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ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Through January 07, 2015
The first large-scale historical survey in the United States dedicated to the German artist group Zero (1957-1966) and ZERO, an international network of artists that shared the group's aspiration to redefine and transform art in the aftermath of World War II. Featuring more than 30 artists from 9 countries, the exhibition will highlight the points of intersection, exchange, and collaboration that defined these artists' shared history. (read the story...)

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry - Metropolitan Museum of Art Through January 11, 2015
The first major monographic exhibition devoted to the great 16th-century Netherlandish artist explores the artist's career and reunites many of the finest surviving drawings, panel paintings, and cartoon fragments from his hand with 19 of the spectacular Renaissance tapestries that were made to his designs. (read the story...)

Beyond the Classical: Imagining the Ideal Across Time - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts Through January 11, 2015
This exhibit demonstrates the ways in which classicism has been understood and expressed by artists for centuries, and the ways in which our response to classicism and classical subjects still resonates in the cultural dialogue and inspires art being produced today. (read the story...)

Mac Conner: A New York Life - Museum of the City of New York Through January 11, 2015
The New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men." Illustrator McCauley ("Mac") Conner (b. 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father's general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city's publishing industry. As the first exhibition of his work, Mac Conner: A New York Life presents more than 100 vintage sketches, original tear sheets, and hand-painted illustrations created for advertising campaigns and women's magazines like Redbook and McCall's. With overt references to gender, sexuality, and fashion, Connor's work demonstrates how commercial artists helped to redefine American style, culture, and identity during the boom years following World War II. (read the story...)

A Certain Slant of Light: Spencer Finch - Morgan Library & Museum Through January 11, 2015
American artist Spencer Finch (b. 1962) unveils a new, site-specific, large-scale installation inspired by the Morgan's great collection of medieval Books of Hours - beautiful, hand-painted works that served as personal prayer books for different times of the day and different periods of the year. Taking advantage of the Morgan's four-story, glass-enclosed Gilbert Court, Finch will apply films of color to the windows and hang additional glass panes in the center of the Court to create a kind of calendar based on the movement of the sun. (read the story...)

Garden of Unearthly Delights - Japan Society Through January 11, 2015
A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to be encountered in this exhibition. The featured artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001) are today's takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp. Their creative imaginations travel through time, finding inspiration in a range of styles; from medieval Buddhist paintings to contemporary anime and manga. Come stroll through their fantastical visions. (read the story...)

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Through January 18, 2015
The first large-scale survey of Robert Gober's career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Early in his career he made deceptively simple sculptures of everyday objects - beginning with sinks before moving on to domestic furniture such as playpens, beds, and doors. In the 1990s, his practice evolved from single works to theatrical room-sized environments. (read the story...)

Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment - Skyscraper Museum Through January 18, 2015
Are you too young to remember New York thirty years ago? Then time travel to experience Times Square in the 1980s at The Skyscraper Museum's new exhibition. Or perhaps are you of an age that remembers 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues when even Rolling Stone Magazine called it "the sleaziest block in America"? Then revisit your youth and the wonderful world of urban design and architectural discourse c. 1984! (read the story...)

The Untamed Landscape: Theodore Rousseau and the Path to Barbizon - Morgan Library & Museum Through January 18, 2015
Comprising 70 works from private and public collections, this exhibition considers Rousseau's wide-ranging achievements as a draftsman and his particular approach to the open-air oil sketch. (read the story...)

Chuck Jones Matinees - Museum of the Moving Image Through January 19, 2015
To accompany the new exhibition What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, the Museum will present matinees of films directed by Jones, many presented in archival prints from The Academy Film Archive and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. (read the story...)

Egon Schiele: Portraits - Neue Galerie Through January 19, 2015
A major exhibition devoted to portraits created by Austrian artist Egon Schiele, whose work is central to the mission of the museum. The Neue Galerie holds the finest collection of paintings and drawings by Schiele in the United States. (read the story...)

Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil - Morgan Library & Museum Through January 25, 2015
Showcasing Cy Twombly's monumental painting "Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)," executed in Rome in 1970, and its related drawings, all from the Menil Collection in Houston. (read the story...)

Dani Gal's Wie Aus Der Ferne (As From Afar) - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
The U.S. premiere of Israeli artist Dani Gal's short film. Co-produced by the Jewish Museum, Gal's new video work examines the relationship between Simon Wiesenthal, an architect and Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to hunting Nazi criminals, and Albert Speer, Hitler's chief architect and close confidant. Speer initiated a correspondence with Wiesenthal in 1975 in an effort to accept responsibility for his war crimes. (read the story...)

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian American Quilt - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
Showcasing a colorful patchwork quilt bearing Eastern European and American imagery, Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian American Quilt continues a series of exhibitions focused on individual works in the Jewish Museum's world-renowned collection. (read the story...)

From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 - The Jewish Museum Through February 01, 2015
A revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, a woman and an African American man, each experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Their work similarly brims with gesture, image, and incident, yet was often overlooked by critics in their time. (read the story...)

Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India - Rubin Museum of Art Through February 02, 2015
The first museum exhibition devoted to the Indian influences in Clemente's work and how they relate to the artistic practices and traditions of various regions in India features approximately 20 works, including paintings from the last 30 years, and four new, larger than life-size sculptures created especially for the exhibition. In contrast to leading conceptual art practices of the 1970s, Clemente refocused attention on representation, narrative, and the figure, and explored traditional, artisanal materials and modes of working. (read the story...)

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Through February 08, 2015
A groundbreaking reassessment of this important body of work. The largest and most extensive presentation of the cut-outs ever mounted, the exhibition includes approximately 100 cut-outs - borrowed from public and private collections around the globe - along with a selection of related drawings, prints, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961. (read the story...)

The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society - New-York Historical Society Through February 08, 2015
Salon Style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the nineteenth century Salon Style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles. (read the story...)

What Would Mrs. Webb Do? A Founder's Vision - Museum of Arts & Design Through February 08, 2015
MAD celebrates the enduring legacy of its founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, with an exhibition highlighting Webb's advocacy and dedication to skilled makers across America, and featuring objects drawn largely from the Museum's permanent collection. (read the story...)

Five Boroughs: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao - Museum of the City of New York Through February 15, 2015
A portrait of New York as seen through more than 40 large-scale panoramic photographs of the city's urban landscape. Five Boroughs: Photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao features more than 40 works by this Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at age 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical - complex, hyper-real views that no single shot - or the eye - could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway. (read the story...)

Assembled Realities: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York - Museum of the City of New York Through February 15, 2015
A portrait of New York as seen through more than 40 large-scale panoramic photographs of the city's urban landscape by the Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at age 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical - complex, hyper-real views that no single shot - or the eye - could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway. (read the story...)

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe - Brooklyn Museum Through February 15, 2015
Killer Heels explores fashion's most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of 16th-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today's runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe's rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. (read the story...)

Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art Through February 16, 2015
The most important exhibition of the essential Cubists - Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887-1927), Fernand Leger (French, 1881-1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) - in more than 30 years. (read the story...)

Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Jewish American Quilt - The Jewish Museum Through February 21, 2015
This exhibition showcases a colorful patchwork quilt bearing Eastern European and American imagery. A wonderful testimony to the acculturation process undergone by newly arrived Jewish immigrants, the quilt was originally owned by a Russian Jewish family that likely arrived in America during the late 19th century. Curated by Claudia Nahson, Morris & Eva Feld Curator. (read the story...)

A Collection of Ideas - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Through February 28, 2015
Museums are defined by their collections, each with a unique point of view that is carefully shaped by curators, who remain mindful of historical precedents as they look ahead to future developments. At the time of The Museum of Modern Art's founding, in 1929, the terms "modern" and "contemporary" coincided effortlessly. Since then, MoMA curators have sought to distill a timeless ideal of visual presence and meaning from different circumstances, all the while revising and reconsidering the initial paradigms of modern art. In the Department of Architecture and Design, the result of this collective, at times subjective, effort is not just a catalog of objects, but is rather a collection of ideas supported by objects. Several of the ideas and themes developed in the past are still actively discussed, but contemporary curators also regularly identify new concepts worth exploring and representing in the collection. This installation focuses on works designed during the last few decades that have been acquired by the Museum not only because they met aesthetic and functional standards that are worthy of our collection, but also because they introduce new categories of investigation and new design forms. The galleries feature clusters of acquisitions that tackle, for instance, the relationship between design and violence; new expressions of organic design in response to environmental and societal disruptions; and the increasing importance of interaction design, as seen in 13 video games new to the collection. (read the story...)


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