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Play cornhole, ring toss and skee ball and ride a jet ski pool floats in a retail space with a punchy poolside vibe and a pretty mural from artist Georgia Elrod in retail concept space STORYs summer installation. Also try charcoal lemonade from Dirty Lemon, Strawberries and Cream and other artisan flavors from Salty Road Taffy and free cotton candy.
See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.
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.
Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown
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.
Explore the comedic impulse in contemporary art in an exhibition, curated by Ali Subotnick and inspired by Blake Edwards’ 1968 comic film The Party. Features amusing works by Maurizio Cattelan, Catharine Czudej, Jamie Isenstein and several other artists plus Martins Creed’s interactive balloon room which is one one my kids’ favorite art installations of all time.
A 16-foot-high Art Deco sand castle by sculptor Ted Siebert is the centerpiece of the new “Surf and Sand” installation at the Channel Gardens, complete with swaying palms, tropical-hued flowers and nautical topiary.
Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.
Enter seven transportive rooms celebrating Winky Lux magical beauty moments including an infinity room and yellow ball pit.
Discover the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, from communal living and forays into expanded consciousness to tensions around race, politics, sexuality, and the environment. Items on display include Timothy Leary’s notes on acid trips, footage of the Woodstock music festival, and posters used in protest against the Vietnam War.
This kinetic installation by Adrian Yu interrogates the relationship between Eastern and Western kitsch with strobe lights, rows of yellow flags and dancing inflatable men, emblazoned with graphic variations.
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.
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.
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.).
MoMA PS1 presents Yayoi Kusama’s site-specific installation of 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres in a former train garage that dates to the time when Fort Tilden was an active US military base. The mirrored metal surfaces reflect the industrial surroundings of the now-abandoned building, drawing attention to Fort Tilden’s history as well as the devastating damage inflicted on many buildings in the area by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
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).
A remote country field at dusk is synthetically recreated to get people to think about the meaning of the authenticity of experience in a technologically advancing world.
Parts of a shipwreck and a mysterious carved figurehead, modeled on the USS Nightingale, rise up from the plaza of Times Square like the beached remains of a massive beast. A companion mixed reality app experience imagines a future in which New York is underwater, as projected by climate scientists. Boats quiver overhead in a nautical traffic jam, and oceanic life forms hover close. By American conceptual artist Mel Chin.
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.
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.
Enter a realm of fantasy at the historic studio of Andy Warhol. Wander through six exquisitely well-designed installation spaces by New York based artists.
Rainbow balloons overlook the East River in large-scale balloon artist GERONIMO’s new site-specific sculpture at Pier 17 this summer.
27 aluminum panels embedded with 9,000 crystal prisms activated by natural light dazzle in an interactive, large-scale sculpture by artists Dharmesh Patel and Autumn Ewalt designed specifically for Pier A.
A Poetry Jukebox, plays twenty poems in a constant loop, featuring works by Jane Jacobs, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac and other artists who have called the Village home.
Go inside the Color Factory, a ‘collaborative experiential exhibit designed to awaken audiences to the everyday yet brilliant presence of color.’ Lots of bright fun for all ages including a giant mint green ball pit.
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.
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.
Celebrate the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow ball pit. Plus lots of sweet treats to eat. Time slots are selling out fast.
A gorgeous 4800 square foot asphalt mural by Chen Dongfan highlighs the historical significance of Doyers Street and the history of Asian American immigration to the United States of America. Presented by NYCDOT, in partnership with the Chinatown Partnership as part of a Seasonal Streets program that temporarily transform streets into vibrant public space with movable furniture, umbrellas, and other amenities. The artist will be on-site completing the mural through July 27th and the streets are closed to vehicles.
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.
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.’
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.