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Looking for Labor Day plans in NYC? Catch these shows before they close

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Bodys Isek Kingelez with Étoile Rouge Congolaise, now on view at MoMA. Go be like him and look at some art and architecture. (André Magnin/ Courtesy MoMA).
Bodys Isek Kingelez with Étoile Rouge Congolaise, now on view at MoMA. Go be like him and look at some art and architecture. (André Magnin/ Courtesy MoMA).

If you’re in New York City this Labor Day and looking for something to do, check out some of these exhibitions. It’ll be your last chance to see many of these architecture and design shows before they close after the holiday. Whether you want to head to the beach for a sea of mirrored balls or want to get inspired by the history of activist professionals, this list has something for you.

And if you’re not in New York, sit tight and wait for our national roundup that’s coming tomorrow.

Hide & Seek uses its canopies, mirrors, and structure to create light and shadow. (Jonathan Hilburg/AN)

2018 Young Architects Program: Hide & Seek
MoMA PS1
Open 12:00–6:00 p.m. through September 3
$10 for adults

MoMA PS1’s 2018 Young Architects Program hosted Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream The Combine for their annual courtyard installation, and it’s a funhouse of mirrors and shadow. The program is a great way to experience the work of rising architectural talents while enjoying the PS1’s arts and culture program. This year’s installation closes this weekend, so it’s your last chance to see it.

Bodys Isek Kingelez’s Ville de Sète 3009 (2000) (Pierre Schwartz ADAGP)

Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
On view through January 1, 2019
$25 for adults

Congolese artist Bodys Isek Kingelez’s City Dreams retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art covers his kaleidoscopic paper cities that envision “cities of peace.” The show will be up through the rest of the year, but there’s enough in these pieces to make them worth multiple visits.

Charles Lewis Tiffany Romanesque mansion, one of many torn down to make way for luxury apartment towers. Photo by Byron Company (Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, Byron Company Collection)

Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela
The Museum of the City of New York
Open Daily 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. through October 28, 2018
$18 for adults

If you’re looking for some jazz age glamor, the Museum of the City of New York’s Rosario Candela show spotlights the architect’s designs for the city’s glittering elite. The show covers the designers rise from humble immigrant roots to celebrity architect and surprising second-career turn as a cryptographer.

Rockaway! 2018 featuring a site-specific installation of Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama (Pablo Enriquez)

Rockaway! 2018: Narcissus Garden by Yayoi Kusama
MoMA PS1 at Fort Tilden
Through September 3
Free!

Yayoi Kusama’s mirrored balls at the Rockaways are free and open every day this weekend. Go to the beach, see some art, maybe take a selfie or two. Don’t hesitate, though, the installation closes after Labor Day.

The show invites visitors to share their own perspective on the challenges they’re facing in the industry through a digital survey. (Erik Bardin)

A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later
Center for Architecture
Open Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free!

A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later at the Center for Architecture remembers the activist’s exhortation calling designers to take on the day’s social challenges, and then looks at how architects have followed through and the work that’s still to be done. The show closes September 15, which is not far away. Sure to get you fired up for fall.

RRRolling Stones seats overlooking the Manhattan skyline. (Jonathan Hilburg/AN)

RRRolling Stones
Socrates Sculpture Park
Open 9 a.m. to sundown every day
Free!

Rest yourself on a 3-D-printed chair at Socrates Sculpture Park where Cornell University professors and HANNAH cofounders Leslie Lok and Sasa Zivkovic have strewn the riverside lawn with their sculptural creations. RRRolling Stones was the 2018 winner of Folly/Function, the Architectural League of New York‘s annual competition held with the park. The chairs will be out through the end of the year, but the sun won’t be, so go see ’em now.

Livia Corona Benjamín Mazatlpilli, 2018. Pigment inkjet print with turquoise, jade, coral, onyx, obsidian, tiger’s eye, and animal bone.

Livia Corona Benjamín Mazatlpilli, 2018. Pigment inkjet print with turquoise, jade, coral, onyx, obsidian, tiger’s eye, and animal bone. (Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art)

Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art
Whitney Museum
Through September 30
$25 for adults

Lastly, check out Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum. The artists give voice to the cultural influences that shaped modern architecture in the U.S. and are frequently overlooked. It’s also perfectly placed for a nice stroll on the High Line after.

There are plenty more exhibitions up throughout the city and the tri-state region, but hopefully this gives you somewhere to start. Have a great weekend!

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