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  • Lattice Detour 67646cd S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Hector Zamora : Lattice Detour

    The Roof Garden Commission

    closes 07 December

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met's annual Rooftop Commission is a harbinger of summer and a fixture in the city's cultural calendar. This year's commission, delayed by quarantine until late August, makes a powerful statement, amplified by its truncated run. A simple wall of uniform terracotta bricks may not sound like the most important and impressive exhibition in a city replete with decadent architecture, but this year it is.

  • Vida Americana 0ec9c04a S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Vida Americana

    Mexican Muralists Remake American Art

    closes 31 January 2021

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    This blockbuster exhibition revisits one of the most significant moments in North American art history: the rise of the Mexican muralists. This early 20th-century format pioneered and perfected by the likes of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco produced incredible large-scale murals. But, as this exhibit makes clear, the impact of this movement continues to influence contemporary art a century later.

  • Studio Cf30eb7b S, Brooklyn Museum
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    Studio 54

    Night Magic

    closes 08 November

    Brooklyn Museum

    With as large as the legends of New York's Studio 54 live in the city's collective memory, it is astonishing that the world's most famous and infamous nightclub was only in operation for 33 months. But during the waning years of the 1970s, perhaps New York City's worst since the Civil War, Studio 54 brought together legends of culture, from Mick and Bianca Jagger to Salvador Dali and Leonard Bernstein. This blockbuster exhibition--complete with timed tickets--revisits the heydays of New York City nightclubs.

  • Private Lives Public Spaces 14a8feac S, Museum of Modern Art
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    Private Lives Public Spaces

    closes 21 February 2021

    Museum of Modern Art

    This is the kind of exhibit that could occupy your entire visit. One hundred screens are installed in the museum's two basement galleries, outside the theaters. Each screen presents a "home movie" drawn from the MoMA's vast collection. For 100 years before the advent of the smartphone, amateurs recorded family celebrations, personal travels, and daily events on consumer film equipment. Some films feature celebrities. Others are just some kid's birthday from the 1970s. Peek into the private lives of nearly a century of unique filmmaking.

  • New Yorks Got Game 308f S, Museum of the City of New York
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    City/Game

    Basketball in New York

    closes 18 January 2021

    Museum of the City of New York

    As one commentator in the accompanying video states, "New York City didn't birth the game, but we raised it." While the Knicks, Nets, nor Liberty may be overly impressive this year, New York is a city of basketball. An urban sport for a population without vast green fields, basketball has been everpresent in New York since its earliest days. This exhibit looks at the city's relationship with basketball from streetball to Linsanity.

  • Bill Graham And The Rock And Roll Revolution 90948eaa S, New-York Historical Society
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    Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

    closes 03 January 2021

    New-York Historical Society

    The New-York Historical Society hosts what will be one of the must-see exhibitions of the summer. Get tickets soon (or hit the museum early in the day) as this is a crowd-pleaser. Bill Graham was one of the most influential rock-and-roll promoters in history. Graham fled Nazi Germany as a boy and went on to promote concerts featuring such acts as The Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and The Rolling Stones. This exhibit traces his long and influential life through the musicians and celebrities with whom Graham worked. Pick up the audio guide for a unique gallery experience.

  • Haegue Yang Handles 2208a9c S, Museum of Modern Art
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    Handles

    Haegue Yang

    closes 15 November

    Museum of Modern Art

    Handles features six large-scale sculptures by Haegue Yang. Commissioned by the MoMA to occupy its expanded second-floor Atrium, the sculptures are mounted on wheels and covered in bells. When pushed or pulled by the eponymous handles attached to the sculptures (as they are during scheduled performances) the bells jingle softly. Catch a performance if you can, but even unmoved the sculptures are beautifully unique and make great use of the museum's space.

  • Donald Judd 35c1427a S, Museum of Modern Art
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    Judd

    closes 09 January 2021

    Museum of Modern Art

    This crowd-pleasing exhibition is one of the city's most popular. As you will see, Donald Judd is difficult to categorize and he himself disavowed most of the labels critics tried to apply to his work. But his unique influence is without question. This--the first museum retrospective of Judd in the United States--brings together sculptures he did not consider to be sculptures, paintings he would not call paintings and drawings seen for the first time by the public. Expect a crowd as this will be popular all spring.

  • 17e S, Museum of Jewish Heritage
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    Auschwitz

    Not Long Ago. Not Far Away

    closes 02 May 2021

    Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Over the next seven years, this exhibition of artifacts from the Holocaust's most infamous extermination camp will travel to 14 cities in Europe and North America. Appropriately, during its time in New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will play host to this timely and sobering exhibition. With objects borrowed from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Israel's Yad Vashem, this exhibition demonstrates that we are a few short decades removed from the horrors of Auschwitz.

  • Jacob Lawrence 28024f S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Jacob Lawrence

    The American Struggle

    closes 01 November

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    With major installations at not only the Met but also the MoMA and the Whitney, Jacob Lawrence is the artist for 2020 in New York City. The largest of the exhibitions is The American Struggle at the Met, which reunites nearly all 30 panels created by the artist as part of his Struggle series. Envisioned as sixty paintings covering defining events in American history through World War II, the actual thirty portray the dramatic period of the founding of America through early westward expansion. This is the first time so many pieces from this impressive series have been assembled in one place.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art In Praise of Painting Angel and Woman Detail
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    In Praise of Painting

    Dutch Masterpieces at the Met

    closes 04 October 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    As a result of the Met's European Paintings galleries continued renovation, many core pieces of the permanent collection are not on display. This exhibit puts some of those highlights back on display with a look at the ever-popular Golden Age of Dutch paintings from the 17th-century headlining Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and more.

  • Measure Your Existence 84b S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Measure Your Existence

    closes 25 January 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    The range of the Rubin's mission is on full display with Measure Your Existence. After wandering through galleries filled with millennia-old masterpieces, journey to the top floor and participate in some of the most interesting contemporary installations of the year. Six contemporary artists contributed works to this show, built around the theme of impermanence. Take a piece of candy off the floor. Write a deceased loved-one a letter. Watch a man punch a clock once an hour for a year. Plan on coming back again to see the works as they change through interaction.

  • Sahel 751b3e9f S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Sahel

    Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

    closes 26 October

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Sahel is the name given to the shore of the vast Saraha where the vast desert gives way to the lush Savannah. This impressive exhibition brings together rare pieces of art, architecture, and history on rare loan from the national collections of Niger, Senegal, Mali, and others. Artifacts date back as far as 2000 BCE and trace the economic, religious, and political history of this fascinating area. This is one of the must-see exhibitions of the season.

  • T Rex The Ultimate Predator Two Fossil Spines, American Museum of Natural History
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    T. rex

    The Ultimate Predator

    closes 14 March 2021

    American Museum of Natural History

    The ever-popular dinosaur halls at the museum feature an impressive temporary upgrade with this detailed look at everything we know about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The exhibit traces the evolution of the tyrannosaur family, and a detailed examination of their life-span, behaviors, and habits. An impressive, educational, and immersive exhibit, supplementing the museum's already-impressive dinosaur education.

  • Brian Clarke 8729ddb S, Museum of Arts and Design
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    Brian Clarke

    The Art of Light

    closes 21 February 2021

    Museum of Arts and Design

    Brian Clarke is perhaps the greatest living artist producing contemporary stained glass. This sprawling and immersive exhibit brings together over 100 pieces of Clarke's work produced over the course of his forty-year career. To see so many pieces outside of this exhibition would require traveling to installations on four different continents. Revisit the magic of stained glass outside of traditional religious settings.

  • Making The Met 51b4e5a S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Making the Met

    1870 - 2020

    closes 03 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met's year-long celebration of its 150th anniversary culminates with this massive and immersive journey though the history of one of the world's great cultural institutions. Learn the history of the museum's founding and development, but also, this is a hit parade of some of the museum's most popular treasures. If you only see one exhibit at the Met in your entire life, it should probably be this one (but don't let that be the case).

  • Feliciano Centurion 150046eb S, Americas Society Visual Arts Gallery
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    Feliciano Centurion

    Abrigo

    closes 20 November

    Americas Society Visual Arts Gallery

    Feliciano Centurion receives his first solo exhibition in the United States almost 25 years after his death. The Paraguayan artist reached his peak in the 90s combining traditional folk art with modern social activism. The majority of the works on display are delightful and colorful textiles featuring animated crabs, shrimp, and octopus. Also on view are sketches from the artist and personal philosophies embroidered onto pillows. It is a charming exhibition and brings long-overdue credit to an amazing artist.

  • Rayyane Tabet Alien Property 4e064aed S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Alien Property

    Rayyane Tabet

    closes 18 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    What makes Rayyane Tabet's small exhibit so interesting is the fascinating story of war, politics, and espionage told through the installation. Settled into the Assyrian Room at the Met, supplementing the reliefs rather than distracting from them, is a passionate story of ancient art extracted from Syria by Germans and later destroyed during World War II or ceded to Allies as part of the Alien Property Custodian Act. You will continue thinking about this exhibit and its lessons long after your visit.

  • Goblet Base, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Relative Values
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    Relative Values

    The Cost of Art in the Northern Renaissance

    closes 28 February 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    You will have fun at this exhibit, which seeks to explain how 16th-century Europeans practically valued work we now consider priceless. To adjust for the variations of currency and economic assets, Relative Value attaches a contemporary price to each piece in the exhibit expressed in a number of cows. It is much more than a joke; it is educational to see how economic changes impact art.

  • Selections From C2aaaf S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    The Whitney's Collection

    Selections from 1900 to 1965

    closes 31 May 2022

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Since moving to its beautiful new home in 2015, the Whitney has shown selections of its permanent collection in rotating exhibitions, a practice that is become more and more common. This season, the permanent collection exhibition focuses on the Whitney's founding collection, supplemented by recent acquisitions. As you would hope, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe feature prominently in the exhibition.

  • After The Plaster Foundation 41ea8d S, Queens Museum
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    After the Plaster Foundation

    "Where can we live?"

    closes 17 January 2021

    Queens Museum

    The Queens Museum unexpectedly timely exhibition After the Plaster Foundation examines the question of home and property in the twenty-first century. The museum brings together works by 12 different artists and collectives working in New York City, including the installation of an entire home's attic by Heather Hart. Visitors are invited to climb on the roof and explore the attic interior. This is one of the museum's most engaging exhibitions in recent years.

  • Truth To Power 78805e S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Truth to Power

    Shahidul Alam

    closes 04 January 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    Shahidul Alam, a photojournalist and activist from Bangladesh, has captured profound images around the world for over 40 years. After the outcry over his 2018 arrest for criticizing the Bangladeshi government, Alam was selected as one of Time Magazines 2018 Persons of the Year. This exhibit is the first retrospective of Alam's career in the United States. Alam's depictions of the social struggles common in South Asia are powerful and inspiring.

  • Desert Transcendentalist 350b82bf S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Desert Transcendentalist

    Agnes Pelton

    closes 01 November

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Though born in 1881, Agnes Pelton's vibrant abstract works feel as if they were composed by an artist born 100 years later. Like many prolific twentieth-century artists, Pelton's work evolved with time. This exhibition, originally organized by the Phoenix Art Museum, focuses on the "Imaginative Paintings" inspired by her time in the American Southwest. Marvel at over 40 works from this underappreciated American artist.

  • Code Switch 0fbb62f S, Bronx Museum of the Arts
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    Sanford Biggers

    Codeswitch

    closes 24 January 2021

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Quilts are common subjects of New York City museums. But usually, the responsibility falls to The American Folk Art Museum or occasionally The Museum of Art and Design. This season, however, the best quilt-based exhibition in the city is hosted at the Bronx Museum. Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers displays his contemporary interpretation of artistic quilting in this thoroughly unique display.

  • American Perspectives 1ab1729e S, American Folk Art Museum
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    American Perspectives

    Highlights from the American Folk Art Museum

    closes 03 January 2021

    American Folk Art Museum

    The American Folk Art Museums dedicates its spring exhibition to the vast varieties of the American Experience. Selections from its permanent collection tell the story of Founders, Travelers, Philosophers, and Seekers. Central to the exhibition is the gathering of Possum Trot Dolls, carved and dressed by Calvin and Ruby Black in the 1950s. Quilts, of course, line the walls, with the interesting addition of a quilt-like sculpture made from recovered wood in Louisana. This is a great time to discover--or re-discover--American Folk Art.

  • Collection New Yorks Stories 1c760d S, Museum of the City of New York
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    Collecting New York's Stories

    Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious

    closes 31 December

    Museum of the City of New York

    The Museum of the City of New York continues to add to its vast collection, particularly in the area of photography. This long-running exhibit showcases recent additions to the collection. The main gallery is filled with contemporary photography, including works by Harvey Want and Bruce Davidson. The supplemental gallery adds posters, fashion, and historic objects related to the history of New York. This is a perfect fit for the museum and pairs well with the core story.

  • Betye Saar Ab71fa S, Morgan Library
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    Betye Saar

    Call and Response

    closes 31 January 2021

    Morgan Library

    The legendary artist Betye Saar turned 94 this year, but her popularity continues to grow. After a major exhibition last year at the MoMA, Saar returns to New York with a new exhibit at the Morgan. Saar consulted directly on the presentation of a series of workbooks and sketches together with the finished assemblages. While primarily a retrospective, new works by the artist are also on display in this timely and relevant show.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Art of Native America Bead Detail Circle
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    Art of Native America

    The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection

    closes 03 October 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met has a long history of collecting and displaying art produced by the indigenous peoples of the world in its large Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas Collection. This exhibition of recent acquisitions marks a revolutionary change. Showcased alongside the colonial rooms and baseball cards in the American Wing, this marks the first time Native American arts have been included in the museum's definition of 'American.'

  • Countryside 58bbd34e S, Guggenheim Museum
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    Countryside

    Future of the World

    closes 14 February 2021

    Guggenheim Museum

    Occupying the Guggenheim's famed rotunda through the summer is this powerful and unique exhibition. Architects, urbanists, designers, and students present the results of their investigations into the future of non-urban areas around the globe, with particular focus on the impact of climate change and political changes. While still presented artistically, this is far more science and politics than you usually see at the Guggenheim.

  • Felix Vallotton Painter Of Disquiet 7a05671c S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde

    Felix Feneon

    closes 02 January 2021

    Museum of Modern Art

    Felix Feneon coined the term "Neo-Impressionism" to describe the work of his contemporaries like Georges Seurat. This is the first exhibition dedicated to his efforts as a collector, patron, dealer, and, importantly, anarchist. In addition to Feneon's own writings and selections from his collection, the exhibit will feature works by artists in his circles of influence, such as long-time MoMA favorites Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani.

  • In Profile 3f74f S, New-York Historical Society
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    In Profile

    A Look at Silhouettes

    closes 29 November

    New-York Historical Society

    Before the advent of easy photography, capturing the likeness of an individual was a privilege reserved for those who could afford to commission a portrait. Filling the gap was the unique art of silhouettes, which dominated middle-class parlors through the 19th century. This exhibit collects some fo the museum's best pieces and traces the development of the artform through contemporary practitioners like Kara Walker and Kumi Yamashita (whose installation at the end of the exhibition is particularly impressive).

  • Gateway To Himalayan Art 0beccb3b S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Gateway to Himalayan Art

    closes 31 May 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    In many ways, this is the most important exhibition in the museum. Himalayan Art is unique and beautiful but draws on history, legends, traditions, and methods often unfamiliar to Western viewers. This exhibition walks you through the basics: the difference between Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, the meaning of the different postures and hand gestures, the common compositions of paintings. Time invested here pays off in the rest of the museum and through the city's other major collections of Himalayan Art.

  • Jay Jaxon 3ec091a S, Queens Historical Society
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    Jay Jaxon

    40 Years of Fashion Design Brilliance

    closes 31 December

    Queens Historical Society

    Jay Jason Jaxon was born and raised in Queens. Over the course of his career, he became one of the leading designers in Paris and New York City during the peak of haute couture during the 1970s. Jaxon passed away in 2006. This charming exhibition looks back on Jaxon's career and his long-lasting relationship with Queens in a rare fashion installation at the Historical Society.

  • We Fight To Build A Free World 30d8591d S, Jewish Museum
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    We Fight to Build a Free World

    An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz

    closes 24 January 2021

    Jewish Museum

    For the Jewish Museum's blockbuster summer exhibition, the museum gave the reins to New York-artist Jonathan Horowitz. Horowitz has gathered works from modern and contemporary artists that have addressed contemporary social issues such as anti-Semitism, xenophobia, immigration, and authoritarianism. Works are drawn from artists such as Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, and Max Weber. In addition, 36 political posters were commissioned specifically for this exhibit.

  • Jesse Wine 05a08c4b S, Sculpture Center
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    Jesse Wine

    Imperfect List

    closes 25 January 2021

    Sculpture Center

    The Sculpture Center reopens with a retrospective of the British sculptor Jesse Wine. Dozens of small and large works are installed (and sometimes hidden) throughout the museum's raw, labyrinthine lower level. From large-scale human legs to tiny tractor-trailers, wander through the tunnels to discover the variety of work by this specialist in clay.

  • Within Reach 0c317ac S, New Museum
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    Within Reach

    Jordan Casteel

    closes 03 January 2021

    New Museum

    Jordan Casteel has exhibited her work around New York City, including on Governors Island, at the Ford Foundation, and in the Studio Museum. But this exhibit at the New Museum, featuring dozens of her large scale paintings, is her first solo show in New York. Her portrait subjects explore the daily Black experience in New York and America.

  • Monumnets Now 75e58a S, Socrates Sculpture Park
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    MONUMENTS NOW

    Parts I, II, & III

    closes 14 March 2021

    Socrates Sculpture Park

    This fall, the Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting the most relevant and ambitious exhibition in its history. During the past few years, public monuments have been a source of unprecedented debate and controversy. Sculptures commissioned from contemporary artists, such as Jeffrey Gibson and Xavier Simmons dominate the grounds and examine the complex power for public moments to shape emotional and political discourse. This is a must-see.

  • Masterworks Of Himalayan Art 0ebc893f S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Masterworks of Himalayan Art

    closes 09 November

    Rubin Museum of Art

    This exhibit is at the core of the Rubin Museum. The Rubin's collection is regularly reshuffled through this exhibition, giving you an overview of the breadth of the museum's holdings. The organization of the exhibit is roughly geographic, focusing on the different regions of Tibet, India, Kashmir, Nepal, and Mongolia. Many of the pieces date as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. Start first at the Gateway to Himalayan Art exhibit to help understand the masterworks on display here.

  • Crime And Punishment 34d7f0d S, New Museum
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    Crime and Punishment

    Peter Saul

    closes 03 January 2021

    New Museum

    Peter Saul has been producing intricate, colorful pop art since the 1950s. Yet somehow he had never received a museum survey in New York City until this exhibition at the New Museum. With over 60 paintings spanning five decades, you will leaving knowing Peter Saul and his journey across the twentieth century very well.

  • Vision Cef0d S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    2020 Vision

    Photographs, 1840s - 1860s

    closes 13 December

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Timed for both the new decade and as part of the Met's celebration of its 150th year, this exhibition celebrates two eras in photography. Drawn from the Met's collection, including recent acquisitions, the first of the two-part exhibition (running through May 10) focuses on the earliest years of photography. With Daguerreotypes, Albumen and salted paper prints, this is an instructive look at the medium of photography from its infancy.

  • Stories In Jewelry B00c11b S, Museum of Arts and Design
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    45 Stories in Jewelry

    closes 24 January 2021

    Museum of Arts and Design

    This exhibition will expand your definition of jewelry. MAD has long featured jewelry as a core part of its mission, but exhibits tend to look at the styles of previous generations. This exhibition brings together 45 contemporary artists who are redefining what can be considered jewelry for a new generation. The exhibition features pieces inspired by social protest, the space age, and a digital world.

  • Met Facade Commission 585bb8e S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Wangechi Mutu

    The NewOnes, will free Us

    closes 01 November

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met's famed facade, nearly 120 years old, has long been considered incomplete. Four niches, two on either side of the grand entrance staircase. For the first time, these recesses house free-standing statues, as the facade's designer, Richard Morris Hunt, originally intended. Commissioned by the Met, Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu sculpted and installed The Seated I,II,III,IV. This is the first of what will become, like the Rooftop commission, an annual event.

  • Arte Del Mar 7fb5a S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Arte del mar

    Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean

    closes 27 June 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    This exhibit at the heart of the Met's Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas department explores the unique artistic contributions resulting from early cultural exchanges among the various Tiano cultures of the Carribean. Supplemented by descriptions by early Spanish colonists, this unique collection is a fascinating look at pre-Columbian politics and art.

  • Body Space Devices 625d25bd S, Noguchi Museum
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    Body-Space Devices

    closes 02 May 2021

    Noguchi Museum

    Artist and choreographer Brendan Fernandes has selected pieces from the museum's permanent collection which he feels best to reflect Noguchi's attempts to conform design to the realities of the human body. With a collection of furniture, sculpture, set designs, and abstractions, see the many ways in which Noguchi related his designs to the human form.

  • Bruce Davidson 0bbd S, Queens Museum
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    Bruce Davidson

    Outsider on the Inside

    closes 17 January 2021

    Queens Museum

    Bruce Davidson is one of the most important American street photographers of the last century. His focus the daily life in New York City has made him a fixture in local galleries and major museums since the late 1950s. His most recent show at the Queens Museum celebrates his New York City work, documenting how the city and its unique challenges have evolved throughout his 60-year career.

  • Gerhard Richter 3a95947e S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Gerhard Richter

    The Birkenau Paintings

    closes 18 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met Breuer had planned to conclude its run with an epic exhibition celebrating the career of Gerhard Richter. Only a lucky few managed to enjoy the exhibit in March during the nine days before the pandemic closed the doors of the Breuer for good. This small show in the Lehman Wing of the Met Fifth Avenue hosts the core of the canceled Breuer exhibition. A collection of four hyper abstract paintings by the German-born artist line the walls facing the four small photos which inspired the work. It is a fascinating story, well-worth a stop during your Met visit.

  • Art Of London Firearms Dueling Pistols, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    The Art of London Firearms

    closes 25 October

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Throughout 2019 the Arms and Armor collection at the Met features an elegant collection of 18th- and 19th-century firearms designed by gunsmiths in London. Though often overshadowed by counterparts on the continent, London-based gun designers supplied the growing British aristocracy with exquisite dueling flint-lock pistols. Come see a rare selection of pistols and long rifles from a long-overlooked corner of gunsmith history.

  • Perpetual Movement 3c555aae S, Bard Graduate Center Gallery
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    Eileen Gray

    closes 28 October

    Bard Graduate Center Gallery

    The Irish designer and architect Eileen Gray is the subject of this fascinating retrospective at the Bard Graduate Center. Credited as a pioneer of Modernist Architecture, Gray also worked in furniture and interior design. The designs on display in the gallery are fresh and timeless, making it remarkable that this is Gray's first retrospective in the United States, but also explaining the recent academic interest in her career.

  • Photographys Last Century 0cc3b S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Photography's Last Century

    The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection

    closes 30 November

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Another one of the celebratory gift exhibits this season is an important look at a century of photography. This gift from the collection of Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee include works from over 60 twentieth-century photographers, including such luminaries as Man Ray, Andy Warhol, and Walker Evans. Central to the exhibition is early work from Cindy Sherman, dating from when she was only twenty two.

  • The Sculptor And The Ashtray 0a6d S, Noguchi Museum
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    The Sculptor and the Ashtray

    closes 30 May 2021

    Noguchi Museum

    Among Isamu Noguchi's many projects was an ongoing effort to design the perfect ashtray. While uncommon in contemporary America, at the height of Noguchi's career in the 40s and 50s the ashtray was central to American society. This exhibit looks at Noguchi's various designs from a wide selection of materials and motivations. With few designers working in the medium of ashtrays today, it is truly a unique look back at a design challenge.

  • Maiden Mother Crone 38fe S, Jewish Museum
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    Maiden, Mother, Crone

    Rachel Feinstein

    closes 03 January 2021

    Jewish Museum

    The prolific New York-based artist Rachel Feinstein presents her first solo museum survey at the Jewish Museum this season. Feinstein works in a variety of mediums, including carved wood and oil paint, but is most celebrated for her unique sculptures. The title of the exhibition suggests the artist's inspiration of the mythical Triple Goddess, who, according to early folklore, embodies all three states of a woman's life at the same time. Her unique sculptures will be on extended display through the end of the year.

  • The City Within Aa98206d S, Museum of the City of New York
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    The City Within

    Brooklyn Photographs

    closes 18 April 2021

    Museum of the City of New York

    The husband and wife creative pairing of Alex and Rebeccas Norris Webb has produced some of the greatest New York street photography of the last twenty years. This exhibit gathers thirty iconic photos from the pair that capture the tremendous diversity of Brooklyn which, as the country's fourth-largest urban area, is less a borough and more a city unto itself. Contrast Rebecca Norris Webb's photos of urban greenery with the color celebration of urban diversity by Alex.

  • Jeffrey Gibson 0a259b S, Brooklyn Museum
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    Jeffrey Gibson

    When Fire is Applied to a Stone It Cracks

    closes 10 January 2021

    Brooklyn Museum

    The painter and sculptor Jeffrey Gibson was invited by the museum to display his work alongside selections from the permanent collection he felt contrasted his own work. The result is an exhibition which suggests a re-categorization of Indigenous and Native American Art (Gibson is Choctaw-Cherokee). Gibson's works are the primary draw, but the contrast with traditional pieces is impactful.

  • Queens Green Thumb Afd9118f S, Queens Historical Society
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    Queens' Green Thumb

    The Flushing Garden Club

    closes 30 November

    Queens Historical Society

    Selections for the Historical Society's permanent collection are on display in this interesting exhibit focused on the history of The Flushing Garden Club. Since its founding in 1912, the Flushing Garden Club has been at the forefront of home cultivation of decorative plants and flowers. The exhibit goes well beyond the club to the rich horticultural history of Queens, including the 1939 World's Fair.

  • Cc24e S, Museum of Jewish Heritage
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    Ordinary Treasures

    Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage

    closes 31 December

    Museum of Jewish Heritage

    The individual impact of the Holocaust is often lost in the magnitude of the tragedy. The numbers and statistics do not capture the daily, personal horrors of Nazi persecution. This exhibit brings the individual impact to the forefront, celebrating objects treasured by individuals who suffered during the Holocaust. From homemade greeting cards written in the Ghetto to Torah scrolls hidden from destruction, the stories of individuals are made real through their treasures.

  • Mistikosiwak Wooden Boat People 0d5c35b S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    mistikosiwak (Wooden Boat People)

    The Great Hall Comission

    closes 31 December

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Together with the new Facade Commission, the Met has launched a commission program to bring long-term site-specific contemporary works to The Great Hall. Kent Monkman, a Cree artist born in Canada, installed two large-scale paintings that dominate the interior without overwhelming. The detailed works are satirical and serious, reversing common representations of Native Americans in art. Thought-provoking pieces to entertain you while you wait in the coat-check line.

  • Icp Concerned 621a46b S, International Center of Photography
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    #ICPConcerned

    Global Images for Global Crisis

    closes 31 December

    International Center of Photography

    Like other museums and cultural institutions around the city, early in the pandemic, ICP sent out a call for submissions capturing this unique moment in time. Many thousands of contemporary photographs were submitted to #ICPConcerned. This exhibit has selected one thousand of those images, from over 60 different countries, for display in their main gallery space.

  • Making Knowing 429566b S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Making Knowing

    Craft in Art, 1950 - 2019

    closes 28 February 2022

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The Whitney's vast collection of American art is re-curated in this exhibition to explore the influence of craft on different artistic mediums. Craft, such as weaving and bead-work, is often considered a distinct field from painting and sculpture. These works, however, show the influence of folk and decorative arts on contemporary painting. Works by more than sixty contemporary artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Kahil Robert Irving make up the large, long-running exhibition.

  • Life Cut Short 31d S, New-York Historical Society
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    Life Cut Short

    Hamilton's Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry

    closes 31 December

    New-York Historical Society

    New York City's (and the Historial Society's in particular) love-affair with Alexander Hamilton continues with this special installation featuring a mourning ring holding a lock of the Founding Father's hair. Mourning jewelry was a fascinating practice of preserving personal mementos, including locks of hair, in a wearable form like jewelry. Featuring relics from not just Hamilton, but Aaron Burr, Abraham Lincoln, and John James Audubon. The exhibition is small, but an informative look at a curious historic practice.

  • Further Impressions 423dc S, Grolier Club
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    Further Impressions

    Major Grolier Club Library Acquisitions, 2005-2020

    closes 02 January 2021

    Grolier Club

    The Grolier Club celebrates its reopening with a sequel to its 2004 exhibition Lasting Impressions. Lasting Impressions was a celebration of the Grolier Library's collection of rare books, posters, type examples, and photographs. This exhibition continues the tradition and features works acquired by the library since the original 2004 exhibit. Works are drawn from across the centuries and around the globe, and this exhibit is the perfect introduction to books as art.

  • Hope Wanted 8c535a S, New-York Historical Society
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    Hope Wanted

    New York City Under Quarantine

    closes 29 November

    New-York Historical Society

    This is the first NYC exhibit produced under quarantine--safely on display outside of the museum. Timed tickets are required to view this unique look at the historical moment we are living through. Kevin Powell and Kay Hickman have curated recent photographs and interviews captured during the New York City quarantine.

  • Tishan Hsu 1f3585fc S, Sculpture Center
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    Tishan Hsu

    Liquid Circuit

    closes 25 January 2021

    Sculpture Center

    Tishan Hsu's training as an architect has significant influence over his contemporary sculpture and installations. The Sculpture Center reopens by hosting Hsu's first museum survey in the United States and celebrates the on-going influence of this unique and creative artist. Explore not only the many sculptures but also drawings, reliefs, and paintings from the 1980s and 90s.

  • David Hockney F35db2e S, Morgan Library
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    David Hockney

    Drawing from Life

    closes 30 May 2021

    Morgan Library

    David Hockney is considered one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. Long known for his unique portraits and prints, this stunning new exhibit at the Morgan focuses instead on his abilities as a draftsman. These are not Hockney's most well-known works, but rather excerpts from his sketchbook and preparatory portraits in colored pencil, ink, and acrylics on paper. The Morgan excels at exploring the process artifacts of great modern and contemporary artists.

  • No Soft Nonsense 5436687d S, Morgan Library
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    No Soft Nonsense

    Anne Bronte at 200

    closes 14 February 2021

    Morgan Library

    The youngest Bronte sister is the overdue focus of this small installation at the Morgan Library. After the Morgan held a large retrospective for Charlotte Bronte's 200th anniversary in 2016, the museum returns to the Bronte family to celebrate Anne's birthday. While less prolific than her sisters, critics hold Anne's achievements on par. See selections from the library's own holdings from Anne's short life.

  • Women In Comics 286abeb S, Museum of American Illustration
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    Women in Comics

    closes 24 October

    Museum of American Illustration

    Few artistic fields are as dominated by men as comics and illustration. This important exhibition celebrates the unheralded contributions of female illustrators in the fields. Based on the work and collections of Trina Robbins, the collection brings together both female illustrators and subjects in comics ranging from early Flappers to modern superheroes--a perfect exhibition for Women's History Month.

  • 12eea2c S, Museum of Jewish Heritage
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    Rendering Witness

    Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony

    closes 31 December

    Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Artifacts, photography, and memoirs are the primary media through which contemporary audiences experience the Holocaust. This exhibit takes a closer look at another testimonial of the horrors of the holocaust: art produced by victims of Nazi atrocities. Whether sketches produced while in hiding, pastels of life and conditions in a Ghetto, or cartoons drawn from daily life, artists managed to capture unique views of their own experiences and those of their communities.

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    Americans Looking In

    closes 12 December

    Center for Book Arts

    The Center for Book Arts reopens with an exhibition that draws inspiration from Robert Frank's seminal work The Americans. First published in 1959, Frank's book of photographs captured the variety of the American experience in the decade following the second world war. This exhibition gathers work from over 20 contemporary artists, with updated responses to Frank's question of "What is American culture, today?", fifty years later.

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    Construction Site

    Viviane Rombaldi Seppey

    closes 12 December

    Center for Book Arts

    Viviane Rombaldi Seppy, the Swiss-born artist, is known for exploring the contemporary migratory experience through her family history. Her latest exhibition, hosted at the Center for Book Arts, draws from the migration stories of her grandfather. Seppy uses phonebooks, maps, and other paper-based objects to construct intriguing and thought-provoking pieces.

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    Morcos Key

    closes 12 December

    Center for Book Arts

    Marcos Key is a design studio founded in Brooklyn in 2018. The studio, founded by Wael Morcos and Jon Key, specializes in language and letter design, particularly across the Middle East. The pair are Faculty Fellows at the Center for Book Arts which is hosting this small retrospective of the studio's work, including books, zines, journals and newsprints.

  • Simple illustration, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Streams and Mountains without End
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    100 Drawings From Now

    closes 17 January 2021

    Drawing Center

    The Drawing Center reopens with this timely connection of contemporary drawings by dozens of international artists. Each of the drawings on display was produced since the beginning of wide-spread quarantine and amid increase racial activism. This is among the first of what will likely be many exhibitions exploring the creative output of artists working in these unique and unprecedented circumstances.

  • Ahmadi Breyer P Orridge Sherpa 2bcf6af S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Shrine Room Projects

    Shiva Ahmadi / Genesis Breyer

    closes 07 June 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    This season the Rubin presents the work of three artists lining the way to the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room. This rotating series invites contemporary artists to contribute work harmonious with the Shrine room. Tehran-born Shiva Ahmadi contributed videos referencing the plight of refugees. Genesis Breyer P-Orridge invites visitors to shake his hand (actually a bronze cast of his own arm), reminding them that "wisdom can only be passed by the touching of hands." Nepalese artist Tsherin Sherpa built a striking memorial to the loss suffered in Nepal in the 2015 earthquake.

  • Pattern, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Color Decoded
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    The Nature of Color

    closes 08 August 2021

    American Museum of Natural History

    In a COVID-free world, this premium, interactive, family-friendly exhibit would have been one of the hottest tickets of the summer. But it is not too late to immersive yourself in the art and science of color. Installed throughout the museum, visitors experience learn how color influences nature, early human cultures, and the modern world. Additional ticketing is required.

  • Climate In Crisis Fd318a S, Brooklyn Museum
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    Climate in Crisis

    Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas

    closes 20 June 2021

    Brooklyn Museum

    This powerful exhibition draws upon the museum's vast holdings of Indigenous art to consider the impact of climate change on Indigenous peoples across the Americas. The exhibit gathers over 60 objects, some of them almost three millennia old, which examine traditional Indigenous relationships with nature as well as the potential threat climate change poses to their traditional and contemporary ways of life.

  • New York Responds 2873cb S, Museum of the City of New York
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    New York Responds

    closes 31 December

    Museum of the City of New York

    The role of a museum devoted to history during history-making times is unique. The nation's most energetic and vibrant city shut down for several key months at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Museum of the City of New York, seeking to document this unprecedented moment, sent a call for submissions of photographs, objects, thoughts, and poetry to preserve this unique time in city history as it happens. This free, outdoor exhibit features some of the best submissions, updated regularly as history unfolds.

  • Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver 2e5d76a S, Museum of Modern Art
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    Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver

    Cinematic Illumination

    closes 28 February 2021

    Museum of Modern Art

    The second in the museum's studio installation series is this immersive film installation by Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver. Cinematic Illumination debuted in 1968 at the Intermedia Arts Festival in Japan. The museum acquired this unique piece of modern cinema and installation art in 2017, but until the redesign had nowhere to install it. Plan on lines, but it is worth the wait.

  • Taking A Thread For A Walk 21205d S, Museum of Modern Art
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    Taking a Thread for a Walk

    closes 10 January 2021

    Museum of Modern Art

    Museums around the city have begun to give raw textiles the same artistic treatment as fashioned or decorative fabric. With the MoMA's recent expansion, much more gallery space is available to feature depths of the collection not usually on display. This exhibition focuses on the art and science of textile design, both from the perspective of individual artists like Ed Rossbach, and the role in larger industrial design. Few single works stand out as highlights, but the exhibition is focused more on the history and process of textiles.

  • Beth Lipman 1e462dd S, Museum of Arts and Design
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    Beth Lipman

    Collective Elegy

    closes 04 April 2021

    Museum of Arts and Design

    Beth Lipman's stunning glass-work is at the core of this remarkable new exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design. The Philadelphia-based artists has produced impressive mixed-media sculptures and installations in the collections of museums around the country. This is her first New York City retrospective, and the celebration of her career is long overdue. This is a perfect pairing with the museum's Brian Clarke exhibition.

  • What Eats Around Itself 60b S, New Museum
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    What Eats Around Itself

    Daiga Grantina

    closes 03 January 2021

    New Museum

    The unique title of this exhibition is a reference to the self-replication abilities of lichen. Daiga Grantina draws inspiration from such natural phenomenon in her large-scale installations. The sculptures hang from the ceiling in the lobby gallery. Grantina was born in Latvia, studied in Germany and lives in Paris. This is her first American solo exhibition.

  • Knotted Torn Scattered 13e S, Guggenheim Museum
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    Knotted, Torn, Scattered

    Sculpture after Abstract Expressionism

    closes 19 September 2021

    Guggenheim Museum

    In concert with the museum's re-unveiling of Jackon Pollock's 1943 masterpiece, Mural, the Guggenheim has collected pieces from a variety of artists who came of age under the influence and inspiration of Pollock's abstract expressionism. Sculptures and installations by artists such as Richard Serra and Robert Morris answer Pollock's questions about the process and purpose of contemporary art.

  • Comic Strips On Parade Cbfd40b S, Museum of American Illustration
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    From the Silly to the Sublime

    A Century of American Comic Strips

    closes 02 January 2021

    Museum of American Illustration

    Newspaper comic strips are not often included in collections of Fine Art. But during the last century, the art of simple comic strips has influenced contemporary artists as prominent as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. This entertaining exhibition looks back at the last century of comics, from the simple works of Krazy Kat to Al Taliaferro's iconic Donald Duck. No selection of American comics would be complete with a nod to Charles Shulz's Peanuts which celebrates its 70th year of publication.

  • Taller Boricua 5d41dab S, El Museo del Barrio
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    Taller Boricua

    A Political Print Shop in New York

    closes 17 January 2021

    El Museo del Barrio

    The Taller Boricua (or 'The Puerto Rican Workshop') has spent the last fifty years promoting the arts and culture of the Puerto Rican community in East Harlem and New York. Founded by artist-activists in 1969, the workshop has produced vibrant prints with overtly political themes, commenting on imperialism, workers' rights, and Latin American independence. This exhibit looks back at the lasting impact of this unique collective as well as its future role in international discussion.

  • The Fullness Of Color E740e3ef S, Guggenheim Museum
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    The Fullness of Color

    1960s Painting

    closes 14 March 2021

    Guggenheim Museum

    Two exhibitions at the Guggenheim look back at the height of Abstract Painting in the 1960s. The primary contrast between Marking Time and this vibrant exhibit is the use of color. Featuring works by such artists as Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler. The gallery is dominated by large-scale abstract paintings, supplemented by a handful of smaller masterpieces.

  • George Georgiou 4b3f24c S, International Center of Photography
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    George Georgiou

    Americans Parade

    closes 31 December

    International Center of Photography

    George Georgiou is a freelance contemporary photographer and photojournalist. While is best-known works focus on eastern Europe, Turkey, and former Soviet states, in 2016 he set out across the United States. Between January and November Georgiou traveled through fourteen states, visiting twenty-six different local parades. But the subject of his photographs were not the floats and marching bands, but rather the groups of spectators lining the route. An interesting look at the state of contemporary America.

  • Burdick Collection Selections Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Selections from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick

    closes 30 November

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met almost always has a small sample of baseball cards from the vast collection of Jefferson R. Burdick on display in a small corner of the American Wing. It is an altogether appropriate addition of a uniquely American art form based on a uniquely American sport. It takes some searching to find the display, tucked away in visible storage, but it is well worth the trouble.

  • Charged With Buddhas Blessings 12f1a S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    Charged with Buddha's Blessings

    Relics from an Ancient Stupa

    closes 31 May 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    The museum's smallest exhibit tells a fascinating story of discovery and legend. The exhibit features relics recovered during an 1898 archaeological excavation in Piprahwa, India. Piprahwa is a possible burial place of the Buddha's ashes and the relics contained in the stupa that was unearthed are believed by some to have been charged with blessings by their proximity to the life of the Buddha. Marvel at the ancient gems and dig deep into the story of their discovery.

  • Crossroads Cyprus B47fb0b S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Crossroads

    Cyprus as Ancient Crossroads

    closes 31 December 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Crossroads is an interesting experiment in curation. The Met uses physical intersections in the museum to showcase cultural intersections. Most of the interesting evolutions in creative culture are the result of the blending of disparate cultures at key locations and important times. The island of Cyprus is a perfect example of this phenomenon. See this, then explore the four other installations related to this.

  • Six Decades Collecting Self Taught Art F713d3d S, American Folk Art Museum
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    Six Decades Collecting Self-Taught Art

    closes 03 January 2021

    American Folk Art Museum

    Despite the tiny size of this single-wall exhibit, you could spend hours appreciating the variety and intricacy of the works on display. Housed in one large wall-mounted case are dozens of works drawn from the museum's vast collection. From paintings to sculptures to repurposed found objects, it is a stunning array of folk art styles and includes works by Henry Darger and Judith Scott. The exhibit will just make you wish the museum had more gallery space for its fascinating collection.

  • African Arts Global Conversations 50cac9eb S, Brooklyn Museum
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    African Arts-Global Conversations

    closes 15 November

    Brooklyn Museum

    The goal of this exhibition is to reconsider African Arts, traditionally treated as an isolated branch of cultural history, in a global and interconnected context. The exhibition is presented throughout the museum with introductory galleries near the entrance followed by nine small groupings of African Art installed for contrast throughout the museum's other departments.

  • Covid New York 2a0a S, International Center of Photography
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    COVID New York

    Five ICP Alumni

    closes 31 December

    International Center of Photography

    Similar to its open call for submissions around the globe in #ICPConcerned, the center also commissioned COVID-specific works from five New York-based photographers. Each photographer approached the project with a different lens, resulting in a collection of contemporary photographs ranging from street photography to image-text storytelling. This is one of the best COVID-based exhibitions in the city.

  • Marking Time 442dead S, Guggenheim Museum
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    Marking Time

    Process in Minimal Abstraction

    closes 14 March 2021

    Guggenheim Museum

    The counter-argument to the Guggenheim's exhibition The Fullness of Color is present in this sister exhibit, which celebrates chromatic minimalism in 1960s painting. Featuring works from a variety of artists, including Agnes Martin and Park Seo-Bo, this exhibition is primarily paintings and drawings. All are abstract and all are very, very minimalist.

  • Chinese Painting And Calligraphy Up Close 67a6951a S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Up Close

    closes 22 November

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    A significant part of the Asian Art wing at the Met is devoted to an up-close look at the ancient patterns and practices of Chinese calligraphy. Primarily drawn from the Met's own collection, the exhibit features macro-lens photographs highlighting instructive details of the works on display. Come discover the hidden insights revealed by a closer look at these masterworks.

  • Poetry And Patronage 0448b S, Morgan Library
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    Poetry and Patronage

    The Laubespine-Villeroy Library Rediscovered

    closes 16 May 2021

    Morgan Library

    The historical narrative behind this exhibition is more interesting than the collected works on display. Only recently have scholars become aware of the vast library collected by Claude III Laubespine, who, in sixteenth-century Burgandy, amassed one of the largest collections of ornamentally bound books. This exhibition reunites, for the first time in over 400 years, key examples from Laubespine's collection, which was scattered after his death at age 25.

  • Reclining Buddah, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Children to Immortals
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    Children to Immortals

    Figural Representations in Chinese Art

    closes 03 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    This long-running exhibition in the Met's Asian Art collection examines one of the most common subjects for artists from a uniquely Chinese point of view. Artists from nearly every culture represent the human form through any possible medium. But where most cultures focus on accurate representations, Chinese artists seek to capture a person's inner spirit (chuanshen).

  • From Mansion To Museum 06b8beeb S, Morris-Jumel Mansion
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    From Mansion to Museum

    closes 31 December

    Morris-Jumel Mansion

    This summer, the oldest surviving residence in Manhattan features and exhibit celebrating a unique period in its own fascinating history. Instead of looking in further detail at its role in colonial New York or the revolution, this exhibit looks at the fifteen-year transition from private historic residence to public preservation and museum. A perfect way to introduce yourself to the home if you have not yet visited.

  • Ridgewood Reservoir 5135fb S, Queens Museum
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    Ridgewood Reservoir for the 21st Century

    Community Partnership Exhibition

    closes 17 January 2021

    Queens Museum

    While not as famous as the legendary Panorama of the City of New York, the Queens Museum is home to another scale model built for the World's Fair. The 1939 Relief Map of the New York City Water Supply System in on the long-term view. This exhibition, hosted near the installation, explores the history and long-term fate of the Ridgewood Reservoir, which has supplied fresh water to Brooklynites since 1858.

  • Converence Of The Animals 6f S, Queens Museum
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    The Conference of the Animals

    Ulrike Muller and Amy Zion

    closes 17 January 2021

    Queens Museum

    The Queens Museum commissioned the Austrian artist Ulrike Muller to create a large scale mural for the museum's interior. Muller drew inspiration from Erich Kastner's children's book The Animal's Conference. Supplementing the mural is a charming collection of art produced by children, curated by Amy Zion, exploring children's impressions of world events and international diplomacy.

  • Christian Symbols, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis
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    Art and Peoples of the Kharga Oasis

    closes 23 May 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met makes clever use of the rough, unpolished space below the Grand Staircase by housing artifacts collected by the museum's own 1908 archaeological team. The site of the dig was the Kharga Oasis in southern Egypt, a stop on Egyptian and Roman trade routes and home to a healthy community of early-Christians. If you can find it, take a quick look.

  • Around Days End A39bbbec S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Around Day's End

    Downtown New York, 1970 - 1986

    closes 01 November

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The transformation of the waterfront of Lower Manhattan continues with the much-anticipated completion of a large-scale work of Public Art. Day's End, a site-specific sculpture by the artist David Hammons, will debut later in the fall along the Hudson River. In preparation, the Whitney Museum is hosting this small exhibition, combining design plans for the project with historical photographs of the neighborhood from the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibit provides an interesting tour through the lost art and faded culture of the Meatpacking District.

  • Colonists Citizens Constitutions 1b2f S, New-York Historical Society
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    Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions

    Creating the American Republic

    closes 07 February 2021

    New-York Historical Society

    There is a clear message coming out of the New-York Historical Society this season. With a new installation revisiting the accomplishments of American Presidents supplemented by a look at the important role of the census in the evolving republic, the foundations of the American government are in the spotlight. Crowning this pattern is this new exhibit that showcases original founding documents from Federal and State governments placed carefully in their historical context.

  • Composition For Idlewild Airport 77ccb S, Noguchi Museum
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    Composition for Idlewild Airport

    closes 30 May 2021

    Noguchi Museum

    Idlewild Airport (now known as JFK) invited contemporary artists from across America to submit designs for a monumental sculpture as part of the construction of a new International Arrivals Building in 1956. Isamu Noguchi submitted a proposal for a large column. While not selected, the proposed artwork is impressive, as cataloged in this fascinating exhibit.

  • 60a77aaa S, Austrian Cultural Forum New York
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    Spaces of No Control

    closes 10 January 2021

    Austrian Cultural Forum New York

    The Austrian Cultural Forum reopens with this diverse examination of the uses of urban public space across the globe. The show includes videos, experimental paintings, short films, a documentary, and photographs. Seven artists contributed to this exhibition, including Taryn Simon, Francis Ruyter, and Kay Walkowiak. Be sure to stop by the documentary about the destruction by Austrian neo-Nazis of an installation by Hans Haacke in 1988.

  • Stanley D Scott 649e43f S, Grolier Club
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    Highlights from the Stanley D. Scott Gift

    closes 31 October

    Grolier Club

    The Club's second-floor exhibition space is dedicated to the sizable book and manuscript collection recently donated to the library by Stanley D. Scott. Scott's collection is rich and diverse, with both rare copies of popular titles and lesser-known examples of binding arts. The highlight of the collection is an impressive copy of Washington Irving's The Alhambra

  • Art On The Stoop 2f6e4d8b S, Brooklyn Museum
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    Art on the Stoop

    Sunset Screenings

    closes 08 November

    Brooklyn Museum

    Through November 8, the Brooklyn Museum transforms its vast outdoor space into an open-air screening room. During the two hour program that begins at 6 pm, the museum will screen video artworks from the collection, including works by Wangechi Mutu, Nari Ward, and Lorrain O'Grady. The program changes October 14, so plan on visiting at least twice.

  • Anniversary Highlights 13c85e7e S, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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    Anniversary Highlights

    Selections from Drawings and Prints

    closes 18 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met's celebration of its historic 150th anniversary continues with this variety of selections from the museum's vast collection of drawings and prints. For this exhibition, the museum has drawn on the superstars of its collection: Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, and Leonardo Da Vinci. This is the most efficient and accessible tour through the history of Western art available in the city.

  • Away From The Easel 101c29b S, Guggenheim Museum
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    Away from the Easel

    Jackson Pollock's Mural

    closes 19 September 2021

    Guggenheim Museum

    Peggy Guggenheim was an early patron of Jackson Pollock. Even before his first solo exhibition, she commissioned the now-legendary artist to produce something for the entrance hall of her large Manhattan home. The result was 1943's Mural which has recently been restored by the J. Paul Getty Museum and is the centerpiece of this single-work exhibition. The piece has not been on display in the city in over twenty years.

  • Gateway To Himalayan Art 0beccb3b S, Rubin Museum of Art
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    The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room

    closes 27 September 2021

    Rubin Museum of Art

    This semi-permanent exhibition is the highlight of the Rubin. The Shrine room is a detailed representation of a private shrine in the household of devoted practitioners. Filled with elaborate scroll paintings, traditional objects, ritualistic instruments, and (simulated) candles, the installation invites users to experience the serenity of a place dedicated to personal mediation and quiet contemplation.

  • Treasures From The Vault February 00733ea S, Morgan Library
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    Treasures from the Vault

    closes 14 February 2021

    Morgan Library

    This season's rotation from the Morgan Library's vast holdings include manuscripts from Mozart and Wagner compositions, an original quatro of King Lear, and a manuscript from Edgar Allan Poe. Set in one of the city's great interior spaces, surrounded by J.P. Morgan's floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, remember that these impressive selections represent just a sliver of the library's collections.

  • Willamette Meteorite, American Museum of Natural History, Hall of the Universe
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    Worlds Beyond Earth

    closes 31 December 2021

    American Museum of Natural History

    For the first time in over six years, a new film is showing at the Hayden Planetarium. Replacing Neil deGrasse Tyson's Dark Universe is World's Beyond Earth, which explores the significant differences between the planets in our solar system. The 25-minute film screens every half hour throughout the day, though timed tickets (at an additional fee) are required.

  • Order And Ornament 876903f S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Order and Ornament

    Roy Lichtenstein's Entablatures

    closes 16 November

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The ever-popular Roy Lichtenstein returns to the Whitney in this small exhibition focused not on his usual cartoon-based pop art, but rather his interest in classical architecture. During the 1970s, Lichtenstein produced two series of paintings entitle Entabltures. This exhibit contains sketches, drawings, and other preparatory materials used by the artist to prepare for the final works. It is a revealing look at the artistic process of one of America's favorite creatives.

  • Randa Maroufi Screen Series 4d1400b S, New Museum
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    Randa Maroufi

    Screen Series

    closes 08 November

    New Museum

    The latest in the New Museum's Screen Series features work by the Moroccan artist Randa Maroufi. The artist's short films explore the "banality and absurdity of daily life." Of particular note is her short film BAB SEBTA, which is a reconstruction of the commercial activity on the Morrocan border, complete with multi-lingual voiceovers.

  • Point Quilt, New York Historical Society, Collecting the Womens Marches
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    Women March

    closes 24 January 2021

    New-York Historical Society

    Since the historic Women's March in 2017 broke records for single-day protests in the United States and around the world, the historical society has featured some small collection of artifacts from the long history of the movement for women's rights. This summer exhibit combines all these efforts into one exhibit, tracing the history of the movement from early suffragettes through to modern activists. Important, timely, and relevant.

  • Cauleen Smith 2675f4f S, Whitney Museum of American Art
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    Cauleen Smith

    Mutualities

    closes 31 January 2021

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Contemporary filmmaker Cauleen Smith receives her first solo exhibition at the Whitney this season. Two films, Sojourner and Pilgrim screen at the center of the exhibition, which also features selected drawings (Firespitters). The films are generally experimental, exploring spiritual and cultural sites significant to key Black women writers. This solo show follows her impressive installation at the Whitney's 2017 Biennial.

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    Faberge

    From the Gray Foundation Colection

    closes 03 November 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Matilda Geddings Grey's collection of Faberge has been on display at the Met since 2011, seemingly an ever-present part of the museum's collection. However, the long-term loan is coming to an end, scheduled to close at the end of November 2021. You still have plenty of time to see this unique collection, which includes three of the famed 50 Imperial Easter Eggs commissioned by the Romanov family in 1885.

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    Fear and Force

    New York City's Sons of Liberty

    closes 04 July 2021

    Fraunces Tavern Museum

    This long-running exhibition takes a detailed look at the Sons of Liberty in New York City. The revolutionary organization was responsible for some of the most dramatic acts of rebellion in the years leading up to the American Revolution, including a tea party in New York's harbor and the removal of a statue of King George. The exhibit features objects related to these events.

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    P.S. Art 2020

    Celebrating the Creative Spirit of New York City Kids

    closes 14 February 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met continues its annual tradition of hosting work by New York City public school students. This 2020 exhibition features the work of over 120 students from across ages and boroughs. Submissions are judged by the Department of Education and later juried by museum staff and other members of the city's art community. Take some time to explore the range of talent on display in the same building as the great masters.

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    The People Count

    The Census & the Making of America

    closes 08 November

    New-York Historical Society

    2020 marks another census year and the society is taking the opportunity to look back at the critical role this constitutionally mandated process has played through the history of the United States. The exhibit is text-heavy, collecting texts, manuscripts, and books dating back to the very first census in 1790. Highlights include an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the first Census of American Indians conducted in 1894.

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    Sharon Hayes

    I March in the Parade

    closes 30 November

    New Museum

    The New Museum celebrates its reopening with a renewal of one of its original commissioned exhibitions. As part of the opening of the New Museum at its current Bowery location in 2007, the museum commissioned multi-media and performance artist Sharon Hayes. While the original work took place as a series of public performances, this exhibition presents recordings of the 2007 performances.

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    Sublime on the Small Scale

    closes 12 September 2021

    Morgan Library

    This small exhibit is made up of paintings gifted to the Morgan by Eugene V. Thaw. The collection highlights the striking beauty of small-scale landscapes painted by great European artists. Unlike the large-scale works commonly associate with sublimity, these smaller works were often produced outside, with the actual subject in view. It is an impressive collection of underappreciated works.

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    It's Yours

    Jose Parla

    closes 10 January 2021

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    Jose Parla's first solo museum exhibit is appropriately hosted at the Bronx Museum. Though born in Miami, Parla's first moved to the Bronx when relocating to New York City. His abstract paintings made of multiple layers of paint recall the large murals he painted in Miami under the name "Ease." This is a beautiful collection of work perfectly harmonious with the goals of the Bronx Museum.

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    Navy Cakes

    A Slice of History

    closes 31 October

    Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

    At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Kamikaze installation, this charming exhibit explores the long naval tradition of baking cakes on board. What may sound simple is here shown to be a complex logistical feat: combining hundreds of pounds of ingredients in limited space aboard a moving vessel in order to feed an entire crew. Possibly the only current exhibit in New York that provides recipes.

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    Flag Series: Esvin Alarcon Lam

    Amarica: Todas Invertidas

    closes 20 November

    Americas Society Visual Arts Gallery

    The inaugural show in the new Flag Series at the America's Society installs the gallery's first outdoor exhibit. Lining 68th street near the gallery are examples of every national flag of Latin American and Caribbean countries. The invertida comes from the pink wash applied by the Guatemalan artist Esvin Alarcon Lam. It is an interesting contrast and commentary, both on Latin American unity and LGBTQ+ activism.

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    Kamikaze

    Beyond the Fire

    closes 31 December

    Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

    During its World War II service the USS Intrepid was repeatedly attacked by kamikaze pilots. 88 crew members died in these attacks. This exhibition looks at this unique form of warfare with interviews from both sides of the conflict, together with a multimedia installation looking at a particularly deadly attack on November 25, 1944.

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    Tyler Mitchell

    I Can Make You Feel Good

    closes 31 December

    International Center of Photography

    The Brooklyn-based photographer Tyler Mitchell has logged remarkable achievements in his short career. While he has reached early heights of success, photographing celebrities and landing the cover of Vogue, he continues to photograph daily experiences in his neighborhood. This solo exhibition at ICP documents Mitchell's exploration of what he calls a "visualiz[ation of] what a Block utopia looks like." Enjoy his "clothesline" installation, or lay back (literally) and watch one of his short films.

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    Kyoto

    Capital of Artistic Imagination

    closes 31 January 2021

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Japanese city of Kyoto was the political and cultural center of Japan until the 19th century. Spurned by the patronage of the political and economic elite of classical Japan, artists of the Golden Age produced some of the most beautiful pieces of work to come out of the country. This exhibit revisits Kyoto as a seat of power, highlighting the masterpieces produced in the vibrant metropolis.

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    Aljoscha

    The Miraculous Draught

    closes 15 May 2021

    Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    One of the most remarkable site-specific installations this season is at New York City's largest cathedral. Soaring through St. John the Divine's cavernous nave are over 100 translucent sculptures by the artist Alijoscha. It should be viewed from all angles, particularly with the cathedral's famed rose window as a backdrop. There have been few better pairings of a sculpture to a site in recent memory. Do not miss this rare installation.

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