New York Museum Exhibitions, Winter 2010-2011: A Selected List, With Openings in December, January, and February

This list is so last year. Click here for 2011-2012 listings.

For those of us who love the sounds of strumming, guitars are also objects of great beauty. Coming this February, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens the exhibit, Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York (on view from February 9, 2011 - July 4, 2011), highlighting the aesthetic and craft of the popular instrument. In a harmonic convergence, or something in the way of museum serendipity, MoMA will open a new exhibit one week later titled Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914 (on view from February 13 - June 6, 2011.

Looking at the winter-time exhibitions, the museums seem to be reinforcing their own brands. Nothing wrong with that. MoMA is currently showing the success of this strategy with its vast Abstract Expressionist New York (on view through April 25, 2011). Coming this winter, the Frick Collection will feature an exhibit on Rembrandt drawn from its own collection as well as from the great collection of Dutch art historian and amateur collector Frederik Johannes Lugt (1884–1970). The Guggenheim will display a major exhibition of modern art based on its own collection as well. The Neue Galerie will certainly have the know-how to stage Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900.
Asia Society

Other intriguing exhibitions scheduled to open in the coming months include Brooklyn Museum's Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains, the International Center of Photography's Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide (large color photo works and videos by a Chinese painter-turned-directorial photographer) and a major exhibition of works by art revolutionary Lynda Benglis at the New Museum.

Often an exhibition based on just one or two paintings can make a big splash. Shakespeare fans can look forward to visiting the Morgan Library & Museum's exhibition of the Cobbe portraits of Shakespeare and Southampton (The Changing Face of William Shakespeare), their first appearance outside the British Isles. In this vein, the Met's A Renaissance Masterpiece Revealed: Filippino Lippi's Madonna and Child will showcase the beauty of a recently restored painting by one the great artists of 15th-century Florence.

I've added the Park Avenue Armory to this seasonal list of art exhibitions. Highly recommended is their current offering, Leonardo's Last Supper: A Vision by Peter Greenaway, through January 6, 2011. As the Armory is within walking distance of Asia Society, also visit the latter's wonderful Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool (ongoing through January 2, 2011), one of the most charming and wicked exhibitions you'll ever see. *

Upcoming exhibitions are noted in bold type.

Temporary exhibitions:

Will Ryman, The Roses
Through May 31, 2011
Park Avenue, between 57th and 67th Streets, Manhattan
Park Avenue Malls, Manhattan
Read about The Roses and see many pictures here on Walking Off the Big Apple.

Annual exhibitions are held in the spring. See the nearby Hispanic Society, noted below.
The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts
March 2011 - April 2011

 Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Through October 9, 2011
Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum
Through October 16, 2011
Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts (at Park Avenue Armory)
March 25 - 30, 2011

• exhibits include Race to the End of the Earth (tales of Antarctic exploration); Traveling the Silk RoadMysteries of the Great Lakes, and more.
• Brain: The Inside Story
Through August 14, 2011

A Prince's Manuscript Unbound: Muhammad Juki's Shahnamah
Through May 1, 2011

Brooklyn Museum
• Sam Taylor-Wood: "Ghosts"
Through August 14, 2011
• Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
Through April 10, 2011
reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio
Through January 15, 2012
Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains
Through May 15, 2011

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
Through June 5, 2011

Drawn from Photography
Through March 31, 2010

Arte # Vida
Through March 18, 2011
Luis Camnitzer: A Retrospective
Through May 29, 2011

Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections
Through May 15, 2011
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculpture by Esteban Vicente
Through March 26, 2011
Art•Memory•Place: Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Though March 26, 2011 and April 12-July 12, 2011

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection
Through June 1, 2011
The Deutsche Bank Series at the Guggenheim: Found in Translation
Through May 1, 2011

The Hispanic Society of America Audubon Terrace, Broadway between
155th and 156th streets, New York City
• The Sorolla Gallery has now reopened.
The Museum of Art and Design

• The Mexican Suitcase
EXTENDED through May 8, 2011
Wang Qingsong: When Worlds Collide
Through May 8, 2011
Jasper, Texas: The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan
Through May 8, 2011

• On Becoming An Artist: Isamu Noguchi and his Contemporaries, 1922 - 1960
Through April 24, 2011

The Line and the Circle: Video bu Sharone Lifschitz
Through August 21, 2011
• Houdini: Art and Magic
Through March 27, 2011

• Eat Drink Art Design
Through March 27, 2011
• The Global Africa Project
Through May 15, 2011

(a selection of many exhibitions at the Met)

American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand
Through April 10, 2011
A Renaissance Masterpiece Revealed: Filippino Lippi's Madonna and Child
Through April 25, 2011
The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City
Through May 1, 2011
• Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York
Through July 4, 2011
Cézanne's Card Players
Through May 8, 2011

(a selection below)
MoMA sculpture garden
• Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography
Through March 21, 2011
• Abstract Expressionist New York
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen
Through March 14, 2011
Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures
Through March 21, 2011
Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters, 1919
Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914
Through June 6, 2011

The Morgan Library
The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives
Through May 22, 2011
Mannerism and Modernism: The Kasper Collection of Drawings and Photographs
Through May 1, 2011
Read the reviews of The Diary and Mannerism and Modernism here on Walking Off the Big Apple (posted January 26, 2011)
The Changing Face of William Shakespeare
Through May 1, 2011

Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

Museum of the City of New York
• Denys Wortman's New York: Portrait of the City
Through March 20, 2011

Museum of the Moving Image, 35 Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria:
Virtual Reality
Through June 12, 2011
Dolls vs. Dictators
Through April 10, 2011
Chiho Aoshima: City Glow
Behind the Screen

• Closed for renovations from July 2010 to September 2011

Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900
Through June 27, 2011

Read more about the museum at the post, A Visit to the Neue Galerie.

The New Museum of Contemporary Art
George Condo: Mental States
Through May 8, 2011
Lynda Benglis
Through May 1, 2011

New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin St.:

Put Up or Shut Up, work by faculty of MFA programs in NYC
Through March 6, 2011

(Note: undergoing major renovations, scheduled to be completed November 2011)

The NYPL maintains an extensive exhibition program, so check the website for what's on display at the various branches.
Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
Through February 27, 2011

Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park:
Luis Márquez in the World of Tomorrow: Mexican Identity and the 1939-40 New York World's Fair
Through March 6, 2011

Rubin Museum of Art
• The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting
Through May 23, 2011
• Embodying the Holy
Through March 7, 2011
• Grain of Emptiness
Through April 11, 2011

The Skyscraper Museum, 35 Battery Place:
Vertical Urban Factory
Through June 26, 2011

• DecoDence:Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie

The Studio Museum in Harlem

• Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Any Number of Preoccupations
• Mark Bradford: Alphabet
• VideoStudio: Changing Same
• The Production of Space
• Harlem Postcards: Kwaku Alston, Deana Lawson, Petra 
• Richterova and Lewis Watts
• StudioSound: Matana Roberts
Above exhibitions through March 13, 2011

• Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time
Through April 10, 2011
Karthick Pandian: Unearth
Though March 27, 2011
Singular Visions
Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection
Through May 1, 2011

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple.

* Many international cultural centers in New York showcase art work from their respective countries. Several are within walking distance of Asia Society and the Armory. Read more in the post New York as the Stage for the World: Walks Through the City's International Cultural Centers.

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.


Shawn Tina said…
thanks for keeping such a thorough and updated list! you're making my trip to nyc easy!
nadine said…
Just stumbled across your site. Thank you for creating this wonderful resource!

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