NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition is back on display at the Arsenal Gallery, welcoming the holiday season with a variety of inventive and surprising wreaths! After going virtual last year, the 39th exhibition has returned in person and includes wreaths by nearly 40 artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used unconventional materials to reinvent the traditional holiday symbol. The NYC Park’s Annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2022.
Is your 2022 New Year’s resolution to get active or exercise more? NYC Parks has you covered with free one-year memberships at recreation centers across the city! New Yorkers who sign up by December 31, 2021 will have free access to indoor sports courts, sports and educational programs, Shape Up NYC classes, media labs, fitness equipment, and much more. The membership term will last for one year from the registration date and grant access to facilities citywide.
Living with Art Salon will open its doors to the first annual ‘Members Only‘ exhibition showing over 75 works of art created by 15 visual artists ~ all members of Art Lives Here, a non-profit arts organization, creating opportunities for emerging artists. Opening on December 8th, we couldn’t wait, and got a sneak-peek today.
Holiday House NYC is returning to New York City for a LIVE event, which will showcase their beloved design industry members and talented interior designers as they come together to raise critical funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The event will run from December 8th through December 10th at The Elizabeth Taylor Mansion located at 10 West 56th Street, NYC.
The December calendar is filled with Holiday Joy, bringing back some of our favorite annual events from outdoor tree lighting ceremonies all around town to indoor and outdoor Holiday Markets. Here are a few suggestions for art installations, exhibits and a plethora of events during the month of December, 2021.
The Art Students League of New York is pleased to announce the return of its Holiday Art Sale featuring works for sale by League artists. The exhibition and annual sale is free and open to the public to browse available works and take home a piece of The League. All purchases directly support emerging artists and help The League continue to offer accessible, affordable, high-quality arts education and instruction.
Since 1986, the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) has chosen to celebrate the holidays by presenting Miracle on Madison Avenue. A cherished New York holiday shopping tradition, the 35th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue will be held this year on Saturday, December 4.
“Thirty-five years ago, two Madison Avenue shop owners organized their neighbors for the first Miracle on Madison Avenue as a coordinated way for Madison Avenue stores and shoppers to give to New York City children in need,” said Matthew Bauer, President of the Madison Avenue B.I.D. “The longevity and continued enthusiasm for this event is testament to the commitment of Madison Avenue to making the holiday season brighter for NYC kids. In this difficult year, we ask shoppers to make their holiday purchases count for so much more, and support the pediatric programs of The Society of MSK simply by buying their gifts on Madison Avenue on December 4.”
Carlton Fine Arts Ltd. will present Miami Art Week in New York, showcasing all the beloved artists one would find at the Miami fairs this December. The gallery will feature key works by Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, Miro, Chagall, Mr. Brainwash, Kaws, Linjie Deng and more. The exhibition will be on view from November 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022, at the Carlton Fine Arts Ltd. location at 543 Madison Avenue, between 54th/55th Streets, NYC.
One of the most eminent image makers and social commentators in America, MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems returns to the Armory this fall with a major new commission and the largest, most significant exhibition of her multidisciplinary artistic practice in the last decade. Throughout her career, Weems has produced a prolific and complex body of work, pushing the boundaries of photography and blurring the line between art and activism. Her new work, The Shape of Things, builds on the convening of the same name and accompanying public programming that Weems hosted at the Armory during her residency in 2017, using art as a lens to probe the political and social issues of the day. Reflecting the “circus- like” quality of contemporary American political life, Weems conjures a dark setting in the Armory’s Wade Thompson Drill Hall with an exhibition that encompasses the breadth of her artistic output—including new multimedia installations and iconic works from the past decade, as well as a performance series and convening of artists. This timely project, which will be situated in the Drill Hall from December 2 through December 31, 2021, was conceived as a platform for collective investigation and reflection on the complexity of the American experience.
After the loss of Serengeti Tea and Rite Aid on 125th Street, we were sorry to see all the empty shelves at Harlem Fresh, suspecting the worst ~ But delighted to hear that the market will close in late November for a complete renovation, to reopen in January, 2022.
On Sunday, December 26 at 7:00 pm EST, the Apollo will celebrate its annual Kwanzaa celebration, Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration, featuring a world premiere from renowned New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre and performances from Apollo New Work artists Soul Science Lab with Chen Lo and Asante Amin. For more than 15 years, the Apollo has presented an annual Kwanzaa festival performance during the seven-day celebration of African American culture. This year, Forces of Nature Dance Theatre will produce a unique digital event of dance and music honoring the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba. The event, hosted by award-winning radio host and annual Apollo Kwanzaa emcee Imhotep Gary Byrd, will be streamed on theApollo Digital Stage. The program is pay what you wish and will be on demand through January 3.
NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff joined Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Senator John Liu, Assembly Member Edward Braunstein, Council Member Peter Koo, District Attorney Melinda Katz, and Co-Chair of The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy Robbie Garrison, to cut the ribbon on a new commemorative plaza at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground. The $1.76 million plaza honors the site’s past as a burial ground for 500 to 1,000 people, mostly African Americans and Native Americans, with a memorial wall. The project design was guided by input from local community members, historians, and the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff joined The Battery Conservancy President and Founder Warrie Price, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Chair Tammy Meltzer, artist Hebru Brantley, and community members on Sunday to unveil Brantley’s sculpture, The Great Debate, at The Battery. The artwork, which stands 16-feet tall, is exhibited in partnership with The Battery and NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, and will be on display through November 13, 2022.
Beginning November 10 and continuing until December 31, 2021, Salmagundi presents Small & Mighty: Newly Conserved Thumb-Box, in the Grand Stair Gallery of its historic 1853 townhouse at 47 Fifth Avenue. The exhibition marks the first time the organization’s permanent art collection of over fifty thumb-box paintings will be on display as a group. The exhibition is arranged by era and affords the viewer a chance to see 20th-century American art history at a glance.
Czech Center New York will host European Literature Night (ELN) on Monday, November 22, 2021. Returning to New York after a two-year break, the 2021 edition will take place from 6 PM to 11 PM at the Bohemian National Hall presenting an exciting selection of fiction, poetry, short stories, and discussions. Authors, translators, and actors representing ten EU countries will read from new releases and beloved classics and participate in a panel discussion.
NYC Parks is proud to support the reopening of some of the city’s most iconic holiday markets this season. Now through January, you can find holiday markets welcoming New Yorkers and visitors back to shop for clothes, trinkets, arts and crafts, and so much more in some of New York City’s famous parks. Last year, due to COVID-19, some of the City’s most notable markets did not open or opened with reduced capacity and restrictions, but this year NYC’s holiday staple is back in full swing.
Manhattan is filled with surprises, located in every direction including ~ up! And that is where we found this beauty ~ designed by McKim, Mead & White, and artist William Zorach. It has been name The Wizard of Park Avenue.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is pleased to announceBronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial, a meditation on the practice of everyday life in uncertain times. Featuring artworks by 68artists who took part in the 2018 and 2019 cycles of the Bronx Museum’s AIM Fellowship program, the fifth edition of Bronx Calling finds artists responding to the conditions of contemporary life in manifold ways. Whether in traditional or new media, many of the works are recent creations, the result of processing multiple crises—of health, grief, the environment, and identity. The Biennial is part of a series of exhibitions and public programs celebrating the Museum’s 50th anniversary and legacy as an institution dedicated to social justice. Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is curated by Ian Cofre and Eva Mayhabal Davis.
Claire Oliver Gallery will open its doors to the spectacular work of Leonardo Benzant in his first solo presentation with the gallery. Featuring six new multi-media works, including four large scale mixed media sculptures and two paintings on paper, Across Seven Ruins & Redemptions Somo Kamarioka is an extension of the artist’s multi-year exploration of his conception of the Urban Shaman, which Benzant deploys a wide variety of media and found objects to create dynamic hanging beaded structures inspired by the Yoruba and Kongo community and the beaded regalia of African material culture. The exhibition will be open to the public November 11 through January 8, 2022.
This year marks the 245th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Washington, a key event during the Revolutionary War. NYC Parks and The Fort Tryon Park Trust will commemorate this event with an historic reenactment, arts & crafts, colonial music & games ~ along with an artist talk by Zaq Landsberg, creator of ‘Tomb Effigy of Margaret Corbin‘ on November 14, 2021 from Noon to 3:00pm
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced the launch of 50 for the 50th, an interactive story map in honor of the New York City Marathon’s 50th running to celebrate the return of what many people call “New York’s Best Day” after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 marathon. The story map highlights a selection of 50 landmarks and historic districts along the route in all five boroughs.
Galerie l’Atelier opened its doors to the first American solo exhibition of renowned Belgium photographer, Eric Ceccarini. The exhibition, ‘The Painters Project’, is a meeting between painter, model and photographer, in the artists’ ongoing collection of collaborations between the photographer with painters and models/performing artists.
With travel restrictions lifting from parts of the world and vaccine access on the rise, global arts presenter Flushing Town Hall is excited to welcome international artists back to its stage. Ak Dan Gwang Chil, or ADG7 for short, will travel in from Korea for a special performance at the Hall on Sunday, November 14, at 7:30 PM (ET). The hybrid event, co-presented by the Korean Cultural Center New York, will be performed for both an in-person audience and simultaneously live streamed for viewers at home.
ARTECHOUSE, the first innovative arts organization dedicated to the intersection of art, science and technology, with locations in Washington, DC, New York City and Miami, announces the return of Machine Hallucination: NYC, the groundbreaking immersive exhibition in collaboration with award-winning media artist and pioneer in the aesthetics of machine intelligence Refik Anadol. In partnership with digital art online auction platform Nifty Gateway, this special viewing of Machine Hallucination: NYC, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors in its first three-month showing, will also feature an exclusive location drop of exhibition-based experiential NFT art, a collection composed of 1,000 unique NFTs from Anadol available to visitors on-site only at ARTECHOUSE’s New York location. The NFTs (non-fungible tokens) will launch on November 1st during NFT.NYC, the leading annual non-fungible token event, and run for two months for the duration of this limited-time exhibition. Open to all ages, Machine Hallucination: NYC opens to the public on November 2, 2021 and will run through January 2, 2022 at ARTECHOUSE NYC, located in Chelsea Market at 439 West 15th Street.
November brings with it some of our favorite annual events ~ this year, in-person. Canstruction will raise money for City Harvest; The Art Show will raise money for Henry Street Settlement; The Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, NYBG Holiday TrainShow and LuminoCity Festival kick-off a festive holiday season. Art House will open its doors, along with a plethora of new exhibitions too numerous to mention. Here are a few suggestions for art installations, exhibits and events not to miss in November.
Did you know that an Arnaldo Pomodoro sculpture is on the Nathan Cummings Plaza on the Fifth Avenue side of the Guggenheim Pavilion of Mount Sinai Hospital? We were intrigued and found the following information on this commissioned piece in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.
Beginning November 1st, a milestone commission will be viewable by the public at historic arts organization Salmagundi. The commission consists of two dynamic allegorical door panels by Salmagundi artist Noah Buchanan of Santa Cruz, California. Following a competition of thirty-one artists from across the country and Mexico, the commission was awarded to Buchanan for his Light and Visual Perception for the left side door and Intelligence and Education for the right side door.
The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute will unveil the winner of the eighth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition: Interwoven, an interactive installation by design firm Atelier Cho Thompson. Interwoven will be on view November 22, 2021–January 2, 2022 in the Flatiron North Public Plaza on Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, creating a highly visible landmark in the heart of Manhattan throughout the holidays.
Join the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute in a preview of its tenth annual “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” and unveiling of Interwoven on Monday, November 22nd from 5:30 ~ 7:30pm on the Flatiron North Public Plaza, 23rd Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue. The festive event will feature remarks by organizers and Interwoven’s designers; live music from The Jazz Gallery; a raffle to win holiday gifts from local businesses and free hot beverages and small bites from local favorites Shake Shack, Flatiron Plate, and Eataly. Attendees will receive NYC souvenirs gifted by Memories of New Yorkwhile supplies last and can enter a raffle to win prizes from Center for Book Arts, Hole in The Wall, Gotham Glow, Project Gaia, Scampi, and Taïm.
Fridman Gallery is honored to announce Within Listening Distance of the Sea…, the first solo exhibition in New York by Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, presenting a new series of sewn textiles, and a short film made in collaboration with Logan Lynette and Heather Lee. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital catalog with an essay by the art historian, curator and author Kilolo Luckett.
Pace will open its doors to an exhibition of new and recent work by the artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset at its flagship gallery in New York. Marking the Berlin–based artists’ first major show with Pace since they joined the gallery in 2020, this presentation runs from November 9 to December 18. The Nervous System, which comprises a highly narrative domestic scene of 11 works, including eight new pieces, is reminiscent of Elmgreen & Dragset’s acclaimed double exhibition, titled The Collectors, in the Nordic and Danish Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Beginning 6 November, Hauser & Wirth Southampton will present ‘Annie Leibovitz. Wonderland,’ an exhibition of photographic prints selected by the artist from her acclaimed body of work made over the past two decades. This presentation focuses upon work made since 1999, including fashion photography shot on assignment that, in the artist’s words, ‘revealed surprising avenues to portraiture.’ The exhibition offers fresh insight into the depth and breadth of Leibovitz’s unique artistic vision via fashion, landscape, and interior tableaux. ‘Wonderland’ is the first exhibition to showcase these images together in a single space, with many of the works having not been presented since their original publication.
Capucine Bourcart and Tomo Mori’s artworks require the viewer to look closely and focus on the details that are often subtle. They are 21st century artists, living in Harlem, New York City. Their work has an underlying international fingerprint that reflects cultural heritage, womanhood and contemporary issues.
The exhibition Up-close features 3 series of Bourcart’s work and 2 series of Mori’s revealing 5 distinctly different methods of producing art. The artists are essentially reinventing their own process and developing a new visual vocabulary with each body of work.
This November, audiences will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience rare and newly discovered masterworks by some of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, including Donatello, Tintoretto, Antonio Lombardo, and Benedetto da Rovezzano, in a special exhibition at Colnaghi New York. Featuring five exquisite sculptures— including a recently rediscovered terracotta bust by Donatello—alongside a newly attributed portrait painting by the great Venetian master Jacopo Tintoretto, the exhibition marks a rare occasion in which such a significant number of museum-quality works from the Italian Renaissance will come to the market at one time.
NYC Parks today reopens the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park with “Paul Hunter: Confinement Gardens.” Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, Paul Hunter’s series was inspired by his walks through New York City’s public parks and gardens during lockdown. As he sought refuge from these restrictions in the city’s greenspaces, he experienced the restorative power of flowers in bloom, which gave him hope despite the surrounding pandemic and political turmoil.
Morningside Lights returns for its 10th year, and invites you to come out and PLAY! Join the Event virtually, and be a part of a digitally-linked collection of home-built lanterns, connecting works of Shakespeare to our present-day experience.
On 16 November, Hauser & Wirth New York will present a newly discovered, never before exhibited, painting by Arshile Gorky. ‘Untitled (Virginia Summer)’ was uncovered in 2020 during conservation and research for Gorky’s catalogue raisonné. It was discovered directly beneath ‘The Limit,’ attached to the same, original stretcher that Gorky used when the painting first left his studio in 1947. Hidden for over 70 years, ‘Untitled (Virginia Summer)’ is as rich and as vibrant as when it was first created. ‘Beyond The Limit’ will present both paintings to the public together for the first time, along with works on paper directly related to the recently discovered composition, and a new book from Hauser & Wirth Publishers featuring illuminating essays by Parker Field, Managing Director of the Arshile Gorky Foundation, and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University. The exhibition, and accompanying publication, provide fresh insight into the development of Gorky’s practice during the last years of his life, when his abstract imagery and style reached a confident maturity.
The Big Squeeze celebrates both costume designers and makers as well as the re-opening of Broadway after being closed for so long due to COVID. Presented in the 10 Times Square lobby gallery, the exhibition features wearable art, photography, and a visual photo loop with work from a number of creative artisans from 13 different countries.
David Zwirner is pleased to present Tree of Knowledge, an exhibition of a rare set of Hilma af Klint’s groundbreaking 1913–1915 series of works on paper of the same title, on view at the gallery’s 34 East 69th Street location in New York. This recently discovered group of eight watercolors is among the few works by the artist to exist outside of the holdings of the Hilma af Klint Foundation. This will be a singular opportunity for New York audiences to experience the artist’s revelatory work, and follows the highly acclaimed 2018–2019 exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The Garment District Alliance (GDA) announced the latest in its ongoing series of public art exhibits, showcasing seven paintings titled Stu.pe.fac.tion, created by Garment District-based artist Joanne Handler.
Located inside the Kaufman Arcade building on 139 W 35th Street, the free exhibit is accessible to the public through January 7. Stu.pe.fac.tion is part of the Garment District Space for Public Art program, which showcases artists in unusual locations throughout the year and over 16 years has produced more than 200 installations, exhibits and performances.
With Holidays approaching, and gift-giving on our minds, we always look forward to the Annual Fall Auction at the Salmagundi Club in Greenwich Village. The Event will take place with a live and on-line auction on Friday, October 22nd at 7:00pm, and an online auction on Saturday, October 23rd at 11:00am, with proceeds benefiting the historic non-profit organization.
City College Center for the Arts, on the campus of City College of New York, is honoring the 60-year-history of the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Faber and Grammy® Award-winning Otis Williams and The Temptations, on Monday, November 1, with a special live, virtual event. The affair will feature a conversation with Williams, a founding and the sole surviving original member of The Temptations sharing memories about the “Evolution of The Temptations’ Music, 1961 –2021, ”while also celebrating his 80th birthday. This special virtual conversation will be simulcast at citycollegecenterforthearts.org from the Aaron Davis Hall’s renowned Marian Anderson Theatre, named after the distinguished African American singer who broke racial barriers and inspired new generations of singers of all colors. Distinguished musician, composer and entertainment entrepreneur K. Sparks will conduct the online event, which begins at 7:30pm and will feature other special guests.
NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—is back for its 30th year! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. And on select dates, start a new holiday tradition as day turns to night with NYBG GLOW.
David Zwirner will present four exhibitions, each opening on November 4th in its Chelsea locations. Ruth Asawa: All Is Possible at 537 West 20th Street; Seen in the Mirror: Things from the Cartin Collection at 537 West 20th Street; Neo Rauch: The Signpost at 533 West 19th Street; and Portia Zvavahera: Ndakaoneswa marimba at 525 West 19th Street.
Fiorucci Walls, a mural painted by Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz in 1983, is on view at City Center’s Shuman Lounge. If you don’t have tickets to a performance, the general public viewing will be October 29 and 30th, and November 5 and 6.
Stitching the Future with Clues is an experimental documentary that looks at neurodivergence as a way of knowing, through a cybernetic lens. Combining animated diagrams, video and audio feedback processes, and expanded media techniques, Stitching the Future with Cluesdraws from Holt’s article “Feedback Structures, Ways of Knowing, and Neurodivergence” (PUBLIC #59), and asks one to consider feedback systems as a medium for understanding the sensing, processing, and exchanging of information happening not just in human minds and brains, but within and between all scales of intelligent life. This film explores the post-humanist sense-making of neurodivergence: differently-attuned to temporal, psychic, and environmental embodied experience.
Allouche Gallery will open its doors to Spray Painterly, a group show curated by Stickymonger, featuring works by Gucci Ghost, Michael Reeder, Paul Insect and UFO907. The exhibition debuts on October 21st and continues until November 16th, 2021.
Spray Painterly aims to advance the notion of spray paint as a fine art medium. While some categorize spray paint with graffiti and vandalism, curator and artist Stickymonger challenges this perception and believes that spray paint is indeed a gallery medium. The featured artists are from diverse artistic backgrounds, all of whom utilize spray paint conventionally and unconventionally to express their character-based styles.
TheTin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project in collaboration with the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will present a free, outdoor public concert at the Flatiron North Plaza on 23rd Street/Broadway on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM. The event will feature more than two dozen leading performers of Tin Pan Alley music and the Great American Songbook. The rain date is Sunday, October 24.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust announces Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try, a first-of-its-kind exhibition on the 20th century artist and Holocaust survivor and the Museum’s first contemporary art show, opening to the public on October 22, 2021.
The exhibition is centered around Lurie’s earliest body of work (the paintings and drawings in his so-called “War Series”), as well as never-before-exhibited objects and ephemera from his personal archive, presenting a portrait of the artist reckoning with devastating trauma, haunting memories, and an elusive, lifelong quest for freedom. In drawing together artistic practice and historical chronicle, Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try is fertile new territory for the Museum of Jewish Heritage, offering a survivor’s searing visual testimony within a significant art historical context.
The Grey Art Gallery, New York University’s widely admired fine arts museum, is pleased to announce a major gift from Dr. James Cottrell and Mr. Joseph Lovett, longtime art patrons, social activists, and downtown Manhattan residents. The gift includes over 200 artworks from their extensive collection of downtown New York artists from the past 50 years.