousa. On view November 18, 2019–January 1, 2020, Ziggywill celebrate the holiday season with vibrant hues and playful gestures, creating a highly visible landmark at the heart of the Flatiron District and the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming.
The Salmagundi Club hosts its Annual Fall Auction as a fundraiser to benefit the storied Club. Works of art by current Salmagundi members, including painting, graphics, sculpture, and photography, will be auctioned.
During the three-day district-wide celebration, New Yorkers and tourists are invited to experience behind-the-scenes visits to artists’ studios, enjoy public performances, and discover unique art installations throughout the Garment District.
October is a month filled with celebrations. We celebrate architecture & design with the annual month-long Archtober, and Open House New York weekend. One of our historic sites celebrates 300 years. We pucker-up to celebrate Pickle Day.Art in Odd Places celebrates life after 60. Poster House celebrates the historic Women’s March. MoMA celebrates its reopening!, The Guggenheim celebrates its 60th anniversary. Fotografiska celebrates its historic new home in New York. Ending the month with the annual Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village + so much more. Here are art installations, events and exhibits to add to your list in October.
While we have seen images of the Kehinde Wiley sculpture, Rumors of War, the images don’t do justice to this stunning, visually imposing new installation on the plaza at 46th Street and Broadway in Times Square.
Did you know that Saturday, September 28th, 2019 is Plant a Tree Day? As part of Facebook’s More Together Campaign, the company is hosting a weekend pop-up greenhouse experience, open to the public, in times Square, September 28-29.
In a celebration of the January 21, 2017 Women’s March throughout the Country, Poster House Museum opens its doors to a deeper look within the larger context of this demonstration in response to the election of Donald Trump, with the exhibition 20/20 Insight: Posters from the 2017 Women’s March.
How did the mix of Western movies, economics and religion in the 1980s and 1990s inspire larger-than-life posters in Ghana? If you are intrigued by movie posters, you won’t want to miss the next exhibition at Poster House Museum ~ Baptized by Beefcake: The Golden Age of Hand-Painted Movie Posters from Ghana.
Churches in Harlem and East Harlem have been very much in the news, due to declining membership and deteriorating buildings, and numerous sales of these properties. And so, when a reader told us that the historic bells were recently removed from St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Harlem, we were more than curious ~ and delighted to learn that the carillon is on its way to South Carolina for evaluation and restoration. A representative of the Diocese went on to say that their first order of business will be to stabilize the tower and interior space, with scaffolding going up inside the building next week.
Kicking-off the New Year, we checked in with the Diocese, who was eager to share that they are continuing the restoration, with their main focus on restoring the tower, fixing the roof and otherwise making it possible for the congregation to move back in.
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2019: INVISIBLE, in it’s 15th year iteration is scheduled for October 17-20 along 14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River. Curated by longtime AiOP artist provocatrice LuLu LoLo, INVISIBLE is vaporous and propels itself intangibly out into the air celebrating the indomitable spirit of artists who are sixty years old and older—undaunted by the passage of time—supported by their intergenerational collaborators: parent/child; mentor/ protégé; partners; lovers; and others from babies to our oldest artist who is 94 years old.
It’s Party Time! The Annual Party on Park, organized by Uptown Grand Central, took place on Sunday, September 22nd from Noon to 4:00pm. The Event went from 116th Street to 125th Street, along Park Avenue. If you didn’t make it this year, check out a few photos below.
The Bowery Art Wall unveiled its 2019 canvas with #TatsCru. The canvas turned a page mid-year to #queenandreaone ~ today we watched as #tomokazumatsuyama and crew were putting what looked like finishing touches on a stunning new Bowery Wall.
The Salmagundi Club has been located on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village since 1917. Now, in a tribute to its historic surroundings, the Club opens its doors to the exhibition, SCNY Greenwich Village Show.
School of Visual Arts will honor prolific illustrator and faculty member Steve Brodner with the 31st annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition in 2019. “The Masters Series: Steve Brodner” will be a comprehensive retrospective of his celebrated career and include never-before-seen political art and illustration work set along a timeline covering the past five decades.
Fraunces Tavern celebrated its 300th Anniversary (1719-2019) on October 1st of this year. It commemorated the construction of one of the oldest historic sites in New York City ~ a place where General George Washington once stood. Let’s take a look inside.
Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy, joined today with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, to unveil designs for a transformative project that will create a beautiful new recreational facility seamlessly integrated into the landscape around the Harlem Meer. The project will repair the damaged landscape, improve the ecology of the north end, and re-establish long-severed connections to one of the Park’s most picturesque areas. The new facility will replace the aging pool and rink, which has suffered from systemic problems since it was built and obstructs the flow of people, views, and water through the Park.