The much-anticipated Diane Arbus: In the Beginning opens today at Met Breuer. Previously, viewers have explored the works of this celebrated photographer after 1962, which she took using her iconic Rolleiflex camera. This exhibit explores the first seven years of her artistic career, 1956 to 1962, when she used a 35mm camera, and more than two-thirds of the photos in this exhibit have never been seen before.
The Bastille Day Celebration, or La Fete Nationale, is a time-honored tradition in New York City that has grown to become a week-long celebration. It marks the anniversary of the French storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the celebrations continue to this day, across the pond. From street fairs to chocolatiers, here are thirteen ways you can celebrate Bastille Day in New York City all throughout this week. Vive La France!
On a peninsula in Queens, New York, Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse painted an abandoned military building as part of an ongoing public art festival. Photo by Andi Wang/PBS NewsHour
The Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse, who previously transformed the Amtrak corridor in Philadelphia, has given a splash of color, using her unique spray painting technique, to MoMA PS1’s art installation, Rockaway!. The Gateway National Recreation area at Fort Tilden, which was deeply affected by Hurricane Sandy, houses the decaying aquatics building. The building, which was part of a former military base, was painted three shades of red, alternated with white in this large-scale sculptural installation.
Just in time for the return of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, Visions of Confinement: A Lens on Women in the United States Prison System is the summer exhibit for Hunter East Harlem Gallery. The exhibit, which opened last week, was organized by Arden Sherman, Curator for the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, and Isaac Scott of The Confined Arts. Stepping into the gallery, viewers are immersed in the experiences, thoughts, and feelings of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women, and their families.
A new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter
July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.
We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.
Aaron Bell’s controversial installation “Stand Tall, Stand Loud”
The Art Students League “Model to Monument” (M2M) sculptures arrived in Riverside Park last week. This years theme is “Art in the Public Square,” exploring goodness, roots, perspective, nature in the city, and social cohesion. Models to Monuments is a professional development program for emerging artists, under the direction of The Art Student’s League instructor Greg Wyatt, who is well-known in his own right for the “Peace Fountain” at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. M2M works in partnership with New York City Parks Department.
This is the sixth and final year for M2M in Riverside Park. A new location will be announced for next year. Seven artists were chosen this year, and the seven sculptures will be on view from 59th Street to 69th Street through May, 2017. An additional collaborative sculpture will be on view later this month in Van Cortlandt Park.