Heading into March with unseasonably warm weather, New York City seems to be fully embracing its diversity with programming to close out Black History Month, celebration of Mardi Gras, inquiries into human rights, and exploration of the long geologic history of New York City.
Saturday, February 25th
Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting the trolley tour “Black in 19th Century Brooklyn” from 11 to 3pm and the Morris-Jumel mansion will be running a Black History Month tour. Check out 13 other ways to celebrate Black History Month in NYC.
Sunday, February 26th
PopRally is a series of events at MoMA and MoMA PS1 that serve as a gateway for young and diverse audiences to engage with the Museum. This Sunday, PopRally presents Arty Gras, a Mardi Gras–themed evening celebrating the exhibition Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction.
Monday, February 27th
Join Sid Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, for a presentation exploring Northern Manhattan Park’s exposed bedrock. View the cliff edges and road cuts that provide geologic information that informs a history that includes continental collisions, breakup of continents, violent earthquakes, extensive volcanism, the creation of Rocky Mountain high elevations, profound erosion, subsidence below the sea, and massive glaciers, all leading up to our present-day subdued milieu. Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.
Tuesday, February 28th
Look out for our guide to all the new outdoor art to discover in NYC in the month of March, publishing this Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 1st
At the Museum of the City of New York, New York native Andrew Solomon reflects on his 25 years of international reporting. From his time on the barricades in the putsch that ended the Soviet Union to his more recent work in Libya, Rwanda, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, Solomon’s extensive travels have made him even more committed to the New York he came from – a city of immigrants and travelers.
Brooklyn Historical Society presents LGBTQ Rights: The Struggles, Victories, and On-Going Fight for Equality. An expert panel, including Susan Sommer, Associate Legal Director and Director of Constitutional Litigation for Lambda Legal, James Esseks, Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & HIV Project, Cara Page, Executive Director of the Audre Lorde Project, and journalist Mark Harris, whose marriage to Tony Kushner was the first same-sex marriage to be featured in the NY Times’ “Vows” column, will discuss them past, present, and future of the fight for equality.
Thursday, March 2nd
From dusk to 10pm, the Manhattan Bridge will light up with Digital Fairytales: Album II, a new work combining visuals and sound pieces from various artists, inspired by old German tales collected by Xavier von Schönwerth in the early 19th century. Curated by Leo Kuelbs and Sandra Ratkovic, the installation will be seen projected on the bridge at dimensions of 65 feet by 40 feet.
Friday, March 3rd
The New School presents Making Home in Wounded Places: Memory, Design, and the Spatial, an international symposium exploring how the built environment can be used to mitigate human suffering. Scholars, designers, and activists will discuss more than 30 case studies, including the ad hoc construction of temporary shelters in Calais, France for people fleeing oppression, the conversion of former prisons into shopping malls in Latin America, and approaches to memorializing the past in a former Warsaw ghetto.
The International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), New York City’s first arts-advocacy festival of its kind, presented by The Institute of Prophetic Activist Art, co-sponsored and housed at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St, NYC), will take place March 3-5, 2017.