Sight & Sites to See in New York

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Sight & Sites to See in New York

by Kelly Pajek

New York City (NYC) is home to both temporary and permanent public art. The hardest decision you may have is deciding what to see during your visit!

Within walking distance of the conference you can see both Jim Dine’s Looking Toward the Avenue on 6th Avenue and 53rd Street as well as Robert Indiana's famous and iconic LOVE sculpture on 6th Avenue and 55th Street.

The Museum of Modern Art has a sampling of exhibits ranging from Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 to Contemporary Art featuring Wolfgan Laib. Check MoMA’s website for a full range of programming.

Nearby at 390 Park Avenue you can experience architect Gordon Bunshaft’s seminal International Style skyscraper Lever House.

The Fund for Park Avenue and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation features Night Presence IV by Louise Nevelson at Park Avenue at 92nd Street.

Public Art Fund is exhibiting Configurations at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn, through September 16, 2013.

If you are traveling by subway you will undoubtedly encounter public artwork commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit program. At the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station you will find Whirls and Twirls by Sol LeWitt. Located on the mezzanine wall between the 1, A, B and D subway lines this sizable permanent ceramic mural allows subway users to experience LeWitt’s work for generations to come. In addition, located in the Prince Street N/R NYC station, you can see Carrying On, a frieze “celebrating the significance and individuality” of the citizens of New York by Janet Zweig in collaboration with Edward del Rosario.

At the Whitney Museum of American Art catch the exhibition American Legends: From Calder to O’Keefe as well as their tremendous permanent collection.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has fantastic photography on view including, After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Media Age. Also, check out the Africa Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde. Check the Met’s schedule for a full list of exhibits.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art program currently features Topsy Turvey: A Camera Obscura Installation by New York based artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder. Don’t miss it! It will be up through April 5 th, 2013.

In 2008 the renovation of the Guggenheim was completed making it well worth a visit.

Since June of 2009 The High Line has become NYC’s premier elevated park offering impressive views and a landscaped stroll above the streets of Chelsea from Gansevoort to West 20th Streets. High Line Art currently features temporary artworks by El Anatsui, Virginia Overton, Uri Aran, Thomas Houseago, and Spencer Finch. And a fantastic group exhibition titled, Lilliput.

Visit and see Isa Genzken’s Rose II at The New Museum. Recently opened shows also include works by Nari Ward.

Check out Gering & Lopez Gallery, located at 730 5th Ave # 606, featuring Leo Villareal.

Take a look at Culture Now. This site features several walking tours of New York City, podcasts of artwork as well as an iPhone application that you can download and find public art as you travel through Manhattan.

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