The museum’s Two-Way Mirror Walkabout
The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt
Suggested donation of $25
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Fifth Ave @ 88th St
April 29 – November 2
Monday – Thursday, Sunday
10AM – 5:30PM
Friday – Saturday 10AM – 9PM
Pioneer conceptual artist Dan Graham has built an impressive 25-year career creating elegant sculptures made of glass and steel. In collaboration with Swiss landscape designer Gunther Vogt, they have turned the top of the Met into a maze that explores the relationship between the individual and the public space. Equipped with food and drinks, the Met rooftop is the perfect place to spend an afternoon this summer.
Adult Art Classes
Battery Park Conservancy
South Cove Park @ 2nd Place
May – October
Artists of all abilities can take part in the free art classes being offered in Battery City Park this summer. If you are interested in landscapes, you should join their “Drawings in the Park” class. It meets every Saturday at 10 a.m., teaching students to sketch and paint the river, city, and park landscapes. The “Figures al Fresco” class focuses on figure drawing, meeting every Wednesday from at 2:30 p.m. Every class is taught by a professional artist, and materials are provided.
One-Night-Only Chelsea Showcase
5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk
16th St – 29th St, 8th Ave – 11th Ave
5PM – 8PM
Showcasing the summer exhibitions in Chelsea, participating galleries, and art spaces throughout the neighborhood will host the 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk. In addition to the exhibitions you can drop in on gallery-hosted artist talks, receptions and other special events. The full list of participating galleries will be posted soon.
Volunteers Supporting Free Art
June 7 – September 21
The 100% volunteer-based arts organization FIGMENT has been hosting a free event on Governor’s Island since 2007. Originally a one-day program, it has since grown into a summer-long arts happening with over 2,600 participants. This year’s program will get started on June 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. You can expect art activities in every medium available. Throughout the rest of the summer make sure to play in their artist minigolf course which has 10 uniquely designed holes by 10 different artists. Throughout the rest of the island you can see interactive sculptures and the climb up their tree house.
A Conversation on Fine Art Photography
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 47th St. @11th Ave.
Listen to photographer Jo Ann Callis discuss her body of work from the mid 1970s that investigated different forms of the nude body and sexuality. That work is a part of her book, “Other Rooms,” and she discusses her images with book publisher Lesley A. Martin. After the talk you can visit The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucus exhibit by photographers Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.
Contemporary Art Festival
15 Christopher St. @ Greenwich ST
June 25 – August 2
The New Ohio Theatre chooses six of the most exciting downtown theater companies to present their latest projects. The 2014 roster will be posted on their website soon. Plays introduced in past Ice Factory festivals have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, OBIE Awards, Off Broadway Productions and international tours.
Weird, Wild, & Wonderful
New York Botanical Garden
$20 Adults, $10
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
April 19st – September 21st
The Botanical Garden is known for its beauty, but this summer’s exhibition is an homage to the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre plants. Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists collaborated to study a variety of strange-looking plants and create 46 stunning paintings and illustrations. Weird, Wild, & Wonderful will be on display in the Ross Gallery through September 21st.
Fine Art Inspires Performance Artists
The New Museum Block Party
Sara D. Roosevelt Park @ East Houston St.
12PM – 5PM
Experience this fun, interactive performance art festival on the Lower East Side. The New Museum Block Party is an afternoon of performances that are directly inspired by current exhibitions and museum programs. Everyone attending the block party will receive one complimentary ticket to the New Museum. There will be six different workshops at this year’s event, but all of them engage the audience through different artistic mediums.
MoMa Engages Kids
Try This !
Free with Museum admission
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St btwn Lexington Ave & 5th Ave
May 30 – July 27
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
The MoMa Arts Lab is encouraging both parents and children to take part in its art class entitled “Try This!” in connection with its current exhibit “Movement.” Through different activities, visitors are able to go beyond just looking and talking about the artwork and finding different ways to engage with the work. Different methods of creative exploration, and techniques of modern and contemporary art help students appreciate art in new ways.
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