Weekend Update: 11/09.2023

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday November 9, 2023


Continuing through November 26: Phyllidia Barlow | Prank at City Hall Park

Phyllida Barlow (British, 1944–2023) created PRANK, a new series of seven steel and fiberglass sculptures, for City Hall Park, all based on a familiar object that might be found at home. These recreations have been rotated, repeated, and stacked to create awkward, improbable structures. PRANK was completed before Barlow’s untimely death in March, and marks an important step as her first exhibition made with outdoor materials while also engaging some of the artist's longstanding themes and motifs. 

The title of each sculpture is a single word: antic, hoax, jape, jinx, mimic, stunt, and truant. Variants of the artist’s comical “rabbit ears” defy gravity to scale stairs, grasp edges, and balance atop eccentric structures, as if performing. Together, they suggest an interest in the creative potential of disruption and rule breaking, a hallmark of Barlow’s art. Info

City Hall Park, Broadway and Chambers Street, New York, NY


Sculpture of Dreams by Marta Minujín, Times Square 

Unveiled yesterday, this work by the Argentine artist rises more than 30 feet above Times Square, making it one of the largest art installations to ever be shown there.  Made of 16 inflatable sections that come together to form an immersive passageway of the artist’s trademark psychedelic colors and patterns, it invites visitors to walk through its interior and whisper their hopes and dreams into hidden speakers as recordings of birdsong play.

The Times Square installation coincides with Minujín’s first American retrospective, opening November 17th at the Jewish Museum. Titled Arte! Arte! Art!, the exhibition will follow her life and career through an array of sculptures, paintings, psychedelic performances and visual documentations in various mediums. 

Sculpture of Dreams will be on view in Times Square from November 8th to November 21st, and Arte! Arte! Arte! from November 17th to March 31st. Info  

Thursday-Sunday, November 9–12: The Other Art Fair Brooklyn

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair is a global gathering of creative thinkers, game changers, and pleasure seekers sharing emerging talent and unforgettable experiences. Set against the backdrop of the world’s biggest cities, each of their Fairs are different. The Fair combines boundary-pushing yet always-affordable artworks with immersive installations, performances, and a few curious encounters. Use code 20PW for 20% off your ticket purchase!

ZeroSpace, 337-345 Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY  Tickets


Saturday-Sunday, November 11-12: Renegade Craft Fair at Metropolitan Pavilion

Shop small, do good is the motto of the revered craft fair opening this weekend  in NYC. Time Out says: Any crafter worth their weight in cashmere yarn knows that Renegade Craft Fair is the fair all others aspire to. Held in urban epicenters around the country, Renegade is a locally-focused marketplace showcasing work from hundreds of the best contemporary indie craft artists. 

Aside from the wares, Renegade offers all sorts of homemade DIY fun and festivities: such as classes and demos, free photo booths and tasty food snacks. 

Renegade Craft Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY Info


Sunday, November 12, 12–7PM: Second Sundays at Pioneer Wooks

Since 2013, Pioneer Works has hosted Second Sundays, free monthly open house featuring open studios [3-5pm], live music, food and workshops that activate the campus in partnership with artists-in-residents and community members in Red Hook. Join a participatory workshop conceived by Liz Magic Laser and Cori Kresge, musical performances by Jessica Pavone String Ensemble and GOBBY, and more. RSVP

Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY