There is no better place to be during the Holiday Season than New York. Young or old, there is something for everyone. From Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn to the annual Winer Glow in the Flatiron District or Night Market in the historic La Marqueta in East Harlem. Head over to Chelsea Market where ARTECHOUSE will introduce you to the World of AI-Magination. Take a ride on the Nostalgia Train to the Annual Open Streets on Fifth Avenue or Freedom Plaza where Bruce Munro lights up the night! But let’s begin the month in recognition and celebration of lives past, December 1st, World AIDS Day. Here are a few suggestions for the month of December.
This winter, Scott Avenue Associates (SAA) presents the second edition of Feathers Studio Skate, its annual pop-up holiday community retreat. Open to the public from December 1 through January 15 at 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the destination features a 2,500-sq-ft ice rink activated by a new large-scale commission by artist Christopher Myers, as well as a marketplace, alpine café, underground speakeasy, and a private dining space available for rentals.
The 37th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th streets. For every purchase made at participating boutiques, restaurants, and galleries*, 20% will benefit The Society of MSK’s initiatives at MSK Kids, the pediatric program at MSK. With your help, we can do more to make real miracles happen for families facing pediatric cancer.
On Thursday, November 30th, the Garment District Alliance (GDA) and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) will hold a special ceremony to unveil Cracked Ice by renowned artist Del Geist – a series of three towering structures made of stone and stainless steel titled Laurentide, Muir and Champlain that represent erratic boulders being held by immense ice-age glaciers. The free installation will invite viewers to reflect on the dynamic forces of nature and profound impact of climate change and will be located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets through March 2024.
The Museum at Eldridge Street is proud to present a new exhibition, On the Lower East Side: 28 Remarkable Women…and One Scoundrel. The exhibition features 29 different women who lived or worked on the Lower East Side of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. Their mixed media portraits by artist Adrienne Ottenberg incorporate maps of the Lower East Side neighborhood and are printed on silk or cotton banners that will be hung throughout the Museum’s gallery and historic sanctuary. Stories about the women highlight the work, life, and impact they made culturally, on social justice movements, and more. The exhibition will be on view December 3, 2023 through May 5, 2024.
In the early 1990s, a new generation of artists in the United States were using exhibitions to share their outlooks on the social and political turbulence of the time. Two of those exhibitions—which opened in the same year—were the 1993 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and ‘Theater of Refusal: Black Art and Mainstream Criticism,’ curated by artist Charles Gaines at the University Art Gallery (UAG), University of California, Irvine.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of these landmark shows, Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present ‘RETROaction,’ a two-venue project that will begin at its Upper East Side location in 2023 and continue at its Downtown Los Angeles gallery in 2024. Many of the artists who participated in the seminal exhibitions that inspired ‘RETROaction’ are today recognized as having established the terms of critical cultural debates in the early 1990s. Eight of these artists also now work with Hauser & Wirth.
Artists include Ida Applebroog, Charles Gaines, Mike Kelley, Zoe Leonard, Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, Gary Simmons and Lorna Simpson with Kevin Beasley, Torkwase Dyson,, Leslie Hewitt and Rashid Johnson.
Each year, on December 1, the world gathers to remember those lost to and impacted by HIV/AIDS and champion the ongoing fight against the epidemic. To commemorate World AIDS Day, the New York City AIDS Memorial will host its annual, free, and public day of observance featuring programming in collaboration with organizations dedicated to bringing communities together in the fight to end AIDS.
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is proud to announce the institution’s historic new initiative, a multi-year relationship with decolonial theatre artist, H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams, PhD, popularly known as Dr. Herukhuti. The Brooklyn-native is a cultural worker committed to making revolution irresistible through theatre/performance art, filmmaking, poetics, and cultural criticism. The producer-playwright-director has presented work in and around NYC including the New York International Fringe Theatre Festival, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance Blaktinx Festival and Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute Afribembé Festival. November 24-25.
Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga’niipciopening at the Whitney Museum of American Art today, November 17, 2023, is the first New York solo exhibition for boundary-breaking artist and community leader Natalie Ball.
The exhibition presents a group of never-before-seen sculptural assemblages that deepen and destabilize understandings of Indigenous life in the United States. Ball, who is Black, Modoc, and Klamath, lives and works in her ancestral homelands in Southern Oregon and Northern California, where, in addition to creating artworks, she serves as an elected official on the Klamath Tribes Tribal Council.
Check off your holiday shopping list with a culturally diverse lineup of vendors — plus hop a trolley under the train tracks! — at the Harlem Night Market at La Marqueta, created through a partnership between NYC Public Retail Markets (run by NYC EDC), Uptown Grand Central, TBo (The Best Of) Harlem & Union Settlement.
In addition, save the dates for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st at 7pm in front of Ponce Bank on the corner of 106th Street and Third Avenue; The Ice Skating Rink in White Park opens at 7pm on December 1st; and Harlem Night Market beginning on December 2nd.
This year’s market returns for the first three Saturdays in December (2nd, 9th and 16th) with a curated selection of vendors on multiple blocks of the La Marqueta Public Market, located under the Park Avenue Viaduct from 116th to 111th streets. This year’s event will include more than 50 Uptown-based entrepreneurs per evening, offering foods and gifts that represent the best of Harlem, the Bronx & El Barrio.
Oh how we loved the Netflix 2021 American documentary series ‘Fran Lebowitz: Pretend It’s a City’. So when we received this short video in our inbox ~ ‘Fran Lebowitz: Pretend It’s a Museum’, we couldn’t wait to view and share.
On World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1, 3:00–5:00 pm (EDT) Auditorium, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, First Floor Room 113 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. Film screening and panel discussion (in-person).
NYU’s Grey Art Gallery and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) are proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2023 by presenting Everyone I Know Is Sick, a program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability.
The program features newly commissioned work by Dorothy Cheung (Hong Kong), Hiura Fernandes & Lili Nascimento (Brazil), Beau Gomez (Canada/Philippines), Dolissa Medina & Ananias P. Soria (USA), and Kurt Weston (USA).
The Whitney Museum of American Art invites visitors of all ages to discover and celebrate artist Harry Smith’s eclectic life and creative pursuits in a three-day festival on Friday, December 8, through Sunday, December 10. My Harry features talks, screenings, artmaking workshops, performances, and listening sessions that explore Smith’s interests in the spiritual and occult, eccentric collections, folk music, and more.
Atlantic Avenue is getting ready for the merriest season of all with special events, gift deals, and SANTA! The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host annual holiday events and programming. On Tuesday, November 21st, the community is invited to the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The free public event will be held at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at the corner of Bond Street and Atlantic Avenue.
The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be officiated by Senator Chuck Schumer and New York City Council Member Lincoln Restler at 6 pm. Following the holiday greetings from elected officials, the charming Girl Scouts Troops 2133 and 2518, first and second-grade girls from P.S. 261 Philip Livingston will count down to the lighting of the tree. All in attendance can get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a live performance from the local public school Brooklyn High School of the Arts.
This past month we’ve been wondering ~ and even concerned ~ about the lack of news coming from our media about the war in Ukraine. We see we are not alone. This month, photographer and explorer of urban ruins, Phil Buehler, created a 60-foot-long photograph of Irpin’s car cemetery in Ukraine as a reminder that this war rages on. The mural, entitled ‘Irpin, Ukraine: Please Don’t Forget Us’ is located near the Ukrainian Museum and the St. George Ukrainian Church in the East Village, on view through November, 2023.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, an exhibition showcasing the diverse range of Saul Leiter’s career will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from December 2, 2023, through February 10, 2024. Saul Leiter: Centennial will feature more than 40 photographs, paintings, and painted photographs, many which have never been on public view in the U.S. The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Saul Leiter Foundation, will coincide with a new book, Saul Leiter: The Centennial Retrospective, to be published by Thames & Hudson in November. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, December 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.
By nature we’re presented with a never-ending stream of problems and tasks to solve. Somehow, each question and hurdle we successfully manage jauntily slides into the next decision to be made. It’s an infinite chain reaction that likely keeps us sharp, and it inherently becomes intuitive over time– What do I want for breakfast? What time is it?
New York City Mayor Eric Adams today unveiled plans to bring back and expand the popular holiday season Open Street along Fifth Avenue and around Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan this December. Building on the success of last year’s groundbreaking program, the 2023 version will set a record for New York City’s largest-ever holiday season-specific Open Street — expanding geographically by nearly 25 percent to reach Central Park and running again on three Sundays in December (3, 10, and 17) between noon and 6:00 PM.This year, the iconic Fifth Avenue corridor will be fully open to pedestrians between 48th Street and 59th Street, in addition to the area around Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall that will be pedestrianized throughout the holiday season. This dramatic expansion of public space in one of the world’s busiest neighborhoods at this time of year will significantly ease crowding — facilitating access to the iconic holiday window displays and creating a more pleasant holiday environment while also enhancing public safety for New Yorkers and visitors.
Today, NYC Parks announced the start of free public tours of Hart Island, the City’s public cemetery, in an effort to increase access to the island, reduce historical stigmas surrounding itspast, and educate the public about its role as an important piece of City infrastructure.
Next up at the wonderfully innovative technology-based art space, ARTECHOUSE, the digital art exhibition, World of AI·magination, an exploration of the intersection between human creativity and artificial imagination. Set to premiere on December 1, 2023, at ARTECHOUSE NYC in Chelsea Market, this captivating and unprecedented exhibition redefines the boundaries of art, technology, and creativity.
This holiday season, Saks partnered with Dior to create Dior’s Carousel of Dreams, a light show and spectacular holiday display, taking over all ten-stories of the facade on the iconic Fifth Avenue store.
The Flatiron NoMad Partnership today announced it will present the New York City debut of Control No Control – a large-scale interactive installation by digital art studio Iregular – on the Flatiron North Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, as the centerpiece of its new Winter Glow holiday programming.
Presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art), Control No Control will be on view from November 30, 2023, through January 1, 2024, creating a highly visible landmark in the heart of Manhattan’s vibrant Flatiron and NoMad neighborhoods this winter.
Nancy Hoffman Gallery opened its doors to an exhibition of new work by Don Eddy. In this exhibition, more than 20 new paintings from 2020-2023 are presented, ranging in scale from 59 x 44 inches to 9 x 12 inches. This new body of work was made during and directly after COVID-19 lockdown in New York City. Eddy explains, “The streets were empty, there was nobody out, and in an interesting way, this became my city in a way it never had been before. I would take epic walks, and subway rides—I would just get off and start walking—and it had a profound effect on me. When the first wave of COVID started lifting, just as spring was arriving, it felt like a rebirth for myself and the city.”
Lévy Gorvy Dayan is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with Brooklyn- based artist Jenna Gribbon, opening Thursday, November 9, 2023. The Honeymoon Show!—presented in collaboration with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn—is a dual examination of intimacy and subjecthood represented through portraits of the artist’s wife, Mackenzie Scott. The exhibition is portrayed in two acts—with scenes from the couple’s honeymoon in Thailand juxtaposed against theatrically posed portraits of Scott, a musician who performs under the name Torres. Unraveling the dichotomies between fact and fiction, public and private, spontaneity and forethought, Gribbon explores the transformative act of looking through her vibrant new body of work. In a new essay, Alison M. Gingeras writes, “The act of looking—the consensual, two-way scopophilia between artist and muse— and creating agency for the person being watched (and portrayed) are leitmotifs that run throughout Gribbon’s oeuvre.”
White Cube and Gagosian will host an exclusive screening of ANSELM at the IFC Center in New York this November. The screening will take place on 28 November, with only a limited number of spaces available.
Donopoulos International Fine Arts inaugurates their new New York Gallery on November 15 with Costas Picadas: Universe / Metaverse. The exhibition is curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on November 15 from 6-8 pm.
Beginning Friday, November 17th, Venus Over Manhattan will present the first solo exhibition in the United States of work by Japanese artist Yuichiro Ukai, organized in collaboration with the Kyoto gallerist Yukiko Koide of Yukiko Koide Presents.
New work by acclaimed photographer Andrew Moore will be on view at Yancey Richardson from November 16, 2023, through January 6, 2024. The exhibition, Whiskey Point and Other Tales, delves into the dazzling scenes and moody vistas of the storied Hudson Valley of New York. Through his vividly colored, large-scale photographs, Andrew Moore is known for investigating the intersections of historical moments in the U.S. and abroad, documenting the natural and built landscapes in places such Detroit, the American South, the Great Plains, New York City, Cuba, and Bosnia. Whiskey Point refers to a strip of land that juts out into the Hudson River in Ulster County where the surrounding soil was once cleared for brick production. Today it is part of a new park named after African American abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth who was born a slave in Ulster County in 1797.
James Cohan is pleased to present Boomerang: Returning to African Abstraction, a solo exhibition by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA featuring new hand-painted bronze sculptures, quilt works, and the premiere of the artist’s first tapestry. The exhibition will be on view from October 26 through December 22 at the gallery’s 48 Walker Street location. This is Shonibare’s eighth solo exhibition with James Cohan.
Currently on view at Salon 94, Karon Davis: Beauty Must Suffer, an exquisite exhibition tracing the life and labor of Black dancers, from the first encounter with the barre to the final bow. The exhibition will be on view to December 23, 2023, coinciding with The High Line commission, Curtain Call, on view at 23rd Street.
The Garment District Alliance (GDA) announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing Cushla Naegele:Shaping the Female Form, a series of paintings and drawings that delve into the captivating history of women’s clothing and how it has defined, enhanced, and obscured the female form.
As we ‘Fall-Back’ into November on the 5th of the month with Daylight Saving Time, we will move forward to celebrate some of our favorite annual events ~ the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; Holiday Tree arrives at Rockefeller Center; Canstruction at Brookfield place helps City Harvest provide holiday meals for families in need; the New York City Marathon; ADAA The Art Show; and the annual Diwali Festival. Pipilotti Rist will descend on Chelsea; Hauser & Wirth open its doors to new space on Wooster Street; Stephen Friedman Gallery opens a New York Gallery in TriBeCa; Art Students League delivers two new installations to Riverside Park, and artist Adrian Sas installs ‘Broadway: Now & Then’ in Washington Heights ~ along with new gallery exhibitions, and a host of Holiday Events. Here are a few suggestions for the month of November.
Beginning November 16, 2023, Venus Over Manhattan will present Retinal Hysteria,an expansive two-venue exhibition curated by Robert Storr, who was previously Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, and Dean of the Yale University School of Art.
David Zwirner is pleased to present new large-scale paintings and sculptures by Dana Schutz at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in New York. This will be Schutz’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and will coincide with a major survey of the artist’s work, on view from October 2023 to February 2024, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, where it traveled from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of work from the 1940s by Ad Reinhardt (1913–1967) at the gallery’s East 69th Street location in New York. Organized in collaboration with the Ad Reinhardt Foundation, this will be the third solo exhibition of Reinhardt’s work at David Zwirner, following major presentations of his black paintings in 2013 and his blue paintings in 2017. On view November 1, 2023 through January 27, 2024.
David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of early paintings by Robert Ryman (1930–2019) at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location in New York. Curated by Dieter Schwarz and organized in collaboration with the artist’s family, the exhibition will focus on the years 1961–1964. Composed primarily of significant loans from museums and private collections in the United States and Europe, this will be one of the most extensive looks at this formative moment in Ryman’s career. The exhibition will be on view November 9th.
New York City) The Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) is proud to announce programming for the 35th edition of The Art Show, one of the longest-running fairs in the country. Founded in 1989 as a means to bring together some of the country’s top galleries to showcase incisively curated exhibitions of both historical and contemporary works, the fair donates all admissions proceeds to Henry Street Settlement, the social services organization that has aided New Yorkers—raising $36 million to date and making it the city’s premier philanthropic art fair. Coinciding with the 130th anniversary of the Settlement, the 2023 edition will return to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from November 2-5, with the annual Benefit Preview on Wednesday, November 1.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to ‘Seeyou’, an an upcoming solo exhibition featuring a new collection of works by Paul Insect.
Hailing from south-eastern England, Paul Insect’s distinct artistic style is a mesmerizing interplay of revelation and obscurity, urging viewers to contemplate their subjectivity in a society marked by a constant stream of information. A true mixed media artist, Insect works with screen prints, wood panels, linen, canvas, video, found objects and more. In “Seeyou,” Insect cleverly includes a collection of painted wall fragments, hinting at his street art roots where walls are the most accessible canvases.
Harlem EatUp! Co-foundersMarcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef and restaurateur, and Herb Karlitz, veteran event marketer and international food festival producer, are pleased to announce the honorees for the sixth annual Luminary Awards — Two Time Emmy Award-winning TV host, executive producer, and author, Tamron Hall and the legendary Harlem-born artist, DJ and photographer D-Nice, of “Club Quarantine” fame. The Harlem EatUp! Luminary Awards Dinner will be co-presented by Citi and Mastercard® and will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the historic Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.
“Broadway: Now & Then” is a captivating 4-foot-wide lenticular composition that seamlessly blends two distinct moments in history. As viewers pass by the installation, they will witness the enchanting transformation between a black and white image from 1910, loaned by the Museum of the City of New York, and the artist’s 2023 photograph of the very same location where the piece is installed. The flip between archival and contemporary images provides a unique perspective on the transformation of our city.
This site-specific installation displays alternating images of the intersection where it stands, at Broadway and W. 157th Street, in two distinct eras. Pedestrians trigger its lenticular, time-warp effect simply by walking by.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present Trey Abdella: Under the Skin, the gallery’s debut exhibition with the Virginia-born, New York-based artist.
On view from November 9, 2023, through January 13, 2024, Under the Skinis part of a two-venue presentation, coinciding with the debut of a major installation by the artist at David Lewis Gallery in New York.
Over the past four decades, Avram Finkelstein has been devoted to articulating political and social justice concerns, with a particular focus on the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Finkelstein is widely recognized for his early agitprop postering with the Silence=Death Collective and Gran Fury, of which he was a founding member. His more recent endeavors in drawing and sculpture examine the distinctions between the parallel acts of memory and witnessing.
Let’s visit Avram Finkelstein: Dedications at the NYC AIDS Memorial.
On November 9th, self-described ‘wild and friendly’ Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist will present a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in ‘Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon,’ a major two- part exhibition opening in Chelsea. The exhibition, which will take place simultaneously at Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location and Luhring Augustine’s 24th Street location, has been conceived by the artist as a multisensory experience for visitors. In these complementary presentations, Rist will explore interior and exterior—internal and external physical and psychological spaces—with Luhring Augustine reimagined as an expansive, shared ‘backyard’ and Hauser & Wirth transformed into a whimsical ‘collective living room.’
At each location visitors will be greeted with an artistic gesture on the façade: the work ‘Textile Simultaneity’ at Luhring Augustine and ‘Innocent Collection’ at Hauser & Wirth.
The Art Students League of New York in partnership with NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and the Riverside Park Conservancy is proud to announce two new large-scale artworks by League artists Sophie Kahn and Marco Palli as part of the 2023 Works in Public program. The sculptures will be unveiled in a public ceremony at Riverside Park in Manhattan on November 9 and remain on view through August 2024. The 2023 Works in Public program also includes two works by League artists Helen Draves and Susan Markowitz Meredith, unveiled in July and now on view at Riverside Park South through July 2024. The unveiling ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 9, 3–4pm at 145th Street and Riverside.
The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Watch model trains zip past nearly 200 famous New York landmarks in the warmth of the Conservatory…or head outsideto capture your perfect holiday photos at our all new outdoor mountainscape. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOWand discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season. On view beginning November 17th.
On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, the People’s Theatre Project (PTP) celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for its first and future home, The People’s Theatre: Centro Cultural Inmigrante. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luis A. Miranda Jr, on behalf of the Miranda Family Fund, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, announced transformational pledges of $1M each toward the development of Washington Heights’ and Inwood’s first flexible theatre. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul today also announced $4M in funding for the theater through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).