Eternity ~ Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix by Xu Zhen on Park Avenue Mall as part of The Asia Society Triennial 2021

 

 

 

Xu-Zhen © Eternity – Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix. Image via xuzhenart.com ` ~ Xu Zhen®, Eternity—Male Figure, Statue of Venus Genetrix, 2019–20. Bronze, internal steel armature, paint, concrete. Without plinth: H. 110 1/4 x W. 24 1/2 x D. 23 5/8 in. (280 x 62 x 60 cm); with plinth: H. 149 5/8 x  W. 59 x D. 59 in. (380 x 150 x 150 cm). Courtesy XU ZHEN® and James Cohan, New York. Photograph courtesy of the artist. This work was commissioned by Asia Society Museum, New York, for the inaugural Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone.

The Asia Society Museum announces new artist projects and commissions, as well as an outdoor sculptural installation on Park Avenue, for Part 2 of the inaugural Asia Society Triennial. Titled We Do Not Dream Alone, the exhibition opens its next installment on March 26, 2021, and runs through June 27, 2021, with Xu Zhen, Eternity ~ an outdoor art installation on Park Avenue at 70th Street, on view March 16 through June 27, 2021. In response to the current moment—both nationally and globally—the Triennial’s mission is to connect cultures and inspire visitors through the arts.

The Asia Society Triennial Part 2 brings together a diverse range of artists showcasing a multitude of perspectives that highlight Asia’s rich contribution to the canon of contemporary art. This exhibition comprises more than 30 works—over half of which are new commissions—across the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance.

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Debora Hirsch: Firmamento on view at Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary

 

 

 

Debora Hirsch, Firmamento (Mandjoca), 2020; Acrylic and oil on Canvas; 34 x 34 in; 86.4 x 86.4 cm. Image courtesy of the gallery

Hutchinson Modern & Contemporary opened its doors to Debora Hirsch: Firmamento. The exhibition will feature a selection of works by Debora Hirsch from three of her most significant series to date.

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El Museo del Barrio Presents a Monumental Survey of Latinx Contemporary Art, Estamos Bien ~ La Triennial 20/21, in March, 2021

 

 

 

Dominique Duroseau; b. 1978, Chicago, IL; raised in Haiti; lives and works in Newark, NJ

On March 13, 2021, El Museo del Barrio will open its doors to Estamos Bien ~ La Triennial 20/21, the museum’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art. The exhibition will feature more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Virtual Opening to take place on March 12th at 6:00pm with RSVP.

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Keith de Lellis Gallery Holds Third Online Auction to be Held February 27, 2021

 

 

Lot 178: Allyn Z. Baum, Tanker sinking under Brooklyn Bridge, 1960s, Est. $1,200-$1,500

Keith de Lellis Gallery will be holding the third in a series of online auctions on Saturday, February 27 at 2:00pm. The auction will be offering a diverse grouping of roughly 350 museum-quality photographs and will be available on both the Live Auctioneers and Invaluable platforms.

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The Met’s New Facade Commission will Feature Carol Bove, on view March 1, 2021

 

 

 

Image: Portrait of Carol Bove by Jason Schmidt, 2019. Image courtesy of The Met
Four new sculptures created by American artist Carol Bove for The Met Fifth Avenue’s facade niches will be on view beginning March 1, 2021. The Facade Commission: Carol Bove: The séances aren’t helping is the second commission to be featured on the facade of The Met.

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NYC Parks in Conversation ~ A Virtual Panel Discussion Honoring Black History, February 24, 2021

 

 

In celebration of Black History Month, NYC Parks will host a virtual panel focused on the ongoing effort to name park spaces in honor of the Black experience. NYC Parks Presents Honoring Black History: The Parks Naming Project will take place on Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00-7:00pm.

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William Eggleston and John McCracken: True Stories to Open at David Zwirner Gallery in March

 

 

 

Installation view, William Eggleston and John McCracken: True Stories, David Zwirner, New York, March 9 ~ April 24, 2021. Courtesy David Zwirner.

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works by William Eggleston and John McCracken—the first time these two iconic American artists have been featured together. On view at the gallery’s East 69th Street location in New York, True Stories places Eggleston and McCracken into dialogue around their expressive use of color and light, and their distinct versions of American vernacular culture.

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‘Notations’ ~ a Group Exhibition at Craig Starr Gallery

 

 

 

Renouf Edda Renouf, High Frequency Drawing #6, 1977; Chalk on incised paper, 20 1/8 x 19 3/4 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery

Craig F. Starr Gallery opened its doors to Notations, a group exhibition including works by John Baldessari, Mel Bochner, Jonathan Borofsky, Heinz Mack, Eleanore Mikus, Robert Morris, Barnett Newman, Georges Noël, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Edda Renouf, Joel Shapiro, Lenore Tawney, and Cy Twombly. This exhibition, which will be on view by appointment until April 17th, juxtaposes a range of approaches to the idea of “notes” or “notations,” all tracing that fine line where mark-making, the written or printed word, and drawing coexist.

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NYC Parks Department Names 6-Mile Central Park Loop for Storied Black Olympian Runner, Ted Corbitt

 

 

 

Credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, last week joined New York City Council Member Peter Koo, Central Park Conservancy President Elizabeth W. Smith, New York Road Runners Chairman George Hirsch and Vice President of Events Ted Metellus, USATF Road Running Technical Council Chairperson David Katz, friends of the Corbitt Family, and running groups and runners from across the city to celebrate the naming of the Central Park loop in honor of the first African American Olympian Ted Corbitt, who was a pioneer in long distance running and ran in the first New York City Marathon wearing the “No. 1” bib. To commemorate the naming, Parks will install six scenic landmark street signs donning ‘Ted Corbitt Loop’ along the 6-mile route, and a Parks branded routed sign at the base of Harlem Hill at 110th St. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Harlem. 

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Jacopo Ligozzi’s ‘The Contest of Pan and Apollo’ c. 1585 is on view at Christopher Bishop Fine Art, NYC

 

 

 

Image: Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian 1547 – 1627), The Contest of Pan and Apollo, c. 1585. Pen and black ink with grey washes on prepared ochre paper, heightened in white, 328 mm (D). Apocryphal signature in black ink in lower center “S. Pignone.” Image courtesy of the gallery.

A drawing by Jacopo Ligozzi (Italian 1547-1627), one of the most remarkable artists of the Medici court, is on public view in New York for the first time at Christopher Bishop Fine Art (1046 Madison Avenue at 80th Street) and has been extended through March 31. Ligozzi’s The Contest of Pan and Apollo, c. 1585, presents a musical competition between two gods. An idealized representation of the Golden Age, Ligozzi’s drawing was intended to bring not only prestige but power to his principal patrons, the Medici family of Florence.

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‘Love Letters for Harlem,’ a Photography Exhibition to Benefit The Harlem Community Relief Fund at Claire Oliver Gallery

 

 

Ruben Natal-San Miguel Negesti, Dye sublimation photograph on aluminum white matte finish, 2019; 24 x 24 inches/61 x 61 cm; 13 edition of 3 @ 24 x 24. Image courtesy of the gallery

Claire Oliver Gallery is pleased to present Love Letters for Harlem, an exhibition of photographs by John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal SanMiguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker. Love Letters for Harlem showcases the talents of these four Harlem-based photographers and their work that celebrates the lives and culture of Harlem. A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will benefit Harlem Community Relief Fund, an initiative of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), who in concert with Harlem Week, ReThink Food NY, NY State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, CCNY, NAACP are working together to combat food insecurity in Harlem.

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Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum Expand COVID-19 Response Initiative ‘Neighborhoods Now.’

 

 

 

Guidelines: NYC Parks Department Requirements on Gatherings. Images courtesy Van Alen Institute and Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute today announced the expansion of Neighborhoods Now, a COVID-19 response initiative that connects New York City’s hard-hit neighborhoods with coalitions of architects, designers, engineers, lawyers, and planners providing pro bono expertise. From February to June 2021, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)and Think!Chinatown, Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, and Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) will lead community working groups in Chinatown, the East Village and Lower East Side, and the South Bronx. Each group aims to convert underutilized outdoor spaces as sites for local programming and cultural revitalization. The Forum and Van Alen have granted each community partner $10,000 to implement these strategies, and will provide additional fundraising support as funds become available. Since April 2020, initiative has assisted more than 100 restaurants, small businesses, and cultural organizations.

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The Timely Exhibition ‘At Home’ Opens at Living with Art Salon in the Mt Morris Historic District of Harlem

 

 

 

‘At Home’ exhibition at Living with Art Salon with large painting by Giannina Gutierrez behind the red couch, and from the Home Series, a collage by Elan Cadiz near the window

Living with Art Salon opened its doors to three  diverse women in the arts, Elan Cadiz, Giannina Gutierrez and Leah Poller. The exhibition, At Home, explores how we live at home, as a family ~ as neighbors, as friends, as lovers ~ looking back on your dad’s favorite chair growing up, waking up in your own bed, working from home in this moment in time, and the emotions connected to the people and places that home ‘is’. Come along on our preview of this thoughtful and timely exhibition.

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‘Alice Neel: People Come First’ ~ The First Museum Retrospective in New York, to Open at The Met in March, 2021

 

 

 

Image: Alice Neel (America, 1900-1984). Geoffrey Hendricks and Brian, 1978. Oil on canvas. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, by exchange, through an anonymous gift. © The Estate of Alice Neel

Alice Neel: People Come First is the first museum retrospective in New York of American artist Alice Neel (1900–1984) in 20 years. This ambitious, career-spanning survey at The Met positions Neel as one of the century’s most radical painters, a champion of social justice whose longstanding commitment to humanist principles inspired her life as well as her art, as demonstrated in the survey’s approximately 100 paintings, drawings, and watercolors. Alice Neel: People Come First will be on view March 22 through August 1, 2021.

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Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey at The Rubin Museum of Art

 

 

Tsherin Sherpa (American, b. 1968, Nepal); Luxation 1; 2016; acrylic on sixteen stretched cotton canvases; each 18 x 18in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund; 2017.195a–p

The Rubin Museum of Art invites visitors to unplug and discover the possibility to free their minds with “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment,” opening March 12, 2021. Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this traveling exhibition guides visitors on a journey toward enlightenment, showcasing the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine awareness, and highlighting the inextricable relationship between artistic endeavor and spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. The exhibition has been re-imagined and adapted for the Rubin Museum’s galleries and features 35 traditional objects, including 14 from the Rubin Museum’s collection, with two contemporary works by Nepal born, Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa. “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment” will be on view March 12, 2021, to January 3, 2022.

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Julie Mehretu: A Mid Career Survey at The Whitney in March, 2021

 

 

 

Julie Mehretu, Retopistics: A Renegade Excavation, 2001. Ink and acrylic on canvas, 101 ½ × 208 ½ inches (257.81 × 529.59 cm). Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas 2013.28.  © Julie Mehretu

Co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Julie Mehretu is a midcareer survey that will unite more than seventy paintings and works on paper dating from 1996 to the present, reflecting the breadth of Mehretu’s multilayered practice. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1970 and based in New York City, Mehretu has created new forms and found unexpected resonances by drawing on the histories of art and human civilization. Her play with scale and technique, as evident in intimate drawings, large canvases, and complex forms of printmaking, will be explored in depth. Filling the Whitney’s entire fifth floor gallery, the exhibition will take advantage of the expansive and open space to create dramatic vistas of Mehretu’s often panoramic paintings. The first-ever comprehensive survey of Mehretu’s career, Julie Mehretu is organized by Christine Y. Kim, curator of contemporary art at LACMA, with Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator at the Whitney. The installation at the Whitney is overseen by Hockley and on view from March 25 through August 8, 2021.

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Public Art Fund presents ‘Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris’ on JCDecaux Bus Shelters across New York City & Chicago!

 

 

 

On February 24, Public Art Fund will debut New Visions for Iris, a 350-site photography exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Awol Erizku. On view at 200 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City and 150 in Chicago, this is the first exhibition in Public Art Fund’s partnership with JCDecaux to be presented in two cities concurrently.

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The MET Announces Alex Da Corte as Artist for 2021 Roof Garden

 

 

 

Alex Da Corte. Image: Photo by Alex John Beck

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that Alex Da Corte (American, born 1980) has been commissioned to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. The Roof Garden Commission: Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts will be on view from April 16 through October 31, 2021.

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It’s a Steamy 2021 at Fotografiska New York

 

 

Image Courtesy Albert Watson. Waris, Quarzazate, Morocco, 1993

Valentine’s Day and Black History Month bring a season focused on love, recognition and appreciation for ourselves and others. Fotografiska New York invites all to join them for a month for Love Potion Workshops, Intimate Portrait Sessions, Celebrations of Artists of Color, and more. Kicking it off, a hardcore love fest bursting with red hearts, pink roses and burning devotion. Beginning on Friday, February 12th, guests can book photo sessions, craft love potions, and deeply explore their own radical self love through guided journaling.

Moving forward, a new installation presented by Black Artist Fund & Fotografiska New York ~ Tracking Down Intimacy, will be on view through May 2.

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The Breuer Building Opens it’s Doors to Frick Madison on March 18th!

 

 

 

‘detail’ Marcel Breuer building. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now the temporary home of Frick Madison

The Frick Collection announced today that it will open the doors to Frick Madison, its temporary new home, on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Located at the Breuer-designed building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, former site of the Met Breuer and the Whitney Museum of American Art, Frick Madison will welcome visitors Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Timed entry tickets will need to be purchased in advance, with online sales beginning February 19. The Frick Collection will operate Frick Madison for approximately two years while its historic buildings on East 70th Street undergo renovation. This temporary relocation enables the Frick to provide public access to its celebrated collections during a time when the museum and library would otherwise be closed.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Celebrates Black History Month 2021 with Interactive Story

 

 

Today, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) released an interactive story map called Preserving Significant Places of Black History to celebrate New York City’s African American history through designated landmarks and historic districts. For five decades LPC has been recognizing, supporting, and celebrating places of African American cultural and historic significance through designation. This story map highlights landmarks and historic districts that illustrate the experiences and achievements of African Americans through interactive maps, narrative text, images, and multimedia content.

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The Ultimate Pop-Up Descending on the State of New York Beginning February 20th Through Labor Day, 2021 ~ #NYPOPSUP!

 

 

 

Image via NYPOPSUP on Twitter

Hugh Jackman, Renée Fleming, Amy Schumer, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Isabel Leonard, Nico Muhly, Joyce DiDonato, John Early and Kate Berlant, Patti Smith, Mandy Patinkin, Raja Feather Kelly, J’Nai Bridges, Kenan Thompson, Gavin Creel, Garth Fagan, Larry Owens, Q-Tip, Billy Porter, Conrad Tao, Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, Tina Landau, Rhiannon Giddens, Aparna Nancherla, Anthony Rodriguez, Jonathan Groff, Savion Glover, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Chris Celiz, Christine Goerke, Kelli O’Hara, Dev Hynes, Phoebe Robinson, Sara Mearns, George Saunders, Caleb Teicher, Danielle Brooks, Jeremy Denk, Idina Menzel, Sondra Radvanovsky, Gaby Moreno, Davóne Tines, Jerrod Carmichael, Taylor Mac, Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, and Courtney ToPanga Washington ~ Did we get your attention yet? Welcome to #NYPopsUp, a festival featuring hundreds of pop-up performances throughout the five boroughs and across New York State beginning February 20th.

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The Apollo Theater Announces its Virtual Spring 2021 Season!

 

 

The Apollo Theater announced details of its spring 2021 season, which will take place exclusively online! The season features a broad range of free and ticketed virtual events, including the Apollo Film series celebration of House Party and House Party 2, cult classics created more than 30 years ago. The virtual program includes performances by Kid ‘N Play, Full force and more. The season expands the nonprofit theater’s road as a partner, commissioner, and co-producer of programming that centers Black artists and voices from the African Diaspora, while tackling important social issues for Harlem, New York and the nation.

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The Bronx Museum of the Arts Turns 50! Let’s Celebrate with #SeeMeBronx

 

 

 

Installation Image by Becca Guzzo, Project for Empty Space

The Bronx Museum of the Arts turns 50 this year, and they are kicking-off this celebratory anniversary with #SeeMeBronx, an interactive project about visibility, intersectionality, and identify with a focus on visibility as a tenet of social justice. We also celebrate The Bronx Museum of the Arts as an admission-free Museum.

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NYC Parks Announces RFP’s for Central Park Carousel and Wollman Rink

 

 

 

Wollman Rink. Image courtesy NYC Parks Department

NYC Parks today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation and maintenance of Wollman Rink in Central Park and a separate RFP for the operation and maintenance of the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, also in Central Park.

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‘Love at the Center’ Brings a Jewelry Vending Machine to Rockefeller Center ~ Just in time for Valentine’s Day, and That’s Not All!

 

 

 

Marla Aaron previously had her jewelry vending machine installed in the garden at the William Vale Hotel, and launched at the Brooklyn Museum. Here, the artist ~ Marla Aaron ~ sitting in front of her vending machine at the Brooklyn Museum

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a vending machine filled with…….Jewelry! This fabulous invention will be part of Rockefeller Center’s ‘Love At The Center’ event. The event will including a month-long schedule of workshops and collaborative installations ~ all with the theme of Love.

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‘Susan Grabel: Homeless in the Land of Plenty ~ Redux’ at Ceres Gallery, Chelsea

 

 

 

Susan Grabel, ‘Once Upon a Time’ (1989). Image courtesy of the gallery.

Ceres Gallery in Chelsea has opened its doors to the timely exhibition, Susan Grabel: Homeless in the Land of Plenty ~ Redux, clay sculptures. Grabel has a long tradition of social commentary in her work. Through it, she explores the social and political realities of modern society, and tries to evoke the complex web of feelings that these realities engender.

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Kimberly Schneider: Flare ~ a Virtual Exhibition ~ The Mysterious Beauty of the Photogram

 

 

 

Kimberly Schneider, ‘Embrace (Whirlwind)” (2020). Image courtesy of the artist.

The virtual exhibition, Flare by Kimberly Schneider features a selection of 25 photograms that are part of a larger photographic series initially started by the artist during the quarantine of 2020. Within the restricted space of her darkroom, Schneider has utilized what was at hand ~ wilted flowers, glitter, lace, and moving water ~ ultimately rendering a countless array of mysterious silhouettes that appear to either float, glimmer, combust, or fade away.

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NYC Parks Celebrates 96th Anniversary of Sled Dogs Balto & Togo’s Lifesaving Vaccine Relay During Winter Storm

 

 

 

Central Park. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

As the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed throughout New York City and the winter storm begins to fade, NYC Parks is remembering and honoring the 96th anniversary of the lifesaving Nome relay, which was completed on February 2, 1925. Following the iditarod trail, famed sled dogs Balto and Togo saved the children of Nome from a diphtheria outbreak by delivering the antitoxin to the remote Alaskan outpost, completing the last leg of a dog sled relay through blizzard conditions.

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Adam Neate: Madalena opens at Allouche Gallery NYC

 

 

 

Adam Neate, The Mods, 2020. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

Allouche Gallery will open its doors to a new solo exhibition by British Dimensionalist artist Adam Neate entitled Madalena on February 6th.

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Art Installations, Exhibits & Events in NYC to Add to Your List in February, 2021

 

 

Roni Horn, Detail from: LOG (March 22, 2019), 2019-2020 © Roni Horn, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth for the exhibition, Roni Horn.RecentWork

February 2021 is finally here, and our featured image says it best, we are paralyzed with hope. We kick-off the month in celebration of Black History Month, followed by Valentine’s Day, and a number of new exhibitions and installations indoors and out. In addition, many previous exhibits and installations are still on view. Here are a few suggestions for February, 2021.

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Celebrating Black History Month in NYC ~ February, 2021

 

 

 

07. Anthony Barboza, Grace Jones, 1970s in the exhibition, 3 Points of View by Kamoinge Photographers, courtesy Keith De Lellis Gallery.

In spite of the Pandemic, this year we celebrate Black History Month with a look-back at tragedies and accomplishments. Hand-in-hand, over 20-million people have taken part in Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in the U.S. alone ~ and millions more worldwide. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation won Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize for 2020, with an online prize-giving ceremony that took place in Stockholm on January 30, 2021. In addition, Black Lives Matter has been nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Now looking forward, we celebrate Black History Month 2021, with culturally significant artworks along with their creators, past and present, in all five boroughs. Here are a few suggestions.

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Grand Central Terminal Turns 108 on February 2, 2021

 

 

Grand Central Terminal turns 108!

Grand Central Terminal is a major destination when visiting New York, and a welcome historic site for all who move through it every day. Some points of interest ~ The ceiling in the main concourse featuring 12 constellations painted in gold leaf plus 2,500 stars ~ Information Booth Clock, the crown jewel of Grand Central ~ Whispering Gallery in the low, Guastavino ceramic arches ~ Grand Central market including a wonderful gift section at Eli Zabar’s ~ The Tiffany Clock at the Park Avenue Viaduct ~ The Campbell Bar with its 25-foot hand painted ceilings, grand stone fireplace, and century-old leaded glass window with original millwork ~ Oak leaf and acorn finishes, symbols of the Vanderbilt family ~ Vanderbilts symbol of the age of electricity, exposed light bulbs still on view + more.

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Saving the Date for Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG ~ April, 2021

 

 

 

Yayoi Kusama. Image via NYBG

The New York Botanical Garden announced dates for the much anticipated exhibition, Kusama: Cosmic Nature. The works by artist Yayoi Kusama will be on view from April 10 through October 31, 2021 throughout the 250-acre Garden and in the Greenhouse.

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PBS American Portrait ~ Swoon: The House Our Families Built Arrives in New York

 

 

 

Swoon: The House our Families, exploring the beauty and the burden of our personal legacies. Built via pbs.org

Traveling around NYC, a 14 foot box truck has been transformed into a diorama-style outdoor sculpture that is a stage for both visual and performance art, inspired by domestic scenes and stories shared on this site. Follow Swoon: The House Our Families Built as it makes stops in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Union Square. Take a look inside and behind the scenes below.

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CityParks Foundation & SummerStage Celebrate Black History Month 2021

 

 

SummerStage Anywhere

In recognition of Black History Month 2021, CityParks Foundation SummerStage takes a look back at moments from its first-ever all-virtual season. The excerpts will include highlights from our SummerStage Anywhere 2020 programming, featuring spoken word, music and dance performances. Joining us to introduce the program is Harlem-based journalist and musician, Greg Tate, a SummerStage alumni and co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. These are Free online events.

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The High Line unveils Shortlisted Proposals for The Plinth with Sculptural Maquette’s on View

 

 

Pamela Rosenkranz, Old Tree via The High Line

The High Line asked for your thoughts on 80 artists’ proposals for the third and fourth High Line Plinth commissions to open in 2022 and 2024 ~ and with your help, they now have a shortlist of 12, on view as sculptural maquette’s in the Coach Passage at 30th Street. The selected artists are Iván Argote, Nina Beier, Margarita Cabrera, Nick Cave, Banu Cennetoğlu, Rafa Esparza, Teresita Fernández, Kapwani Kiwanga, Lu Pingyuan, Pamela Rosenkranz, Mary Sibande, and Andra Ursuţa.

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MTA Launches Living Memorial to Honor Transit Workers Lost to COVID-19

 

 

 

The global pandemic has led to unimaginable loss to the MTA family, with 136 employees dying of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. To honor and pay tribute to those who have been lost too soon, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority today launched an engaging visual memorial to those employees, heroes who dedicated their lives to moving New Yorkers through the city and region. 

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Robert Nava: Angels to be Inaugural Exhibition at second Vito Schnabel Gallery on West 19th Street, Chelsea

 

 

 

Robert Nava: Gold Sky and Wind Angel, 2020; Acrylic, grease pencil and crayon canvas, 85 x 73 in (215.9cm x 185.4cm) © Robert Nava; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Robert Nava: Angels  will inaugurate Vito Schnabel’s second New York City exhibition space, located at 455 West 19th Street in the Chelsea Arts District. This will be the first New York solo exhibition for the Brooklyn-based artist, and will be a debut for a new series of paintings devoted to the archetype of the seraphim, the winged figure that has animated art history since the early Christian era of the 4th century. With these works, the angel takes its place in Nava’s contemporary visual mythos, joining riotously colored monsters, knights, and chimerical beings that populate his deceptively carefree canvases and works on paper.

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Richmond Barthé ‘Exodus & Dance’ at Kingsborough Houses to be Restored

 

 

 

Richmond Barthé’s Green Pastures: The Walls of Jericho (1938), a sculpture located at the Kingsborough Houses (also in Crown Heights). Barthé, who identified as homosexual, is considered the most important sculptor of African-American modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. Photos via NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

As we approach Black History Month 2021, the Fulton Art Fair, in celebration of its 100th birthday of artist Richmond Barthé, announced the restoration of the much loved relief, ‘Exodus and Dance.’

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2021 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition Winner is #LoveLetters by Soft-Firm

 

 

 

Image renderings courtesy Times Square Arts and Soft-Firm

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition ~ and this years winner is Love Letters created by Soft-Firm, curated by Reddymade. Take a look at the installation that will be unveiled on February 10th at 11am on Father Duffy Square.

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The Apollo Theater Celebrates 87 Years on January 26, 2021!

 

 

On January 26, 1934, the Apollo Theater opened with the show “Jazz a la Carte” headlined by Benny Carter and his Orchestra, Ralph Cooper and Aida Ward. Soon after, The Apollo became the premiere place for the performing arts and entertainment in Harlem.

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Lindsay Burke: A Shift in the House at Marinaro Gallery

 

 

 

Lindsay Burke: Late Night Brillance, 2021; Acrylic and dry media on canvas; 22.5 x 21.25 inches. Image courtesy of the gallery

Marinaro Gallery will open its doors to the second solo exhibition with the gallery by Lindsay Burke with her exhibition, A Shift in the House. In her new body of work, Burke presents a series of paintings in which the house is more than just a functional structure; it is, in Burke’s universe, a surrogate for the mind and body, offering a way to visualize the drama of living in the world itself.

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Ebecho Muslimova: Scenes in the Sublevel at The Drawing Center

 

 

 

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Phantom Cage, 2020, enamel and oil paint on Dibond aluminum, 96 x 144 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Maria Berheim, Zürich and Magenta Plains, NY.

For Ebecho Muslimova’s first solo museum exhibition, the artist presents Scenes in the Sublevel, a site-specific installation that includes ten large-scale mixed-media drawings. Muslimova (b. 1984, Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) is known for her pen-and-ink drawings and large-scale paintings that feature her bold and uninhibited cartoon alter ego, Fatebe. Her latest body of work takes up The Drawing Center’s downstairs gallery as the stage for Fatebe’s intrepid misadventures.

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David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979 at The Drawing Center

 

 

 

David Hammons, Untitled (Man with Flag), n.d. Grease, pigment, and white crayon on paper, 29 3/4 x 39 3/4 inches (75.6 x 101 cm). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, Photograph by Alex Jamison, courtesy of Mnuchin Gallery, New York.

The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. More than a half century after they were made, these early works on paper remain a testament to Hammons’s desire to reinterpret notions of the real; his celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body; his biting critique of racial oppression; and his deep commitment to social justice.

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Columbia U School of the Arts present the January 2021 Program for the popular Lenfest Kids

 

 

 

Still from Zootopia courtesy Lenfest Kids

With a new President now firmly in place, Lenfest Kids explores our ability to bring hope for repair of a particular kind ~ Social Repair. The three films they have chosen all speak in different ways to the possibility of social change and the need to make the world a better place for all

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Roni Horn. Recent Work to open at Hauser & Wirth New York

 

 

 

Ron Horn; Detail from:LOG (March 22,2019–May 14, 2020), 2019 -2020©RoniHornCourtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Roni Horn has spent the past four decades questioning accepted notions of identity and meaning, thwarting closure and opening up new possibilities of perception through her expansive body of work across mediums. Beginning 18 February, ‘Roni Horn. Recent Work’ will present the artist’s latest achievements in the realm of drawing, a medium she has described as ‘a kind of breathing activity on a daily level.’

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Tom Friedman’s ‘Looking Up’ Arrives at Rockefeller Center’s Channel Gardens

 

 

 

Tom Friedman’s ‘Looking Up. Image via Rockefeller Center

Sculpture artist, Tom Friedman’s ‘Looking Up‘ is the latest artwork to grace the Channel Gardens, facing Rockefeller Center. The ten-foot tall, stainless steel sculpture, depicts a quasi-human figure gazing up to the heavens ~ or maybe, like many New Yorkers know, there’s a lot to see when looking up!

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Union Square Partnership unveils 14th Street District Vision Plan 2021

 

 

Rendering via Union Square Partnership with design partner, Marvel. 14th Street, Looking West

Union Square Partnership kicked-off 2021 with a transformative plan for the Union Square-14th Street area, concentrating on five key improvements with a focus on accessibility, district-wide connectivity, and substantial increases in public open space.

Save the date, Tuesday, January 26th for the virtual launch event. Let’s take a look at a few of the renderings.

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Art on the Ave: The Art of Healing ~ Take a Stroll on the Upper West Side

 

 

 

3k by Adrian Hashimi. Image courtesy xgallery.nyc

Art on the Ave has been working with local property owners and businesses on the Upper West Side, filling empty windows with works created by local artists. Not only has the project beautified spaces, it also has been an opportunity for for all to enjoy a socially distanced gallery walk using digital and printable maps.

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