MIRRORS OVER MADISON
FATA MORGANA Free
Madison Square Park at 23rd St. between Fifth Ave. and Broadway
June 1 through the winter of 2015-2016
Madison Square Park Conservancy has installed artist Teresita Fernández's Fata Morgana, a monumental outdoor sculpture project that will remain on view through the end of the year. She has fashioned a 500-foot-long sculpture of golden, mirror-polished discs that will create canopies above the central lawn. For the uninitiated, a Fata Morgana is a complex form named for a sorceress who, legend has it, created these mirages to lure sailors to their deaths.
SUMMER ART COLONY DAY CAMP $595 a week
Children's Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St.
June 15-Aug. 28. Daily. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fill your kids' summer break at the Children's Museum of the Arts Summer Art Colony Day Camp. Professional teaching artists immerse children ages 6-15 in full-day, innovative arts courses, including ceramics, painting, drawing, clay and much more. Registration required. Some scholarships are available. Contact Laura at email@example.com for details and information about other CMNY art camps.
CHASHAMA'S 20th ANNIVERSARY GALA Check website for ticket information
4 Times Square. 4th Floor
June 8. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner
Here's a great opportunity to see innovative performances and help struggling artists at the same time. Chashama, a non-profit started by Anita Durst in 1995, will host its 20th Anniversary Gala, celebrating an ongoing commitment to giving artists free or affordable space to create and present their works. All proceeds will help Chashama launch the Bronx Artist Housing Initiative, where artists will be placed in subsidized housing while taking part in community art projects for youth and seniors. Chashama, which means “to have vision” in Farsi, has revitalized more than 80 properties, providing invaluable creative space for more than 12,000 artists. The group also presents some 130 free public events across New York City.
Gansvoort St. to W. 34th St.
Through March 2016
If you're willing to wade through all the tourists, take a trip over to the Highline for an international outdoor exhibition about vistas and vantage points, both natural and manmade, which explore the act of seeing and understanding the spectacle of nature. Artists include Mariana Castillo Deball, Olafur Eliasson, Rayan Gander, Damian Ortega and Gabriel Sierra. Come see for yourself the “untouched nature” of these works of art.
FIGMENT, a free participatory art event- kicks off on the weekend of June 6 with mind-blowing creative projects. FIGMENT NYC's summer-long projects include a mini-golf course, treehouse, architectural pavilion, and interactive sculpture. Figment's philosophy is that art is not just something to look at, but interact with, as well., in a collaboration between the artist and the audience.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORYFree
79th St. and Central Park West
Daily 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
An amazing way to spend a rainy day – or any day for that matter – among the exhibits that include a collection of information about the living things that have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life forms over millions of years. The Science of Natural Disasters section looks at earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes. And of course, there's always the dinosaurs.
DRAWING AND PAINTing FOR teens 13-17$150 for five sessions
92nd Street Y
Lexington Ave. and 92nd St. Room S 370
First session July 2, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Acclaimed instructor Jaclyn Brown will teach your budding artist the basics of line, shape, form, color, composition, and perspective. Students can experiment in charcoal, pastel, watercolor and more. This is a challenging class that encourages students to draw from life, imagination and abstract and figurative art. Sessions also include discussion of works by such artists as Georges Seurat, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso.
ANDY WARHOLS'S CAMPBELL SOUP CANS$25
Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 57th St.
Daily 10:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Fridays open until 8 p.m.
Now through Oct. 12
Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans is the signature work in his intriguing career and MoMA's got them through Oct. 12. Done in 1962, the series of 32 paintings marked a breakthrough for the artist as part of his strategies of serial repetition and reproduction of key parts of American pop culture. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrated books Warhol made in the 1950s. This summer MoMA also features exhibits about migration, Latin American construction and collections of contemporary art.