NYC’s 10 Best Fall Museum Exhibits

December 8, 2011 6:00 AM

Guggenheim Museum (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As the end of fall nears, make sure to visit some of the city’s best museum exhibits from the autumn season – they’re closing soon!  By Carly Petrone

Pop Objects and Icons from the Guggenheim Collection

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Guggenheim Museum (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Solomon R. Guggenheim
1071 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10128

If you’re a fan of pop art then you’ll definitely want to check out the upcoming exhibition at The Guggenheim called Pop Objects and Icons. Starting September 30 you can see various works created during the American Pop art movement. Artists explored the image world of popular culture and took inspiration from advertisements, pulp magazines, billboards, movies, television, and comic strips. Some of the most well known artists to use this style in their art work were Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg. Exhibit runs through February 8, 2012.

Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keefe

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired artist Alfred Stieglitz’s personal collection of artwork back in 1949. For the first time this fall you’ll be able to see the amazing works he collected over his lifetime – some three hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. After running plenty of influential galleries in New York City between 1905-1946, he was able to collect works from such talents as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keefe, and plenty more great artists. To supplement the exhibition, photographs by the Photo-Secessionists and publications by Stieglitz will also be on display. Come see this amazing collection of major works by American and European modernists, ending January 2, 2012.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

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American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY

Examine the beauty of tropical butterflies. The Butterfly Conservatory is back at the American Museum of Natural History. Get up close and personal with over 500 butterflies from all over the world. See everything from the Longwing to the rare Blue Morpho as they eat, mate, and fly just as they would in the wild during this annual exhibition.

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The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019

Check out the MoMA’s annual New Photography series starting September 28. This year, the series expands to show the work of six talented artists. There’s everything from images of modern-day Turkey desperately trying to hold onto its traditions and landscape to pictures documenting blurred faces of people and crumbling American cities as captured by the Google Streetview lens. Artists featured in this exhibition include Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen, and Zhang Dali.

Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition

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The Frick Collection (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The Frick Collection
1 East 70th St.
New York, NY 10021

Famed artist Pablo Picasso is said to be the greatest draftsman of the twentieth century. Now you’ll be able to see a selection of more than fifty works by Picasso at The Frick Collection. The pieces on display include his academic exercises of his youth in the 1890’s to his more classic work of the early 1920’s. The exhibition demonstrates how drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso’s multifaceted art. You will also be able to see how he engaged with other artists of the time and explore how he competed with the virtuoso techniques of his predecessors. This unique exhibit runs through January 8, 2012.

Secret of Circles Exhibit

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11213

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your little one then stop by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and check out the Secret of Circles Exhibit. This highly interactive 2000 sq. ft. exhibition features 18 installations designed to inspire children and adults to ask questions and investigate the answers as they explore math, science, and engineering of circles. Runs through March 4, 2012.

Surviving Life: Collages by Jan Svankmajer

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Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 St.)
Astoria, NY 11106

Surrealist Czech animator Jan Svankmajer created an enchanting film called Surviving Life, which uses a combination of photographic collages and live-action photography to tell the story of a man named Eugene. This middle-aged man leads a double life – one real, the other in his dreams. Get an inside look on how the film was made through the upcoming exhibition at The Museum of the Moving Image called Surviving Life: Collages by Jan Svankmajer. It consists of 50 collages made during the production of the film, revealing the gentle surrealism and whimsical humor behind her artistry. A 50-minute compilation of short films by Svankmajer will also be shown continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater. Exhibit runs through February 26, 2012.

The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League

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The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128

Learn more about The New York Photo League, a group formed in 1936 of mostly young, Jewish, and first-generation American photographers. In the exhibition called The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951 at The Jewish Museum, you’ll get an inside look at what this inspiring and idealistic group documented during a tumultuous period that spanned from the Depression to the Cold War. The group believed in expressing their beliefs through the use of photographs while showing the world the gritty realities of urban life. Come learn more about this fascinating period of time and this creative group that wanted to make a difference using the power of photography.

David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre

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The Morgan Library (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Ave. at 36th St.
New York, NY 10016

Can’t get to Paris this fall? All you have to do is visit The Morgan Library & Museum. The upcoming exhibition called David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre, features the first-ever U.S. showing of some of the finest French drawings from the Louvre. Take a peak at preserved drawings from 1789-1848 by such noted artists as David, Prud’hon, Ingres, Gericault, Delacroix, and Corot. Visitors will get the rare opportunity to experience many iconic works of art inspired from such a turbulent time in French history. The exhibit runs until December 31.

David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy

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The Whitney Museum of American Art (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave. at 75th St.
New York, NY 10021

The great American sculptor David Smith had a fascination with geometric shapes and abstraction. Now you can get a better insight into his world as you walk through Cubes and Anarchy, an exhibition opening soon at The Whitney Museum of American Art. It reveals the artist’s iconic late masterpieces through over sixty sculptures, drawings, paintings, as well as rarely-seen sketchbooks and photographs. Make sure to check it out before it heads over to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Exhibition runs until January 8, 2012.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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