During the classic back-to-school season we tend to be on the hunt for new clothes, notebooks and begin planning to see some much-loved faces as we return to our normal routines. While this year may look different, we can still look forward to seeing some familiar faces and artworks this time around. From Zoom webinars, virtual hangouts and Instagram scrolling that had replaced the in-person exhibitions and outdoor events we’ve come to know and love in New York, we’re looking forward to the city slowly re-opening and seeing dynamic shows and adored artworks that are coming back to life this September.
In this unusual period of transition, we’ve put together a list of exciting exhibitions from some of our beloved galleries and cultural institutions to get the season started on the right foot. Planning your visits are key, so be sure to check each museum and gallery’s latest COVID-19 guidelines for information on how and when you can visit, as reserved tickets, temperature checks and more are now standard for most business.
For a more comprehensive list of galleries to visit close to your own neighborhood be sure to check out our interactive directory of US and Canadian galleries to see who is currently available by appointment or have adjusted opening hours these days.
How Did You Get This?: The Spaces We Inhabit
Welancora Gallery | Through September 13, 2020
33 Herkimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Don’t miss this exhibition before it closes, which has been curated by Ivy N. Jones and Damien Davis and features the artists Zalika Azim, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Colette Veasey-Cullors, Melvin Harper, Daonne Huff, Anders Jones, Deborah Willis. Maximizing the gallery’s 19th century townhouse location, this show features artworks, items and a performance that begins unpacking the assumptions and expectations about spaces of all kinds that are inhabited and controlled by the black body.
Looking In and Letting Go: Faces and Places
Elisa Contemporary Art | September 23, 2020 – December 16, 2020
5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale, NY, 10471
During this year of masks, social distancing and isolation, Elisa Contemporary Art will mount an exhibition where visitors can connect with places and faces masterfully created by American and Canadian artists across the continent. Visit the figurative and scenery artworks and get lost within.
To find out more contact Lisa Cooper or call 212.729.4974 to schedule an appointment.
Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art | Through the end of October
Upper West Side, New York
Annually, Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art hosts a summer open house called KEEPING COOL. With pandemic restrictions in place this year, the gallery has created a virtual exhibition with a handy digital brochure of works being exhibited by the eleven artists taking part in this current show, which include some heavy hitters like Dinh Thi Tham Poong and Nguyen Thanh Binh. But don’t worry, if a piece piques your interest you can schedule an appointment to see it in person!
To find out more contact Judy Day or call 212-721-3053 to schedule an appointment.
SHOALS by Patrice Charbonneau
Beaux-arts des Ameriques in collaboration with Denise Bibro Fine Art | October 15 – November 14
529 W 20th St # 4w, New York, NY 10011
Patrice Charbonneau’s interest lies in “the way space is imagined, appropriated, inhabited and adapted to use.” His playfulness of lines and planes bring forth ideas of location, space, or landscapes on his canvases. Visit his exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art this fall by appointment.
To find out more contact Beaux-arts des Ameriques or call 514-481-2111 to schedule an appointment.
Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York
El Museo del Barrio | September 12, 2020 – January 17, 2021
1230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
Curated by El Museo’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura and with co-organization by Permanent Collection Manager, Noel Valentin, this exhibition explores the impact of Taller Boricua, the Nuyorican collective workshop in Harlem, through their thirty-year history producing artistic prints which spoke largely to Puerto Rican independence and worker’s rights in the 1970’s, and which are still prevalent issues facing us today. With mediums ranging from paintings and drawings to linocuts, assemblages and more, the exhibition comprises over two hundred different pieces that connect the past to our present.
Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean
The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Through January 10, 2021
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
After hitting El Museo del Barrio for a stroll through Taller Boricua: A Political Print Shop in New York walk down to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and catch sight of the artistic expressions from sixteenth century civilizations in Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean. In this exhibition, which features the ceremonial and ritualistic artwork, jewelry and objects that connected people to deities and ancestors that were integral parts of their daily life and identity, the Met ensures that this region and its artistic gifts are featured as prominent works of art and value in their own right.
José Parlá: It's Yours
The Bronx Museum | September 9, 2020 - January 10, 2021
1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx, NY 10456
Celebrated artists José Parlá has his first solo show in New York this fall at The Bronx Museum. Hailed for his large-scale paintings, this new set of work, consisting primarily on paintings speaks to the harmful repercussions of redlining policies, as well as displacement caused by gentrification and structural racism throughout New York.
Studio 54: Night Magic
Brooklyn Museum | September 12, 2020 – November 8, 2020
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Having been cut short by the pandemic in March, the energy of Studio 54 makes its way back to Brooklyn for a limited time. Through the exploration of the iconic New York nightclub’s influence on social politics, music and art, this exhibition tells the chronological history of the club’s influence on New York’s cultural identity in the late 1970’s.
Looking to keep it local?
If it's more of an affordable cultural fix that you're after then you're in luck! We've created an interactive map of our NYC exhibitors to help you find those galleries in your area as they reopen in the 'new normal'. As always, do remember to contact the galleries directly in advance regarding opening dates, times, or by appointment viewings. Alternatively follow the link below to browse our online marketplace.
Brooklyn Museum, courtesy of Hiroko Masuike and The New York Times.
Featured art from first to last:
Deborah Willis, Carrie at Euro Salon, Eatonville, 2009-2010, WELANCORA GALLERY.
Mitch McGee, All That I Can, Limited Edition Woodcut, 26 x 26, 2017, $400, Elisa Contemporary Art.
Phan Cam Thuong, Mother And Child, 2016, natural color on paper, 27.5 x 20.5 inches, Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art.
Patric Charbonneau, Study of Strip Mall, 2018, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, oil pastel and spray paint, 92 x 112 cm, CAD$4,900, Beaux-arts des Ameriques.
Yoyo Rodriguez, Untitled, 1971, Taller Boricua Puerto Rican Workshop, courtesy of El Museo del Barrio.
Double-Headed Eagle Bell, Panama, 11-16 Century, Gold, 5.4 x 8.6 x 2.8 cm, courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Jose Parla drawing in studio, 2020, courtesy of Ray Parla, The Bronx Museum.
Guy Marineau (French, born 1947). Pat Cleaveland on the dance floor during Halston's disco bash at Studio 54, 1977. (Photo- Guy Marineau/WWD/Shutterstock) Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum.