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.

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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 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.

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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 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

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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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