Image courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Bisa Butler’s The Storm, The Whirlwind and the Earthquake, The Nature of Color, José Parlá’s It’s Yours and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.






    Bisa Butler: The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake

    Bisa Butler: The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake

    Claire Oliver Gallery

    Manhattan

    Sat, Feb 29, 2020 - Sat, Apr 25, 2020

    Bisa Butler’s textile portraits of people of color are created from layers of brightly colored fabrics with a multiplicity of meanings. Butler’s composite characters are inspired by historical photography; the resulting images are rendered life-sized with viewers often engaging the subjects eye to eye. "The Storm, the Whirlwind and the Earthquake" references a famous quotation from a July 4, 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass rebuking the nation for celebrating freedom during a time of slavery: ...

    José Parlá: It’s Yours

    José Parlá: It’s Yours

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Bronx

    Wed, Feb 26, 2020 - Sun, Aug 16, 2020

    "José Parlá: It’s Yours" is the first solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist in New York City. The new paintings evoke the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx, as well as the borough’s influence, which have helped to shape how Parlá views painting history and cities around the world. While celebrating Parlá’s roots in the hip-hop energy of the Bronx, this series of paintings address the suffering caused by redlining policies, the waves of ...

    Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions

    Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions

    New-York Historical Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 28, 2020 - Sun, May 31, 2020

    America has been singular among nations in fostering a vibrant culture of engagement with constitutional matters and the fundamental principles of government. Featuring more than 40 books and documents, "Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic" illuminates America’s continuing debates on the role and limits of government and the fundamental rights of all citizens. From the early days of the American Revolution, to the American Civil War, to the eve of World War I, the ...

    The Nature of Color

    The Nature of Color

    American Museum of Natural History

    Manhattan

    Mon, Mar 09, 2020 - Sun, Aug 08, 2021

    "The Nature of Color," is a new exhibition that highlights the color all around us, woven so tightly into our lives that we rarely stop to question what it is and how it works. Where do the colors in diamonds and rainbows come from? How have some animals benefited by evolving to stand out, while others survive by blending in? Why do some colors make us happy while others make us, well, blue? How did ...

    Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

    Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

    Americas Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 14, 2020 - Sat, May 16, 2020

    Americas Society is pleased to invite you to the first solo exhibition of Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión in the United States, curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Centurión created textile works engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of vernacular objects such as blankets and aprons, Centurión rendered poetic readings of his youth in the tropics, his love experiences in the metropolis, and his spiritual reflections before his untimely ...

José Parlá: It’s Yours

1040 Grand Concourse

bronx N.Y. 10456

7186816000

"José Parlá: It’s Yours" is the first solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist in New York City. The new paintings evoke the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx, as well as the borough’s influence, which have helped to shape how Parlá views painting history and cities around the world. ...

Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

America has been singular among nations in fostering a vibrant culture of engagement with constitutional matters and the fundamental principles of government. Featuring more than 40 books and documents, "Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic" illuminates America’s continuing debates on the role and limits of government and the fundamental ...

The Nature of Color

Central Park West at 79th Street

new york N.Y. 10024

2127695200

"The Nature of Color," is a new exhibition that highlights the color all around us, woven so tightly into our lives that we rarely stop to question what it is and how it works. Where do the colors in diamonds and rainbows come from? How have some animals benefited by ...

Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo

680 Park Avenue

New York N.Y. 10065

2122498950

Americas Society is pleased to invite you to the first solo exhibition of Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión in the United States, curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Centurión created textile works engaging with folk art and queer aesthetics in 1990s South America. Through the embroidery and painting of vernacular objects such as blankets ...