Public Art & Pop-Ups

See art you can touch, climb and sometimes taste at NYC’s many site-specific art installations, pop-ups, galleries and libraries, most of them free, all of them fabulous. Use what you saved in admission fees to treat yourself to a neighborhood snack. Pop-ups are sometimes only around a few days, so sign up for our email list to catch all the fun photo-ops. And follow our instagram for our latest adventures.
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Things by Urs Fischer

511 Fifth Avenue
511 Fifth Avenue

Through Jun 23

Amid the bustle of midtown Manhattan, a life-sized aluminum rhinoceros can be glimpsed inside a building lobbu. Various man-made objects—including a copy machine, a car door, a handbag, a vacuum cleaner, a shovel, and a table—seem to float right through the creature.

Sing for Hope Pianos



Through Jun 24

Visit – and play – Sing for Hope’s brightly colored pianos throughout NYC parks and public spaces including Lincoln Center and Central Park. Fifty pianos – each a unique art piece created by a different artist or designer – host impromptu concerts by professionals and amateurs alike. See ten at once in Chase Plaza in the Financial District and download the free SFH Pianos iphone app to find one near you. Later the instruments are donated to NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs.

The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres Chocolate
350 Hudson Street

Through Jun 24

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.

#PictureofPride

Brookfield Place
220 Vesey Street

Through Jun 24

Celebrate Pride Week by snapping a photo inside the larger-than-life #PictureofPride rainbow frames on the scenic Waterfront Terrace. Every post on social media that tags @BrookfieldPLNY and #PictureofPride truggers a $1 donating to the Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Pride at Magnum New York

Magnum New York
875 Washington Street

Through Jun 24

Get a special rainbow version of customizable Magnum ice cream bars for Pride week.

ISLAND

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue

Through Jun 30

Enter a small immersive jungle installation designed by Laura O’Connor andTommy Coleman in Chelsea Market (across from yummy bakery Amy’s Bread).

F*** Your Manners

A/D/O
29 Norman Avenue

Through Jun 30

Play on colorful inflatable sculptures in Shawna X’s reflecting on her embarrassment of her parent’s eating manners.

The NFL Experience

The NFL Experience
20 Times Square

Through Jun 30

An interactive and immersive attraction brings fans closer to the National Football League and their favorite teams. Experience football from the stands to the field, from kickoff through playoffs with interactive displays, state-of-the-art 4D cinema and other multimedia effects.

Damien Hirst’s Colour Space Paintings

Gagosian
555 West 24th Street

Through Jun 30

Search for favorites among polka dots – all the same size but never the same color – on giant canvases.

Swale: Floating Food Forest

Brooklyn Army Terminal
Pier 4 at 58th Street

Through Jul 1

Explore a floating food forest built atop a barge that travels to piers in New York City, offering educational programming and welcoming visitors to harvest herbs, fruits and vegetables for free.

‘Here You Are’ by Oliver Jeffers

Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street

Through Jul 3

A stunning mural by  witty, illustrator Oliver Jeffers on the scenic Dumbo waterfront features constellations and whimsical instructions on ‘How to Find Your Way if You are Lost.’ Commissioned by boutique retailer Maisonette.

Manhattan Color Walk

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street

Through Jul 15

At Cooper Hewitt’s new (free) outdoor installation celebrating their exhibition , every color in the rainbow road corresponds to a specific moment encountered by the Color Factory creative team while walking and exploring 265 streets – from the uppermost part of Manhattan at West 220th Street down to Battery Park.

Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street

Through Jul 21

Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free map showing their locations.

Dragon Curve

LMAKbooks+design
298 Grand Street

Through Jul 27

Explore an immersive installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods by Ellen Van Dusen. The walls and floors are covered with the designer’s pattern, “Arc,” which is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.” Kids love the patterns, mirrors, and bright bold colors.

Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit

Happy-Go-Lucky
43 Wooster Street

Through Jul 28

An interactive pop-up exhibit explore happiness with eight interactive immersive theme rooms including a Palace of Enchanted Crystals, an Ocean of Sunflowers, a Pink Beach and more.

Dream Machine

Dream Machine
93 North 9th Street

Through Jul 29

Walk through 10 rooms of tactile interactive experiences inspired by dreams. Float through clouds, dream in black and white, and explore a galactic infinity room.

Grown Up Flowers

Avenue of the Americas
Avenue of the Americas from West 44th Street to 55th Street

Through Jul 31

Enormous inflatable flowers created by PLAYLAB, INC sit, lounge, float, stand tall and bend down along the Avenue of the Americas from West 44th to 55th Streets.

The Egg House

The Egg House
195 Chrystie Street

Through Jul 31

Explore an egg-themed pop-up space with six rooms of immersive installations and interactive experiences honoring the beloved breakfast staple. Some free samples and more egg treats available for purchase.

LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration

Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street

Through Aug 4

To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO® brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones by renowned LEGO® Certified Professional artist Sean Kenney plus an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational mission and a variety of children’s workshops.

Grimanesa Amorós: HEDERA

Prospect Park Bandshell
62 West Drive

Through Aug 11

Walk under around a monumental light structure by interdisciplinary New York-based Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós.
Flowing and pulsating red and white tubing reflects the form of the Bandshell and the natural beauty and grandeur of the park’s landscape. Look for your reflection in the cupola.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG)

Grand Army Plaza
Fifth Avenue at 59th Street

Through Aug 14

Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, this 23-foot-tall sculpture sculpture by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE rises grandly above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colors that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the “perfect metaphor for multilayered identities”.

Pascale Marthine Tayou's Colorful Line

Richard Taittinger Gallery
154 Ludlow Street

Through Aug 22

See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.

Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus

Brookyln Bridge Park
334 Furman Street

Through Aug 26

A modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus serves free hot dogs (with buns and condiments), hinting at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and Erwin Wurm’s Austrian homeland. The bus’ bloated form will encourage audiences to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture, while the act of eating, according to Wurm, can be considered an additive sculptural process in its own right.

The Pint Shop by Museum of Ice Cream

The Pint Shop
459 West 14th Street

Through Aug 31

Sample and shop for seven original flavors designed by the Museum of Ice Cream including Churro Churro, Cherrylicious, and Sprinkle Pool at an “interactive grocery experience,” featuring immersive installations (but sadly no actual sprinkle pool). Ice cream sold only by the pint, so come hungry or on your way home. Tasting experiences, involving an in-depth look at the components of ice cream in addition to featuring all 7 ice cream flavors, available with a reservation; more time slots for on sale on June 18.

Magnum New York

Magnum New York
875 Washington Street

Through Aug 31

Decorate your dream Magnum ice cream bar, covered in thick chocolate, & drizzled with toppings like rose petals and Himalayan sea salt and enjoy among fun designs and ice cream-inspired art.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th Street

Through Aug 31

Come face-to-face with (virtual) humpback whales and great white sharks, Humboldt squid and sea lions in an immersive experience that harnesses ground-breaking technology. Go on an underwater journey across the Pacific Ocean to interact with and encounter the ocean’s wonders and creatures.

Love Wall DUMBO

Randolph Beer
82 Prospect Street

Through Aug 31

Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown

Pariaso

Galleria Melissa NY
500 Broadway

Through Aug 31

Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.

Spirit of the City

A/D/O
29 Norman Avenue

Through Sep 2

16 revolving mirrored columns explore the emotional and physical response that people experience while navigating urban environments in a site-specific installation by United Visual Artists. A magical place for hide and seek.

Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Sep 3

Six site-specific sculptures Syrian-American Diana Al-Hadid interact with plants and fountains across the park. A haunting mix of fragmentary figuration and abstraction comments on history, globalism and the human condition (and kind of look like ghosts that are fun to hide from).

ARMORS

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive

Through Sep 16

On the lawn of the magical Cloisters, three androgynous, humanlike figures by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir seem to interact with casts from a custom 3D scan of a carefully chosen suit of armors from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower

Union Square
14th Street & Fourth Avenue

Through Oct 5

See a stunning 31-feet tall tower that looks like rose petals that is composed of Polyvitro crystals and steel, by acclaimed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly.

Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island

Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Oct 31

Walk under Jacob Hashimoto’s monumental work of thousands of delicate rice paper kites creating an ever shifting fog in the newly reopened St. Cornelius Chapel. Also see a colorful, whimsical overhead outdoor installation adapted for Governors Island’s landmark Liggett Hall Archway. Hundreds of wooden cubes and massive steel funnels create a virtual time tunnel or vortex between the Island’s Historic District and newly designed park with its colorful installation of forms.

Monday-Friday 10:30 am-5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-6 pm
Through Oct 31

Hive

Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Through Dec 31

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

Dolce & Gabbana 'Clubhouse for Millennials'

Dolce & Gabbana
155 Mercer Street

Through Dec 31

Dolce & Gabbana painted the bricks of a restored 19th-century fire station gold and pastel rainbow i honor has into of colorful NYC kids. Also find lots of leopard print, graffitied sofas, see-through stairs and other fin decor and clothes.

WTC Street Murals

7 World Trade Center
Greenwich Street between Barclay Street & Vesey Street

Through Dec 31

A group of street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place a mourning.

100 Gates Project

Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island
See map for locations

Through Dec 31

The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early and everything else is closed.

Alec Monopoly

Eden Fine Art
470 Broome at Greene

Through Dec 31

See colorful renditions of Monopoly Man, Richie Rich, and Scrooge McDuck in Graffiti Artist Alec Monopoly’s paintings and sculptures commenting on wealth and influence in America. Then try to get the ‘Duck Tales’ theme song out of your head (woo-ooo). Also find his Monopoly Man mural at a Mobil gas station on 8th Avenue & West 14th Street.

The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at West 112th Street

Through Dec 31

See charming small bronze animal sculptures created by K-12 students from NYC and tri-state area around a 40 foot-high bronze sculpture by Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Greg Wyatt that weaves together several representations of the conflict between good and evil. Also look for peacocks roaming around the lovely grands of the grand Cathedral.

Mural Outside Fluevog

Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street

Through Dec 31

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience

Industry City
274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2

Through Feb 3

See over 200 original mind-bending works by graphic artist M.C. Escher. Explore highlights of Escher’s journey as an artist – from his earlier works of nature and landscape in the 1920s and 1930s, to the figurative and abstract art developed in the late 1930s, through the 1960s when he sought to explore infinity. Also enjoy scientific experiments, play areas and educational resources for all ages including immersive photo booths constructed to emulate Escher’s hypnotic environments.

Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake

Broadway Malls
Broadway malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street

Through Feb 28

Kathy Ruttenberg’s large scale fantastical sculptures on Broadway malls between 64th to 157th Street combine human, animal, and plant forms in surprising ways. Touch, explore and search for what my daughter calls ‘trapped princesses’ in a broad mix of sculptural media including patinated bronze, glass mosaic, transparent cast resin, and carefully orchestrated LED lighting.

Agora

High Line 14th Street Passage
Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street

Through Mar 31

Nine artists share their experiences inhabiting, speaking out of, and challenging the assumed boundaries of public space, where different voices can be heard, addressing important topics such as women’s rights, mass incarceration, the environment, and immigration.


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