New York Museum Exhibitions, Fall 2011: A Selected List, With Openings in September, October, and November

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Preview of Fall 2011 Museum Exhibitions

The Fall 2011 museum season may be notable for several potentially outstanding exhibitions, but certainly a big story concerns the re-openings of two museums. The National Academy Museum at 1083 Fifth Avenue, the mansion once home to Archer Milton Huntington and his wife, the sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington, will unveil its renovated galleries in September with a Will Barnet retrospective and exhibitions to show off the permanent collection. The museum will offer free admission and art class for its opening weekend - Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18.

In November - 11/11/11, to be precise - the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library (see below) on Central Park West will reveal its airy new look, the most ambitious renovation for the building since the 1930s. Upon entering the museum, visitors should see an immediate change - hanging above the admissions desk, a Pop Shop ceiling mural by Keith Haring. The design overhaul will include architectural features previously tucked away, floorcases exhibiting the finds of amateur archaeologists, digital screens illustrating exhibits, and a Stephen Starr restaurant highlighting small plates from the Veneto region.

New-York Historical Society, Admissions area under “Pop Shop” ceiling, a gift from the Keith Haring Foundation Rendering: Platt Byard Dovell White Architects.

Beginning this week, several museums commemorate the events of September 11 with special exhibits. Foremost among them, of course, is the new National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, dedicated to to the commemoration as its chief mission. The museum will open to victims' families on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and then the following day to the general public (reserved advance passes required). Among the cultural institutions - the Brooklyn Museum opens Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered; the ICP offers a selection  of indelible images with Remembering 9/11; MoMA's PS1 exhibits work by 41 artists (including the George Segal sculpture below) addressing a range of responses; New Museum unveils a 911 commemoration by artist Elena del Rivero; and the New-York Historical Society will present photographs, letters, and objects in Remembering 9/11. A few of these exhibits last a short time, while others remain on view for several months. The Skyscraper Museum will offer free admission on Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. On a final note, the most powerful public art response to 911, Tribute in Light, will illuminate the skies over Lower Manhattan beginning at dusk on Sunday, September 11 and ending the following dawn. (See more about the Tribute at this post on NewYorkology.)

From the exhibit September 11 at MoMA PS1.
GEORGE SEGAL. Woman on a Park Bench. 1998. Bronze sculpture with white patina, metal bench. 52 x 72 1/2 x 37 1/2”. Courtesy The George and Helen Segal Foundation and Carroll Janis. © 2011 The George and Helen Segal Foundation; licensed by VAGA, NY

Of the artist-inspired exhibitions, several are worthy of note. Beginning with an artist more well known for his writing, Asia Society presents sixty works on paper by Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941), Novel Prize-winning poet, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Brooklyn Museum will exhibit the great series, Eva Hesse Spectres 1960, nineteen loosely representational paintings by the young artist. Similarly, the Frick Museum will look at another artist at the beginnings of his career with Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition. The Morgan will exhibit seventeen drawings and three letters by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) from all phases of his artistic life. Of contemporary work, surely one of the most dazzling will be the New Museum's Carsten Höller: Experience, the first New York survey of an artist known for disorienting light installations and other challenges to the senses.

Oh, and de Kooning. MoMa's exhaustive multi-media retrospective of the groundbreaking artist, filling all galleries of the museums's sixth floor, should be a much-discussed blockbuster. It's coming soon, opening on September 18.

At MoMA - de Kooning: A Retrospective September 18, 2011–January 9, 2012
Willem de Kooning (American, born the Netherlands. 1904-1997)
Gotham News 1955
Oil, enamel, charcoal, and newspaper transfer on canvas. 69 x 79” (175.3 x 200.7 cm)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr.
© 2011 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mark on your Fall arts calendar several thematic exhibitions featuring multiple artists. Beginning September 9, Fluxus, that international multidisciplinary collaborative of resourceful creatives (John Cage, George Maciunas, Nam June Paik, Charlotte Moorman, Joseph Beuys, and many more) gets the spotlight at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. A few weeks later, MoMA will exhibit the group's innovative publications in its Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries. Of particular interest to photographers, look for The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at the Jewish Museum. The Photo League, operating in Manhattan from 1936 to 1951, believed in infusing photo making with a strong social consciousness. Another sort of informed political and social sensibility informs the Met's grand presentation of satirical cartoons with one of its many exhibitions, Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine. Many more exhibitions await description, but perhaps it's best to wrap up the Fall 2011 preview here - on the funny stuff.

The list below will be regularly updated.

Fall 2011 Museum Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions below are noted in bold type.

Annual exhibitions are held in the spring. 
• no exhibits currently on display

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. at 66th Street:
• 9/11 National Tribute Quilt
on continuous view 

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

Brooklyn Museum
• Rabindranath Tagore: Poet and Painter of India
Through December 31, 2011
• U-Ram Choe: In Focus
Through December 31, 2011  

• Muntadas: Information >> Space >> Control
Through January 16, 2012

19th-Century Modern
Through April 1, 2012
Matthew Buckingham: The Spirit and the Letter
Through January 8, 2012
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Herstory Gallery, 4th Floor
 reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio
Through January 15, 2012
Eva Hesse Spectres 1960
Through January 8, 2012
Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk—An Introspective
Through January 8, 2012
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties
Through January 29, 2012
HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Through February 12, 2012

• galleries closed for renovation. Reopening is planned for Fall 2013.
Exhibitions offsite include:
• Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
Through January 9, 2012
Location: Main Gallery, United Nations Visitors Lobby

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

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

Picasso's Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition
Through January 8, 2012
White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain
Through April 29, 2012
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

• Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life
Through December 3, 2011

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Kandinsky's Painting with White Border
Through January 15, 2012
Maurizio Cattelan: All
Through January 22, 2012

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

Remembering 9/11
Through January 8, 2012
Harper's Bazaar: A Decade of Style
Through January 8, 2012
Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer
Through January 8, 2012

• Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers
Through December 18, 2011

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats
Through January 29, 2012
The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951
Through March 25, 2012
Jem Cohen: NYC Weights and Measures
Through March 25, 2012

Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler
Through January 8, 2012
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design
Through January 15, 2012
Korean Eye: Energy and Matter
Through February 19, 2012

(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
• Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting 
Through November 27, 2011
• 9/11 Peace Story Quilt
Through January 22, 2012
• Romare Bearden (1911–1988): A Centennial Celebration
Through January 8, 2012
Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine
Through March 4, 2012
Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures
Through January 29, 2012
"Wonder of the Age": Master Painters of India, 1100–1900
Through January 8, 2012
Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O'Keeffe
Through January 2, 2012
Storytelling in Japanese Art
Through May 6, 2012

(a selection below)
MoMA sculpture garden
• Standard Deviations: Types and Families in Contemporary Design
Through January 30, 2012
• 194X–9/11: American Architects and the City
Through January 2, 2012
• Carlito Carvalhosa: Sum of Days
Through November 14, 2011
de Kooning: A Retrospective
Through January 9, 2012
Read more about the de Kooning retrospective in the post, A Sense of Place: Reading Willem de Kooning's GOTHAM NEWS.
New Photography 2011
Through January 16, 2012
• Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962–1978
Through January 16, 2012
Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
November 13, 2011–May 14, 2012
Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review at the post, Manual Labor: Diego Rivera Paints New York City.
At MoMA PS1, Long Island, Queens:
September 11, 2011
Through January 9, 2012

The Morgan Library
Ingres at the Morgan
Through November 27, 2011
David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
Through December 31, 2011
Read more about the exhibition at the post The Revolution Inside the Morgan.
Charles Dickens at 200
Through February 12, 2012
Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan
Through January 29, 2012
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

The Twin Towers and the City: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara
Through December 4, 2011
Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment
Through January 22, 2012

Jim Henson's Fantastic World
Through January 16, 2012

Will Barnet at 100 
An American Collection 
• The Artist Revealed: A Panorama of Great Artist Portraits
• Parabolas to Post-Modern: Architecture from the Collection 
• National Academicians: Then and Now 
• Contemporary Selections: Aligning Abstraction 
all above, through December 31, 2011

• Selections from the Permanent Collection
on view
• Neue Galerie Tenth Anniversary
Through April 2, 2012
Read more about the museum at the post, A Visit to the Neue Galerie.

Museum as Hub: Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus: Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet
Through December 4, 2011
Carsten Höller: Experience
Through January 15, 2012

The New Museum of Contemporary Art
Remembering 9/11
Through April 1, 2012
Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn
Through April 15, 2012
Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
Through August 19, 2012
Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon
Through April 15, 2012
Urban Visions: Views of American Cities from the New-York Historical Society Collection
Through June 17, 2012

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. 
• Niyeti Chadha: A Script for a Landscape
Through January 15, 2012
Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore
Through January 15, 2012
Elegies for Empire: Selections from Andrew Moore’s Inside 
Through January 15, 2012

Rubin Museum of Art
• Human Currents
Through November 13, 2011
• Pilgrimage and Faith
Through October 24, 2011
Once Upon Many Times
Through January 30, 2012
Mirror of the Buddha
Through March 5, 2012
Modernist Art from India
Through April 9, 2012

• Supertall!
Through January 2012

• historic ships open to the public Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting

The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Bearden Project
• Project Space: Kira Lynn Harris
Collected. Ritual
Through March 11, 2012

Through February 12, 2012
David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
October 6, 2011 - TBA
Sherrie Levine: Mayhem
Through TBA
Three Landscapes: A Film Installation by Roy Lichtenstein
Through February 12, 2012

Images of museum buildings, except where noted, 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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