Must See Exhibitions in New York

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Museums in New York have started to reopen this past week! Some of the main ones, such as the Metropolitan, the MoMA and the Whitney, already have a delicious exhibition schedule for those who are in the city in this and the coming weeks to be able to enjoy! It is important to pay attention to all security measures to prevent contagion by the new coronavirus. Each space has its specificities for this, but the use of a mask and minimum distancing is a basic requirement in all of them!

Of the main museums in the city, the Guggenheim, the New Museum and the Museo del Barrio will only open from the second week of September, but they have already started selling tickets with scheduled times! We separate for you some of the main exhibitions that are happening around the city right now or that start in the coming weeks, both in museums and in galleries! 

work of jacob lawrence

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met reopens this Saturday and will open its doors with a series of exhibitions that you cannot miss! The museum, which has been closed since March 13, opens with Making The Met, 1870–2020, an exhibition celebrating the institution's 150th anniversary! It proposes an immersion of the visitor in the history of the Met. 
Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle recovers the American modernist, taking to the museum a little-known and wonderful series of canvases by the artist! In the institution's garden, the impressive work Lattice Detour by Hector Zamora, a public work that can be seen from Central Park and Manhattan!

Hector Zamora, Lattice Detour


The Museum of Modern Art in New York has reopened on August 27th! In addition to the artist retrospective david judd which had to be interrupted due to the pandemic, the museum presents an exhibition in honor of Felix Feneon, who was a French art dealer, critic and collector. He was a very important figure in the development of the modernist movement. This exhibition is part of a series of tributes to him, which also have tributes organized by the Musées d'Orsay and the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, both in Paris.


Opening only next week, on September 3, the Whitney Museum resumes the exhibitions that were paused because of the pandemic: a selection of works on paper by the artist Roy Lichtenstein and an artist retrospective Agnes Pelton, which is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum. It is also essential to highlight the american life, a collective of Mexican muralists who revolutionized art made in the USA, with José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Works by Roy Lichtenstein 

Bronx Museum

Opening to the public on September 9th, the Bronx Museum will have a solo show by the multidisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers! The exhibition will be very robust, with more than 60 works by the artist based on quilts. It is a collaboration between the museum and the Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought in New Orleans! 

Artwork by Sanford Biggers


(Nothing but) Flowers is a collective that marked the reopening of the gallery on July 30th. It is on display until September 13th and brings together more than 50 artists. She seeks to enter the universe of representations and meanings of flowers. The works that are part of the exhibition are creations of friends and collaborators of the space. The text that accompanies the exhibition highlights: “Between activism for racial justice, sudden isolation and systemic inequalities thrown into sharp relief by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City has undergone a new restructuring, and the uncertain path towards to a final point it was plunged into continual questioning. In this difficult time of respite, many of us have turned to cultural experiences to find shared comfort, community, and growth.” 

Reggie Burrows Hodges, Last to Leave

Lehmann Maupin

The vast majority of the city's galleries have been open since July, when the governor of the state of NY allowed a return to activities! From the 6th of July, Lehmann Maupin presents an individual of Catherine Opie, entitled Rhetorical Landscapes. It is a compilation of selected works by the artist, one of the most important photographers of her generation. 

photo of Catherine Opie

Alexander Gray Associates

There's a Brazilian on the move at the press conference that Alexander Gray Associates opens on September 11th. The artist Valeska Soares is with Luis Camnitzer, Jennie C. Jones, Hassan Sharif and Jack Whitten in Between the Lines! The show unfolds in the collection of recent and historic sculptures and works on paper by these artists. 

Work by Valeska Soares 

David Zwirner 

On September 10th, the Belgian artist Harold Ancart wins an individual at David Zwirner. traveling light will feature a set of paintings depicting trees and are part of a new series by the artist, as well as two canvases on a monumental scale with several panels, which place the public between a mountain landscape and a landscape overlooking the sea.

work of Harold Ancart
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