5 Free Events in NYC: Lunar New Year, Photowalk, Enrico Riley’s “New World” and More

5 Free Events in NYC: Lunar New Year, Photowalk, Enrico Riley’s “New World” and More

Another week, another round up! Read on for our five event picks of the week.

a simple song
Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York, Manhattan
Through March 2
Artist Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr. debuts his first solo exhibition with a focus on photography and sculpture work. The pieces are all inspired by Billy Preston’s 1971 album “I Wrote a Simple Song,” and grapple with isolation and black representation in art.

Celebrate Lunar New Year
The Shops at Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Feb 2; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The New York Chinese Cultural Center has teamed up with The Shops at Columbus Circle to host a family-friendly celebration of the Year of the Pig. In addition to Lion Dance performances, there will be demonstrations on sugar painting and lantern-making workshops.

Enrico Riley “New World”
Jenkins Johnsons Projects, Brooklyn 
Through March 23; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artist Enrico Riley explores historical violence, racism, grief and misfortune in his paintings, earning critical acclaim for his stark portrayal of the traumas inflicted upon African American communities. As part of “New World,” the artist asks the viewer to draw connections between past and present while envisioning new, more equitable futures.

Flickr Photowalk: NYC Edition
Various Locations, Manhattan
Feb 2; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m
Novice and established photographers are invited to participate in this photo walk around Manhattan. Led by New York photojournalist Ethan Barber, the free tour takes guests to the city’s most iconic views and supplies them with tips and tricks to capture the perfect photo. Guests need to bring their own camera.

Black History Month: Sandy Ground
Bloomingdale Park, Staten Island
Feb 3; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers take visitors through the history and significance of Sandy Ground, one the oldest surviving African American communities founded before the American Civil War. The culture, the art and the hardships that proliferated in the neighborhood will all be explored in this special Black History Month tour.

Top Image: Detail of a piece by Enrico Riley, whose work is currently on view at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.