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  1. public art watch
    James Turrell Skyspace Opens at Friends SeminaryIt opens to the public on March 1.
  2. great rooms
    The Empty Dry Cleaner That Became a Printing StudioArtist Leslie Diuguid needed a larger space to work (and her bedroom back).
  3. photography
    When New York Started to Wake UpThe photographs in Metropolitan Melancholia, made in 2021 and 2022, document a city learning to un-shelter in place.
  4. look book
    The Look Book Goes to the Henry Taylor OpeningThe Whitney’s fall preview celebrated “Henry Taylor: B Side” and the work of Nancy Baker Cahill, Harry Smith, and more.
  5. art
    Rirkrit Tiravanija Would Prefer Not ToHis new retrospective at MoMA PS1 celebrates avoiding making art.
  6. mysteries
    Atelier Jolie Has Been DefacedThe former Basquiat studio turned Angelina Jolie concept project has been painted pink.
  7. land disputes
    Bad News About Kevin Costner’s Buffalo SculptureAfter a decades-long legal battle, he may be forced to sell it.
  8. design hunting
    ‘I Sold My Soul, But Warhol Would Be Proud’Meet the M.F.A. grads pumping out wall art for mid-tier hotel chains and retirement homes.
  9. look book
    The Look Book Goes to the Yayoi Kusama OpeningWe stopped by the artist’s new exhibit at David Zwirner gallery.
  10. museums
    Was the Breuer Building Underpriced?$100 million feels low — until you consider what it actually means to own a brutalist masterpiece.
  11. books
    New York City’s Latest Specialty Libraries for Design ObsessivesFrom critic Michael Sorkin’s collection at CUNY to the Brazilian modernism archive at R & Company.
  12. museums
    The Breuer: Requiem for a MuseumThe Sotheby’s purchase will turn the brutalist masterpiece into a mere auction house.
  13. openings
    A ‘Greater New York’ for DesignersAt the new Bushwick gallery International Objects.
  14. great rooms
    Hugh Hayden Makes Art in a Former Fruit WarehouseZebras and Barbies and bears and a dog named Mars.
  15. architecture
    There’s a Monument to South Central L.A. on Top of the MetOnce the run in New York ends, it goes back to its home community for permanent installation.
  16. seen
    Give Me the Full Immersive!From Kahlo to Klimt, Van Gogh to Tut, immersive experiences are saturating New York. They’re pricey and schlocky and — surprisingly — not half bad.
  17. openings
    O’Flaherty’s Is Back, This Time With Tubs of VaselineThe East Village gallery inaugurated its new space with naked men sculpting themselves into a messy copy of a Greek statue.
  18. power
    Crime of the CenturiesTomb raiders, crooked art dealers, and museum curators fed billionaire Michael Steinhardt’s addiction to antiquities. Many also happened to be stolen.
  19. 21 questions
    Ekene Ijeoma Has Removed All Bad Design From His Life (Except for Streets)The artist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  20. art
    Felix Gonzalez-Torres Never Saw This Work EitherNearly 30 years after the artist’s death, David Zwirner stages two pieces never manifested during his lifetime. How should we think about them?
  21. public art watch
    Mashed Potatoes Meet MonetClimate activists have been celebrated for defacing great paintings. Why?
  22. interior design
    Tiwa Select Moves to New YorkWith an exhibition of textile screens and collages by Megumi Arai.
  23. 21 questions
    Mary Mattingly Wants to Live in a Brooklyn Navy Yard Shipping CraneThe artist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  24. 21 questions
    Ebony L. Haynes Was Obsessed With the Encyclopedia Britannica As a KidThe director of 52 Walker answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  25. design edit
    Nature-Inspired Glass Lighting, Soft Seating at Lincoln Center, and More FindsPlus a monument to a historic Filipino settlement in Louisiana.
  26. street view
    The Emigrant Becomes a Giant Projector ScreenRestored bank building now holds digitally reproduced gold.
  27. 21 questions
    Duke Riley Once Owned H.P. Lovecraft’s Front ToothThe artist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  28. design edit
    Psychosexual Furniture, Raf Simons’s Shaker Home Goods, and More FindsPlus a new documentary on the global fight for safe streets.
  29. public art watch
    Friends Seminary Is Getting Its Own Turrell ‘Skyspace’And it will be open to the public.
  30. 21 questions
    Anne Pasternak Rearranges Every Hotel Room She Stays InThe director of the Brooklyn Museum answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  31. 21 questions
    Magda Sawon Is Always Too EarlyThe co-founder of Postmasters Gallery answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  32. 21 questions
    Chella Man Wants to Redesign Headphones As ArmorThe artist and activist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  33. 21 questions
    Qualeasha Wood Wants to Get Crab Legs With Cardi B.The textile artist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  34. public art watch
    Can Dumbo’s Selfie Street Handle Another Attraction?Performance artists and TikTok influencers will have to learn to share the cobblestones.
  35. why this looks like that
    A ‘Comical Dungeon’ Designed in VR Takes Over a Chinatown GalleryNeo-feudalism and medieval creatures inspired Ryan Decker’s first solo show.
  36. 21 questions
    Laura Raicovich Thinks Museums Should Have Fewer Shows a YearThe writer and curator answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  37. the group portrait
    The Talented Security Guards of the MetThey’re enforcers, tour guides, artists.
  38. 21 questions
    Coco Fusco’s Best View of the City Was From a Birthday Boat RideThe artist answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  39. local lore
    The Williamsburg Building That Painted Over BasquiatWere the residents of a former factory on South 11th Street living in the “Sistine Chapel” of SAMO graffiti?
  40. the group portrait
    A Basquiat Family ReunionThe artist’s sisters have put on an exhibition of his work to remind the world where he came from — and have a party.
  41. 21 questions
    Legacy Russell Wants to Live in the Whitney’s Tiny Adobe HousesThe Kitchen’s executive director and chief curator answers Curbed’s “21 Questions.”
  42. chinatown
    The Jail Money TrapThe Museum of Chinese in America was desperate to buy its building. The city found a reason to pay for it — one that threw Chinatown into turmoil.
  43. opioid crisis
    The Met Will Remove the Sackler Name From Its GalleriesThe move follows years of pressure from activists, who said the museum was legitimizing the family despite its role in the opioid crisis.
  44. encounter
    At Jamian Juliano-Villani’s New Gallery O’Flaherty’s, ‘Taste Is Out the Door’The painter and her pals thought the art world had gotten too prissy. “This is the thing. No one’s doing anything cool.”
  45. art
    New York’s Most Beloved PuppetsFrom the childhood comforts of Sesame Street to the gleeful pop perversities of Avenue Q, a new show captures the heritage of puppetry in the city.
  46. street view
    MoMA’s ‘Automania’: Car Culture, Minus the CultureA show that doesn’t get much past the chrome and glossy paint.
  47. big boxes
    The Astor Place Kmart Was My Place to Be NormalI bought most of my clothes there, and ate cheap pizza in the café.
  48. museums
    The Queens Museum Has Become a Pandemic Community Hub“The answer to ‘What can we be as a museum?’ comes from the question of ‘What do people need us to be?’”
  49. design edit
    Slouchy Ceramics, Deconstructed Furniture, and Other Things I Liked This WeekSelected pieces from four new design exhibitions and one crowdsourced Instagram account focused on graphic design finds
  50. up high
    This Artist Posed As a Hungarian Billionaire Buyer to Get Into 25 PenthousesAdopting a new persona, then photographing the view from the 100th floor.
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