New York Museum Exhibitions, Winter 2011-12: A Selected List, With Openings in December, January, and February

UPDATED! Click here for the Spring 2012 exhibition list.

The warm weather of late doesn't feel like a New York winter is around the corner, but at some point soon we're likely to be bundled up against the elements and heading out of doors. The art aficionados among us will be making our way to a favorite museum, handing over our big coats to the coat check department, and then strolling the comfortable galleries as the gently falling snow gathers in arcs on the windowsills and the chimney rooftops of the city. Or not. Sounds nice anyway.

Model of the Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture,
south façade, by Davis Brody Bond, architects and planners for the project.
The Frick Collection.

December museum events include the opening of the new Portico Gallery for Decorative Arts and Sculpture at The Frick Collection (December 13), an exhibition at Asia Society spotlighting Sarah Sze's process (December 13), and an exhibition for the art-surviving winner of Bravo's Work of Art TV series at the Brooklyn Museum (December 15).

Two exhibitions pack heat with crime-centered photography. Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979 opens at the Museum of the City of New York on December 20, drawing our visual memories back to the gritty 1970s. The master image-maker of criminal New York from 1935 to 1946 is the subject of an ICP exhibition, Weegee: Murder Is My Business, opening January 20, 2012. We love those big popping flashbulbs that capture the perp in blinding harsh light.

Other choice winter exhibitions include John Chamberlain: Choices, opening February 14, 2012 at the Guggenheim Museum, a blockbuster-y Cindy Sherman show at MoMA (February 26), and The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (February 28). Good thing the February art calendar is loaded with extra special exhibitions. If April is the cruelest month, February might be the most boring. By then, we're sick of the snow.

Cindy Sherman. Untitled #466. 2008. Chromogenic color print, 97 1/8 x 63 15/16" (246.7 x 162.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Robert B. Menschel in honor of Jerry I. Speyer.
© 2011 Cindy Sherman
On the Bowery, the New Museum's The Generational, a survey exhibition of the work of the less-than-35, opens February 15. Uptown, the notorious Whitney Biennial is not far behind (March 1, 2012). For our cultural visitors to New York City, book your flights and hotels accordingly. Cheers.

Winter 2011-2012 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
• Jubilation/Rumination: Life, Real and Imagined
Through September 2, 2012

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

Brooklyn Museum
• Sarah Sze: Infinite Line
Through March 25, 2012   

• Juan Downey: The Invisible Architect
Through May 20, 2012

• 19th-Century Modern
Through April 1, 2012
Question Bridge: Black Males
Through June 3, 2012
Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919
Through August 19, 2012
Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin
Through August 12, 2012
Raw/Cooked: Shura Chernozatonskaya
Through April 8, 2012

• galleries closed for renovation. Reopening is planned for Fall 2013.

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

The Frick Collection

White Gold: Highlights from the Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain (new portico gallery opens)
Through April 29, 2012
Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting
Through May 13, 2012
A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp's Bequest to The Frick Collection 
Through April 8, 2012

Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

• SOTO: Paris and Beyond
Through March 31, 2012

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
John Chamberlain: Choices
February 24 - May 13, 2012

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

Weegee: Murder Is My Business
Through September 2, 2012
Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review, Weegee CSI, here.
The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet
Through May 6, 2012
Perspectives 2012
Through May 6, 2012
Magnum Contact Sheets
Through May 6, 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

• Korean Eye: Energy and Matter
Through February 19, 2012
Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design
Through August 12, 2012

The Museum of Art and Design
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue:
(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
• Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine
Through March 4, 2012
• Storytelling in Japanese Art
Through May 6, 2012
The Coe Collection of American Indian Art
Through May 28, 2012
Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker in New York
Through May 6, 2012
The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini
Through March 18, 2012
New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
now open: Permanent Installation
Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video
Through August 26, 2012
Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Through May 20, 2012
The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
February 28 – June 3, 2012

(a selection below)
MoMA sculpture garden
• Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
Through May 14, 2012
Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review at the post, Manual Labor: Diego Rivera Paints New York City.
Print Studio
Through March 9, 2012
Eugène Atget: “Documents pour artistes”
Through April 9, 2012
Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review at the post, A Parisian Detour - Eugène Atget at MoMA
Cindy Sherman
February 26 – June 11, 2012

The Morgan Library

Rembrandt's World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection
Through April 29, 2012
Dan Flavin: Drawing
Through July 1, 2012
Read Walking Off the Big Apple's review, Dan Flavin's Drawings at The Morgan.
In the Company of Animals: Art, Literature, and Music at the Morgan
March 2 - May 20, 2012
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011
Extended through July 15, 2012
Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979
Through March 18, 2012
From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012
currently on view

Surviving Life: Collages by Jan Svankmajer
Through February 26, 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
• The Annual: 2012 
Through April 29, 2012

• 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.

The Ungovernables: 2012 Triennial
Through April 22, 2012
Read the review on Walking Off the Big Apple, Present in an Age of Chaos: "The Ungovernables"at the New Museum.

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
continues TBA

Noguchi Museum, 3237 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City:
Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City
Through April 22, 2012
Read more about the museum at the post, A Sunday Ride to the Noguchi Museum.

Rubin Museum of Art
• Mirror of the Buddha
Through March 5, 2012
• Modernist Art from India
Through April 9, 2012
Hero, Villain, Yeti
Through June 11, 2012

• Supertall!
Through January 2012

• historic ships open to the public Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting
• Galleries are now reopened.

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

Whitney Biennial 2012
Opens March 1, 2012 (through May 27, 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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