PsychoBarn, the house from the movie Psycho is recreated on the rooftop of the Met Museum
May is the month to get back out into New York City’s parks (if you haven’t done so already), with a plethora of exciting art installations from Brooklyn Bridge Park to the High Line to Harlem. There will be pieces to see in plazas and public spaces from The Battery to 59th Street; from the roof garden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. Also don’t miss some of this past year’s best outdoor installations which will be coming down in May and June.
Here are 16 art installations not to miss this upcoming month!
The current Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The fourth annual, site-specific, roof garden installation, commissioned for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is now on view, and it’s the creepy haunted house from the movie Psycho. This summer’s roof garden commission is titled Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker. (more…)
Artist, Amanda Parer with her installation, Intrude. Image courtesy of ArtsBrookfield
Listed as one of our 18 Art Installations in NYC Not To Miss In April, we have been patiently awaiting the arrival of the super-sized bunnies that will make up Intrude, the new installation at Brookfield Place. So it was without hesitation that we accepted an invitation to join ArtsBrookfield and the artist, Amanda Parer in a test inflation. We gathered on the North Cove Marina side of Brookfield Place, along with the Vice President and Artistic Director of ArtsBrookfield, Debra Simon – and a fare amount of wind. At the appointed hour, the air-pumps were turned on. (more…)
In her own hand, the title of her book “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast
Hey, New Yorkers, are we really defined by our obsessions, anxieties, quirks and values? Not to worry. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, which opened today at The Museum of the City of New York, explores the lighter side of our offbeat sensibilities. With more than 200 works, some of which have never been published, Roz chronicles the follies of contemporary urban life in our city. Her illustrations and captions, written in her own hand, are a personal examination of what it means to be a New Yorker, and what makes stressed-out city dwellers eccentric, awkward and even uncomfortable. Roz explained that her cartoons tell the story of things that have happened in her life, but if you live in New York, you are sure to recognize yourself somewhere in this exhibit. (more…)
Aerial shot of Van Gogh’s Ear, below Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens
A walk down Fifth Avenue usually brings with it the expectation of high-end shops, windows with elaborate seasonal changes that capture our imagination, and many, many tourists. The artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset (famous for the fake Prada store outside of Marfa, Texas) play into our fantasy, creating a site-specific installation that turns Fifth Avenue on its ear – literally. The installation, Van Gogh’s Ear has appeared today on Fifth Avenue at the entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center between 49th and 50th Streets. This large-scale, new work, stands singularly, as if for sale, but without the window.
This morning, we had the opportunity to interview the artists and take in the work from above and at street level.
Downtown Manhattan is not only filled with history, but it is also filled with numerous permanent art installations – many of which are part of the history we so lovingly preserve. Beginning at Bowling Green in The Battery, view artifacts of the oldest man-made structure still in place in Manhattan, look down into a cistern from the 18th-century, and view remnants of a tavern from the 1800s. Ponder artists’ portrayals symbolizing hope, optimism and whimsy. Many survived the attacks of September 11, proudly showing their dents and holes.