by Ellen Curham
New York City is the cultural epicentre of North America and one of the best places in the world to check out exhibitions. Museums and galleries all over the city showcase the most exciting new works as well as historically important pieces. Trust us, when visiting this incredible city, it will be hard not to come across an exhibit you’ll love.
If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple soon, set some time aside to check out some of 2016’s unmissable temporary exhibits.
Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, otherwise known as the Met, is the most famous art museum in New York. It often showcases works that have rarely been displayed publicly and its current exhibit focusing on Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun is no different—this is only the second exhibition devoted to Vigée Le Brun’s work. Entitled Woman Artist in Revolutionary France, the exhibit shows the work of one of the few women who managed to work successfully as an artist in 19th Century Europe. Move fast if you don’t want to miss this perfect mix of fine art and girl power as it ends 15th May, 2016.
Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Fashion fiends should also head to the Met, and more specifically, The Costume Institute. This year’s spring/summer 2016 exhibit is called Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. Covering how the production of clothing has changed and the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion, it features 150 creations by 90 designers from the early 20th century to present day. Beginning on 5th May, this will run until 14th August.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) is home to some of the greatest masterpieces from the last century. Here you’ll find works from artists like Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Vincent van Gogh, Frieda Kahlo and Roy Lichtenstein. These artists alone make a visit to MoMA worth it but it you’re in NYC this summer, you’ll be able to check out the Dadaglobe Reconstructed exhibit. It features key works of the Dada art movement from early 20th Century Europe that helped shape the modern art world today. Dadaglobe was supposed to be an anthology of the work but was never published; at the exhibit you’ll find the work that would have made it into the book along with related materials. It runs from 12th June to 18th September.
Warhol by the Book
No visit to NYC would be complete without witnessing some Warhol pieces in person. Andy Warhol was one of the city’s most famous residents and you’ll find his works on display in various museums across New York. For something a little different, you could check out the Warhol by the Book exhibit at The Morgan Library and Museum. This focuses on Warhol’s career as a book artist and displays many of his publications including self-published books, children’s books and even text-based books. This runs until 15th May and is a fun way to see another side of the artist.
Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk
One of the coolest exhibits to hit NYC this year has to be Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk at the Queens Museum. This exhibit shows material relating to the band’s first album—released 40 years ago—and how it introduced the world to the genre known as punk. See everything from photos of the band in their iconic leather jackets and ripped jeans to energetic live-performance videos and the effect the band had on the music and art world in New York and beyond. You have until 31st July to check it out.
Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull)
For an authentic NYC experience check out Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (To a Seagull) at the Brooklyn Museum. Focusing on the gem that is Coney Island, the artist Stephen Powers has created a site-specific installation inspired by the style of paining found on the signs at the fairground. His work takes a traditional aesthetic and puts a modern twist on it. This exhibit will run until 21st August.
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Images courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, Queens Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. Thanks also to THX0477 for use of their great image under the Creative Commons license.