How would you describe the art scene in New York City?
The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 1989, growing from an outdoor event in Tribeca into one of the country’s largest. Through 16 years of growth, the festival has become an annual celebration of independent film. On the arts scene of Manhattan, the semi-annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 16-28, 2019) has become an international celebration of independent film and filmmakers, while the immersive, international city of Venice has long been a nexus for art collectors and artists. In 1979, artist Susan Hiller curated a group exhibition at St. Ann’s Warehouse, a non-profit contemporary arts venue housed in a former bowling alley on the Brooklyn waterfront. Now, the collection Hiller created with 150 artists lives on in a dedicated exhibition space across three floors. Featuring work by artists across 30 artists as diverse as Yoko Ono and Paul McCarthy, St. Ann’s Warehouse’s original venue is a long-standing counterpart to its upcoming new building, the Market Building, which will be dedicated to contemporary art, the Built Underground, to explore the relationship between nature and contemporary architecture. Named in honor of Hiller’s hometown, Huntington, W.Va., the sanctuary recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Where to See and be Seen
On Central Park’s South Lawn: The Buffalo Bill Foundation National Historic Site, which is dedicated to mountain man artist and mariner, Buffalo Bill Cody, features a picture gallery in the Jacob K. Javits Center (25 Battery Place, NY 10002) that features more than 15,000 artifacts from Cody’s life and career. Entry to the West Side and East Side visitor centers is free.
In the Meatpacking District: Cooper Square gallery (880 9th Avenue, NYC 10010) has been home to other prominent artists and art organizations since 1993, including the Visual Arts Council and New Art Dealers Alliance, a group of more than 170 galleries, selling paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, and more. The fair and museum stay open late from Thanksgiving through February.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see Anna Wintour’s Archive of Eddie Seymour (1290 Fifth Avenue, NY 10028), including more than 400 paintings and drawings by artists like Willem de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko.
Visit the Metropolitan Opera. Open six days a week from June through August, the performance schedule and ticket prices vary for each performance. Find ticket and more information here.