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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
Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944
This exhibition focuses on the later work of Wassily Kandinsky, with emphasis on work created in Paris during the final 11 years of his life. Kandinsky's formal vocabulary and color palette underwent a noticeable shift during this period, changing into whimsical biomorphic imagery and integrating a bevy of experimental materials. Drawn entirely from the Guggenheim's permanent collection, this intimate display provides new insight into a prolific era of the artist's significant career.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Open until
April 23rd, 2014
Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
This exhibition presents approximately one hundred prints by nineteenth-century photographer Charles Marville, coordinated to celebrate the bicentennial of the artist's birth. With emphasis on his documentation of the recently renovated Paris under Georges-Eugene Haussmann, this selection showcases his historically-significant images of the city alongside lesser-known work.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
May 4th, 2014
Capa in Color
This exhibition presents renowned photographer Robert Capa’s color work for the first time. While Capa regularly used color film from the 1940s until his death in 1954, few of his color photographs have been published, printed, or studied. Through a selection of over 100 images culled from the ICP's collection, this exhibition presents a fascinating new look into this master of photojournalism, coordinated on the centennial of his birth.
The International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas
Open until
May 4th, 2014
Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s
This exhibition celebrates the first 100 years of photography in Paris. Known as the "City of Light" even before the birth of the medium in 1839, Paris has been muse to many of the most celebrated photographers, from Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (one of the field's inventors) and Nadar to Charles Marville, Eugène Atget, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The show focuses primarily on architectural views, street scenes, and interiors. It explores the physical shape and texture of Paris and how artists have found poetic ways to record its essential qualities using the camera.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Open until
May 4th, 2014
Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video
Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation of race, gender, and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice. Comprehensive in scope, this retrospective primarily features photographs, including the groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990), but also presents written texts, audio recordings, and videos. The exhibition traces the evolution of Weems’s career over the last 30 years, from her early documentary and autobiographical photographic series to the more conceptual and philosophically complex works that have placed her at the forefront of contemporary art.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Open until
May 14th, 2014
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
With over 80 works from more than two dozen collections, the exhibition explores the many ways of interpreting a photograph. Embodying photography's rich history and wide range of applications in science, art, propaganda, journalism, and self-promotion, the show celebrates a medium that mirrors the energy and complexity of modern life.
The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
Open until
May 18th, 2014
Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927–1932
This exhibition reveals the significance of drawing in the work of sculptor Isamu Noguchi's creative development, through a selection of early works on paper created between 1927 and 1932. These works, drafted shortly after his apprenticeship with Constantin Brancusi, demonstrate his quest for a unique artistic identity and style at the beginning of his career. Images on display include a selection of nude figure drawings, while a student at the Academie Collarosi and L'Académie de la Grand Chaumière, as well as abstract forms.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Rd
Open until
May 25th, 2014
Julian Schnabel: View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989–1990
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Julian Schnabel approached painting as an act as susceptible to chance and circumstance as life itself. Working in the wake of American antecedents such as Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, Schnabel made audaciously scaled paintings and sculptures whose richly hybrid sources were expressed in an attitude of baroque excess combined with improvisational daring. Broken plates, Kabuki theater backdrops, tarpaulins and boxing mats; thickly applied oil paint, collage, viscous resin, and flat digital reproduction; fragments of text in different languages: these are just some of the diverse materials with which Schnabel engages life's grand themes of sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief. This exhibition will present an earlier body of work that explores these motifs and exemplifies the artist's unique approach to art-making, on display in New York for the first time since they were created twenty-five years ago.
Gagosian Gallery
555 West 24th Street
Open until
May 31st, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal
This exhibition celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the show examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.”
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
June 1st, 2014
Sigmar Polke: Early Works on Paper
This exhibition focuses on German artist Sigmar Polke's early works on paper from the 1960s. Featuring a selection of approximately 100 works, this is the largest and most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Polke's works on paper in nearly two decades.
Michael Werner
4 East 77th Street
Open until
June 7th, 2014
Gauguin: Metamorphoses
This exhibition focuses on Paul Gauguin’s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and sculptures. Comprising approximately 150 works, including 120 works on paper alongside 30 paintings and sculptures, it is the first show to provide an in-depth look at this powerful body of work.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
June 8th, 2014
There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage's 4'33"
This exhibition centers around MoMA's recently acquired score for John Cage's seminal work 4'33" and examines it, as well as the composer's influence, as a critical pivot for a diverse array of artists working throughout the 20th century. Taking its title from a letter written by Cage in 1954, There Will Never Be Silence features prints, drawings, artists' books, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and films by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris, Lawrence Weiner, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, and others associated with Fluxus, Minimalism, and Conceptual art who pushed preconceived boundaries of space, time, and physicality to new ends.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
June 22nd, 2014
Robert Smithson's New Jersey
This groundbreaking show focuses on Robert Smithson, a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey. Featured together in an exhibition for the first time, Smithson’s sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and other conceptual art rooted in his time spent in the Garden State form a coherent body of work that sheds important light on his provocative artistic practice.
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey
Open until
June 22nd, 2014
Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937
Devoted to the infamous 1937 display of so-called "degenerate art" by the Nazis, this exhibition presents seminal works by the modern artists originally represented in the exhibition. The show features paintings by Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Paul Klee, among other Dadaist and Expressionist artists.
The Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
Open until
June 30th, 2014
Posters of the Vienna Secession, 1989–1918
This exhibition showcases posters created by the Vienna Secession, with emphasis on the period from 1898 to 1918. A groundbreaking artists' association, the Vienna Secession was established in 1897 under the presidency of Gustav Klimt and was united by a common desire to incorporate both fine art and design into every part of their artistic output. This show includes work by Gustav Klimt, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Koloman Moser, and Egon Schiele, among other members of the Secession.
The Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Avenue
Open until
June 30th, 2014
Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
This exhibition offers a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations. In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this show considers how 66 of the decade’s artists, including African Americans and some of their white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Caribbean contemporaries, used wide-ranging aesthetic approaches to address the struggle for racial justice.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Open until
July 6th, 2014
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010
This exhibition encompasses the first comprehensive retrospective of German artist Sigmar Polke, featuring his work across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, and sculpture. Four gallery spaces on MoMA’s second floor are dedicated to the display, which comprises more than 250 works and constitutes one of the largest exhibitions ever organized at the Museum. Among the many noted works on view are 13 films by Polke, including eight that have never before been available, a performance made for West German television that was last seen when it aired in 1972, and a group of monumental paintings made entirely of soot on glass that have never been exhibited in the United States.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
August 3rd, 2014
Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic / Noguchi Modern
Drawn entirely from the museum's collection, this exhibition explores motifs of the ancient past and the distant future present in Isamu Noguchi's work.
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road
Open until
August 31st, 2014
Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe
The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States, this multidisciplinary exhibition examines the historical sweep of the movement from its inception in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. The exhibit will present over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, including painting, sculpture, architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Open until
September 1st, 2014
Jasper Johns: Regrets
Jasper Johns emerged as a leading voice in American art in the late 1950s with paintings of iconic motifs such as flags, targets, and numbers. He has since developed a body of work of extraordinary narrative complexity and technical virtuosity. This exhibition premieres his most recent series of paintings, drawings, and prints, created over the last year and a half.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
Open until
September 1st, 2014
Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago's Early Work, 1963–74
Before making her widely known and iconic feminist work of the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond, Judy Chicago explored painting, sculpture, and environmental performance, often using innovative industrial techniques and materials, including auto body painting and pyrotechnics. This exhibition surveys the artist's less-familiar but significant early work, produced when Chicago lived in Los Angeles and was a participant in the Finish Fetish school. The exhibition places Chicago's early work within the arc of her broader production and continues the reappraisal of the artist’s importance as a pioneer in the California art scene.
The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Open until
September 28th, 2014

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