New York Museum Exhibitions, Spring 2011: A Selected List, With Openings in March, April, and May


Spring 2011 Preview: In the beginning there was the art and the art was with Andy and Andy became popular. And the art gods said, "Let there be a likeness of Andy in a popular park in the city of Gotham, so that we may worship his form and likeness and fright wig near the dry ground we called the Factory where he madeth art." And it was so.

Will Ryman, The Roses continues on Park Avenue
until all the snow is gone and spring arrives.
Through May 31, 2011
And so, this introduction to spring's art exhibitions in New York in 2011 begins with Andy. Thanks to the Public Art Fund, artist Rob Pruitt will unveil a ten-foot-tall sculpture of Andy Warhol at the northwest corner of Union Square at the end of March. (now on view, image at right, review here.) The monumental sculpture's location is close to the building that housed an iteration of The Factory. Also from the Public Art Fund, two additional exhibitions should add interest to any spring public art tour. Eva Rothschild's Empire in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, a gateway to Central Park at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, will reference the forms of tree arches. The opening date is March 1. (now on view)  In May, City Hall Park will show a survey of "structures" by Sol LeWitt. Will Ryman's The Roses on Park Avenue, installed this winter, continues through the blooming season into May. If you have already visited the strewn petals and blossoms up the avenue, another visit amid greenery may be in order, not to mention more pleasant.

Going inside the museums, several other exhibitions are worthy of note. Futurefarmers, a San Francisco–based art collective, will take over the Guggenheim for an onsite examination of the lost art of shoemaking, something dear to this writer's tired walking feet. Jewish Museum will present the first museum survey of funny Maira Kalman's designs and illustrations (now on view). The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits Richard Serra's drawings, and the Met's Costume Institute offers Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in honor of the late British designer.

MoMA reserves its sixth floor for the special exhibitions of German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse (now on view) and Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception. In late May, look for Boris Mikhailov: Case History, also at MoMA. At the Morgan Library & Museum, fans of Jim Dine should enjoy his Glyptotek Drawings, the artist's finely-rendered studies of antiquity. In March, The Whitney Museum will present a mid-career retrospective of conceptual text-based artist and Bronx native Glenn Ligon, an exhibition that should generate a lot of talk about race and other social issues in America. In late April, the same museum will take a look at its origins in Breaking Ground: The Whitney's Founding Collection, highlighting the works collected by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Out of doors and in the galleries, the spring museum season holds a lot of promise.

"My favorite smell is the first smell of spring in New York." - Andy Warhol


The listings for temporary public art in New York are now listed under the post, A Fine Season for Public Art: Temporary Works in New York City. The list includes a map.


Upcoming exhibitions below are noted in bold type.


Annual exhibitions are held in the spring. See the nearby Hispanic Society, noted below.
Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards
Through June 12, 2011

 Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Through October 9, 2011
Perspectives: Forming the Figure
Through August 21, 2011
• Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum
Through October 16, 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

Brooklyn Museum
• The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara
Through May 2011

• Sam Taylor-Wood: "Ghosts"
Through August 14, 2011
Lorna Simpson: Gathered
Through August 21, 2011
 reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio
Through January 15, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
• Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
Through June 5, 2011
Quicktake: Tangible Earth
Through Spring 2011
Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay
Through June 5, 2011

Drawing and its Double: Selections from the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica
Through July 24, 2011

• Luis Camnitzer: A Retrospective
Through May 29, 2011

• Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections
Through May 15, 2011
• In a New Light: Bellini's St. Francis in the Desert
Through August 28, 2011
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

• Art•Memory•Place: Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Through July 12, 2011

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection
Through June 1, 2011
A Year with Children (Annex Level 5 Gallery)
Through June 15, 2011
The Hugo Boss Prize: Hans-Peter Feldmann
Through September 5, 2011

The Hispanic Society of America Audubon Terrace, Broadway between
155th and 156th streets, New York City
• Permanent collection on view.
The Museum of Art and Design

Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best
Through August 28, 2011
Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist 
Through August 28, 2011
Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945
Through August 28, 2011

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street:
Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art
Through June 12, 2011

• The Line and the Circle: Video bu Sharone Lifschitz
Through August 21, 2011
Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Through July 31, 2011
The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library
Through June 26, 2011
Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore
Through September 25, 2011

Judy Chicago Tapestries: Woven by Audrey Cowan
Through June 19, 2011
A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry
Through September 4, 2011

(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York
Through July 4, 2011
Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents
Through August 21, 2011
Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the 19th Century
Through July 4, 2011
Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
Through August 28, 2011
• Anthony Caro on the Roof,
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
Through October 30, 2011 (weather permitting)
Read On the Met's Roof Garden with Sir Anthony Caro (review)
Night Visions: Photography After Dark
Through September 18, 2011
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Through July 31, 2011
Pastel Portraits: Images of 18th-Century Europe
Through August 14, 2011

(a selection below)
MoMA sculpture garden
• Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters, 1919
• Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914
Through June 6, 2011
Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design
Through January 30, 2012
I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing
Through September 19, 2011
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now
The Morgan Library
Through August 14, 2011
German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse
Through July 11, 2011
• Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception
Through August 1, 2011
Boris Mikhailov: Case History
May 29 – September 5, 2011

• The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives
Through May 22, 2011
Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands
Through September 4, 2011
The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection
Through August 28, 2011
Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings
Through September 4, 2011
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

Museum of the City of New York
Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program
Through July 10, 2011
Joel Grey: A New York Life
Through August 8, 2011

• Virtual Reality
Through June 12, 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
Cronocaos (Rem Koolhaas), 231 Bowery
Through June 5, 2011
Read more about the exhibit at the post, Preservation and Its Discontents: The Word According to Rem Koolhaas.
Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs
Through July 3, 2011
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive
Through July 3, 2011

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

The NYPL maintains an extensive exhibition program, so check the library's website page for what's on display at the various branches.
Celebrating 100 Years
Through December 31, 2011. 

• Tracks: Animal Drawings from Noguchi's Travels
May 25 - September 18, 2011
Read more about the museum at the post, A Sunday Ride to the Noguchi Museum.

• RYOJI IKEDA the transfinite
Through June 11, 2011

Sung Hwan Kim: From the Commanding Heights…*
Through August 14, 2011

Rubin Museum of Art
• The Nepalese Legacy in Tibetan Painting
Through May 23, 2011
• Body Language: The Yogis of India and Nepal
Through July 4, 2011
• Quentin Roosevelt's China
Through September 19, 2011
• Patterns of Life
Through August 22, 2011

• Vertical Urban Factory
Through June 26, 2011
Read a review of the exhibit on Walking Off the Big Apple.

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

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Stephen Burks: Man Made
Through June 26, 2011
Benjamin Patterson: In the State of FLUX/us: Scores
Through June 26, 2011
• OFF/SITE: Marc Brandenburg
on view at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
Through June 4, 2011

• Singular Visions
Glenn Ligon: AMERICA
Through June 5, 2011
Breaking Ground: The Whitney's Founding Collection
Through September 18, 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.


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