5 Free Events in New York City: Cutting Up The NYT, Ivan Forde and More

5 Free Events in New York City: Cutting Up The NYT, Ivan Forde and More

Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams in Conversation
Baxter Street at the Camera Club  of New York; Manhattan
Dec 12; 7 p.m.
A conversation between interdisciplinary artists Derrick Adams and Ivan Forde will celebrate Forde’s current show, “Dense Lightness.” Drawing inspiration from both Adams and the Mesopotamian epic poem “Giglamesh/He Who Saw The Deep,” Forde’s work explores finding harmony despite mounting obstacles and conflict.

36th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition
The Arsenal in Central Park, Manhattan
Dec. 14; 9 am. to 5 p.m.
New York City Parks is kicking off the Christmas season with its annual wreath show. Made with unconventional materials, the wreaths are at once humorous and instructional, teaching onlookers how to creatively reuse waste like plastic bottles and tin foil.

The Old Stone House: Witness to War
J.J. Byrne Playground, Brooklyn
Dec. 15; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Created through a partnership between art historians and Panormaic Studios, this permanent exhibition explores the Battle of Brooklyn and occupation from 1776 to 1783. With 10 themed areas, the exhibition invites visitors to question how war impacted communities and to explore how themes and issues from Revolutionary-era America are still present in our modern society.

14th Annual Carol Sing
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, Manhattan
Dec. 16; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Conducted by Andrew Henderson and Mary Huff, the church choir will sing Christmas carols followed by a festive reception. The Carol Sing is one of the church’s most popular events of the year and has a history of drawing in people of different faiths. Children are welcome to attend.

Cutting Up The New York Times by Lorraine O’Grady
Alexander Gray Associates, Manhattan
Through Dec. 15; times vary
American conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady presents a new group of diptychs that revisit her “Cutting Up the New York Times” pieces from 1977. Robbing printed phrases from their full context, the Dadaist works explore self expression and mass media.

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Top Image: Courtesy of Ivan Forde; Baxter St. at CCNY