The summer months can start to get a bit drab, as you sit in a crowded subway car with broken air conditioning dreaming wistfully of a faraway beach. Let us be your art spirit guide this July and we'll show you the what's what throughout the city.
1. The Met MANUSxMACHINA: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Put your best Anna Wintour scowl on and head to the Met's costume wing for their latest exhibition, a take on technology's effect on fashion from this year's Met Gala. Expect some insane 3-D printed dresses within a labyrinth of beaded tulle.
After you're done gaping at gowns, go grab a drink at the Penrose, and while you're at it might as well get a side of fried pickles, too.
2. The Studio Museum in Harlem Alma Thomas
Head North for some bright abstracts and watercolors from Alma Thomas. Make sure you keep this on your list for an end of July grand finale since it won't open until the 14th.
3. Scandinavia House Another North: Landscape Reimagined
Travel a bit South to this gallery for this amazing and mildly trippy show featuring photographs and video from contemporary Nordic artists.
Ole Brodersen, String, Cloth, and Kite 05, 2015. Courtesy of Muriel Guepin Gallery New York.
1. The Whitney Danny Lyon: Message to the Future
Relive the Sixties with one of the largest exhibitions of Danny Lyon's comprehensive work ever, showing his haunting American street photography. While you're at the Whitney, you may also just want to treat yourself to some milk and cookies at Untitled.
Courtesy of Grub Street.
2. Cooney The Scarlet Muse
If you're searching for a more promiscuous art adventure, these raw and intimate photographs of prostitutes from the 20th century will surely keep you captivated. Be thoroughly entranced by them until the show closes on the 22nd.
3. Swiss Institute Sam Lewitt: Less Light Warm Words
Check out this gallery space's last major show before the Soho non-profit closes its doors at the end of the summer. The light installation uses copper radiators that have a tendency to get aggressively warm, so you may want to strongly consider wearing your bathing suit.
1. MoMA PS1 Cao Fei
Enter into the fantastical world of images depicting contemporary China from Cao Fei's first show ever in America.
Courtesy of Moma PS1.
2. SculptureCenter Mika Tajima: Meridian (Gold)
Make your way to Hunter's Point South Park in Long Island City for this public installation that is a part-time spa, part-time econ class. The hot tub-like piece, which you can actually sit inside of, radiates neon colors that shift as the price of gold fluctuates in realtime. Enjoy the jacuzzi vibes as you look over the skyline through magenta mist.
Courtesy of Yasunori Matsui.
3. Pioneer Works ON
Hop off the train in Red Hook for Derrick Adams's solo exhibition. Be prepared for some bright and bold colors as he explores the concept of African Americans in the media, and make sure you check this one off your list before it closes on the 17th.
4. The Brooklyn Museum Agitprop!
This exhibit presents the art genre "agitprop"--a combo of agitation and propaganda--to show social justice projects from the turn of the 20th century, which includes some serious girl power examples from the women's rights movement. The show closes next month so if you still haven't made your way down for this, now's your last shot.
Once you're done at the Brooklyn Museum, make your way over to Al Di La Trattoria in Park Slope for some wildly delicious Italian food and vino. This place has been a staple in the hood for quite some time so the rustic vibes are no joke.