5 Free Events in NYC: Queer Visual Culture, Nona Faustine’s Poignant Work and More

5 Free Events in NYC: Queer Visual Culture, Nona Faustine’s Poignant Work and More

Another week, another listing! Here are five free arts and culture events happening in New York City the week of Nov. 12.

“Ye Are My Witness,” Nona Faustine
Higher Pictures, Manhattan
Through Dec. 8
Artist Nona Faustine expands upon her brilliant “White Shoes” series with “Ye Are My Witness,” a sculpture and photography exhibition that attempts to document, reclaim and occupy sites and images in New York City that were once linked to slavery. Faustine, whose work is also included in the Brooklyn Museum’s feminist exhibition Half The Picture, often uses her naked body to convey the emotional and physical trauma of slavery.

Unruly Visions: The Aesthetic Practices of Queer Diaspora
NYU Silver Center, Manhattan
Nov. 15; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at New York University presents this conversation on queer visual culture. Scholars Lisa Lowe, Tavia Nyong’o, Licia Fiol-Matta and Manijeh Moradian are slated to discuss Gayatri Gopinath’s recently published “Unruly Visions,” a book that spans the representation of queer identities in film, fine art, poetry and other artistic mediums.

Holiday Train Show
Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan
Nov. 15 to Feb. 3; weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Railroad enthusiasts might enjoy the New York Transit Museum’s annual Holiday Train Show. Located inside the Gallery Annex & Store at Grand Central Terminal, the show boasts a two-story, 34-foot model train track. This year’s celebration also marks a departure from tradition: In the past, the toy train track was a replica of Grand Central Terminal, but organizers tapped artist Ebony Bolt to create something original and site-specific for this year’s iteration.

Historic New York: Native Americans Past and Present
Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Bronx
Nov. 17; 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn about the Lenape tribe and its legacy in New York. Urban Park Rangers will give a guided tour and explain how the matrilineal tribe utilized local waterways, native plants and wildlife to help sustain their communities.

Columbus Circle Broadway Under The Stars
Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Through Dec. 10; 5 p.m.
Each Monday for the next four weeks, The Shops at Columbus Circle will host a free concert featuring Broadway stars. On Nov. 19, catch a performance by cast members from “Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show,” “Head Over Heels,” “The Band’s Visit” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Top Image: Courtesy of Higher Pictures art gallery