My picks for current and future museum exhibitions in New York for summer 2008. Blockbusters, as noted, are the big shows with catalogues, lots of gift store-related items (posters, tote bags, notecards, coffee mugs, T-shirts) and crowded galleries. You can impress your friends by telling them you went to one or more of these. Maybe you can find something for them in the gift shop.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
through September 1, 2008
Special Exhibition Galleries, 1st floor
Robert Lehman Wing
Nine large American landscape paintings from the collection to see during the closure and restoration of the American Wing. When I read that the American Wing would re-open in 2010, I had visions that we would all have personal spaceships by then, but really, it's only a couple of more years. It should be finished around the time of the interminable Washington Square Park renovation, a convulsive erasure of bohemian history and grave desecration that has cut into my personal lifestyle.
Jeff Koons on the Roof
through October 26, 2008 (weather permitting) Roof Garden
Installation of sculptures by American artist Jeff Koons.
UPCOMING BLOCKBUSTER at the Met! Meet J.M.W. Turner
J. M. W. Turner
July 1, 2008–September 21, 2008
The Tisch Galleries, 2nd floor
BIG exhibition with 140 paintings and watercolors that's now making its way here.
International Center of Photography:
FORT WORTH, TEXAS-THEMED BLOCKBUSTER at the ICP
(Kidding about the blockbuster part, but I'm looking forward to this one.)
Bill Wood's Business
through September 7, 2008
All about the amateur and professional photo images spawned by one Fort Worth photo supply store, capturing Cow Town in vivid black and white glory during the years 1937 to 1973.
UPCOMING BLOCKBUSTER at the Guggenheim! Bourgeois Spiderwoman
June 27–September 28, 2008
Museum of Modern Art:
Take your time: Olafur Eliasson
Through June 30
at MoMA and P.S.1
Dalí: Painting and Film
June 29–September 15, 2008
The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
July 20-October 20, 2008
Prefab housing comes to MoMA with prefabs actually outside
Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976
through September 21, 2008
Morgan Library & Museum:
Philip Guston: Works on Paper
through August 31, 2008
Murakami, ongoing blockbuster, through July 13, 2008
American Museum of Natural History
The Horse, ongoing blockbuster, through January 4, 2009