The month of March kicks off with a whirlwind of artistic activities, beginning with The Armory Show and the moveable three-day art feast surrounding the event. Fasten your seat belts – here are 10 art exhibits, installations and events not to miss, plus a separate guide to the many art festivals returning this month for Armory Art Week.
1. Issa Genzken’s Two Orchids
At an entrance to Central Park on 60th Street and 5th Avenue, you can always count on a great art installation by the Public Art Fund. Installed on the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, is Two Orchids by German artist Isa Genzken. Genzken was the subject of a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in 2013.
The work here, featuring two enormous orchid flowers at 28 feet and 34 feet tall, is a commentary on the ubiquity of the once-rare and exotic flowers. The Public Art Fund describes as an “idealized, colossal version of the familiar plant: a civic monument to the perfect orchid, now the chosen ornament of contemporary culture…the mass-produced white orchid has become the quintessential flower of our age: global, accessible, and open to interpretation”