Spring is arguably one of the most vibrant times of the year with color and new life blooming throughout the season and there’s no place better to experience that creativity and vibrancy than in New York. Afterall, New York City's museums and galleries are home to some of the most creative and inspiring art in the world. With the city and the season in mind, here are four must see exhibits in NYC that evoke Spring.
Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life at MoMA PS1
For the lover of Springtime Colors, Structures for Life is the ideal feast for your eyes.
Structures for Life features the works of one of the few female monumental sculptors, Niki de Saint Phalle. Best known for her sculptural female figures known as Nanas, Saint Phalle was a multi-disciplinary artist who created exuberant works intended to transform environments, individuals, and society. The first New York museum exhibition of the work of this visionary feminist and activist artist will feature over 100 works that highlight Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with pressing social and political issues. The exhibition will be on view from April 5th - September 7th, 2020 at MoMA PS1.
Making The Met, 1870–2020 at The Met
If the transformational and evolutionary nature of Spring is your favorite feature of the season then you won’t want to miss Making The Met. The presentation is a museum-wide collaboration that will lead visitors on an immersive, thought-provoking journey through The Met’s history.
Organized around transformational moments in the evolution of the Museum’s collection, buildings, and ambitions, the exhibition will reveal the visionary figures and cultural forces that propelled The Metropolitan Museum of Art in new directions, from its founding in 1870 to the present day. The exhibition will feature more than 250 works of art of nearly every type from The Met collection, including visitor favorites and fragile treasures that can only be displayed from time to time. The selection will span millennia—from an imposing seated statue of the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut (ca. 1479–1458 B.C.) to Jean Pucelle’s Hours of Jeanne d’Evreux (ca. 1324–28) to El Anatsui’s monumental Dusasa II (2007)—and media—from Michelangelo’s sheet of Studies for the Libyan Sibyl to Degas’s bronze Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer to Edward Steichen’s photographs of The Flatiron. Its global reach will extend from Asia, with exceptional works such as Mi Fu’s Night-Shining White, to Africa, with the Fang Seated Female Figure from a Reliquary Ensemble, and the Americas, with the Crown of the Andes. The exhibition will be on view from March 30th through August 2nd, 2020.
Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Those of us who love the vibrancy of life that Spring brings should be sure to catch Desert Transcendentalist; the first solo exhibition dedicated to Pelton, a pioneer of American abstraction, in twenty-five years.
Agnes Pelton was a visionary symbolist who depicted the spiritual reality she experienced in moments of meditative stillness. Art for her was a discipline through which she gave form to her vision of a higher consciousness within the universe. Using an abstract vocabulary of curvilinear, biomorphic forms and delicate, shimmering veils of light, she portrayed her awareness of a world that lay behind physical appearances—a world of benevolent, disembodied energies animating and protecting life. This exhibition of approximately forty-five works introduces to the public a little-known artist whose luminous, abstract images of transcendence are only now being fully recognized. The exhibition will be on view from March 13th - June 28th, 2020 at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Henry Arnhold’s Meissen Palace: Celebrating a Collector at The Frick Collection
For the Spring Cleaner among us, if you’re in need of some inspiration for your tidying and what to keep, you’ll definitely want to check out Henry Arnhold’s Meissen Palace. It’s the ideal place to see items that truly spark joy.
The Frick Collection presents Henry Arnhold’s Meissen Palace: Celebrating a Collector, an exhibition of works from the famed European porcelain manufactory, along with several Asian examples that inspired such wares. Organized by Charlotte Vignon, the Frick’s Curator of Decorative Arts, the show offers a fresh take on this esteemed collection, transforming the gallery into an eighteenth-century “porcelain room” and grouping the works on view by color. Henry Arnhold’s Meissen Palace also considers the late collector's attraction to these wondrous pieces alongside the fascination they held for the most famous patron of such objects, Augustus II (1670–1733), Elector of Saxony and later King of Poland. The exhibition explores the ways both enthusiasts lived with their collections, as well as the idea that Arnhold was creating his own palace of porcelain, acquiring many objects commissioned by Augustus. Opened on November 7th, the exhibition is currently on view.