With the weather finally starting to get warmer, May in New York City is always an exciting time for the public art sphere. The unofficial start of summer brings an abundance of dynamic art installations and experiences. This month, New Yorkers will be able to take part in a pop up forest bike tour, view mythological sculptures in Madison Square Park and see unearthly planted on top of the Met’s roof.
In addition to these exciting installations, be sure to keep an eye out for other exhibits opening all over the city. Here are 17 not to miss in May:
1. ‘We Come in Peace’ Comes to Met’s Rooftop
Image by Hyla Skopitz via The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met’s rooftop site specific installation, titled We Come In Peace, is now on view to the public until October. Created by Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha, this rooftop installation is the Met’s sixth in a series of site specific commissions for the outdoor roof space. The sculptures consist of the 12-foot-tall five-headed intersex figure “We Come in Peace,” and the 18-foot-long prostrate Benaam — an Urdu word that translates to “without name.”
We Come in Peace borrows its title from the classic American science-fiction film The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), a tale of first contact between humans and aliens. The sculptures are cast in bronze, but were initially handcrafted to scale by Bhabha using ephemeral materials, such as cork, Styrofoam, air-dried clay, and plastic.