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15 NYC art exhibitions we’re most excited about this fall

Including the first major U.S. museum survey of Puerto Rican art in nearly 50 years and sculptural paintings in Rockefeller Center.

Written by
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Anna Rahmanan
Shaye Weaver

The arts scene in New York this fall charts a distinct line through time. Several shows will feature historic pieces, some dating as far back as 3400-2000 BCE, while others showcase art through modern, immersive experiences.

From public art displays to gallery shows to museum presentations, here are 15 art experiences we're excited about this fall. They're presented in chronological order, so you can mark your calendar.

15 art exhibits we’re excited about this fall

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The energy in INTER_, Manhattan’s newest art experience, feels more like a meditation retreat than a typical gallery—and that’s by design. 

The experiential, multi-sensory museum which opened in Soho on November 2, invites visitors into a heightened state of contemplative awareness through a sound bath, light installations and aspects of meditation all combined with interactive digital art. 

Here's a sneak peek inside the museum.

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Immersive art experiences in New York are getting the royal treatment with the new Hall des Lumières, the city's latest permanent center for custom-designed immersive events at the historic Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank by City Hall.

The new space launched its inaugural immersive exhibit about iconic Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. 

Tickets to "Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion" are already on sale right here. Given the magnitude of the new cultural center, you'd be remiss not to snag passes to the show right away but, just in case you need some other reasons to check out the space, we've got a few to share

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Exploring themes of colonization and religion, "INDECENCIA" brings together a cohort of queer artists with connections to Latin America. Artworks include videos, props, scripts, and other mediums.

"From the perspective of several generations, countries, and sociopolitical contexts, these artists invite us to consider Latinidad/Latinxidad and its relationship to religion, enfleshment, and sexuality," the show's promoters write.

The show is on view through January 8, 2023 at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in SoHo.

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Inspired by a quote from the renowned photographer Robert Capa who said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,” this show presents more than 150 works on that theme. The images are by 12 contemporary women photographers assoicated with Magnum Photos, the pioneering photography collective co-founded by Capa. 

The works feature experiences of young Islamic women in Turkey, the evolution of a club performer in Paris, the story of women who sought refuge from domestic violence in the UK, and more.

The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of Magnum Photos’ founding; see it at the International Center of Photography on the Lower East Side through January 9, 2023.

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What is art anyway? And what's behind hierarchies within the art world?

A self-declared laboratory for experimentation, Just Above Midtown (JAM) was an art gallery running from 1974 until 1986 where Black art flourished—and it encouraged artists and visitors to ask those very questions. "Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces," a new exhibit at MoMA, will commemorate the history of the gallery as a hub for conceptual art, abstraction, performance, and video.

Linda Goode Bryant started JAM in 1974 when she was a 25-year-old arts educator and mother of two, to, in her words, “present African-American artists on the same platform with other established artists.” 

The MoMA show will presents artists and artworks previously shown at JAM through archival photos, videos, and other contextual historical material, along with performances, film screenings, public programs, and an exhibition catalogue co-published with The Studio Museum in Harlem.

"Just Above Midtown" runs at MoMA through February 18, 2023.

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The Tudors and their tumultuous reigns have captured our imaginations for centuries—see The Tudors, Wolf Hall, Elizabeth, The Other Boleyn Girl and the William Shakespeare plays—and now, an exhibit focusing on art created during their dynasty will be on display here in NYC through January 8, 2023.

“The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England,” opening October 10 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will showcase more than 100 objects—including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculpture, and armor—from both the museum collection and international lenders, the Met says.

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Pop quiz: Who’s the world’s first author?

Nope, it's not Homer. It's not a man at all. 

A new exhibit at The Morgan pays tribute to that trailblazing author, a woman named Enheduanna, a high priestess and poet, the world’s first author known by name, who wielded considerable religious and political power. The exhibition, called “She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 B.C.” is on view at the museum in Manhattan’s Murray Hill through February 19, 2023.

Ancient sculptures, reliefs and cuneiform tablets bring to life women’s experiences in religious, social, economic, and political spheres—and much of it rings familiar today. 

Here's our full report on the exhibit.

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This fall, the Whitney Museum of American Art is offering a glimpse into the NYC that renowned painter Edward Hopper portrayed in his works, such as “Automat” (1927), “Early Sunday Morning” (1930), “Room in New York” (1932), “New York Movie” (1939), “Morning Sun” (1952) and others.

“Edward Hopper’s New York,” which is on through March 5, 2023, will showcase more than 200 paintings watercolors, prints, and drawings from the Whitney’s collection as well as loans from public and private collections, and archival materials including printed ephemera, correspondence, photographs, and notebooks. These works serve as a record of a changing city.

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Claude Monet’s gorgeous impressionist florals is blooming on Wall Street this fall.

Monet’s Garden The Immersive Experience” is taking over the historic Seamen’s Bank Building on Wall Street, bringing the famous artist’s masterpieces to the heart of the Financial District.

Visitors to “Monet’s Garden” will see the inspiration and history behind some Monet’s masterpieces through visual, phonic and even olfactory (smell) stimuli.

Tickets are now on sale for “Monet’s Garden The Immersive Experience,” open through January 8, 2023 at 30 Wall Street.

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The title of this exhibit says it all: "The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Medieval Art, Arms and Armor, Italian Gold-Ground and Old Master Paintings, Austrian and German Art and Design." Marvel at 500 works—many of which will be on view to the public for the first time—across two floors of Neue Galerie New York.

The pieces are from the collection of Neue Galerie’s co-founder and president, Ronald S. Lauder, each showing his penchant for the art of superb beauty, quality, and rarity. The exhibition provides a glimpse into one of the finest private collections in the world.

The show is on view from November 11 through February 13, 2023 at the Upper East Side gallery.

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Admire nearly 130 outfits ranging from haute couture pieces to stage costumes, alongside custom accessories, sketches, videos, images by leading fashion photographers, and spectacular installations that mirror the approach of fashion visionary Thierry Mugler.

Brooklyn Museum's "Thierry Mugler: Couturissime" explores the fascinating, edgy universe of the French designer. Mugler established himself as one of the most daring and innovative designers of the late twentieth century through bold silhouettes and unorthodox techniques and materials, including glass, Plexiglas, vinyl, latex, and chrome.

The exhibition isn't just a visual treat—it also brings in the sense of smell. An expanded section dedicated to fragrance centers on Mugler’s trailblazing scent Angel.

The show is on view at the Brooklyn Museum from November 18 through May 7, 2023.

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Five years after a devastating hurriance in Puerto Rico, this new exhibit at The Whitney Musuem of American Art explores the implications. It's called "no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria," roughly translated as “a post-hurricane world doesn’t exist,” from a poem by Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera, featured in the exhibition as an artwork.

The show is the first major U.S. museum survey of Puerto Rican art in nearly 50 years. It brings together more than 50 works by an intergenerational group of 20 artists from Puerto Rico and the diaspora whose art has responded to the transformation brought on by Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.

Organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the storm, the exhibition is defined by the larger context in which the devastation was exacerbated by historic events that preceded and followed this defining moment.

See the show from November 23 through April 23, 2023.

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