Best free art exhibitions in NYC
Every generation has a subculture it can feel embarrassed about, whether it’s hippies or punks, or, as the case of millennials, those emo kids who used to mope in the back of the class during the 1980s and ’90s. This two-person showcase, featuring Philly painter Riley Hanson, and Frankfurt, Germany based multimedia artist James Gregory Atkinson, evokes the era of sackcloth and eyeliner with Hanson portraits of period scenesters and Atkinson’s closeup photos of teary eyes wearing “novelty” contact lenses.
Simone Leigh’s 16-foot-tall bronze bust of a black woman takes its title from the 1977 Motown hit by the Commodores, and portrays its subject as a monumental head crowned by an Afro atop a domed-shaped body resembling a hut. With Brick House, Leigh salutes the strength and fortitude of women in the African Diaspora.