As summer rapidly approaches the city of New York, we’re finding innovative ways to experience the arts and culture programs of the city sans heat. This is why we’ve put together a list of five must-see museum exhibitions in New York City this month. The following exhibitions are open all summer long, you have plenty of time to cool down, see cool art and feel cooler for doing so.
The first Monday in May has come and gone; the exhibition featured by the infamous Met Ball, however, remains. “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between“ explores the influential work of fashion designer Rei Kawakubo. Approximately 140 designs from Kawakubo’s womenswear for Comme des Garçons are featured in the show, some dating back to the early 1980’s. The underlying theme of the exhibition explores the notion of “in-betweenness”; Kawakubo experiments with dualism in fashion by presenting objects into complementary and contradictory pairs. For example, objects are organized by absence/presence and fashion/anti-fashion. “Rei Kawakubo/ Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between“ is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 4th. To purchase your ticket for admission to The Met, click here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 Fifth Avenue; 212-535-7710
“Carol Rama: Antibodies“ presents viewers with the first, and largest, New York survey of Carol Rama’s work at the New Museum. The exhibition offers visitors the chance to view over one hundred objects, paintings and works on paper from the early to late stages of Rama’s career as a self-taught artist. The presentation of such objects grants viewers a unique chance to examine Rama’s fascination with the representation of the body and concepts surrounding the ideas of liberation, desire and repression. “Carol Rama: Antibodies” is on view at the New Museum until September 10th. To purchase your ticket for admission, click here.
New Museum: 235 Bowery; 212-219-7710
“Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends“ presents viewers with the first 21st-century retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg. Visitors can look forward to viewing six decades of the artist’s work; most frequently recognized for his contributions to Abstract Expressionism, Rauschenberg challenged the traditional approach to art by incorporating everyday materials and alternative mediums into his practice. “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends” opens on May 21st at the Museum of Modern Art. To purchase your ticket for admission, click here.
Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53 Street; 212-708-9400
“We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85 “ focuses on the art produced by black female artists in the late 20th-century. The exhibition presents viewers with an insight into the experience of women of color during second-wave feminism in the United States; the social, cultural and political issues presented as such are distinct as they reorient the discourse of race and feminism in art production. The artists participating in this exhibition explore a diverse range of mediums; visitors can expect to see a wide array of work from performance art and photography to video art and sculpture. “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” is on view at the Brooklyn Museum until September 17th. To view ticket prices for admission, click here.
Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway; 718-638-5000