In the sweltering heat of an NYC summer, spacious, quiet, and air-conditioned museums are little slices of heaven. Let your imagination run wild and your body cool down in these exceptional exhibitions, located in some of NYC’s most prestigious institutions, opening this July!
Bruce Conner: It’s All True
MoMA will be presenting one of the first ever complete retrospectives of Bruce Connors’ work this summer. The post-war California native is well known for his contemporary pieces. However this is the first time in 16 years that a museum has showcased his work. Connors’ works are dynamic and multifaceted, as the artist was skilled in many mediums. The show will include a range of Connors’ more well-known pieces as well as some of his lesser-known works, in avant-garde film, and performance art.
The exhibit will open July 3rd.
MoMA, 11 West 53rd St
The Frick Museum
Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France
The Frick will be presenting a unique exhibition of works by famed French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau. Best known for his romantic paintings of aristocrats, the exhibition will feature his lesser known, earlier works of military scenes. Watteau’s earlier work presents a very different view from his romanticized later work. Painted during one of the darkest points in French history, the War of the Spanish Succession, one can see an entirely different side of Watteau.
The exhibit will open July 12th
The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St
Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History
The Brooklyn Museum will be one of the first museums to open up an exhibition exclusively on the art of sports photography. With pieces dating all the way back to 1843, and more than 200 photographs on display, the exhibit will certainly be a unique walk (or run!) through the history of sports and photography.
The exhibit will open July 15th
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Masterworks of the Neue Galerie
Celebrating 15 years of the Museum’s founding, the Neue Galerie will be exhibiting its masterpieces this summer. The Museum specializes in German and Austrian art and is perhaps most known for its involvement in the “Woman in Gold” affair. Filled with works from Beckmann, Bauhouse, Gerstl, the Neue Galerie has an impressive collection of work for a private institution.
The exhibition will open July 14th
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue
The New Museum
The New Museum will be dedicating their exhibition space this summer to the art of preserving objects and the psychology behind it. The exhibition will examine why people feel the need to save both sentimental and valueless pieces, with a variety of different artist’s studies and will emphasize the power of imagery and icons in a person’s life.
The exhibition will open July 20th
The New Museum, 235 Bowery