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From 'Sinful' Designs to Protest Art: Current and Upcoming NYC Exhibitions

As befits its status as an international creative hub, New York City is home to many world-class art and design museums, many of which offer free admission to the SVA community. From “sinful” designs to protest art to gender fluid expressions, here are several notable current and upcoming exhibitions that SVA students, faculty and staff can visit at no cost.

"An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940 – 2017" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Open indefinitely.
This exhibition features artists that have confronted political and social issues from the 1940s to the present day. Spotlighting particular moments and themes, the work on display, though historical, is still relevant today.

"The Virtue in Vice" at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street
Through March 25, 2018
This exhibition explores the seven deadly sins—pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth—using masterfully designed objects chosen from Cooper Hewitt’s collection. Learn more about how each of the sins is represented in the exhibition here.

"Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting" at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
October 22, 2017 – March 11, 2018
This first retrospective of artist Carolee Schneemann’s six-decade career encompasses painting, performance, film and multimedia installations that consider subjectivity and the social construction of the female body.

"Arts of Korea" at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Open indefinitely.
Selections from the Brooklyn Museum’s vast collection of Korean art, displayed in the museum's renovated and expanded exhibition space. The works on view range from ancient ceramics, to jewelry and costumes, to paintings and beyond.


"Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery
Through January 21, 2018
In this exhibition, more than 40 intergenerational artists use a variety of mediums to investigate gender’s place in contemporary art and culture and to instigate a movement toward more fluid expressions of identity.

"Items: Is Fashion Modern?" at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Through January 28, 2018
This exhibition features 111 clothing items and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, and considers how fashion relates to functionality, culture, aesthetics, politics, labor, identity, economy and technology.

SVA students, faculty and staff can find more details on SVA’s museum benefits by visiting MySVA, and clicking "SVA Museum Benefits" in the Quick Links section on the right side of the page.

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