Unraveling the Treasures of Manhattan


Dora Cham

Adelita Husni-Bey’s “Chiron” at the New Museum.

With Regents week fast approaching, what better time to take a break from all that studying than taking advantage of the art presented right under our noses? All along the Manhattan streets, pop up artists have been seeking venue spaces to showcase their work. From small rental spaces along the sidewalk to large museums, various artists have seized the opportunity to engulf the city in their work.

Through the month of March, Dolby celebrated 2019’s best films in Dolby Visionand Dolby Atmos® in Soho. This sensory pop-up featured iconic scenes from A Star is Born, Black Panther, Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, First Man, and more. In addition to picture-perfect backdrops, visitors were able to walk a red carpet and have their photos taken like celebrities. In the upcoming months, Dolby will be changing up their installations frequently. Be sure to visit for new experiences!

Moving east towards Nolita, amazing exhibitions are being showcased in the New Museum. Through April 14th, Adelita Husni-Bey’s “Chiron” is located in the South Galleries. In her solo presentation, Husni-Bey collaborates with lawyers dedicated to providing pro-bono legal representation to undocumented immigrants in New York. “It was an amazing experience seeing the powerful representation of such a major issue in our society,” said Elton Moy ’19.

Also located in the New Museum is Nari Ward’s “We the People” on the second, third, and fourth floors. Ward’s work is aimed at addressing contemporary issues on both social and national levels, including the extreme changes gentrification has brought to Harlem and the diminishing state of democracy in the United States. In his sculptures, Ward uses scavenged materials from the streets and buildings of Harlem, such as baby strollers, shoelaces, fire hoses, baseball bats, bottles, and shopping carts to emphasize a connection to individual lives and stories in the neighborhood. “We the People” will be on display through May 26th.

Dora Cham
Nari Ward’s “We the People” at the New Museum.











In Chelsea, the opportunity to understand an ant’s perspective is presented in Robert Therrien’s sculpture “No Table” in the installation “On Board the Ships are We,” located at the FLAG Art Foundation. Familiar domestic objects, such as a dining room table and chairs, tower over ten feet tall in the unique sculpture. Also on display is Rachel Whiteread’s “Untitled (Pair),” which augments Therrien’s interest in materiality and the memory of the body. It does so through sculptures of two mortuary slabs alongside Lawrence Weiner’s two wall-sized typographic texts, which serve to unite all three artists’ voices in conversation. This installation will be available until May 18th.

Also in Chelsea is Frank Stella’s “Recent Work,” an exhibition of sculptures that explores the spatial relationships between abstract and geometric forms. He uses interlocking grids with fluid and organic lines to create a dynamic interaction between minimalist and gestural visual vocabularies. Stella’s work will be showcased at Marianne Boesky Gallery up until June 22nd.

In the Garment District, Anne Katrine Senstad’s immersive sensory exhibition, “Beckoned to Blue,” will be located at the SL Gallery until May 31st. Senstad aims to examine the essence of the color blue with a light sculpture, a sensory chamber, and photographic works. “Color embodies the universal; ascending light represents the connection with the universe, while horizontal lines can remind us of the open landscape, the sea merging with the sun, perhaps internal experiences as a sensation of tranquility and eternity,” said Anne Katrine Senstad.

Over by the water in Hudson Yards, Tauba Auerbach’s “Flow Separation” is docked on Hudson River Park’s Pier 66a until May 12th. This floating work of art transforms the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey into a painterly experimentation which combines notions of innovation, technology, and abstraction, all the while inviting us to remember the devastating World War I.

Not only do these pop up art installations act as an insight to culture, but they also act as a means of education. Our generation, more than any other, knows that the age of technology is expanding. While these technological advances are bringing benefits to many, we as a society are too engulfed in the online world. One of the easiest way to escape the allurement of technology is through the physical, charming works of art

Many NYC based bloggers on social media platforms are known for featuring pop-up installations on their pages. @fomofeed keeps their followers updated with daily posts of new installations on both Instagram and Facebook. @artworldnyc and @museumiadventure posts their explorations and discoveries on Instagram. “Even since following these pages, I’ve been feeling very involved in New York City’s art. I fill my weekends with the exhibitions they upload and I really enjoy visiting them,” said Karen Zhao ’19. For future art experiences, be sure to follow these pages, and more!