New York Museum Exhibitions, Summer 2011: A Selected List, With Openings in June, July, and August

For current listings, please consult The Fall 2011 preview and list, now posted.

Preview Summer 2011 Museum Exhibitions

Summer visitors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's
American Wing
Climate-controlled museum galleries feel particularly great during New York's hot summers. The cool dry air, necessary for art conservation, does wonders as a respite from hot and humid weather. The summer invites excuses to spend the whole day within the big museums such as the Met or MoMA, enjoying the range of art on display, the museum cafes, shops, and outdoor spaces. The Met has its roof, where a handful of sculptures by Anthony Caro are on display, and MoMA features the popular sculpture garden. While new shows are fewer in number in the summer than in the high seasons of fall and spring, there's still plenty new to see. While I don't know which exhibitions will be hot, as they haven't opened yet, I can briefing describe the ones that sound cool.

Let's start with the to-do list. The Morgan Library and Museum, known for its own unequaled collection of manuscripts, opens Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. We all make these sorts of lists, so it will be fun to check out those of people like Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Eero Saarinen, and Lee Krasner. Up at The Museum of the City of New York, look for citified furniture, decorative objects and photography documenting the Colonial Revival movement in an exhibit titled The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis. While in the neighborhood, check out El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011, the museum's sixth biennial showcasing innovative work by Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American artists.

The Whitney Museum presents a major exhibition this summer of the work of Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956). Born in New York, the artist moved to Germany at the age of 16 and became one of the significant artists associated with German Expressionism and the Bauhaus. With the rise of the Nazi Party in the 1930s, Feininger and his wife moved back to the United States, and he continued to flourish as an artist with his blend of realism and abstraction.

Elsewhere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be featuring its collection of thirteen paintings by Frans Hals, the great Dutch Master known for his spirited portraits of individuals and groups. The Guggenheim Museum showcases the first U.S. retrospective of painter, sculptor, and philosopher Lee Ufan, an artist whose large tactile brushstrokes demand engagement with the viewer. In late August, MoMA presents an environmental and participatory sound installation by Brazilian artist Carlito Carvalhosa.

The New Museum will present Ostalgia, an exhibition of more than thirty artists from twenty countries across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics as well as works produced by Western European artists who have commented on representations of the East. At the Studio Museum in Harlem, look for Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective, focusing on work by the members of the 1960s group founded by Romare Bearden, including works by Bearden, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff.

Stay cool. The complete listings, with details of openings and ongoing exhibits, continue below.


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.
• no exhibits currently on display

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave.  at 66th Street:
Super Stars, a quilt exhibition
Through September 2011

• exhibits include The World's Largest DinosaursBrain: The Inside Story; Highway of an Empire: The Great Inca Road; Frogs: A Chorus of Colors; and more.

Brooklyn Museum
• The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara
Through October 30, 2011

 reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio
Through January 15, 2012

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
• galleries CLOSED for renovation. Reopening is planned for Fall 2013.

• closed for expansion. Projected re-opening date is April 2012.

• El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2011
Through January 8, 2012

Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette
Through September 11, 2011
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

• NYU's gallery will re-open in September.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
• The Hugo Boss Prize: Hans-Peter Feldmann
Through November 2, 2011
Lew Ufan: Marking Infinity
Through September 28, 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

• The galleries are closed through September 8 in preparation for the Fall season.

• Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers
September 16 - December 18, 2011

• Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore
Through September 25, 2011

Stephen Burks | Are You a Hybrid?
Through October 2, 2011
Flora and Fauna: MAD about Nature
Through November 6, 2011

(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
American Wing, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Anthony Caro on the Roof,
The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
Through October 30, 2011 (weather permitting)
• Night Visions: Photography After Dark
Through September 18, 2011
Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting 
Through November 27, 2011
Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum
Through October 10, 2011
9/11 Peace Story Quilt
Through January 22, 2012

(a selection below)
MoMA sculpture garden
• 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
• Boris Mikhailov: Case History
Through September 5, 2011
Young Architects Program 2011
Through September 19, 2011
194X–9/11: American Architects and the City
Through January 2, 2012
Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects
Through November 7, 2011
Carlito Carvalhosa: Sum of Days
Through November 14, 2011

The Morgan Library
• The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection
Through August 28, 2011
• Jim Dine: The Glyptotek Drawings
Through September 4, 2011
Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
Through October 2, 2011
The Living Word 3 (Xu Bing installation)
Through late September, 2011
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis
Through October 30, 2011

• Chiho Aoshima: City Glow
• Behind the Screen

• Closed for renovations from July 2010 to September 2011

Selections from the Permanent Collection
Read more about the museum at the post, A Visit to the Neue Galerie.

Through September 25, 2011

The New Museum of Contemporary Art
(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
Through September 18, 2011
Read more about the museum at the post, A Sunday Ride to the Noguchi Museum.

Niyeti Chadha: A Script for a Landscape
Through January 15, 2012
Ghana Think Tank in Corona
Through August 21, 2011

Rubin Museum of Art
• Quentin Roosevelt's China
Through September 19, 2011
• Patterns of Life
Through August 22, 2011
Human Currents
Through November 13, 2011
Pilgrimage and Faith
Through October 24, 2011

Through January 2012

• DecoDence:Legendary Interiors and Illustrious Travelers Aboard the SS Normandie and Van Riper: A World of Ships in Miniature

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Spiral: Perspectives on an African-American Art Collective
Through Oct 23, 2011

Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools
Through September 11, 2011
• Breaking Ground: The Whitney's Founding Collection
Through September 18, 2011
• Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World
Through October 16, 2011
Xavier Cha; Body Drama
Through October 9, 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.


heidi said…
I can't imagine coming to NYC without checking your blog first - thanks for all the amazing tips, Teri!

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