Opening This Month…February Openings

Brooklyn Museum (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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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The Jewish Museum (

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 (

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.

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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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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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