Hyperallergic Spring 2024 New York Art Guide


There’s nothing like springtime in New York City, blooming with color, people, and things to do. Museums, galleries, and public art come alive as locals and tourists mingle in plazas, on subways, and in the halls of the venerable institutions that make this place truly great.

As the city’s leading publication for visual art, we’re proud to compile this guide for those looking to explore and see things in new and different ways. Contemporary art is not for the timid; it jostles you into action, provokes you into reconsidering long-held beliefs, and pushes you to look outside your bubble toward other worlds — good art does, anyway.

Please read through these previews and challenge yourself. Explore a new venue you’ve never visited before, or enjoy the work of an artist whose name is unfamiliar to you. The beauty of New York that is there are too many museums, galleries, and nonprofit art spaces for any one person to see — but you can certainly try.

—Hrag Vartanian, Editor-in-Chief, Co-founder


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Marielys Burgos Meléndez, “Invocations: Oshún (Río Espíritu Santo, El Yunque, Puerto Rico)” (2021/2023), ritual performance/ performance photography, dimensions variable (photo by Paola López, image courtesy the artist)

The Ceremony Must be Found: Ritual as Artistic Practice

Drawing on feminist thinkers, this group show takes the intersection of ritual and art-making as its conceit. Curated by Anna Cahn, the show features work by manuel arturo abreu, Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Dana Davenport, Caroline Garcia, Catalina Ouyang, Vivek Shraya, and Qualeasha Wood.

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space
323 West 39th Street, Midtown, Manhattan
Through March 2


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Judy Chicago, “Crippled by the Need to Control/Blind Individuality” (1983), sprayed acrylic and oil on Belgian linen, 108 × 72 inches (© Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Judy Chicago: Herstory

This survey offers a comprehensive look at the feminist artist’s career, expanding far beyond her most famous work, “The Dinner Party” (1974–79). The show also features the mini exhibition The City of Ladies, a selection of artworks chosen by Chicago by the likes of Artemisia Gentileschi, Hilma af Klint, and others.

New Museum
235 Bowery, Bowery, Manhattan
Through March 3


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Keven Estrella, “Bronx, NY. October 6th” (2015) (© Keven Estrella)

Through Our Eyes: Youth Photography at the Bronx Documentary Center, 2013-2023

For the past decade, the Bronx Documentary Center’s Youth Photography program has offered free documentary photography and multimedia classes to South Bronx students. This exhibition highlights work from the program, which has mentored more than 400 middle and high school students.

Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Avenue, Melrose, The Bronx
Through March 3


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Installation view of Alissa Eberle, Electric Caverns (2024), rainbow-colored cave formations in neon glass with faux rocks, neon water fixture, and mirrored flooring (photo by and courtesy Alissa Eberle)

Alissa Eberle: Electric Caverns

Neon is an unmistakable symbol of 20th-century urban life. With Electric Caverns, Alissa Eberle takes a cue from artists like Dan Flavin, who turned to neon as a medium, and the landscape tradition in art. Eberle’s colorful neon installation combines the human-made and natural worlds to create a surprisingly charming landscape.

UrbanGlass
647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Through March 8


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Women’s History Museum, “Experience 4” (2022), garment and mixed media, 72 × 25 × 51 inches (courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York_)

The New Village: Ten Years of New York Fashion

New York has long been a locus for the mainstream fashion industry, dedicating an entire week to it each spring and hosting the glitzy Met Gala. But this exhibition takes a closer look at alternative undercurrents that have subverted commercialization and challenged the field over the past decade, including Bernadette Corporation, CFGNY, and Eckhaus Latta.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, West Village, Manhattan
Through March 16


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Installation view of Richard Mosse, “Broken Spectre” (2018–22) (photo courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery)

Richard Mosse: Broken Spectre

The inaugural show of Jack Shainman Gallery’s new space in Tribeca features Richard Mosse’s “Broken Spectre,” an experimental video piece on a 60-foot screen accompanied by a roaring multichannel soundtrack composed by Ben Frost. Set in the Amazon and shot between 2018 and 2022, it engages three different types of film to visualize the scale of destruction precipitated by extractive processes in the region.

Jack Shainman Gallery
46 Lafayette Street, Tribeca, Manhattan
Through March 16


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Kim Anno, “Bacchus” (2019), oil on aluminum, 37 × 49 inches (image courtesy Eric Firestone Gallery, New York)

Godzilla: Echoes From the 1990s Asian American Arts Network

Not since a canceled 2021 show at the Museum of Chinese in America, boycotted by its members over its endorsement of the construction of a new jail in Chinatown, has there been an opportunity to view such a robust collection of works by members of Godzilla Asian American Arts Network. While some of these artists are now household names — Rirkrit Tiravanija, Pacita Abad, and Martin Wong among them — this exhibition will also showcase works by lesser-known artists equally deserving of recognition, such as Charles Yuen and Nina Kuo.

Eric Firestone Gallery
40 Great Jones Street, Noho, Manhattan
Through March 16


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Cauleen Smith, work in progress (2023) (© Cauleen Smith; courtesy the artist and 52 Walker, New York)

Cauleen Smith: The Wanda Coleman Songbook

This show follows Cauleen Smith’s previous homages to Black artists such as Noah Purifoy and Alice Coltrane, this time focusing on Wanda Coleman, often called Los Angeles’s unofficial poet laureate. An immersive video installation, it merges Coleman’s written poetry with Smith’s visual poetry.

52 Walker
52 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan
Through March 16


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Leonard Daley, “Untitled (Black / White)” (1992), St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica, paint and marker on canvas mounted on board, 233/4 × 18 inches (image courtesy the American Folk Art Museum)

Marvels of My Own Inventiveness

Featuring five contemporary Black artists in the museum’s collection, Marvels of My Own Inventiveness looks at the artists’ practices through the lens of individual experience and creativity. Works by Leonard Daley, Claude Lawrence, J.B. Murray, Mary T. Smith, and Purvis Young illuminate the unique perspective and creative processes of each artist through aesthetic dialogues. While you’re at the museum, don’t miss the memorable concurrent exhibition Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North.

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Through March 24


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Installation view of Taylor Swift: Storyteller at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (photo by Bruce M. White, courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design)

Taylor Swift: Storyteller

From her tours to films and personal relationships, Taylor Swift has infiltrated nearly every pocket of American culture. This show at the Museum of Arts and Design explores her fashion choices, from casual flannel to head-to-toe crystals. Weekend tours are also available with the museum’s resident Swiftie.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Through March 24


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Installation view of Cosmic Shelter: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida’s Private Cosmococas (photo by Argenis Apolinario)

Cosmic Shelter: Hélio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida’s Private Cosmococas

One of Brazil’s most celebrated artists, Hélio Oiticica’s influence goes far beyond his national borders. This exhibition presents two private Cosmococas — immersive environments, made in collaboration with Brazilian filmmaker Neville D’Almeida — exhibited for the first time in the United States. Accompanied by archival material, the show sheds light on the work of a pioneer of the Tropicália movement and Conceptual art.

Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery at Hunter College
132 East 68th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Through March 30


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Robert Ford, no. 4 in the series Thing (Spring 1991), offset, saddle stitched, color offset wrappers, 105/8 × 77/8 inches (photo by Evan McKnight, courtesy Brooklyn Museum)

Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines

For anyone who grew up in the 1980s or ’90s, especially in the cultural wastelands of American suburbia, zines were an indispensable means of accessing countercultures. They’re also a medium with a storied history. The Brooklyn Museum highlights that history with the first museum survey dedicated to the form, featuring over 1,000 zines and artworks, from little-known gems to cultural touchstones like Bikini Kill.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Through March 31


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Marta Minujín in her studio on rue Delambre in Paris, with her first multicolored mattresses, 1963 (© Marta Minujín; photo courtesy Henrique Faria, New York and
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Marta Minujín: Arte! Arte! Arte!

A seminal figure in Argentina’s contemporary art history, Marta Minujín’s colorful and playful art is hard not to love. This survey follows the artist’s journey from her early mattress-based sculptures to later more explicitly political interventions. A dynamic personality with a global art presence, her life and work confirm her belief that “everything is art.”

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Through March 31


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Aki Sasamoto, “Point Reflection,” performance at the Queens Museum (photo by Hai Zhang, courtesy Queens Museum)

Aki Sasamoto: Point Reflection

Something seems off in Aki Sasamoto’s world. The Japan-born, New York-based artist examines the strangeness in the everyday in performances and installations that bring unexpected elements into banal scenarios. By putting pressure on routine life, Sasamoto prompts viewers to reconsider the line between mundane and bizarre.

Queens Museum
Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens
Through April 7


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Installation view of And Ever an Edge, featuring works by Jeffrey Meris (photo by Kris Graves, image courtesy MoMA PS1)

And Ever An Edge

For the Studio Museum’s fifth annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition at MoMA PS1, artists hone in on the politics of space. Working in a variety of mediums, artists Jeffrey Meris, Devin N. Morris, and Charisse Pearlina Weston examine how we move through space as well as the question of who claims it.

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
Through April 8


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Kay WalkingStick, “Our Land Variation II” (2008), oil stick on paper (© Kay WalkingStick; photo by JSP Art Photography, courtesy the artist and Hales, London and New York)

Kay WalkingStick/Hudson River School

Paintings reframing the American landscape through the eyes of contemporary Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick are displayed in dialogue with 19th-century works by the Hudson River School artistic fraternity in this joint showcase, highlighting the commonalities and differences between past and present art forms.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Through April 14


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Still from Raven Chacon, For Four (Caldera) (2024), 4-channel video and audio (courtesy the artist)

Raven Chacon: A Worm’s Eye View From a Bird’s Beak

Diné artist Raven Chacon presents works spanning sound, video, performance, and sculpture from the past 25 years of his career in this major solo exhibition. Comprising past projects and newly commissioned installations, the show calls attention to Indigenous resilience and environmental issues in the context of colonial violence, and will run alongside public programming throughout its duration.

Swiss Institute
38 St. Marks Place, East Village, Manhattan
Through April 14


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Ahmad Fuad Osman: Archipelagic Alchemy

Trade of territories by colonial powers and the making of empires are the subjects of Ahmad Fuad Osman’s ISCP exhibition. Through archival materials and a newly commissioned video, the artist addresses a 17th-century exchange of islands between the Dutch and English that resulted in England’s acquisition of Manhattan. Together, Osman’s speculative video and installation imagine a different future, one of global connection rather than fragmentation.

International Studio and Curatorial Program
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Through April 26


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Manny Vega, “Bomba Celestial” (2009–10), colored glass on plaster (courtesy Manny Vega)

Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt

Seneca artist Marie Watt draws from Native traditions, Greek mythology, and pop culture in her work, most notably her Blanket Stories series. Her prints, however, are the star of this traveling
retrospective. She worked with master printers at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Mullowney Printing Company, and Tamarind Institute to create these abstract, quilt-like works.

Print Center New York
535 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
Through May 18


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Rubén Ortiz-Torres, “Long Shopper (Limo), chromatic paint on shopping cart 42 × 81 × 23 inches (courtesy of the artist and Royale Projects)

El Dorado: Myths of Gold

You could tell the history of the Americas through gold, from its sacred status in pre-colonization Colombia to the trappings of contemporary wealth. The mythical “El Dorado” — a rumored Indigenous kingdom whose abundance captivated the imagination of European colonizers — is the curatorial crux of this two-part group exhibition, which includes more than 60 artists spanning millennia.

Americas Society
680 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Through May 18


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Harold Cohen, “AARON KCAT” (2001), screenshot, artificial intelligence software, dimensions variable (© Harold Cohen Trust)

Harold Cohen: AARON

The Whitney takes us back to the foundations of AI image generation through late multidisciplinary artist Harold Cohen’s 40-year endeavor AARON (c. 1973), a series of computer programs that could draw and color based on variable instructions and limitations Cohen inputted. The museum presents decades’ worth of the program’s graphic, boldly colored image outputs, a live “drawing” process, and two versions of Cohen’s software.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Through May


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Nicki Cherry, “Lithophyte” (2022) (courtesy the artist)

Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial

Split into two parts, this biennial showcases over 50 participants from the museum’s Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) fellowship for artist development between 2020 and 2023. Featured works tackle themes of capitalism and colonialism, and propose speculative futures.

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse, Concourse, The Bronx
Through June 16


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Manny Vega, “Bomba Celestial” (2009–10), colored glass on plaster (courtesy Manny Vega)

Byzantine Bembé (New York by Manny Vega)

The work of Bronx-born artist Manny Vega is a common sight in East Harlem, also known as El Barrio. His murals adorn building facades, and his vibrant mosaics line the walls of the 110th Street subway station. This show includes stories from the places he knows well: the Bronx, Spanish Harlem, and the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Museum of the City of New York
1120 Fifth Avenue, East Harlem, Manhattan
Through June 30


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Installation view of El abrazo (The Embrace) (2023) (© Delcy Morelos; photo by Don Stahl)

Delcy Morelos: El abrazo

Pulling from ancestral Andean and Amazonian cultural beliefs, two multisensory installations explore the revitalizing qualities of mud in conjunction with monthly public programming that further expands on the exhibition’s core concepts. The show is accompanied by a bilingual monograph focusing on Morelos’s earth-based art practice.

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
Through July 20


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Installation view of An Atlas of Es Devlin (2023) (© Smithsonian Institution; photo by Elliot Goldstein)

An Atlas of Es Devlin

Beyoncé fans might recognize Es Devlin’s memorable centerpiece for the musician’s 2016 Formation World Tour: a 60-foot-tall revolving LED cube whose screens played music video snippets and live footage. Now, the British artist and stage designer herself gets the spotlight in a monographic survey of sculptures, sketches, architectural models, and more spanning 30 years of her practice, many of them not seen publicly until this exhibition.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian
Design Museum 2 East 91st Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Through Aug. 11


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Kamala Sankaram (right) and field recording workshop participant (left) captured sound recordings for the Buried Brook App from the Van Cortlandt Park Lake (photo by City as Living Laboratory)

The Buried Brook

This interactive sonic exhibition by Kamala Sankaram takes audiences on a self-guided walking tour through Van Cortlandt Park and the surrounding neighborhood to trace the historic path of Tibbetts Brook — a natural stream that ran from Yonkers to East Harlem until the early 20th century when it was rerouted beneath Broadway via sewer tunnels. The show is part of the Rescuing Tibbetts Brook initiative, which aims to restore the buried water channel. To download the app, visit cityaslivinglab.org.

Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
Through Sept. 27


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Virginia Greene, RN, on duty with Ms. Sarah Smith and Ms. Mary Taylor, c. 1938–1942 (courtesy the Collection of Historic Richmond Town)

Taking Care: The Black Angels of Sea View Hospital

In 1951, Staten Island’s Sea View Hospital made history by finding a treatment for tuberculosis. The “Black Angels” were the hospital’s nurses who broke racial and scientific barriers as they cared for patients. Taking Care centers the lives and work of these pioneering women, accompanied by “Back and Song,” an immersive installation by Elissa Blount Moorhead and Bradford Young.

Staten Island Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, New Brighton, Staten Island
Through Dec. 31


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Cleve Gray, “Threnody” (1972–3), polymer acrylic, Duco enamel, and oil on canvas, 28 panels, 20 × 250 feet (© Jerry Thompson; artwork © 2024 Estate of Cleve Gray)

The Making of a Museum: 50 Years

The Neuberger Museum is launching a thorough investigation of its history through four ambitious projects with staggered openings throughout the spring. The nearly year-long show explores museum namesake Roy R. Neuberger’s collection practices and founding gift, delves into artist Cleve Gray’s inaugural site-specific painting, and closes with a recap of how the museum has changed in the 50 years since it officially opened to the public.

Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York
Through Dec. 31


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Still from Angela Su, “Cosmic Call” (2019), single-channel video, duration: 12 minutes, 43 seconds (courtesy the artist and Blindspot Gallery)

Angela Su: Melencolia

A nod to Albrecht Dürer’s “Melencolia I” (1514), the Hong Kong artist’s exhibition illustrates fantastical cyber realities that traverse both otherworldly dimensions and interior universes, encouraging reflection on the meaning of self-autonomy in communal quests for liberation.

Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University,
Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 West 129th Street, Sixth Floor, Harlem, Manhattan
Feb. 2–March 10


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Auriea Harvey, “Mirror v1-dv1” (2023), GLB sculpture in HTML environment (courtesy the artist)

Auriea Harvey: My Veins Are the Wires, My Body Is Your Keyboard

Interactive net-based works, video games, and computer-generated sculptures are among 40 works presented in this first major survey of the artist’s work. Chronicling nearly four decades, the exhibition assesses Harvey’s career in the context of the late-20th-century digital revolution, highlighting her pioneering practice at the intersection of the computerized and the corporeal.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens
Through July 7


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The trailblazing feminist gallery AIR will present three concurrent shows: ACRYLICS: Hidden Sculptural Art, a surrealist show by multidisciplinary creator Icecold; Sylvia Netzer’s wall-mounted ceramics, reminiscent of early goddess figures; and The Faraway Nearby, rotating work by eight Asian women artists in pairs in a collective experiment exploring themes such as vulnerability, identity, and belonging.

AIR Gallery
155 Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Feb. 10–March 10


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Sija Hong, “Yesterday’s Acheron” (2018), digital drawing (courtesy the artist)

Journey Illustrated

In this group comics exhibition, works by seven artists including June Kim, Jesse Lambert, and Ronald Wimberly elevate the ordinary to the heroic.

The Art Gallery at Pace University
41 Park Row, First Floor, Financial District, Manhattan
Feb. 13–March 16


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Song Chao, “Miners – No. 7” (2002), Shandong Province, China (courtesy the artist)

COAL + ICE

From diminishing glaciers to rising sea levels, COAL + ICE explores the global environmental and human costs of climate change through an immersive video and photography display spanning the work of more than 50 artists.

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Feb. 13–Aug. 11


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Dina Weiss, “Suffragists” (2020–23), yarn and wood, weavings, 8 feet × 38 inches × 8 inches (photo by Dina Weiss, courtesy the artist)

Textures of Feminist Perseverance

Referencing the inequalities faced by women despite perennial cycles of feminist activism, an exhibition text for this show asks: “How many waves will it take?” Taking urban space as a point of departure for reflections on improving women’s lives, labor, and safety, James Gallery brings together 17 artists pondering these possibilities through diverse media including zines, archival research, and needlepoint.

James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, First Floor, Midtown, Manhattan
Feb. 15–May 10


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Todd Gray, “Euclidean Gris Gris (Scales of Injustice, No Respect)” (2019), five archival pigment prints in artist’s frames and found frames, UV laminate, 61 1/2 × 98 3/4 × 4 3/4 inches (courtesy the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York)

Reality Reframed: Recent Works by Todd Gray

Todd Gray’s distinctive assemblages of framed images disrupt the centrality of
photography, daring us to extract meaning from multiple seemingly unconnected scenes rather than a single picture. This solo show presents new works by the artist based on his four-decade photography archive, exploring themes of coloniality and the hegemony of Western ideals.

The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
Feb. 22–April 13


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Beatrix Potter, “Drawing of a walled garden, Ees Wyke (previously named Lakefield), Sawrey” (c. 1900) (© Victoria and Albert Museum, London; courtesy Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.)

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Dive into blueprint manuscripts, artwork, and other items documenting the creation of beloved characters like Peter Rabbit and Mr. Jeremy Fisher at this retrospective on English children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Featuring the author’s original picture letters, Drawn to Nature highlights how Potter drew inspiration from natural sciences to create her celebrated storybooks.

The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue, Murray Hill, Manhattan
Feb. 23–June 9


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Nearly 200 objects and works by the intrepid 20th-century artist Sonia Delaunay are on view at Bard Graduate Center, ranging from the 1910s to 1970s. They include paintings and collages, as well as a pale orange silk-chiffon dress she designed and a painted toy box.

18 West 86th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Feb. 23–July 7


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Archibald J. Motley, Jr., “Black Belt” (1934), oil on canvas, framed: 33 × 40 5/8 × 1 3/4 inches (© estate of Archibald John Motley Jr. All rights reserved 2023 / Bridgeman Images; image courtesy Hampton University)

The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism

The Met is exhibiting the first New York City museum survey focused on the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Migration since 1987. Featuring around 160 works ranging from paintings to sculptures to ephemera, the show delves into Black artists’ depictions of modern life, while also contrasting the work of creators including Charles Alston and Aaron Douglas with that of contemporaneous European artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Feb. 25–July 28


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Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962

This international loan exhibitionchronicles the post-World War IIexpatriate artist community that emerged in Paris as a result of the GI Bill of 1944. Spanning a 17-year period, this expansive show is divided into two sections that showcase more than 130 works bya pproximately 70 artists, including Ellsworth Kelly, Norman Bluhm, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, and Shinkichi Tajiri.

Grey Art Museum
100 Washington Square East, West Village, Manhattan
March 2–July 20


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Unidentified Central Coast artist, “Shirt” (1460–1540), camelid fiber, cotton, 19 × 47 inches (© The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Weaving Abstraction in Ancient and Modern Art

Comprised of over 50 works, this exhibition juxtaposes woven art spanning the first millennium BCE with 16th-century Andean textiles, marrying the ancient with the modern through various weavings by Anni Albers, Sheila Hicks, Lenore Tawney, and Olga de Amaral.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
March 5–June 16


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Joan Jonas, “Untitled” (2012), oil pastel, 30 2/5 × 22 2/5 inches (photo by Pierre Le Hors, courtesy the artist)

Joan Jonas: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Joan Jonas takes over the Drawing Center in its entirety with her first major drawing survey, which includes over 300 individual works dating from the 1960s to the present day. A multidisciplinary survey of Jonas’s work, titled Good Night Good Morning, also runs from March 17 to July 6 at the Museum of Modern Art.

Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street, Soho, Manhattan
March 6–June 2


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Shan Shui Reboot: Re-envisioning Landscape for a Changing World

Shan shui, or Chinese landscape painting, has a millennia-long history. At China Institute, however, it’s seven contemporary artists who take on the tradition. Works ranging from immersive digital experiences and paper installations address nature, literally and metaphorically, in the 21st century.

China Institute
40 Rector Street, Financial District, Manhattan
March 7–July 7


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Evgenia Abrugaeva, “Untitled 77” from Dikson (2019–20), pigment print, 13 4/5 × 20 7/10 inches (courtesy the artist and the New York Public Library; artwork © Evgenia Arbugaeva)

The Awe of the Arctic: A Visual History

The New York Public Library looks back at 500 years of archival imagery from the Arctic Circle to make sense of the visuals that influenced and informed societal perceptions of the North Pole. Visitors can explore the remote icy terrain up close in this exhibition via an assortment of woodcuts, lithographs, photographic prints, and engravings spanning the 16th century to contemporary times.

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan
March 15–July 13


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The Plural of He

Five artists come together to commemorate the life, text, and work of Colin Robinson, the Trinidadian-American writer and major advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and the sexual liberation movement across New York, the Caribbean, and beyond. The commissioned works respond to Robinson’s personal history and are displayed alongside related archival objects, celebrating an underrecognized but critically important activist.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
26 Wooster Street, Soho, Manhattan
March 15–July 21


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Shushank Shrestha, “Male Guardian Lion Dog” (2023), ceramic, in glaze luster, one of a pair from Two Guardian Lion Dogs, 52 × 27 × 44 inches (photo courtesy Shuhank Shrestha, Massachusetts, USA)

Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now

More than 30 artists from the Himalayas and its diaspora, as well as those influenced by its culture, come together in a show across a range of media in celebration of the Rubin’s 20th anniversary. Sitespecific commissions are in conversation with the museum space, while contemporary works draw their themes from the institution’s extensive collection of Himalayan art.

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
March 15–October 6


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Anthony Akinbola, “Jubilee” (2021), durags and acrylic on wood panel, 96 × 108 × 3 inches (© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; photo by Ariel Ione Williams; artwork © Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola)

By Way Of: Material and Motion in the Guggenheim Collection

Delving into its permanent collections, the Guggenheim presents major players from Italy’s Arte Povera movement, such as Jannis Kounellis and Mario Merz, in conjunction with current artists. The show examines the act of pushing material boundaries beyond the studio amid social and historical contexts following World War II.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
March 15–Jan. 12, 2025


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The Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing

The Whitney Biennial, a major survey of contemporary American art, is back for its 81st edition, organized by lead curators Chrissie Iles and Meg Onli. This time, the exhibition will also include film and performance programs, selected by five curators. At its best, the biennial is a reflection of the major conversations in American society, as seen by a diverse group of artists from across the country.

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Opens March 20


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Toshiko Takaezu, “Gaea” (1994) (© Family of Toshiko Takaezu)

Toshiko Takaezu: Worlds Within

A tribute to the centennial of Toshiko Takaezu’s birth, Worlds Within gathers roughly 200 objects from public and private collections to map the Hawai’i-born American artist’s 70-year practice. Featuring ceramic sculptures with hidden sound elements, acrylic paintings, weavings, and select pieces from the artist’s celebrated Star Series, the exhibition will also include a concert program and video installation by co-curator and composer Leilehua Lanzilotti.

Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Astoria, Queens
March 20–July 28


Opens in April

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Rose B. Simpson, preparatory sketch for “Seed,” a site-specific commission for Madison Square Park Conservancy (photo by Minesh Bacrania, courtesy
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Rose B. Simpson: Seed

Rose B. Simpson imprints her memories, ancestry, and connection to the land in clay, metal, and other media that she engages in a deeply personal material practice. In Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, the artist debuts a group of large-scale sculptures modeled after the towering figure of the sentinel. Two life-size bronzes will grace Inwood Hill Park, a site inhabited by the Lenape through the 17th century before Dutch colonial governor Peter Minuit negotiated the acquisition of Manhattan Island in what is widely recognized today as an act of displacement.

Madison Square Park Conservancy
Madison Square Park, Flatiron, Manhattan
Inwood Hill Park, Inwood, Manhattan
April 11–Sept. 22


Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio

Detailed naturalist illustrations, compositional sketches, and small-scale watercolors are just a few selected works in this retrospective of Walton Ford’s animal paintings. Provoking conversations relating to the adverse effects of human behavior like climate change and colonialism, this exhibition also features drawings by earlier artists from the Morgan’s collection, such as Peter Paul Rubens, Maria Sibylla Merian, John James Audubon, and Eugène Delacroix.

The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue, Murray Hill, Manhattan
April 12–Oct. 6


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Still from Seba Calfuqueo, “Kowkülen (Liquid Being)” (2020), HD video, duration: 3 minutes (courtesy the artist)

Perfect Trouble: Queering Natureculture

The shifting, kaleidoscopic nature of gender identity is at the heart of this group exhibition exploring the beauty and complexity of queerness and sexuality. Works such as Seba Calfuqueo’s video performance piece “Kowkülen (Liquid Being)” (2020), which centers bodies of water as poetic allegories of the body and its fluidity, challenge the constraints of binaries and rigid definitions, recognizing the yielding and elastic reality of human connection.

Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center
4900 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, The Bronx
April 20–Aug. 11


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Designer unknown, “Stop Rockefeller! The Rich Get Richer” (1970) (image courtesy Poster House)

No Escape: The Legacy of Attica Lives

Poster House delves into the legacy of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising in New York, during which 39 people were killed. The show explores the visual means employed by artists and activists to draw attention to the massacre. The Chelsea museum will also fittingly exhibit a concurrent show of international solidarity posters from around the world.

Poster House
119 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
April 25–Nov. 3


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Huma Bhabha (2022) (photo by Daniel Dorsa, courtesy David Zwirner)

Huma Bhabha

Pakistani-American artist Huma Bhabha unveils four new sculptures in Brooklyn Bridge Park
for Public Art Fund’s 2024 exhibition program. Her monumental figures, born at the intersections of sci-fi, horror, and abstraction, contemplate war, the natural world, and civilization across time through themes of humor and the grotesque.

Public Art Fund
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights, New York
Opens April 30


Opens in May

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Arlene Shechet: Girl Group

For this exhibition, Arlene Shechet created six large-scale abstract sculptures paired with indoor works made of wood, steel, and ceramic. The vibrantly colored structures mark a new chapter in the artist’s practice as she moves from ceramics to more industrial materials.

Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, New York
May 4–Nov. 10


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House of Dior, Christian Dior, “Venus” ball gown (left) and “Junon” ball gown (right) (fall/winter 1949–50) (image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, BFA.com/Hippolyte Petit)

Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion

The Met explores themes of ephemerality and renewal with a deep dive into more than 250 garments and fashion from its collection. Spanning four centuries, the works share motifs related to the natural world. Interactive displays bring viewers closer to the smells and textures of these special items.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
May 10–Sept. 2


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LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Sandra Gould Ford Wearing Her Work Jacket and Hard Hat in Her Meditation Room in Homewood” (2023) (© 2023 LaToya Ruby
Frazier; courtesy the artist and Gladstone gallery)

LaToya Ruby Frazier: Monuments of Solidarity

This survey of LaToya Ruby Frazier’s practice features her “monuments for workers’ thoughts,” tackling issues including harmful industrialization, healthcare inequity, and water pollution. The show is a tribute to Ruby Frazier and a celebration of social solidarity and mutual support.

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan
May 12–Sept. 27


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Jenny Holzer, “Untitled (Selections from Truisms, Inflammatory Essays, The Living Series, The Survival Series, Under a Rock, Laments, and Child Text)” (1989), extended helical tricolor LED electronic display signboard, site-specific dimensions (© Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York; photo by David Heald; artwork © 2023 Jenny Holzer)

Jenny Holzer

Anchored by an updated expansion of Jenny Holzer’s site-specific 1989 installation at the museum, the Guggenheim presents the artist’s work on a continuous digital text scroll that incorporates some of Holzer’s early lesser-known truisms, along with her recent explorations into AI generative outputs.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan
May 17–Sept. 29


Outside the City

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Charlotte Schulz, “You Floats Above” (2022), charcoal on paper, 31 × 47 × 1 inches (courtesy Charlotte Schulz and ArtYard)

Charlotte Schulz: A Constellation of Small Events

Charlotte Schulz uses her fingertips to blend charcoal vignettes on torn paper, piecing them together to create compositions of surreal spaces grounded by the inclusion of recognizable objects and solitary animals. Schulz’s dreamscapes expose the interconnections of the mind’s eye with one’s surroundings

ArtYard
13 Front Street, Frenchtown, New Jersey
Feb. 17–June 2


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Jeff Barnett-Winsby, “The backbeat of my heart is written on her leg for all to see” (2022), digital print, 30 × 40 inches, edition one of five (courtesy the artist)

Jeff Barnett-Winsby: Nothing Ever Happens

Artist and community organizer Jeff Barnett-Winsby, co-founder of the Wassaic Project, presents what he dubs a “visual diary” of his family. Time moves like memory across these photographs. One captures his daughters face-down on a sandy dune, the sun blaring fiercely and seemingly eternally, though, in retrospect, it was just the briefest snapshot in a life.

Wassaic Project
37 Furnace Bank Road, Amenia, New York
Through July 7


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Siona Benjamin, “Lilith in the New World” (2023), vinyl banner (photo by Peter Jacobs, image courtesy the artist)

Siona Benjamin: Lilith in the New World

Raised in a historically Jewish community in Mumbai and based in New Jersey, Siona Benjamin’s graphic works blend all three influences. At Montclair Art Museum, the artist created a 30-foot banner that highlights the stories of censured women in Hebrew literature, positioning Lilith, the oft-demonized wife of Adam, as a feminist icon.

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey
Through Aug. 4


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Loie Hollowell, “Standing in yellow, pink and blue” (2019), oil, acrylic medium and high density foam on linen over panel, 72 × 54 × 3 3/4 inches (photo by Melissa Goodwin & Robyn Caspare, courtesy Pace Gallery)

Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years

Loie Hollowell’s first museum survey tracks a decade of the artist’s life, transmuted into her art. With her body as a catalyst, Hollowell observed, documented, and abstracted her own form and feelings through periods of conception, birth, and post-partum, rendered in media ranging from pastel to cast resin and CNC-milled high-density foam.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Through Aug. 11


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David Hockney, “Japanese House and Tree” (1978), acrylic on canvas, 72 × 72 inches (© David Hockney)

Hockney/Origins: Early Works from the Roy B. and Edith J. Simpson Collection

This exhibition highlights themes and techniques from David Hockney’s early work, many of which would prevail throughout his decades-long career. The 16 works on view at the Bruce Museum include swimming pools on pressed paper pulp, paintings of buildings, and portraits of colleagues and friends.

The Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut
Ongoing


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Installation view of Arte Povera featuring works by Jannis Kounellis (photo by Marco Anelli/Tommaso Sacconi, courtesy Magazzino Italian Art)

Arte Povera

1960s Italy was rocked by industrialization, student protests, and economic decline. Artists of the era gave visual voice to this mounting dissatisfaction through Arte Povera, or “impoverished art,” made largely of everyday materials. Maggazzino’s sleek campus, designed specifically to house its core collection of postwar Italian art, features 76 artworks by 12 artists across manifold media, including Giovanni Anselmo’s industrial sculpture and Alighiero Boetti’s conceptual works.

Magazzino Italian Art
2700 US-9, Cold Spring, New York
Ongoing




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