ongoing events

thru 1/24: we fight to build a free world: jonathan horowitz’s new exhibition, featuring works by 70+ artists including horowitz, kara walker, and andy warhol, looks at how artists have historically responded to social injustice, drawing connections between oppression, bigotry, and xenophobia in america’s past and present. the jewish museum (ues), free thru 12/31 (timed tickets required). >>

thru 1/25: open for business: the art of the storefront: ‘visit’ the storefronts of some of new york’s oldest and most iconic mom and pop shops when you peruse this new photography exhibition from photographers james and karla murray. presented by the municipal art society of new york. online, free. >>

thru 1/26: 30th annual new york jewish film festival: one of the oldest jewish film festivals worldwide, this year’s nyjff showcases more than 20 films from around the world exploring the jewish experience, including narrative, documentary, shorts, and restored classics. presented by the jewish museum and film at lincoln center. online, $12 (plus free talks). >>

thru 1/26 (thurs-sun): thank you! with flowers – an installation by celeste wilson: using purple floral imagery found on generic plastic bags, queens-based artist celeste wilson creates an immersive, wallpaper-esque installation as a response to the urban environment and consumer culture. online artist talk and virtual walkthrough 1/23 at 2pm. flux factory (lic), free. >>

thru 1/27: la mama moves! dance festival: step by step: an international cohort of choreographers and filmmakers premiere four new works created/recreated for an online platform during the 15th annual dance fest from experimental theater la mama. curated and hosted by nicky paraiso. online, $5. >>

thru 1/30: prismatica: a traveling outdoor art installation of 25 six-foot tall illuminated prisms comes to the garment district. free. >>

thru 1/30: (fri + sat 12-6pm): downtown 2021: in this new exhibition inspired by downtown 81, edo bertoglio’s 1981 film starring jean-michel basquiat, artists using painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video took inspiration from downtown as not only a geographic location, but also ‘an idea, a state of mind, and a generative space.’ la mama galleria (noho/east village), free. >>

thru 1/31: origin 1st irish theatre festival: origin theatre company’s three-week celebration of contemporary irish culture brings 20 events, including pre-recorded theatrical productions, panel discussions, and film screenings, online. various prices. >>

thru 2/3: actors, musicians, dancers, performance artists, and poets transport you to new realms during the public theater’s under the radar festival (1/6-17), national sawdust’s ferus festival (1/7-9), brooklyn’s exponential festival (1/7-1/31), and here arts center’s prototype festival (1/8-16). online, free (donations welcome). >>

thru 2/3 (weds thru sun): vale rink: try not to get too distracted by the view while skating at the now open rink on the rooftop of the william vale (williamsburg). $20 admission includes skate rental. >>

thurs thru 2/4 (thurs-sun): michael alan: 2021 an exploration: 212 arts presents a solo exhibition of new works from michael alan. created in the month leading up to the exhibition, the series seeks to explore life and mortality through the lens of dark comedy while referencing street culture as experienced by a native viewing new york’s changing landscape. 212 arts (east village), free. >>

thru 2/6: degree zero: drawing at midcentury: the museum of modern art’s newest exhibition, degree zero: drawing at midcentury, brings together 80 works on paper created between 1948 and 1961 by louise bourgeois, yayoi kusama, henri matisse, jackson pollock, alfredo volpi, and many others. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students. >>

thru 2/7: the costume institute at the met’s new exhibition: reflecting on the last 150 years of fashion, the costume institute’s latest exhibition, about time: fashion and duration, explores the cyclical nature of clothing with designs by gabrielle chanel, tom ford, helmut lang, vivienne westwood, yohji yamamoto, and many others. all of the garments are black, except for a dress at the conclusion of the show. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), admission to the exhibition is included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students; pay-what-you-wish for nys residents and ny, nj, and ct students). timed-entry tickets are required, and include same-day entry to both met locations. >>

sponsored: thru 2/9: here presents: international puppet parlor: here’s annual celebration of puppets takes the stage, digitally this time! featuring puppet artists from all over the world, this exclusive evening of puppetry is sure to delight. artists include théâtre d’illusia (france), silencio blanco (chile), plexus polaire (norway), rasputin marionettes (usa), yumiko tanaka (japan), and basil twist (uk). pay-what-you-wish $5-50. >>

thru 2/15: virtual gramercy art show: check out new paintings, photography, and more from 50+ artists at the inaugural virtual gramercy art show, sponsored by gramercy neighborhood associates, and vote for your favorite. awards in multiple categories will be announced 11/23. >>

thru 2/20 (tues-sat): gordon parks: half and the whole: this two-part exhibition of 1942-1970 photos by groundbreaking photographer, composer, writer, and film director gordon parks includes portraits of leaders in the fight for social justice, a selection of works from invisible man and segregation story, and more. jack shainman galleries (chelsea), free. >>

thru 2/28: aerialists + acrobats at city point: 30+ nyc professional circus performers, who have been out of work during the covid pandemic, showcase high-flying acts as part of a creative residency at bklyn studios. city point (downtown brooklyn), free (donations welcome). >>

thru february (tues-fri 10am-4:30pm): pay-what-you-can winter weekdays at the brooklyn botanic garden: every tuesday thru friday this winter, name your price for admission to the bbg. (reg. $18 general, $12 students/seniors) >>

thru 3/7: winter village at bryant park opens: following new york state covid-19 safety guidelines, the annual outdoor holiday holiday shopping and ice skating destination will feature fewer shops and more spacious walkways, with timed rink reservations required. the shops are currently scheduled to be open thru 1/3, the rink thru 3/7. free admission, $21-36 for skate rentals (or byo). >>

thru 3/11: winter jazzfest: the full spectrum of jazz: get in the groove when you tune in to this year’s virtual winter jazzfest, highlighting social justice, gender, and creativity across artistic disciplines with conversations and live-streaming performances. online, free. >>

sat thru 3/14: ‘monuments now’ – part ii: ‘call and response’: ‘monuments now,’ an exhibition examining the role of monuments in american society and championing underrepresented histories and marginalized peoples, continues at socrates sculpture park (lic) with the unveiling of 10 new monuments projects by the park’s 2020 artist fellows. free. >>

thru 3/20 (weds-sat): three new exhibitions at the society of illustrators (ues): society of illustrators showcases leading contemporary artists in illustrators 63, looks back at the career of illustrator david grove in david grove: a retrospective, and dips into its archives for works from the permanent collection. $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 3/27: not another second: lgbt+ seniors share their stories – art exhibition: a new interactive portrait campaign highlights the untold stories of 12 lgbt+ seniors–including a stonewall survivor, a black panther, and a former politician, among others–and the years they lost not being able to live as their authentic selves. explore large-scale portraits by photographer karsten thormaehlen, video stories, and a short documentary about their experiences as part of the lgbt+ community. the watermark at brooklyn heights, free. >>

thru march (mon-fri 7am-7pm, sat-sun 10am-6pm): new winter hours at the high line: with lower foot traffic expected during the winter months, the high line is extending open hours and allowing movement in both directions in the park. enter at gansevoort street, 23rd street, or 30th street. free admission (reservations are required for weekends). >>

thru march: ice skating at prospect park: get your skate on at prospect park’s lefrak center at lakeside, now open for the season. $7.50-11 admission, $8 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru 4/4: ice skating at the rink at brookfield place: take in waterfront views while you navigate the ice at the financial district’s outdoor rink. $15 admission, $5 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru 4/11: the shed reopening exhibition: artist and activist howardena pindell presents rope/fire/water, a multimedia solo exhibition about the brutality of racism and the healing power of art. the exhibition includes voiceover of personal anecdotes and historical data about lynching and racist attacks, accompanied with archival photos of lynchings and the 1963 children’s crusade in birmingham, alabama, along with a pair of large-scale abstract paintings. the shed (hudson yards), free with ticket reservation thru 10/31 (reg. $10). >>

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 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 5/9 (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 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 11/1: ‘reclining liberty’: harlem-based artist zaq landsberg gives lady liberty a break with his new 24-foot sculpture of a weary-looking statue of liberty in repose. morningside park at 120th street + morningside ave, free. >>

ongoing/misc.

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. >>

chelsea flea (weekends 8am-4pm): 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. >>

#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. >>

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

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

views from the pandemic exhibition: the museum of the moving image presents ‘every movie cough’ and ‘mask-o-vision,’ two playful yet provocative web experiences that explore our anxieties about contagion by recontextualizing scenes from film and television. online, free. >>

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.’ >>

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