New York Museum Exhibitions, Summer 2009: A List, with Openings in June, July and August

Some people plan trips to New York based on the appeal of blockbuster museum exhibitions, especially the ones that gather work under the same roof for a brief amount of time and that will not likely occur again in one's lifetime. That's a good reason. The less-passionate may find in the publicity surrounding a major exhibition a convenient excuse to visit the city, trafficking in the status of seeing the exhibition once back home. That's OK, too. Whatever works. Looking back over my life, now roughly the same age as Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum, the site for a major review of the famed architect, I can easily summon memories of museum exhibitions that have expanded my vision of the world. Among them I count an Edward Hooper exhibit organized by the Whitney, Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries from 1991 (at the Met, but I saw it in San Antonio), a Renoir exhibition in Paris' Grand Palais, Pompeii A.D. 79 at the Dallas Museum of Art, a Whitney Biennial in the early 1980s I saw with my mother, and an exhibition of Robert Motherwell prints in Austin. I could go on about memorable exhibitions from the past. But, I also count life-changing some that I've seen in New York over the last two years, including Seurat's drawings at MoMA and Jasper Johns' Gray at the Met. The summer exhibition schedule in New York promises many more opportunities for inspiration.

What follows is a list of selected (meaning, not all) summer museum and other art center exhibitions opening in New York City in June, July, and August of 2009, along with continuing exhibitions that open in late May. I have starred * my recommendations.

NEW! Click here for a preview of Fall 2009 exhibitions.

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

The Treasure of Ulysses Davis
Through September 6, 2009

Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern
Through September 13, 2009

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

Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video
Through January 10, 2010
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor

* Yinka Shonibare MBE
Through September 20, 2009

Frick Museum, 1 East 70th Street:

* Portraits, Pastels, Prints: Whistler in the Frick Collection
Through August 23, 2009

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

* Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

Through 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

Through September 6, 2009

David Seidner: Paris Fashions 1945
Through September 6, 2009

John Wood: Quiet Protest
Through September 6, 2009
Part of the larger NYU Grey Gallery retrospective.

Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, 3237 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City:

Noguchi ReINstalled
Through October 24, 2010

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street:

They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust

Through October 1, 2009

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

Klaus Moje: Painting with Glass
Through September 20, 2009

Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics
Through September 13, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:

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
now open. See related WOTBA post.

Napoleon III and Paris
Through September 7, 2009
See related WOTBA post.

* Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
Through September 20, 2009

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

Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance
Through August 24, 2009

* James Ensor
Through September 21, 2009 WOTBA Review

In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976
Through October 5, 2009

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

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004
Through October 18, 2009

Pages of Gold: Medieval Illuminations from the Morgan
Through September 13, 2009

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

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

* Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City (See WOTBA Review)
Through October 13, 2009

* Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered
Through September 13, 2009

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009
Through November 15, 2009

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue:

Focus: Oskar Kokoschka
Through October 5, 2009

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:

Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt
Through October 11, 2009

Emory Douglas: Black Panther
Through October 18, 2009

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West:

Hudson River Birds: In Celebration of the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's Voyage
Through October 11, 2009

The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, New York:

Hurvin Anderson: Peter's Series
Through October 25, 2009

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

* Claes Oldenburg: Early Sculpture, Drawings, and Happenings Films
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room
Through September 6, 2009

Photoconceptualism, 1966-1973
Through September 20, 2009

Dan Graham: Beyond
Opened June 25, 2009

* Highly recommended.
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple: top, view from roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; middle, Guggenheim Museum, bottom, New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Visiting New York on a Monday and want to know which of these museums are open? Link to post here.

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