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Reporting: New York Art

New York - the best city in the world. It draws people from all over the world to feel the magnetic energy it has to offer. Rejuvenation of the city comes with the opportunity to experience art again IRL and we are here for it. We’ve listed out the best shows and exhibitions to see whether you are in the city for a few days or are lucky enough to live there. 

Public Art & Spaces

  • Ghost Forest by Maya Lin @ Madison Square Park 
    • This installation by Maya Lin raises awareness about the effects of climate change, especially in regard to dying forests with 49 dead cedar trees in the middle of Manhattan. 
  • The Little Island @ Pier 55 Hudson River Park 
    • Little Island is a new public space developed by Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust. The 2.4-acre public park is a solution to repair and reactivate Pier 54 which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. This park is an immersive experience between nature and art. 
  • The GREEN by Mimi Lien @ Lincoln Center in the Josie Robertson Plaza
    • Open to the public daily through September, this new interactive public art installation by award-winning set designer Mimi Lien (@mi2lien) welcomes New Yorkers to our campus with a green space featuring a snack bar with rotating food vendors, books from @nypl_lpa, and surprise pop-up performances! All part of #RestartStages and the wider reopening of the arts in NYC. Made with recyclable, biobased "SYNLawn" turf that resembles real grass.  
  • Doors for Doris by Sam Moyer @ Central Park 
    • On view until September 12th at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, this sculpture examines how our culture values and utilizes materials. Learn more here


  • Vogue, The Arab Issue by Hassan Hajjaj, Fotografsika  
    • Running through November 7th, 2021
      • The idea for this series came to Hajjaj back in the 1990’s when he was assisting his stylist friend on a fashion shoot in Morocco. The show brings together five of the artist’s series of vibrant portraits. Through his use of bold color and dynamic patterns in the frames, Hajjaj questions the cultural stereotypes that stem from Orientalism by using both luxury and commercial brands to adorn his subjects. 
  • KAWS: What Party, Brooklyn Museum
    • Running through September 5, 2021
      • For more than twenty-five years the Brooklyn-based artist has been blurring the lines between cultural production and consumption by both criticizing and participating in it. This survey of works then also becomes a survey of consumer culture with the inclusion of one hundred works that span his career. 
  • Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête, The Drawing Center
    • Jun 11–Sep 19, 2021
      • For the past five decades the artist has been using her practice to explore the taboos and challenges that stem from the representations of female sexuality. This will be the artist’s most comprehensive solo museum show to date displaying a wide-range of her work including: work on paper, canvas, caftans, mannequins, sculptures, and notebooks. 
  • Estamos Bien: La Trienal, El Museo del Barrio
    • March 13 - September 26, 2021
      • The museum’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Chelsea Galleries 

  • Gagosian (555 W 24th St)
    • Group Show, Social Works, through August 13th
  • Marianne Boesky (507 W 24th St)
    • Group Show, A Thought Sublime, through August 6th

Galleries Upper East Side

  • Anton Kern (16 E 55th St)
    • Group Show, Tales of Manhattan, through August 20th
    • Meredith Rosen Gallery (11 E 80th St)
      • Group Show, Toes, Knees, Shoulders, Heads + Butts & Guts, through August 15th

Galleries Downtown (LES and Soho)

  • Perrotin (130 Orchard St)
    • Jean-Michel Othoniel, Wild Rosebuds, through August 13th
    • Trevon Latin, Trinket Eater, through August 13th
  • The Hole (312 Bowery)
    • Robert Moreland, The Concept of Calm, through August 8th

Governors Island

  • Group Show, NADA House through August 21st

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