Kid On The Town
Culture For City Kids
Public Art & Library Exhibits
Feeling a little too rowdy (or cheap) for a museum? See art you can touch, embrace, walk over and around at NYC’s many site-specific art installations or at one our amazing public libraries. Use what you saved in admission fees to treat yourself to a neighborhood snack.
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The Paper House: Who What Where When Why and How!


Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Aug 20


In this interactive art installation, all ages can engage with inquisitive works by New York artists and write, draw, and craft own questions and answers in an ever-evolving dialogue on the very walls of the house itself.



FIGMENT Mini Golf on Governor’s Island


Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Aug 24


Play mini golf (for free) on nine unique holes created by emerging and established artists. This year’s theme “NYC Has the Beat” features designs inspired by the rhythm of the city and its music scene.



Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World


New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza

Through Sep 1


A theatrical exhibition of performing arts work by Hilary Knight, the illustrator of the children’s classic Eloise, includes vibrant original artwork for posters, illustrations for Vanity Fair magazine, Knight’s most recent work — three-dimensional portraits in stage-like settings — and costume and set designs for performances and revues.



Anish Kapoor: Descension


Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street

Through Sep 10


Peer into the watery vortex of world renowned artist Anish Kapoor’s creation, a negative space alive with energy blurring the boundaries between nature, landscape, and art.



FordHub NYC


Westfield World Trade Center
185 Greenwich Street

Through Sep 30


Learn about the future of transportation with hi-tech hands on activities. Hang out on the top of the Empire State Building in a Ford Mustang via virtual reality, race in a futuristic video game, and see a giant wall covered in Matchbox cars. In the same shopping center as downtown Eataly.



Swale: Floating Food Forest


Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street

Through Sep 30


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.



Magnum New York


Magnum New York
875 Washington Street

Through Sep 30


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.



HoloCenter


Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Oct 1


Explore classic and innovative holographic art. Learn about holograms, light, 3D and more
at the HoloCenter on Governors Island.



Mad. Sq. Art: Prismatic Park by Josiah McElheny


Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Oct 8


Madison Square Park Conservancy’s thirty-fourth exhibition features three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Josiah McElheny. These minimal, almost architectural forms create new spaces within the Park for the creation of music, dance, and poetry: a curvilinear, translucent blue sound wall for experimental music; a circular, reflective green floor for vanguard dance; and a vaulted-roofed luminous red and yellow pavilion for poetry. The three structures form open, stage-like platforms—in both the physical and metaphorical sense—for the collaborating choreographers, dancers, musicians, and poets who work next to them, on them, and under them.



EARTH POTENTIAL by Katja Novitskova


City Hall Park
Broadway & Chambers Street

Through Nov 9


An exhibition of new works by artist Katja Novitskova explores the relationships among science, technology, fiction, and our image-based culture. Seven large aluminum sculptures scattered throughout the park feature online-sourced, digitally-printed images of the Earth, celestial objects, and enlarged, seemingly alien but terrestrial organisms, transforming the park into a seemingly Sci-Fi landscape.



Force of Nature


Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

Through Nov 18


Exlpore how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. Spanning the eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition features garments, textiles, and accessories illustrate how principles in the natural sciences, such as the dynamics of sexual attraction, have informed fashion design. Included are a mesmerizing “water” dress by Iris van Herpen that appears to splash away from the body and an ensemble by Rick Owens inspired by the mighty, prehistoric mastodon.



Fearless Girl Statue


Bowling Green Park
Broadway & Whitehall

Through Feb 28


A bronze statue of a defiant girl facing off with the famous Charging Bull on Wall Street was installed by assat-manager State Street Global Advisors as part of a initiative to increase the number of women on their clients’ corporate boards.



Mutations


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

Through Mar 1


This open-air group exhibition on the scenic High Line explores the relationship between man and nature, looking at how the boundaries between the natural world and culture are defined, crossed, and obliterated. We liked the circle of creatures swallowing each other, the giant griffin sculpture, and he mysterious silver witch shoes (and the paletas from the La Newyorkina stand at 17th street).