Melvin Edwards, “Song of Broken Chains,” 2020 Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Freidman Gallery, London © 2021 Melvin Edwards / Artists Society (ARS), New York. Presented by Public Art Fund at City Hall Park, New York, May 4 to November 28, 2021. Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Melvin Edwards’ “Brighter Days,” Will Power’s adaptation of “Richard III,” works by Robert Bauer, Lucian Freud 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.






    That Eighties Show

    That Eighties Show

    Forum Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jul 15, 2021 - Sat, Sep 18, 2021

    Forum Gallery presents "That Eighties Show" (July 15 - September 18, 2021), a summer exhibition of thirty-five works created between 1980 and 1989, a decade of meteoric growth and accelerated modernization in economy and culture. The dedicated artists in the show responded in diverse ways to these heady, turbo-charged times that saw a dramatic return to figurative and representational means of expression. Following on from "That Seventies Show," presented at Forum Gallery in the summer ...

    What’s It All About

    What’s It All About

    Jenkins Johnson Gallery

    Brooklyn

    Sat, Jul 17, 2021 - Fri, Aug 27, 2021

    Jenkins Johnson Projects presents "What’s It All About," an exhibition bringing together a multi-generational group of abstract artists. The exhibition features renowned professors Dewey Crumpler, San Francisco Art Institute, and Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College. Participating artists include Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Patrick Alston, Carmen Neely, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Emma Soucek and Jason Stopa. Exhibition essay by Amarie Gipson, Writer and Critic. Dewey Crumpler is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines issues of globalization and cultural commodification through ...

    Brighter Days

    Brighter Days

    City Hall Park

    Manhattan

    Tue, May 04, 2021 - Sun, Nov 28, 2021

    From May 4th to November 28th, Public Art Fund will be presenting "Brighter Days" at City Hall Park, a thematic survey of seminal artist Melvin Edwards’ work featuring five sculptures created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new work commissioned in 2020 for this historic exhibition. For more than 60 years, Edwards has created works that bring abstract forms together with recognizable motifs—often related to his own personal history—to engage with themes of ...

    Two Noble Kinsmen

    Two Noble Kinsmen

    Bryant Park

    Manhattan

    Thu, Jul 15, 2021 - Sat, Jul 31, 2021

    The Drilling Company will return with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot July 15 to 30, offering a portable three-week run of "Two Noble Kinsmen," a rarely-produced curiosity of the Shakespearean canon. Performances will begin July 15, 16, 17 in the parking Lot of The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street; move July 19, 20, 21 to Bryant Park, and return July 28 29, 30 to The Clemente.  Director Hamilton Clancy is re-envisioning the story of Thebes and Athens into a modern spy caper ...

    Seize The King

    Seize The King

    Marcus Garvey Park

    Manhattan

    Tue, Jul 06, 2021 - Thu, Jul 29, 2021

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents "Seize The King." With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure a tyrant won’t rise in his place? Award-winning playwright Will Power delivers a propulsive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s "Richard III" that the "San Diego City Beat" described as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line ...

What’s It All About

521 West 26th Street

New York N.Y. 10001

2126290707

Jenkins Johnson Projects presents "What’s It All About," an exhibition bringing together a multi-generational group of abstract artists. The exhibition features renowned professors Dewey Crumpler, San Francisco Art Institute, and Lisa Corinne Davis, Hunter College. Participating artists include Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Patrick Alston, Carmen Neely, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Emma Soucek ...

Brighter Days

between Broadway, Park Row and Chambers Streets

new york N.Y. 10007

From May 4th to November 28th, Public Art Fund will be presenting "Brighter Days" at City Hall Park, a thematic survey of seminal artist Melvin Edwards’ work featuring five sculptures created between 1970 and 1996, as well as a new work commissioned in 2020 for this historic exhibition. For more ...

Two Noble Kinsmen

Avenue of the Americas

New York N.Y. 10110

2127684242

The Drilling Company will return with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot July 15 to 30, offering a portable three-week run of "Two Noble Kinsmen," a rarely-produced curiosity of the Shakespearean canon. Performances will begin July 15, 16, 17 in the parking Lot of The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street; move July 19, 20, 21 to Bryant Park, ...