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 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.