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, many of them free. 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. See our events this week and weekend agendas by neighborhood for more fun for all ages.
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Lex Brown: Animal Static

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street

Through Feb 23
FREE

Viewers of Lex Brown’s exhibition trigger their own participation in this cyclical landscape of language and geometry. Through an installation of motion-sensor video, large-scale drawing, and performance, Brown’s cast of characters draw us into an evolving, self-contained narrative circuit, presenting each of us with slips in reality that we’ve already begun to build into our everyday.

 

 

NYCB Art Series: Shantell Martin

Lincoln Center
65th Street & Broadway

Through Feb 24
FREE

Dance and play on black and white lines, shapes and questions written all over the stunning Lincoln Center home of New York City Ballet. British artist Shantell Martin, inspired by interviews with the dancers and observations of rehearsals, creates an installation that poses the simple question: Who Are You? Open to the public 10 am – 6 pm, or see it at the NYCB Family Saturday on Feb 23.

Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street

Through Feb 24
FREE

Watch models of the MTA’s vintage and current trains and subway cars travel depart from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole in this small yet charming display full of delightful details. This year’s exhibition showcases Lionel Metro-North, Polar Express, and vintage subway train set against a new artwork designed by New York City-based artist Ebony Bolt. Shop in the charming train/subway themed gift shop or visit the nearby Grand Central Holiday Fair.

Year of the Pig Installation

The Shops at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle

Through Feb 28
FREE

See a festive floral pig in the lobby of the shopping center, which hosts special holiday promotions, and lucky giveaways all month (plus get noodles at new branch of Momofuku Noodle Bar).

X: Times Square Valentine Heart Design Winner

Father Duffy Square in Times Square
Broadway between West 46th & West 47th Streets

Through Feb 28
FREE

Walk through a glowing 18-foot-tall “X” made of two crossed aluminum planes with round openings that combine into heart shapes when viewed from different angles. The winners of this year’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, by architecture and design firm Reddymade evokes many expressions of interpersonal and civic love, including the written symbol for a kiss, and even the mark of a vote.

Color Factory Circle Game

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

Through Feb 28
FREE

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through Feb 28
FREE

Explore and experience color at this truly interactive pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms  designed by different artists. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, colorful drumming and a giant blue ball pit. An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. More well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the strategically placed cameras with timers.

Kathy Ruttenberg on Broadway: in dreams awake

Broadway Malls
Broadway malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street

Through Feb 28
FREE

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.

Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York

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

Through Mar 30
FREE

Explore choreographer Jerome Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, his muse and home. In diaries, drawings, watercolors, paintings, story scenarios, poems—and, especially, in dance—Robbins reimagined the world around him, especially New York where he was born one-hundred years ago and where he lived his entire adult life. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to the musical West Side Story on stage (1957) and screen (1961) and the ballets N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (1958) and Glass Pieces (1983), Robbins explored the joys, struggles, grooves, routines, and aspirations of New York.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions
77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street

Through Mar 31
$19, $17/students & seniors, $13/ages 6–13, free/ages 5 & under, $53/family

Explore over a dozen interactive illusions including an infinity room, head on the plater and more.

Agora

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

Through Mar 31
FREE

Striking work from nine diverse artists challenging the assumed boundaries of public space include oversized murals, neon signs, and movable sculptures.

Dolby Soho Experience

Dolby Soho Experience
477 Broadway

Through Mar 31
FREE

At this  “experiential place where science meets art and technology meets imagination,” explore colorful digital environments, try video games, dance with a DJ and more high-tech fun.

Hygge Haus

Industry City
220 36th Street

Through Mar 31
FREE

Warm up in this Scandi-inspired heated communal tent designed by David Stark in the Indstry City courtyard with evergreen trees, wood stoves, sheepskin-covered chairs and wool blankets. Food and drink availble for purchase.

Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Apr 28
FREE

Artist Arlene Shechets site-specific installation features a series of sculptures in porcelain, wood, steel, and cast iron installed around and within the emptied circular reflecting pool in the north of Madison Square Park. Intriguing forms include the outsized remnants of a lion’s head and paw; remains of a bird’s colossal feather displayed high on a pedestal as an ominous trophy; and tree-like sculptures and branches in cast iron. Visitors are encouraged to step into the reflecting pool to linger and reflect and use the seating for conversation..

Snark Park

Snark Park
542 W 36th Street

Through Apr 30
$28, $22/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 & under

Explore immersive installations comprised of design environments by NYC design studio snarkitecture in new development Hudson Yards. Unique, playful design environments incorporate snarkitecture’s use of unconventional materials and concepts of reduction and monochrome. On-site food and beverages, as well as unique retail experiences accompanying each installation.

Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation

Pier 66 Maritime
Hudson River Park at 26th Street

Through May 12
FREE

Admire the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey, transformed by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach transformed into a contemporary “dazzle ship,” like those painted with patterns during World War I to confuse enemy submarines. On board visits and 45-60 minute boat trips availble on weekends; reserve tickets online 2-3 weeks in advance at publicartfund.org.).

Trolls The Experience

Trolls The Experience
218 West 57th Street

Through May 12
$25/weekdays, $40/weekends, free/ages 1 & under

Enter the whimsical world of DreamWorks Trolls in a 12,000-square-foot immersive adventure. Follow the rainbow path toward Poppy’s Best Day Ever Celebration, a colorful 3-D dance party and sing-along with Poppy and friends. Explore the Trolls forest and Caterbus, get a Trolls makeover (for an extra fee) and interact with Troll friends.

The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres Chocolate
350 Hudson Street

Through May 31
$15, $10/ages 4-12, $12/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under, use code CocoaWalk35071 for $5 discount

Shop for gifts, try lots of free samples and discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, Mayan cocoa demos and bon-bon making demonstrations. Kids 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.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th Street

Through May 31
$30, $24/ages 12 & under at this link

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.

Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.

Seward Park
Canal and Essex

Through Jun 19
FREE

See life-size images of a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a vintage store, and a newsstand which used the Lower East Side but are no longer in business and have disappeared from the streetscape.

Viewfinding

Riverside Park
West 72nd Street & Riverside Drive

Through Aug 31
FREE

This large-scale public sculpture and queer poetry collaboration built from reclaimed lumber and cast-acrylic panels interacts with the sun setting over the Hudson River. In Riverside Park near 67th Street.

Macy's Valentine's Day Playground & Sweet Shop

Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street

Through Dec 15
FREE

Celebrate the wonder of young love at our interactive pop-up playground in Macy’s Beauty on the lower level with a Sweetheart Swing, Wheel of Love and a Love Bird Seesaw. More fun photo-ops in the Sweet Shop on the main floor.

MoMA Lounge

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
4 West 53rd Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

The Museum of Modern Art’s recently renovated lobbies and lounge are open for all who want a rainbow fix with Sol LeWitt oversized mural and the original rainbow flag.

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
292 West 21st Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

The Peace Fountain & Children’s Sculpture Garden

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

Through Dec 31
FREE

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
FREE

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.

Kobra Street Art Michael Jackson Mural

1st Avenue & 11th Street
1st Avenue & 11th Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful mural depicts Michael Jackson split into the Jackson 5-era youth and mature King Of Pop.

Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

18th Street & Tenth Avenue
West 18th Street & Tenth Avenue

Through Dec 31
FREE

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

WTC Street Murals

World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich

Through Dec 31
FREE

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.

Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

Wonder how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

Vandal Gummy

Castle Fitzjohns Gallery
98 Orchard Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

Wonder how beloved sugary treats ended up in a prison mugshots, gripping identity placard in between gelatin paws in WhIsBe’s striking work sculptures and prints. Also take a photo with a mirror with a neon ‘Guns don’t kill people, selfies do.’

Gulliver’s Gate

Gulliver’s Gate
216 West 44th Street

Through Dec 31
$49 for 2 at this link

Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents in a technologically advanced, interactive museum of miniatures. Explore 25+ cities from 5 continents and use your complimentary key to bring scenes to life in a s. Explore the work of over 200 master craftsmen and artists from around the world including a functioning airport, naval locks and a lit-up New York City.

The Winky Lux Experience

The Winky Lux Experience
430 West Broadway

Through Dec 31
$10, can be used as a credit towards a product purchase

Enter seven transportive rooms celebrating Winky Lux magical beauty moments including an infinity room, tea party table, life-size zen gardens and a tiny yellow ball pit. Very small but fun and the staff is super friendly. Redeem your admission fee for an almost sheer Flower Balm that’s perfect for young lips.

Dubuffet Sculpture

Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

Macy's Beauty on Display

Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

Chill in a flowery bathtub, play with Juicy Couture dollar bills and play with lots of make-up at a small pretty pop-up on the on the ground level near the sunglasses department) at Macys Herald Square. Featured brands rotate every 6 weeks; currently sample Anastasia Beverly Hills, Juicy Couture, Winky Lux and Toofaced.

Hive

Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Through Dec 31
FREE

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
FREE

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.


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