A new month, a new season and a new weekly round up of free events! In this edition, ALL ARTS is celebrating the hodgepodge of New York institutions that participate in First Fridays, that beloved first Friday of the month where select museums, art galleries and music venues waive admission fees in hopes of boosting cultural awareness throughout the city.
We’ve rounded up our top 3 picks for First Friday deals below. For free events taking place later in the week, scroll further.
First Fridays at the Whitney Museum from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: The Whitney is currently running a slew of exciting exhibits, making this pick an easy one. Our favorites include “Mary Corse: A Survey in Light,” which features selections from the California artist’s shimmering bodies of work. We’re also a fan of the museum’s “Programmed Rules: Codes and Choreographies in Art,” which explores the influence of mathematics and technology on art.
UNIQLO First Fridays at MoMA from 4p.m. to 8 p.m: Check out favorites from MoMA’s awe-inspiring collection, including Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” several gilded works by Gustav Klimt and more. If you’ve tired of the classics, check out one of the museum’s seasonal exhibitions. We liked “Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done,” which highlights a group of choreographers, visual artists and performers who found a haven for dance in the 1960s at Judson Memorial Church.
First Fridays at the Frick from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Frick’s monthly free event resumes this week after its September hiatus. We recommend checking out “The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus and Jan Vos,” an exhibit that brings together two Vos masterpieces for the first time in nearly a quarter century.
Additional free events happening this week:
Honoring Prince vs Michael Jackson
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Oct. 5; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
In a tribute to pop pioneers, the Schomburg Center is hosting a free dance party in which attendees are encouraged to dress as either Prince or Michael Jackson. What’s more, the center is extending its exhibition hours for “Black Power,” which celebrates generations of Black activism.
25th Annual Bus Festival
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Oct. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Do you have a friend who is always griping about public transit? Take them to the 25th annual bus festival, which commences this weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Hosted by the New York Transit Museum, the exhibit features more than 80 years of transit history in one place. Attendees can also tour and take photographs inside the city’s fleet of vintage buses.
Atrium 360: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
Oct. 6; 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Celebrate NOLA in New York with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. In a fitting tribute to her heritage, Ash and her ensemble will play songs that acknowledge the rich and vibrant cultural history of Mardis Gras. Kids are welcome to attend. Seating is first come, first serve.
The Mile-Long Opera
The High Line, Manhattan
Oct. 3-7; 7 p.m.
A mega-chorus of 1,000 singers from 40 local choirs will perform “The Mile-Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’clock” at the High Line. As part of the immersive experience, attendees are invited to walk the length of the High Line while performers belt out small stories inspired by city life. Advance tickets are required to attend. If you can’t make it in person, there will be a 360-stream available on the High Line website. For more information, check out our feature on the “The Mile-Long Opera” here.
Top Image: Courtesy of New York Transit Museum