April 1, 2013

Museum Exhibitions in New York City, Summer 2013

Updated for summer 2013. Many enticing exhibitions opened at New York museums this spring, from comprehensive new views of well-known artists to challenging looks at social and historical subjects (the American Civil War; the early years of AIDS). The list will be regularly updated throughout the season. Below are a few highlights listed in chronological order of their openings. Following these selections, please find the list of continuing exhibitions as well as the titles and dates of many of the upcoming openings at area museums.

Selected Highlights at New York Museums 

MoMA presents an intensive study of the early work of Oldenburg's two major bodies of work, The Street (1960) and The Store (1961–64). In addition, the artist's Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing, works from the 1970s, will be on view in the museum atrium.

• Whitney Museum. Hopper Drawing
Through October 6, 2013

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Study for Nighthawks, 1941 or 1942. Fabricated chalk and charcoal on paper; 11 1/8 × 15 in. (28.3 × 38.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase and gift of Josephine N. Hopper by exchange  2011.65

The Whitney is all about Edward Hopper, and this first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings should help instruct how the artist built his iconic works out of preliminary sketches and polished drawings. His widow Josephine Hopper bequeathed some 2,500 drawings to the Whitney, many of which have never been exhibited before.

• New-York Historical Society. AIDS in New York: The First Five Years
Through September 15, 2013

A group advocating AIDS research marches down Fifth Avenue during the 14th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride parade in New York, June 27, 1983. Mario Suriani/Associated Press

For those of us who lost loved ones during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, this exhibit will touch on those staggeringly difficult years. New-York Historical Society's exhibit draws from posters, ephemera, and photographs from several archives to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in the city.

• MoMA. Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes
Through September 23, 2013

Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Villa Savoye Poissy-sur-Seine, France. 1929–31. Wood, aluminum, and plastic, 16 x 34 x 32" (40.6 x 86.4 x 81.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/FLC

The idea and practice of modern architecture necessarily involves a discussion of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), its grand theoretician and master. Arguably, most so-called modern architecture wouldn't have such a bad rap had the successors of Corbus not cut so many corners and veered away from his essential ideas. MoMA presents an exhibit on the sixth floor (almost always the advantageous spot in the museum for focused studies) that presents not just the architect but the interior designer, artist, master city planner, philosophe, and photographer.

• New Museum. Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me
Through September 15, 2013

Ellen Gallagher, Untitled, 2012. Oil, ink, and paper on canvas, 24 x 24 in (61 x 61 cm). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Innovative in her use of media and distinctive in her statements on society, pop culture, and race, Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) gets a proper US museum show at the New Museum. The exhibition will highlight the often humorous and insightful early works that won over curators at the Whitney Biennial as well as a new series of paintings. The exhibition on the Bowery will run concurrently with an exhibition at the Tate Modern in London.

• Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. James Turrell
Through September 25, 2013

Rendering of installation for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2012. Artificial and natural light. Rendering created by Andreas Tjeldflaat

Let the rotunda be light! And there was purple light, or whatever artist Turrell casts its way. The Guggenheim gives the artist his first New York museum exhibition since 1980. The artist, known best in site-specific work, will carry out a new project in Frank Lloyd Wright's swirling space. Should make a wonderful match.

Summer 2013 Museum Exhibitions

Note: This list is no longer updated. 

American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Ave. at 66th Street:
 Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Through September 22, 2013

• exhibits include Journey to the Stars; Spider's Alive!, and more.
Whales: Giants of the Deep
Through January 5, 2014

Brooklyn Museum
Iran Modern
September 6, 2013-January 14, 2014

• State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
Through September 8, 2013

• “Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
Through September 15, 2013
• Käthe Kollwitz: Prints from the "War" and "Death" Portfolios
Through September 15, 2013
Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories
Through December 1, 2013
• The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001–2013
Through September 22, 2013

• East 91st main galleries closed for renovation. Reopening is planned for 2014.


The Frick Collection

Precision and Splendor: Clocks and Watches at The Frick Collection
Through February 2, 2014
David d'Angers: Making the Modern Monument
September 17, 2013-December 8, 2013
Read more about The Frick Collection at the post, The Frick Collection at 75: Plain Citizens in a Rich Man's Home.

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
September 10-December 7, 2013

Guggenheim Museu
Through September 25, 2013
Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944
New Harmony: Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939
Through September 8, 2013
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion
Through September 25, 2013

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

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial
Through September 8, 2013

Jack Goldstein x 10, 000
Through September 29, 2013
Chagall: Love, War, and Exile 
September 15, 2013 - February 2, 2014

• Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design
Through September 15, 2013

(a partial selection of many exhibitions at the Met)
New American Wing,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department
Through September 29, 2013
• (Roof Garden) Imran Qureshi
Through November 3, 2013
Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective
Through September 22, 2013
• Julia Margaret Cameron
Through January 5, 2014

* Consult the post 25 Things to Do Near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(a selection below)
Hand Signals: Digits, Fists, and Talons
Through September 8, 2013
Projects 100: Akram Zaatari
Through September 23, 2013
Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series
Through September 9, 2013
Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes
Through September 23, 2013
• Walker Evans American Photographs
Through January 26, 2014
• Soundings: A Contemporary Score
Through November 3, 2013
• American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe
Through January 26, 2014
* Also, consult the post 25 Things To Do Near the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for nearby explorations.

The Morgan 
Summer Sculpture Series
Through November 3, 2013
• Monika Grzymala, Volumen
Through November 3, 2013
Read more about the renovated McKim Building at the post Mr. Morgan's Library.

A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery
Opens May 15, 2013

• permanent and temporary exhibitions on view

Jeffrey Gibson: Said the Pigeon to the Squirrel
Through September 8, 2013
Visualizing Time: Narrative Prints from the National Academy Museum, Selected by Andrew Raftery, NA
Through September 8, 2013
Visions of Land and Sea: William Trost Richards
Through September 8, 2013

Read more about the museum at the post, A Visit to the Neue Galerie.

Ellen Gallagher: Don’t Axe Me
Through September 15, 2013

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years
Through September 15, 2013
From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society
Through September 8, 2013
Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York
Through September 1, 2013

stairs, New Museum
The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter
Now open
The NYPL maintains an extensive exhibition program, so check the library's website page for what's on display at the various branches.


Fiercely Modern
Through September 16, 2013
The Studio Museum in Harlem

• Galleries include a variety of exhibitions.
* Read more about the South Street Seaport Museum in the post Views for the Porthole: A Visit to the South Street Seaport.

• Robert Pruitt: Women
Through October 27, 2013

• Trisha Baga: Plymouth Rock 2
now open
• Sinister Pop
now open
• T. J. Wilcox: In The Air 
September 19, 2013–February 9, 2014

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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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