Yayoi Kusama, 2020 Photo by Yusuke Miyazaki © YAYOI KUSAA Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, David Zwirner
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s popular polka-dot pumpkins and grand floral sculptures have taken over the New York Botanical Garden this month as part of a new six-month installation. This summer, an exhibition featuring new paintings by the celebrated artist will open in Chelsea, providing New Yorkers another opportunity to enjoy Kusama’s iconic work. Starting June 17, David Zwirner will display the latest art from her ongoing My Eternal Soul series, which first began in 2009.
Installation view, The Roof Garden Commission, Alex Da Corte “As Long as the Sun Lasts,” 2021. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, photo by Anna Marie Kellen
A 26-foot-tall moving sculpture featuring the Sesame Street character Big Bird has been installed atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the museum’s annual Roof Garden Commission series. Created by Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts exhibition includes a blue-feathered Big Bird sitting on a floating crescent moon and holding a ladder, gazing out at Central Park and the massive towers that dot the skyline. The exhibition will open at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden on April 16 and be on view through October 31.
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“The GREEN” designed by Mimi Lien; rendering by Timothy Leung.
As part of the Restart Stages initiative that’s transforming its 16-acre campus into 10 new outdoor performance venues, Lincoln Center has announced a public installation called “The GREEN.” Commissioned by celebrated set designer and MacArthur Genius grantee Mimi Lien, the installation will transform Lincoln Center’s iconic Josie Robertson Plaza into an expansive green space open to all New Yorkers. When it opens on May 10, the lawn will offer books for borrowing from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a snack bar, and pop-up performances throughout the summer and fall.
While visiting the major, most popular attractions of New York City can be fun, it can also be stressful, overwhelming and full of selfie-taking tourists. However, the great thing about the Big Apple is that plenty of other attractions exist that are far less known or even hidden in plain sight. To go beyond the tourist-filled sites and tour the city like you’re seeing it for the very first time, check out 6sqft’s list ahead of the 20 best underground, secret spots in New York City.
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Dancing Pumpkin, Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts and David Zwirner
This Saturday, April 10, the New York Botanical Garden’s hotly-anticipated exhibit KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature will open to the public and remain on view through October 31, 2021. The blockbuster show dedicated to legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was originally planned to open in May 2020, but of course, was postponed due to the pandemic. Among the works on view are Kusama’s famous polka-dot pumpkins, her larger-than-life flowers, and the famous Narcissus Garden, composed of 1,400 stainless steel spheres floating on water.
Photos courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office on Flickr
A memorial honoring the thousands of victims of Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico in 2017, opened in Battery Park City last week. Designed by Puerto Rico-based architect Segundo Cardona and artist Antonio Martorell, the memorial, “My Cry Into the World,” features an ascending glass spiral that evokes both a hurricane and a shell, symbolizing protection for “living organisms against a hostile environment.” The memorial is located at the overlook near Chambers Street.
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All photos by Joe Kramm, courtesy of Fort Makers
Local design studio and artist collective Fort Makers has put together a new, immersive exhibition called “Goodnight House.” Inspired by the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon“–written by Brooklyn-born author Margaret Wise Brown–the show not only brings you into the book’s pages, but it features new artwork and designed objects that are reimaginations of various objects found within the book’s bedroom setting.
“Arrivals + Departures” by YARA + DAVINA. Photo © Sam Polcer
Outside the main entrance to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, there’s a new public art installation that “offers a meditation on birth, life, and death through the simple, yet powerful act of naming.” Created by UK-based social practice artists YARA+DAVINA, the memorial called “Arrivals + Departures” takes the shape of a traditional train station arrivals and departures board, listing the names of those who have been born (“arrived”) or passed (“departed”).
The Delacorte Theater. Photo credit: Joseph Moran
Bringing some much-needed sunshine on this dreary March day, the Public Theater on Tuesday announced plans to bring back its free Shakespeare in the Park program this summer. As first reported by the New York Times, the Theater is preparing to present just one production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for an eight-week run beginning in July. The news comes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month announced live performances and events could resume in New York as early as April 2.
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Rendering courtesy of Gillie and Marc
A statue of late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was unveiled in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday. Created by artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, the six-foot bronze statue is located inside the Flatbush Avenue entrance of the mixed-use development City Point. Visitors can “Stand with Ruth” and take photos with the statue, but a timed reservation is required to maintain social distancing, according to City Point.
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