New York Museum Exhibitions, Fall 2009: A Selected List, with Openings in September, October, and November


Celebrations of abstraction, several fine drawing exhibitions, a major Kandinsky retrospective, a visiting Vermeer, an imaginative filmmaker, and the continuing celebrations of the New York in its 400th year of discovery highlight the fall cultural season at area museums. What follows is a list of selected (meaning, not all) museum and other art center exhibitions opening in New York City in September, October, and November of 2009. I have starred * my recommendations.

For continuing exhibitions, please consult list the Summer 2009 list.

American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St.:
• Perspectives: Setting the Scene in American Folk Art
Opens September 1, 2009
* •Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter
Through March 7, 2010
"America's first modern"
• Approaching Abstraction
Through September 6, 2010

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York:
• James Tissot: "The Life of Christ"
Through January 17, 2010
• Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present
Through January 31, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.
Design USA: Contemporary Innovation
Through April 4, 2010

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street:
Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis
Through February 2010

Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street:
• Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection
Through January 10, 2010
• Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery
March 9, 2010, through May 30, 2010
• The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya

October 5, 2010, through January 9, 2011

Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St.):
• Kandinsky
Through January 13, 2010
First, full-scale retrospective of Kandinsky's career in the United States since 1985.

The Hispanic Society of America
Audubon Terrace, Broadway between
155th and 156th streets, New York City
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: chronotypes and dioramas
Dia at the Hispanic Society. Opens September 22, 2009.

International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street:
• Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video
Through January 17, 2010

Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, 3237 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City:
• Noguchi ReINstalled
Through October 24, 2010

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street:
• Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life
Through February 07, 2010
• Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention
Through March 14, 2010

MAD (The Museum of Art and Design), 2 Columbus Circle:
• Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection
Through January 31, 2010
• Slash: Paper Under the Knife
Through April 4, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:
* • Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid
Through November 29, 2009
• Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans
Through January 3, 2010
• American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915
Through January 24, 2010
• Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733–1799)
Through January 10, 2010

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), 11 West 53 Street:
• Monet's Water Lilies
Through April 12, 2010
• Paul Sietsema
Through February 15, 2010
• New Photography 2009
Through January 11, 2010
* •Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity
Through January 25, 2010
* • Tim Burton
Through April 26, 2010

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street:
* • William Blake's World: "A New Heaven Is Begun"
Through January 3, 2010
• Celebrating Puccini

Through January 10, 2010
• Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings

Through January 3, 2010
• A Woman's Wit: Jane Austen's Life and Legacy
Through March 14, 2010

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue:
• The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs
Through November 29, 2009
* • New York 400: A Visual History of America's Greatest City
Opens September 5, 2009
* • Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York
Through March 7, 2010
Joel Meyerowitz's images of wild places in New York City's parks
* Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Through January 31, 2010

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:
• Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009
Through November 15, 2009
• 185th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
February 17, 2010-June 8, 2010

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue:
• From Klimt to Klee: Masterworks from the Serge Sarbansky Collection
Through February 22, 2010

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:
* • Urs Fischer
Through January 24, 2010

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West:
• Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New York Historical Society
Through March 25, 2010
• John Brown: The Abolitionist and His Legacy

Through March 25, 2010
• Lincoln and New York
Through March 25, 2010

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street:
Victorious Ones
Through February 15, 2010
Paintings and sculptures depicting the Jinas
The Red Book of C. J. Jung
Through January 25, 2010
Read the post A Walk to See Carl Jung's Red Book: A Journey Into the Psyche for more about the exhibition and the Rubin Museum.

New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwartzman Building), 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue:
• Mapping New York's Shoreline, 1609-2009
Through June 26, 2010
• Candide at 250: Scandal and Success
Through April 25, 2010

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street:
* • New Amsterdam: The Island at the Center of the World
Through January 7, 2010

The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street:
• 30 Seconds off an Inch
Through -March 13, 2010
* • Wardell Milan: Drawings of Harlem
Through March 13, 2010

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue At 75th Street:
* • Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction
Through January 17, 2010
• Steve Wolfe on Paper
Through November 29, 2009
• Roni Horn aka Roni Horn
Through January 24, 2010

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple.

Visiting New York on a Monday and want to know which of these museums are open? See the list here. Clicking on museum names above will link to their respective homepages.

Related: Interested in taking an art class in New York in the fall? See this guide to continuing education classes in the fine arts.


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