Springtime Museum Exhibitions to Look Forward To

In New York City, art and springtime are a perfect pairing. Some of the art world’s biggest events happen between late March and early June, including the United Nations’ SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Armory Arts Week, and the Museum Mile festival. If you’re looking to have a more traditional artistic experience, here’s a guide to some upcoming spring 2020 museum exhibitions we’ll be checking out.

Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures

The first major MoMA exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s work in 50 years, “Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures” features her imagery documenting city life, criminal justice, and the Dust Bowl migration; there are also numerous quotations from Lange, her husband, Paul Taylor, and the subjects of these photos, as well as extensive commentary from sociologists who study her work.

https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5079

Studio 54: Night Magic

Studio 54 was one of the most iconic nightclubs in the world, and “Studio 54: Night Magic” uses the venue as a starting point to explore NYC nightlife from Prohibition to the 1970s, as well as the city’s subcultures in punk, hip-hop, and disco. Architectural models, blueprints, photographs, fashion illustrations, and set proposals are among the media that help the exhibition bring these worlds to life.

https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/studio_54

Making the Met: 1870-2000

The Met has devoted hundreds of exhibitions to the history of art, whether a genre, a medium, or an individual artist’s work — but few exhibitions until now have explored the history of art museums. In “Making the Met: 1870-2000,” along with viewing roughly 250 works from the collection, you’ll learn about the institution itself, including the individuals who founded it and ongoing development and outreach programs.

https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/making-the-met-1870-to-2020

The Nature of Color

It’s not every day that the exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History address subjects that are also explored at the Met and MoMA, but that’s part of why “The Nature of Color” has garnered so much attention. Step into rooms painted different hues; discover the meanings of various red, green, and blue shades in different world societies; and brush up on the science of mixing your own pigments.

https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/color

Vacation Planet

The Williamsburg installation “Vacation Planet” boasts 14 colorful spheres by digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter, intended to transport you to a faraway beach resort. Artificial sunlight, ocean-esque sounds, Adirondack chairs, Miami Beach-inspired designs complete the picture, and you can even incorporate Instagram filters that animate each sphere. 

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