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Sable Elyse Smith (rendering), C.R.E.A.M., 2018. Image via High Line Art

While New York City serves as a year-round launchpad for dynamic exhibits and eye-catching works, spring is particularly bountiful when it comes to the arrival of public art. With the drawn out close of winter comes a new wave of outdoor installations: this month will first heat up with new large-scale sculptures at the High Line and the Broadway Malls. Additionally, the International Center of Photography is paying tribute to those incarcerated during World War II, the Center for Architecture will focus on the story of affordable housing, and the Queens Museum is reexamining our history with slaves and guns.

Beyond these exhibits, make sure to also keep an eye out for public art coming to historic places across the city. Here are 17 art installations and exhibits not to miss this April:


17. Times Square’s April Midnight Moment by Jamie Scott

Image via Ka-Man Tse for Time Square Arts

The Times Square Advertising Coalition’s newest Midnight Moment exhibition features artist Jamie Scott’s Spring, in partnership with Vimeo Staff Picks and curated by Times Square Arts.

Shot in stunning 4K Ultra High Definition with a moving time-lapse camera, Spring is a “romantic, evocative portrayal of New York’s flowers in active bloom.” As part of Midnight Moment — the world’s largest, longest-running digital art exhibition, which synchronizes with Time Square’s electronic billboards nightly from 11:57pm to midnight — Spring will air from April 1st to the 30th. See an Instagram video of it here.

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