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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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..

Dolby Soho Experience: Our Planet

Dolby Soho Experience
477 Broadway

Through Apr 30
FREE

Step into immersive multi-media installations inspired by Netflix’s documentary series Our Planet. Learn about the challenges our world faces and discover how we can help it thrive today and in the future.

Recess IRL Popup

Recess IRL Popup
680 Broadway

Through Apr 30
FREE

Sample different flavors of recess, a sparkling water infused with hemp extract and adaptogens, in a soothing space with serene design and a life-size zen garden.

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.

ON BOARD THE SHIPS AT SEA ARE WE

Flag Art Foundation
545 West 25th Street

Through May 18
FREE

Shrink into a surreal world including Robert Therrien’s  dining room table and chairs towering over ten feet tall.

Color Factory Circle Game

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

Through May 31
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.

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.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through May 31
$38, free/ages 2 & under

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.

DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

Diane von Furstenberg Accessories Pop-up
440 West 14th Street

Through May 31
FREE

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store.

Melissa x Fila Foam Pit

Galleria Melissa NY
500 Broadway

Through May 31
FREE

Jump into a giant foam pit of lettered cubes and create your own statement words in this shoe-store pop-up in honor of  Melissa’s collaboration with Fila. Also see a fun LED display at the store’s entrance.

 

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.

Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza

Through Jun 28
FREE

Explore new and significant sculptures across the Rockefeller campus by 14 international artists including Goshka Macuga, Ibrahim Mahama, Joan Miró, Paulo Nazareth, Sarah Sze and Hank Willis Thomas, among many others. Curated by Brett Littman (Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum) and presented with world-leading galleries including Frieze New York and Tishman Speyer. Use this map to locate each sculpture. Free family art programs every other Sunday.

Color STORY at Macy's

Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street

Through Jun 30
FREE

Play in the world’s largest Lite Brite, walk through an illuminated rainbow tunnel and explore color with MAC Cosmetics, Crayola, Levi’s and over 80 small business vendors in a rainbow David Stark designed ‘narrative driven retail concept’ within Macy’s. Try Crayola’s Create It Yourself network – a platform that inspires viewers to create with Crayola products in new ways, see their special collaboration for kids with Levi’s and shop for colorful non-toxic nail polish, super-charged soaps from Barr-co, Xoopar’s color changing speaker and cotton candy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

SHOWFIELDS

SHOWFIELDS
11 Bond Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

The self-proclaimed  “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands not typically found in stores and rotating interactive art exhibits like a fun tunnel slide and mini ball-pit bathtub.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

En Plein Air

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

Through Mar 24
FREE

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting .


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