Art Lover’s Guide to NYC: Fall 2016 Edition



Downtown or uptown and from Manhattan to Queens, Roger Smith recommends seeing the following galleries, street art and world-famous museum exhibitions this fall.

Story of My Life

Houston Bowery Wall


Iconic New York City artist Keith Haring made this corner famous when he created an original mural here in 1982. Since 2008, established and emerging street artists with a powerful message of hope, possibility and inspiration have been invited to create original murals of their own, including Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Irak, How & Nosm, Crash, Martha Cooper, Revok and POSE, Swoon and Maya Hayuk followed. The most recent is a mural by stencil artist Logan Hicks, who spent three months creating his “Story of My Life” mural, filled with real-life people who have influenced him professionally and personally.

76 E Houston St


Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York

As the 2016 election draws nearer, the Polaris exhibit at Baxter St at CCNY is a timely display of five disparate artists (Ofri Cnaani, Eric Corriel, Zachary Fabri, Mario Navarro and Igor Revelis) who have confronted “things that are more subtly controlling such as, surveillance and architecture; to the more explicit inequalities of violence, immigration and segregation.” Curated by Joey Lico, the exhibit brings systems of control to the forefront through video, sculpture, performance and photography.

126 Baxter St, 212-260-9927,

The Yellow Kiss

yours mine & ours

New to the Lower East Side art scene, yours mine & ours is a contemporary art gallery founded by Courtney Childress, Patton Hindle and RJ Supa. The opening reception took place earlier this month and featured the gallery’s inaugural project, a single large-scale painting by Nicole Wittenberg on view until October 16.

54 Eldridge St, 646-912-9970,

Confluence/Influence: Mingei in Contemporary Abstraction

Dorsky Gallery

Mingei, the Japanese folk art movement, was developed in the late 1920s and 1930s in Japan. With a surge of interest in getting back to direct, unmediated experience and an affinity for objects that are individualized, handmade and authentic, Bridge Donlon has curated this exhibition, on view until December 11, featuring painting, drawing, weaving and sculpture (blacksmithing, marble carving and ceramic pottery) by 14 artists focused on finding meaning through analog creation in a digital world.

11-03 45th Ave, Queens, 718-937-6317,

How Should We Live?


Over 200 works from MoMA’s Architecture and Design Collection explore the question “how should we live?” as one of the most vital issues in contemporary design. Domestic interiors and retail spaces from the 1920s through the 1950s focus on the aesthetic, social, technological and political factors and attitudes that shapes each environment.

11 W 53rd St,

Max Beckmann in New York

Met Breuer

max beckmann

Max Beckmann (b. 1884), Family Picture, 1920. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 39 3/4 in. (65.1 x 100.9 cm). Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

While the German artist rejected the term, expressionist paintings by Max Beckmann will be on view at the Met Breuer from October 19 until February 20, 2017. The exhibition features 14 paintings by the artist while living in New York from 1949 until 1950, and earlier works spanning the 1920s through the 1940s. Works include self-portraits, interiors, portraits and landscapes.

945 Madison Ave,

Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight

Whitney Museum of American Art

Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Blanco y Verde, 1966–67. Acrylic on canvas, 40 × 70 in. (101.6 × 177.8 cm). Private collection. © Carmen Herrera; photograph by Ron Amstutz

Carmen Herrera (b. 1915), Blanco y Verde, 1966–67. Acrylic on canvas, 40 × 70 in. (101.6 × 177.8 cm). Private collection. © Carmen Herrera; photograph by Ron Amstutz

The first museum exhibition of Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera in nearly 20 years, Lines of Sight focuses on works created by the iconic artist between 1948 and 1978. The exhibit features an unprecedented gathering of works from Herrera’s Blanco y Verde series—nine abstract paintings created between 1959 and 1971, which the artist considers her most important series.

99 Gansevoort St,

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