ongoing events

outdoor ice skating: when it comes to ice skating, there’s snow place like nyc. lace up for ice skating sessions at these outdoor locations:
• thru the season: central park’s wollman rink. admission: $14-23 general, $5-9 seniors. $11 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru early 2022 (9am-midnight): rockefeller center. $20+ admission, $10 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 2/27: brooklyn commons. $15 admission, $5 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 3/5: the rink at the william vale hotel. $20 admission includes skate rental and locker use. >>
• thru 3/6: winter village at bryant park. free admission, $15+ skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 3/26: brookfield place. $17 admission, $5 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 3/27: manhattan west. $20 admission, $5 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 3/31: industry city. $12 admission, $10 skate rental (or byo). >>
• thru 4/3: prospect park. $8-12 admission, $9 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru mid-january 2022: lights on the cobbles: the meatpacking district gets decked out for the holidays: from giant-sized snowmen to freeform neon light arrangements to planters filled with gleaming dandelions, ‘lights on the cobbles’ fills ninth avenue + gansevoort street with 10 eye-catching light and sculpture installations by theresa rivera design, the studio that painted murals in the meatpacking district at the start of the pandemic. >>

thru 1/16/2022: rockefeller center christmas tree: the un-fir-gettable 79-foot-tall norway spruce comes to life with more than 50,000 multicolored led lights. the tree will be lit daily from 6am-midnight, for 24 hours on christmas day, and from 6am-9pm on nye. >>

thru 1/17: cinematters: ny social justice film festival: the thnird annual cinematters festival spotlights nine documentary and narrative films that tackle inequality, injustice, and social responsibility, and includes supplementary workshops, conversations, and volunteer opportunities. presented by marlene meyerson jcc manhattan. online, $5-15. >>

thru 1/17/2022: machine hallucination immersive exhibition: artechouse’s 2019 inaugural exhibition, media artist refik anadol’s immersive machine hallucination, returns thru january. artechouse (chelsea market), $24 general, $20 students/seniors (bonus: ny and ny residents save $5). >>

thru 1/19: kurt russell: it’s all in the reflexes: the metrograph (les) presents a 10-film tribute to actor kurt russell, including escape from new york, the thing, big trouble in little china, tequila sunrise, and more. $17. >>

thru 1/22/2022: glow at the new york botanical garden: let it glow, let it glow, let it glow. stroll through a mile and a half of shimmering led lights, whimsical installations, and gleaming buildings at the new york botanical garden’s annual holiday light installation. $35. >>

thru 1/22/2022: the contenders film series: the museum of modern art’s film department presents a screening series of 17 of the year’s ‘most influential and innovative’ films–some award show-bound, some likely to become cult classics, all predicted to stand the test of time. this year’s films include pablo larraín’s spencer, leos carax’s annette, denis villeneuve’s dune, maggie gyllenhaal’s the lost daughter, and more. price tba. >>

thru 1/23/2022: new york botanical garden’s 30th annual holiday train show: get on track at nybg’s haupt conservatory, where model trains whir around a display of more than 175 miniature new york landmarks made from pinecones, acorns, seeds, bark, and other natural materials. $30-32. >>

thru 1/23/2022: notorious rbg: the life and times of ruth bader ginsburg: the new-york historical society honors the late supreme court justice and icon with a special exhibition based on the popular tumblr and bestselling book of the same name. the traveling exhibition, organized by the skirball cultural center in los angeles, features archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, and more spanning rbg’s life. highlights include a robe and jabot from rbg’s supreme court wardrobe, the official portraits of rbg and sandra day o’connor, and listening stations where visitors can hear rbg’s delivery of oral arguments, majority opinions, and dissents. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $22 general, $17 seniors, $13 students, pay-as-you-wish fridays 6-8pm. >>

thru 1/23/2022: new museum triennial: ‘soft water hard stone’: named after a brazilian proverb, the new museum’s survey exhibition showcases 40 artists and collectives from around the world whose genre-spanning works reflect on humanity’s fraught history and its potential for transformation. new museum (les), $18 general, $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

thru 1/25: new york jewish film festival: get a glimpse of the global jewish experience during the 31st annual nyjff, a showcase of 33 documentary, narrative, and short films from around the world. presented by the jewish museum and film at lincoln center. online and in-person at the walter reade theatre (uws), $12-15. >>

thru 1/30/2022: surrealism beyond borders: sidestepping big-name western artists like salvador dalí and rené magritte, a new surrealist exhibition at the metropolitan museum of art instead focuses on the worldwide sweep of the movement, featuring works from eastern europe, the caribbean, asia, north africa, australia, and latin america. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), pay-what-you-wish admission for ny, nj, and ct residents ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students otherwise). >>

extended thru 1/30/2022 (10am-10pm): stranger things official store: step into the upside-down at a new stranger things pop-up shop and interactive experience, where exclusive merch, spooky sets recreating the world of hawkins, and 80s nostalgia await. 200 w 42nd street (@ 7th ave), free admission (rsvp optional). >>

thru 1/31: origin 1st irish theatre festival: origin theatre company’s 14th annual celebration of contemporary irish culture features 20 events, including live and streaming theatrical productions, variety shows, storytelling, film screenings, and more. various prices. >>

thru 1/31/2022: andy warhol: photo factory: get a never-before-seen glimpse of the man behind the campbell’s soup cans at stockholm-based photography museum fotografiska (flatiron), which is presenting over 120 images spanning warhol’s career, including many rare and never-before-seen photographs. all six categories of warhol’s film-based work are represented, including polaroids of celebrities, unique gelatin silver prints, polaroid collages, 16mm film screen tests, and stitched photographs. $26 general, $16 students/seniors. >>

thru jan 2022: david bowie 75th birthday pop-up shop: traverse the catalogue and career of the iconic rocker at ‘bowie75,’ a pop-up shop and exhibition featuring immersive audio and video screening rooms, limited edition lps and merch, and more. 150 wooster street (soho). >>

thru winter (10am-3:30pm. closed mondays except holidays.): brooklyn botanic garden’s winter hours: as the days grow shorter, so do visiting hours at brooklyn botanic garden! get in early and explore the grounds while the sun’s still out. $18 general, $12 students/seniors, free community tickets, pay-what-you-can winter weekdays (december-february). >>

thru 2/5: to save and project: the museum of modern art’s 18th annual international festival of film preservation brings 60+ newly preserved features and shorts to the big screen, hailing from 19 countries and dating from 1919 to 1993. museum of modern art (midtown west), $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students. >>

thru 2/13: ‘passage’: illuminated, outdoor art installation unveiled in the garment district: take a stroll through ‘passage,’ an illuminated, open-air tunnel designed by montreal-based artist serge maheu. located on broadway between 39th and 40th streets, the work is made up of 20 circles of light that emit different colors and sounds as visitors pass through. free. >>

thru 2/13/2022: jasper johns: mind/mirror: the whitney and the philadelphia museum of art co-present a two-city retrospective of jasper johns, the most comprehensive presentation of the american artist’s work to date. a range of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from 1954 to today will be on display, including his most iconic works and many shown for the first time. whitney museum of american art (meatpacking), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. pay-what-you-wish tickets are available for visiting fridays 7-10pm, with advance purchase required. >>

thru 2/17 (tuesdays + thursdays at 12:40pm): 2022 city skate pop-up concerts: ice theatre of new york presents a series of 10-minute ice choreography works at bryant park’s skating rink. free. >>

thru 2/20/2022: christian dior: designer of dreams: indulge your high fashion fantasies at this exhibition exploring the more than 70-year history of the house of dior. the exhibition transforms the museum’s beaux-arts court with over 200 haute couture garments, as well as photos, sketches, archival videos, accessories, vintage perfume elements, and works from the museum’s permanent collection. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 seniors/students (admission includes entry to christian dior: designer of dreams and all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 2/27: first impressions at west chelsea contemporary: west chelsea contemporary gallery’s first exhibition of the year highlights the work of five emerging and mid-career artists: king saladeen, jazz, the love child, phoebenewyork, and gary james mcqueen. free admission. >>

thru 2/27/2022: holiday express: toys and trains from the jerni collection: hop aboard this whimsical new-york historical society museum exhibition filled with vintage toy trains, models, and figurines, including a miniature ferris wheel, carousel, blimp ride, roller coaster, and more. each handmade marvel comes from the jerni collection, which includes pieces dating back to 1850. new-york historical society museum + library (uws), $22 general, $17 seniors, $13 students, pay-what-you-wish fridays 6-8pm >>

thru 2/27/2022: ‘a wonderful, awful idea’: animating dr. seuss’ how the grinch stole christmas: see how animation director chuck jones brought dr. seuss’s timeless holiday tale to technicolor life when you visit the museum of the moving image’s exhibition of sketches, animation cels, backgrounds, and more from the 1966 made-for-tv short. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 2/27/2022 (fri thru sun 11am-5pm): two new exhibitions at el museo del barrio: popular painters and other visionaries highlights 35 artists on the fringes of modernism and the mainstream in the mid-20th century, and en foco: the new york puerto rican experience, 1973-74 offers a photographic glimpse of puerto rican life in nyc through the eyes of bronx-based collective en foco. el museo del barrio (east harlem), pay-what-you-wish admission (suggested: $9 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru february 2022: governors island winter village: for the first time ever, governors island’s colonels row embraces the season with a 5,000-square-foot ice skating rink (open fridays-sundays and school holidays), sled rentals, fire pits, lawn games, warm drinks and comfort food available for purchase from a rotating selection of food trucks, and more. free island admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3). skate rink admission is free on fridays, $11 saturdays + sundays. skate rental is $8 (or byo). >>

thru 3/6/2022: bank of america winter village at bryant park opens: the annual winter wonderland returns with ice skating, food and drinks, and over 100 holiday shops. for skating: admission to the rink is free, but rentals will run you $15+ (or you can bring your own). >>

thru 3/6/2022: sanctuary: the 2021 socrates annual exhibition: 11 new artist sculptures and installations, based on the theme ‘sanctuary,’ fill the grounds of socrates sculpture park (lic). opening event saturday 3-6pm. free admission. >>

thru 3/6/2022: inspiring walt disney: the animation of french decorative arts: from cinderella to beauty and the beast, a new exhibition at the metropolitan museum of art shows how european decorative arts and design influenced walt disney’s animated films. on view thru march, the exhibition features 60 18th-century european works, 150 production artworks from the disney archives, and selected film footage. the metropolitan museum of art (ues). free with museum admission (pay-what-you-wish admission for ny, nj, and ct residents; $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students otherwise). >>

thru 3/10/2022: bronx calling: the fifth bronx museum of the arts aim biennial: 60+ emerging artists from the 2018 and 2019 cycles of the bronx museum’s aim fellowship program share works responding to issues of health, grief, the environment, identity, and everyday life in difficult times. free admission (rsvp). >>

thru 3/12/2022 (second saturday of the month at 11:30am): gowanus canal shoreline art walk: take in the street art as you rove the quirky shoreline and streets around the gowanus canal on this tour led by local artist, gowanus dredger, and tour guide rich garr. $16-19. >>

thru 3/19: illustrators 64 at the society of illustrators: the museum of illustration at the society of illustrators presents illustrators 64, an annual exhibit featuring the most outstanding works of the year by leading contemporary illustrators worldwide. the annual is broken up into two shows: part one (1/7-2/12) features work in the uncommissioned, advertising, institutional and surface/product design categories; part two (2/16-3/19) features work in the book and editorial categories. society of illustrators (ues), $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 3/19/2021: two new exhibitions at the museum of modern art: sophie taeuber-arp: living abstraction, the first major u.s. exhibition in 40 years to survey this abstract artist’s wide-ranging body of work and joseph e. yoakum: what i saw, the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over 25 years. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 seniors/students. >>

thru 3/20/2022: the slipstream: reflection, resilience, and resistance in the art of our time: brooklyn museum senior curator eugene tsai and curatorial assistant joseph shaikewitz respond to the tumultuous year 2020 with an exhibition of 60 artworks from the museum’s collection that speak to feelings of fear, grief, and isolation, as well as joy and love, with a focus on artists of color. nick cave’s truth be told, a new commission for the museum’s façade, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 3/27/2022: new exhibitions open at poster house: the push pin legacy (thru 2/6/2022), you won’t bleed me: how blaxploitation posters defined cool + delivered profits (thru 2/6/2022), what’s the score? the posters of leroy neiman (thru 3/27/2022), and peter max: cosmic advertising (thru 3/27/2022). poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors, free admission to all on fridays. >>

thru 4/2/2022: puppets of new york: puppets take manhattan! with more than 100 puppets spanning new york city history, the museum of the city of new york’s new exhibition offers a glimpse at how puppetry has impacted the city, and how new york, in turn, has influenced the art form at large. the stars of the exhibition come from theater, television, and street performance, including lamb chop, sesame street, avenue q, the lion king, the lunar new year and thanksgiving day parades, and more. museum of the city of new york (harlem), suggested admission: $20 general, $14 students/seniors. >>

thru 4/4/2022: gillian wearing: wearing masks: the first north american retrospective of british conceptual artist gillian wearing traces her three-decade exploration of identity and the literal and figurative masks we wear with 100+ photographs, videos, sculptures, and paintings. the exhibition coincides with a new sculptural tribute to photographer diane arbus in central park’s doris c. freedman plaza. guggenheim museum (ues), $25 general, $18 seniors/students, pay-what-you-wish select saturdays 4-6pm, free 11/6 + 12/4. >>

thru 4/16: sherlock holmes in 221 objects: elementary, my dear bibliophile: investigate the world of sherlock holmes creator sir arthur conan doyle at this exhibition of his original manuscripts, artwork, letters, notebooks, and more dating back to the late 19th century, all from the collection of glen a. miranker. also on view: the daniel press: pioneer of the english private press movement. the grolier club (ues), free (rsvp). >>

thru 4/17/2022: claudia wieser’s rehearsal at brooklyn bridge park: visit berlin-based artist claudia wieser’s first-ever public art installation, a cluster of five large-scale geometric sculptures clad in hand-painted tiles, mirrors, and photos of greco-roman antiquities. plymouth street entrance at brooklyn bridge park, free. >>

thru 4/18/2022: greater new york at moma ps1: the fifth edition of moma’s annual nyc-based artist exhibition, presented after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, explores how artists translate experiences of belonging and isolation into their work. moma ps 1 (lic), free for all nyc residents (suggested admission: $10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru april 2022: ‘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. >>

thru 5/8/2022: (closed mondays + tuesdays): head to toe accessories exhibit: from 17th century fans to christian dior pumps to designer cell phone cases, peruse more than 200 years’ worth of women’s accessories at a new exhibition at fit (chelsea), which explores what each piece conveys about gender, race, class, power, modernity, and more. free admission. >>

thru 5/15/2022: deepfake: unstable evidence on screen: you’ll have to see it to (dis)believe it: a new exhibition at museum of the moving image (astoria) illuminates the instability of onscreen reality with deepfakes, videos created through machine learning that deliberately distort actual events. the eerie show centers on francesca panetta and halsey burgund’s in event of moon disaster, a video that uses deepfake technology to present an alternate history of the apollo 11 mission. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors. >>

thru 5/16/2022: carousel openings: horse around at historic jane’s carousel in dumbo and the prospect park carousel. $2-2.50.

thru may 2022: rubem robierb: dream machine ii + peace makers: taglialatella galleries ny unveils two sculpture installations at randall’s island by rubem robierb. responding to the increased call for social justice and activism around the world, the brazilian-american artist created a 13-foot sculpture of wings and two 10-foot black and white doves. randall’s island, free. >>

thru spring 2022: broadway blooms: jon isherwood on broadway: everything’s coming up roses on broadway, where jon isherwood’s series of eight marble floral sculptures is finally ‘blossoming’ after being delayed by the pandemic. broadway from 64th to 157th streets. >>

thru 6/19/2022: andy warhol: revelation: a new exhibition at the brooklyn museum explores how andy warhol’s catholic upbringing permeated his artistic work, with over 100 pieces that incorporate religious symbolism. included are some of warhol’s iconic celebrity portraits, reimagined renaissance imagery, films, and more. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 seniors/students (admission includes entry to all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 8/14/2022: temporary statue of legendary photographer diane arbus goes up in central park: gillian wearing’s life-sized likeness of the iconic lady behind the lens will stand in doris c. freedman plaza (near 60th street + fifth avenue) thru august. >>

thru august 2022: high line art: untitled (drone) by sam durant: the high line unveils its latest plinth commission, a fiberglass rendering of a military-style predator drone. sitting atop a 25-foot pole and with a 48-foot wingspan, the sculpture is the same size as the real thing, a pointed reminder of the drone warfare that the u.s. carries out in distant countries. the high line at 30th street and 10th ave, free. >>

thru 9/5/2022: in america: a lexicon of fashion: the costume institute’s two-part exhibition patches together a history of modern american fashion from the 1940s to the present, with 100 men’s and women’s ensembles organized by defining emotional qualities, from nostalgia to consciousness. the range of designers on display includes household names–isaac mizrahi, calvin klein, donna karan, and others–along with up-and-comers like vaquera and olivia cheng. 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. >>

thru 11/13/2022: 16-foot-tall steel flyboy statue unveiled at the battery: the great debate, a giant steel and fiberglass sculpture of a ‘flyboy,’ is part of artist hebru brantley’s series inspired by the tuskegee airmen, the first african-american military aviator pilots who fought in wwii. the cross-armed figure stands tall and proud at state street and battery place. >>

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