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Explore New Art Exhibits in Lincoln Square

Sep 13, 2022
Explore New Art Exhibits in Lincoln Square

This September, you can view two new art exhibits in Lincoln Square.

On September 10, Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle opened at the Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Circle). The exhibit showcases the genre-defying artist and DIY designer Matthew Flower, better known as Machine Dazzle. This first solo exhibition dedicated to Machine Dazzle brings together the artist’s bedazzled, maximalist-style creations for stage, spectacles, and street theater, as well as material samples, photography, video, and more. The designer combines embellishments of drag and burlesque, such as sequins, glitter, feathers, and beads, with found objects, such as ping pong balls, hoop skirts, slinkies, soup cans, and more. Installed on two floors of the Museum, you can view Machine Dazzle’s living sculptures which are excessive in scale, color, surface, texture, and movement until February 19, 2023. Please note that some of the works on display contain adult sexual content. 

Opening on September 23, the American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square) will have an exhibit entitled Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered on display through January 29, 2023. This exhibition is the most comprehensive gathering of the self-taught artist of the 1930s and 1940s work ever assembled. Featuring loans from private and public collections, it displays over 40 paintings, including iconic works such as Girl with Flowers, Stage Beauties, Parliamentary Buildings, and Inseparable Friends, as well as reproductions of the technical drawings that accompanied Hirshfield’s patents for shoes, slippers, and “foot appliances.” On Friday, September 23, at 4:30pm, there will be a book signing with the exhibit curator and author, Richard Meyer, at the American Folk Art Museum. His book, Master of Two Left Feet Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered, is available for purchase at the Museum and online Shop. Come and learn more about Hirshfield's life and work.

The Museum of Arts and Design is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You can purchase your ticket here. Beginning September 23, the American Folk Art Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30am - 6:00pm. While admission is free and drop-ins are welcome, ticket reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here to reserve your ticket. 

We are so excited to see these new exhibits coming to the neighborhood. Make sure you check them out!

Image: Machine Dazzle photographed by Gregory Kramer, 2019.