Past Exhibitions


September 1 - November 21, 2017

Nadia Ayari, Ben Browne, Mira Dayal, Cindy Ji Hye Kim, Ellie Krakow, Emily Kohl Mattingley, Russell Perkins, Amanda Turner Pohan, & Edwin Smalling  

NOW ON VIEW: ROUND 8: A Porous Line
November 14th – 21st, 2017
Reception on Saturday, November 18th, 7-9 PM

Conceived as a series of overlapping, two-person exhibitions, Volley is an experiment that foregrounds conversation and collaboration as essential aspects of artistic production.

Institution Building: Abrons Arts Center 1975 – 2017

August 10, 2017

On August 10, architects Lo-Yi Chan, and Timothy Hartung of Ennead Architects will join Alan Ruiz (Abrons Artist-in-Residence) for a conversation surrounding the building’s original and new design on the eve of its renovation. Through a dialogue about the history and future of the building, this conversation will consider the many ways in which a renovation signals a change — not only aesthetic, but political.

6:30-7:30 PM | Underground Theater | FREE

Summer Block Party

July 28, 2017

Celebrate culture this summer at Abrons’ FREE summer block party.

AIRspace Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

June 28 - August 18, 2017

Abrons’ annual AIRspace exhibition is organized by curator-in-residence Xavier Acarín and features visual art residents Kristen Jensen, Sara Jordenö, Baseera Khan, Alan Ruiz, and Matthew Schrader. 

Opening Reception | June 28 | 6 – 8 PM 

Manhattan School District One 2017 Exhibition

June 15 - June 18, 2017

Honoring the diversity and creative growth of the students from New York City School District 1, this exhibition brings to light works of art from students of all 22 schools pre-k to 12th grade.

Reception | June 15 | 5-8 PM
Student Performances | June 15 & 16 

Interspace: Kristen Jensen, Sara Jordenö & Siobhan Burke

May 22, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Join Abrons AIRspace residents Kristen Jensen & Sara Jordenö for a moderated conversation with Siobhan Burke, a dance writer who contributes regularly to The New York Times and Dance Magazine. 

A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action: National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA)

May 18 - June 11, 2017

Quixotic downtown theater collective the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) presents a gallery show of illustrations and commentary from their forthcoming book A New Practical Guide to Rhetorical Gesture and Action. At Abrons Arts Center, Jesse Hawley’s hand colored originals will be displayed alongside descriptive commentary by Normandy Sherwood.

Reception | May 18 | 6 – 8 PM
Book Launch Event | May 27 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM 


Public Formats

May 18 - June 11, 2017

The poster has participated in modernity fraternizing with ideology and war and directing the crowds towards commercial and political activities. A medium of communication defined by its visual efficiency; a format determined by its size, its materiality, and its distribution. The influence of the poster can be traced in public and personal imagery, paradoxically combining an ephemeral quality with a desire to accumulate, revise, and keep.

Featuring American Artist, Itziar Barrio, Anton Ginzburg, Gordon Hall, Paul John, Sara Magenheimer and Alan Ruiz.
Curated by Xavier Acarín, Abrons’ AIRspace Curator-in-Residence 2016-2017.
Opening Reception | May 18 | 6 – 8 PM
Public Risograph Workshop & Closing | June 11 | 3 – 8 PM 

Imagined Futures: Spring 2017 Student Exhibitions

May 12 - May 20, 2017

Featuring work by the emerging young artists of Abrons Arts Center’s Engagement Programs. Imagined Futures has been curated by staff and artist faculty and includes a broad spectrum of art making styles/media.