See them before they go! The following exhibits are closing this month…

The New Museum of Contemporary Art Closing August 5

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.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Closing August 5

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 Frick Collection Closing August 19

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 Jewish Museum Closing August 19

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.

Closing August 26

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.

Museum of Modern ArtClosing August 27

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 Closing August 26

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.

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 Closing August 27

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, Studio 231 Closing August 26

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.