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, most of them free, all of them fabulous. Use what you saved in admission fees to treat yourself to a neighborhood snack. 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.
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Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street

Through Oct 17

See hundreds of visual slices of life from across the world. Fujifilm asked people to send in digital photos for a chance to have them printed and displayed in New York City’s glorious Grand Central Terminal. Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition is the result.

Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street

Through Oct 18

See hundreds of visual slices of life from across the world. Fujifilm asked people to send in digital photos for a chance to have them printed and displayed in New York City’s glorious Grand Central Terminal. Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition is the result.

Opal Orchard NYC

Opal Orchard NYC
156 Orchard Street

Through Oct 19

In an immersive experience, visit a ‘farm’ and speak with Farmer Paul the Orchard Expert, experience 3-D photo opportunities, make apple crafts and pick from the official Opal Apple Tree.

Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street

Through Oct 19

See hundreds of visual slices of life from across the world. Fujifilm asked people to send in digital photos for a chance to have them printed and displayed in New York City’s glorious Grand Central Terminal. Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition is the result.

BLOCKBUSTER by Harmony Korine

Gagosian UES
976 Madison Avenue at East 76th Street

Through Oct 20

Indulge your nostalgia for video rental stores with paintings of VHS tapes and their boxes painted over with expressive gestures and figures from pop culture. Using squeegees, household paint, steak knives, and masking tape in place of traditional painting tools such as brushes and canvas, Korine creates loosely sequential images that echo the leitmotifs of his films that look like a really cool patchwork quilt.

Eric Fertman + Erika Rothenberg

Susan Inglett Gallery
522 West 24th Street

Through Oct 20

Wander through squiggly anthropomorphic sculptures by Eric Fertman, a ‘tiny wooden army of the psyche.’ Also see satirical and political takes on Hallmark cards by Erika Rothenberg skewing the absurdity of life in America (warning, some text may lead to kids who can read asking uncomfortable questions).

The Art Of Dr. Seuss

Pop International Galleries
195 Bowery at Spring Street

Through Oct 20

See fascinating and never-before-seen images from the entire breadth of Dr. Seuss’s career. Select rare works will be available for acquisition.

Opal Orchard NYC

Opal Orchard NYC
156 Orchard Street

Through Oct 20

In an immersive experience, visit a ‘farm’ and speak with Farmer Paul the Orchard Expert, experience 3-D photo opportunities, make apple crafts and pick from the official Opal Apple Tree.

Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition

Grand Central Terminal
87 East 42nd Street

Through Oct 20

See hundreds of visual slices of life from across the world. Fujifilm asked people to send in digital photos for a chance to have them printed and displayed in New York City’s glorious Grand Central Terminal. Fujifilm Print Life Photo Exhibition is the result.

Daniel Arsham 3018

Galerie Perrotin
130 Orchard Street

Through Oct 21

Travel to a dystopian future where a Delorean, Ferrari and other objects have becoe eroded relics covered in Volcanic ash, pyrite crystal, selenite, and quartz.

Opal Orchard NYC

Opal Orchard NYC
156 Orchard Street

Through Oct 21

In an immersive experience, visit a ‘farm’ and speak with Farmer Paul the Orchard Expert, experience 3-D photo opportunities, make apple crafts and pick from the official Opal Apple Tree.

Trolls The Experience

Trolls The Experience
218 West 57th Street

Through Oct 22

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.

Tear of the Cloud

Riverside Park
West 72nd Street & Riverside Drive

Through Oct 31

A multi-part video and sound work inspired by the many intertwined histories of the Hudson River Valley will be projected directly onto the historic West 69th Street Transfer Bridge (Gantry), the Hudson River, and the surrounding landscape of Riverside Park. New York-based artist Tony Oursler creates a lyrically exploratory experience for audiences as they move along the waterfront, inviting multiple readings of the past and present.

The Winky Lux Experience

The Winky Lux Experience
430 West Broadway

Through Oct 31

Enter seven transportive rooms celebrating Winky Lux magical beauty moments including an infinity room and tiny yellow ball pit. Very small but fun and the staff is super friendly.

Peanuts Global Artist Collective

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

Through Oct 31

Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free map showing their locations.

Fur East Far Tokyo

Special Special
44 East 1st Street

Through Oct 31

Japanese artist, Sebastian Masuda adorns walls and cute teddy bears with layers of vividly colored fake fur, some of which are for sale along with wearable art.

Candy Nations

Garment District Plazas
Broadway between West 37th & 38th Streets

Through Oct 31

You can touch but you can’t eat Laurence Jenkell’s twenty iconic Flag Candies along Broadway between 36th and 39thStreet. Each giant bon-bon is wrapped in the flag of a different country, representing sweet unity.

 

Haunted Paper House

Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Oct 31

Find ghosts, monsters, jack o’ lanterns and Halloween spirit – all made out of paper. Across two floors, artists and guests can help create and decorate uncanny attractions from paper, cardboard, crayons and more – including a parlor of ghosts, a monster lab, paper pumpkin carving and much, much more. Also check out <a href=”https://kidonthetown.com/events/pumpkin-point-on-governors-island-2018-10-2o”>Pumpkin Point pumpkins and festivities</a> and the last weekend of <a href=”https://kidonthetown.com/events/jacob-hashimoto-on-governors-island”>Jacob Hashimoto’s paper kites</a>.

Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island

Governors Island
Governors Island

Through Oct 31

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.

Scarecrow Invasion and Futurescape Sculpture Exhibit

Lyndhurst
635 South Broadway

Through Oct 31

19th Century Gothic Revival mansion Lyndhurst’s carriage drive is lined with futuristic outdoor metal sculptures plus see scarecrows designed by 200 local students across the greenhouse lawn in a spooky army of color and creativity. At night, the reflective sculptures are dramatically lit for a supernatural, eerie quality. Also admire the changing leaves on the vast grounds overlooking the Hudson River.

Ugo Rondinone: drifting clouds

Gladstone Gallery 21st Street
530 West 21st Street

Through Nov 3

Leap through a monumental sun sculpture, a single ring of gilded bronze, cast from encircling tree branches. Gaze through window sculptures—metal casts of nineteenth-century window casings inspired by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. More works by Rondinone at the West 24th Street location.

Wonder World Pop-up

The wonderworld
76 Wooster Street

Through Nov 4

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.

Visionaire’s Viktor&Rolf Masterclass

The Gallery at Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street

Through Nov 4

See a short film and interactive installation by luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf and Visionaire. Join the Viktor&Rolf’s runway by sticking your head through life-size cutouts of avant-garde fashion.

Human’s Best Friend

Human’s Best Friend
15 Seventh Avenue at West 12th Sreet

Through Nov 12

Dogs and dog lovers travel through a series of interactive technicolor canine-centric environments. Petless people can play with adoptable dogs from local rescue organizations. 10% of profits benefit the participating rescue organizations.

New York Magic Lab

New York Magic Lab
344 West 14th Street

Through Nov 14

A variety of interactive, magic-themed installations feature giant playing cards, a magicains hat you can climb inside a rainbow lit-up dance floor and, of course, a ball pit. Powered by emerging technologies including augmented reality (AR), projection mapping and holograms. Magicians perform 12:30-2:30 on weekends.

Candytopia

Penn Plaza
145 West 32nd Street

Through Nov 15

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.

Canstruction

Brookfield Place
220 Vesey Street

Through Nov 15

Architects, engineers, and students compete to build structures made out of unopened cans of food that will be donated to City Harvest. Help out by bringing cans to the exhibition’s collection station.

Fairy Island Pop-up

Fairy Island
152 Lexington Avenue at 30th Street

Through Nov 17

Explore six magical multi-sensory installations with unicorns, fairies, a room full of rainbow confetti and other whimsical fun for kids of all ages.

The Museum of Pizza

The William Vale
55 Wythe Avenue

Through Nov 18

At the world’s first and only immersive art experience celebrating pizza, explore larger-than-life, immersive installations of multi-sensory, psychedelic pizza joy. Free pizza slice included. A portion of every ticket purchased will be donated by the Museum to provide a free meal for a family in need.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor
525 S Riverside

Through Nov 24

Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover more than 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns forming amazing sculptures, including a medieval castle, signs of the zodiac, a twirling pumpkin carousel twirl, aquatic creatures and a Statue of Liberty. Features synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. Fun for all ages. Time slots sell out quickly, so get tickets in advance. November dates are earlier in the day and less crowded.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through Nov 30

Explore and experience color at this truly interactive pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in sixteen unique rooms. Lots of bright fun for all ages including a conveyor belt of rainbow colored macarons, a high-tech room for disco dancing, ombre balloon balls and a giant blue ball pit. Stop by anytime for a free neighborhood guide for self-guided adventures around the neighborhood.

The Song of Dragon and Flowers

Doyers Street Seasonal Street
Doyers between Bowery & Pell

Through Nov 30

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.

Color Factory Circle Game

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through Nov 30

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.

“Egg” by Es Devlin

The XI Visionaries Gallery
25 West Little 12th Street

Through Dec 27

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.

Macy's Beauty on Display

Macy’s Herald Square
151 West 34th Street

Through Dec 31

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.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions
77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street

Through Dec 31

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

Hive

Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Through Dec 31

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

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.

Alec Monopoly

Eden Fine Art
470 Broome at Greene

Through Dec 31

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.

Kobra Street Art Michael Jackson Mural

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

Through Dec 31

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

MoMA Lounge

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

Through Dec 31

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 Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

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

Through Dec 31

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other 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

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

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.

Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street

Through Dec 31

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

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.’

100 Gates Project

Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island
See map for locations

Through Dec 31

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.

WTC Street Murals

7 World Trade Center
Greenwich Street between Barclay Street & Vesey Street

Through Dec 31

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.

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

Through Jan 9

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.

Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture

Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place

Through Jan 12

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.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th Street

Through Jan 31

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.

Escher: The Exhibition and Experience

Industry City
274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2

Through Feb 3

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 on Broadway: in dreams awake

Broadway Malls
Broadway malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street

Through Feb 28

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

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.

Agora

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

Through Mar 31

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

Arlene Shechet: Full Steam Ahead

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Apr 28

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..

Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation

Pier 66 Maritime
Hudson River Park at 26th Street

Through May 12

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.).

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

Seward Park
Canal and Essex

Through Jun 19

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

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.

Dubuffet Sculpture

Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street

Through Dec 31

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

Gulliver’s Gate

Gulliver’s Gate
216 West 44th Street

Through Dec 31

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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