Five Must-See Art Events Happening in New York City from June 12-16

Welcome to Things to Do, our weekly roundup of the most exciting events in New York’s vibrant art scene.

Looking for some excitement in the city? Look no further than our carefully curated list of upcoming events. We’ve handpicked events for art enthusiasts and culture aficionados alike, with a range of museum exhibitions and gallery openings to choose from. No matter what you’re into, our list has something for everyone.

While some events may require advance reservations, all of the events on our list are open to the public, so you don’t need an invitation to attend. This makes them easily accessible to everyone, so you can enjoy all that the city’s cultural scene has to offer.

Don’t miss out on these exciting experiences. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of city culture.

If tickets seem to be sold out, don’t give up hope just yet – try checking secondary markets like StubHub, SeatGeek, and Craigslist, as people in the art industry are known for being double-booked and seeking alternative avenues to secure access.

So, whether you’re an art aficionado or a curious newcomer, we’ve got you covered with insider tips on where to go and what to see.

Wednesday June 14th and Thursday June 15th

‘Party Girl’ 4k Restoration Screening

If you’re a fan of independent cinema and the vibrant culture of downtown New York in the 90s, then head over to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on 11 West 53rd St. to watch the newly restored 4k version of the 1995 film “Party Girl”. Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer and starring Parker Posey, this film explores the intersection of the city’s party scene and the art world, making it a must-see for art enthusiasts and beyond.

Posey’s performance in the film is outstanding and is considered to be one of her finest outside of Christopher Guest-directed films. “Party Girl” is a love letter to a bygone era of the city’s history, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to get a glimpse of what was downtown Manhattan in the 90s.

Don’t miss out on this unique cinematic experience at MoMA. Book your reservations now to watch “Party Girl” in its restored 4k version.

Wednesday June 14th and Friday June 16th

yunè pinku at the Sonic sphere

If you’re a music enthusiast looking for a unique and immersive concert experience, then head over to The Shed at 545 West 30th Street. The Shed is presenting a summer event that is set to blow your mind – a 65-foot-diameter spherical concert hall suspended 115-feet up in the air within The Shed’s McCourt.

This one-of-a-kind spherical concert hall is designed to provide an immersive and fascinating 3D sound and light experience, and promises to be an unforgettable experience for all. Cutting-edge and boundary-pushing artists will take the stage, showcasing their musical talents like never before.

The concert series is set to kick off this week with the debut of yunè pinku, an artist that The Guardian praises for her exceptional ability to mix 30 years of rave culture into a melodic new blend, with a touch of Radiohead, psych, and hyperpop genres. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore music and sound in a completely different way. Book your reservations now for an experience that you’ll never forget.

Thursday June 15th

Opening: “a signal urgent but breaking”

Calling all art lovers! Head over to Perrotin Gallery at 130 Orchard Street from 6-8 pm to see tomorrow’s rising stars in the art world. The gallery is showcasing the Yale MFA Painting and Printmaking Class of 2023, giving you a chance to preview the work of these talented artists before they make it big.

The exhibition promises a powerful and unifying theme in the words of one of the program’s co-teachers, “Emerging into a post-pandemic cultural landscape, the cohort reminds us of the profound lessons learned since 2020: to dig deep roots and cherish our immediate environments; to value the exploration and expression of oneself that transcends conventional routines and institutional systems; and to recognize the essential need to care intensely for those who weather these uncertain times with us.”

This highly-anticipated exhibition is an excellent opportunity to witness the art world’s future luminaries and should not be missed. If you weren’t able to attend Art Basel this week, attending this reception and show at Perrotin Gallery is a must. Join us and witness the magnificent works of these young and talented artists.

Thursday June 15th


Signs and Symbols Gallery presents an all-female group exhibition titled “Untitled (A Real Torture Would…)” on June 16th from 6-8 pm. The exhibition’s title references a notable artwork by Jenny Holzer, “Inflammatory Essays” (1979-1982).

Featuring the work of ten talented and accomplished artists such as Rachael Catharine Anderson, Sarah Anderson, Shaqayeq Arabi, Annabel Daou, Ornella Fieres, Karen Finley, Jeewi Lee, Rachel Libeskind, Linder, Pola Sieverding, and Ann Weathersby, this exhibition explores the complicated and uncertain territory that female artists inhabit.

The show aims to shed light on what it means to be a woman and an artist at the same time through various forms of artwork. The Holzer piece that inspired the title of the exhibition emphasizes the theme “A REAL TORTURE WOULD BE TO BUILD A SPARKLING CAGE WITH 2-WAY MIRRORS AND STEEL BARS,” presenting the complexity and nuances of the artists’ experiences.

Don’t miss this unique and thought-provoking exhibition at 249 East Houston St.

Thursday June 15th

Return of the Vermeers: New Insights on Three Masterworks

If you didn’t get the chance to see the recently closed landmark exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, featuring the works of the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer, don’t worry. The Frick Madison on 945 Madison Avenue is displaying three of his works: Officer and Laughing Girl, Girl Interrupted at Her Music, and Mistress and Maid.

With only 35 works attributed to Vermeer, seeing these pieces at the museum can be a momentous occasion. Visitors can also see additional Vermeer paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which loaned Young Woman with a Lute and Allegory of the Catholic Faith to the Frick, soon to be back on view.

Don’t miss out on these rare, priceless pieces by one of the world’s most sought-after painters. Visit the Frick Madison to view these icons of art history.