Entertaining family over Thanksgiving? Or, better yet, looking for free things to do for Buy Nothing Day on Friday? It should come as no surprise that New York City has a wide range of public art on view. Here’s a selection of current projects and where to see them. The forecast for the next few days looks great, so no excuses for not taking advantage of all that NYC has to offer. Put your phone in your pocket, soak up your environment and enjoy the moment!
As part of this year’s Performa Biennial, some large-scale, text-based works by Barbara Kruger were installed throughout the city. The billboard is at 10th Avenue and West 17th Street, best viewed from the Highline. More information and other locations over at Performa 17.
Creative Time launched the Pledges of Allegiance series this summer, having commissioned 16 artists to create flags that speak to some of the most pressing issues of the day. The current flag by Yoko Ono can best be seen from the corner of East 4th Street and the Bowery, though it is also being flown at 13 further locations across the US.
With Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, the Public Art Fund presents an ambitious, city-wide, multi-media exhibition on view through February 11. I came across a number of these banner portraits of migrants and refugees on the Bowery just north of Houston Street, but you can find all of the more than 200 locations on the project’s interactive map.
Last but not least, I’d be remiss in not recommending you check out The Rae Show at 130 Allen Street ASAP. The masked artist Rae is winding down his weeks-long, live/work residency in a Lower East Side storefront today, but his installation remains on view around the clock until Friday morning.
Of course there’s PLENTY more art on view to the public all over New York, so keep your eyes peeled at all times… Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.