OPENINGS

There's always something new to see in NYC. Here's the best of new and coming soon family fun.

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Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Did you know Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was once colorful? Learn the colorful backstory of polychromy (“many colors” in Greek) in an exhibit highlighting cutting-edge scientific methods used to identify ancient color and examining how color helped convey meaning in antiquity.⁣⁣
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Presented alongside original Greek and Roman works representing similar subjects are reconstructions of ancient sculptures in color, as well as a new reconstruction of The Met’s Archaic-period Sphinx finial. The reconstructions are the result of a wide array of analytical techniques, including 3D imaging and rigorous art historical research. ⁣⁣
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Explore more (and bring a sphinx sculpture into your space) with a Chroma AR experience.

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Fifth Avenue at 59th Street

Artist Bharti Kher connects New Delhi and New York City with this nearly eighteen-foot-tall bronze universal mother figure, an enlargement of a miniature assembled by recomposing broken clay figurines. This colossal sculpture reflects Kher’s cross-cultural identity and her appreciation for India’s rich material culture. Every meaning-laden detail and distressed surface of the original hand-crafted object has been meticulously magnified to reflect the journey of this matriarch’s creation.

Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street

Explore NYC’s raucous restaurant scene; its ubiquitous street food; the current activist efforts to source food locally; the world’s largest food market in Hunts Point; and the artists, thinkers, and designers who are imagining new sustainable ways to relate to food.

Anchored around issues of sustainability, labor justice, and equitable access to food, the show will explore the ways in which artists and designers are developing solutions to these global and local challenges.

Save 50%+ on admission at this link. See our complete guide to the Museum of the City of New York.

Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

49 Chambers St

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese painter Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Be immersed in his iconic works, projected on marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of a historic former bank using unique, cutting-edge mapping technology, synchronized to an original soundtrack.

The first exhibit of a new permanent digital art center. Only two rooms, but also includes shorter, complementary digital experiences: Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the Wake of the Vienna Secession featuring a successor of Klimt, 5 Movements following five dancers across five musical movements and Recoding Entropia, an immersive film experience reflecting on the vastness of the mind’s possibilities.

The experience lasts about one hour; guests can stay as long as they like.

🖼 Find IRL Klimt portraits at MoMA and the Met. More at the Neue Gallerie, but they allow age 12+ in its galleries.

🌳 Run around non-digital trees and find giant comb sculptures at nearby City Hall Park.

🍽 Keep the Austrian vibe going with schnitzel & strudel at nearby Schilling Restaurant & Bar.

📚 Get a pets-eye view of the artist in Klimt and His Cat, featuring dazzling mixed-media illustrations in the artist’s unique style.

Sunday-Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces

235 Bowery

See evocative sculptures characterized by the use of salvaged materials and deeply researched interdisciplinary histories, along with paintings, sculptures, videos, performances, and archival collections that together memorialize both heroic figures and more humble, everyday icons. Explore radical thinkers, archival collections, and personal histories.

Theaster Gates’s work in the areas of sculpture, social practice, collaborative performance, and archiving has made him one of the most compelling artists active today The elegiac formalism of Gates’s large-scale tar paintings, experimental clay vessels, and immersive architectural installations can be linked to both personal and collective narratives of labor and spirituality

See our guide to the New Museum.

Nick Cave: Forothermore

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street

Explore the career of Nick Cave, internationally celebrated for his elaborate installations and textile works, including his iconic Soundsuits, which blend sculpture, costume design, and instrument-making. See sculpture, installation, video, and rarely seen early works. The title is a neologism, a new word that reflects the artist’s lifelong commitment to creating space for those who feel marginalized by dominant society and culture—especially working-class communities and queer people of color. The show will both highlight the development of Cave’s singular art practice and interrogate the promises, fulfilled or broken, that the late 20th and early 21st centuries offered to the “other.”

Thematic sections are titled “What It Was,” “What It Is,” and “What It Shall Be”, inspired by an old African American greeting. “What It Was” explores early works that honor the artist’s creative and social foundations within his family and beyond. Living and working in Chicago, Cave often cites the psychedelic pageantry of George Clinton’s collective Parliament-Funkadelic and the flamboyant excess of Chicago house music as formative influences on his artistic development. “What It Is” will include Cave’s work that addresses oppression, loss, mourning, and remembrance, but also joy and collective celebration. Finally, “What It Shall Be” will gather Cave’s recent incarnation of Soundsuits and monumentally scaled Tondo works, which exemplify his survival strategies amid injustice.

Titanic. The Exhibition

526 6th Ave at W 14th St

A selection of personal artifacts never before seen in America that tell touching stories of the doomed ship’s passengers and crew. Embark on a narrative experience describing the events aboard the famous ship on that fateful day in 1912. Unravel the true story of the ship through old photographs, personal belongings and other relics from the passengers. Witness a recreation of the ship’s interior—from a first-class suite to a humble third-class cabin.

An audio guide in multiple languages narrate the stories of the passengers with testimonies from survivors, music and sound effects.

Tuesday–Thursday 10 am – 7 pm
Friday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 7 pm

Aurora by Ithaca Studios

Fulton & Front Streets

Over 4,000 individually-controlled overhead lights create spectacular effects inspired by the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis, including swirling colors and shooting stars, all synchronized to music. Take a spin under the lights on the free admission Ice Rink.

Each month the theme of Aurora will change with different lighting concepts and soundtracks.

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio

4 West 53rd Street

Experience being on a movie set and see first-hand how an international team of designers, craftspeople, and animation artists in Portland, Oregon, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Altrincham, England worked collaboratively to realize Guillermo del Toro’s first stop-motion animated feature.

See fascinating production art and props from various phases of puppet-making along classic and contemporary editions and interpretations of Pinocchio from around the world. Working film sets from Del Toro’s movie, motion tests, and time-lapse video installations document the complex stop-motion process. The exhibition concludes with an immersive installation that brings together newly commissioned video and posters from Del Toro’s filmography, including works such as The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water, and Nightmare Alley.

See our guide to MoMA.

Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair

2 East 91st Street

See  innovative data visualizations that W. E. B. Du Bois created for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair alongside decorative arts from Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. For the Exhibit of American Negroes, Du Bois and his Atlanta University students made 63 hand-drawn diagrams that used shape, line, and color to showcase the success Black Americans had achieved despite facing pervasive racism in the United States and the global community.

These colorful, groundbreaking data visualizations,  rarely seen outside Library of Congress, comment on the and imperial fantasies of the manufacturers and decorative arts also on display at the fair and in the exihibi

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum

898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th Street

Explore a range of accessible and thought-provoking art, from historically significant to important contemporary works at this community-driven children’s museum inspired by the rich cultural history of Sugar Hill and the artists of the Harlem Renaissance. See a selection of sculptures From Melvin Van Peebles’ “Blue Room” and thought-provoking juxtaposition of artistic works by contemporary artists in Combinations.

Join interactive Story Hour with special guest artists Saturdays at 11 am & 1 pm. Look for special programs that allow kids engage with working artists and to explore and experiment in well-equipped art-making facilities.

Thursday 5:30 pm – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3 pm

Pulse Portal

220 Vesey Street

Explore Davis McCarty’s iridescent installation, Pulse Portal, on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. Walk around the gemstones or through the dichromatic archway and view the rainbow palette of colored shadows that move throughout the day powered by sunlight.

Pulse Portal is built from NASA developed materials where colors transform as the angle of the viewer transits through space. The vibrant colors represent the diversity of humankind and celebrate the individual spark living inside in each of us.

Some Bunny To Love: Year of the Rabbit, 2023

100 Hester St at Eldrige

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this new mural by BKFoxx and Claudio Picasso in Chinatown.

Chiharu Shiota: Signs of Life

293 Tenth Avenue at 27th St

Go inside a spectacular site-specific installation and explore a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. Skillfully woven knotted white and red threads create fantastical scenes combining salvaged window frames, a piano, suitcases, books and used clothes. Look for evocative everyday objects – old suitcases, stained dolls, miniature furniture and small bottles- enclosed as if frozen by interlacing threads.

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP: Finding Home in Chinatown

452 Broadway at Grand St

Using only cardboard and glue, Chinese American artist Warren King captures in exquisite beauty and detail everyday moments in nearby Chinatown. Distinctive life-sized sculptures, as well as smaller scale and wall-hanging pieces, depict local residents: women engaged in lively conversation, a hardworking fish vendor, players and spectators of an intense game of Chinese chess, and more.

Dan Flavin: Kornblee Gallery 1967

See re-creations of two groundbreaking exhibitions of light and color that Dan Flavin mounted in 1967 at New York’s Kornblee Gallery, then located at the nearby and architecturally similar 58 East 79th Street.

In one gallery, a series of six vertically oriented works in cool white light, each varying slightly from one another, punctuate the space, making a subtle incursion into the existing architecture; whereas in the opposite gallery a work composed of six diagonals dramatically washes the space in green light.