Must-See New York City Exhibitions on Display Now

Must-See New York City Exhibitions on Display Now

Seven shows to see this summer.

Seven shows to see this summer.

Text: Carolyn Hanson

As we approach midsummer, things are starting to get to the point where they feel routine. Whether you're working or on break, the long, hot days tend to become draining and it's hard not to lose your sense of creative direction—especailly when you spending your time trying to figure out how to avoid the heat. One of the best remedies? Going to a museum or art gallery. It's a great way to ignite your creative drive, and, as a bonus, they tend to be air conditioned. Check out some of our recommendations right below.

MoMA: Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

One of the most famous architects of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright, was born on June 8, 1867. To celebrate what would have been his 150th birthday, MoMA is hosting Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a massive exhibition featuring, according to the museum, "architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited." The exhibition is divided into 12 sections, in order to be structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, with each section examining a key object or group of objects, all from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. Each section is meant to be interpreted individually and juxtaposed with other works, either from MoMA's collection, outside collections, or the Archive itself. The exhibition runs through October 1.

Brooklyn Museum: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

Brooklyn Museum's current 4th-floor exhibition focuses on female artists of color who were creating art at the genesis of second wave feminism. Expect a diverse group of artists and kinds of art, as these women existed at a time that served as a turning point in social and cultural movements, as well as a time of great growth and expansion in the art world. The exhibition was curated by Catherine Morris, who is Sackler Family Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, as well as Rujeko Hockley, the former Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art for the Brooklyn Museum. It runs through September 17.

Maccarone New York: Mark Flood: Google Murder-Suicide

This show, at which you should expect societal commentary through multimedia, is best described with an excerpt from the artist's own press release regarding his work:

"...An artist of today

misuses new technology

to envision the prison-farm of digital media.

Did you know that while we sleep at night,

dreaming of politicians and sexual misadventures,

Google logos keep evolving?

I breed these monster-Googles

because

Google contains us.

SomeGooglebody, someGooglewhere,

knows everyGooglething about everyGooglebody,

all the Googlefuckingtime."

The show runs through July 27.

Pace Gallery: Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo: Border Cantos

Following the theme of cultural commentary, this exhibition features photographs, sculptures, sound, and found objects, all addressing the current socio-political state of the U.S., regarding our relationship with Mexico and immigration, particularly the physical border. New York is the final top on the exhibit's tour across the country and will inundate all of your senses with the unfortunate and unexplored realities of the current state of America along its Mexican border. Be prepared to be shocked at this show, which donates its proceeds to charities and runs through August 18.

The Met: Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists

Cell phones have become one of the premier mediums for communication today, especially in regards to sending and receiving photos. This exhibition, commissioned by The Met in conjunction with Adobe, invited 12 artists to spend the period from November 2016 to April 2017 communicating via images and short videos with a fellow artist. Text messages and captions were not allowed, and the images were not to be posted on social media, otherwise what the artists did with their project within the exhibition was up to their discretion. The exhibition runs through December 16.

Paul Kasmin Gallery: Mark Ryden: The Art of Whipped Cream

This exhibition, done in tandem with American Ballet Theatre’s New York performance of Whipped Cream at the Metropolitan Opera House, features art by Mark Ryden, the man behind the backdrops, props, and costumes. He delves further into this exhibition, which includes character studies amongst other things. Ryden also includes characters and themes from his own body of work as well as these fantastical characters, making it a mixed-focus exhibition completely his own. The exhibition runs through July 21.

The Studio Museum in Harlem: Excerpt

Excerpt, at its core, focuses on taking text and turning it into visual art pieces, in an attempt to blur the lines between the mediums. It features roughly 15 artists, some of whom are alumni of the Artist in Residence program of the Studio Museum itself. According to a statement from the museum, "Excerpt explores how artists use books and language as a form of resistance, putting pressure on the way knowledge is written and shared. Through reworking our reading, these artists provide new understanding for themselves and viewers." Excerpt runs through July 2.

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