nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

coming this February:

City as Canvas
 Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection
 
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., NYC

The first time exhibition of works from the expansive street art collection of Martin Wong.

Martin Wong, an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of works on paper and canvas—in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. Wong, who died of AIDS in 1999, donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994. The artists, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000, were seminal figures in an artistic movement that spawned a worldwide phenomenon, altering music, fashion, and popular visual culture. The exhibition also includes photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings. runs from February 4th through August 24th, 2014.

Ongoing:

Activist New York

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., NYC (@ 103rd St)

explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century through the present. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city’s history of agitation.