Rendering of Raúl Cordero’s Public Art Project, The Poem. Courtesy of the artist and Times Square Arts.
Take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this new public art installation opening in Times Square. Next month, Times Square Arts will debut Raúl Cordero’s The Poem, a large-scale sculptural tower with illuminated text in its interior and cascading foliage on its exterior, reminiscent of a temple sanctuary. Guests step into the artwork and look up through 20 feet of cascading mountain laurel foliage only to see the night sky and the lines of a haiku fixed to the walls. The Poem is on view from April 8 through May 4.
Photos courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art
Concurrent with an exhibition of celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s work at David Benrimon Fine Art, Botero’s iconic “Sphinx” will be holding court in the Meatpacking District’s 14th Street Square until April 19. The exhibition and sculpture also mark the 90th birthday of Colombia’s most successful living artist. Botero’s familiar style interprets mythological and everyday subjects with exaggerated, voluptuous proportions and flat, bright colors. The latest Meatpacking addition features the iconic creature with a human head, a lion’s body and a falcon’s wings in classic zaftig Botero style; there’s no indication that it will be offering riddles.
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Jen Ray, Jason Forrest, “Find the Secret Data Message, NY Alive.” Photo credit: Data X Design.
New York City loves an opportunity to show off its smarts and find innovative ways technology, art and daily life are intertwined. Data Through Design (DxD), an exhibition happening from March 5 – 13 throughout the five boroughs, is a perfect example. DxD is a central component of the broader NYC Open Data Week, which in turn highlights the city’s Open Data Portal and the many things that can be done with access to data. Design and art events offer visitors a chance to interact with the city through life-sized art pieces. Even the city’s bushy-tailed rodents get involved in the fun.
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The Hispanic Society Museum & Library has opened a new exhibition that brings attention to the wide variety of art, literature, and history from the Iberian Peninsula and South America. Curated by art historian Dr. Madeleine Haddon, Nuestra Casa: Rediscovering the Treasures of The Hispanic Society Museum & Library features select “hidden gems” from the museum’s expansive collection of more than 750,000 pieces, including artworks by El Greco and Goya to masterpieces by lesser-known Latin American artists. The exhibition is open at the Washington Heights museum now through April 17.
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Deborah Kass (American, born 1952). OY/YO, 2015. Painted aluminum, 96 x 19 5 x 54 ½ in (243.8 x 495.3 x 138.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © 2018 Deborah Kass/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum
The bright yellow OY/YO sculpture that sits in front of The Brooklyn Museum has been partially wrapped in blue fabric to show solidarity with Ukraine. Deborah Kass, the New York artist behind the piece, joined museum staff on Wednesday to cover the letter “O” with the fabric, a nod to the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag. According to an Instagram post published by the museum, Kass’ activation “aligns with her original motivation in creating this sculpture—to connect communities and to see our commonalities.”
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Photo by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr
Bring your special someone, or come by yourself, to a special date night event hosted by the largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere. Every Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. starting February 18, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will host “Date Night at The Met,” an evening of live music, drink specials, and art.
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Screenshot of Map courtesy of HueArts NYC
HueArts NYC, a coalition of over 400 New York City arts groups founded, led, and serving Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color (POC), launched an interactive digital map and directory of the city’s POC-led arts and culture landscape. The map accompanies a report with key findings and recommendations for the city’s policymakers and arts donors to address the city’s cultural equity gap, including a call to create a $100 million fund to support POC-led arts groups.
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Top right photo: Cey Adams’ “Love” mural; Photo courtesy of Dumbo BID
Dumbo, “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” is a highly Instagrammable neighborhood that also happens to boast world-class art and cultural attractions. Once a manufacturing hub full of abandoned warehouses, Dumbo is now a vibrant area that is one of Brooklyn’s biggest draws. With newfound popularity buoyed by an influx of galleries, creative spaces, and public art, this former no man’s land has been refashioned into the height of cool.
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Pablo Delano, “Dancers at Dominican Day Parade,” Midtown, 1994-1995. Museum of the City of New York, 20211.15.15. Courtesy of Pablo Delano
A photo installation that captures the essence of New York City is opening this month. The Museum of the City of New York will open the new exhibition, “Celebrating the City: Recent Acquisitions from the Joy of Giving Something,” on February 18. The series features roughly 100 photographs selected from more than 1,000 that were recently gifted to the East Harlem museum by Joy of Giving Something, a non-profit organization devoted to photography.
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Image courtesy of Culturespaces / Eric Spiller
A permanent museum dedicated to immersive art experiences will open this summer in Lower Manhattan. Dubbed Hall des Lumières, the art center will take over the former Emigrant Industrial Saving Bank building across from City Hall and feature animated and glowing 30-foot displays of famous paintings. Developed by French museum operator Culturespaces and IMG, the center’s inaugural installation will be Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion, “a thematic journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese painter,” according to a press release.
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