5 Free Events in NYC: Fashion Week Exhibitions, Surprise Proposals in Times Square and More

5 Free Events in NYC: Fashion Week Exhibitions, Surprise Proposals in Times Square and More

The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls
St. John the Divine, Manhattan
Feb. 14 through June 30
In a fitting nod to its location, this exhibition uses cathedrals as a jumping off point to explore the concept of sanctuary. An array of visual artists will be showing work that examines the intersections of refuge and personhood, dignity, inclusion and exclusion.

Andy Karl in Times Square (and lots of vow renewals)
TDF’s red steps, Manhattan
Feb. 14; 6 p.m.
Nothing says romance like… Times Square? Andy Karl, star of the Broadway adaptation of “Pretty Woman,” will be lending his voice to a day-long celebration of love and marriage in Times Square. Although his performance is slated for 6 p.m., there will be wedding ceremonies, surprise proposals and special vow renewals from pre-registered couples starting at 11:30 a.m. Note: If this sounds like the ideal wedding scenario to you and your significant other, there’s still time to register on the Times Square website.

The Art of Fashion
JoAnne Artman Gallery, Manhattan
Through March 31; artist reception Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Those of you hoping to celebrate New York Fashion Week on a budget might enjoy this sartorial-themed exhibition at JoAnne Artman Gallery. Featuring recent works by Jane Maxwell and Pedro Bonnin, the slate of visual art offerings revolve around fashion, design and the human form.

50 Years of The Museum at FIT
Special Exhibitions Gallery at FIT, Manhattan
Through April 20
The museum has played host to more than 200 exhibitions since opening in 1969, and this show cherry picks a few dozen to commemorate. Fashion and Surrealism, The Corset and Fairy Tale Fashion are among the selections from the event archive.

New York Experienced
American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery, Queens
Feb. 19 through May 30
Drawn from the American Folk Art Museum’s existing collection, this exhibition focuses on the city as interpreted by New York artists. Work from Ralph Fasanella, Malacah Zeldis, Gregorio Marzan and Harry Lieberman will be on display.

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