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Past Exhibitions & Events

June 27th - July 14th, 2024


The Road Ahead is an exhilarating group exhibition, celebrating the best works of Gen-Z artists. RIVAA has invited young creators to submit their most compelling pieces, offering a platform for their raw thoughts and feelings. Curated by Elena Jordan, Amazia Thompson, and Tiko El Outa, the exhibition showcases a vibrant collage of diverse works selected by an international panel of jurors. Join us at RIVAA Gallery to experience the bold and innovative visions of tomorrow's artists firsthand!

The exhibition runs from June 27 - July 14, 2024 at RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island 10044. All are welcome, and entry is free.

March 30 - June 30, 2024

@ the Octagon

June 29th @ 3pm

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ECHOES OF THE SUN KING | Baroque Chamber Music


Saturday, June 29 at 3:00PM


From the grandeur of Versailles to the intimate chambers of Köthen, experience how Louis XIV's patronage projected French culture across Europe, shaping the musical landscape for generations to come. Join us for an afternoon of Baroque splendor as we uncover the enduring legacy of the Ancien Régime through the music of François Couperin, Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, J.S. Bach, and others.

David Ross, baroque flute
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Entry to this event is complimentary. There is a recommended donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Your donations support both our programs and the musicians.

May 30th - June 23rd, 2024

Closing reception June 23rd 5-8PM

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You're invited to the Safe Space Art Exhibit: Celebrating Our LGBTQ+ Community at RIVAA Gallery from May 30 to June 16. Join us for the group art show and for a series of special events honoring diversity, creativity, and the vibrant spirit of our LGBTQ+ community.



Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at RIVAA Gallery

Classical Music Concert: Sunday, June 2, 3:00 - 4:30 PM at RIVAA Gallery

RIOC Pride Flag Raising: Monday, June 3, 11:00 AM at the traffic circle in front of Blackwell House

Dance Performance + Poetry: Sunday, June 9, 3:00 - 4:30 PM at RIVAA Gallery

Closing Reception: Sunday June 23, 5:00 - 8:00 PM at RIVAA Gallery


Location: RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY


We look forward to celebrating with you!

May 3rd - 26th, 2024

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On May 4, 2024 from 6-9 PM, immerse yourself in Jim Pignetti’s world.


His latest paintings – filled with intense color – explode, splash and drip their way across a silver-toned metal surface. “The Unrelenting Eye” challenges the viewer to explore how the cold, hard surface of metal and the energetic movement of paint are reconciled in a single painting that keeps the eye engaged and constantly moving. 


The exhibition runs from May 3-26 at RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island 10044. All are welcome, and entry is free.

May 19th @ 3pm

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Are you feeling nostalgic? Perhaps you have a sudden urge to sing some Beatles songs together with friends and neighbors? Whether you grew up with the Beatles or have only recently been introduced to their music, join us at RIVAA Gallery on May 19, 2024 from 3-6 PM for our second Beatles Jam Session. If you play a musical instrument, bring it with you. All contributions to the music are welcome. Play, sing or listen – the choice is yours. Whatever you do, have a good time.


Admission is complimentary. As always, any donation is very much appreciated.

Join us on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 3 PM

RIVAA Gallery Romantic Chamber Music Weekend #2

Violin and Piano Sonatas of Robert Schumann

Ravenna Lipchik, violin, Yi-heng Yang, piano

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Schumann's music is at once high drama and passion, juxtaposed with poetry and intimacy. The first two violin sonatas of Schumann contain worlds of feeling directly from the sensuality and soulfulness of 19th century German Romanticism. The 1830 English fortepiano by Collard & Collard, played by Yang, summons depths of oceanic feeling, while Lipchik's stunningly expressive virtuosity on the violin becomes a voice emerging out of the depth of varied emotional textures. The UK recording label Deux-Elles will release on May 24th an album of Schumann Piano Trios by 'Trio Ilona' with Yang, Lipchik, and Kate Bennett Wadsworth on cello. Immersed in the world of Schumann, the duo Yang and Lipchik plays Schumann's violin and piano sonatas as a celebratory preamble to mark the release of Trio Ilona's first Schumann album. 


Admission to this event is free. Donations are very much appreciated and used to support RIVAA Gallery events and pay something to the musicians. Suggested donation is $25 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

April 4th - 28th, 2024

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RIVAA is pleased to present an exhibition of the work of Natasha Landau, an accomplished costume designer and artist, who is sharing works that include sketches from several productions from Russia and the U.S. and from the Public Theater in Central Park. Additionally, she is exhibiting paintings in various media, drawings, watercolors and oils. Her inspiration has always come from the beauty of literature and music.


The exhibition will be on at RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main Street, from April 4-28 with an opening reception on April 6, 2024 from 6-9 PM.

Join us on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 3 PM

when RIVAA Gallery hosts an afternoon of Chamber Music with Yiheng Yang, pianist and professor at Juilliard, accompanied by her virtuoso musical guests.


This is part of an ongoing series, if you haven’t yet attended one of these amazing concerts you should not miss the opportunity to hear a program featuring chamber works by Brahms and Emilie Mayer among others. You’ll have the opportunity to hear this stunning music played by Yang on an English grand piano from 1830. This original instrument, combined with historical style string instruments, takes us into the sound world of 19th century fantasy and aural color.


Entry to this event is free. There is a recommended donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Your donations support both our programs and the musicians. Thank you, and see you at RIVAA.

April 14th, 2024 @ 5:30pm

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On Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 5:30 PM, folk music and poetry blend together to offer you an enchanting afternoon of entertainment. Join us at RIVAA Gallery located at 527 Main Street, NY, NY 10044.


Entry is free, and please consider making a donation to support the performing artists and RIVAA's continued events. Thank you from all of us at the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association. 

January 6 - March 29, 2024

@ the Octagon

You are welcome to see a solo show by Sophia Vitko in the lobby of Octagon building, 888 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY.


Dates: Jan 6 - Mar 29 ʼ24


Entry is free, we’ll be happy to see you there!

Initially drawn to digital and fractal art, Sophia crafts mesmerizing 3D shapes using software and formulas, fusing abstract textures and backgrounds into her compositions. A devotee of abstract expressionism, her works echo influences from de Kooning, Hofmann, and Richter.

March 15-17, 2024

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On March 15, 16 and 17 RIVAA ( the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association) will be holding a fundraiser.


There will be a viewing and silent bidding on all dates and a live auction on March 17th from 3-5 PM.

Jim Luce:Auctioneer. 


Support your local nonprofit and acquire a work of art at the same time. We look forward to seeing you there.

March 8 - 14, 2024

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Silent Planet, an International Illustration Exhibition and Art Fair, opens on March 8 and runs until March 14, 2024 at RIVAA Gallery.


On Sunday, March 10th, join us at 3pm for a chamber music performance, followed at 4:30pm by the exhibition opening reception.


Located at 527 Main Street on Roosevelt Island.


RIVAA Gallery features art by local, national and international artists bringing diverse and exciting exhibitions to the community and greater New York City area.

March 10, 2024 @ 3pm

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“Baroque Chamber Music and Free Improvisation,” Sunday, March 10th at 3pm.


The performance features sonatas and trios by JS Bach and Handel, interspersed with free improvisations by flugelhorn and cornetto player Matt Lambiase, in dialogue with Dongmyung Ahn, Baroque violin, Max Zeugner, bass, and Yiheng Yang, harpsichord. 


Come for the music and stay for the reception of the “Silent Planet” illustration exhibition on view at RIVAA from March 8 - 14.


Entry is free, and the suggested donation is $25, $10 for students and seniors, to support the performing artists and RIVAA so we can continue to bring you these events and programs. 

March 3, 2024, @ 3pm

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Join us for an enchanting Poetry Reading at RIVAA Gallery!,

Sunday, March 3rd at 3 PM.

Immerse yourself in the poetic world of Carmen Firan, Adrian Sangeorzan, Andrei Codrescu, and Adela Sinclair.

Where: RIVAA Gallery

Free and open to the public!

Produced by Adela Sinclair of Bucharest Inside the Beltway and RIVAA Gallery.

Don't miss this extraordinary gathering of literary talent! Share the magic, bring a friend!

February 16 - March 3, 2024

Opening reception, 6-9 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

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 It’s 2024 and RIVAA is celebrating its 23rd year as a Roosevelt Island non-profit arts organization. We are so looking forward to 2024 being a year filled with exciting exhibitions and programs. 

We make these programs for you, the Roosevelt Island Community, our friends and neighbors.

Please come and celebrate with us. The exhibition opens on February 16, 2024.


The opening reception will take place at RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main Street, on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 6-9 PM.


It’s free and remember 

                 ART IS FOR EVERYONE!

February, 2024

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Photographs by Anne-Marie Dannenberg

February 25, 2024


Whether the music of the Beatles bring back youthful memories or you have just discovered their music recently you can have fun singing along to Beatles songs at our jazz jam session on February 25th from 3-6 at RIVAA Gallery.


The gallery is located at 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Come out and sing!


Entry to this event is free but donations are definitely welcome.

January 25 - February 11, 2024

We are pleased to welcome you to our annual Black History Month exhibition. This year we are celebrating “Heroes:Real and Imagined “

The exhibition is curated by Micheline Hess, a  Roosevelt Island resident. A comic creator, artist/illustrator and former RIVAA member, Micheline has reached out to artist/cartoonists for portrayals of their heroes from life or those heroes they have imagined and created.

The exhibition opens on January 25, 2024 and will be on view at RIVAA gallery, 527 Main Street, until February 11, 2024.

The opening reception takes place from 5-8 PM on January 27, 2024.

January 4 - 21, 2024

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Our first exhibition of 2024 showcases the art of longtime RIVAA member Constance Tanner.

You can stART off the New Year right with the opening reception of DIVERSE CITY on January 6, 2024 from 5-8PM. The exhibition opens to the public on January 4 and continues until January 21. All are welcome and entry is always free.

January 7, 2024 @ 3PM


Yiheng Yang, internationally recognized fortepianist and faculty at The Juilliard School, is a Roosevelt Island resident. She presents a delightful afternoon of classical chamber music with leading period instrument colleagues, and plays on her Mozart fortepiano, which is a copy of an Anton Walter piano that Mozart owned.


The program ranges from an undiscovered Trio by Kozeluch, to one of Mozart’s chamber music masterpieces, his G minor Piano Quartet, to a rousing arrangement of Mozart’s F major Piano Concerto K. 459 for string ensemble plus fortepiano.

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