5 Free Events in New York City This Week: Jeffrey Gibson, Harlem Renaissance Revisited and More

5 Free Events in New York City This Week: Jeffrey Gibson, Harlem Renaissance Revisited and More

The leaves are turning, the fall weather is upon us and New York City is once again bustling with free events. We’ve rounded up our favorites below, but feel free to shoot an email to EdevaneG@wliw.org if you’d like to see your event included.

I am a Rainbow Too
Sikkema Jenkins & Co, Manhattan
Oct. 18-Nov. 21
Abstract artist and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson is the subject of a solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in Chelsea. The colorful display is the latest in a long line of exhibitions to feature the work of the Brooklyn-based artist, who specializes in textiles and bright, Native-American inspired motifs. Gibson is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal College of Art on a scholarship from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, of which he is a member. Find details about the exhibition here. 

Girls Write Now Book Launch
Books Are Magic, Brooklyn
October 17; 7 p.m.-9p.m.
Author Emma Straub will lead four young writers in conversation at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn ahead of the release of “Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices.” The anthology, which was written by teenage girls and peppered with advice from Roxane Gay, Zadie Smith, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker and others, has been hailed as an urgent, necessary read for all genders.

The Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration Preview
City College of New York, Manhattan
October 19, 11a.m.
Harlem One Stop and the Harlem Cultural Collaborative Partners are launching a two-year celebration dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a period in the 1920s marked by significant cultural, intellectual and artistic creation in urban areas, especially Chicago and New York City. On Friday, attend an event preview to see what the next two years has in store.

Conversation: Artists on the Refugee Crisis
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Oct. 18; 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Join artists Ginane Makki Bacho, Issam Kourbaj and Mohamad Hafez as they discuss the exhibition “Syria, Then and Now: Stories from Refugees a Century Apart.” Refugees International will also host a question-and-answer discussion that focuses on the art, the refugee crisis and the intersections therein. There is no cost to attend the event, but an RSVP is required.

Found Footage
House 403, Governors Island
Oct. 21; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Audiences are invited to a paranormal investigation show at Governors Island. The mixed-media installation is themed around footage taken by a fictional documentary crew that, according to urban lore, disappeared somewhere on Governors Island. Walk through the immersive exhibition to see if you can discover the whereabouts of the missing New Yorkers. The show is open to ages 16 and up; an RSVP is required.

Top Image: "I AM A RAINBOW TOO, 2018" Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into wood frame 7 parts, 21.5 x 19 inches (54.6 x 48.3 cm) each © Jeffrey Gibson, courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.