Misha Kahn: Midden Heap at Friedman Benda Gallery

This month, Untapped Cities is putting on its holiday hat as a Sea of Light brightens up South Street Seaport, a Gingerbread Village sprouts up in Madison Square Park and the annual Holiday Train Show takes place at the New York Botanical Garden. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: New Yorkers can also head to Midtown to view the newly unveiled department store windows and laminated pet ornaments hanging from the Holiday Memorial Tree in Central Park.

In keeping with the spirit of the holidays, these exhibits transport viewers to fun, often whimsical places. Here are 17 exhibits and installations not to miss in December:

17. Misha Kahn: Midden Heap at Friedman Benda Gallery

Misha Kahn: Midden Heap

In the exhibit, Misha Kahn: Midden Heap, Kahn presents large-scale sulptures made from material collected during his scavenging missions in Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay, where trash covers the shoreline in place of sand. “Through a combination of weaving, metal cladding, glassblowing, and bronze casting, Kahn juxtaposes rich materials with found objects, discarded possessions and garbage,” the exhibition blurb states.

With this exhibit, Kahn, who lives and works in New York City, “has transformed a white-walled gallery space into a delightfully inventive alternate reality.” Misha Kahn: Midden Heap will be on view to December 16, 2017 at Friedman Benda Gallery, 515 West 26th Street, NYC. Read more about Dead Horse Bay here.