ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Art and Museums
By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 7, 2018
Fall is finally here, bringing a huge variety of museum exhibitions to town. There are the blue-chip names like Andy Warhol, Eugene Delacroix, and Sarah Lucas having impressively large shows, and relatively unknown artists who are more than ready to be discovered by the public, such as Hilma af Klint, Charles White, and Stephen Varble. With NYC’s astonishing variety of smaller museums, you’ll see everything from the latest in American craft to the ancient magical knowledge referenced in the Harry Potter books. Take a look at our choices and start planning some great art weekends in the city!
Begin your artistic travels at some of our world class institutions:
The Guggenheim: Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019), a long overdue show examining the work of this trailblazing artist. R. H. Quaytman: + x: Chapter 34 (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019) takes off Klint’s work as inspiration and teaching, and Mapplethorpe (opens January 25, 2019) is the start of a year’s worth of exhibitions on various facets of the photographer’s career and legacy.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its modern art exhibition space, The Met Breuer, have their usual outstanding variety for the new season. In the main building they have Delacroix (September 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019) a comprehensive show on the legendary French artist, Armenia! (September 22, 2018 – January 13, 2019) covering fourteen centuries of the country’s history and culture (side note: The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will have a concert commemorating the end of World War I and the victims of the Armenian genocide on Monday, November 5; purchase tickets here), Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection (October 4, 2018 – October 6. 2019) showcases the work of fifty Native North American cultures. In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met (October 16, 2018 – October 1, 2020), Celebrating Tintoretto: Portrait Paintings and Studio Drawings (October 16, 2018 – January 27, 2019) (more Tintoretto can be seen this season at The Morgan Library), Jewelry: The Body Transformed (November 12, 2018 – February 24, 2019), Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia (November 19, 2018 – October 27, 2019), round out their offerings. Last, but not least, all sixteen of The Met’s Van Gogh paintings are back in New York City this fall in galleries 822 and 825. Run, don’t walk, to see these treasures of Impressionism!
At The Met Breuer: Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture 1963 – 2017 (September 6 – December 2) a recently discovered aspect of the artist’s oeuvre, Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy (September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019) covering factual abuses of economic and political systems as well as the emotional/psychological responses of the public all through an artistic filter, and Epic Abstraction (opens November 28) giving a fresh look at this 20th century art form.
MoMA and MoMA PS1 present three shows this fall: Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (September 16, 2018 – February 3, 2019) an overview of this influential arts program founded in 1960s New York, Charles White: A Retrospective (October 7, 2018 – January 13, 2019), examining the ethos, work and teaching career of this American artist, and at MoMA PS1: Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts (October 21, 2018 – February 25, 2019) featuring the astonishing variety of this artist’s output.
New Museum (235 Bowery) features two large shows: Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel (September 26, 2018 – January 20, 2019), a survey of this internationally acclaimed artist and MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas (September 26, 2018 – February 3, 2019), a reimagining and retelling of the historical record through the prism of queer and trans experience and representation. There are also several small installations: Marianna Simnett: Blood In My Milk, Marguerite Humeau: Birth Canal, Dan Herschlein: The Architect (all September 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019), and Asli Çavuşoğlu: The Place of Stone (September 18, 2018 – January 13, 2019).
The Whitney: Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965 – 2018 (September 28, 2018 – April 14, 2019) an exploration of written instructions and the results for conceptual, video and computational art of the last fifty years, Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again (November 12, 2018 – March 31, 2019), a survey of the artist’s works and influence in his lifetime and beyond, and Kevin Beasley (opening Fall 2018) a sound installation.
After the big five institutions, it’s time to visit some smaller places and see exhibits that have been carefully crafted to explore important movements and ideas in the art world:
Asia Society: Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters to Saigon from Saigon (September 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019), a photography show and The Progressive Revolution: Modern Art for a New India (September 14, 2018 – January 20, 2019), exciting works from a country with an illustrious history in the arts.
Drawing Center presents For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn (October 12, 2018 – February 3, 2019). As a bonus, Odutola also has a show called When Legends Die at the Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street) from September 6 – October 27.
El Museo del Barrio reopens, after a yearlong renovation, with two shows reflecting their commitment to Caribbean and Latin American artists: Liliana Porter: Other Situations (September 13, 2018 – January 27, 2019) and Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography (September 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019).
The Frick Collection: The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos (September 18, 2018 – January 13, 2019). Two religious paintings (one from the Frick, the other from the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin) alongside devotional objects bring Northern Renaissance Europe to the upper East Side.
International Center of Photography: Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time (September 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019). A selection of sensitive photographs that encompass human experience from birth to death and all the events in between.
The Japan Society displays Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura (opens October 12), a photographer who cleverly riffs on classics of art history as well as inventing scenes that spark dialogue on identities of gender, politics, and national identity.
The Jewish Museum: Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 (September 14, 2018 – January 6, 2019) showcases a little-known region’s approach to the artistic movements of the early 20th century.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay Lesbian Art has a fascinating show: Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble (September 29, 2018 – January 27, 2019) that brings to light Stephen Varble, a disrupter of social and political norms, who used performance as commentary on artistic, financial, and political issues.
Morgan Library mixes the old and new with its usual flair. Pontormo: Miraculous Encounters (September 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019) and Drawing in Tintoretto’s Venice (October 12, 2018 – January 6, 2019) demonstrate the excellent draftsmanship of the sixteenth century (with the Tintoretto show a nice complimentary exhibit to The Met’s offering) while It’s Alive!: Frankenstein at 200 (October 12, 2018 – January 27, 2019) gives visitors the full background of this fiction classic. Then in the late winter there are two new outstanding shows to see: By Any Means: Modern and Contemporary Drawings from the Morgan (January 18 – May 12, 2019) and Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth (January 25 – May 12, 2019).
Museum of Arts and Design has a two part exhibition for craft and design: MAD Collects: The Future of Craft Part 1 (September 6, 2018 – March 31, 2019), a selection of recent acquisitions and their importance to the current collections plan and The Burke Prize 2018: The Future of Craft Part 2 (October 3, 2018 – March 17, 2019), showing the work of finalists and ultimate prize winner of this new award honoring contemporary American craft.
Neue Galerie presents Franz Marc and August Macke 1909-1914 (October 4, 2018 – January 21, 2019), an examination of these two artists, their friendship, and contributions to the Expressionist movement. Unusually, August Macke has never had an extensive show here in the US, despite being a major influence on European art prior to 1914, so this exhibition is long overdue.
Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum (September 26, 2018 – January 20, 2019), is a dialogue between the Spanish sculptor’s works and the Noguchi collection. As a bonus, stop by Flatiron Plaza North (Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street) now through November 6 to see Link, an installation by Palacios made possible with support from NYC DOT Art and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.
New-York Historical Society has several exhibitions this fall, but two must-sees are Harry Potter: A History of Magic (October 5, 2018 – January 27, 2019), with items from The British Library and other archival sources tracing the global origins of the magic, mythology, and folklore that the well-known book series used as reference points, and Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean (November 2, 2018 – May 27, 2019), an intimate show that encapsulates the artist’s skill in social and political commentary using found materials.
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Cover: Nam June Paik: ‘Fin de Siecle II’, 1989; Video installation, 201 television sets with four laserdiscs, 168 x 480 x 60 in. (426.7 x 1219.2 x 152.4 cm); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Laila and Thurston Twigg-Smith 93.139. © Nam June Paik Estate.