Public Art, Gallery & Library Exhibits

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.


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On Love

Brookfield Place
220 Vesey Street

Through Apr 29

Watch as artists from Iran, Japan, India and the United States create large-scale calligraphic paintings on the windows of the Winter Garden around the poetic theme of love using words, letters, shapes and symbols from their respective languages and alphabets. Also enjoy daily performances and workshops.

The Projective Drawing

Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd Street

Through May 13

Surprising drawings challenge the understanding of how the medium of drawing operates in contemporary culture by highlighting both Austrian and international artists whose drawings require viewers to activate a matrix of complex and nontraditional ideas in order to interpret the works on view.

David Bowie Subway Takeover

Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Through May 13

Images and quotes of former SoHo resident David Bowie have taken over the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in an extension of Brooklyn Museum exhibition David Bowie is. Subway-wall-sized images of Bowie-inspired art, from fan-made to pieces currently on display at the museum exhibition are paired with something Bowie has said that speaks to his affection for the city and its impact on his work. Also check out the rainbow lights of Hive.

The Last Three

Astor Place
1 Astor Place

Through May 31

This 17 foot tall rhino sculpture in the world honors the only 3 northern white rhinos left on earth and raises awareness about rhino conservation. Also visit the nearby iconic spinning cube Alamo sculpture.

Dream Machine

Dream Machine
93 North 9th Street

Through May 31

Walk through 10 rooms inspired by sleep for an tactile interactive experience inspired by dreams. Float through clouds, dream in black and white, and explore a galactic infinity room.

Visionaire’s AMAZE

The Gallery at Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street

Through Jun 10

Enter a surreal maze designed by Rafael de Cárdenas with a vocal-only sound score by Sahra Motalebi. Wander through black and white op art, a hall of mirrors and absurd sonic landscapes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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