New York Museum Exhibitions: Late Spring, Early Summer 2010

Note to readers: See UPDATED listings at the post, New York Museum Exhibitions: Summer 2010.

Of the current museum exhibitions in New York, two stand out and should not be missed - the Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the major Picasso exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. In addition, several exhibitions of note conclude in May, so be sure to see William Kentridge: Five Themes and Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, both at MoMA, and the Whitney Biennial (at the Whitney Museum, of course) before they close.

Of the openings in May and early June, look for Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography at MoMA (opens May 7), National Design Triennial: Why Design Now? at Cooper-Hewitt (opens May 14), and at the Metropolitan Museum, Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950-1980 (opens June 8). The Rubin Museum will open an exhibit of contemporary Tibetan Art titled Tradition Transformed (opens June 11). Toward the end of June, Brooklyn Museum will exhibit work by Andy Warhol in his final decade, and the Whitney Museum will present Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield (opens June 24). The Burchfield exhibit is curated by the artist Robert Gober.

One of the pleasures of this time of year is the opening of the Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum. This year's installation is the impressive project, Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop by twin brothers Mike and Doug Starn.

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 May and June of 2010.

Temporary public art exhibitions:

Antony Gormley: Event Horizon
Madison Square Park area
Through August 15, 2010

Upcoming museum 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. and see the nearby Hispanic Society, noted below.)

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 Chamber
Long-term installation now open
American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection
Through August 1, 2010
• Andy Warhol: The Last Decade
Through September 12, 2010

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

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street:
Retro/Active: The Works of Rafael Ferrer
Through August 22, 2010

Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street:

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/Performance
Through September 6, 2010

The Hispanic Society of America Audubon Terrace, Broadway between
155th and 156th streets, New York City
• The Sorolla Gallery has now reopened.
• Gonzalez-Foerster's Chonotopes & Dioramas, open in the East Building Gallery.

International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street:
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights
Through September 12, 2010
Perspectives 2010: Carol Bove, Lena Herzog, Matthew Porter, Ed Templeton, Hong-An Truong
Through September 12, 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:
Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey
Through 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:
• Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection
Through September 12, 2010
Dead or Alive
Through October 24, 2010
Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle
Through August 15, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:
Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art
Through August 15, 2010
• Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 1, 2010
Big Bambú: You Can't, You Don't, and You Won't Stop
Through October 31, 2010 (weather permitting)
Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at the Met
Through August 29, 2010
American Women: Fashioning a National Identity
Through August 15, 2010
Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950-1980
Through October 17, 2010

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

Through August 30, 2010
The New Typography
Through July 12, 2010
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century
Through June 28, 2010
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography
Through March 21, 2011

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City
Greater New York
Through October 18, 2010

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street:
Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey
Through August 1, 2010
Defining Beauty: Albrecht Dürer at the Morgan
Through September 12, 2010
Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art, and Landscape Design
Through August 29, 2010

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue:
Cars, Culture, and the CityThrough August 8, 2010
Mayor John V. Lindsay
Through October 3, 2010

National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue:

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

The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery:
Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other
Through September 19, 2010

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

New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwartzman Building), 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue:
The NYPL maintains an extensive exhibition program, so check the website for what's on display at the various branches.

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
Tradition Transformed
Through October 18, 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:

Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue At 75th Street:
Collecting Biennials
Through November 28, 2010
Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield
Through October 17, 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.


Rosemary said…
it is really great that you post this listing...there are so many choices!
thank you !!
Teri Tynes said…
Thanks so much, Rosemary. I'm glad you find the listing helpful. For me, it's useful to keep up with the exhibition openings all at once and by season. That way, readers can plan which ones they most want to see.

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