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NYC art events I May 22 -28, 2023

Here is our weekly Postcard from New York, in collaboration with Clio Art Fair!

New York City is a global cultural capital, and its art scene is one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world. Whether you're a seasoned art lover or just curious about what's happening in the city's creative community, this guide will help you to find out the best art events that NYC has to offer.

Let's discover our selection of NYC-based art events!

1. In Museums

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

@The Metropolitan Museum

May 5th - July 16th, 2023

Focusing on the designer’s stylistic vocabulary as expressed in aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight the German-born designer’s unique working methodology. Most of the approximately 150 pieces on display will be accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches, which underscore his complex creative process and the collaborative relationships with his premières, or head seamstresses. Lagerfeld’s fluid lines united his designs for Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, creating a diverse and prolific body of work unparalleled in the history of fashion.

Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty, MET Museum

2. In Galleries

Alice Aycock: Works on Paper

@Marlborough New York

May 11 – August 15, 2023

The Directors of Marlborough New York are pleased to present a selection of works on paper by Alice Aycock. Featured in the exhibition are several large-scale drawings referencing waves, wind turbulence, turbines, gyroscopes, and vortexes of energy.

Although Aycock is known for her large-scale installations and sculptures, drawing is an essential part of her practice. Her works on paper reference the whimsical and structural forms that she evokes in her sculpture, which include elements of mirage, fantasy, and science. Aycock’s drawings highlight major themes that have governed her artistic practice: the role of architecture as a foundational point of reference, the importance of mechanics and structure, and the drama of nature.

Alice Aycock: Works on Paper. Installation view. Photo by Olympia Shannon. Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

3. In Brooklyn

Fired Up!

@Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition May 13– June 18, 2023

Fired Up! is an exhibition of artworks by BWAC member artists who work in clay showing the diversity of the medium. This interesting mix of artists addresses the varied way in which clay can communicate a feeling or tell a story through shape, color and texture.

Featuring artworks by: Lynn Goodman, Susan Handwerker, Judith Eloise Hooper, Bonnie Ralston and Janet Rothholz

BWAC Gallery View. Courtesy of BWAC

4. Outside


@Socrates Sculpture Park

May 20 – September 10, 2023

Ebb of a Spring Tide is an exhibition of new sculptural works by Mary Mattingly exploring our relationship to coastal ecosystems and the shifting nature of rivers and water lines.

The exhibition will feature a 65-foot living sculpture titled Water Clock, fabricated on-site in response to the Park’s unique waterfront location along the East River. This monumental, scaffold structure, which includes edible vegetation, mirrors the cityscape across the East River, highlighting the human impact on New York City’s riparian zone. The clock’s pulse will be kept by water from the East River moving through tubes on the structure, a reminder of a life support system and the delicate balance of coastal ecosystems.

Mary Mattingly, Water Clock. Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park


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