Best New York museum exhibits to see this summer

Be sure to hit these New York museums to check out some of the summer’s hottest exhibits.



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When the temperature rises, head indoors: These museum exhibits are among the best things to do this summer in New York. Check out exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, Museum of the Moving Image and more.

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Llyn Foulkes

  • Critics choice

This retrospective features 103 pieces, ranging from beautiful portraiture to narrative tableaux.

  1. New Museum of Contemporary Art 235 Bowery, at Prince St
  2. Wed Jun 26 - Sun Sep 8
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"Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York"

  • Critics choice

Marsh’s work captures some of the seedy quality and kinetic energy of Depression-era New York.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Sun Sep 1
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"Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes"

  • Critics choice

MoMA stages its first survey of the pioneering designer and architect responsible for the United Nations Headquarters.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Mon Sep 23
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James Turrell

  • Critics choice

Turrell hasn’t shown work in an NYC museum for more than 30 years; expect early works and a site-specific piece at this massive retrospective.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave, at 89th St, 10128
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Wed Sep 25
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"Fashion Jewelry: The Collection of Barbara Berger"

  • Critics choice

The couture enthusiast shows off items from her nearly 4,000-piece collection of fashionable gems.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Tue Dec 31
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"As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts"

  • Critics choice

Contemporary book artists used the Hebrew Bible and other sacred texts as both inspiration and medium for the works on view, via methods like paper-cutting.

  1. Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) 1865 Broadway, at 61st St
  2. Tue Jun 25 - Sun Sep 29
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"Robert Irwin: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1977)"

  • Critics choice

This installation was designed specifically for the Whitney’s light-filled fourth-floor gallery.

  1. Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave, at 75th St, 10021
  2. Thu Jun 27 - Sun Sep 1
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"The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013"

  • Critics choice

The Brooklyn art collective used the September 11 attacks as a jumping-off point for some of the work in this exhibit.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Wed Jun 26 - Sun Sep 22
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"Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film"

  • Critics choice

Costumes, sketches and other miscellanea from used in the development of films are on display.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Thu Jul 11 - Sun Nov 10
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Monika Grzymala, Volumen

  • Critics choice

The Berlin artist will fill the Morgan’s Renzo Piano atrium with thousands of sheets of homemade paper.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Fri Jul 19 - Sun Nov 3
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