Pictor Gallery will open its doors to a solo exhibition by West African born, Harlem based artist TAFA entitled The Echoes of Memories.
Well known for his colorful abstract oil & acrylic paintings of musicians, sporting events, marches, and protests, his brush strokes take viewers on a literal moving adventure. Below, ‘Pele the Great’…… His paintings also bring to light social and political issues, such as the featured image on this post (above) Sarah Baartman…
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance,” and will explore how African-Americans have fought repression from America’s earliest days, from escaping plantations, to the rise out of poverty and struggle for equal housing and education, and voting rights. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.
Atlantic Gallery will open its doors to TENUOUS THREADS, a two-part exhibition showcasing works incorporating textiles, fibers, threads and mixed media. Tenuous Threads alludes to the delicate lines that bring us together and sets us apart; that join us yet repel us. All of life is connected through networks, systems, fibers and webs. Communication (visual, verbal, electrical, chemical, and kinetic) enables an exchange of information amongst all life forms. The exhibition, curated by Patricia Miranda, includes innovative artworks that utilize textiles, fibers, threads (natural and synthetic) in sculpture, collage, 3D and 2D mixed media that communicates the strength and fragility of what binds all life.
The 46th stamp in the Black Heritage series for the USPS honors author Ernest J. Gaines (1933-2019). Best known for such novels as ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ and ‘A Lesson Before Dying‘, Gaines drew from his childhood as the son of sharecroppers on a Louisiana plantation to explore the untold stories of rural African Americans.
For his first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth and first New York City solo presentation in nearly a decade, Italian artist Roberto Cuoghi will populate the ground floor of the gallery’s 22nd Street building with an entirely new body of work. One of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, artists of his generation, Cuoghi is known for an exacting, almost obsessive, research- and process-driven practice that spans the full spectrum of styles and genres. ‘Pepsis’* will debut works from Cuoghi’s ongoing, all-consuming project of the same name—a complex, multi-faceted investigation initiated in early 2020 after a fully immersive stay in New York City. Much of this body of work focuses on a rarely explored aspect of his ever-expanding practice, a medium infrequently associated with Cuoghi but central in contemporary art discourse now: painting.
The Rubin Museum of Art is pleased to present “Death Is Not the End,” a new exhibition opening March 17 that explores notions of death and the afterlife through the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. Featuring prints, oil paintings, bone ornaments, thangka paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual objects, “Death Is Not the End” invites contemplation on the universal human condition of impermanence and the desire to continue to exist. This cross-cultural exhibition brings together 58 objects spanning 12 centuries from the Rubin Museum’s collection alongside artworks on loan from private collections and major institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Morgan Library & Museum; Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp; Wellcome Collection, London; Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and more. The exhibition is part of the Rubin Museum’s yearlong thematic focus on Life After, exploring moments of change that propel us into the unknown. “Death Is Not the End” will be on view March 17, 2023, to January 14, 2024.
The community was shocked to see their 191st Street #1 subway station at Broadway, devoid of the colorful murals commissioned by Department of Transportation in 2015 as part of a Beautification Project. This past weekend, a DOT operation “fully clean and sanitize’ the approximately 900-foot-long tunnel early on Saturday morning, January 21, 2023.
The Harlem Fine Arts Show (HFAS) is the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States. Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, HFAS provides a platform for African Diasporic artists and American visual artists to exhibit and sell their works. This three-day event serves as an economic platform for the multicultural, general market and arts communities to empower and increase market share in numerous regions throughout the United States. From February 24-26, the Harlem Fine Arts Show will return to New York City to celebrate its 15th Anniversary in a new location ~ The Glasshouse in Chelsea.
Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Stefan Bondell: Dark Marks, opening at its West Chelsea location on February 2, 2023. This presentation will debut works from the New York poet and artist’s most recent series of paintings – a dramatic series of monumentally scaled works executed in an obsidian palette, with deep, compounded layers of classical and contemporary imagery used to explore the turbulent sociopolitical condition of the United States today. On view through March 18, 2023, Dark Marks is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Art in DUMBO has announced that DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk will take place on February 2, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Highlights from December’s Gallery Walk include group exhibition Orderly Chaos at the New York Studio School DUMBO Project Space; and Light Year digital projections from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on the Manhattan Bridge.
The Museum of Sex is pleased to announce Portia Munson: The Pink Bedroom, opening to the public on January 27, 2023. Visitors will be immersed in a world of pink, exploring new work alongside thirty years of Portia Munson’s (b.1961) Pink Project (1994 – ongoing) which features everyday items that pose questions about mass consumerism, constructions of femininity and sexual objectification.
For one night only – Tuesday, February 28 – hundreds of people will come together for the hottest event during the coldest time of the year – the Queens Centers for Progress’ 27th annual “Evening of Fine Food” at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.
Acclaimed artist Lily Kwong, the designer for The Orchid Show’s 20th year, presents a meditative and captivating design inspired by her ancestral connections to the natural world. Kwong’s vibrant and fantastical vision will envelop visitors in thousands of orchids, allowing them to reconnect to nature amidst picture perfect beauty.
Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to announce Tania Pérez Córdova: Precipitation, opening February 2. This is the second show of the artist’s to be held at the gallery, and coincides with her solo exhibition currently ongoing at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Incorporating within her practice sculpture, found objects, and activation or performance, Pérez Córdova is recognized for her poetic and contemplative works that often bear narrative implications. Born and based in Mexico City, Mexico, Pérez Córdova’s practice is distinguished by its provisional nature—both in its process of making, but also in its reception. Although she often works with conventional materials such as metal, glass, ceramics, and marble, Pérez Córdova allows chance encounters in everyday life (for example, coins gathered in the bottom of a friend’s pocket, or a meeting with a street musician) to inspire or influence the outcome of the works themselves. As a result, the artist integrates unorthodox materials—including found objects, detritus, clothing, jewelry, amongst others—into the works themselves. Presented in the context of an exhibition, her works frame relationships between objects and narratives, pointing towards situations or events that may have happened outside the space of the gallery.
Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit that sustains the park in partnership with the City, has received a prestigious $275,000 Humanities in Place grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance its ReImagine Lefferts initiative, which seeks to re-envision the mission and programming at the park’s historic house museum to recognize its roleas a site of dispossession and enslavement, and explore the stories of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rests upon and the Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family.
The Alliance will engage the public around this initiative with a Community Conversation on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1-4 pm, at the Prospect Park Boathouse. Learn more and RSVP for this free event at prospectpark.org/reimagine-lefferts-conversation
The Rubin Museum of Art invites visitors to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with an afternoon of art with your family and friends. Learn about traditional Losar celebrations and this year’s zodiac animal, the kind and sensitive Water Hare. Free admission to all of the galleries during visitor hours.
Opening January 2023, Havah…to breathe, air, life Merges Sikander’s Explorations into Sculpture and Video in an Exhibition That Reconsiders Traditional Representations of Power
Significant new works on the theme of justice by artist Shahzia Sikander are featured in a major multimedia exhibition at Madison Square Park. Presented simultaneously in the park and at the adjacent Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, the exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life features two new large-scale sculptures—one within the park that can be transformed through augmented reality and another atop the Courthouse rooftop, the first female figure to adorn one of its ten plinths. Additionally, a recent video animation by Sikander will be on view in the park, visually intertwining the distinct elements. The exhibition is a culmination of Sikander’s exploration of female representation in monuments and marks her first major, site-specific outdoor exhibition in sculptural form. Havah…to breathe, air, lifeis co-commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy and Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS). The exhibition will be on view in New York from January 17 through June 4, 2023, before traveling to Houston.
As the exhibition opens, we must congratulate the artist on being awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity. “The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced it has awarded the Pollock Prize for Creativity to artistShahzia Sikander. The $50,000 award honors Sikander’s exhibition Havah…to breathe, air, life, opening today, January 17, at Madison Square Park and the neighboring Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.” (continued at the end of this post).
Hauser & Wirth presents ‘Southern Trees,’ the gallery’s first New York exhibition with distinguished American artist Charles Gaines and his first in the city since 2018. One of the most important conceptual artists working today, the show explores the evolution of Gaines’s complex practice, demonstrating how he has continued to forge new paths within the innovative framework of two of his most acclaimed series, Numbers and Trees and Walnut Tree Orchard. The exhibition’s title, ‘Southern Trees,’ alludes directly to the 150-year-old pecan trees pictured in the new works, and symbolically to the opening lyrics of ‘Strange Fruit,’ Billie Holiday’s haunting protest anthem from the 1930s. Charles Gaines.Southern Trees opening January 26th.
As a New Yorker, born & raised, we were more than curious about a couple who would visit 202 bagel shops in all five boroughs ~ taste-test, review and create a map on the best, the worst, and all in-between.
Hunter College Art Galleries will open its doors to the exhibition C.C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction on February 2nd in the Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery.
Born to a family of scholar-officials at the twilight of the Qing dynasty, C. C. Wang mastered the traditional ink and brush techniques in Republican Shanghai and immigrated to New York City in 1949. There he sought to preserve the tradition of classical Chinese painting through engagement with new ideas, materials, and forms. Drawing inspiration from past masters in the history of Chinese painting, as well as New York’s artistic climate in the wake of World War II, Wang advanced breakthrough transformations in ink painting.
The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York has released its preliminary 2024 budget, which includes $62.3 million in funding for the restoration of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument and Plaza in Riverside Park.
This huge milestone comes after years of advocacy from Riverside Park Conservancy, elected officials and the public. Among the project’s most active champions has been Council Member Gale Brewer, who launched a petition to save the monument last year that garnered thousands of signatures.
If you take Fifth Avenue Uptown, You will have a pleasant pause at 120th Street, where you will be greeted by an entrance to Marcus Garvey Park ~ Harlem to the West and East Harlem to the East. The Park spans from 120th Street to 124th Street, and from Mt. Morris Park West to Madison Avenue.
Fremin Gallery will open its doors to the exhibition, ‘Geometric Abstraction’, featuring the works of Georgian artist David Paul Kay and Armenian artist Mher Khachatryan on January 19th as its first exhibition in 2023.
Today, Villa Albertine, a French cultural institution headquartered in New York City, announced the launch and expansion of several federal arts initiatives and cultural programs across the United States that span music, visual art, philosophy, and dance.
GR gallery is pleased to announce ‘Social Circle’, the first solo exhibition of Suanjaya Kencut with the gallery and in New York. The show will feature a total of 19 artworks revealing a new suite titled ‘Connection Series’, among this, a special recognition is merited by five shaped canvases that challenged the artist with a new media and opens up innumerable future possibilities. Suanjaya aims to turn viewers focal points to the representation of human beings as dolls, which comes from the desire of recognizing all life forms as sacred and re-state how people are social creatures who thrive from cultivation of support systems like friends and family. Through the emptiness filled pandemic, Kencut felt disconnected and wanted to add hope, positivity, and optimism to his compositions with brilliant colors and figural views. These inanimate puppets show a fragmented scenes of human life that contains a consideration on the current situation in the hope that people can reflect on themselves through his artworks.
Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present Double Trouble, a two-person project by Kyoto-based artists Teppei Kaneuji and Chihiro Mori. Collaborating under the name “CMTK,” the duo’s new and recent lenticular works from the series Star & Dust will be featured. Kaneuji’s exploratory printing and collaging methods, coupled with Mori’s own photographs and collection of found images, result in a slivered amalgam of pop culture and personal snapshots, shifting with the viewer’s changing vantage point. Also on view will be several new dimensional collage works from Kaneuji’s surrealistic series The Sea & Pus: An Illustrated Guide to Animals. Double Trouble will be on view from January 13 – February 25, 2023, with a public reception on January 13, from 6-8 PM.
An oversized, illuminating lantern is serving as a symbol of hope, brightness and guiding light in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, as the Garment District Alliance unveiled Living Lantern—an inviting, kinetic installation that offers a meditative effect through its mesmerizing movement and changes in color.
Located on the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets, Living Lantern is free and will be available to the public through February 24th.
Established in 2006, Master Drawings New York (MDNY) is the pre-eminent event for exhibiting and celebrating old masters through contemporary drawings in the United States. A select number of exhibitions also feature master paintings, sculpture, and photography. Dealers from the United States and Europe showcase their highest quality artwork in galleries along Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan from January 20-28.
Keith de Lellis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of over forty photographs created during the 19th and 20th centuries that historically altered and redefined the capabilities of the medium by utilizing pre-digital innovations such as photo montage, photo collage, double exposures and the darkroom process of composite printing. This show elegantly brings together photographs motivated by both advertising and artistic intents to highlight the significant level of ingenuity applied by artists across the fields to deliberately visualize their subject matter, of which many on display are painstakingly constructed by hand. An example of such artistry is found in a star-studded montage published by L. J. Lipp Publishing of Hollywood, California in 1928 with hundreds of faces of Hollywood’s famous actors and actresses, including Charlie Chaplin and Tom Mix, Hollywood’s first Western star. In another photograph we witness a beaming Fred Astaire miraculously dancing through the clouds as he plays the role of Charlie Hill from the 1952 film The Belle of New York.
Join the New York City Municipal Archives on Tuesday, January 24th from 1-2pm for a virtual event: Lunch & Learn: How Manhattan’s Cityscape Was Remade After WWII, transforming it into both a world city and one mired in urban crisis. The recent opening of Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center paid tribute to San Juan Hill, the community that was razed to make way for this cultural landmark back in the late 1950’s. Reserve a spot online.
I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You, a solo exhibition by Derrick Adams, comprises a cycle of sixteen large-scale works from Adams’s new series Motion Picture Paintings, 2020-22, which extend the artist’s signature deconstructed, cubist-style portraits in a new cinematic direction. Freeze framed moments—drawn from movies, media, and the artist’s imagination—are emblazoned with a variety of graphic texts reminiscent of film titles. “Black life is a movie,” says Adams, “a psychological thriller, situational comedy, romance, adventure drama, suspense, and horror all rolled into one.” Opening at The Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea on January 13th.
This year, Chinese New Year ~ The Year of the Rabbit ~ falls on Sunday, January 22nd, with the celebrations lasting before and after. Even though we are firmly in Winter, this Holiday is also known as the Spring Festival, and is the longest Chinese Holiday, with celebrations up to 16 days. It is a time for praying to gods and fighting off monsters. Here are a few suggestions for celebrating The Lunar New Year in NYC, The Year of the Rabbit.
NEW YORK – ARTECHOUSE, the leader in innovative, technology-driven experiential art, is pleased to announce its latest collaboration with Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards for the design community, on bringing to life Pantone’s Color of the Year 2023 PANTONE 18-1740 Viva Magenta through an immersive experience MAGENTAVERSE.
Hailed as one of this era’s most adventurous interpreters of the classical organ repertoire, leading female organist Gail Archer hosts “Concert for Peace”, a special one-night only free concert at the iconic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Known for enthralling listeners with her musicality, sensitivity, and visceral quality, Archer introduces audiences to rarely performed works by 19th-21st century Russian and Ukrainian composers. This concert marks Archer’s latest offering in her decade-long commitment to sharing Eastern European organ literature. The concert will take place on January 19th.
2023 kicks-off with many of our favorite in-person events beginning with the Three Kings Day Parade and ending with The Winter Show back at Park Avenue Armory. Ring in the New Year with joyful song in Times Square and a day of service in celebration of MLK Day. Be inspired by a spectacular art installation at Madison Square Park. Explore architectural details and clues of the past at the historic Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. Music, Photography, Poetry, and Art will fill our January, 2023. Here are a few suggestions, including many still on view.
To celebrate the centennial of Richard Avedon’s birth in 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a selection of the photographer’s most innovative group portraits in the exhibition Richard Avedon: MURALS, opening January 19, 2023. Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer in the late 1940s, his greatest achievement was his stunning reinvention of the photographic portrait. Focused on the short period between 1969 and 1971, this exhibition will explore a critical juncture in the artist’s career, when, after a hiatus from portraiture, he began working with a new camera and a new sense of scale. The exhibition will be organized around three monumental photomurals in The Met collection (the largest measures 10 x 35 feet) that depict groups of the era’s preeminent artists, activists, and politicians. Uniting the murals with session outtakes and contemporaneous projects, the exhibition will track Avedon’s evolving approach to group portraiture, through which he transformed the conventions of the genre.
The exhibition is made possible by Joyce Frank Menschel.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that nine projects and one individual are being recognized with 2022 New York State Historic Preservation Awards. Projects highlighted with this year’s awards include a community-led establishment of a historic district in Chautauqua County, transformational design of historic garden space in Westchester County, and the completed restoration of a historic pier in New York City.
The ten awards highlight individuals and projects that have contributed to the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic places.
In fall 2023, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will launch its first exhibition developed for elementary school-aged students. Courage to Act: Rescue in Denmark will commemorate the 80th anniversary of one of the most effective episodes of mass resistance in modern history.
A portrait of the literary partnership between Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro (at work on volume 5 of The Years of Lyndon Johnson) and multi-hyphenate Robert Gottlieb, the quintessential New York editor (former editor-in-chief at Knopf and The New Yorker), who counts programming for The New York City Ballet and lucite handbag collecting among his hobbies. Caro’s granular dissection of how power is wielded in 20th century America is matched by the intuitive, meticulous approach of Gottlieb, with whom he’s worked for more than 50 years.
Roe vs. Wade Day is celebrated on January 22, the anniversary of the court case that gave women agency over their bodies. The U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that legalized abortion throughout the country, with variations from state to state depending on the length of the pregnancy. This January 22, 2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
The much anticipated Grand Central Madison is set to open on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. This brand-new terminal and concourse will run alongside Vanderbilt Avenue from 43rd Street to 48th Street, with four new entrances to Madison Avenue in addition to entrances into historic Grand Central Terminal.
Every year, on the third Monday of January, the United State of America honors the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the celebration and reflection of his life will take place on January 16th. It is a Federal, State and City Holiday, and for many New Yorkers, it is a day of service. How will you reflect on the meaning of that day? Here are a few suggestions, with more to be added in the next week.
As New Yorkers prepare to turn the page on the past year, NYC Parks GreenThumb is taking a moment to look back and celebrate a successful 2022 community gardening season. Over the past year, GreenThumb has taken major strides to increase garden accessibility, connectivity, and food production, having renovated, rebuilt, and expanded 21 community gardens throughout the city, including eight “GreenThumb Community Gardens at NYCHA” projects; installed 290 raised garden beds for food production; and added 1,425 linear feet of accessible paths in 16 community gardens. This year, a major focus of the department was volunteerism, and GreenThumb delivered by organizing and hosting 44 volunteer days and 93 workshops, including 5 intensive training series attended by almost 3,000 participants.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced eleven transformational projects in Chinatown as part of its $20 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award. In Round 5 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the Regional Economic Development Councils had the opportunity to award two communities $10 million each or one community $20 million. The New York City Regional Economic Development Council chose to award Chinatown a $20 million award in recognition of the specific and acute effects of the pandemic on Chinatown’s businesses and the wider Asian diaspora in New York City. With these revitalization projects, this historic community can thrive again and open its unique corridors, restaurants, businesses, parks and cultural institutions, becoming, once again, a place to visit and celebrate the ethnic diversity of the Chinatown community in the Lower East Side.
Taken during research for his series of talks exploring the architectural details and clues of past use of the Salmagundi Clubhouse, architectural historian (and Club member) Anthony Bellov presents highly personal images of oft-overlooked aspects of the building, exciting and challenging the viewer to explore their own perceptions and assumptions of this unique structure.
The Rubin Museum of Art is thrilled to announce its schedule of exhibitions and programs in 2023. The year begins with the launch of the Rubin’s largest institutional project to date, Project Himalayan Art, an initiative to provide global access to resources promoting a broader understanding of Himalayan art. The year’s exploration of the theme Life After begins in March with the cross-cultural exhibition Death Is Not the End, which examines ideas about death and the afterlife in the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity. Live programming and the seventh issue of the Rubin Museum’s annual publication, Spiral magazine, available in print and online, will further expand on these themes. Throughout the year the Rubin will host its first ever series of professional development residencies for artists, museum professionals, and scholars who live and work in the Himalayan region. And in the fall of 2023 the Buddhist monastery Itumbaha in Kathmandu, in partnership with the Rubin Museum and Lumbini University, will unveil its permanent display galleries for objects in the monastery complex.
New York’s Smoke Jazz Club kick-starts 2023 with a stellar line-up of some of jazz’s greatest artists during the month of January. SMOKE honors two octogenarians with special birthday celebrations: saxophonist Billy Harper and drummer Al Foster. Master trumpeter and pianist Nicholas Payton is joined by two of the greatest: bassist Buster Williams and drummer Lenny White for a four-night album release series. SMOKE’s 10th Annual Coltrane Festival, an homage to the great saxophonist and composer John Coltrane, continues for one week with some of today’s leading artists. Wrapping up January is one of the most beloved pianists, Bill Charlap, returning with his Trio: bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. Scroll down for complete schedule or visit SMOKEjazz.com, including ‘Countdown 2023’ on New Year’s Eve!