THE RIVERDALE Library, at 5540 Mosholu Ave., presents “Passage Through China Via Art,” a special exhibition celebrating the Asian New Year, now on display through Tuesday, Feb. 24. The showcase includes a collection of Riverdale resident Darcy Curran’s Chinese ink and watercolor brush paintings, which were created on rice paper and feature scenes of China. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 718-549-1212.

THE RIVERDALE -Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, located at 4450 Fieldston Road, will showcase a collection of Riverdale artist Irma Kramer’s silk paintings and hand-painted silk scarves, now through Thursday, Feb. 26. Ms. Kramer is a member of the Riverdale Art Association and she has taught her unique painting techniques to many local groups at different schools and workshops. Admission to this exhibit is free and open to the public. For viewing hours and other information, call 718-548-4445.

THE URBAN Individualists — a group of artists started by Riverdale resident Helene Ruiz — present the new mixed-media exhibition, “Space and Time.” This exhibit is on display at A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, located on the second floor of 285 E. 3rd St., now through Saturday, Feb. 21. The attraction explores public and private, tangible, psychological and fantasy perspectives of connections and disconnections between time and space. Two new paintings by Ms. Ruiz, which were made specifically for this exhibit, are included in the showcase. For gallery hours, call 212-674-3778 or go to

WAVE HILL, located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, is currently hosting the following new exhibits in Wave Hill House:

  • The first exhibit, titled “Naturally Inspired,” features a collection of winter- and holiday-themed artwork, all of which were made or inspired by some of the participants from Wave Hill’s adult and family art programs.
  • Artist Lisa Murch presents “Flora and Fauna,” a special installation on the main staircase in Wave Hill House. Using ordinary craft materials, such as wire and papier-mâché, Ms. Murch has created a leafy green Wisteria vine that winds along the rail and wall of the stairs.

Both exhibits will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 22. For more information, call 718-549-3200.

THE METROPOLITAN Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street, presents the special installation, “Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography,” now on display through Sunday, March 22. This showcase highlights the ways that artists can exploit photography’s fundamental illusionism to create a sense of uncertainty about what is real and what is not. The collection of photos feature staged scenarios or constructed environments that appear to be real, as well as real scenes or landscapes that appear strangely artificial. An example from the exhibition is a photo by David Levinthal, which appears to depict an actual battlefront scene, but in reality, the shot features only toy soldiers. For more information, call 212-535-7710.