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The return of fall to New York City brings with it cooler temperatures, a profusion of spiced beverages and, of course, an entirely new season of art exhibitions and shows. The most preeminent museums and galleries across the city are largely closing their summer exhibitions and preparing for an entirely new wave of works.
Whether you’re a fan of photography or music, immersive installations or fashion, these are five can’t-miss art exhibitions to see this season from internationally-acclaimed artists and promising newcomers alike.
It’s not too late to see the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Costume Institute’s latest show runs until Sept. 8 and is one of the most talked-about exhibits of the year. Approximately 250 objects are on display and explore fashion’s role in theatrics, artifice, irony and queerness from the 17th century to today. Curated by Andrew Bolton, the show includes works and creations from Armani, Dior, Alexander McQueen and others.
After that closes, we’re excited for two new exhibitions at the Met: “The Last Knight,” looks at the impressive role armor played in the Holy Roman Empire under Maximilian I (October 7 – Jan 25); and “Making Marvels” explores the courtly objects—including clocks, automata, furniture, musical instruments, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, print media, and more—commissioned by Europe’s royal households between 1550 and 1750 (November 25 – March 1).
While you wait for the revamped Museum of Modern Art to open, catch the Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds and the Studio Museum artist-in-residence exhibition at the PS1 outpost of the MoMA. Both run until Sept. 8 in the former public school building where the MoMA branch is housed. If you miss these, however, you can still enjoy the satellite’s long-term installations until the Manhattan museum reopens in October. Admire the permanent stairwell paintings by William Kentridge and Cecily Brown; tiny videos by Pipilotti Rist and an immersive room by Richard Artschwager, among others.
From Nov. 9 until Dec. 14, the celebrated Yayoi Kusama returns to New York City with new paintings, sculptures and the artist’s famously Instagram-worthy immersive installations. Get your camera ready for a new “Infinity Mirror” room, plus other transportive pieces by the Japanese artist, at the 537 West 20th Street location.
New York’s own Jason Moran will see his first-ever solo museum show come to life at the Whitney on Sept. 20. The exhibition straddles the realms of visual art, performance and music with everything from Moran’s sculptures and drawings to collaborations with jazz musicians. The eponymous show promises to engage all the senses with a collaborative approach to art and media.
French photographer JR’s works will fill the Great Hall at the Brooklyn Museum on Oct. 4. Venture across the East River to see his photographs, videos, films, dioramas, murals and more, all of which explore JR’s extraordinary career as a public artist who has given a voice to people who are all too often overlooked.
Get even more recommendations on what to experience in Manhattan on our New York City travel guide, curated by The Knick.