What's Happening at Our Museums?

Posted January 28, 2021

We know what you need! A quick jaunt to the city to boost your spirits and get a much-needed culture fix. Have no fear: Our museums are open and frankly, now is the best time to visit them...they're practically empty! Here's a taste of current exhibitions you can catch:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pictures Revisited
A deep dive into The Met's rich collection of contemporary photography, this exhibition access the legacy of visual appropriation at the Met and beyond. Images are snipped from magazines, staged or copied outright from other artworks. (Through May 9th)

Arte del mar: Artistic Exchange in the Caribbean
Arte del mar ("art of/from the sea") explores the artistic exchange around the rim of the Caribbean Sea before the sixteen century between the Taino civilizations of the Antilles archipelago and their powerful peers on the continental mainland. The works celebrate the region's ancestral traditions and a twentieth-century painting by an Afro-Caribbean artist explores their enduring legacy. (Through June 27th)


Marking Time: Art in the Age of Incarceration
This exhibition explores the works of artists within US prisons and the centrality of incarceration to contemporary art and culture. Thirty-five artists are represented (both incarcerated and non-incarcerated) and the exhibition has been updated to reflect the growing COVID crisis in the prisons, featuring new works made in response to the ongoing emergency. (Through April 4th)

This Longing Vessel: Studio Museum, Artists in Residence 2019-2020
This exhibition features works from the Studio Museum's foundational residency program. E. Jane, Naudline Pierre and Elliot Reed are the three young artists, whose work span new media, performance and painting. (Through March 14th)

The Guggenheim

This focused exhibition is dedicated to Jackson’s Pollock’s Mural, a work that has not been on view in New York in more than 20 years. Pollock created this piece--his largest ever--in 1943, and it represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of his artistic style. (Through September 21st)

The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting
In the 1960s a group of avant-garde painters began to push abstraction in new directions. This exhibition charts the courses of several of them, like Helen Frankenthaler, who applied thinned acrylic washes to the unprimed cotton canvas, richly saturating it like a dye or Morris Louis, who methodically poured, soaked or sprayed paint onto canvases. (Through March 14th)

The Whitney

Nothing Is So Humble: Prints from Everyday Objects
This show looks at the creative and irreverent ways that seven artists--Ruth Asawa, Sari Dienes, Pati Hill, Kahlil Robert Irving, Virginia Overton, Julia Phillips, and Zarina—have employed everyday objects around them to make prints...recognizing the aesthetic possibilities in the most mundane things. Think banana skins, styrofoam and lint can't make great art? Think again. (Ends in the Spring)

Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Worskshop
This is an exhibition that chronicles the formative years of the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of black photographers established in New York City in 1964. In the early years, at a time of dramatic social upheaval, members met regularly to show and discuss each other's work and to share their critical perspectives, technical and professional experiences and friendship. Their work depicts their communities as they saw and participated in them, rather than as they were often portrayed. (Through March 28th)

Image via Pom'/Flickr