Fall 2008 Sneak Peak: Museum Exhibitions in NYC Opening in September


While many summer 2008 exhibitions continue into September, and I think everyone must see Dalí: Painting and Film at MoMA if only one pick is possible (children, I have been told, are a little sensitive to the sight of a razor on an eyeball), I don't think it hurts to sneak a peak at what's ahead. As usual, I am partial to blockbusters, ones with catalogues, lots of gift store-related items (posters, tote bags, notecards, coffee mugs, T-shirts) and lines around the block.The Dalí exhibit, which I'll write about more this week, seems a real audience pleaser, and I find it heartening to be around so many people enjoying art, even if a little close eyeball operation is involved. Kids, it's only a movie.

What follows is a selected list of upcoming museum and other art center exhibitions opening in early autumn.

MAD (The Museum of Art and Design), 2 Columbus Circle:

Opens its new home on Columbus Circle on September 27, 2008 with three exhibitions - Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Permanently MAD: Revealing the Collection, and Elegant Armor: The Art of Jewelry. The building's new look by Brad Cloepfil and his firm, Allied Works Architecture, will certainly be scrutinized after fierce preservationist efforts to keep Edward Durrell Stone's original design.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse @ 165th St.:

Street Art, Street Life: From the 1950s to Now

September 14, 2008–January 25, 2009
Works by many artists, including Garry Winogrand, Martha Rosler, Claus Oldenburg, members of the Fluxus groups, and others, who incorporate the street or other public spaces into their art.

Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St.):

Catherine Opie: American Photographer
September 26, 2008-January 5, 2009
Excellent! More images of the street in this mid-career survey.

Louise Bourgeois continues through September 28, 2008.

The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street:

Rirkrit Tiravanija: Demonstration Drawings

September 12-November 6, 2008
Super-hot artist commissioned artists in Thailand to copy pictures of protest printed in the International Herald Tribune. A perfect tie-in with the presidential election.

Exit Art, 475 Tenth Avenue:

Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to the Present
September 20-November 22, 2008
Documentary counterculture and protests in many media.

International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street:

Susan Meiselas
September 19, 2008-January 4, 2009
Outstanding documentary photographer, as witnessed in three series: "Carnival Strippers," "Nicaragua," and "Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History."

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue:

Alfred Kubin
September 25, 2008-January 29, 2009
Bohemian expressionist (actually born in Bohemia) known for his drawings and works on paper.

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:

The Unknown Blakelock

September 25, 2008-January 4, 2009
Ralph Albert Blakelock
Dreamy 19th century New York painter of landscapes. A time to meditate on moonlight and madness.

The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 1000 Fifth Avenue:

Georgio Morandi: 1890-1964

September 16, 2008-December 14, 2008
First U.S. survey of the artist best known for still-life and landscape paintings.

New York, N. Why?: Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt, 1937–1940
September 23, 2008-January 4, 2009
Amazing images of the city from the late 1930s.

J. M. W. Turner continues through September 21, 2008

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), 11 West 53 Street:

Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night
September 21, 2008–January 5, 2009
A clever idea to assemble Van Gogh's night paintings.

Dalí: Painting and Film continues through September 15, 2008
Kirchner and the Berlin Street continues through November 10, 2008

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street:

Drawing Babar: Early Drafts and Watercolors
September 19, 2008-January 4, 2009.

Philip Guston: Works on Paper continues through August 31, 2008

And, I look forward to several shows opening in October and November, including:

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue:

Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940

Oct 3, 2008 - Feb 22, 2009

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton
October 8, 2008-January 11, 2009
You know, after seeing some of her recent portraits at Gavin Brown's enterprise, I think she's got it.

The Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue At 75th Street:

William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008
November 7, 2008-January 25, 2009
First retrospective of the first-rate color photographic master. Many people I know will receive William Eggleston gift shop items for the holidays.


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