Summer is all about getting away from the ordinary, whether that means you’re traveling further afield (Montauk crash pad) or staying closer to home (Chelsea art crawl). For those searching for a more cerebral, local escape, New York City offers more than a few solid exhibitions that will take your mind a’wanderin’, no LIRR ticket required. This June, make sure to swing by these five stand-out shows.
Prepare to get lost in a world of dramatic landscapes filled with exotic animals of all kinds. Running May 26 through August 10, Simen Johan’s show at Yossi Milo Gallery features digitally composed images that reveal the natural tensions and unexpected relationships found within the kingdom of Animalia. If you want to double down on your Johan fill, make sure to swing by Scandinavia House, which will be displaying more of the artist’s work in a concurrent show titled Another North: Landscape Reimagined. It will be up until August 6.
Landscape artist Meg Webster finds inspiration in the beauty of natural materials. Using metal, glass, salt, soil, twigs, and moss (to name a few), she creates large-scale, minimalist installations that draw awareness to nature and mankind’s carelessness towards the earth’s resources. Her show of selected works runs May 7 through June 24 at Paula Cooper Gallery.
Running through summer, MoMA PS1 presents work from one of the most innovative artists to have emerged from China. Cao Fei creates multimedia projects that explore the experiences of the Chinese youth as they develop strategies to overcome the oppressive society of modern-day China. The presentation, on display from April 3 through August 31, takes place on the first floor galleries and includes an ample selection of the artist’s work in multiple mediums, from video to photography, sculpture to installation.
Manus x Machina
In Manus x Machina, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute explores the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear clothing through the handmade or the machine-made processes. Featuring 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, this exhibition includes traditional métiers of the haute couture presented alongside the new and innovative techniques that are changing the prevailing tastes in the world of fashion. Catch it before it closes August 14.
In her first new body of work since 2012, Cindy Sherman furthers her photographic legacy by focusing on the clothing and poses of 1920s Hollywood publicity photos. Sherman’s images exude vibrancy in their rich fabrics and heavy makeup, which is in part due to a new technique of printing her work directly onto metal. The show is up at Metro Pictures Gallery through June 11.