Public Art & Pop-Ups

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STORY: Out of Office

144 10th Avenue at 19th Street

Through Aug 22

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.

Pascale Marthine Tayou's Colorful Line

Richard Taittinger Gallery
154 Ludlow Street

Through Aug 22

See colorful sculpture, paintings, installations, drawings and video by Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou exploring diversity and plurality in a large, immersive exhibit.

Erwin Wurm: Hot Dog Bus

Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street

Through Aug 26

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.

Love Wall DUMBO

Randolph Beer
82 Prospect Street

Through Aug 31

Walk by a large wall of rainbow hearts in the latest mural by street artist JGoldcrown

Magnum New York

Magnum New York
875 Washington Street

Through Aug 31

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.

The Party

Anton Kern Gallery
16 East 55th Street

Through Aug 31

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.

Surf and Sand at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza

Through Aug 31

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.


Galleria Melissa NY
500 Broadway

Through Aug 31

Enter a world of glittery stars in this magical video installation by Natalia Stuyk and SOFTlab NYC.

The Winky Lux Experience

The Winky Lux Experience
430 West Broadway

Through Aug 31

Enter seven transportive rooms celebrating Winky Lux magical beauty moments including an infinity room and yellow ball pit.

You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s

New York Public Library
42nd Street & Fifth Avenue

Through Sep 1

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.

Adrian Yu: Yellow

On Canal
357 Canal Street between Wooster & West Broadway

Through Sep 1

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.

Spirit of the City

29 Norman Avenue

Through Sep 2

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.

The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres Chocolate
350 Hudson Street

Through Sep 2

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.

Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation

Brooklyn Bridge Park
John Street & Jay Street

Through Sep 2

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

Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama

Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden & Rockaway Beach

Through Sep 3

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.

Diana Al-Hadid: Delirious Matter

Madison Square Park
Madison Avenue & 24th Street

Through Sep 3

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).

Peck Slip
South Street

Through Sep 3

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.

Mel Chin: Wake & Unmorred

Times Square
Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets

Through Sep 5

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.

Dream Machine

Dream Machine
93 North 9th Street

Through Sep 9

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.


The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive

Through Sep 16

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.

Wonder World Pop-up

The wonderworld
76 Wooster Street

Through Sep 17

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.

GERONIMO Installation at the Seaport

Pier 17
89 South Street

Through Sep 30

Rainbow balloons overlook the East River in large-scale balloon artist GERONIMO’s new site-specific sculpture at Pier 17 this summer.

Sunset, Sunrise (Revolution) at Pier A Plaza

Pier A Harbor House
22 Battery Pl

Through Sep 30

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.

Poetry Jukebox

Ruth Wittenberg Triangle
Greenwich Avenue & 7th Avenue

Through Sep 30

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.

Color Factory

Hotel Manisses
251 Spring Street

Through Sep 30

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.

Dale Chihuly, Rose Crystal Tower

Union Square
14th Street & Fourth Avenue

Through Oct 5

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.

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.


Penn Plaza
145 W 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.

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.

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.’


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Through Mar 31

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.

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.

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.

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