Free arts and culture this week in New York City

Think you have to be a swell to soak up cultural life in the big city? Our weekly rundown of free arts events in NYC proves otherwise.

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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 several sculptural works that are activated by

  1. Public Art Fund at MetroTech Center Commons MetroTech Center Commons, Myrtle Ave, between Flatbush Ave and Jay St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Fri May 29
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“Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic”

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

By now, it’s hardly surprising that the work of a freshly discovered outsider artist is usually astonishing. While Willem van Genk isn’t unknown, exactly—he’s been celebrated in Europe for years—he’s new to these shores, and so his work arrives here as if it had just been uncovered. And

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Mon Dec 1
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"Picasso & Jacqueline: The Evolution of Style"

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The work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) represents the art-historical gift that keeps on giving, offering exhibition organizers a seemingly inexhaustible supply of periods and styles to draw upon. This show takes up the last two decades of his career, when he obsessed over the image of his second

  1. Pace Gallery 32 E 57th St, between Madison and Park Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Jan 10
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Thomas Scheibitz, "Studio Imaginaire"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • Free

Thomas Scheibitz has been a dependable presence in New York galleries since the ’90s, and his neomodernist approach has been just as reliable. His latest paintings and sculptures are business as usual, offering schematic lines and forms binding a deft puree of references to early-20th-century

  1. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 521 W 21st St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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Gary Simmons, "Fight Night"

  • Free

This African-American artist is best known for chalkboard paintings featuring semi-erased images that include racist caricatures among other things more tangentially related to identity. He's had an ongoing interest in boxing, a sport dominated by black athletes, and for this show, he's created a

  1. Metro Pictures 519 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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"Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

In an ambitious exhibit that's as sexy as it is educational, Leslie-Lohman traces queer art from antiquity and the Renaissance (think sculptures of Sappho and muscleman drawings by Michelangelo) to the modern era (including work by boundary-pushing artists like Del LaGrace Volcano and Robert

  1. Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 26 Wooster St, between Canal and Grand Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
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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 constructed using the original material and

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Fri Dec 5
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Josh Faught, "Christmas Creep"

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

A lot of people find the holidays depressing—a sentiment exacerbated, no doubt, by the season starting earlier each year. Retailers call this ever-accelerating schedule Christmas creep, the inspiration for the title of Faught’s latest group of mournful fiber-art pieces, which reflect on memory

  1. Lisa Cooley 107 Norfolk St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Dec 21
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Movement Research at the Judson Church

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Judson Mondays are here again. Pop by for a free evening of movement experimentation, curated by Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low and Molly Poerstel.

  1. Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Sq South, at Thompson St, 10012
  2. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Feb 9
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Huguette Caland, "Early Works: 1970–85"

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

Huguette Caland, the daughter 
of Lebanon’s first president, studied art during the 1960s at 
the American University in Beirut before she moved to Paris. 
She developed a distinctive combination of Pop Art and fluidly Minimalist abstraction, depicting the body in ways both sensual 
and

  1. Lombard Freid Projects 518 W 19th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Nov 25 - Sat Dec 20
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