May 31, 2012

Museum Exhibitions in New York, Summer 2012: A List, with Openings in June, July, and August

Note: The Fall Museum Exhibition schedule for 2012 is now posted. Please consult the new list by following this link.

Summer 2012

Residents and visitors can look forward to many new exhibitions at New York museums this summer. Below are a few highlights, noted in the order of their openings. Following these selections, please find the list of continuing exhibitions as well as the titles and dates of most all of the upcoming openings at area museums. This list will be regularly updated throughout the summer.

Summer Highlights at New York Museums:

Guggenheim Museum. Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960 
Through September 12, 2012
A survey of nearly 100 works in the Guggenheim permanent collection provides an overview of the global post-war phenomenon of abstraction in visual art. Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Alberto Burri, Asger Jorn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies, and Zao Wou-Ki, among others.

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World Arnaldo Roche Rabell, We Have to Dream in Blue, 1986 84 x 60 inches Oil on canvas Collection of John Belk & Margarita Serapion Photo courtesy of Walter Otero Gallery

El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Caribbean: Crossroads of the World 
Through January 6, 2013
The most ambitious exhibition of the summer explores the far-reaching cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora. Organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, the three museums each take a separate theme in presenting 500 works of art from four centuries.

Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool, England, December 22, 2008. 
Archival inkjet print, 125 x 103 cm. © Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy the artist

Guggenheim Museum. Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Through October 3, 2012
The Guggenheim presents a major mid-career survey of the Dutch photographer and videographer Rineke Dijkstra. The artist's accomplished technique and sensibility in portraiture, especially her signature large-scale works featuring young people, have drawn comparisons to the golden age of Dutch painting of the 17th century.

MoMA. Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
Through October 1, 2012
A retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, offers the largest survey of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date outside of Italy. Boetti was one of the guiding lights of Arte Povera, the radical art movement that challenged the modes and materials of the established art culture.

Alighiero Boetti. Io che prendo il sole a Torino il 19 gennaio 1969 (Me sunbathing in Turin 19 January 1969). 1969. 101 concrete stones, 69 11/16 x 35 7/16″ (177 x 90 cm). Private collection, Turin. © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome

New Museum. Ghosts in the Machine
Through October 7, 2012
A global-minded exhibition on the museum's three floors provides a survey of artists exploring the "nature" of technology - from the meanings of machines to virtual reality. With work from the past fifty years and including contemporary artists, New Museum promises an "encyclopedic cabinet of wonders."

Brooklyn Museum. Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way 
Through December 2, 2012
A late summer opening at the Brooklyn Museum, organized by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, offers a mid-career retrospective of Jean-Michel Othoniel (French, born 1964), an artist known for his large-scale glass sculptures. Difficult to categorize, Othoniel is part surrealist and part conceptualist, exploring a visual language of myth and fantasy, yet the works often evoke cultural and political realities.

Summer 2012 Museum Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions below are noted in bold type. This list is constantly updated to reflect changes in the exhibition calendar.

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
• Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions
Through October 7, 2012, at the South Street Seaport Museum

• exhibits include Journey to the Stars; Spider's Alive!, and more.
• Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence
Through January 6, 2013

Brooklyn Museum

• Urban Archives: The Rituals of Chaos
Through January 6, 2013

Raw Cooked: Ulrike Müller
Through September 9, 2012
Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way
Through December 2, 2012

• East 91st main galleries closed for renovation. Reopening is planned for Fall 2013.
• On Governors Island - Graphic Design: Now in Production
Through September 3, 2012. Open weekends 10 am-6 pm.

• The center is currently closed for renovation and expansion. 

• Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
Through January 6, 2013

The Frick Collection

• Gold, Jasper, and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court
Through August 19, 2012
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

• TBA for Fall 2012

• Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960
Guggenheim Museum
Through September 12, 2012
• Kandinsky 1911-1913
• Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Through October 3, 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
• Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche
• A Short History of Photography: From the ICP Collection Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director
• Presidents in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs
Through September 2, 2012
• Gordon Parks: 100 Years Installation window installation at ICP
Through January 6, 2013

• Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940
Through September 23, 2012

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta
Through September 23, 2012
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3
Through October 21, 2012

(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
• New American Wing Galleries for Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts
now open: Permanent Installation
• The Rylands Haggadah: Medieval Jewish Art in Context
Through September 30, 2012
New American Wing,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700
Through September 3, 2012
• Bellini, Titian, and Lotto: North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo
Through September 3, 2012
• Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
Through November 4, 2012 (weather permitting)
• Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings
Through September 3, 2012

(a selection below)
• Born out of Necessity
Through January 28, 2013
• Electric Currents, 1900–1940
Through September 30, 2012
• Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters
Through September 3, 2012
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
Through October 1, 2012
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist's Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
Through January 7, 2013
Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000
Through November 5, 2012
* Also, consult the post 25 Things To Do Near the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for nearby explorations.

The Morgan 
• Renaissance Venice: Drawings from the Morgan
Through September 23, 2012
Churchill: The Power of Words
Through September 23, 2012
Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture
Through September 9, 2012
Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper
Through October 14, 2012
Robert Wilson/Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
Through November 4, 2012
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

 Capital of Capital: New York City Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy
Through October 7, 2012
• Reimagining the Waterfront: Manhattan's East River Esplanade
Through October 28, 2012

Aliens, Gadgets, and Guns: Designing the World of Men in Black 3
Through September 23, 2012


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

• Museum as Hub: Carlos Motta: 
We Who Feel Differently
Through September 9, 2012
Pictures from the Moon: Artists' Holograms 1969–2008
Through September 30, 2012
Ghosts in the Machine
Through October 7, 2012

• BE SAFE! BE SURE! GET VACCINATED! Smallpox, Vaccination and Civil Liberties in New York
Through September 2, 2012
stairs, New Museum
• Beer Here: Brewing New York's History
Through September 2, 2012

The NYPL maintains an extensive exhibition program, so check the library's website page for what's on display at the various branches.
Lunch Hour NYC
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (main library)
Through February 17, 2013

Highlights from the Collection
Through September 9, 2012
Read more about the museum at the post, A Sunday Ride to the Noguchi Museum.

• Ada Bobonis: Stages, Mountains, Water
Through January 6, 2013
CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World
Through January 6, 2013
collaboration organized by El Museo del Barrio with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem (all three venues)

Modernist Art from India
Through October 16, 2012
Through September 3, 2012
Candid: Homai Vyarawalla
Through January 14, 2013
The Black Hat Eccentric
Through February 11, 2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem

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

• CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World
Through October 21, 2012
 Primary Sources: Artists in Residence 2011–12
Through October 21, 2012
• Illuminations: Expanding the Walls 2012
Through October 21, 2012

• Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water
on view
• Sharon Hayes: There's So Much I Want to Say to You
Through September 9, 2012

Images of museum buildings by Walking Off the Big Apple.

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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