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See a new collection of paintings and prints by NY-based muralist Jerkface. Includes colorful reimaginations of iconic comic and cartoon characters and giant doughnuts.
See a comprehensive retrospective of illustrator Roz Chast’s celebrated career including never-before-seen cartooning and illustration work, selections from her more than 20 books, a new hand-drawn mural, notebooks Chast kept in high school, embroideries, hooked rugs and hand-dyed pysanky, or Ukrainian-style Easter eggs. Chast’s work has appeared in numerous magazines through the years, including The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook and Mother Jones, but she is most closely associated with The New Yorker with nervous sense of humor and energetic style. Lie down in a pretend MRI of love machine.
Part art exhibition, part activation, Christmas In America showcases the award-winning work of Jesse Rieser which documents the weird, wonderful and altogether wild ways Americans celebrate Christmas. Santa available for pictures 12–4 pm on weekends. Also see a Grinch elevator and Festival of Lights installation.
Pick out favorite landmarks in “The Egg,” an architectural map of a part of Manhattan extruded within a 30-foot wide concave elliptical hemisphere. On of three immersive works on view by world renowned artist Es Devlin “Paper Stone Glass Water.” and “Dance” in response to the high-concept architecture of the new West Chelsea residences The Eleventh.
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.
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.
Explore over a dozen interactive illusions including an infinity room, head on the plater and more.
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.
Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful mural depicts Michael Jackson split into the Jackson 5-era youth and mature King Of Pop.
Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
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.
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.
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 always stunning Oculus hosts a holiday market with 20 specialty shops, live music, reflective snowmen sculptures, modern glowing trees and more decor. Walk across an icy pond in a new very cool 3D rendering on the floor.
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.
Walk through a multitude of planets made from trash in Ian Trask’s vision of a distant future in which humanity ignores the lessons of the past and leaves in its wake a multitude of planets that inevitably fall victim to the same sad fate as our current celestial home. Look for objects – discarded toys, keys, etc – in the spheres and talk about recycling and conservation.
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.
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.
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.’
Studio Cadena’s Happy, the winner of this year’s Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition is a series of softly shaped and richly colored screens draping down from an open frame to inscribe a more intimate collective space and provide an analog filter to see the city in a different, yellow light. It seeks to offer a warm embrace during the cold winter months.
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.
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.
Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol. This year’s wreaths draw inspiration from themes ranging from Edgar Allan Poe to traditional toys.
650 hanging lanterns create a canopy of ever changing rainbow lights in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Visitors send a wish to the lanterns above by touching a wishing station, transforming the installation and spurring a $1 donation from Arts Brookfield to the GRAMMY Foundation® to support its GRAMMY in the Schools® music education programs for high school students. Cool choreographed light shows occur every two hours. Brookfield Center also has an ice skating rink, a Santa to visit, and lots of food options (including French market Le District)
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.
Admire ensembles in pink, perhaps the most divisive of colors from the 18th century to the present, with examples by designers and brands such as Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Alessandro Michele of Gucci, Jeremy Scott of Moschino, and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. Explore the varied stereotypes and symbolism of pink throughout world history. Also see a fascinating diorama of pink toys and dress-up clothes for girls, dating from the 1950s to the present, including dolls, “princess” costumes, My Little Pony and other beloved objects.
Explore spaces, buildings, and environments that embody the creative energy of hip-hop expression. See the work of students, academics, and practitioners at the center of this emerging architectural revolution.
Be the hero in an interactive experience based on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with haptic technology, 3D creation, photo ops and more. Also play with robot dogs Rocky and Maddie.
Play with google-eyed orange guys in an interactive mural by Haoran Chenin a yummy food hall.
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.
Celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse’s influence on art and pop culture in an immersive experience is inspired by Mickey’s status as a ‘true original’ and his consistent impact on the arts and creativity in all its forms. Explore the 16,000 square-foot exhibition featuring both historic and contemporary work from renowned artists. Purchase timed tickets online in advance.
Step inside a music track created from your movement, your interactions, and even your heartbeat in an immersive experience.
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.
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.
Striking work from nine diverse artists challenging the assumed boundaries of public space include oversized murals, neon signs, and movable sculptures.
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..
Enter the world of DreamWorks Trolls with an all-new, immersive, interactive experience. Become honorary Trolls in the Hair We Go Salon & Barbershop, travel through Critter Creek, enjoy dancing in Poppy’s 3-D Party Room, meet & greet with DreamWorks Trolls, find a gem inside the Caterbus, mash-up favorite Dreamworks Trolls music, then start a scrapbook at the After Party.
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.).
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.
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.
An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.
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.
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