ongoing events

thru 4/17: stickymonger: still smiling: known for her spray-painted, manga-esque portraits of young girls, artist stickymonger evokes the anxiety and despair of the pandemic and the unexpected moments of joy and hope in everyday life in still smiling, a series of self-portraits illustrating the artist’s shifting moods and personal struggles throughout the past year. allouche gallery (meatpacking), free. >>

thru 4/18: new immersive light installation in williamsburg’s domino park: trigger a technicolor light show with your feet when you visit reflect, an interactive public art piece inspired by patterns found in nature, created by new media artist jen lewin. >>

thru 4/18: new public art installation: reverberation: san francisco-based artist davina semo’s large-scale work features five giant brass bells, each drilled with a variety of holes to produce different tones and pitches, which visitors are invited to ring as they pass by. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1, free. >>

thru 4/26: re-fest: find out what the future holds when you tune in to culturehub’s annual festival, which brings artists, activists, and technologists together to investigate their role in re-shaping the future. this year’s ‘re-circulation’-theme features performances, conversations, workshops, and exhibitions that explore innovative ways of exchanging art, ideas, and information on both a local and global scale. online, free-$10. >>

thru 4/30: rockefeller center flag project: following a call for submissions last month, rockefeller center unfurls a publicly-sourced art installation featuring 83 newly-designed 8-foot by 5-foot flags showcasing photographs inspired by nyc. in addition, a handful of flags have been designed by guest photographers including kwame brathwaite, renee cox, ran goldin, susan meiselas, duane michals, and more. rockefeller center (midtown), free. >>

thru april: bombora house: artist tom fruin’s large, illuminated, stained glass-like house installation is now on display at gansevoort plaza (meatpacking district). individuals can interact with the sculpture via text, prompting a programmed light reaction. free. >>

thru 5/2: goya’s graphic imagination: at a new exhibition featuring 100 works at the metropolitan museum of art (ues), peer into the mind of romantic-era spanish artist francisco goya. suggested admission for residents: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students. >>

thru 5/9 (tues-sun 10am-4:30pm): loved. at brooklyn botanic garden: reflect on lost loved ones while listening to loved., a site-specific sound installation composed by michael gordon and performed by david cossin, playing hourly in the brooklyn botanic garden’s cherry esplanade. $18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available. >>

thru 5/9 (thurs-sun): vera list + the posters of lincoln center: a famous new york institution takes front and (lincoln) center at a new poster exhibition. created to advertise the new lincoln center complex in 1962 and funded by philanthropist and arts advocate vera list, the mini-exhibition includes artwork by andy warhol, roy lichtenstein, ben shahn, robert indiana, and others. poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/9 (thurs-sun): but still, it turns: recent photography from the world: curated by photographer paul graham, this new exhibition features ‘postdocumentary’-style photos from around the world that reflect 21st century life as it is. virtual curator’s talk 2/24 at 6pm. international center of photography (les), $16 general, $12 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/11: breathing pavilion: find communion and calm at ekene ijeoma’s installation breathing pavilion, where visitors are invited to enter a circle of 20 nine-foot illuminated columns and breathe deeply as the columns slowly change color to guide the rhythm of breath. the plaza at 300 ashland (downtown brooklyn), free. >>

thru 5/15: taming the tongue in the heyday of english grammar (1711-1851): word nerds and grammar geeks can peruse an array of 18th- and 19th-century grammar books from the collection of grammarian, lexicographer, and law professor bryan a. garner (garner’s modern english usage), now on display at the grolier club (ues). also on view: magazines and the american experience: highlights from the collection of steven lomazow, m.d.. free. >>

thru 5/27: goodnight house: as margaret wise brown’s beloved children’s book goodnight moon nears its 75th anniversary, a group of 14 contemporary artists has come together to bring the story to life in an exhibition at fort makers studio (les). free (rsvp). >>

thru 5/31: the friends experience: perk up while you strike a pose on the iconic orange couch, stroll through a replica of monica and rachel’s apartment, poke ‘ugly naked guy,’ explore props, costumes, and more at an immersive two-floor tribute to the friends tv show. a separate central perk cafe will be open to the public mornings, selling coffee, pastries, and desserts. 130 e 23rd st (@ lexington ave), $45+. (note: we’re on the lookout for discount tickets to this, but we expect it to be very popular.) >>

thru 6/6: grief and grievance: art and mourning in america: originally conceived by late curator and champion of black artists okwui enwezor, this new group exhibition at new museum offers works by 37 artists who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to racist violence experienced by black communities across america. included: jean-michel basquiat, lorna simpson, hank willis thomas, kara walker, carrie mae weems, and more. new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

thru 6/24: ailey all access: alvin ailey american dance theater presents a spring series of free online programs, premiering on select nights at 7pm through june and available for a two-week period. in addition to performances, ailey virtual workshops and classes will invite people of all ages to join in the dance. free. >>

thru 6/27 (fri-sun 11am-3pm): asia society triennial part 2: we do not dream alone: the second installment of asia society’s inaugural triennial features more than 30 contemporary asian and asian diasporic artworks across the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, along with online artist talks and forums. asia society museum (ues), free (timed ticket reservation required). >>

thru 7/11: modern look: photography and the american magazine: the jewish museum’s latest exhibition traces the evolution of the modern magazine from the 1930s-60s, focusing on the influence of avant-garde photographers and designers fleeing fascism in europe, and the work of the younger artists they inspired. with over 150 works including photographs, layouts, and cover designs, the exhibition highlights the work of richard avedon, lillian bassman, robert frank, margaret bourke-white, gordon parks, and more. the jewish museum (ues), $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, free on saturdays). >>

thru 7/18: lorraine o’grady: both/and: trailblazing performance, conceptual, and feminist artist lorraine o’grady gets her first-ever retrospective, featuring a dozen major works and a new installation. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 7/31: harlem fine arts show: meander through a 3d world of wall displays and sculptures at the annual harlem fine arts show, the largest traveling african diasporic art show in the us, featuring 60 artists and galleries from around the world. online, free. >>

thru july: giant bronze gorilla sculpture comes to hudson yards: monkey around with ‘king nyani,’ a massive new sculpture created by public artists gillie and marc schattner to raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species. bella abzug park (hudson yards), free. >>

thru 8/7: alexander calder: modern from the start: from early wire and wood figures to mobiles in motion, this new exhibition at the museum of modern art examines the work of american modern artist alexander calder through the lens of his longtime collaboration with the new york institution. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/15: two new exhibitions open at poster house: julius klinger: posters for a modern age chronicles the life and work of austrian graphic artist julius klinger, whose innovative poster designs transformed commercial visual culture; freak power is a visual history of writer hunter s. thompson’s plan to become sheriff of aspen, colorado, a campaign that evolved into a fraught battle between hippies and conservatives. poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru labor day: ny pops up: starting today, you might spot some of nyc’s biggest stars taking the ‘stage’ in transit stations, museums, parks, subway platforms, fire escapes, street corners, and other surprise outdoor locales during ny pops up, a festival of 300+ live pop-up performances throughout all five boroughs. artists and performers slated to appear include matthew broderick, renée fleming, savion glover, hugh jackman, sarah jessica parker, mandy patinkin, phoebe robinson, chris rock, amy schumer, patti smith, and many more. >>

thru 9/5: kaws: what party: in the first major new york city museum retrospective of his 25-year career, take a deep dive into the offbeat, cartoonish mind of brooklyn-based artist brian donnelly, a.k.a. kaws, whose works run the gamut from graffiti drawings to towering sculptural installations to his whimsical ‘companion’ characters. more than 100 objects are on display in the exhibition, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and more. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 students/seniors (admission includes entry to kaws and all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 9/6: geometric properties: an immersive audio-visual journey through fractal dimensions: immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic world of geometric properties, a cinematic art installation exploring the intersections between mathematics, architecture, and nature. artechouse (chelsea market), $24 general, $20 students/seniors (bonus: ny and ny residents save $5). >>

thru 9/6 (closed tues-weds): niki de saint phalle: structures for life: get lost in the fantastical world of late feminist sculptor, filmmaker, painter, jewelry designer, and activist niki de saint phalle, the subject of a massive retrospective at moma ps1 (lic). filled with over 200 pieces, the show features the artist’s early work, her world-renowned ‘nanas’ (giant sculptures of women), the utopian architectural structures of her later years, and her works addressing social and political issues such as women’s rights and destigmatizing hiv/aids. free admission for nyc residents (suggested admission: $10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru 9/26 (weekends 11am-5pm): estamos bien – la trienal 20/21: el museo del barrio’s first-ever national large-scale survey of latinx contemporary art showcases the work of 40+ artists from across the u.s. and puerto rico, representing a diversity of generations, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and artistic disciplines. the exhibition addresses issues of structural racism, migration, displacement, climate change, and the effects of the global pandemic on latinx and other bipoc populations. el museo del barrio (east harlem), pay-what-you-wish (suggested: $9 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru 11/13 (saturdays 12-6pm): bronx night market is open for the season: the borough’s outdoor pop-up returns with local food and drink vendors serving up cuisines from around the world at affordable prices. fordham plaza (bronx), rsvp required. >>

thru 12/31: the roaring twenties and the swinging sixties: how did turbulent cultural changes during the ’20s and ’60s provoke major shifts in fashion? explore the parallels in women’s attire across the two decades at a virtual exhibition featuring 26 pieces and illustrations from the museum at fit’s collection. online, free. >>

thru 1/3/2021 (closed mon-weds): awaken exhibition: your path to nirvana begins at awaken: a tibetan buddhist journey toward enlightenment, an exhibition of 37 artworks from the 7th to 21st century, including sculptures, hanging scroll paintings, illuminated manuscript pages, and ritual items. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $19 general, $14 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm. >>

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your money: a hub for help during the coronavirus: the new york times‘s latest on unemployment insurance, rent relief, food assistance, mental health resources, and more. >>

free online job skills training platform for new yorkers: unemployed and underemployed new yorkers can now access 4,000 free online courses and certificate programs, with a focus on tech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. >>

shelf help from nypl: not sure what to read next? while in-person browsing is currently limited, the new york public library’s new, free ‘shelf help’ service will recommend and reserve five books for you for pickup based on your interests. >>

over 20 outdoor ‘reading rooms’ are popping up in brooklyn: sit back and relax with a book or laptop at one of brooklyn public library’s new outdoor reading rooms, offering comfy seating and wifi connectivity in 20+ locations. >>

nypl for the performing arts is lending out tech kits for your inner performing artists: take your self-tape setup to the next level with an ipad pro, mic, ring light, midi keyboard, and more, all available to borrow for free with your new york public library card. >>

chelsea flea (weekends 8am-5pm): search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage, collectibles, and a handful of food vendors at the chelsea flea market, reopening by the founders of the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg for the first time since december 2019. 29 west 25th street (bet 5th + 6th aves), free admission. >>

brooklyn flea in williamsburg and dumbo (weekends 10am-5pm): now in its 14th year, the brooklyn flea has returned to williamsburg (saturdays) and dumbo (sundays). operating at 50% capacity, the outdoor markets feature 30-40 vendors each. >>

the boatstaurants are returning: time out ny has the inside scoop on when nyc’s floating bars and restaurants are reopening for the season. >>

where to find spring blooms in central park: see spring do its thing at nine locations highlighted by the central park conservatory. >>

new map unearths new york’s oldest and rarest trees: from the 350-year-old ‘alley pond giant’ in queens to prospect park’s gnarled camperdown elm, uncover some of the city’s most unusual and historic greenery with allison c. meier’s great trees of new york map ($10.50). >>

new public art at moynihan train hall: a look at the three site-specific installations in the new midtown station. >>

new york city unveils statue of ruth bader ginsburg: see the late supreme court justice and feminist icon immortalized in bronze at brooklyn’s city point. >>

completed ruth bader ginsburg mural in the east village: you can view street artist elle’s tribute to rbg at 1st avenue + 11th street. >>

#stillhere: irl – cairns: embark on a solitary poetic journey through green-wood cemetery as you tune in to cairns, a soundwalk by singer, songwriter, and scholar gelsey bell, who encourages the listener to meditate on the land we inhabit, experience a tree-like relationship to time, and uncover the stories of a few historic trailblazers. presented by here arts center. free-$7. >>

riverside park south phase five is now open to the public: stretching from west 65th to 68th streets, the new section of riverside park includes paths, lawns, volleyball courts, a playground, and a dog run. >>

tribeca’s pier 26 opens to the public: hudson river park’s first new pier since 2010 gives new yorkers a new green space complete with waterfront views, places to lounge, and an elevated ‘tide deck.’ >>

160 fascinating secrets of new york city: from fake townhouses to underground bowling alleys to buildings so big they have their own zip code, untapped new york reveals some of the city’s most intriguing hidden gems. >>

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