6. Gracie Mansion’s New Exhibition

Gracie mansion room
The latest exhibition at Gracie Mansion, Catalyst: Art and Social Justice, is curated by New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray. The exhibition showcases New York artists, activists and activist movements since 1965, “celebrating the power of art to spark change and spur progress.” McCray tells the New York Times that when she and Mayor Bill de Blasio first moved into Gracie Mansion, they were struck by the all the portraits hanging inside. She said to the Times she wondered, “‘Where are we? How do we fit in here? Where are the people we know? Where are the people of our city and what do we need to do to really be the people’s house?’”
With over 80 works and more than 50 artists represented, you’ll find a diverse range of medium in Catalyst: Art and Social Justice from photography to abstract painting to graphic art to portraits and sculpture. There is a piece by Devra Freelander, the artist killed by a cement truck last summer while biking in Brooklyn, that shows an iPhone that was frozen in ice and encased in acrylic. There are photographs by Gordon Parks, who documented both the plight and successes of African Americans in the mid to late 20th century, as well as newer images of New Yorkers by Martine Fougeron and Naima Green.
Join us on March 11th and April 1st at 11:30 AM for two special behind-the-scenes tours of Gracie Mansion for Untapped New York Insiders where you can see this exhibition. If you aren’t a member yet, join us today!