New York Museum Exhibitions, Spring 2009: A List, with Openings in March, April and May

What follows is a preview of selected museum and other art center exhibitions opening in New York City in March, April, and May of 2009. Collectively, these forthcoming exhibits promise to make a strong season in the visual arts.

For updated Summer 2009 listings, please follow this link.

American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155 Street:

Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards
May 21 - June 14, 2009

American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St.

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York:

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Through May 24, 2009

Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor
Through July 5, 2009
Flâneur alert! One of our most favorite guys about town.

Frick Museum, 1 East 70th Street:

Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in the Frick Collection
June 2 through August 23, 2009

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

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

May 15 – August 23, 2009
A blockbuster for sure! With lines going around and around and around.

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

Avedon Fashion: Photographs, 1944–2000

May 15–September 6, 2009

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street:

Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker
Through August 02, 2009

The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River—by Péter Forgács and The Labyrinth Project
Through August 02, 2009

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

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:

Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard
Through May 25, 2009

Cast in Bronze:French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution
Through May 24, 2009

Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400 -1600
Through June 21, 2009

The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984
Through August 2, 2009

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom
Through October 25, 2009 (weather permitting)
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
One of the happiest days in the New York year is the day the roof garden opens at the Met.

The New American Wing
Part 2: The Charles Engelhard Court and the Period Rooms
Opens May 19, 2009

Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective
May 20, 2009–August 16, 2009
Prepare in advance. A major exhibition.

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

a shimmer of possibility. Photographs by Paul Graham
Through May 18, 2009

Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance
Through August 24, 2009

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West

Through June 8, 2009
Promises to be a major investigation of a fascinating topic. (WOTBA is originally from the Wild West.)

Aernout Mik
Through July 27, 2009
This contemporary Dutch multi-media artist is a personal favorite.

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

On the Money: Cartoons for The New Yorker
Through May 24, 2009

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004

Through October 18, 2009

Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera
May 22 through August 16, 2009

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

Amsterdam/New Amsterdam
The Worlds of Henry Hudson
Through September 27, 2009

A Natural History of New York City
May 19 - October 13, 2009

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:

The 184th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
Through June 10, 2009
Good, but not as good as the 151st or the 74th.

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue:

The Birth of Expressionism: Brücke in Dresden and Berlin, 1905-1913
Through June 29, 2009

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:

The Generational: Younger Than Jesus

Through June 14, 2009
The New Museum's first triennial with 50 artists born after 1976 from 25 countries and with a slightly offensive title.

Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt
July 15 - October 11, 2009

Emory Douglas: Black Panther
July 22 - October 18, 2009

New York University, Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East:

John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning
Through July 18, 2009

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

Fifteen-year survey exhibition
Words, words, words.
Through May 31, 2009

Photoconceptualism, 1966-1973
Opens May 22, 2009

Dan Graham: Beyond
Opens June 25, 2009

Image: Pulitzer Fountain, Grand Army Plaza, on April 11, 2008. Also, outside the Guggenheim, from the Fall of 2008. Images by Walking Off the Big Apple. The fountain was designed by sculptor Karl Bitter (1867-1915) and architect Thomas Hastings (1860-1929) of the New York architectural firm Carrère and Hastings. Featured is Pomona, the goddess of abundance.


Terry B said…
You're killin' me here. On my too rare visits to New York, I go on an art feeding frenzy, carefully plotting visits to MoMA and the Metropolitan, plus possible stops at the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Center For Photography, along with a couple dozen or more galleries. So your nice, comprehensive list here really has me jonesing for New York. Nice job, though, and a great service.
Teri Tynes said…
Thanks, Terry B.,
Many people plan trips to NYC just for the museum exhibitions, so I find it helps to sort these lists by season.

The Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and the Met's Francis Bacon centenary will be two major ones that people can see in tandem - from late May through the summer.
Amy and LaValle said…
Yes, we'll be in Brooklyn in April and then back in July. Good times!!! Thanks so much for this compilation. So much to see, so little time. We can never be in New York long enough. It's the one place we return to over and over again.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for great list. I love reading your blog & review this list before each visit to make sure I don't miss a new exhibition.

Can you advise on which museums are open Easter Monday, other than the MET?

Teri Tynes said…
Thanks, Maureen. Museums open Easter Monday are the same museums always open Mondays:
• American Museum of Natural History
• Jewish Museum
• Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)The Museum will be open to the public on Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday April 14, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• National Museum of the American Indian
• Neue Galerie
• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• South Street Seaport Museum

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