New York has been one of the most influential art cities for centuries and inside the metropolis, you’ll find a thriving art scene. From galleries to installations to exhibits, there’s plenty to see in the City that Never Sleeps. If you find yourself in New York city Fall 2017, take advantage of all of the wonderful art that awaits you. NYC has plenty of great museums, such as the Guggenheim, the MET and the MOMA, but here are must-see art installations and gallery exhibits you might not know about — they definitely should be on your list.
Never Built New York (Queens Museum)
Runs: Now till February 2018
Imagine a new side of New York with this Queens Museum exhibit featuring proposals of never-built structures in NYC. The exhibit is based on the book of the same name and features concepts that push the edge of innovation in the Big Apple. Curated by the book’s authors, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, Never Built New York includes sketches, drawings, models and more of these proposals that never came to fruition in the last 200 years. The show was designed by Christian Wassmann and includes floating airports, installations for the World’s Fair, and much more. One of the can’t-miss parts of the exhibit? Frank Lloyd Wright’s plan for Ellis Island, a “city within a city,” or an elevated subway, seen here. If you can’t visit the exhibit, there’s a wealth of great material in the book Never Built New York.
Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City)
Run: Now till March 2018
Socrates Sculpture Park has unveiled 15 new art installations in the park that sits on the site of former landfill. The event is known as the Socrates Annual and this year’s version features 15 artists. The artists represent a range of mediums and were handpicked by a committee. You’ll see larger-than-life scuptures for a Presidential amusement park, mobile home design and much more. If you want to enjoy the beautiful fall air and see some exciting art, make your way to the park. Pictured here is Valerie Piraino’s “A Year Around the Sun 2017,” a memorial to the Mediterranean’s refugee crisis.
36 Bars (Museum of the Moving Image, Queens)
Runs: Now till December 17
Movie fans, I hope you’ve made a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, but if you haven’t, consider this your chance to do so. The museum has an exhibit, 36 Bars, that features continuity images from vintage films. The exhibit features 36 photographs retrieved from the garbage bin behind a power shop on Sunset Boulevard. They were collected by John Divola and found by a Warner Bros. employee. Each of the images captures exactly what a movie set should look like and was captured by an 8 X 10 camera. The exhibit is a vision of how important continuity is in the movie world and how far production workers go to make that world as vivid as possible to their audience. Both found objects and Hollywood memorabilia, the photos are art for any movie fan to appreciate.