The New York City art scene has exciting summer exhibitions every direction you look. There’s experimental art to be found up on the rooftop of The Met—Adrián Villar Rojas’ The Theater of Disappearance—and down on the ground at Brooklyn Bridge Park, courtesy of Anish Kapoor’s whirlpool. Motion is also explored in the Studio Museum’s Jamel Shabazz: Crossing 125th and the Whitney Museum’s display of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Read on for our summer art picks.
NYC Summer Arts Highlights
Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman
"Poet of the Body: New York's Whitman" is a free exhibit at The Grolier Club that celebrates the 200th birthday of the luminary poet Walt Whitman. The exhibit has multiple editions of his famous tome "Leaves of Grass" along with personal items of Whitman's, like the author's pen. Visitors can also take a virtual walk in Whitman's shoes via an interactive 3D stroll down Broadway in the mid-1800s.
Pride For All Launch Party at Bloomingdale's
Bloomingdale’s kicks off its Pride For All celebration with a party for their popup store carrying an array of designer items in all colors of the rainbow. Out magazine editor Phillip Picardi will host this event inspired by NYC's famed LGBTQ+ nightlife scene. This special in-store party at the flagship store on 59th Street will feature dance classics and popsicle cocktails. The popup store will be open through the end of June, with additional events happening throughout Pride month.
Queer History Walks
Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and dive into queer history with The Whitney Museum of American Art’s free walking tour of the Meatpacking District. This look into the neighborhood's LGBTQ+ past takes place on every Friday in June and then select Fridays throughout the summer.
Leslie-Lohman Block Party
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art with a block party kicking off Pride month. Enjoy special exhibits at the museum like “Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989” and “Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible” alongside music, art-making, food and live performances.
Walt Whitman and New York Symposium
Head to The Grolier Club to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with this free symposium of lectures and presentations on the luminary poet. This day-long event is the culmination of International Whitman Week, with various events happening across New York from from May 27 through June 1; their website has all the details. http://waltwhitmaninitiative.org/international-whitman-week-2019/ Also, while there, you can visit the museum’s special Whitman exhibit “Poet of the Body,” running through July 27.
LasReinas Official Queens Pride LGBTQ+ Afterparty
After the festivities of Queens Pride, checkout the official afterparty—the “#1 Rated Woman’s Party”—at the Kabu Lounge in Jackson Heights from 4pm-2am. Expect performances and music by many of NYCs talented female DJs, singers and dancers.