10 Must-See NYC Art Exhibits
Starring everyone from Bjork to Bacall
How about that...the days are longer. The sun is shining. And suddenly you feel the urge to emerge from that mound of blankets to do something social.
Perfect timing, because some awesome art and history are popping up.
Here are ten NYC exhibits to see this spring.
"Sinatra: An American Icon" at the NYPL for the Performing Arts
Hoboken-born Ol’ Blue Eyes would have been 100 this year, so the New York Public Library location in Lincoln Center is paying its respects by showcasing his clothing, 11 Grammys and other personal items from sheet music and family photos to his artwork. (Through September 4)
"Lauren Bacall: The Look" at the Museum at F.I.T.
Sensing a theme this season? But this retrospective is super specific: a study on Lauren Bacall purely as a style icon. Between 1968 and 1986, she donated more than 700 pieces of clothing to the fashion school, and for this exhibit, it chose the 12 best from the ’60s and ’70s. (Through April 4)
"Richard Estes: Painting New York City" at the Museum of Arts and Design
OK, now to some traditional art. Get ready to ogle paintings of our stomping grounds so precise, they could almost pass as photographs. (Through September 20)
"Hip-Hop Revolution" at the Museum of the City of New York
Revisit the birth of hip-hop, documented in more than 80 historical photos from New Yorkers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper. (April 1 through September 15)
"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" at Brooklyn Museum
Then down in Prospect Heights, step inside the brain of Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. You’ll be able to view everything from large-scale works to some 160 pages from his personal notebooks, featuring sketches, poetry and diary entries. (April 3 through August 23)
"America Is Hard to See" at the Whitney
Mark your calendars: The Whitney opens the doors to its new downtown home on May 1. The inaugural exhibit will be a massive selection of works (about 650 pieces from 400 artists) from its permanent collection, including many that have never been shown in public.
"China: Through the Looking Glass" at the Met
Who else is counting the days til the Met Ball? This year’s gala and corresponding exhibit will focus on China’s influence on global style. (May 7 to August 16)
"Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" at the New York Botanical Garden
After you’ve studied China and fashion, shift your focus to Mexico and nature. The Bronx institution has a huge exhibit planned to showcase Frida Kahlo’s art and recreate her personal garden, from which she drew inspiration. (May 16 through November 1)