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31 Jan 2019

Weekend Plans: 5 Immersive Exhibitions in NYC

At Lightbox, we’re all about immersive art, especially when it comes to playing with light. Despite the cold temperatures, 2019 has already offered us with some incredible exhibitions that are well worth a trek. We’ve scoped out what we think are the coolest immersive shows going on right now: they’re playful, thoughtful, and eye-catching (and in the case of #2, may be in the middle of your commute)! Check out what’s lighting up NYC:


1.Paul Stephen Benjamin: Pure, Very, New

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Curated by Lisa Freiman

In his first solo exhibition, Atlanta-based artist Paul Stephen Benjamin explores the linguistic, conceptual, and cultural constructs of the word “black”. The exhibition includes Benjamin’s paintings, photographs, sculptures, and single/multichannel installations. The show also features a black light installation as a passageway between two spaces.

2. Iceberg

Broadway W37th-38th

Created by ATOMIC3 & Appareil Architecture, in collaboration with Jean-Sebastien Cote and Philippe Jean

Unveiled by the Garment District Alliance, this interactive sculpture follows the life cycle of an iceberg. Sound and light travel through the metal arches as you walk through this whimsical and thoughtful piece about climate change.


3. Potin & Ben Rubin: The Wheel of Intention

The Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum declared that their theme for 2019 is Power. In the lobby of the Rubin is an interactive wheel where visitors enter their intentions, which then travel up an illuminated spiral staircase that displays all of the entries. Appropriately, the theme of this specific piece is to highlight the power of intention.


4. Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

Whitney Museum of American Art

Organized by Christiane Paul, Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum with Clémence White

Programmed features over 50 years of video, conceptual and computational art. While the art was created by code, it also addresses the programming within the creations. This immersive exhibit explores both artistic response and contribution to programming technology.

5. Dick Esterle: Scattered Light

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)

528 25-foot length pieces of pink and orange flagging tape hang into the main lobby of NYSCI. Esterle’s work moves and shifts, allowing viewers to see different shapes and color patterns as the day progresses. Impressively, Scattered Light uses paper clips and metal rods to create an inexpensive but arresting piece.