Year-round art lovers need no excuse to chase the season’s most anticipated exhibitions. With acclaimed museums and galleries around every corner, New York is the ultimate destination for every art and design aficionado. But even the less artistically inclined traveler will be delighted to escape the city heat with a visit to one of the air-conditioned rooms of these sought-after summer exhibitions and installations.
Love a contradiction? What about a contradiction presented entirely in neon? As visitors approach Shrigley’s newest exhibit at the Anton Kern Gallery, they are first greeted by a two-part neon sign carrying the instructions: “WEAR SHOES” and “DO NOT WEAR SHOES.” Further inside, another sign marks the entrance of FLUFF WAR, British artist David Shrigley’s exhibit including one large-scale kinetic sculpture, two neon sculptures, and 100 new drawings. The tone of the exhibit remains consistent with the artist’s use of image and text to deliver comically and ironically deadpan messages that hit the mark on philosophical, ethical, and political levels.
Art nerds prepare yourself: renowned author and sculptor Edmund De Waal has been given free reign over the permanent collection at The Frick. Known for his installations of exquisitely minimalist porcelain ceramics, De Waal has been asked to create sculptural pieces to accompany some of the museum’s holdings of Old Master paintings and antiques. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to see contemporary work alongside 18th and 17th century masterpieces.
Head across the Brooklyn Bridge to see the new multimedia exhibit at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. A Thousand Plateaus is an eclectic group exhibition curated by Hank Willis Thomas with Daphne Takahashi, featuring new works by artists Chris Berntsen, Camille Hoffman, Kambui Olujimi, and Patrice Renee Washington. See the concept of “assemblage” come to artistic life with inventive found materials like painting tarps, tile, art shipping boxes, moving blankets, table cloths, 19th century illustrated travels almanacs, frames, taco bell bags, bathing suits and more.
With the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots looming this year, the New York Public Library is commemorating the important milestone with a new exhibition about the pivotal point in LGBTQ history. Visit the midtown branch before July 13th to learn more about the moments, people and uprisings that changed the course of the history of Gay Liberation. Don’t forget to explore the library’s diverse archives including photographs, ephemera, periodicals and more.
Granted, Alicja Kwade’s rooftop garden installation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art won’t provide the air-conditioned comfort of an indoor exhibition, but the temporal sculptures and stellar rooftop views will more than make it worth your while. The rooftop installation comprises of two steel and stone sculptures that mimic our solar system, and is the first American solo exhibition for Polish-born, Berlin-based artist Kwade. To create the planet-like sculptures, Kwade sourced stones from all over the world, including India, Finland, Italy, and China. According to the artist, the installation is an exploration of time and space and an experiment at mending planet earth back together with a cohesive collection of diverse materials sourced from across the world.