ongoing events

thru 3/4: the 28th new york african film festival: the new york african film festival returns with ‘notes from home: recurring dreams + women’s voices,’ a showcase of award-winning features and shorts from africa, europe, and north and south america. presented by film at lincoln center and african film festival. online, $12. >>

sponsored: thru 3/6: dan savage’s hump! film festival: the annual fest comes to your laptop with 23 new, sexy short films showcasing an amazing range of shapes, colors, sexualities, kinks and fetishes. $25. nsfw >>

thru 3/7: quiet us/riot us: make space for communal mourning and healing with brooklyn-based theater collective al límite, presenting ‘quiet us/riot us,’ a series of illuminated outdoor performances and processions responding to the trauma of the pandemic and the ongoing fight for racial justice with a ritual for processing collective grief. various brooklyn locations and online, $5-15 suggested donation. >>

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 3/10: love letters: signed, sealed, delivered: leave notes, wishes, and mementos of your affection at love letters, a large-scale installation in the heart of times square. winner of the 13th annual love in times square design competition, the sculpture is made of repurposed and donated plywood from building façades across nyc, and forms the shape of two interlocking hearts. times square plaza, free. >>

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. >>

thru 3/13: alone + not alone: created by school of visual art mps art therapy students in collaboration with the people they work with at their internship sites, multimedia exhibition alone + not alone aims to bring us together in ways that acknowledge and respect our differences. online, free. >>

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 3/15: concurrence: school of visual arts presents a juried exhibition of multidisciplinary works by nine current students and recent alumni. using sculpture, painting, and photography, the artists address issues of identity, overcoming obstacles, and healing. online, free. >>

thru 3/16: carving history: album cover prints by nils karsten: face the music when you peer through the windows of sva flatiron project space, where you’ll find large scale paper works made from hand-carved woodblocks based on record albums of the late 20th century, created by visual artist and school of visual arts bfa fine arts faculty member nils karsten. 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 3/25: athena film festival: the 11th annual festival, a joint partnership between barnard’s athena center for leadership and the initiative women and hollywood, includes film screenings, conversations with filmmakers and industry experts, and a series of programs that support women creatives. online, free-$12 (panels + workshops are free, films are $12 each). >>

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 3/30 (various dates): how to build a neighborhood: if these walls could talk… unlock the 200-year history of the lower east side through its architecture during a virtual walking tour presented by the tenement museum. online, $10. >>

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 4/1 (weekends 12-6pm): james hannaham: jim crow hell no: open source gallery presents james hannaham’s jim crow hell no, a faux-historical exhibition of bygone mid-20th century signage from america’s racist, sexist, and homophobic present. open source gallery (south slope), free >>

thru 4/3 (thurs-sat 11am-5pm): international print center new york’s biannual new prints exhibition: 40 artists from 9 countries debut new prints and print-based works reflecting their evolving sense of identity in relation to their environments over the past year in a new exhibition curated by black women of print. international print center new york (chelsea) + online, free. >>

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 5/2: 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 (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 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 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 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 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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