Art has the uncanny ability to influence perspective, understand cultures, and, in more spectacular instances, change history. As 2015 gives way to the new year, chart a course through these offbeat exhibits currently on display in New York City. Now’s the time to make a resolution to appreciate not simply the images at their face value, but to dig deep into the words, meanings, and movements behind them.
Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom
Explore 230 marvelous objects, many never before shown Stateside, of a great cultural revolution that lasted nearly 400 years of ancient Egypt’s first reign of the Middle Kingdom’s pharaoh. Running now through January 24, 2016. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more details.
Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars
In the first-ever major museum exhibition devoted to the work of Ernest Hemingway, Between Two Wars focuses on one of the most consistently creative phases of Hemingway’s career. With an extensive catalogue of ephemera, including drafts of short stories, filled notebooks, revised manuscripts, paintings, photographs, and personal items, this exhibit dutifully details Hemingway’s prolific brilliance. Running now through January 31, 2016. Visit the Morgan Library for more details.
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979
Delve into the intense photographic experimentations made by Japanese artists during an era of social and political upheaval. With 200 works shown, For a New World to Come is the first comprehensive exhibition to highlight this radical break into Japanese contemporary art. Running now through January 10, 2016. Visit the Japan Society for more details.
Robert Smithson: POP Works, 1961-1964
For James Cohan’s first show in its L.E.S. space, the gallery presents Robert Smithson: POP Works. The show spans a collection of works on paper and select sculpture created by the artist between 1961 and 1964, a time when Smithson was developing his artistic theories and language, all while being immersed in the excitement and experimentation of the downtown NYC art scene at the time. Running now through January 10, 2016. Visit James Cohan Gallery for more details.
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008
Past and present merge as you immerse yourself in the visual record of Coney Island. From classic landscape paintings to striking photographs by the likes of Diane Arbus and Harold Feinstein, Visions of an American Dreamland charts the shifting attitudes towards the iconic beach destination, decade in and decade out. Running now through March 13, 2016. Visit the Brooklyn Museum for more details.
Steve McCurry: India
Photographer Steve McCurry is a master when it comes to capturing the mysteries and complexities of life. In a new exhibition co-organized by the Rubin Museum and the International Center of Photography, Steve McCurry: India brings together amazing images of people, monuments, landscapes, seasons, and the cities of India. Running now through April 4, 2016. Visit the Rubin Museum for more details.