Summer 2015 Exhibitions to See in New York

Ralph Pucci the art of the Mannequin
Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin via the Mad Museum

Summer in New York City. There’s no better place to soak in art, culture, history and a stream of inspiration to stimulate your creative spirit and truly experience the range of museums and institutions the city has to offer. Whether you’re walking down Museum Mile, crossing the bridge to visit the Brooklyn Museum or visiting the Museum at FIT’s specialized fashion galleries, you’re only a few steps away from a new discovery.

To keep you in the know, here’s a list of 2015 exhibitions to see this season:

Global Fashion Capitals, June 2-November 14, 2015

When we think of fashion capitals, we typically think of Paris, New York, Milan and London. Recent trends, however, have shown the global fashion market growing in cities, like Seoul, San São Paulo, Shanghai, and Mexico City. This Museum at FIT exhibition will detail the rise of fashion capital cities over the past 150 years and the effects of media and other forces that have encouraged and effected the globalization of the fashion industry.

Learn more at the Museum at FIT.


Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, April 3–August 23, 2015

Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat frequently documented his work in notebooks. Now, the public will be able to view 160 pages of rare documents that detail his inspiration, poetry, sketches and iconic symbols.

Learn ore about Basquiat: the Unknown Notebooks.


 MetFridays: New York’s Night Out, ongoing

Wondering what your plans should be for Friday night? Join the Met in celebrating the end of the work week by attending one of their many MetFriday events, including concerts, drawing classes and more.

Learn more at Met Friday’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  


The Rise of Sneaker Culture,  July 10–October 4, 2015

There’s no doubt that the sneaker craze is a global phenomenon. The Rise of Sneaker Culture looks at over 150 pairs of shoes and explores the history, culture significance and impact that it has made on popular culture.

Learn more at the The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum.


 Van Gogh: Irises and Roses, May 12-August 16, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh created four distinct portraits of spring bouquets: two of roses and two of irises. The paintings have not been reunited since the artist’s death until now and will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience his work as a whole.

Learn more at Van Gogh: Irises and Roses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


 Björk, March 8-June 7, 2015

Are you a Björk fan or just know the artist’s iconic swan dress? Whichever the case, now is the time to see a 20 year compilation of the Icelandic singer’s range of work including audio, visuals, costumes along with a sound and video installation.

Learn more at Bjork at MoMA.


 Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye, November 15, 2014 – November 1, 2015

For many years, music and visual art have gone hand-in-hand, influencing one another, especially during the 20th century. This exhibition analyzes the way avant-garde designers pushed visual art limits in conjunction with music, furthering the connections made between visual and audio art forms.

Learn more at Making Music Modern at MoMA 


 Art on Camera: Photographs by Skunk-Kender, 1960-1971, May 17-October 4, 2015

This upcoming exhibition features a portion of the 600 Harry Skunk and János Kender photographs obtained by MoMA, focusing largely on their collaborative Pier 18 series, as well as other fantastic pieces by the duo.

Learn more at Art on Camera at MoMA.


 Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971: May 17-September 7, 2015

We all know Yoko Ono, but do we truly know the breadth of her work? MoMA’s exhibition covers not only her recognizable music career but displays around 125 pieces of her early performances, visual, film and written work.

Learn more at Yoko Ono: One Woman Show at MoMA.


 America Is Hard to See, May 1-September 27, 2015

“American classics” are not all the American art scene has to offer. This exhibition will feature rare American art pieces as well as traditional ones in order to properly represent the wide variation of American art and challenge the country’s view on what makes up this wide category.

Learn more at America is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum.


The Hugo Boss Prize 2014: Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers, March 6-May 13, 2015

This biennial award honors artists who have made a true, visual contribution to contemporary art. In 2014, Paul Chan was the recipient and this exhibition provides a compilation of his work highlighting the art of visual projection.

Learn more at the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim. 


 Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, June 5-September 9, 2015

This exhibition of contemporary art will feature around 100 works from the museum’s collection that demonstrate how current artists use installation, painting, photography and more to tell stories.

Learn more at Storylines at the Guggenheim.


 New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America, November 4, 2014-April 6, 2015

This exhibition focuses on the innovations in design, craft and art that have been evolving throughout certain cities in Latin America.

Learn more at New Territories at the Museum of Arts and Design.


 Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin, March 31-August 30, 2015

Honoring renowned New York-based designer Ralph Pucci and his inventive approach to the creation and formation of the mannequin, this exhibit will feature 30 of his most notable pieces as well as a recreation of his sculpture studio.

Learn more at Ralph Pucci at the Mad Museum.


 Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, April 28-September 27, 2015

This Museum of Arts and Design exhibit features the work of women who have contributed to modernism in postwar visual culture. The exhibition features more than 80 pieces from influential female artists, designers, and teachers who used different tangible materials in incredibly original ways.

Learn more at Pathmakers at the Mad Museum.


 Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper, April 1 – Sept 13, 2015

Hip-Hop Revolution showcases over 80 photos from 1977 to 1990 from three influential photographers that document the transition from niche music to mainstream pop culture. The exhibition will showcase elements of the revolution from DJing, rapping, and break dancing and fashion throughout the streets of New York.

Learn more about Hip-Hop Revolution  at the Museum of the City.   


 Gilded New York, Ongoing

Sponsored by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, this exhibition encompasses the rise of luxe visual culture in New York during the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Learn more at Gilded New York.


 Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, February 25-July 19, 2015

American designer Paul Rand’s quote “Everything is design. Everything!” is an incredible philosophy. This exhibition features over 150 advertisements, posters, books and more from the influential, avant-garde graphic designer.

Learn more at Everything is Design at Museum of the City.


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