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Brooklyn Museum

Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way. August 17–December 2, 2012

This exhibition presents a survey of the twenty-five-year career of Jean-Michel Othoniel (French, born 1964), from his early works made of sulfur and wax to his recent large-scale, colorful glass sculptures.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats. August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013

Gardens have an important place in Chinese urban centers.  They were usually designed to look like idealized landscapes.  This exhibition, outside the Astor Chinese Garden Court, features paintings, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles decorated with images of glorious pictorial gardens from the last one thousand years of Chinese history.

Museum of Modern Art

Eyes Closed/Eyes Open: Recent Acquisitions in Drawings. August 8, 2012–January 7, 2013

Drawing acquisitions from the past two years will be on display, including German artist Franz Erhard Walther’s First Work Series (1963–69), Willem de Kooning’s “Eyes-Closed” drawings of 1966, which were sketched blindly by the artist, and Martha Rosler’s Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful photomontage series of 1967-72.

Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets. August 12, 2012–January 7, 2013

This exhibition features a retrospective on the work of Quay Brothers, including their films, set and projection designs for operas and concerts, a site-specific piece, and other installations.

Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars. August 15–December 10, 2012

In Slavs and Tatars’ (founded 2005) first solo exhibition in the United States, this international collective of artists, designers, and writers will produce Beyonsense, a transformation of a gallery into a space for meditation and pause for the contemplation of the mystical sides of modernism.

Other Openings this Season…

Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller. June 29–September 9, 2012

The fifth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Sunset Park-based artist Ulrike Müller. Born in Austria, Müller orchestrated a collaborative drawing project based on the inventory list of the feminist T-shirt collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She distributed textual T-shirt descriptions to feminists, queer artists, and other interested New Yorkers, and asked that they translate these texts into new images. Her exhibition includes 100 drawings from this project.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at Governor’s Island

Graphic Design—Now in Production. May 26–September 3, 2012
Open weekends and holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, this exhibition explores how graphic design has changed in the last twelve years.

The Guggenheim Museum

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960.  June 8–September 12, 2012

Nearly 100 artworks by artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, will be featured. These works bring focus to the post-WWII era, during which artists embraced alternative modes and styles of art.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. June 29–October 3, 2012

This comprehensive survey features over 70 color photographs and 5 video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. June 5–September 3, 2012

Although known for his abstract paintings, American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) has made figurative drawings throughout his career. A selection of about 80 drawings will be featured.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan. May 18–September 23, 2012

A group of some 70 Renaissance drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Museum’s collection traces the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic’s Golden Age, the 16th century.

Churchill: The Power of Words. June 8–September 23, 2012

Through a plethora of documents, including drafts, correspondence, and recordings, this exhibition explores the main events of Sir Winston Churchill’s life and his extraordinary relationship with the United States.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture. June 19–September 9, 2012

As part of its summer program of sculpture exhibitions in the Gilbert Court, the Morgan will present three major sculptures by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition will also include a group of models and drawings that reveal the artist’s process.

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper. July 13–October 14, 2012

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he endlessly explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately 60 oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers’s work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and have rarely been seen after his death.

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach. July 13–November 4, 2012

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Among the objects on display will be an autographed manuscript, Wilson’s storyboard, and 13 leaves encompassing 113 scene designs.

Museum of Art and Design

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. June 5–September 23, 2012

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964). Deeply influenced by renowned artist László Moholy-Nagy, De Patta was a pioneer in American jewelry. She was passionate about modern architecture, Bauhaus and Constructivism. Other important artists will be represented, such as El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and György Kepes.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3. Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. June 26–October 21, 2012

New work by more than 80 Native American, First Nations, Métís and Inuit artists from the continental United States, the Pacific Rim, and Canada demonstrates how these individuals take inspiration from cultural traditions while expressing contemporary creativity and innovation.

El Museo del Barrio

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 12, 2012– January 6, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights rarely seen works by Caribbean artists. It explores Spanish, French, Dutch, and English histories through Caribbean themes, such as Caribbean plantation systems and industries such as sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee, Caribbean identity and culture, race, and the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Furthermore, the show will be featured at three venues: El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

The Museum of the City of New York

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade. June 6–October 28, 2012

Architects, landscape architects, and city planners were invited to submit redesign proposals for the East River Esplanade, a narrow strip of land in Manhattan between the FDR Drive and the East River (60th to 125th Street).  This exhibition features 8 winning designs as well as photographs of the site through history and today.

Queens Museum of Art

Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water. June 17, 2012–January 6, 2013

Ada Bobonis has produced a site-specific installation in the museum’s 2nd floor gallery. Through painted walls and adhered glass, Bobonis has created an illusion inspired by the Panama Canal, built between 1880 and 1914, and its surrounding topography. This installation was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World on display at the museum.

South Street Seaport Museum Organized by the American Folk Art Museum

Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions. June 20–October 7, 2012

This exhibition traces the history of New York City’s Schermerhorn Row and the seaport district, an area developed between 1810 and 1812 by Peter Schermerhorn.  The exhibition is divided into four themes that relate to people’s experiences in the area: commercial expeditions and explorations, social networking, shopping, and weather conditions.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Primary Sources Artists in Residence 2011–12. June 14–October 21, 2012

The culminating work of three artists in residence—Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons—is on display at the Studio Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Art

Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water. June 13–October 28, 2012

Using lights, mirrors, and a pool of water, Yayoi Kusama produces a remarkable environment in the museum that invites the viewer to experience the artist’s personal vision.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you. June 21–September 9, 2012

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who works in photography, film, video, sound, and performance. She brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

Signs & Symbols. June 28–October 28, 2012

This exhibition features works, drawn from the Museum’s holdings, by commonly overlooked abstract artists. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs explore the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Artists like Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others, will be presented.

Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art—A Film Environment. June 28–October 28, 2012

Screened for the first time in Germany in 1926, Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art) is considered to be the world’s first multimedia projection.  The film, restored by the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles, produces a visual experience using screens of abstract shapes, color, and light.

Yayoi Kusama.  July 12 – September 30, 2012

This retrospective features the multimedia work of Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), who got her start in New York’s “happenings,” and is now best known for her large-scale installations.  Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water, a work in the Museum’s collection, is on view in the Lobby Gallery.

The Frick Collection

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court. May 30–August 19, 2012

This is the first comprehensive survey of the Saxon master craftsman Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), court jeweler to Friedrich Augustus III and curator of the royal collection of Augustus the Strong. Neuber is known for his small gold boxes and chatelaines, decorated with agate, jasper, carnelian, and the like. He executed enchanting landscapes and patterns with these tiny cut stones, while incorporating Meissen porcelain.

International Center of Photography

Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de la Place Blanche. May 18–September 2, 2012

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) documented the area of the Place Blanche in Paris, the heart of the city’s red-light district. In the 1960s he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. His portraits were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. This is the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs. May 18–September 2, 2012

On May 10, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, was captured in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife’s overcoat rather than his own. Reports immediately circulated claiming Davis had been attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Caricaturists produced a number of sensational images representing the fallen leader of the Confederacy. This exhibition features these early examples of political propaganda.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director. May 18–September 2, 2012

In honor of Ehrenkranz Director Willis Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography presents a survey of its unique collection of photographs.

The Jewish Museum

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world…  March 30–August 26, 2012

The artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, one African American and one Jewish American, collaborate on a video that explores their childhood in middle-class America. Although their lives are defined by different ethnicities, they surprisingly intersect in many ways.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. May 4–September 23, 2012

This exhibition showcases the entire career of Edouard Vuillard, from his best-known works of the 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700. April 3–September 3, 2012

This exhibition offers an extensive overview of the Museum’s holdings of early Central European drawings, many of which were acquired in the last two decades.

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The Dawn of Egyptian Art. April 10–August 5, 2012

This exhibition features 175 objects from the Museum’s collection that capture the ever-evolving art of the Egyptian people during the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000–2650 BCE).

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.May 10–August 19, 2012

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition explores the work of two Italian designers, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada (b.1949).  Designs, accessories, and videos will stimulate an inspiring dialogue between the two women.

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Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo. May 15–September 3, 2012

Fifteen of the world’s Renaissance masterpieces, from the collection of the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, will be featured.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City. May 15–November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)

For this year’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden display, artist Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Tucumán, Argentina) will create a constellation of large interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

Museum of the City of New York

Activist New York. Ongoing.

Through photographs, artifacts, and audio and visual presentations, Activist New York traces the history of social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy. May 22–October 7, 2012

Tracing the history of banking in New York City, beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York in 1784, this exhibition reveals the city’s identity as a major symbol of the financial world.

The Museum of Modern Art

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. May 2–September 3, 2012

Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is a work produced over a four-year period (2008–11) and composed of 18 chapters, 9 of which are presented. This project involves the artist traveling around the world and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel).

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. May 6–August 27, 2012

This is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.

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Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. July 1–October 1, 2012

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. July 29–November 5, 2012

MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

National Academy of Art

Women’s Work. May 23–August 26, 2012

Mary Cassatt – Graphic Artist. Mary Cassatt’s most important graphic work is a set of 12 drypoint prints, produced between 1889 and 1890, in an edition of 25 impressions. The set is divided between studies of young women and the mother and child theme. Artist Samuel Colman donated the set on view to the Academy in 1903.

Colleen Browning: Urban Dweller – Exotic Traveler. This exhibition highlights two themes of Realist painter Colleen Browning’s (1929-2003) oeuvre: New York City and sites in the developing world where Browning visited and worked, including Grenada, South America, and Northern Africa.

May Stevens: The Big Daddy Series. In the late 1960s, artist and activist May Stevens (b. 1924) undertook a large series of works that were not only protests against the Vietnam War, but also commentaries on the state of civil rights and the white, male-dominated authoritarian power structures in the country.

Women Sculptors of the National Academy

The 20 sculptures in this exhibition trace the evolution of American sculpture between the late 19th and 20th centuries and celebrate the special achievements and contributions of women artists to the medium.

An American Collection – Second Rotation. May 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

120 paintings, dating from 1820 to 1970, from the Academy’s collection will be presented.

White: The Anatomy of a Color. May 23–August 26, 2012

This exhibition explores the infinite properties of the color white presented in various ways and different media. Works by Stephen Antonakos, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Mangold, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, all recently elected Academicians, are on view.

Neue Galerie

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. April 26–August 27, 2012

Distinguished scholar of photography Dr. Monika Faber has organized this exhibition that focuses on the Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944). Kuehn was highly influential among the Vienna Secessionists and was deeply influenced by his friendship with the two American photographers, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration. May 24–August 27, 2012

This year, Austria is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with exhibitions devoted to his work.  Several Viennese museums, including the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum, are honoring different aspects of Klimt’s extraordinary legacy. The Neue Galerie is joining in these celebrations with a special summer 2012 Klimt exhibition. On view will be Pale Face (1903), Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), The Black Feather Hat (1910), The Park of Schloss Kammer (ca. 1910), Forester House in Weissenbach on the Attersee (1914), Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee (1916), and The Dancer (1916-18). Additionally, a number of Klimt drawings will be included.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently. May 16–August 5, 2012

This is a multi-part project that explores the idea of sexual and gender “difference” after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta’s database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info that consists of a website, publication, online journal, and discursive events. A video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBTIQQ academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers, and radicals from Colombia, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, exploring notions of equality, difference, citizenship, and democracy.

Pictures from the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969-2008.  July 5 – September 30, 2012

This exhibition features holograms from the 1960s to the present. The development of laser technology in 1962 enabled the creation of holograms that displayed three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional surface.  Photographs of earth taken by astronauts on the first mission to the moon inspire the title of the exhibition.

Ghosts in the Machine.  July 18 – September 30, 2012

This exhibition traces artists’ embrace of and fascination with technology in the last fifty years.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. May 2–August 26, 2012

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has created a film in the form of animation. Her subject matter includes transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Djurberg uses clay, music and sound effects to dramatize primal urges, drawing on sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.

New-York Historical Society

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. May 4–September 2, 2012

This exhibition highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver. The silver ranges from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, all linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York. May 15–September 2, 2012

“Get Vaccinated!” is part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks). This exhibition traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city.

Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. May 25–September 2, 2012

This exhibition will survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Rubin Museum of Art

Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. April 6–September 3, 2012

This exhibition explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures.

Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction. May 4–October 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the art from post-independent and post-Partition India. It defines the characteristics that distinguish abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism.

Candid: The Life and Lens of Homai Vyarawalla.  July 6 – January 14, 2013

Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) was India’s first female photojournalist. This exhibition presents her work from the late 1930s to 1970.  From her early years, Vyarawalla documented major events, including the meeting of Gandhi and the Congress Committee in 1947, and visits by historic figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Ho Chi Minh.


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This Month’s Museum Openings!!

The Morgan Library and Museum

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper. July 13–October 14, 2012

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he endlessly explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately 60 oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers’s work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and have rarely been seen after his death.

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach. July 13–November 4, 2012

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Among the objects on display will be an autographed manuscript, Wilson’s storyboard, and 13 leaves encompassing 113 scene designs.

Museum of Modern Art

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. July 1–October 1, 2012

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. July 29–November 5, 2012

MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Pictures from the Moon: Artists’ Holograms 1969-2008.  July 5 – September 30, 2012

This exhibition features holograms from the 1960s to the present. The development of laser technology in 1962 enabled the creation of holograms that displayed three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional surface.  Photographs of earth taken by astronauts on the first mission to the moon inspire the title of the exhibition.

Ghosts in the Machine.  July 18 – September 30, 2012

This exhibition traces artists’ embrace of and fascination with technology in the last fifty years.

Rubin Museum of Art

Candid: The Life and Lens of Homai Vyarawalla.  July 6 – January 14, 2013

Homai Vyarawalla (1913-2012) was India’s first female photojournalist. This exhibition presents her work from the late 1930s to 1970.  From her early years, Vyarawalla documented major events, including the meeting of Gandhi and the Congress Committee in 1947, and visits by historic figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Ho Chi Minh.

The Whitney Museum of Art

Yayoi Kusama.  July 12 – September 30, 2012

This retrospective features the multimedia work of Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), who got her start in New York’s “happenings,” and is now best known for her large-scale installations.  Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water, a work in the Museum’s collection, is on view in the Lobby Gallery.

Other Openings this Season…

Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller. June 29–September 9, 2012

The fifth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Sunset Park-based artist Ulrike Müller. Born in Austria, Müller orchestrated a collaborative drawing project based on the inventory list of the feminist T-shirt collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She distributed textual T-shirt descriptions to feminists, queer artists, and other interested New Yorkers, and asked that they translate these texts into new images. Her exhibition includes 100 drawings from this project.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at Governor’s Island

Graphic Design—Now in Production. May 26–September 3, 2012
Open weekends and holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, this exhibition explores how graphic design has changed in the last twelve years.

The Guggenheim Museum

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960.  June 8–September 12, 2012

Nearly 100 artworks by artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, will be featured. These works bring focus to the post-WWII era, during which artists embraced alternative modes and styles of art.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. June 29–October 3, 2012

This comprehensive survey features over 70 color photographs and 5 video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. June 5–September 3, 2012

Although known for his abstract paintings, American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) has made figurative drawings throughout his career. A selection of about 80 drawings will be featured.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Churchill: The Power of Words. June 8–September 23, 2012

Through a plethora of documents, including drafts, correspondence, and recordings, this exhibition explores the main events of Sir Winston Churchill’s life and his extraordinary relationship with the United States.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture. June 19–September 9, 2012

As part of its summer program of sculpture exhibitions in the Gilbert Court, the Morgan will present three major sculptures by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition will also include a group of models and drawings that reveal the artist’s process.

Museum of Art and Design

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. June 5–September 23, 2012

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964). Deeply influenced by renowned artist László Moholy-Nagy, De Patta was a pioneer in American jewelry. She was passionate about modern architecture, Bauhaus and Constructivism. Other important artists will be represented, such as El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and György Kepes.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3. Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. June 26–October 21, 2012

New work by more than 80 Native American, First Nations, Métís and Inuit artists from the continental United States, the Pacific Rim, and Canada demonstrates how these individuals take inspiration from cultural traditions while expressing contemporary creativity and innovation.

El Museo del Barrio

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 12, 2012– January 6, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights rarely seen works by Caribbean artists. It explores Spanish, French, Dutch, and English histories through Caribbean themes, such as Caribbean plantation systems and industries such as sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee, Caribbean identity and culture, race, and the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Furthermore, the show will be featured at three venues: El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

The Museum of the City of New York

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade. June 6–October 28, 2012

Architects, landscape architects, and city planners were invited to submit redesign proposals for the East River Esplanade, a narrow strip of land in Manhattan between the FDR Drive and the East River (60th to 125th Street).  This exhibition features 8 winning designs as well as photographs of the site through history and today.

Queens Museum of Art

Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water. June 17, 2012–January 6, 2013

Ada Bobonis has produced a site-specific installation in the museum’s 2nd floor gallery. Through painted walls and adhered glass, Bobonis has created an illusion inspired by the Panama Canal, built between 1880 and 1914, and its surrounding topography. This installation was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World on display at the museum.

South Street Seaport Museum Organized by the American Folk Art Museum

Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions. June 20–October 7, 2012

This exhibition traces the history of New York City’s Schermerhorn Row and the seaport district, an area developed between 1810 and 1812 by Peter Schermerhorn.  The exhibition is divided into four themes that relate to people’s experiences in the area: commercial expeditions and explorations, social networking, shopping, and weather conditions.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Primary Sources Artists in Residence 2011–12. June 14–October 21, 2012

The culminating work of three artists in residence—Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons—is on display at the Studio Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Art

. . . as apple pie. Opens June 8, 2012

Images can trigger memories of a shared culture. Artists have used images to comment on America, its people, its political and social goals, and its self-image. This exhibition explores this subject through a rotating installation drawn from the Museum’s collection of works on paper by a number of artists including William N. Copley, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, and several others.

Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water. Opens June 13, 2012

Using lights, mirrors, and a pool of water, Yayoi Kusama produces a remarkable environment in the museum that invites the viewer to experience the artist’s personal vision.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you. June 21–September 9, 2012

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who works in photography, film, video, sound, and performance. She brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

Signs & Symbols. June 28–October 28, 2012

This exhibition features works, drawn from the Museum’s holdings, by commonly overlooked abstract artists. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs explore the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Artists like Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others, will be presented.

Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art—A Film Environment. June 28–October 28, 2012

Screened for the first time in Germany in 1926, Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art) is considered to be the world’s first multimedia projection.  The film, restored by the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles, produces a visual experience using screens of abstract shapes, color, and light.

The Frick Collection

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes. May 1–July 29, 2012

This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528). Famous for his classical sculptures, Antico, or “the antique one,” was sculptor to the Gonzaga courts at Mantua. Only 50 bronzes remain in collections today and 35 of these will be featured.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court. May 30–August 19, 2012

This is the first comprehensive survey of the Saxon master craftsman Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), court jeweler to Friedrich Augustus III and curator of the royal collection of Augustus the Strong. Neuber is known for his small gold boxes and chatelaines, decorated with agate, jasper, carnelian, and the like. He executed enchanting landscapes and patterns with these tiny cut stones, while incorporating Meissen porcelain.

International Center of Photography

Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de la Place Blanche. May 18–September 2, 2012

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) documented the area of the Place Blanche in Paris, the heart of the city’s red-light district. In the 1960s he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. His portraits were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. This is the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs. May 18–September 2, 2012

On May 10, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, was captured in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife’s overcoat rather than his own. Reports immediately circulated claiming Davis had been attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Caricaturists produced a number of sensational images representing the fallen leader of the Confederacy. This exhibition features these early examples of political propaganda.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director. May 18–September 2, 2012

In honor of Ehrenkranz Director Willis Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography presents a survey of its unique collection of photographs.

The Jewish Museum

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world…  March 30–August 26, 2012

The artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, one African American and one Jewish American, collaborate on a video that explores their childhood in middle-class America. Although their lives are defined by different ethnicities, they surprisingly intersect in many ways.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. May 4–September 23, 2012

This exhibition showcases the entire career of Edouard Vuillard, from his best-known works of the 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700. April 3–September 3, 2012

This exhibition offers an extensive overview of the Museum’s holdings of early Central European drawings, many of which were acquired in the last two decades.

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The Dawn of Egyptian Art. April 10–August 5, 2012

This exhibition features 175 objects from the Museum’s collection that capture the ever-evolving art of the Egyptian people during the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000–2650 BCE).

The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century. May 5–July 29, 2012

China invented both paper and printing and this exhibition presents an outstanding survey of the art of Chinese printing from the time of its inception around the early 8th century through the 17th century and its continued vitality as a medium for both popular culture and political commentary during the 20th century.  The 136 prints on display come from the British Museum.

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Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. May 10–August 19, 2012

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition explores the work of two Italian designers, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada (b.1949).  Designs, accessories, and videos will stimulate an inspiring dialogue between the two women.

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Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo. May 15–September 3, 2012

Fifteen of the world’s Renaissance masterpieces, from the collection of the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, will be featured.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City. May 15–November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)

For this year’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden display, artist Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Tucumán, Argentina) will create a constellation of large interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan. May 18–September 23, 2012

A group of some 70 Renaissance drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Museum’s collection traces the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic’s Golden Age, the 16th century.

Museum of the City of New York

Activist New York. Opens May 4, 2012

Through photographs, artifacts, and audio and visual presentations, Activist New York traces the history of social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy. May 22–October 7, 2012

Tracing the history of banking in New York City, beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York in 1784, this exhibition reveals the city’s identity as a major symbol of the financial world.

The Museum of Modern Art

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. May 2–September 3, 2012

Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is a work produced over a four-year period (2008–11) and composed of 18 chapters, 9 of which are presented. This project involves the artist traveling around the world and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel).

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. May 6–August 27, 2012

This is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.

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National Academy of Art

Women’s Work. May 23–August 26, 2012

Mary Cassatt – Graphic Artist. Mary Cassatt’s most important graphic work is a set of 12 drypoint prints, produced between 1889 and 1890, in an edition of 25 impressions. The set is divided between studies of young women and the mother and child theme. Artist Samuel Colman donated the set on view to the Academy in 1903.

Colleen Browning: Urban Dweller – Exotic Traveler. This exhibition highlights two themes of Realist painter Colleen Browning’s (1929-2003) oeuvre: New York City and sites in the developing world where Browning visited and worked, including Grenada, South America, and Northern Africa.

May Stevens: The Big Daddy Series. In the late 1960s, artist and activist May Stevens (b. 1924) undertook a large series of works that were not only protests against the Vietnam War, but also commentaries on the state of civil rights and the white, male-dominated authoritarian power structures in the country.

Women Sculptors of the National Academy

The 20 sculptures in this exhibition trace the evolution of American sculpture between the late 19th and 20th centuries and celebrate the special achievements and contributions of women artists to the medium.

An American Collection – Second Rotation. May 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

120 paintings, dating from 1820 to 1970, from the Academy’s collection will be presented.

White: The Anatomy of a Color. May 23–August 26, 2012

This exhibition explores the infinite properties of the color white presented in various ways and different media. Works by Stephen Antonakos, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Mangold, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, all recently elected Academicians, are on view.

Neue Galerie

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. April 26–August 27, 2012

Distinguished scholar of photography Dr. Monika Faber has organized this exhibition that focuses on the Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944). Kuehn was highly influential among the Vienna Secessionists and was deeply influenced by his friendship with the two American photographers, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration. May 24–August 27, 2012

This year, Austria is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with exhibitions devoted to his work.  Several Viennese museums, including the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum, are honoring different aspects of Klimt’s extraordinary legacy. The Neue Galerie is joining in these celebrations with a special summer 2012 Klimt exhibition. On view will be Pale Face (1903), Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), The Black Feather Hat (1910), The Park of Schloss Kammer (ca. 1910), Forester House in Weissenbach on the Attersee (1914), Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee (1916), and The Dancer (1916-18). Additionally, a number of Klimt drawings will be included.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently. May 16–August 5, 2012

This is a multi-part project that explores the idea of sexual and gender “difference” after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta’s database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info that consists of a website, publication, online journal, and discursive events. A video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBTIQQ academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers, and radicals from Colombia, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, exploring notions of equality, difference, citizenship, and democracy.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. May 2–August 26, 2012

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has created a film in the form of animation. Her subject matter includes transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Djurberg uses clay, music and sound effects to dramatize primal urges, drawing on sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.

New-York Historical Society

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. May 4–September 2, 2012

This exhibition highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver. The silver ranges from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, all linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York. May 15–September 2, 2012

“Get Vaccinated!” is part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks). This exhibition traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city.

Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. May 25–September 2, 2012

This exhibition will survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Rubin Museum of Art

Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. April 6–September 3, 2012

This exhibition explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures.

Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction. May 4–October 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the art from post-independent and post-Partition India. It defines the characteristics that distinguish abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism.


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Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller. June 29–September 9, 2012

The fifth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Sunset Park-based artist Ulrike Müller. Born in Austria, Müller orchestrated a collaborative drawing project based on the inventory list of the feminist T-shirt collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She distributed textual T-shirt descriptions to feminists, queer artists, and other interested New Yorkers, and asked that they translate these texts into new images. Her exhibition includes 100 drawings from this project.

The Guggenheim Museum

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960.  June 8–September 12, 2012

Nearly 100 artworks by artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, will be featured. These works bring focus to the post-WWII era, during which artists embraced alternative modes and styles of art.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. June 29–October 3, 2012

This comprehensive survey features over 70 color photographs and 5 video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. June 5–September 3, 2012

Although known for his abstract paintings, American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) has made figurative drawings throughout his career. A selection of about 80 drawings will be featured.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Churchill: The Power of Words. June 8–September 23, 2012

Through a plethora of documents, including drafts, correspondence, and recordings, this exhibition explores the main events of Sir Winston Churchill’s life and his extraordinary relationship with the United States.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture. June 19–September 9, 2012

As part of its summer program of sculpture exhibitions in the Gilbert Court, the Morgan will present three major sculptures by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition will also include a group of models and drawings that reveal the artist’s process.

Museum of Art and Design

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. June 5–September 23, 2012

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964). Deeply influenced by renowned artist László Moholy-Nagy, De Patta was a pioneer in American jewelry. She was passionate about modern architecture, Bauhaus and Constructivism. Other important artists will be represented, such as El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and György Kepes.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3. Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. June 26–October 21, 2012

New work by more than 80 Native American, First Nations, Métís and Inuit artists from the continental United States, the Pacific Rim, and Canada demonstrates how these individuals take inspiration from cultural traditions while expressing contemporary creativity and innovation.

El Museo del Barrio

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 12, 2012– January 6, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights rarely seen works by Caribbean artists. It explores Spanish, French, Dutch, and English histories through Caribbean themes, such as Caribbean plantation systems and industries such as sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee, Caribbean identity and culture, race, and the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Furthermore, the show will be featured at three venues: El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

The Museum at FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology

Triangle Factory Fire: Then, Since, Now. June 13–July 7, 2012

The works of 25 artists feature individual interpretations of fire, its impact, and its aftermath. Works include paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, and interactive media. Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York

Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan’s East River Esplanade. June 6–October 28, 2012

Architects, landscape architects, and city planners were invited to submit redesign proposals for the East River Esplanade, a narrow strip of land in Manhattan between the FDR Drive and the East River (60th to 125th Street).  This exhibition features 8 winning designs as well as photographs of the site through history and today.

Queens Museum of Art

Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water. June 17, 2012–January 6, 2013

Ada Bobonis has produced a site-specific installation in the museum’s 2nd floor gallery. Through painted walls and adhered glass, Bobonis has created an illusion inspired by the Panama Canal, built between 1880 and 1914, and its surrounding topography. This installation was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World on display at the museum.

South Street Seaport Museum Organized by the American Folk Art Museum

Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions. June 20–October 7, 2012

This exhibition traces the history of New York City’s Schermerhorn Row and the seaport district, an area developed between 1810 and 1812 by Peter Schermerhorn.  The exhibition is divided into four themes that relate to people’s experiences in the area: commercial expeditions and explorations, social networking, shopping, and weather conditions.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Primary Sources Artists in Residence 2011–12. June 14–October 21, 2012

The culminating work of three artists in residence—Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons—is on display at the Studio Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Art

. . . as apple pie. Opens June 8, 2012

Images can trigger memories of a shared culture. Artists have used images to comment on America, its people, its political and social goals, and its self-image. This exhibition explores this subject through a rotating installation drawn from the Museum’s collection of works on paper by a number of artists including William N. Copley, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, and several others.

Yayoi Kusama’s Fireflies on the Water. Opens June 13, 2012

Using lights, mirrors, and a pool of water, Yayoi Kusama produces a remarkable environment in the museum that invites the viewer to experience the artist’s personal vision.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you. June 21–September 9, 2012

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who works in photography, film, video, sound, and performance. She brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

Signs & Symbols. June 28–October 28, 2012

This exhibition features works, drawn from the Museum’s holdings, by commonly overlooked abstract artists. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs explore the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Artists like Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others, will be presented.

Oskar Fischinger: Space Light Art—A Film Environment. June 28–October 28, 2012

Screened for the first time in Germany in 1926, Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (Space Light Art) is considered to be the world’s first multimedia projection.  The film, restored by the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles, produces a visual experience using screens of abstract shapes, color, and light.

Other Exhibits this Season…

BRIC Rotunda Gallery

 I Am You <–> You Are Me. May 17–June 9, 2012

The 24th Annual BRIC Contemporary Art Student Exhibition features artwork made by Brooklyn public school students, pre-K through high school.

Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked: Heather Hart. April 13–June 24, 2012

The fourth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant–based artist Heather Hart. The work references the Museum’s ancient Egyptian and African collections and the Jan Martense Schenck House, a two-room structure built in 1676 that is Brooklyn’s second-oldest example of Dutch-American architecture.

Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company.  May 3, 2012–June 16, 2013

Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910) was creative director of Faience Manufacturing Company. His ornamental wares were sold in the United States, including Tiffany & Company. This exhibition highlights this ceramicist’s 50-year career, featuring 39 Faience pieces.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, at Governor’s Island

Graphic Design—Now in Production. May 26–September 3, 2012
Open weekends and holiday Mondays, 10am to 6pm

Co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Walker Art Center, this exhibition explores how graphic design has changed in the last twelve years.

The Drawing Center

Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals. March 2–July 13, 2012

For the first time in 30 years, the 1970s drawings and notebooks of Irish-born American Sean Scully (b. 1945) will be presented together.

The Frick Collection

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes. May 1–July 29, 2012

This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528). Famous for his classical sculptures, Antico, or “the antique one,” was sculptor to the Gonzaga courts at Mantua. Only 50 bronzes remain in collections today and 35 of these will be featured.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court. May 30–August 19, 2012

This is the first comprehensive survey of the Saxon master craftsman Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), court jeweler to Friedrich Augustus III and curator of the royal collection of Augustus the Strong. Neuber is known for his small gold boxes and chatelaines, decorated with agate, jasper, carnelian, and the like. He executed enchanting landscapes and patterns with these tiny cut stones, while incorporating Meissen porcelain.

The Guggenheim Museum

Learning through Art: A Year with Children 2012. May 11–June 13, 2012

This exhibition showcases a selection of works by public school children, who participated in a year-long artist residency program at the Museum.

International Center of Photography

Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de la Place Blanche. May 18–September 2, 2012

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) documented the area of the Place Blanche in Paris, the heart of the city’s red-light district. In the 1960s he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. His portraits were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. This is the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs. May 18–September 2, 2012

On May 10, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, was captured in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife’s overcoat rather than his own. Reports immediately circulated claiming Davis had been attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Caricaturists produced a number of sensational images representing the fallen leader of the Confederacy. This exhibition features these early examples of political propaganda.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director. May 18–September 2, 2012

In honor of Ehrenkranz Director Willis Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography presents a survey of its unique collection of photographs.

Japan Society

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945. March 16–June 10, 2012

This exhibition showcases the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style. It is the first exhibition to explore the style of pre-WWII modernism. Objects include metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography.

The Jewish Museum

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world…March 30–August 26, 2012

The artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, one African American and one Jewish American, collaborate on a video that explores their childhood in middle-class America. Although their lives are defined by different ethnicities, they surprisingly intersect in many ways.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. May 4–September 23, 2012

This exhibition showcases the entire career of Edouard Vuillard, from his best-known works of the 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700. April 3–September 3, 2012

This exhibition offers an extensive overview of the Museum’s holdings of early Central European drawings, many of which were acquired in the last two decades.

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The Dawn of Egyptian Art. April 10–August 5, 2012

This exhibition features 175 objects from the Museum’s collection that capture the ever-evolving art of the Egyptian people during the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000–2650 BCE).

The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century. May 5–July 29, 2012

China invented both paper and printing and this exhibition presents an outstanding survey of the art of Chinese printing from the time of its inception around the early 8th century through the 17th century and its continued vitality as a medium for both popular culture and political commentary during the 20th century.  The 136 prints on display come from the British Museum.

Click here for related events

Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. May 10–August 19, 2012

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition explores the work of two Italian designers, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada (b.1949).  Designs, accessories, and videos will stimulate an inspiring dialogue between the two women.

Click here for more information

Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo. May 15–September 3, 2012

Fifteen of the world’s Renaissance masterpieces, from the collection of the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, will be featured.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City. May 15–November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)

For this year’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden display, artist Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Tucumán, Argentina) will create a constellation of large interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan. May 18–September 23, 2012

A group of some 70 Renaissance drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Museum’s collection traces the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic’s Golden Age, the 16th century.

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper. July 13–October 14, 2012

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he endlessly explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately 60 oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers’s work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and have rarely been seen after his death.

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach. July 13–November 4, 2012

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Among the objects on display will be an autographed manuscript, Wilson’s storyboard, and 13 leaves encompassing 113 scene designs.

Museum of the City of New York

Activist New York. Opens May 4, 2012

Through photographs, artifacts, and audio and visual presentations, Activist New York traces the history of social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy. May 22–October 7, 2012

Tracing the history of banking in New York City, beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York in 1784, this exhibition reveals the city’s identity as a major symbol of the financial world.

The Museum of Modern Art

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. May 2–September 3, 2012

Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is a work produced over a four-year period (2008–11) and composed of 18 chapters, 9 of which are presented. This project involves the artist traveling around the world and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel).

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. May 6–August 27, 2012

This is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.

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Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. July 1–October 1, 2012

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. July 29–November 5, 2012

MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

National Academy of Art

Women’s Work. May 23–August 26, 2012

Mary Cassatt – Graphic Artist. Mary Cassatt’s most important graphic work is a set of 12 drypoint prints, produced between 1889 and 1890, in an edition of 25 impressions. The set is divided between studies of young women and the mother and child theme. Artist Samuel Colman donated the set on view to the Academy in 1903.

Colleen Browning: Urban Dweller – Exotic Traveler. This exhibition highlights two themes of Realist painter Colleen Browning’s (1929-2003) oeuvre: New York City and sites in the developing world where Browning visited and worked, including Grenada, South America, and Northern Africa.

May Stevens: The Big Daddy Series. In the late 1960s, artist and activist May Stevens (b. 1924) undertook a large series of works that were not only protests against the Vietnam War, but also commentaries on the state of civil rights and the white, male-dominated authoritarian power structures in the country.

Women Sculptors of the National Academy

The 20 sculptures in this exhibition trace the evolution of American sculpture between the late 19th and 20th centuries and celebrate the special achievements and contributions of women artists to the medium.

An American Collection – Second Rotation. May 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

120 paintings, dating from 1820 to 1970, from the Academy’s collection will be presented.

White: The Anatomy of a Color. May 23–August 26, 2012

This exhibition explores the infinite properties of the color white presented in various ways and different media. Works by Stephen Antonakos, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Mangold, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, all recently elected Academicians, are on view.

Neue Galerie

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. April 26–August 27, 2012

Distinguished scholar of photography Dr. Monika Faber has organized this exhibition that focuses on the Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944). Kuehn was highly influential among the Vienna Secessionists and was deeply influenced by his friendship with the two American photographers, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration. May 24–August 27, 2012

This year, Austria is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with exhibitions devoted to his work.  Several Viennese museums, including the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum, are honoring different aspects of Klimt’s extraordinary legacy. The Neue Galerie is joining in these celebrations with a special summer 2012 Klimt exhibition. On view will be Pale Face (1903), Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), The Black Feather Hat (1910), The Park of Schloss Kammer (ca. 1910), Forester House in Weissenbach on the Attersee (1914), Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee (1916), and The Dancer (1916-18). Additionally, a number of Klimt drawings will be included.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Phyllida Barlow: siege. May 2–June 24, 2012

This is the first solo exhibition of the British sculptor, who has created a new, site-specific sculptural installation in the Museum’s fourth floor gallery. Barlow (b. 1944) broke away from earlier British abstract sculpture and embraced the theme of the environment, using barriers, scaffolding, and fences.

Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant. May 6–June 24, 2012

The New York-based artist Ellen Altfest is a figurative painter whose intimately scaled works convey a distinct approach to realism. Painting from life, over a long period of time, she chooses subjects ranging from plants, rocks, logs, and gourds to a more recent fascination with the male figure. The exhibition at the New Museum will present a group of works from this latest series.

Tacita Dean: Five Americans. May 6–July 1, 2012

This exhibition focuses on a group of recent pieces that capture five important American artists and thinkers of the last 50 years, including Merce Cunningham, Leo Steinberg, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. These works are portraits of each individual, opening a lens onto their artistic processes and personal memories.

Klara Lidén: Bodies of Society. May 6–July 1, 2012

This is the first large-scale, American museum exhibition of the artist Klara Lidén, featuring a selection of works in the Museum’s second floor gallery.

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently. May 16–August 5, 2012

This is a multi-part project that explores the idea of sexual and gender “difference” after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta’s database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info that consists of a website, publication, online journal, and discursive events. A video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBTIQQ academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers, and radicals from Colombia, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, exploring notions of equality, difference, citizenship, and democracy.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. May 2–August 26, 2012

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has created a film in the form of animation. Her subject matter includes transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Djurberg uses clay, music and sound effects to dramatize primal urges, drawing on sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.

New-York Historical Society

Audubon: National Treasures—Selected Gulls for The Birds of America (1827-38). April 11–July 1, 2012

A selection of Audubon watercolors is rotated on a quarterly basis. During this season, the subject of selected watercolors focuses on the American seagull.

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. May 4–September 2, 2012

This exhibition highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver. The silver ranges from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, all linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York. May 15–September 2, 2012

“Get Vaccinated!” is part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks). This exhibition traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city.

Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. May 25–September 2, 2012

This exhibition will survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

No Longer Empty

This Side of Paradise. April 4–June 5, 2012

The Andrew Freedman Home was opened in 1924 for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Complete with white glove dinner service and a wood-paneled library, the Home was maintained with the finances of the self-made millionaire, Andrew Freedman. It closed after 59 years and remained empty until last month when No Longer Empty, an art group, brought together over 20 artists to exhibit their artwork in the mansion. The exhibition references the past and reconnects the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities.

NYTimes Review

Rubin Museum of Art

Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. April 6–September 3, 2012

This exhibition explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures.

Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction. May 4–October 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the art from post-independent and post-Partition India. It defines the characteristics that distinguish abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism.


This Month’s Museum Openings!!

BRIC Rotunda Gallery

 I Am You <–> You Are Me. May 17–June 9, 2012

The 24th Annual BRIC Contemporary Art Student Exhibition features artwork made by Brooklyn public school students, pre-K through high school.

Brooklyn Museum

Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company.  May 3, 2012–June 16, 2013

Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910) was creative director of Faience Manufacturing Company. His ornamental wares were sold in the United States, including Tiffany & Company. This exhibition highlights this ceramicist’s 50-year career, featuring 39 Faience pieces.

The Frick Collection

Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes. May 1–July 29, 2012

This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528). Famous for his classical sculptures, Antico, or “the antique one,” was sculptor to the Gonzaga courts at Mantua. Only 50 bronzes remain in collections today and 35 of these will be featured.

Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court. May 30–August 19, 2012

This is the first comprehensive survey of the Saxon master craftsman Johann Christian Neuber (1736-1808), court jeweler to Friedrich Augustus III and curator of the royal collection of Augustus the Strong. Neuber is known for his small gold boxes and chatelaines, decorated with agate, jasper, carnelian, and the like. He executed enchanting landscapes and patterns with these tiny cut stones, while incorporating Meissen porcelain.

The Guggenheim Museum

Learning through Art: A Year with Children 2012. May 11–June 13, 2012

 This exhibition showcases a selection of works by public school children, who participated in a year-long artist residency program at the Museum.

International Center of Photography

Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de la Place Blanche. May 18–September 2, 2012

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) documented the area of the Place Blanche in Paris, the heart of the city’s red-light district. In the 1960s he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. His portraits were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. This is the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs. May 18–September 2, 2012

On May 10, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, was captured in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife’s overcoat rather than his own. Reports immediately circulated claiming Davis had been attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Caricaturists produced a number of sensational images representing the fallen leader of the Confederacy. This exhibition features these early examples of political propaganda.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director. May 18–September 2, 2012

In honor of Ehrenkranz Director Willis Hartshorn, the International Center of Photography presents a survey of its unique collection of photographs.

The Jewish Museum

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. May 4–September 23, 2012

This exhibition showcases the entire career of Edouard Vuillard, from his best-known works of the 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century. May 5–July 29, 2012

China invented both paper and printing and this exhibition presents an outstanding survey of the art of Chinese printing from the time of its inception around the early 8th century through the 17th century and its continued vitality as a medium for both popular culture and political commentary during the 20th century.  The 136 prints on display come from the British Museum.

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Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. May 10–August 19, 2012

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition explores the work of two Italian designers, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada (b.1949).  Designs, accessories, and videos will stimulate an inspiring dialogue between the two women.

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Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo. May 15–September 3, 2012

Fifteen of the world’s Renaissance masterpieces, from the collection of the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, will be featured.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City. May 15–November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)

For this year’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden display, artist Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Tucumán, Argentina) will create a constellation of large interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan. May 18–September 23, 2012

A group of some 70 Renaissance drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Museum’s collection traces the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic’s Golden Age, the 16th century.

Museum of the City of New York

Activist New York. Opens May 4, 2012

Through photographs, artifacts, and audio and visual presentations, Activist New York traces the history of social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy. May 22–October 7, 2012

Tracing the history of banking in New York City, beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York in 1784, this exhibition reveals the city’s identity as a major symbol of the financial world.

The Museum of Modern Art

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. May 2–September 3, 2012

Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is a work produced over a four-year period (2008–11) and composed of 18 chapters, 9 of which are presented. This project involves the artist traveling around the world and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); a second featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel).

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. May 6–August 27, 2012

This is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.

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National Academy of Art

Women’s Work. May 23–August 26, 2012

Mary Cassatt – Graphic Artist. Mary Cassatt’s most important graphic work is a set of 12 drypoint prints, produced between 1889 and 1890, in an edition of 25 impressions. The set is divided between studies of young women and the mother and child theme. Artist Samuel Colman donated the set on view to the Academy in 1903.

Colleen Browning: Urban Dweller – Exotic Traveler. This exhibition highlights two themes of Realist painter Colleen Browning’s (1929-2003) oeuvre: New York City and sites in the developing world where Browning visited and worked, including Grenada, South America, and Northern Africa.

May Stevens: The Big Daddy Series. In the late 1960s, artist and activist May Stevens (b. 1924) undertook a large series of works that were not only protests against the Vietnam War, but also commentaries on the state of civil rights and the white, male-dominated authoritarian power structures in the country.

Women Sculptors of the National Academy

The 20 sculptures in this exhibition trace the evolution of American sculpture between the late 19th and 20th centuries and celebrate the special achievements and contributions of women artists to the medium.

An American Collection – Second Rotation. May 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

120 paintings, dating from 1820 to 1970, from the Academy’s collection will be presented.

White: The Anatomy of a Color. May 23–August 26, 2012

This exhibition explores the infinite properties of the color white presented in various ways and different media. Works by Stephen Antonakos, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Mangold, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, all recently elected Academicians, are on view.

Neue Galerie

Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration. May 24–August 27, 2012

This year, Austria is celebrating the 150th birthday of Gustav Klimt with exhibitions devoted to his work.  Several Viennese museums, including the Albertina, the Belvedere, the Kunsthistorisches, the Leopold, and the Wien Museum, are honoring different aspects of Klimt’s extraordinary legacy. The Neue Galerie is joining in these celebrations with a special summer 2012 Klimt exhibition. On view will be Pale Face (1903), Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907), The Black Feather Hat (1910), The Park of Schloss Kammer (ca. 1910), Forester House in Weissenbach on the Attersee (1914), Forest Slope in Unterach on the Attersee (1916), and The Dancer (1916-18). Additionally, a number of Klimt drawings will be included.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

Phyllida Barlow: siege. May 2–June 24, 2012

This is the first solo exhibition of the British sculptor, who has created a new, site-specific sculptural installation in the Museum’s fourth floor gallery. Barlow (b. 1944) broke away from earlier British abstract sculpture and embraced the theme of the environment, using barriers, scaffolding, and fences.

Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant. May 6–June 24, 2012

The New York-based artist Ellen Altfest is a figurative painter whose intimately scaled works convey a distinct approach to realism. Painting from life, over a long period of time, she chooses subjects ranging from plants, rocks, logs, and gourds to a more recent fascination with the male figure. The exhibition at the New Museum will present a group of works from this latest series.

Tacita Dean: Five Americans. May 6–July 1, 2012

This exhibition focuses on a group of recent pieces that capture five important American artists and thinkers of the last 50 years, including Merce Cunningham, Leo Steinberg, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. These works are portraits of each individual, opening a lens onto their artistic processes and personal memories.

Klara Lidén: Bodies of Society. May 6–July 1, 2012

This is the first large-scale, American museum exhibition of the artist Klara Lidén, featuring a selection of works in the Museum’s second floor gallery.

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently. May 16–August 5, 2012

This is a multi-part project that explores the idea of sexual and gender “difference” after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta’s database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info that consists of a website, publication, online journal, and discursive events. A video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBTIQQ academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers, and radicals from Colombia, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, exploring notions of equality, difference, citizenship, and democracy.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. May 2–August 26, 2012

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has created a film in the form of animation. Her subject matter includes transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Djurberg uses clay, music and sound effects to dramatize primal urges, drawing on sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.

New-York Historical Society

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. May 4–September 2, 2012

This exhibition highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver. The silver ranges from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, all linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York. May 15–September 2, 2012

“Get Vaccinated!” is part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks). This exhibition traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city.

Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. May 25–September 2, 2012

This exhibition will survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Rubin Museum of Art

Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction. May 4–October 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the art from post-independent and post-Partition India. It defines the characteristics that distinguish abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism.

Other Openings this Season…

Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked: Heather Hart. April 13–June 24, 2012

The fourth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant–based artist Heather Hart. The work references the Museum’s ancient Egyptian and African collections and the Jan Martense Schenck House, a two-room structure built in 1676 that is Brooklyn’s second-oldest example of Dutch-American architecture.

Raw/Cooked: Ulrike Müller. June 29–September 9, 2012

The fifth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Sunset Park-based artist Ulrike Müller. Born in Austria, Müller orchestrated a collaborative drawing project based on the inventory list of the feminist T-shirt collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She distributed textual T-shirt descriptions to feminists, queer artists, and other interested New Yorkers, and asked that they translate these texts into new images. Her exhibition includes 100 drawings from this project.

The Drawing Center

Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals. March 2–July 13, 2012

For the first time in 30 years, the 1970s drawings and notebooks of Irish-born American Sean Scully (b. 1945) will be presented together.

The Guggenheim Museum

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960.  June 8–September 12, 2012

Nearly 100 artworks by artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, will be featured. These works bring focus to the post-WWII era, during which artists embraced alternative modes and styles of art.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. June 29–October 3, 2012

This comprehensive survey features over 70 color photographs and 5 video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959).

International Print Center New York

Coming Attraction: Cuban Movie Posters from the Collection of Merrill C. Berman. April 5–May 12, 2012

For the first time, IPCNY presents Cuban printmaking. Coming Attraction features 35 screen-printed posters created to publicize Cuban films from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Japan Society

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945. March 16–June 10, 2012

This exhibition showcases the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style. It is the first exhibition to explore the style of pre-WWII modernism. Objects include metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography.

The Jewish Museum

Lawrence Weiner: NO TREE NO BRANCH. March 1–May 13, 2012

Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner continues his belief in the idea that a work of art is more important than the physical reality of it. In this exhibition, Weiner uses wall texts and icons to deliver his message of humanism.

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world…March 30–August 26, 2012

The artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, one African American and one Jewish American, collaborate on a video that explores their childhood in middle-class America. Although their lives are defined by different ethnicities, they surprisingly intersect in many ways.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700. April 3–September 3, 2012

This exhibition offers an extensive overview of the Museum’s holdings of early Central European drawings, many of which were acquired in the last two decades.

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The Dawn of Egyptian Art. April 10–August 5, 2012

This exhibition features 175 objects from the Museum’s collection that capture the ever-evolving art of the Egyptian people during the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000–2650 BCE).

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. June 5–September 3, 2012

Although known for his abstract paintings, American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) has made figurative drawings throughout his career. A selection of about 80 drawings will be featured.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Churchill: The Power of Words. June 8–September 23, 2012

Through a plethora of documents, including drafts, correspondence, and recordings, this exhibition explores the main events of Sir Winston Churchill’s life and his extraordinary relationship with the United States.

Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture. June 19–September 9, 2012

As part of its summer program of sculpture exhibitions in the Gilbert Court, the Morgan will present three major sculptures by renowned abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition will also include a group of models and drawings that reveal the artist’s process.

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper. July 13–October 14, 2012

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he endlessly explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately 60 oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers’s work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and have rarely been seen after his death.

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach. July 13–November 4, 2012

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Among the objects on display will be an autographed manuscript, Wilson’s storyboard, and 13 leaves encompassing 113 scene designs.

El Museo del Barrio

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 12, 2012– January 6, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights rarely seen works by Caribbean artists. It explores Spanish, French, Dutch, and English histories through Caribbean themes, such as Caribbean plantation systems and industries such as sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee, Caribbean identity and culture, race, and the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Furthermore, the show will be featured at three venues: El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Museum of Art and Design

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. June 5–September 23, 2012

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964). Deeply influenced by renowned artist László Moholy-Nagy, De Patta was a pioneer in American jewelry. She was passionate about modern architecture, Bauhaus and Constructivism. Other important artists will be represented, such as El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and György Kepes.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3. Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. June 26–October 21, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art

Words in the World. April 16–May 12, 2012

Words in the World is a series of performances exploring the different facets of language. Using language, artists can fluidly translate their works into various mediums and engage in experiments across disciplines. Theatrical and staged events, lectures and forms of public address, experimental actions, and the deconstruction of language into structural components are included.

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Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. July 1–October 1, 2012

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. July 29–November 5, 2012

MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

Neue Galerie

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. April 26–August 27, 2012

Distinguished scholar of photography Dr. Monika Faber has organized this exhibition that focuses on the Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944). Kuehn was highly influential among the Vienna Secessionists and was deeply influenced by his friendship with the two American photographers, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

New-York Historical Society

Audubon: National Treasures—Selected Gulls for The Birds of America (1827-38). April 11–July 1, 2012

A selection of Audubon watercolors is rotated on a quarterly basis. During this season, the subject of selected watercolors focuses on the American seagull.

No Longer Empty

This Side of Paradise. April 4–June 5, 2012

The Andrew Freedman Home was opened in 1924 for the rich elderly who had lost their fortunes. Complete with white glove dinner service and a wood-paneled library, the Home was maintained with the finances of the self-made millionaire, Andrew Freedman. It closed after 59 years and remained empty until last month when No Longer Empty, an art group, brought together over 20 artists to exhibit their artwork in the mansion. The exhibition references the past and reconnects the vision of Andrew Freedman to today’s Bronx and its realities.

NYTimes Review

Rubin Museum of Art

Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. April 6–September 3, 2012

This exhibition explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Shift Projects | Perspectives | Directions. March 29-May 27, 2012

This exhibition is organized around thematic groups of artworks arranged by individual artists who reflect on ongoing artistic ideas.

Ralph Lemon 1856 Cessna Road. March 29–May 27, 2012

Drawing from an eight-year project by New York-based movement artist Ralph Lemon (b. 1952) in conjunction with Little Yazoo, Mississippi resident Walter Carter (1907–2010), 1856 Cessna Road explores a friendship that evolved into a close collaboration and features digital animation, large-scale color photographs and a film installation.

Harlem Postcards Spring 2012: Jason Nocito, Wu Tsang, Fatimah Tuggar, Leilah Weinraub. March 29–May 27, 2012

The Studio Museum’s ongoing series, Harlem Postcards, invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site for artistic contemplation and production. Installed in the Museum lobby, the exhibit is available to visitors free of charge.

The Whitney Museum of Art

. . . as apple pie. Opening June 8, 2012

Images can trigger memories of a shared culture. Artists have used images to comment on America, its people, its political and social goals, and its self-image. This exhibition explores this subject through a rotating installation drawn from the Museum’s collection of works on paper by a number of artists including William N. Copley, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, and several others.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you. June 21–September 9, 2012

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is a New York–based artist who works in photography, film, video, sound, and performance. She brings together existing pieces and newly commissioned works, all of which articulate forms of what Hayes calls “speech acts.” The works are presented within an environment designed by Hayes in collaboration with artist Andrea Geyer.

Signs & Symbols. June 28–October 28, 2012

This exhibition features works, drawn from the Museum’s holdings, by commonly overlooked abstract artists. The paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs explore the development of American abstraction during the critical postwar period of the mid-1940s to the end of the 1950s. Artists like Will Barnet, Forrest Bess, Charles Seliger, and Mark Tobey, among others, will be presented.

Opening This Month…April Openings

Brooklyn Museum

Raw/Cooked. April 13–June 24, 2012

The fourth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant-based artist Heather Hart. The work references the Museum’s ancient Egyptian and African collections and the Jan Martense Schenck House (a two-room structure built in 1676 that is Brooklyn’s second-oldest example of Dutch-American architecture).

International Print Center New York

Coming Attraction: Cuban Movie Posters from the Collection of Merrill C. Berman. April 5–May 12, 2012

Coming Attraction features 35 screen-printed posters created to publicize Cuban films from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700. April 3–September 3, 2012

This exhibition offers an extensive overview of the Museum’s holdings of early Central European drawings, many of which were acquired in the last two decades.

Click here for related events

The Dawn of Egyptian Art. April 10–August 5, 2012

This exhibition features 175 objects from the Museum’s collection that capture the ever-evolving art of the Egyptian people during the Pre-dynastic and Early Dynastic Periods (ca. 4000–2650 BCE).

The Museum of Modern Art

Words in the World. April 16–May 12, 2012

Words in the World is a series of performances exploring the different facets of language. Using language, artists fluidly translate their works into various mediums and engage in experiments across disciplines. Theatrical and staged events, lectures and forms of public address, experimental actions, and the deconstruction of language into structural components are included.

Click here for related events

The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook. April 18, 2012–April 29, 2013

This exhibition traces the birth of what came to be known as “New Vision” photography and how it relates to other artistic practices, such as Dada, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Conceptual, and Post-Conceptual art. Works by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ed Ruscha, Bernd and Hilla Becher, among others, will be displayed.

Neue Galerie

Heinrich Kuehn and His American Circle: Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. April 26–August 27, 2012

Distinguished scholar of photography Dr. Monika Faber has organized this exhibition that focuses on the Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn (1866-1944). Kuehn was highly influential among the Vienna Secessionists and was deeply influenced by his friendship with the two American photographers, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

New-York Historical Society 

Audubon: National Treasures—Selected Gulls for The Birds of America (1827-38). April 11–July 1, 2012

A selection of Audubon watercolors is rotated on a quarterly basis. During this season, the subject of the selection is the American seagull.

Rubin Museum of Art

 Illuminated: The Art of Sacred Books. April 6–September 3, 2012

This exhibition explores the aesthetic and technological approaches used in creating and adorning sacred books from a variety of cultures.

Other Exhibits this Spring…

American Folk Art Museum

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. January 17–September 2, 2012

Reality and Imagination tended to overlap in early American folk art. This exhibition features works by Martín Ramírez, Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and James Castle. Viewers are encouraged to interpret the art as either real or imagined.

BRIC Rotunda Gallery

Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order. March 22–April 28, 2012

This exhibition brings together eight artists whose work is deeply process-oriented and characterized by meticulous detail, repetition, and often a ritualistic approach to creating art works.

So to Speak. March 22–April 28, 2012

Each work featured in this exhibition poses a relationship between the visual and the verbal. Four artists are represented: Fiona Banner, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, and Klub Zwei.

I Am You <–> You Are Me. May 17–June 9, 2012

The 24th Annual BRIC Contemporary Art Student Exhibition features artwork made by Brooklyn public school students, pre-K through high school.

Brooklyn Museum

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. January 20–August 19, 2012

The American journalist and activist Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) lived in Greenwich Village between 1913 and 1921, writing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. Her life as a proto-feminist and bohemian is documented in photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes’s own stories in newsprint (including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns).

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. January 27–August 12, 2012

This exhibition pairs fifteen iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin selected from the Museum’s collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone, with her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

Playing House. February 24–August 26, 2012

For the first time, the Brooklyn Museum has taken several of its period rooms as an exhibition subject. Several artists have been invited to observe these period rooms and react to them through their own art work, which will be displayed alongside.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982. March 16–July 8, 2012

This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century. It includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects – including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company.  May 3, 2012–June 16, 2013

Edward Lycett (American, 1833–1910) was creative director of Faience Manufacturing Company. His ornamental wares were sold by Tiffany & Company, as well as other firms in the United States. This exhibition highlights this ceramicist’s 50-year career, featuring 39 Faience pieces.

The Drawing Center

Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals. March 2–July 13, 2012

For the first time in 30 years, the 1970s drawings and notebooks of Irish-born American Sean Scully (b. 1945) will be presented together.

The Frick Collection

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain. December 13, 2011April 29, 2012

This exhibition presents approximately seventy pieces of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain is the first European-made white porcelain. A group of sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740-1828) are also exhibited, including his Diana the Huntress (1776-1795).

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. February 7May 13, 2012

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is known for his luxurious portrait masterpieces. This exhibition features nine iconic paintings in full-length format. These are vertical canvases that represent contemporary subjects and demonstrate Renoir’s ambition as a young artist.

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Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes. May 1–July 29, 2012

This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States dedicated to Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c. 1455–1528). Famous for his classical sculptures, Antico, or “the antique one,” was sculptor to the Gonzaga courts at Mantua. Only 50 bronzes remain in collections today and 35 of these will be featured.

The Guggenheim Museum

John Chamberlain: Choices. February 24–May 13, 2012

John Chamberlain was a singular sculptor, who took Abstract Expressionism into 3D. He is best known for his large-scale scrap metal assemblages that are rolled, bent, crushed, and folded. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works by the artist.

Being Singular Plural. March 2–June 6, 2012

As part of the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, 7 innovative Indian artists—Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty—present their film, video, and interactive sound-based installations. An interactive artwork is also installed outside the Museum on Fifth Avenue.

Francesca Woodman. March 16–June 13, 2012

120 images by the photographer, who is best known for her black and white works, are on display.

Learning through Art: A Year with Children 2012. May 11–June 13, 2012

This exhibition showcases a selection of works by public school children who participated in a year-long artist residency program at the Museum.

Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960.  June 8–September 12, 2012

Nearly 100 artworks by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock will be featured. These works bring focus to the post-WWII era, during which artists embraced alternative modes and styles of art.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. June 29–October 3, 2012

This comprehensive survey features over 70 color photographs and 5 video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra (b.1959).

International Center of Photography

Weegee: Murder Is My Business. January 20–September 2, 2012

Drawn from the ICP’s extensive Weegee Archive, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s ability to dramatically photograph crime scenes and news events. It also includes a spatial recreation of Weegee’s apartment and past exhibitions of his work.

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Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de la Place Blanche. May 18–September 2, 2012

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) documented the area of the Place Blanche in Paris, the heart of the city’s red-light district. In the 1960s he befriended and photographed young transgender male prostitutes struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. His portraits were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. This is the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum.

President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs. May 18–September 2, 2012

On May 10, 1865, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, was captured in a makeshift camp outside Irwinville, Georgia. In his haste to flee, Davis grabbed his wife’s overcoat rather than his own. Reports immediately circulated claiming Davis had been attempting to disguise himself as a woman. Caricaturists produced a number of sensational images representing the fallen leader of the Confederacy. This exhibition features these early examples of political propaganda.

A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director. May 18–September 2, 2012

In honor of its director, the International Center of Photography presents a survey of its unique collection of photographs.

Japan Society

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945. March 16–June 10, 2012

This exhibition showcases the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style. It is the first exhibition to explore the style of pre-WWII modernism. Objects include metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography.

The Jewish Museum

Lawrence Weiner: NO TREE NO BRANCH. March 1–May 13, 2012

Conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner continues his belief in the idea that a work of art is more important than mere physical reality. In this exhibition, Weiner uses wall texts and icons to deliver his message of humanism.

Kehinde Wiley. The World Stage: Israel. March 9July 29, 2012

The Jewish Museum recently acquired a painting by Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (2011), a portrait inspired by a traditional paper cut in the Museum’s collection. Wiley is best known for referencing many historic works art. This exhibition features several portraits of Israeli youths of various cultural backgrounds.

Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin: a small world…March 30–August 26, 2012

The artists Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin, one African American and one Jewish American, collaborate on a video that explores their childhoods in middle-class America. Although their lives are defined by different ethnicities, they intersect in surprising ways.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. May 4–September 23, 2012

This exhibition showcases the entire career of Edouard Vuillard, from his best-known works of the 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965). January 21–April 15, 2012

Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) created a unique style of ink painting based on the merging of Japanese and Chinese traditions. In his youth, he studied art history in Tokyo and translated several important books from Japanese into Chinese. Seventy paintings are drawn from the collection of China’s Nanjing Museum and a New York-based private collection.

Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video. February 7–August 26, 2012

This show is made up of a selection of photographs, films, and videos from the Museum’s collection examining the different ways in which museums inspire artists.

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 23–May 20, 2012

As a student in Rome, Edgar Degas was greatly influenced by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition explores this relationship through a series of self-portraits produced by both artists during their youth.

The Steins Collect. Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. February 28–June 3, 2012

This exhibition traces the collecting practices of the Steins—Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah—in Paris during the first decades of the 20th century. Approximately 200 works of art demonstrate the significant impact the Steins’ patronage had on modern art.

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. March 14–July 8, 2012

This exhibition presents the dialogue between the Byzantine and Islamic worlds through images of religion, power, and commerce.

The Rylands Haggadah: Medieval Jewish Art in Context. March 27–September 30, 2012

On loan from the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, England, this Hebrew illuminated manuscript tells the Exodus story for use at the Passover meal. Each month, the Haggadah will be open to a different page, showing visitors exquisite illuminations.

The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century. May 5–July 29, 2012

China invented both paper and printing and this exhibition presents an outstanding survey of the art of Chinese printing from the time of its inception around the early 8th century through the 17th century and its continued vitality as a medium for both popular culture and political commentary during the 20th century.  The 136 prints on display come from the British Museum.

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Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. May 10–August 19, 2012

This year’s Costume Institute exhibition explores the work of two Italian designers, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and Miuccia Prada (b.1949).  Designs, accessories, and videos will stimulate an inspiring dialogue between the two women.

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Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo. May 15–September 3, 2012

Fifteen of the world’s Renaissance masterpieces, from the collection of the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, will be featured.

Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City. May 15–November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)

For this year’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden display, artist Tomás Saraceno (b. 1973, Tucumán, Argentina) will create a constellation of large interconnected modules constructed with transparent and reflective materials.

Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. June 5–September 3, 2012

Although known for his abstract paintings, American artist Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923) has made figurative drawings throughout his career. A selection of about 80 drawings will be featured.

The Morgan Library and Museum

Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. January 20–April 29, 2012

The Morgan presents over ninety drawings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Among the artists are Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen. These works, from the collection of Clement C. Moore, are exhibited publicly for the first time.

Dan Flavin: Drawing. February 17–July 1, 2012

Surprising to many, fluorescent light artist Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. Over 100 works are featured in the first retrospective of his drawings.

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In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan. March 2–May 20, 2012

Animals have always been a source of inspiration for artists. This exhibition features a variety of ancient seals, drawings, prints, books, and medieval, music, and literary manuscripts that illustrate the different uses of animals. Works by John James Audubon, William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, T. S. Eliot, David Hockney, and many others are displayed.

Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan. May 18–September 23, 2012

A group of some 70 Renaissance drawings, books, maps, and letters from the Museum’s collection traces the artistic production of the city of Venice and its territories during the republic’s Golden Age, the 16th century.

Churchill: The Power of Words. June 8–September 23, 2012

Through a plethora of documents, including drafts, correspondence, and recordings, this exhibition explores the main events of Sir Winston Churchill’s life and his extraordinary relationship with the United States.

Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper. July 13–October 14, 2012

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is best known for his series of paintings, Homage to the Square, in which he  explored color relationships within a similar format of concentric squares. Less well-known are the studies he made for these compositions. With approximately 60 oil sketches on paper, this exhibition will reveal a private side of Albers’s work. These sketches were never exhibited in the artist’s lifetime and have rarely been seen since his death.

Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach. July 13–November 4, 2012

Reuniting the score and designs from Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach, this exhibition focuses on the opera’s premiere performances in 1976. Among the objects on display will be an autographed manuscript, Wilson’s storyboard, and 13 leaves encompassing 113 scene designs.

El Museo del Barrio

Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression. February 1–May 6, 2012

This exhibition examines a selection of rarely-seen works in various media from El Museo del Barrio’s collection, as well as loans from the New York area. Included are works by Gregorio Marzán (1906-1997), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), Margarita Cabrera (b.1973), Ejlat Feuer (b. 1950), and others.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 12, 2012– January 6, 2013

This groundbreaking exhibition highlights rarely seen works by Caribbean artists. It explores Spanish, French, Dutch, and English histories through Caribbean themes, such as Caribbean plantation systems and industries (sugar, fruit, tobacco and coffee among others), Caribbean identity and culture, race, and the Haitian Revolution of 1804. The show will be featured at three venues: El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Museum of Art and Design 

Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. February 7–August 12, 2012

This exhibition explores the intersection of unusual materials and techniques in the work of contemporary artists. Here, artists present their works made with dust, ashes, dirt, and sand in an attempt to highlight the ephemeral nature of life and art.

Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales. February 14–June 10, 2012

This exhibition presents a group of glass sculptures created in Murano at the studio of Adriano Berengo. Berengo is the founder of Venice Projects, an organization dedicated to bringing together international contemporary glass artisans who have presented at the Venice Biennial.

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta. June 5–September 23, 2012

This is the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta (1903-1964). Deeply influenced by renowned artist László Moholy-Nagy, De Patta was a pioneer in American jewelry. She was passionate about modern architecture, Bauhaus and Constructivism. Other important artists will be represented, such as El Lissitzky Alexander Archipenko, and György Kepes.

Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 3. Contemporary Native Art from the Northeast and Southeast. June 26–October 21, 2012

Museum of the City of New York 

Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg. March 2–May 28

This is the first time contemporary video art will be shown at the Museum. Nine video artworks and three photographic installations present the unexpected power and resonance of everyday moments in New York City. The work of Neil Goldberg (American, b. 1963) directs the viewer’s attention to activities that are usually experienced only fleetingly.

Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy. May 22–October 7, 2012

Tracing the history of banking in New York City, beginning with Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York in 1784, this exhibition reveals the city’s identity as a major symbol of the financial world.

The Museum of Modern Art

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. February 15–July 30, 2012

This display features 5 teams of designers exploring new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. The installation presents the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program at MoMA, including a wide array of models, renderings, animations, and analytical materials.

Cindy Sherman. February 26–June 11, 2012

For more than thirty years, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into a range of intriguing characters. This retrospective traces her career through her dominant themes.

Born out of Necessity. March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013

Using the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, this exhibition features designs that address medical emergencies, cultural developments, and environmental disasters, among other issues of human urgency.

Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration. March 14–July 9, 2012

The chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse was developed by Surrealist André Breton in 1925 and practiced by many artists and theorists thereafter. This exhibition traces the use of the exquisite corpse by a variety of artists throughout the 20th century.

Electric Currents, 1900–1940.  March 28–September 30, 2012

Electricity represents the very spirit of modernism in the early 20th century. This exhibition features a dozen posters from MoMA’s collection used to promote electricity during that period.

Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. May 2–September 3, 2012

Taryn Simon’s (b. 1975, New York) photographic project A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters is a work produced over a four-year period (2008–11) and composed of 18 chapters, 9 of which are presented in this exhibition. The project involves the artist traveling around the world and documenting bloodlines and their related stories. Each chapter is comprised of three segments: one of a large portrait series depicting bloodline members (portrait panel); one  featuring text (annotation panel); and a third containing photographic evidence (footnote panel).

Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language. May 6–August 27, 2012

This is a group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond.

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Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. July 1–October 1, 2012

This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement.

Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. July 29–November 5, 2012

MoMA’s survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for thinking about progressive design. This exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

National Academy of Art

Altering Perspectives: Women Artists. May 23–August 26, 2012

Colleen Browning: Urban Dweller – Exotic Traveler. This exhibition highlights two themes of Realist painter Colleen Browning’s (1929-2003) oeuvre: New York City and sites in the developing world where Browning visited and worked – including Grenada, South America, and Northern Africa.

May Stevens: The Big Daddy Series. In the late 1960s, artist and activist May Stevens (b. 1924) undertook a large series of works that were not only protests against the Vietnam War, but also commentaries on the state of civil rights and the white, male-dominated authoritarian power structures in the country.

Women Sculptors of the National Academy. The 20 sculptures in this exhibition trace the evolution of American sculpture between the late 19th and the 20th century and celebrate the special achievements and contributions of women artists.

An American Collection – Second Rotation. May 23, 2012 – January 6, 2013

120 paintings, dating from 1820 to 1970, from the Academy’s collection will be presented.

White: The Anatomy of a Color. May 23–August 26, 2012

This exhibition explores the infinite properties of the color white presented in various ways and media. Works by Stephen Antonakos, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Mangold, Dorothea Rockburne, and Robert Ryman, all recently elected Academicians, are on view.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ungovernables. Second New Museum Triennial. February 15–April 22, 2012

The New Museum Triennial features fifty artists whose works explore notions of self-determination, impermanence, and transformation. These artists are presented together because they are all part of the generation that came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s in their respective countries.

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Phyllida Barlow: siege. May 2–June 24, 2012

This is the first solo exhibition of the British sculptor, who has created a new, site-specific sculptural installation in the Museum’s fourth floor gallery. Barlow (b. 1944) broke away from earlier British abstract sculpture and embraced the theme of the environment, using barriers, scaffolding, and fences.

Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant. May 6–June 24, 2012

The New York-based artist Ellen Altfest is a figurative painter whose intimately scaled works convey a distinct approach to realism. Painting from life, over a long period of time, she chooses subjects ranging from plants, rocks, logs, and gourds to the male figure (a more recent fascination). The exhibition at the New Museum will present a group of works from this latest series.

Tacita Dean: Five Americans. May 6–July 1, 2012

This exhibition focuses on a group of recent pieces that capture five important American artists and thinkers of the last 50 years, including Merce Cunningham, Leo Steinberg, Julie Mehretu, Claes Oldenburg, and Cy Twombly. These works are portraits of each individual, opening a lens onto their artistic processes and personal memories.

Klara Lidén: Bodies of Society. May 6–July 1, 2012

This is the first large-scale, American museum exhibition of the artist Klara Lidén, featuring a selection of works in the Museum’s second floor gallery.

Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: We Who Feel Differently. May 16–August 5, 2012

This is a multipart project that explores the idea of sexual and gender “difference” after four decades of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning politics. The exhibition draws from Motta’s database documentary wewhofeeldifferently.info that consists of a website, publication, online journal, and discursive events. A video installation based on 50 interviews with LGBTIQQ academics, activists, artists, politicians, researchers, and radicals from Colombia, Norway, South Korea, and the United States, explores notions of equality, difference, citizenship, and democracy.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231

Enrico David: Head Gas. January 18–April 22, 2012

In Enrico David’s first New York exhibit, the Berlin artist has produced a series of emotional portraits. These paintings and works on paper are delicate studies of David’s own psychological state. Included here are gestural works, what the artist calls “paravents,” or folding screens, which were initially created for his Berlin studio and now occupy the gallery’s south wall.

The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. May 2–August 26, 2012

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has created an animated film. Her subject matter includes transgressive and nightmarish allegories of desire and malcontent. Djurberg uses clay, music and sound effects to dramatize primal urges, drawing on sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.

New-York Historical Society

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. May 4–September 2, 2012

This exhibition highlights the histories of 150  examples of silver. The silver ranges from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, all linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.

BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York. May 15–September 2, 2012

“Get Vaccinated!” is part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks). This exhibition traces the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city.

Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. May 25–September 2, 2012

This exhibition will survey the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in New York City from the 17th century to the present.

Queens Museum of Art

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle. February 5–May 20, 2012

This exhibition features the art of 31 Queens-based artists.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. June 17, 2012–January 6, 2013

See Museo del Barrio for more details.

Rubin Museum of Art

Modernist Art from India: Approaching Abstraction. May 4–October 16, 2012

This exhibition explores the art from post-independent and post-Partition India. It defines the characteristics that distinguish abstraction in modernist Indian art from abstraction in Euro-American modernism.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Shift Projects | Perspectives | Directions. March 29-May 27, 2012

This exhibition is organized around thematic groups of artworks arranged by individual artists who reflect on ongoing artistic ideas.

Ralph Lemon 1856 Cessna Road. March 29–May 27, 2012

Drawing from an eight-year project by New York-based movement artist Ralph Lemon (b. 1952) in conjunction with Little Yazoo, Mississippi resident Walter Carter (1907–2010), 1856 Cessna Road explores a friendship that evolved into a close collaboration and features digital animation, large-scale color photographs and a film installation.

Harlem Postcards Spring 2012: Jason Nocito, Wu Tsang, Fatimah Tuggar, Leilah Weinraub. March 29–May 27, 2012

The Studio Museum’s ongoing series, Harlem Postcards, invites contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site for artistic contemplation and production. Installed in the Museum lobby, the exhibit is available to visitors free of charge.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Biennial open until May 27, 2012.

Sharon Hayes: There’s so much I want to say to you. June 21–September 9, 2012

Yayoi Kusama. July 12–September 30, 2012

Signs and Symbols. June 28–October 28, 2012

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Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Keith Haring: 1978-1982. March 16–July 8, 2012

This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century. It includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects – including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

Being Singular Plural. March 2–June 6, 2012

As part of the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, 7 innovative Indian artists—Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty—present their film, video, and interactive sound-based installations. An interactive artwork is also installed outside the Museum on Fifth Avenue.

Review: http://www.nyartbeat.com

Francesca Woodman. March 16–June 13, 2012

120 images by the photographer, who is best known for her black and white works, are on display.

The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org)

Kehinde Wiley. The World Stage: Israel. March 9July 29, 2012

The Jewish Museum recently acquired a painting by Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (2011), a portrait inspired by a traditional paper cut in the Museum’s collection. Wiley is best known for referencing many historic works art. This exhibition features several portraits of Israeli youths of various cultural backgrounds.

Review: http://www.okayafrica.com

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. March 14–July 8, 2012

This exhibition presents the dialogue between the Byzantine and Islamic worlds through images of religion, power, and commerce.

The Rylands Haggadah: Medieval Jewish Art in Context. March 27–September 30, 2012

On loan from the John Rylands University Library in Manchester, England, this Hebrew illuminated manuscript tells the Exodus story for use at the Passover meal. Each month, the Haggadah will be open to a different page, showing visitors exquisite illuminations.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan. March 2–May 20, 2012

Animals have always been a source of inspiration for artists. This exhibition features a variety of ancient seals, drawings, prints, books, and medieval, music, and literary manuscripts that illustrate the different uses of animals. Works by John James Audubon, William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, T. S. Eliot, David Hockney, and many others are displayed.

Review: http://www.northjersey.com

Museum of the City of New York (www.mcny.org)

Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg. March 2–May 28

This is the first time contemporary video art will be shown at the Museum. Nine video artworks and three photographic installations present the unexpected power and resonance of everyday moments in New York City. The work of Neil Goldberg (American, b. 1963) directs the viewer’s attention to activities that are usually experienced only fleetingly.

Review: http://www.nytimes.com

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Born out of Necessity. March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013

Using the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, this exhibition features designs that address medical emergencies, cultural developments, and environmental disasters, among other issues of human urgency.

Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration. March 14–July 9, 2012

The chance-based drawing game known as the exquisite corpse was developed by Surrealist André Breton in 1925 and practiced by many artists and theorists thereafter. This exhibition traces the use of the exquisite corpse by a variety of artists throughout the 20th century.

Electric Currents, 1900–1940.  March 28–September 30, 2012

Electricity represents the very spirit of modernism in the early 20th century. This exhibition features a dozen posters from MoMA’s collection used to promote electricity during that period.

Whitney Museum of American Art (www.whitney.org)

The Whitney Biennial opens March 1.

Review: http://www.nytimes.com

Other Exhibits Open this Season…

American Folk Art Museum (www.folkartmuseum.org)

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. January 17–September 2, 2012. Reality and Imagination tended to overlap in early American folk art. This exhibition features works by Martín Ramírez, Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and James Castle. Viewers are encouraged to interpret the art as either real or imagined.

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. January 20–August 19, 2012

The American journalist and activist Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) lived in Greenwich Village between 1913 and 1921, writing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. Her life as a proto-feminist and bohemian is documented in photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes’s own stories in newsprint (including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns).

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. January 27–August 12, 2012

This exhibition pairs fifteen iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin selected from the Museum’s collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone, with her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

Playing House. February 24–August 26, 2012

For the first time, the Brooklyn Museum has taken several of its period rooms as an exhibition subject. Several artists have been invited to observe these period rooms and react to them through their own art work, which will be displayed alongside.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain. December 13, 2011April 29, 2012

This exhibition presents approximately seventy pieces of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain is the first European-made white porcelain. A group of sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740-1828) are also exhibited, including his Diana the Huntress (1776-1795).

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. February 7May 13, 2012

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is known for his luxurious portrait masterpieces. This exhibition features nine iconic paintings in full-length format. These are vertical canvases that represent contemporary subjects and demonstrate Renoir’s ambition as a young artist.

Review: http://www.galleristny.com/2012/02/the-women-in-his-life-renoir-impressionism-and-full-length-painting-at-the-frick-collection/

A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp’s Bequest to The Frick Collection. February 14April 8, 2012

The Frick’s former director, Charles Ryskamp, was an avid drawings collector. His gift of ten drawings, along with other acquisitions, are on display in the museum’s Cabinet gallery. Included in this exhibition are works by Théodore Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Eugène Delacroix, among many others.

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

John Chamberlain: Choices. February 24–May 13, 2012

John Chamberlain was a singular sculptor, who took Abstract Expressionism into 3D. He is best known for his large-scale scrap metal assemblages that are rolled, bent, crushed, and folded. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works by the artist.

International Center of Photography (www.icp.org)

Weegee: Murder Is My Business. January 20–September 2, 2012

Drawn from the ICP’s extensive Weegee Archive, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s ability to dramatically photograph crime scenes and news events. It also includes a spatial recreation of Weegee’s apartment and past exhibitions of his work.

The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/arts/design/weegee-at-international-center-of-photography-review.html?_r=2&ref=arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012

This exhibition features more than 150 Renaissance portraits by some of the leading Italian artists of the 15th and 16thcenturies. Paintings, sculptures, medals, and manuscripts by artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Mantegna, Bellini, and others demonstrate the period’s enthusiasm for portraiture.

New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. Open January 16, 2012

This wing completes the third and final phase of the American Wing renovation project. Twenty-five galleries display the Museum’s grand collection of American art, including the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868) and many other treasures.

The New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-arts-new-american-wing-galleries-review.html?_r=1&ref=design

Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965). January 21–April 15, 2012

Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) created a unique style of ink painting based on the merging of Japanese and Chinese traditions. In his youth, he studied art history in Tokyo and translated several important books from Japanese into Chinese. Seventy paintings are drawn from the collection of China’s Nanjing Museum and a New York-based private collection.

Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video. February 7–August 26, 2012

This show is made up of a selection of photographs, films, and videos from the Museum’s collection examining the different ways in which museums inspire artists.

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 23–May 20, 2012

As a student in Rome, Edgar Degas was greatly influenced by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition explores this relationship through a series of self-portraits produced by both artists during their youth.

The Steins Collect. Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. February 28–June 3, 2012

This exhibition traces the collecting practices of the Steins—Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah—in Paris during the first decades of the 20th century. Approximately 200 works of art demonstrate the significant impact the Steins’ patronage had on modern art.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. January 20–April 29, 2012

The Morgan presents over ninety drawings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Among the artists are Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen. These works, from the collection of Clement C. Moore, are exhibited publicly for the first time.

Dan Flavin: Drawing. February 17–July 1, 2012

Surprising to many, fluorescent light artist Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. Over 100 works are featured in the first retrospective of his drawings.

Reviews: http://www.galleristny.com/2012/02/morgan-librarys-show-of-dan-flavins-drawings-casts-light-on-the-artists-quirks-02162012/

http://artobserved.com/2012/02/ao-on-site-new-york-dan-flavin-drawings-at-the-morgan-library-museum-through-july-1-2012/#more-67484

El Museo del Barrio (www.elmuseo.org)

Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression. February 1–May 6, 2012

This exhibition examines a selection of rarely-seen works in various media from El Museo del Barrio’s collection, as well as loans from the New York area. Included are works by Gregorio Marzán (1906-1997), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), Margarita Cabrera (b.1973), Ejlat Feuer (b. 1950), and others.

Museum of Art and Design (www.madmuseum.org)

Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. February 7–August 12, 2012

This exhibition explores the intersection of unusual materials and techniques in the work of contemporary artists. Here, artists present their works made with dust, ashes, dirt, and sand in an attempt to highlight the ephemeral nature of life and art.

Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales. February 14–June 10, 2012

This exhibition presents a group of glass sculptures created in Murano at the studio of Adriano Berengo. Berengo is the founder of Venice Projects, an organization dedicated to bringing together international contemporary glass artisans who have presented at the Venice Biennial.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence. December 18, 2011–March 26, 2012.

This is the first time the work of Sanja Iveković has been on display in the United States. The artist examines culture, politics, power, and gender through various media. The exhibition also features a monument that created a stir in her native Croatia accompanied by newspaper articles documenting the event.

Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes. February 6–April 9, 2012

A selection of 100 works by the photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927) is exhibited, featuring a variety of subjects. These include: Paris’s 5th Arrondissement, the parks at Sceaux, the Luxembourg gardens, Parisian and rural courtyards, the human body, and his interest in Surrealism (mannequins, store windows, and street fairs).

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. February 15–July 30, 2012

This display features 5 teams of designers exploring new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. The installation presents the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program at MoMA, including a wide array of models, renderings, animations, and analytical materials.

Cindy Sherman. February 26–June 11, 2012

For more than thirty years, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into a range of intriguing characters. This retrospective traces her career through her dominant themes.

Reviews:

GalleristNY: http://www.galleristny.com/2012/03/pictures-of-you-cindy-sherman-at-the-museum-of-modern-art/

Bklynbiblio: http://bklynbiblio.blogspot.com/2012/03/review-cindy-sherman.html?spref=fb

NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/arts/design/cindy-sherman-at-museum-of-modern-art.html?pagewanted=all

Neue Galerie (www.neuegalerie.org)

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France. October 27, 2011–April 2, 2012

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the museum, this exhibition celebrates the Museum’s collection of medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art (www.newmuseum.org)

The Ungovernables. Second New Museum Triennial. February 15–April 22, 2012

The New Museum Triennial features a group of fifty artists whose works explore notions of self-determination, impermanence, and transformation. These artists are presented together because they are all part of the generation that came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s in their respective countries.

Review: http://www.galleristny.com/2012/02/mob-of-people-packs-into-new-museum-for-opening-of-the-ungovernables/

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231 (www.newmuseum.org)

Enrico David: Head Gas. January 18–April 22, 2012

In Enrico David’s first New York exhibit, the Berlin artist has produced a series of emotional portraits. These paintings and works on paper are delicate studies of David’s own psychological state. Included here are gestural works, what the artist calls “paravents,” or folding screens, which were initially created for his Berlin studio and now occupy the gallery’s south wall.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. November 11, 2011–April 15, 2012. This educational exhibition compares the revolutions in America, France and Haiti through various media. For the first time, these histories are explained as a global narrative.

Hudson River School Highlights: Landscapes From The New-York Historical Society’s Collections. February 10–April 1, 2012

Landscapes by the masters of the Hudson River School are featured.

Queens Museum of Art (www.queensmuseum.org)

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle. February 5–May 20, 2012

This exhibition features the art of 31 Queens-based artists.

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Opening This Month…February Openings

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Playing House. February 24–August 26, 2012

For the first time, the Brooklyn Museum has taken several of its period rooms as an exhibition subject. Several artists have been invited to observe these period rooms and react to them through their own art work, which will be displayed alongside.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. February 7May 13, 2012

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is known for his luxurious portrait masterpieces. This exhibition features nine iconic paintings in full-length format. These are vertical canvases that represent contemporary subjects and demonstrate Renoir’s ambition as a young artist.

A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp’s Bequest to The Frick Collection. February 14April 8, 2012

The Frick’s former director, Charles Ryskamp, was an avid drawings collector. His gift of ten drawings, along with other acquisitions, are on display in the museum’s Cabinet gallery. Included in this exhibition are works by Théodore Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Eugène Delacroix, among many others.

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

John Chamberlain: Choices. February 24–May 13, 2012

John Chamberlain was a singular sculptor, who took Abstract Expressionism into 3D. He is best known for his large-scale scrap metal assemblages that are rolled, bent, crushed, and folded. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works by the artist.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video. February 7–August 26, 2012

This show is made up of a selection of photographs, films, and videos from the Museum’s collection examining the different ways in which museums inspire artists.

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 23–May 20, 2012

As a student in Rome, Edgar Degas was greatly influenced by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition explores this relationship through a series of self-portraits produced by both artists during their youth.

The Steins Collect. Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. February 28–June 3, 2012

This exhibition traces the collecting practices of the Steins—Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah—in Paris during the first decades of the 20th century. Approximately 200 works of art demonstrate the significant impact the Steins’ patronage had on modern art.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Dan Flavin: Drawing. February 17–July 1, 2012

Surprising to many, fluorescent light artist Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. Over 100 works are featured in the first retrospective of his drawings.

El Museo del Barrio (www.elmuseo.org)

Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression. February 1–May 6, 2012

This exhibition examines a selection of rarely-seen works in various media from El Museo del Barrio’s collection, as well as loans from the New York area. Included are works by Gregorio Marzán (1906-1997), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), Margarita Cabrera (b.1973), Ejlat Feuer (b. 1950), and others.

Museum of Art and Design (www.madmuseum.org)

Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. February 7–August 12, 2012

This exhibition explores the intersection of unusual materials and techniques in the work of contemporary artists. Here, artists present their works made with dust, ashes, dirt, and sand in an attempt to highlight the ephemeral nature of life and art.

Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales. February 14–June 10, 2012

This exhibition presents a group of glass sculptures created in Murano at the studio of Adriano Berengo. Berengo is the founder of Venice Projects, an organization dedicated to bringing together international contemporary glass artisans who have presented at the Venice Biennial.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes. February 6–April 9, 2012

A selection of 100 works by the photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927) is exhibited, featuring a variety of subjects. These include: Paris’s 5th Arrondissement, the parks at Sceaux, the Luxembourg gardens, Parisian and rural courtyards, the human body, and his interest in Surrealism (mannequins, store windows, and street fairs).

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. February 15–July 30, 2012

This display features 5 teams of designers exploring new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. The installation presents the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program at MoMA, including a wide array of models, renderings, animations, and analytical materials.

Cindy Sherman. February 26–June 11, 2012

For more than thirty years, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into a range of intriguing characters. This retrospective traces her career through her dominant themes.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art (www.newmuseum.org)

The Ungovernables. Second New Museum Triennial. February 15–April 22, 2012

The New Museum Triennial features a group of fifty artists whose works explore notions of self-determination, impermanence, and transformation. These artists are presented together because they are all part of the generation that came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s in their respective countries.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Hudson River School Highlights: Landscapes From The New-York Historical Society’s Collections. February 10–April 1, 2012

Landscapes by the masters of the Hudson River School are featured.

Queens Museum of Art (www.queensmuseum.org)

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle. February 5–May 20, 2012

This exhibition features the art of 31 Queens-based artists.

Other Exhibits Opening this Season…

American Folk Art Museum (www.folkartmuseum.org)

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. January 17–September 2, 2012. Reality and Imagination tended to overlap in early American folk art. This exhibition features works by Martín Ramírez, Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and James Castle. Viewers are encouraged to interpret the art as either real or imagined.

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. January 20–August 19, 2012. The American journalist and activist Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) lived in Greenwich Village between 1913 and 1921, writing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. Her life as a proto-feminist and bohemian is documented in photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes’s own stories in newsprint (including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns).

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. January 27–August 12, 2012. This exhibition pairs fifteen iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin selected from the Museum’s collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone, with her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982. March 16–July 8, 2012. This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century. It includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects – including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain. December 13, 2011April 29, 2012. This exhibition presents approximately seventy pieces of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain is the first European-made white porcelain. A group of sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740-1828) are also exhibited, including his Diana the Huntress (1776-1795).

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

Being Singular Plural. March 2–June 6, 2012. As part of the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, 7 innovative Indian artists—Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty—present their film, video, and interactive sound-based installations. An interactive artwork is also installed outside the Museum on Fifth Avenue.

Francesca Woodman. March 16–June 13, 2012. 120 images by the photographer, who is best known for her black and white works, are on display.

International Center of Photography (www.icp.org)

Weegee: Murder Is My Business. January 20–September 2, 2012. Drawn from the ICP’s extensive Weegee Archive, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s ability to dramatically photograph crime scenes and news events. It also includes a spatial recreation of Weegee’s apartment and past exhibitions of his work.

The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/arts/design/weegee-at-international-center-of-photography-review.html?_r=2&ref=arts

The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org)

Kehinde Wiley. The World Stage: Israel. March 9July 29, 2012. The Jewish Museum recently acquired a painting by Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (2011), a portrait inspired by a traditional paper cut in the Museum’s collection. Wiley is best known for referencing many historic works art. This exhibition features several portraits of Israeli youths of various cultural backgrounds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012. This exhibition features more than 150 Renaissance portraits by some of the leading Italian artists of the 15th and 16thcenturies. Paintings, sculptures, medals, and manuscripts by artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Mantegna, Bellini, and others demonstrate the period’s enthusiasm for portraiture.

New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. Open January 16, 2012. This wing completes the third and final phase of the American Wing renovation project. Twenty-five galleries display the Museum’s grand collection of American art, including the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868) and many other treasures.

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-arts-new-american-wing-galleries-review.html?_r=1&ref=design

Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965). January 21–April 15, 2012. Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) created a unique style of ink painting based on the merging of Japanese and Chinese traditions. In his youth, he studied art history in Tokyo and translated several important books from Japanese into Chinese. Seventy paintings are drawn from the collection of China’s Nanjing Museum and a New York-based private collection.

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. March 14–July 8, 2012. This exhibition presents the dialogue between the Byzantine and Islamic worlds through images of religion, power, and commerce.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. January 20–April 29, 2012. The Morgan presents over ninety drawings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Among the artists are Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen. These works, from the collection of Clement C. Moore, are exhibited publicly for the first time.

In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan. March 2–May 20, 2012. Animals have always been a source of inspiration for artists. This exhibition features a variety of ancient seals, drawings, prints, books, and medieval, music, and literary manuscripts that illustrate the different uses of animals. Works by John James Audubon, William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, T. S. Eliot, David Hockney, and many others are displayed.

Museum of the City of New York (www.mcny.org)

Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg. March 2–May 28. This is the first time contemporary video art will be shown at the Museum. Nine video artworks and three photographic installations present the unexpected power and resonance of everyday moments in New York City. The work of Neil Goldberg (American, b. 1963) directs the viewer’s attention to activities that are usually experienced only fleetingly.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence. December 18, 2011–March 26, 2012. This is the first time the work of Sanja Iveković has been on display in the United States. The artist examines culture, politics, power, and gender through various media. The exhibition also features a monument that created a stir in her native Croatia accompanied by newspaper articles documenting the event.

Neue Galerie (www.neuegalerie.org)

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France. October 27, 2011–April 2, 2012. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the museum, this exhibition celebrates the Museum’s collection of medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231 (www.newmuseum.org)

Enrico David: Head Gas. January 18–April 22, 2012. In Enrico David’s first New York exhibit, the Berlin artist has produced a series of emotional portraits. These paintings and works on paper are delicate studies of David’s own psychological state. Included here are gestural works, what the artist calls “paravents,” or folding screens, which were initially created for his Berlin studio and now occupy the gallery’s south wall.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. November 11, 2011–April 15, 2012. This educational exhibition compares the revolutions in America, France and Haiti through various media. For the first time, these histories are explained as a global narrative.

Whitney Museum of American Art (www.whitney.org)

Real/Surreal. October 6, 2011–February 12, 2012. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on the tension and overlap between two strong currents in 20th century art: Realism and Surrealism. Artists include Charles Sheeler, Yves Tanguy, Edward Hopper, and others.

Whitney Biennial opens March 1.

Leave a Comment about any Exhibit You Have Seen!

Don’t See an Exhibit? Let Us Know

Opening This Month…

American Folk Art Museum (www.folkartmuseum.org)

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. January 17–September 2, 2012. Reality and Imagination tended to overlap in early American folk art. This exhibition features works by Martín Ramírez, Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and James Castle. Viewers are encouraged to interpret the art as either real or imagined.

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. January 20–August 19, 2012. The American journalist and activist Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) lived in Greenwich Village between 1913 and 1921, writing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. Her life as a proto-feminist and bohemian is documented in photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes’s own stories in newsprint (including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns).

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. January 27–August 12, 2012. This exhibition pairs fifteen iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin selected from the Museum’s collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone, with her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

International Center of Photography (www.icp.org)

Weegee: Murder Is My Business. January 20–September 2, 2012. Drawn from the ICP’s extensive Weegee Archive, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s ability to dramatically photograph crime scenes and news events. It also includes a spatial recreation of Weegee’s apartment and past exhibitions of his work.

The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/arts/design/weegee-at-international-center-of-photography-review.html?_r=2&ref=arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. Opening January 16, 2012. This wing completes the third and final phase of the American Wing renovation project. Twenty-five galleries display the Museum’s grand collection of American art, including the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868) and many other treasures.

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-arts-new-american-wing-galleries-review.html?_r=1&ref=design

Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965). January 21–April 15, 2012. Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) created a unique style of ink painting based on the merging of Japanese and Chinese traditions. In his youth, he studied art history in Tokyo and translated several important books from Japanese into Chinese. Seventy paintings are drawn from the collection of China’s Nanjing Museum and a New York-based private collection.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. January 20–April 29, 2012. The Morgan presents over ninety drawings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Among the artists are Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen. These works, from the collection of Clement C. Moore, are exhibited publicly for the first time.

New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231 (www.newmuseum.org)

Enrico David: Head Gas. January 18–April 22, 2012. In Enrico David’s first New York exhibit, the Berlin artist has produced a series of emotional portraits. These paintings and works on paper are delicate studies of David’s own psychological state. Included here are gestural works, what the artist calls “paravents,” or folding screens, which were initially created for his Berlin studio and now occupy the gallery’s south wall.

 Other Exhibits…

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. December 22, 2011–February 5, 2012. This exhibition entitled, Not for Long, My Forlorn, features the work of Kymia Nawabi, winner of Bravo’s competition series, Work of Art.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain. December 13, 2011April 29, 2012. This exhibition presents approximately seventy pieces of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain is the first European-made white porcelain. A group of sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740-1828) are also exhibited, including his Diana the Huntress (1776-1795).

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. February 7May 13, 2012. The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is known for his luxurious portrait masterpieces. This exhibition features nine iconic paintings in full-length format. These are vertical canvases that represent contemporary subjects and demonstrate Renoir’s ambition as a young artist.

A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp’s Bequest to The Frick Collection. February 14April 8, 2012. The Frick’s former director, Charles Ryskamp, was an avid drawings collector. His gift of ten drawings, along with other acquisitions, are on display in the museum’s Cabinet gallery. Included in this exhibition are works by Théodore Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Eugène Delacroix, among many others.

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

John Chamberlain: Choices. February 24–May 13, 2012. John Chamberlain was a singular sculptor, who took Abstract Expressionism into 3D. He is best known for his large-scale scrap metal assemblages that are rolled, bent, crushed, and folded. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works by the artist.

The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org)

Kehinde Wiley. The World Stage: Israel. March 9July 29, 2012. The Jewish Museum recently acquired a painting by Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (2011), a portrait inspired by a traditional paper cut in the Museum’s collection. Wiley is best known for referencing many historic works art. This exhibition features several portraits of Israeli youths of various cultural backgrounds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York. December 20, 2011–May 6, 2012. The work of New York City cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe (1770-1854) was in such demand during the early 19th century that he was nicknamed  “The United States Rage.” This exhibition showcases nearly 100 pieces from his life’s work.

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012. This exhibition features more than 150 Renaissance portraits by some of the leading Italian artists of the 15th and 16th centuries. Paintings, sculptures, medals, and manuscripts by artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Mantegna, Bellini, and others demonstrate the period’s enthusiasm for portraiture.

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 23–May 20, 2012. As a student in Rome, Edgar Degas was greatly influenced by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition explores this relationship through a series of self-portraits produced by both artists during their youth.

The Steins Collect. Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. February 28–June 3, 2012. This exhibition traces the collecting practices of the Steins—Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah—in Paris during the first decades of the 20th century. Approximately 200 works of art demonstrate the significant impact the Steins’ patronage had on modern art.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Dan Flavin: Drawing. February 17–July 1, 2012. Surprising to many, fluorescent light artist Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. Over 100 works are featured in the first retrospective of his drawings.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence. December 18, 2011–March 26, 2012. This is the first time the work of Sanja Iveković has been on display in the United States. The artist examines culture, politics, power, and gender through various media. The exhibition also features a monument that created a stir in her native Croatia accompanied by newspaper articles documenting the event.

Cindy Sherman. February 26–June 11, 2012. For more than thirty years, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into a range of intriguing characters. This retrospective traces her career through her dominant themes.

Neue Galerie (www.neuegalerie.org)

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France. October 27, 2011–April 2, 2012. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the museum, this exhibition celebrates the Museum’s collection of medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art (www.newmuseum.org)

The Ungovernables. Second New Museum Triennial. February 15–April 22, 2012. The New Museum Triennial features a group of fifty artists whose works explore notions of self-determination, impermanence, and transformation. These artists are presented together because they are all part of the generation that came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s in their respective countries.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. November 11, 2011–April 15, 2012. This educational exhibition compares the revolutions in America, France and Haiti through various media. For the first time, these histories are explained as a global narrative.

Whitney Museum of American Art (www.whitney.org)

Real/Surreal. October 6, 2011–February 12, 2012. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on the tension and overlap between two strong currents in 20th century art: Realism and Surrealism. Artists include Charles Sheeler, Yves Tanguy, Edward Hopper, and others.

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Opening This Month…February Openings

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Playing House. February 24–August 26, 2012

For the first time, the Brooklyn Museum has taken several of its period rooms as an exhibition subject. Several artists have been invited to observe these period rooms and react to them through their own art work, which will be displayed alongside.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting. February 7May 13, 2012

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) is known for his luxurious portrait masterpieces. This exhibition features nine iconic paintings in full-length format. These are vertical canvases that represent contemporary subjects and demonstrate Renoir’s ambition as a young artist.

A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp’s Bequest to The Frick Collection. February 14April 8, 2012

The Frick’s former director, Charles Ryskamp, was an avid drawings collector. His gift of ten drawings, along with other acquisitions, are on display in the museum’s Cabinet gallery. Included in this exhibition are works by Théodore Rousseau, Edgar Degas, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Eugène Delacroix, among many others.

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

John Chamberlain: Choices. February 24–May 13, 2012

John Chamberlain was a singular sculptor, who took Abstract Expressionism into 3D. He is best known for his large-scale scrap metal assemblages that are rolled, bent, crushed, and folded. This exhibition presents nearly 100 works by the artist.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video. February 7–August 26, 2012

This show is made up of a selection of photographs, films, and videos from the Museum’s collection examining the different ways in which museums inspire artists.

Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. February 23–May 20, 2012

As a student in Rome, Edgar Degas was greatly influenced by the work of Rembrandt. This exhibition explores this relationship through a series of self-portraits produced by both artists during their youth.

The Steins Collect. Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. February 28–June 3, 2012

This exhibition traces the collecting practices of the Steins—Gertrude, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael’s wife Sarah—in Paris during the first decades of the 20th century. Approximately 200 works of art demonstrate the significant impact the Steins’ patronage had on modern art.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Dan Flavin: Drawing. February 17–July 1, 2012

Surprising to many, fluorescent light artist Dan Flavin was also an avid draftsman. Over 100 works are featured in the first retrospective of his drawings.

El Museo del Barrio (www.elmuseo.org)

Testimonios: 100 Years of Popular Expression. February 1–May 6, 2012

This exhibition examines a selection of rarely-seen works in various media from El Museo del Barrio’s collection, as well as loans from the New York area. Included are works by Gregorio Marzán (1906-1997), Martín Ramírez (1895-1963), Margarita Cabrera (b.1973), Ejlat Feuer (b. 1950), and others.

Museum of Art and Design (www.madmuseum.org)

Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design. February 7–August 12, 2012

This exhibition explores the intersection of unusual materials and techniques in the work of contemporary artists. Here, artists present their works made with dust, ashes, dirt, and sand in an attempt to highlight the ephemeral nature of life and art.

Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennales. February 14–June 10, 2012

This exhibition presents a group of glass sculptures created in Murano at the studio of Adriano Berengo. Berengo is the founder of Venice Projects, an organization dedicated to bringing together international contemporary glass artisans who have presented at the Venice Biennial.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes. February 6–April 9, 2012

A selection of 100 works by the photographer Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927) is exhibited, featuring a variety of subjects. These include: Paris’s 5th Arrondissement, the parks at Sceaux, the Luxembourg gardens, Parisian and rural courtyards, the human body, and his interest in Surrealism (mannequins, store windows, and street fairs).

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. February 15–July 30, 2012

This display features 5 teams of designers exploring new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. The installation presents the proposals developed during the architects-in-residence program at MoMA, including a wide array of models, renderings, animations, and analytical materials.

Cindy Sherman. February 26–June 11, 2012

For more than thirty years, Cindy Sherman has transformed herself into a range of intriguing characters. This retrospective traces her career through her dominant themes.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art (www.newmuseum.org)

The Ungovernables. Second New Museum Triennial. February 15–April 22, 2012

The New Museum Triennial features a group of fifty artists whose works explore notions of self-determination, impermanence, and transformation. These artists are presented together because they are all part of the generation that came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s in their respective countries.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Hudson River School Highlights: Landscapes From The New-York Historical Society’s Collections. February 10–April 1, 2012

Landscapes by the masters of the Hudson River School are featured.

Queens Museum of Art (www.queensmuseum.org)

Queens International 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle. February 5–May 20, 2012

This exhibition features the art of 31 Queens-based artists.

Other Exhibits Opening this Season…

American Folk Art Museum (www.folkartmuseum.org)

Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined. January 17–September 2, 2012. Reality and Imagination tended to overlap in early American folk art. This exhibition features works by Martín Ramírez, Dr. and Mrs. Shute, and James Castle. Viewers are encouraged to interpret the art as either real or imagined.

Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org)

Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. January 20–August 19, 2012. The American journalist and activist Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) lived in Greenwich Village between 1913 and 1921, writing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Vanity Fair. Her life as a proto-feminist and bohemian is documented in photographs, drawings, works on paper, and Barnes’s own stories in newsprint (including eight illustrations she composed to accompany her newspaper columns).

Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. January 27–August 12, 2012. This exhibition pairs fifteen iconic works by 19th-century French master Auguste Rodin selected from the Museum’s collection by British artist Rachel Kneebone, with her own large-scale porcelain sculptures.

Keith Haring: 1978-1982. March 16–July 8, 2012. This is the first large-scale exhibition to explore the early career of one of the best-known American artists of the 20th century. It includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos, and over 150 archival objects – including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings, and documentary photographs.

The Frick Collection (www.frick.org)

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain. December 13, 2011April 29, 2012. This exhibition presents approximately seventy pieces of Meissen porcelain. Meissen porcelain is the first European-made white porcelain. A group of sculptures by Jean-Antoine Houdon (1740-1828) are also exhibited, including his Diana the Huntress (1776-1795).

The Guggenheim Museum (www.guggenheim.org)

Being Singular Plural. March 2–June 6, 2012. As part of the Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim, 7 innovative Indian artists—Sonal Jain and Mriganka Madhukaillya of Desire Machine Collective, Shumona Goel, Shai Heredia, Vikram Joglekar, Amar Kanwar, and Kabir Mohanty—present their film, video, and interactive sound-based installations. An interactive artwork is also installed outside the Museum on Fifth Avenue.

Francesca Woodman. March 16–June 13, 2012. 120 images by the photographer, who is best known for her black and white works, are on display.

International Center of Photography (www.icp.org)

Weegee: Murder Is My Business. January 20–September 2, 2012. Drawn from the ICP’s extensive Weegee Archive, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s ability to dramatically photograph crime scenes and news events. It also includes a spatial recreation of Weegee’s apartment and past exhibitions of his work.

The New York Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/arts/design/weegee-at-international-center-of-photography-review.html?_r=2&ref=arts

The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org)

Kehinde Wiley. The World Stage: Israel. March 9July 29, 2012. The Jewish Museum recently acquired a painting by Kehinde Wiley, Alios Itzhak (2011), a portrait inspired by a traditional paper cut in the Museum’s collection. Wiley is best known for referencing many historic works art. This exhibition features several portraits of Israeli youths of various cultural backgrounds.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org)

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini. December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012. This exhibition features more than 150 Renaissance portraits by some of the leading Italian artists of the 15th and 16thcenturies. Paintings, sculptures, medals, and manuscripts by artists such as Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Ghirlandaio, Mantegna, Bellini, and others demonstrate the period’s enthusiasm for portraiture.

New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts. Open January 16, 2012. This wing completes the third and final phase of the American Wing renovation project. Twenty-five galleries display the Museum’s grand collection of American art, including the famous painting Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1816-1868) and many other treasures.

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/arts/design/metropolitan-museum-of-arts-new-american-wing-galleries-review.html?_r=1&ref=design

Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965). January 21–April 15, 2012. Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) created a unique style of ink painting based on the merging of Japanese and Chinese traditions. In his youth, he studied art history in Tokyo and translated several important books from Japanese into Chinese. Seventy paintings are drawn from the collection of China’s Nanjing Museum and a New York-based private collection.

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. March 14–July 8, 2012. This exhibition presents the dialogue between the Byzantine and Islamic worlds through images of religion, power, and commerce.

The Morgan Library and Museum (www.themorgan.org)

Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection. January 20–April 29, 2012. The Morgan presents over ninety drawings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age. Among the artists are Rembrandt, Abraham Bloemaert, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen. These works, from the collection of Clement C. Moore, are exhibited publicly for the first time.

In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan. March 2–May 20, 2012. Animals have always been a source of inspiration for artists. This exhibition features a variety of ancient seals, drawings, prints, books, and medieval, music, and literary manuscripts that illustrate the different uses of animals. Works by John James Audubon, William Blake, Albrecht Dürer, T. S. Eliot, David Hockney, and many others are displayed.

Museum of the City of New York (www.mcny.org)

Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg. March 2–May 28. This is the first time contemporary video art will be shown at the Museum. Nine video artworks and three photographic installations present the unexpected power and resonance of everyday moments in New York City. The work of Neil Goldberg (American, b. 1963) directs the viewer’s attention to activities that are usually experienced only fleetingly.

The Museum of Modern Art (www.moma.org)

Sanja Iveković: Sweet Violence. December 18, 2011–March 26, 2012. This is the first time the work of Sanja Iveković has been on display in the United States. The artist examines culture, politics, power, and gender through various media. The exhibition also features a monument that created a stir in her native Croatia accompanied by newspaper articles documenting the event.

Neue Galerie (www.neuegalerie.org)

The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century/Germany, Austria, and France. October 27, 2011–April 2, 2012. In honor of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the museum, this exhibition celebrates the Museum’s collection of medieval art, arms and armor, Old Master paintings, 19th and 20th-century drawings, fine and decorative art of Vienna 1900, and modern and contemporary art.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio 231 (www.newmuseum.org)

Enrico David: Head Gas. January 18–April 22, 2012. In Enrico David’s first New York exhibit, the Berlin artist has produced a series of emotional portraits. These paintings and works on paper are delicate studies of David’s own psychological state. Included here are gestural works, what the artist calls “paravents,” or folding screens, which were initially created for his Berlin studio and now occupy the gallery’s south wall.

New-York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org)

Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. November 11, 2011–April 15, 2012. This educational exhibition compares the revolutions in America, France and Haiti through various media. For the first time, these histories are explained as a global narrative.

Whitney Museum of American Art (www.whitney.org)

Real/Surreal. October 6, 2011–February 12, 2012. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition focuses on the tension and overlap between two strong currents in 20th century art: Realism and Surrealism. Artists include Charles Sheeler, Yves Tanguy, Edward Hopper, and others.

Whitney Biennial opens March 1.

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