The best free art exhibitions in NYC

Culture vultures—discover gratis art exhibitions and gallery shows in our roundup

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Looking for some free things to do, art enthusiasts? Thought so. Which is why we found a bunch of exhibitions at galleries and museums in New York that won’t cost you a cent. Visit well-known institutions like the Pace Gallery and David Zwirner and still have money in your pocket for lunch at one of the best New York restaurants.


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Danh Vo, We The People, 2011–14, detail

Danh Vo, We The People, 2011–14, detail James Ewing

Danh Vo, We the People

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In this remarkable project, Vo—a Danish artist living in Berlin whose family fled his native Vietnam for Denmark after the fall of Saigon—has created a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, in 250 unassembled pieces. Each segment has been

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Dec 5
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Danh Vo, We The People, 2011–14, detail

Danh Vo, We The People, 2011–14, detail James Ewing

Danh Vo, We the People

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In this remarkable project, Vo—a Danish artist living in Berlin whose family fled his native Vietnam for Denmark after the fall of Saigon—has created a full-scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, in 250 unassembled pieces. Each segment has been

  1. City Hall Park Vesey to Chambers Sts, between Broadway and Park Row
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Dec 5
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Sam Falls, Untitled (Maze), 2014

Sam Falls, Untitled (Maze), 2014 James Ewing

Sam Falls, "Light Over Time"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

A process-oriented Los Angeles artist who works in a variety of media, Sam Falls has transformed Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Commons into a playground for his interactive art. Exploring the passage of time through light and color, Falls displays

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri May 29
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"Reconstructed History," installation view

"Reconstructed History," installation view Courtsy Skarstedt Gallery

"Mike Kelley: Reconstructed History"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Originally presented as a limited-edition artist book, Mike Kelley’s 1989 series, “Reconstructed History,” consists of 50 works on paper depicting defaced images of historical figures taken from old U.S.-history textbooks. As seen here, the

  1. Skarstedt Gallery 550 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Marcel Dzama, Everyone is making love or only watching, 2014

Marcel Dzama, Everyone is making love or only watching, 2014 Courtesy David Zwirner

Marcel Dzama, "Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance)"

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Marcel Dzama is known for imaginative drawings, sculptures, dioramas and films. All of those mediums come together for his most complex show since joining the gallery in 1998. The cornerstone is the eponymous

  1. David Zwirner 525 W 19th St , 10011
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Jenny Holzer, X CONCLUSION, 2014

Jenny Holzer, X CONCLUSION, 2014 Photograph: courtesy Cheim & Read gallery

Jenny Holzer, "Dust Paintings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the past several years, Holzer has been creating a series of paintings sourced from redacted government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. She bases her latest show on accounts related to the use of "enhanced

  1. Cheim & Read 547 W 25th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Joerg Lohse

Cory Arcangel, "tl;dr"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Over the past decade, media artist Cory Arcangel has explored the odd nexus of nostalgia and planned obsolescence with videos and large-format photos that reference 8-bit video games and other signifiers of the early digital age. The main series in

  1. Team Gallery 47 Wooster St, between Broome and Grand Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Oct 26
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Photograph: Marcus Leith

Tomma Abts

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For her first solo exhibition at the gallery in six years, the Turner Prize winner presents new works showcasing her signature take on abstraction: Small, portrait formatted canvases, featuring fluid geometries or patterns that are sometimes

  1. David Zwirner 519 W 19th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Stephen Shore

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Shore's photographs over the past 40-odd years have been characterized by their emphasis on what could be called the vernacular landscape. People going about their business and details of everyday life—some odd, some prosaic—fill his pictures,

  1. 303 Gallery 507 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 1
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Otto Muehl, Material Action no. 26, Nahrungsmitteltest (Food Test)
1966

Otto Muehl, Material Action no. 26, Nahrungsmitteltest (Food Test) 1966 © ARS

"Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960–1966"

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

People familiar with the 1960s Vienna Actionism movement are aware of its notoriety for trangressive works—or more succinctly, acts—of art. For everyone else, this survey of paintings, collages, drawings and performance photographs curated by

  1. Hauser & Wirth New York 32 E 69th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10021
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Jim Shaw, “I Only Wanted You to Love Me”

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Shaw, who was part of the legendary CalArts class that included Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and John Miller, is something of a polymath of pop-cultural styles and sources (often obscure), which he mixes with references to art history. The paintings in

  1. Metro Pictures 519 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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David Hockney, "The Arrival of Spring"

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  • Free

Hockney, of course, is one of the most famous artists working today, and in this show, he presents an ode to the titular season in the form of charcoal drawings and printed iPad drawings depicting roads winding through the countryside. A new video

  1. Pace Gallery 508 W 25th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 1
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Do Ho Suh, "Drawings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This two-part show at both Lehmann locations presents the noted Korean artist's works on paper, including an installation at the gallery's Chelsea space of life-size rubbings re-creating the interior of his former apartment.

  1. Lehmann Maupin 540 W 26th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Genevieve Hanson

Monika Sosnowska, Tower

  • Critics choice
  • Free

There's a definite post-9/11 vibe to the work of this Polish sculptor, who creates huge twisting frameworks of steel that recall architectural elements deformed by war or disaster. The distressed nature of her objects, however, are contradicted by

  1. Hauser & Wirth New York 511 W 18th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10011
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Do Ho Suh, "Drawings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This two-part show at both Lehmann locations presents the noted Korean artist's works on paper, including an installation at the gallery's Chelsea space of life-size rubbings re-creating the interior of his former apartment.

  1. Lehmann Maupin 201 Chrystie St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Jörg Immendorff, "Café Deutschland"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Immendorff (1945–2007) created this cycle of paintings between 1977 and 1984, and they quickly became the German artist's best-known works. Stylistically evoking such pre-World War I figures as Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max

  1. Michael Werner 4 E 77th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 8
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Rob Pruitt, "Multiple Personalities"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For his first New York show in four years, Pruitt’s jaded humor takes a backseat to a more introverted direction, especially in a series of smooth-all-over compositions—dubbed “Suicide Paintings”—that are featureless except for subtle

  1. Gavin Brown's Enterprise 620 Greenwich St, at Leroy St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Paul Sietsema

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Sietsema is known for a sort of self-reflexive trompe l'oeil painting that focuses on the medium itself. Images like that of a ringed stain left on a piece of newspaper by a paint can—all realistically rendered in minute detail—are typical. His

  1. Matthew Marks Gallery 522 W 22nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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James Nares, "High Speed Drawings"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Nares's canvases center around the idea of the brushstroke as a kind of calligraphic record of the painting process. Usually this entails compositions dominated by a large fluid gesture or a series of them. His latest works are ink drawings created

  1. Paul Kasmin Gallery 293 Tenth Ave, at 27th St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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Nir Hod, "Once Everything Was Much Better Even the Future"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Israeli artist weighs in on the world's inexhaustible thirst for fossil fuels with a giant snow globe. It contains a working model of an oil derrick submerged in a brownish liquid containing gold flakes that swirl around as the pump goes about

  1. Paul Kasmin Gallery 515 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Oct 25
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