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Current Modern Art Exhibitions in New York
Below are the major modern art exhibitions and shows in and around New York City.

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EVENT DESCRIPTION LOCATION & WEBSITE DATES
Laurie Simmons: How We See
Presenting a recent photographic series by Laurie Simmons, this exhibition continues the artist's incisive investigation into contemporary culture and media. This body of work, titled How We See, draws an arc between portraits traded among classmates to the persona play that Doll Girls rapidly execute on smartphones, where the continuous feeds of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter allow alternate versions of the self to appear, morph, and disappear.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
Open until
August 9th, 2015
Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry fragments, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations, ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history. The first major presentation of the artist's notebooks, this exhibition features 160 pages of these rarely seen documents, along with related works on paper and large-scale paintings.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Open until
August 23rd, 2015
One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works
In 1941, Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the multi-decade mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North that started around 1915. This exhibition presents all panels of this seminal series, alongside other contemporaneous artistic, literary, musical, and sociological accounts of the Great Migration.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971
Focusing on the groundbreaking artist Yoko Ono, this exhibition brings together approximately 125 of her early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials. The presentation centers on the first 11 years of Ono's extensive and prolific career, during which she moved between New York, Tokyo, and London, playing a pioneering role in the international development of Conceptual art, experimental film, and performance art.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold
This intimate exhibition is devoted to the close relationship that existed between Gustav Klimt and one of his key subjects and patrons, Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Included in the exhibition will be a display about Bloch-Bauer, paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts, and archival material.
Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
Open until
September 7th, 2015
Gilbert & George: The Early Years
Since the beginning of their collaboration, in the late 1960s, British sculptors Gilbert & George have aimed to become the work of art, elevating their daily activities to expressions of creativity and casting themselves as “living sculptures.” This exhibition builds upon MoMA’s extensive holdings of the artists’ dynamic work, focusing on their career from 1969 to 1976.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 27th, 2015
America is Hard to See
Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection, this exhibition takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than 600 works, the presentation elaborates the themes, ideas, beliefs, and passions that have galvanized American artists in their struggle to work within and against established conventions, often directly engaging their political and social contexts. Numerous pieces that have rarely, if ever, been shown appear alongside beloved icons in a conscious effort to unsettle assumptions about the American art canon.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
Open until
September 27th, 2015
From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola
This exhibition is the first major presentation to focus on the German-born Grete Stern and the Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant-garde photography who established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. The show highlights the artists' initial forays into photography and typographic design in the late 1920s, their involvement with the Bauhaus, and their later artistic practices in Argentina.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
October 4th, 2015
Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is the signature work in the artist’s career and a landmark in MoMA’s collection. The 1962 series of 32 paintings is the centerpiece of an exhibition focusing on Warhol’s work during the crucial years between 1953 and 1967. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrated books Warhol made in the 1950s, when he started his career as a commercial artist, and other paintings and prints from the 1960s, when he became a beacon of the Pop art movement.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
October 18th, 2015
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370
Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. His series of wall compositions was designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. This exhibition presents LeWitt's large-scale Wall Drawing #370, which was installed in the gallery over a period of four weeks and will be painted over at the end of the show in 2016.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
January 3rd, 2016

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