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Dance Theater in Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Yun-Fei Ji’s The Village and its Ghosts, Ailey All Access Spring 2021, KAWS: WHAT PARTY 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.






    Yun-Fei Ji’s The Village and its Ghosts: A Closer Look

    Yun-Fei Ji’s The Village and its Ghosts: A Closer Look

    James Cohan Gallery

    Manhattan

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 - Thu, Apr 01, 2021

    In this new digital-exclusive series, we take a closer look at Yun-Fei Ji's epic scroll "The Village and its Ghosts." The 57-foot-long scroll tells the story of a fictional village that at first glance appears to be a picturesque mountain refuge, like those that populate classical Chinese landscape paintings. Upon deeper examination, a more nuanced and contemporary reality is revealed. As we move through the unfolding narrative of the scroll, we encounter a community experiencing monumental ...

    American Abstraction Beatrice Mandelman + Jeffrey Wasserman

    American Abstraction Beatrice Mandelman + Jeffrey Wasserman

    Rosenberg & Co.

    Manhattan

    Tue, Mar 16, 2021 - Sat, May 22, 2021

    While abstraction in the United States can undeniably trace its legacy to the impact of European Modernism, it is also a product of a distinctly American ethos and environment. Drawing inspiration from metropolises like New York City to the vast landscapes of the Southwest, abstraction in the United States is a unique response to both rapid industrial growth and immense natural beauty. In their works, Beatrice Mandelman and Jeffrey Wasserman preserve the influence of artists ...

    Ailey All Access Spring 2021

    Ailey All Access Spring 2021

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

    Manhattan

    Wed, Mar 17, 2021 - Thu, Jun 24, 2021

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to inspire audiences virtually with a spring series of free programs through "Ailey All Access" from March 17 – June 24. Using dance as a vehicle for joy and hope during a time of unprecedented challenges and separation, the presentations will advance the Ailey organization’s online initiatives that have inspired and enlightened over 12 million people in 121 countries over the past year, including a December holiday season featuring several dance ...

    KAWS: WHAT PARTY

    KAWS: WHAT PARTY

    Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn

    Fri, Feb 26, 2021 - Sun, Sep 05, 2021

    The exhibition chronicles KAWS’s twenty-five-year practice, featuring graffiti drawings, paintings, smaller collectibles, furniture, recent augmented reality projects, and sculptures, including a new major commission for Rockefeller Center. The Brooklyn Museum is the first New York institution to present a sweeping survey of KAWS’s career, from his roots as a graffiti artist to a dominating force in the contemporary art world, tracing common themes in the Brooklyn-based artist’s practice. Renowned for his paintings and sculptures of ...

    Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris

    Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris

    Public Art Fund

    Manhattan

    Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - Sun, Jun 20, 2021

    Awol Erizku’s distinctive visual language emerges from thoughtful, contemplative underpinnings into layered, colorful, and striking photographs. Erizku (b. 1988, Gondar, Ethiopia) has created a new body of 13 photographs for 350 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City’s five boroughs and throughout Chicago. "New Visions for Iris" marks Public Art Fund’s first simultaneous presentation in two cities and first ever in Chicago. Growing up in the Bronx and influenced by its diverse milieu, Erizku’s approach to ...

Ailey All Access Spring 2021

The Joan Weill Center for Dance

New York N.Y. 10019

2124059000

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to inspire audiences virtually with a spring series of free programs through "Ailey All Access" from March 17 – June 24. Using dance as a vehicle for joy and hope during a time of unprecedented challenges and separation, the presentations will advance the Ailey ...

Awol Erizku: New Visions for Iris

One East 53rd Street

new york N.Y. 10022

2122237800

Awol Erizku’s distinctive visual language emerges from thoughtful, contemplative underpinnings into layered, colorful, and striking photographs. Erizku (b. 1988, Gondar, Ethiopia) has created a new body of 13 photographs for 350 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City’s five boroughs and throughout Chicago. "New Visions for Iris" marks Public Art ...