We’re always looking for new sources of inspiration, and now that NYC’s cultural institutions have reopened to the public, we’re especially excited about three new exhibits that offer guests a closer look at craft, architectural diversity and creative spirit. Read on for three can’t-miss exhibits we’re enjoying right now, in a a safe and socially-distant way thanks to timed ticketing and reduced capacity.
Making Knowing: Craft in Art 1950- 2019 at The Whitney
Through February 2022
The reviews from craft-obsessed Workshoppers are unanimous- this fun, engaging celebration of craftsmanship in art is not to be missed. The exhibition explores techniques, materials and strategies of craft, as well as a wide range of materials and mediums from clay, string, beads and glass used by visual artists to create works at every scale. Primarily featuring works from the Whitney’s own collections, the exhibit features works by more than 60 artists, Drawn primarily from the Whitney’s collection, the exhibition will include over eighty works by more than sixty artists including Ruth Asawa, Eva Hesse, Mike Kelley,and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as featuring recent acquisitions by Shan Goshorn, Kahlil Robert Irving, Simone Leigh, Jordan Nassar, and Erin Jane Nelson.
KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature at the New York Botanical Garden
On display through October 31
Known for her monumental, immersive exhibitions, Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama’s long-awaited exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden (delayed a full year by the pandemic) is a stunning celebration of the Kusama’s profound connection with nature. Among the monumental sculptures set in specially designed landscapes are two never-before-seen pieces and Kusama’s first obliteration greenhouse, as well as a mirrored Infinity Room – an artist’s signature – set to open next month.
Reconstructions: Architecture & Blackness at MoMA
On display through May 31
A thoughtful exploration of the ways that race shapes America’s cities, this exhibition is part of the museum’s Issues in Contemporary Architecture series. “Each project in the exhibition proposes an intervention in one of 10 cities: from the front porches of Miami and the bayous of New Orleans to the freeways of Oakland and Syracuse. Reconstructions examines “the intersections of anti-Black racism and Blackness within urban spaces as sites of resistance and refusal, attempting to repair what it means to be American” through works by nearly a dozen artists as well as a free online course.