5 Art Exhibits You Can't Miss This Month in NYC
Rainy spring weather in New York City provides a perfect excuse to stay inside and explore the city’s scores of museums and art galleries. Here are the art exhibits and installations to see this May. Stay dry and stay woke, fam.
“Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall”Where: Brooklyn Museum
When: May 3 — December 8
The Brooklyn Museum’s “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising—a six-day clash between police and civilians ignited by a routine raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City—and explores its profound legacy within contemporary art and visual culture today. See the work of 22 LGBTQ+ artists who were born after 1969, whose paintings, sculptures, performances, and videos tackle the current political atmosphere and explore how moments become monuments. On view from May 3 through December 8.
Where: Paula Cooper Gallery
When: April 13 — May 24
Sweet Talk, a one-person exhibit by famed contemporary Lebanese artist Walid Raad, features a number of photographic, video, and print works that study the Lebanese capital of Beirut in the aftermath of the bloody 25-year-long civil war that leveled the city. Grappling with memories of loss and carnage, as well as dizzying reconstruction, Raad contemplates Beirut’s future through the prism of its apocalyptic past in pieces like a panoramic video projection of ruined buildings being demolished for reconstruction, in which the footage has been edited to appear like a mirrored kaleidoscope. The exhibit is on display at the Paula Cooper Gallery until May 18, so check it out soon.
“Nari Ward: We the People”Where: The New Museum
When: February 13 — May 26
“Nari Ward: We the People” features over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from throughout Ward’s twenty-five-year career, much of which he spent mining materials from the streets of his Harlem neighborhood to use in powerful found-object installations exploring the black experience, poverty, consumerism, and diasporic identity in American culture. The pieces on view include the recreation of large-scale environments originally mounted in an abandoned firehouse, as well many of the Jamaican-born artist’s early sculptures created with items—including baby strollers, fire hoses, baseball bats, cooking trays, bottles, and shopping carts—scavenged and chosen for their connection to individual lives and stories within Harlem. Open through May 26 at The New Museum.
Gina Beavers, “The Life I Deserve”Where: MoMA PS1
When: March 31 — September 2
MoMA PS1 brings you “The Life I Deserve,” the first solo exhibition of painter Gina Beavers, whose works have been described as visceral, vexing, and often grotesque. Textural and bulging, Beavers’ pieces, which draw inspiration from imagery found on Instagram and stock-photo databases, feature thick acrylic paint and often depict food porn or close-ups of body parts. Check it out through September 2 for an uncanny and often unsettling look into our digitally mediated lives.
Vivian SuterWhere: The Gladstone Gallery
When: April 11 — June 8
The Gladstone Gallery presents its first exhibition with Vivian Suter, an Argentine-Swiss artist whose paintings often respond to the lush vegetation in her natural surroundings—particularly, the Guatemalan rainforest where the artist has lived and worked for more than thirty years. The gallery is flooded unstretched canvases of varying dimensions, pinned to the walls, spread on the floor, overlapping, and suspended from the ceiling, each piece of fabric thinly painted with a range of bright colors. Maximalist and minimalist at the same time, Suter’s installation suggests a space being crowded by a jungle of art. On view until June 8.
Images via Brooklyn Museum, Paula Cooper Gallery, The New Museum, MoMA PS1, & The Gladstone Gallery
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