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"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"
This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—sketches, but also examples of the artist’s poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.
"One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North"
Centering around a 60-panel series of paintings by Jacob Lawrence, this show deals with a chapter of the nation’s history unfamiliar to a lot of people, especially whites: The story of five to six million African Americans fleeing the Jim Crow South for the cities of the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast between 1910 and 1970. African Americans left their homes to escape poverty, segregation, harassment, an unfair legal system and the violence routinely perpetrated upon them by their white neighbors. Lawrence was among the first to grasp the import of the Great Migration, which he set out to immortalize in his paintings. Besides Lawrence, MoMA will include other artists such as Charles White, Romare Bearden and Gordon Parks, as well as posters and books. It’s all part of a fascinating look not just at race, but at how people chase the American Dream, even with the odds stacked against them.
"China: Through the Looking Glass"
This exhibition, which is on view in both the Met's Chinese galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center, takes a look at the Middle Kingdom's influence on Western fashion with displays of haute couture and art objects from China.
"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"
Before Yoko Ono became inextricably linked with John Lennon—and disparaged as the woman who "broke up" The Beatles—she was an artist, with a career stretching back to the early 1960s. Ono was a conceptual and performance artist, a sincere absurdist influenced by Duchamp and the Fluxus movement. But her delicately minimal aesthetic owed just as much to her Japanese background. This survey—which mostly covers the years leading up to her pop-cultural celebrity—is the first of its kind, and is anchored by her odd, previous association with MoMA: An unofficial show she mounted for herself at the museum in 1971. It consisted primarily of a sign at the entrance, informing the public that she had released flies around the museum. Ono never stopped making her work, which in recent years has been re-introduced to art-world audiences, but his exhibition puts her efforts into historical context.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hang out in an Egyptian temple, gawk at period costumes and take pictures on the gorgeous rooftop garden
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The American Museum of Natural History
No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie, it’s hard to explore without being awestruck