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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Anti-Hero by Jerkface

Taglialatella Galleries
229 Tenth Avenue at 24th Street

Through Dec 13
FREE

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.

The Masters Series: Roz Chast

SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street

Through Dec 15
FREE

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.

Taste of Home Gingerbread Boulevard

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Dec 19
FREE

See a life-size decorated gingerbread houses and peer through the windows to watch a holiday story with gingerbread city scenes. Enter online to win dining experiences within the house. Also walk through sunny yellow screens at the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design: Happy nearby.

Christmas In America: Art Experience

Industry City
274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2

Through Dec 25
FREE

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.

“Egg” by Es Devlin

The XI Visionaries Gallery
25 West Little 12th Street

Through Dec 27
FREE

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.

Festival of Lights & Grinch Elevator

Industry City
274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2

Through Dec 31
FREE

Ride an elevator with a face of the mean one and walk through a stunning, sparkly ‘Festival of Lights’ in Courtyard 3/4. Also explore Christmas In America: Art Experience (where Santa visits weekend 12-4 pm) and visit a squishy, touchable mural FRIENDS in the tasty cafeteria.

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.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through Dec 31
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.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions
77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street

Through Dec 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.

Color Factory Circle Game

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

Through Dec 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.

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.

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.

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.

Alec Monopoly

Eden Fine Art
470 Broome at Greene

Through Dec 31
FREE

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.

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.

Oculus Winter Wonderland

The Oculus at the World Trade Center
185 Greenwich Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

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.

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.

Waste of Space

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street

Through Dec 31
FREE

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.

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.

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.

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.’

Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design: Happy

Flatiron Plaza
West 23rd Street & Broadway

Through Dec 31
FREE

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.

100 Gates Project

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

Through Dec 31
FREE

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
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.

Wreath Interpretations

Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue (at 64th Street)

Through Jan 3
FREE

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.

Luminaries

Brookfield Place
220 Vesey Street

Through Jan 6
FREE

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)

Candytopia

Penn Plaza
145 West 32nd Street

Through Jan 6
$34, $26/ages 4-12, free/ages 3 & under

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.

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

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

Through Jan 9
FREE

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
FREE

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.

FRIENDS

Industry City
274 36th Street, Courtyard 1/2

Through Jan 31
FREE

Play with google-eyed orange guys in an interactive mural by Haoran Chenin a yummy food hall.

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th Street

Through Jan 31
$39.50, $32.50/ages 12 & under, $36.50/seniors

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
$20, $15/students & seniors, $13/ages 12-17, $6/ages 5-11, free/ages 4 & under

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.

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
60 10th Avenue

Through Feb 10
$38, free/ages 3 & under

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.

Sony Lost in Music

Sony Lost in Music Pop Up
201 Mulberry Street

Through Feb 10
FREE

Step inside a music track created from your movement, your interactions, and even your heartbeat in an immersive experience.

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.

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.

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..

Trolls The Experience

Trolls The Experience
218 West 57th Street

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

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.

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.).

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.

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.

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.


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