The Ford Foundation Live Gallery, located in the lobby of New York Live Arts, features site-specific works throughout the year. Past artists have included Rashaad Newsome, Donald Baechler, Kiki Smith, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Robert Longo, Bjorn Amelan, For Freedoms/Hank Willis Thomas, Zoe Buckman and Natalie Frank, Nat Ward, Jonathan Allen, Jasmine Murrell, Nick Cave and Bob Faust, Derrick Adams, Avram Finkelstein and Rodrigo Moreira.

To review New York Live Arts’ best practices guidelines and reopening plan, visit our website. Visitor protocols Live Arts has put in place for both gallery shows and lobby activations include:

Pictured above:Bjorn Amelan Image by Maria Baranova

On view through Spring 2022
@ New York Live Arts Studios
Daniel Alexander Jones: Altar

“Thou shines beautiful on the horizon of heaven, O Living Disk, who lived from the beginning.” -Akhenaten’s Hymn To The Sun This altar contains the elements of earth, water, fire, and air. It offers an assemblage of works that speak to the heavenly bodies that comprise the ATEN project [The Aten...

On View now through Jan, 2022
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Raja Feather Kelly | the feath3r theory: "Eden: Me/Us/Her"

On view now through January 2022; Opening reception with complimentary refreshments: Nov 19th, 5pm at New York Live Arts This installation is part of Live Arts 2019 – 2020 Randjelović/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Raja Feather Kelly’s world premiere WEDNESDAY, Dec 1-4 & 8-10, 2021.  Concept: Raja Feather Kelly Design: Raja...

On View Fall 2021
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Installation from Bjorn Amelan

Bjorn Amelan returns to the Ford Foundation Live Gallery with his large sumi ink paintings. Amelan’s paintings, suggestive of archaic writing systems such as ideograms and pictographs, live between the real, the evocative, and the symbolic. He makes a primal mark that he then teases into shapes and figures through...

June-August 2021
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Emily Oliveira: You are Only Sea Foam, So Give Yourself Away Like the Sea

Opening this June and on-view through the summer, interdisciplinary and performance artist Emily Oliveira will debut a large-scale installation created for Live Arts’ glass front lobby and building entrance vestibule titled You are Only Sea Foam, So Give Yourself Away Like the...

On View May 2021-June 2021
Jasmine Murrell: Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another

Theater and Live Gallery Interactive Installation by Jasmine Murrell The lobby installation is an extension of the Immortal Uterus series by Jasmine Murrell. The immortal uterus concept was inspired by the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American farmer who suffered from ovarian cancer in 1951. The cells taken...

Nov 2021 - April 2021
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
HYSTERIA (Installation)

On view now: Outdoor in-person viewing at New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 Raja Feather Kelly HYSTERIA Concept and Design by Raja Feather Kelly Photography by Kate Enman Film Editing by Laura Snow Sound for Performance by Raja Feather Kelly and Remy Kurs Lighting Design...

On View
Tues-Sat from 12pm-5pm
Oct 20-Dec 1
The VOTE Project

Live Arts is honored to announce the four commissioned artists of The VOTE Project installation, on view at the Ford Foundation Live Gallery later this month: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ayo Janeen Jackson, Stephon Senegal, and Hong Wu. Four commissioned artists and the letter they will be responsible for: V...

On-view Online Now
In Person viewing: Sept 8-Oct 1
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@ New York Live Arts Lobby
In/Between 2020: TRANSFIGURE

Online viewing open NOW; in-person Sept. 8 through Oct. 1, 2020. In/Between 2020: TRANSFIGURE is a group exhibition curated by artists Martita Abril, Yanira Castro, and Poppy DeltaDawn and presented by New York Live Arts. It was developed to support the artists of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program. All...

March 2020 - Present
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Liliana Dirks-Goodman: femmejoy

The roughly 21′ x 7′ backdrop entitled Femmejoy was created in relation to Dirks-Goodman’s Open Spectrum: The Feminist Dinner Party: Present/Future at Live Arts on Sunday, March 8th. The artist has arranged flower imagery over Andy Warhol’s famous camouflage pattern. The flowers draw on iconic...

Sept 2019 - March 2020
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Rashaad Newsome: Black Magic: FIVE SFMOMA Prints

FIVE SFMOMA Prints An expansion of the digital data captured during his 2016 FIVE SFMOMA performance. Using 3D data obtained during the live performance, he translated the fierce, spiraling movements of five vogue dancers to the two-dimensional surface of the prints. In collaboration with Tamarind Institute, ten plates were...

Aug 2019 - Sept 2019
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Wild, Wild Earth

Presented in partnership with NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Wild, Wild Earth is a group exhibition co-curated by Yanira Castro, Martita Abril, and Dain DeltaDawn that assembles artists from the New York Foundation for the Art’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program who are re-imagining and re-assigning the world in which they...

June 2019 - Sept 2019
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
What is 21st Century Liberation?

Designed by Avram Finkelstein, co-creator of SILENCE=DEATH, and Rodrigo Moreira. The installation is produced in conjunction with Visual AIDS’ 2019 Pride Broadsheet project and in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and NYC/World Pride.  What Is 21st Century Liberation? highlights quotes from...

Sept 2018 - May 2019
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Derrick Adams: The Journey Continues

Derrick Adams: The Journey Continues emerged from Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams​’s continued research into the archive of the influential African-American fashion designer Patrick Kelly​ (1954–1990), housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featuring abstract collage works on paper framed with glazing. At the center of The Journey Continues is Adams’s...

June 2018 -Sept 2018
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Nick Cave & Bob Faust: These bags we carry are filled with promise

On view through June 1- September 2018 OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 15, 2018, 4:30-6:30 PM These bags we carry are filled with promise Nick Cave and Bob Faust New York Live Arts Artists Nick Cave and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around...

March 2018 - April 2018
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Knowing that Your House is On Fire- New paintings by Jonathan Allen

New large-scale mixed-media works on denim inspired by and responding to the physical processes of making dance, and collaborating across disciplines. Opening MAR 7, 5–7pm Jonathan Allen works in painting, collage, video, and performance and frequently collaborates with poets and performers. He will be performing in Joanna Kotze’s evening length work, ‘What...

Sept 2017
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Nat Ward: A Nationless Place Opening Reception

This fall the Ford Foundation Live Gallery features a new work by Nat Ward. A Nationless Place features a narrative text, written by Nat Ward, that weaves across the wall through five black and white photographs of the Mojave Desert. The photographs are heavily obscured by playful lightleaks, flare, and a...

Feb 2017
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

“We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident”, an installation by celebrated artists Zoë Buckman and Natalie Frank!   “For this mural we have compiled quotations from politicians about women and our bodies whose truths we do not hold as self-evident,” states Frank. “This fight and struggle...

Sept 2016
@ New York Live Arts Lobby
Ford Foundation Live Gallery: Obama Out–Say It Loud Opening Party

Presented as the first “Obama Out” event is Say It Loud!, a participatory installation in the Ford Foundation Live Gallery by For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC. The installation opens September 19, 2016, 6PM and continues through December 5, 2016. Visitors are invited to add to the installation sharing their thoughts about freedom, the election, the...