The summer season has come to a close, but new shows are opening in New York museums, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Arts and Design. Viewers can check out retrospectives to see earlier work of established artists, or check out new, innovative artists working today in shows highlighting visual dialogues, immersive environments, postwar art, feminist prints and sound as a medium.

Met Fifth Avenue: “Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists”

June 27 through December 17, 2017

Met Fifth Avenue will present “Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists,” a group show of artists partnered to engage in a visual dialogue using only their phones.

For the exhibition, 12 artists each invited another artist to communicate with them solely via images and brief videos. Between November 2016 and April 2017, the artists participated in the pictorial exchanges, engaging in a visual conversation on such topics as political resistance, painting and pregnancy. The exhibition shows how the camera, once used to preserve moments in time, can now document everyday reality with unprecedented intimacy.

The artists paired for the exhibition were: Manjari Sharma and Irina Rozovsky; William Wegman and Tony Oursler; Cynthia Daignault and Daniel Heidkamp; Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner; Sanford Biggers and Shawn Peters; Cao Fei and Wu Zhang; Teju Cole and Laura Poitras; Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Nontsikelelo Mutiti; Nina Katchadourian and Lenka Clayton; Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman; Ahmet Ögüt and Alexandra Pirici; and Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz.

The Met Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028.

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Whitney Museum: “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium”

July 14 through October 1, 2017

The Whitney Museum presents “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium,” the first full-scale retrospective in the U.S. of the late Brazilian artist’s work in two decades.

Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980), who worked with sculpture, architectural installations, writing, film and large-scale immersive environments, created art that transformed the viewer from a spectator into an active participant. The exhibition includes his large-scale installations, such as Tropicalia and Eden, and also examines the artist’s involvement with music, literature and politics. Focusing on Oiticica’s time spent in New York City during the 1970s, the exhibition will showcase the excitement, complexity and activist nature of his work.

The Whitney Museum is located at 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014.

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"Tropicália" by Hélio Oiticica, 1966–67. Plants, sand, birds, and poems by Roberta Camila Salgado. César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Rio de Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro. Image courtesy Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photograph by Bryan Conley.


Brooklyn Museum: “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo”

September 8, 2017 through January 7, 2018

Brooklyn Museum is bringing together three artists who chronicled the world around them in the exhibition “Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo.”

The artists, all from different eras and using different mediums, used their art to reveal the social, cultural and political complexities of their time. With primarily black-and-white work by Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948) and American contemporary artist Robert Longo (1953), the exhibition showcases how the artists used energy, empathy and creativity to document the turbulence born of revolution, war and civil unrest in their time, amplified by their bold experimentation and technical mastery in their different mediums. The exhibition aims to allow viewers to find new meaning in works not normally presented together.

The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

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Met Breuer: “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980”

September 13, 2017 through January 14, 2018

Met Breuer will present “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980,” a retrospective of postwar art showcasing the period as an exercise in calculated lunacy.

With roughly 100 artworks by 62 artists, the exhibition embraces the irrationality among American, Latin American and European artists during the three decades from 1950 to 1980. The artists, reacting to military conflict and social and political unrest, incorporated absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation and repetition in their work. The exhibition will be split into four sections—Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense and Twisted—featuring work that is linked through a common distrust of reason and the simulation and stimulation of delirium.

The show includes work by Eva Hesse, Philip Guston, Claes Oldenburg, Hélio Oiticica, Yayoi Kusama, Mira Schendel, Nancy Spero and Paul Thek.

The Met Breuer is located at 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021.

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Museum of Arts and Design: “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound”

September 14, 2017 through February 25, 2018

The Museum of Arts and Design will present “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound,” a multi-component exhibition that explores how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material.

Featuring interactive installations, immersive environments and what the museum refers to as “performing objects,” the exhibition treats sound as a substance, something that is not just heard but felt as well. With linked solo and curated projects by contemporary artists, designers and performers, the exhibition provides a sensory experience that is capable of reorienting the body to consider spatial and interpersonal relationships in a new light.

The exhibition features solo projects by Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright, Louise Foo and Martha Skou, MSHR, Julianne Swartz, Naama Tsabar, and Studio PSK in a project that incorporates on-site residency and activation by New York-based choreographers. There will also be two nested exhibitions, one featuring work by Emily Counts and Make Noise and the other featuring off-site, site-specific work by Deborah Stratman and Anna Friz.

MAD is located at 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019.

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The Jewish Museum: “Modigliani Unmasked”

September 15, 2017 through February 4, 2018

The Jewish Museum will present “Modigliani Unmasked,” an exhibition of early drawings by the Italian artist, many of which will be shown for the first time in the United States.

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), who was of Italian-Sephardic descent, arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiled by anti-semitism in the wake of the Dreyfus Affair and had an influx of foreign emigrés. The exhibition features his early drawings, showing his struggle with understanding what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity. The exhibition will feature approximately 150 works from the collection of Dr. Paul Alexandre, his close friend and first patron, as well as a selection of Modigliani's paintings, sculptures and other drawings from collections around the world. African, Greek, Egyptian and Khmer artworks will also be on display to show their influence on Modigliani.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 5th Ave & 92nd St, New York, NY 10128.

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"Lunia Czechowska" by Amedeo Modigliani, 1919. Oil on canvas, 31½ x 20½ inches. Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Photograph by João Musa.


MoMA: “Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait”

September 24, 2017 through January 28, 2018

MoMA will present “Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait,” a retrospective focused on the late artist’s prints, books and creative process.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), known for her expansive work in sculpture, drawing and painting, also created print works that touched upon the motifs of the body, architecture and nature that absorbed her. During the last two decades of her life and also at the beginning of her career in the 1940s, Bourgeois created some 1,200 printed compositions. The exhibition will feature around 220 works, including rarely-seen loans and works from MoMA’s archive. The artist’s prints and illustrated books will be on view alongside her related sculptures, drawings and paintings, showing how Bourgeois constantly revisited the themes of her art, all of which derived from emotions she struggled with throughout her life.

MoMA is located at 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019.

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No. 5 of 14 from the installation set "À l’Infini" by Louise Bourgeois, 2008. Soft ground etching, with selective wiping, watercolor, gouache, pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor wash additions, 40 x 60 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchased with funds provided by Agnes Gund, Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, and Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest (by exchange). © 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY.



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