5 Free Events in NYC: MLK Day, “Gay in Trumpland” Photo Series and More

5 Free Events in NYC: MLK Day, “Gay in Trumpland” Photo Series and More

Read on for a roundup of ALL ARTS’ favorite free events happening this week in New York City.

Ron Amato: Gay in Trumpland
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Manhattan
Jan. 18 to Jan. 20
This political photo series explores what it’s like to be gay in the age of President Donald Trump. Artist Ron Amato presents a mix of haunting original and archival images for the exhibition.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day Celebration
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn
Jan. 21; 10:30 a.m.
Brooklyn’s public celebration of Dr. King starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. with activists, public figures and performers paying tribute to the civil rights leader. Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement, will speak, and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir is slated to perform gospel music. A free screening of the film “Delores,” about union advocate and farm worker Dolores Huerta, is also on the program. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Make Your Mark: Watercolor Workshop Series
Recreation Center 54, Manhattan
Weekly on Tuesday through Jan. 29; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New York-based artist Sonomi Kobayashi is hosting a series of free lessons on how to paint with watercolors. All supplies will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Kids are also welcome.

Garment District Plazas, Manhattan
Through Feb. 24
Constructed using sleek metal and neon blue lighting, “Iceberg” is a piece of architecture designed to replicate the growth — and destruction — of arctic ice. With the help of motion detectors, metal arches release sound and light to correspond with guests walking through the exhibit, which symbolizes human interference in the world’s global climate. The exhibit was created by ATOMIC3 and Appareil Architecture.

Clare Woods: Passport Revolt
Simon Lee Gallery, Manhattan
Through March 2
British artist Clare Woods returns to New York for the first time since 2002 for “Passport Revolt.” The exhibition is a sequel of sorts to her first show, “Rehumanizing,” and uses a mixture of abstract and figuration to depict transgressive, sometimes disturbing imagery.