Moving into the month of July, artists reflect in their artwork the very sentiment in our featured image entitled, Besieged, by artist Jerome Lagarrigue in the current exhibition Young Artists: One at Fridman Gallery. Best said by the gallery, here they “hope to not only create space for the voices of artists, but also to directly address the issues of systemic racism…..” Art institutions, museums and galleries are doing just that.
As we move forward toward Phase 3 on July 6th, navigating through this difficult time, online viewing rooms continue to entertain and educate, taking us beyond our front doors, day or night. Below are just a few art installations, events and online viewing rooms to add to your list + installations still on view.
On June 29, 2020 Public Art Fund launched Art on the Grid, a multi-platform exhibition of new work by a group of 50 New York-based, emerging artists. The exhibition was conceived in the spring of 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As it developed, the parallel epidemic of systemic racism came into sharp and painful focus. Both crises now set the backdrop for the exhibition. The city, country, and world will emerge changed by these events, and the exhibition’s focus on reconnection and renewal have become even more urgent. Works in the exhibition are united around a number of themes including healing and loss; community and isolation; intimacy and solitude; and the creation of a future that is more just, inclusive, and equitable.
On June 30, 2020, artist Simone Leigh will debut a new bronze sculpture,Sentinel IV (2020), created to benefit the non-profit organization Color of Change in its efforts to combat racial injustice in the United States. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the work, which has been produced in an edition of 25, will be donated to the progressive civil rights advocacy group.
Many of our beloved Museum’s, which have been closed for several months due to COVID-19, have risen to difficult challenges with free online viewing rooms, artist talks, workshops and educational experiences. The New York Historical Society will open its rear courtyard this summer to a COVID-19-related installation entitled, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine.
NYC Parks today unveiled the completion of a $4.7 million transformation at Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem. This is the second showcase project completed through the Parks Without Borders Initiative, funded by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
As we await a new monument dedicated to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth coming to Central Park’s Literary Walk in late 2020, we are reminded of a monument in our nation’s Capital portraying two of those three women plus a third, so active in women’s rights that we take this time to reflect on her life ~ the extraordinary life of Lucretia (Lucy) Mott.
Located in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building, is a 14,000-pound sculpture of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. During this centennial year, celebrating the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote, let’s take a look at the life of Lucy Mott, an early feminist, activist and strong advocate for ending slavery.
Harlem’s historicNational Black Theatre (NBT) is hosting an annual salute to its founder and CEO emerita, the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, with NBT’s Founder’s Month, a month-long celebration of Teer, Black theater and community. Running through July 18, the celebration will feature the launch of NBT@Home: A Letter to the Future, a new series of online conversations on theater, current events and Black history with guests including Toshi Reagon, Ebony Noelle Golden, adrienne maree brown, Jonathan McCrory, Sade Lythcott, members of the theater’s original company of “Liberators,” and more, and the launch of NBT’s VISION Forward Fund Campaign, a fundraising drive to support and advance the theater well into the future.
Online Viewing Rooms have been a welcome and creative way for museums and galleries to connect with lovers of art throughout this difficult time. It has allowed us to visit many more exhibitions and view more artists than we would normally be able to. It has also allowed us to explore works of art out of town, out of state, as well as other countries.
Freshkills Park will host its first-ever Discovery Week, offering park enthusiasts a chance to virtually explore the park’s spectacular views and unique landscape from home. Experience the landfill-to-park project’s ambitious transformation and enjoy FREE activities, tours, and educational and recreational programming.
NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, announced on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020) that the agency stands in solidarity with the Black Community and the fight to end systemic racism, and is demonstrating its commitment by taking a responsive step at addressing related issues within the park system. The agency is reviewing park names across New York City with the goal of renaming a selection in each borough for Black Americans with local, national or historical relevance. The parks and their new names will be announced November 2, 2020.
NYC Parks Department celebrates Black Music Month with a playlist featuring homegrown artists. Ranging across the genres and generations, this collection of songs celebrates New York City’s brightest stars from Luther Vandross to Cardi B.
The Rubin Museum of Art launched a new participatory installation, The Lotus Effect, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lotuses take root in murky waters and burst into beautiful bloom above the surface. For The Lotus Effect, the Rubin invites members of the public to fold a lotus flower and dedicate their origami creation to someone or something that has helped them overcome a challenging time. When the Rubin reopens, people can contribute their folded piece to an installation in the Museum that will serve as a community-built symbol of gratitude and powerful reminder that collectively we can emerge from difficult moments.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Pride March, NYC Parks today unveiled new signage featuring the colors of the new, inclusive pride flag in four parks along various routes the parade has taken over 50 years: Washington Square Park, Union Square, Madison Square Park, Grand Army Plaza and Central Park. The signage provides a sense of unity that commemorates the history and legacy of the LGBTQIA+ movement and community in New York City.
As part of New York’s vision for a world-class airport at LaGuardia, Terminal B unveiled spectacular new permanent artworks by world-renowned artists, Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens and Sarah Sze. The project is a partnership with the leading New York-based nonprofit Public Art Fundto bring inspirational, large-scale art installations to the new LaGuardia Airport.
As part of ongoing Pride Month Programming at Poster House Museum, save the date, June 29th from 5:30-7:30pm for Avram Finkelstein, one of the creators of the iconic Silence=Death poster, in conversation with AIDS historian Ian Bradley-Perrin.
It’s a party ~ a Trivia Party! Poster House Museum is celebrating its First Birthday with a Virtual Birthday Drag Brunch on June 21st! For this poster-themed event, the Museum has enlisted none other than the incomparable Hedda Lettuce to host Classic Movie Poster Trivia over Zoom. Grab a cocktail and sign up for this Free Event.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Libertation Day, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation of 1865. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States. While much of our City is still under COVID-19 restrictions, our community celebrates in thoughtful walks, marches, and online, virtually. Here are a few ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2020 in New York, beginning with the One Million March.
As New York City moves to step beyond the restrictions of COVID19, it is only appropriate that the Salmagundi Club re-opens its main floor gallery on June 30 with an exhibition of works depicting the United States Coast Guard, first responders in their own right.
Black Public Media (BPM) is celebrating 40 years of showing the world that #blacklivesmatter by bringing Black content creators and their stories to the forefront for audiences across all screens.
As the organization takes stock of its four decades-long history, it is releasing the BPM 40 for 40 Media Game Changers, a list recognizing 40 individuals and organizations that, like BPM, have helped keep Black voices and Black stories present in the media and shaped the modern-day landscape of independent, Black film and television.
On June 2, 2020, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission will review proposals from Trinity Church and Murphy Burnham & Buttrick (MBB) Architects to replace its multi-story stained glass window located above the entrance with a commissioned stained glass window designed by British stained glass artist Thomas Denny.
Online Viewing Rooms and our local Parks, large and small, have supported our efforts to stay healthy and positive during this difficult time. As we prepare for reopening June 8th, we continue with these creative ways to connect. June brings with it more than 40 art installations, performances and online exhibits to add to your list, as well as many Online Viewing Rooms & Tours still on view. Continue reading “Art Installations, Performances & Exhibits in our Parks + Online ~ June, 2020”→
Eight New York City museums are joining together to create the first ever day-long virtual Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 9 am to 9 pm. Throughout the day, each museum will host live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for families streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will now be able to join New Yorkers, during this unprecedented moment, and enjoy the festival.
The World is Full of Endless Things: Saul Leiter’s New Yorkis now in the Online Viewing Room at Howard Greenberg Gallery New York. The exhibition is a wonderful ode to New York, exploring Leiter’s nearly seventy-years in a City he loved ~ and in particular, the East Village where he lived beginning in 1952.
His mother gave him his first camera at age 12, and this seed planted bloomed at age 23, when he left theology school and moved to New York City. Aside from street photography, Leiter worked as a fashion photographer for twenty years, publishing in such well-known publications as Elle, Vogue, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar, to name just a few.
On June 26th, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Percent for Art Program, and its first art installation, Growth, by sculpture artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez. Here are some wonderful images of the artist and Growth as it was being created, and a few thoughts on this historic occasion by the artist when we visited his studio in May, 2020.
Due to bad weather, the celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 5th from Noon to 2:00pm. Stop by and meet the artist, Jorge Luis Rodriguez at Art Park. Please remember to wear a mask. Social distancing will be in place.
Join Drawing America for a conversation with Roz Chast, The New Yorker staff cartoonist, to hear how she draws humor from these unprecedented times we all find ourselves in, especially here in New York. Ms. Chast will present a slideshow of drawings she has created since the pandemic began. Following the presentation, she will be in conversation with Lester Burg, former Deputy Director of the MTA’s Art and Design program in New York City. Continue reading “It’s Roz Chast in Conversation with Lester Burg ~ May 24, 2020”→
Pat Steir: Artist, a documentary film directed by Veronica Gonzalez Peña about the life of legendary artist Pat Steir, will be released on Apple TV, Prime Video, and other digital platforms as well as DVD on June 9, 2020.
The SCNY Photography Show has been unveiled in The Galleries at Salmagundi online viewing room in the Artsy Showroom. The works are presented by Salmagundi Club photographer members. Below are just a few of what will be on view, with the full collection at The Galleries at Salmagundi.
Beginning Thursday, May 28, Fort Gansevoort will present Nightshift, an exhibition of drawings by Michelangelo Lovelace (b. 1960), composed from the bedsides and common areas of nursing homes throughout Cleveland, Ohio, where he has worked for over 30 years as a nurse’s aide while pursuing his artistic practice.
#GoingGreenForParkies ~ Empire State Building and Other City Landmarks to Go Green in honor of Parks Workers on May 21st ~ a day when New York City will salute Park workers around the World with green lights and by wearing green, and In a show of support, San Francisco’s City Hall, Coit Tower, and Conservatory; Australia’s Royal Botanic Garden Sydney; and the Con Edison tower all lit green for parkies.
The Jewish Museum hopes to display a multi-story mural installed at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 92nd Street with the neon-blue message, ‘All the Stars in the Sky have the Same Face‘. It was originally designed in 2011 by American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, with lettering in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced an online Early Warning Dashboard to monitor virus containment. The dashboard allows New Yorkers to see for themselves all of the state’s data tracking new infections and their severity, hospital capacity by region and other metrics. The early warning system dashboard was developed in consultation with internationally-known experts who have been advising New York State.
The Salmagundi Club Spring Auction, benefiting the historic club, has been rescheduled for June 19 at 4:00pm online. The works by artist members include all media from oil paintings, sculpture, fine-art graphics, and photography. This Event is a major fundraiser for the non-profit Salmagundi Club.
Fotografiska New York, the photography museum located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, announced today their partnership with United Nations Human Rights and David Clark Cause as the exclusive presenter of the annual Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Competition and subsequent exhibitions.
On Monday May 18, 2020 at 7:00pm, Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown performing arts venue will host an online premiere celebration on Facebook and Instagram in place of its annual spring gala. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Harlem Stage is forced to cancel its in person event but is pleased to premiere a virtual event to be enjoyed by all arts and culture lovers.
Museums and galleries have shut their doors, but not their commitment to art and the artists they represent. Online Viewing Rooms have been popping up due to the ban on public gatherings, and parks and public spaces have become a respite for New Yorkers getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying a bit of open space. Here are more than 30 outdoor art installations, online performances and exhibitions to enjoy in May + a host of great viewing from past months.
COVID-19 has created a swift economic downturn for large and small businesses alike. We have seen tremendous unemployment and a volatile stock market – not unlike the Great Depression in 1929 ~ with so many New Yorkers loosing their businesses and their savings. A remnant of the Great Depression still exists in the Bronx. We thought it a good time to take a look back at the history of The Andrew Freedman Home.
The Galleries at Salmagundi unveiled its Annual Members’ Exhibition in the Artsy Showroom. The online exhibition showcases its club members’ finest works of art in all media ~ oil, watercolor, pastel, graphics, sculpture, photography and mixed media.
Kerstin Braetsch’s most recent works, titled Fossil Psychics for Christa, are brightly-colored, three dimensional stuccos, hovering between the realms of painting and sculpture. Stucco is a form of plaster, historically used to imitate marble and other rare stones. “It’s about extending painting,” Braetsch has explained of what drives her work, “following the logic of my brushstroke but in a different language.” With this material, Braetsch creates “paintings” that appear ancient, like the result of geologic phenomena. Created with the assistance of master artisan Valter Cipriani, they resemble brushstrokes and monsters, regular motifs in Braetsch’s oeuvre. These impossible objects are physically immediate, almost demanding to be touched, as well as deeply mysterious, like fossils transported here from another, less corporeal realm. Step into the Online Viewing Room at Gavin Brown’s enterprise for the exhibition, Kerstin Brätsch: Fossil Psychics for Christa.
Atlantic Gallery opened its Online Viewing Room to the exhibition, Future (Perfect). In an effort to do their part and help our amazing city get through this tough time, Atlantic Gallery members have decided to donate 20% of all sales to the UNITED WAY NYC: Covid19 Community Response & Recovery Fund.
The historic Harlem-based theater is resuming its 51st season with the launch of a new initiative called NBT@Home: Uplifting Communal Resilience on Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. ET on its Facebook page and Facebook Live. NBT@Home is a new, free five-part weekly digital series that will present curated, hour-long artist discussions on subjects including the arts and health in the Black community and beyond.
Look for NBT@Home on Wednesday, April 29th, May 6th, May 13th, May 20th.
Today is Earth Day 2020 ~ a year when we will contemplate our environment from the safety of our homes. In past years, we have celebrated the day in all five boroughs, with car-free spaces for educational kiosks, music, performances, art ~ runs, walks, fitness classes, biking + more. Let’s take a look back at just a few Earth Day events in the Garment District to Flatiron District and Times Square in 2018 and 2019.
(above) Access Mars allows any member of the public to explore the discoveries of NASA’s Curiosity rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
You have the time, so why not take the ultimate day-trip ~ to Mars. Starting April, 2020, everyone can get a taste of what that feels like. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, collaborated with Google to produce Access Mars, a free immersive experience. It’s available for use on all desktop and mobile devices and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets. That includes mobile-based virtual reality devices on Apple and Android. Buckle up!
Times Square Arts, Poster House, Print Magazine, and For Freedoms have launched a citywide public art campaign featuring artist-designed PSAs and messages of love, gratitude, and solidarity with New York City’s health care and essential workers. Radiating out from the screens of Times Square to the digital billboards above Lincoln Tunnel and nearly 1800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five boroughs, the initiative turns our city’s digital displays into platforms of public service and appreciation through the lens of established and emerging graphic designers and visual artists from around the world.
Keith de Lellis Gallery celebrates the portraiture of Carl Van Vechten (American, 1880-1964) in its spring exhibition in the Online Viewing Room. Van Vechten moved to New York City from Chicago in 1906 to pursue a writing career (he would become the first American critic of modern dance while contributing to the New York Times) before dedicating himself to photography.