If you’re in New York City this Labor Day and looking for something to do, check out some of these exhibitions. It’ll be your last chance to see many of these architecture and design shows before they close after the holiday. Whether you want to head to the beach for a sea of mirrored balls or want to get inspired by the history of activist professionals, this list has something for you.
And if you’re not in New York, sit tight and wait for our national roundup that’s coming tomorrow.
2018 Young Architects Program: Hide & Seek
Open 12:00–6:00 p.m. through September 3
$10 for adults
MoMA PS1’s 2018 Young Architects Program hosted Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine for their annual courtyard installation, and it’s a funhouse of mirrors and shadow. The program is a great way to experience the work of rising architectural talents while enjoying the PS1’s arts and culture program. This year’s installation closes this weekend, so it’s your last chance to see it.
Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
On view through January 1, 2019
$25 for adults
Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s City Dreams retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art covers his kaleidoscopic paper cities that envision “cities of peace.” The show will be up through the rest of the year, but there’s enough in these pieces to make them worth multiple visits.
Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela
The Museum of the City of New York
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. through October 28, 2018
$18 for adults
If you’re looking for some jazz age glamor, the Museum of the City of New York’s Rosario Candela show spotlights the architect’s designs for the city’s glittering elite. The show covers the designers rise from humble immigrant roots to celebrity architect and surprising second-career turn as a cryptographer.
Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama
MoMA PS1 at Fort Tilden
Through September 3
Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored balls at the Rockaways are free and open every day this weekend. Go to the beach, see some art, maybe take a selfie or two. Don’t hesitate, though, the installation closes after Labor Day.
A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later
Center for Architecture
Open Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later at the Center for Architecture remembers the activist’s exhortation calling designers to take on the day’s social challenges, and then looks at how architects have followed through and the work that’s still to be done. The show closes September 15, which is not far away. Sure to get you fired up for fall.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Open 9 a.m. to sundown every day
Rest yourself on a 3-D-printed chair at Socrates Sculpture Park where Cornell University professors and HANNAH cofounders Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic have strewn the riverside lawn with their sculptural creations. RRRolling Stones was the 2018 winner of Folly/Function, the Architectural League of New York‘s annual competition held with the park. The chairs will be out through the end of the year, but the sun won’t be, so go see ’em now.
Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art
Through September 30
$25 for adults
Lastly, check out Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum. The artists give voice to the cultural influences that shaped modern architecture in the U.S. and are frequently overlooked. It’s also perfectly placed for a nice stroll on the High Line after.
There are plenty more exhibitions up throughout the city and the tri-state region, but hopefully this gives you somewhere to start. Have a great weekend!