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The 15 NYC exhibits we’re most excited to see in 2015

From Kermit the Frog and Van Gogh’s irises to the Coneheads, these are the top exhibits you don’t want to miss this year

Written by
Jillian Anthony
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It's no secret that the many museums and art galleries here are some of New York's top attractions. Maybe you've already checked out the 10 best art shows coming in 2015, but here you'll find the exhibitions flaunting the Jim Henson puppets, Saturday Night Live characters and replicas of Frieda Kahlo's Mexican garden you can't let pass you by this year—and some of them are even free. Scratch a few more items off your New York bucket list in 2015!

RECOMMENDED: Best of 2015

"Van Gogh: Irises and Roses"
  • Museums
See what Vincent van Gogh saw when he looked out over the gardens as a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Rémy asylum in 1890. Two paintings of irises and two of roses that he created near the end of his stay there will be on view together here for the first time.
"Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition"
Photograph: Courtesy NBC

"Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition"

It’s “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” celebrating 40 seasons of your favorite characters, from the Coneheads and Matt Foley to Stefon. The exhibit takes you through what a week of creating SNL is like, with original scripts and props, interactive elements with some of your favorite sketches and more behind-the-scenes peeks.
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"The Jim Henson Exhibition and Gallery"
  • Museums
  • Movies and TV
  • Astoria
  • price 2 of 4
Sesame Street will temporarily be relocated to the Museum of the Moving Image, where you’ll find more than 25 of Henson’s puppets, including Bert and Ernie, Count von Count and, of course, Kermit and Miss Piggy. You’ll also get a firsthand look at Henson’s creative process, with sketches, storyboards and  scripts from the show as well as behind-the-scenes footage of puppetry in all its glory.
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"Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin"
  • Museums
Designer Ralph Pucci took the idea of a “supermodel,” or a living mannequin with a personality, to new heights with his easily recognizable sculptures of mannequins as works of art. Thirty of his most important works take viewers on a journey through different eras’ ideas on the body, identity and fashion.
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  • Museums
Two designers who ruled over the fashions of the 1970s come together in one exhibition that flaunts their similar styles and takes on glamour. Eighty ensembles and 20 accessories, including pieces donated by Lauren Bacall, Marina Schiano and Aimée de Heeren, show the shift to casual in high fashion, as well as the career and aesthetic parallels of Saint Laurent and Halston.
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  • Art
  • Installation
  • price 2 of 4
This retrospective of the massive career of Icelandic wonder Björk features a newly commissioned music and 3-D film project, collaborations with other artists of many mediums and  fictional and true narratives written by the artist herself.
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"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971"
  • Art
  • Performance art
  • price 2 of 4
In MoMA’s first exhibition dedicated to Yoko Ono’s work, weave through her groundbreaking performance-art pieces of the '60s and early '70s. More than 100 of her works, including installations, audio recordings and films, will be displayed, as well as interactive works like Painting to Be Stepped On and Bag Piece.
"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"
  • Art
  • Drawing
  • price 1 of 4
The never-before-seen notebooks of one of New York’s most legendary artists capture 160 pages of poetry, sketches, word play and personal observations. Large-scale paintings and works on paper from the Brooklyn-born artist will also be on display.
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"Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing"
  • Museums
This collection of 20 years of the artist’s wild world of twisted and hilarious cartoon drawings jumps to life at the Studio Museum. A recipient of the museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize in 2007, Hancock’s exhibit showcases his evolving art career, filled with alien landscapes, peculiar monsters and grizzled appendages.
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