New York Museum Exhibitions: Spring 2010, with Openings in March, April, and May

PLEASE NOTE: For an updated list of openings in late spring and early summer 2010, please follow this link.

Several shows stand out in a list of Spring 2010 museum exhibitions in New York. Following two major exhibitions opening in late February - William Kentridge: Five Themes at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum's Biennial, in March watch for the Grateful Dead exhibit at the New York Historical Society, an important Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective at MoMA in late April, and a major Picasso exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, also in April. Other openings of note include MoMA's retrospective, Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, and the Neue Galerie's Otto Dix.

Though a little offbeat for the springtime, themes of death, hauntings and the afterlife run through several Spring exhibits - aside from the Grateful Dead at the NYHS, there's also Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance at the Guggenheim, the opening in May of The Mummy Chamber at the Brooklyn Museum, Dead or Alive at MAD, Charles Addams's New York at the Museum of the City of New York (that one should be funny!), and at the Rubin Museum, Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures (probably with some mirth, in its own way).

What follows is a list of selected museum and other art center exhibitions currently on view in New York City along with dates of upcoming exhibits that are scheduled to open in March, April, and May of 2010. Upcoming exhibitions are noted in bold type.

American Academy of Arts and Letters, 633 West 155th Street (Audubon Terrace):
For more on the must-see Audubon Terrace and neighborhood, see the post, A Visit to Audubon Terrace and Environs (one of Walking Off the Big Apple's 25 Great Things to Do in New York City.)

American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53rd St.:
• Approaching Abstraction
Through September 6, 2010
Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands
Through September 12, 2010
The Private Collection of Henry Darger
Through September 19, 2010

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York:
Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1964
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
Through September 12, 2010
Kiki Smith: Sojourn
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
Through September 12, 2010
The Mummy ChamberLong-term installation opens May 5, 2010
American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
May 7, 2010 - August 1, 2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.
• Ted Muehling Selects: Lobmeyer Glass from the Permanent CollectionThrough Fall 2010
• National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
May 14, 2010 - January 9, 2011

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street:
• Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano MovementThrough May 23, 2010

Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street:
Masterpieces of European Painting from Dulwich Picture Gallery
Through May 30, 2010

Grey Art Gallery (NYU), 100 Washington Square East:
• Lil Picard and Counterculture in New York
Through July 10, 2010

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St.):
• Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/PerformanceThrough September 6, 2010

The Hispanic Society of America Audubon Terrace, Broadway between
155th and 156th streets, New York City
• The Sorolla Gallery will reopen May 7, 2010.
• Gonzalez-Foerster's Chonotopes & Dioramas will remain open in the East Building Gallery.

International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street:
Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris
Miroslav Tichý
Alan B. Stone and the Senses of Place
Atget, Archivist of Paris
All through May 9, 2010
Read the reviews of Twilight and Atget on this website.

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

Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street:
Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. ReyThrough August 10, 2010
Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber, and Gottlieb
Through August 10, 2010
The Monayer Family: Three Videos by Dor Guez
Through September 7, 2010
South African Photographs: David Goldblatt
Through September 19, 2010
South Africa Projections: Films by William Kentridge
Through September 19, 2010

MAD (The Museum of Art and Design), 2 Columbus Circle:
California Dreamers: Ceramic Artists from the MAD Collection
Through May 30, 2010
• Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection
Through September 12, 2010
Dead or Alive
Through October 24, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:
Playing With Pictures: The Art of Victorian PhotocollageThrough May 9, 2010
Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910-1997)
Through July 25, 2010
Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art
Through August 15, 2010
The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry
Through June 13, 2010
• Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 1, 2010

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art), 11 West 53 Street:
• Lee Bontecou: All Freedom in Every Sense

Through August 30, 2010
The New TypographyThrough July 12, 2010
William Kentridge: Five Themes
Through May 17, 2010
Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Through May 31, 2010
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
Through June 28, 2010

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street:
Rome After Raphael
Through May 9, 2010
Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic JourneyThrough August 1, 2010
Albrecht Dürer: What Beauty Is
Through September 12, 2010
Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design
May 21, 2010 - August 29, 2010

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue:
• Only in New York: Photographs from LOOK Magazine
Through May 16, 2010
Charles Addams's New York
Through May 16, 2010
Cars, Culture, and the City
Through August 8, 2010
Mayor John V. Lindsay
Through October 3, 2010

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:
• 185th Annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art
Through June 8, 2010

Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue:
• Otto Dix
Through August 30, 2010

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:
• Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeff Koons
Through June 6, 2010

New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West:
Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New York Historical Society
Through July 4, 2010

Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street:
Bardo: Tibetan Art of the Afterlife
Through July 12, 2010
Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures
Through August 16, 2010
In the Shadow of Everest
Through July 26, 2010

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

South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street:
DecoDence:Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie
Through January 2011

The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street:
• Collected. Reflections on the Permanent Collection
Through June 27, 2010
• Vidéostudio: New Work From France
Through- June 27, 2010
Harlem Postcards
Through June 27, 2010

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue At 75th Street:
Collecting Biennials
Through November 28, 2010
Whitney Biennial
Through May 30, 2010

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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.


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