The Top Museum Exhibitions Hitting NYC in 2020

New York has such a vast selection of art, history, and science museums, it can be hard to pick which exhibitions to see first. To help you plan for 2020, we’ve compiled this list of the ten openings we’re most excited about.

“Fruits, Vegetables; Fruit and Vegetable Salad”

It’s pretty common for chefs to think about the visual aspects of their work, but not as common for artists to think about the culinary aspects of their work. But this unconventional and vaguely humorous new exhibition sees artist Darren Bader literally putting food on a pedestal, before slicing it up and serving it as a tasty snack.

January 15-February 16; https://whitney.org/exhibitions/fruits-vegetables

“City/Game: Basketball in New York”

Basketball has been an inextricable part of New York City history since the turn of the twentieth century, and this new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York explores all of the way it has impacted local culture. Audio, photography, and video examine the sport’s profound influence on art, fashion, and music.

February 14; https://www.mcny.org/exhibition/citygame

“Making the Met, 1870-2020”

A show at the Met, about the Met? That’s what we would call Met-a. Joking aside, we’re eager to see how New York’s most iconic art museum explores its now 150-year history, using photography, digital features, and other immersive experiences.

March 30-August 2; https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/making-the-met-1870-to-2020

“Bill Graham & The Rock & Roll Revolution”

Bill Graham was one of the most formative figures in rock and roll history, but has yet to receive an exhibition comparable to this retrospective at the New-York Historical Society. Rock posters, concert memorabilia, and photographs will tell the story of the promoter’s collaborations with Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and more.

February 14-August 9; https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/bill-graham-rock-and-roll-revolution

“Studio 54: Night Magic”

The Brooklyn Museum’s most highly anticipated exhibition evokes the world of Studio 54 using set proposals, costume illustrations, and photographs. You’ll learn all about the groundbreaking nightclub and the actors, musicians, and models who frequented its debaucherous theme parties.

March 13-July 5; https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/studio_54

“Judd”

This new MoMA exhibition serves as Donald Judd’s first US retrospective in thirty years. Wood, copper, aluminum, steel, and plexiglas take over the museum’s sixth-floor galleries in this unique examination of the abstract-expressionist’s legacy.

March 1-July 11; https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/5076

“Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion” 

The rose’s importance in fashion, art, and cultural history cannot be understated, and this new exhibition at the Museum at FIT explores how it has interacted with gender, politics, food, beauty, and religion. More than 75 decorative objects will be included in the evocative, romantic tribute to the flower.

September 2020-January 21

If any of these exhibitions sounds like it’s worth visiting for, take a look at the tempting specials at Sutton Court and start planning your New York City stay.

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