Essential exhibitis to see
The Gugg goes all in for the United States’ first comprehensive survey of one of the most controversial movements in early modern art: Expect to find paintings, sculptures, architectural and design elements, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, and recordings of music, theater and performance art among the 360 works on view.
In celebration of the 80th birthday of the museum’s founder, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, this exhibition showcases his avant-garde, found-object–based art, as well as objects belonging to residents of East Harlem, such as handmade cloth bride and groom dolls and a cocktail shaker from a former Cotton Club dancer.
In the lead-up to World War II, the Nazis confiscated Cubist, Expressionist, Surrealist and Dadaist works, presenting them as freakish creations that threatened Germany’s artistic ideal. Examine pieces from the infamous “degenerate art” exhibition alongside officially approved Third Reich art and advertisements for the original show.
Instead of window-shopping in midtown, head a little farther up Fifth Avenue to the newly revamped Anna Wintour Costume Center, to ogle the “Clover Leaf,” “Butterfly,” “Swan,” and other architecturally inspired gowns, coats, capes and trousers by the 20th-century British-American couturier.
A pioneer of late-’60s Conceptual Art, Bochner plays with words and their associations, incorporating terms of both the four-letter and more refined varieties into his paintings, drawings and mixed-media works, in which the language is often as colorful as the art.