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Summertime Sights: Exhibitions and Outdoor Installations in NYC

The spring semester is over at last and now it's summer—a great time to explore New York City and enjoy its endless cultural offerings. Here are just some of the many notable local exhibitions and attractions worth checking out over the next few months.

Camp: Notes on Fashion
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Through September 8
Using Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay "Notes on Camp" as its jumping-off point, this exhibition explores the meaning of camp and its unique aesthetic, with more than 250 objects dating as far back as the 17th century on display.

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Through August 18
In its relatively short lifetime, the punk genre has transcended music to influence a number of other creative fields. From posters and texts to zines and flyers, this exhibition shows how the introduction of punk led to a new era of graphic design.

Whitney Biennial 2019
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street
Through September 22
Featuring 75 artists—including SVA alumni Brian Belott and Christine Sun Kim—the Whitney Biennial provides a survey of contemporary American art, as filtered through the interests of the invited curators.

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Through October 1
Marked as the first major exhibition in an art museum to be solely dedicated to the instruments of rock and roll, "Play It Loud" features more than 130 instruments, dating from 1939 through 2017, and played by such icons as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley and Prince.

The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Through October 27
This exhibition introduces the work of Simone Leigh, a multimedia artist and recipient of the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize. Mainly based around the black female experience, Leigh’s work explores themes of resilience and resistance.

Diedrick Brackens: Darling Divined
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Through September 8
Diedrick Brackens' first institutional solo exhibition, "Darling Divined" consists of a new installation of weavings. These woven textiles explore the topics of black and queer identity in the United States and incorporate of West African weaving techniques, European tapestry traditions and quilting methods from the American South.

Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Corona Park, Queens
Through August 18
This exhibition brings together contemporary artists from across Latin America and the United States, all of whom have created science-fiction inspired works to examine how we go about living in our world.

Iridescence
Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street
Through October 27
Celebrating the beauty of iridescence, this exhibition demonstrates how this optical effect has maintained a lasting effect on design. Featuring a number of glass and ceramic pieces, this installation shows the various ways designers have experimented with iridescent materials.

Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
New York Historical Society Museum and Library, 170 Central Park West, New York
Through September 22
New-York Historical Society celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the start of the gay-rights movement. This event features two exhibitions: "Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall"—which highlights the ways in which nightlife has influenced the LGBTQ culture, community and placement in political conversation—and "By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives," which is about the growth of a community and organization centered around LGBTQ people, with a focus on the contributions of lesbians and queer women.

Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx
Through September 1
Machines were created to be of use, but what if they were assembled in a way that left them utterly useless? "Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing" demonstrates this idea with a selection of machines created by a group of artists who strive to invoke a sense of irony.

Summer Extra: Outdoor Installations
What's better than enjoying some of the city's best art while also enjoying the newly warm weather? Here—culled from a recent list by the useful New York City culture blog Untapped Cities—is a short list of outdoor installations that will be on view during the next several months.

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Alicja Kwade, Parapivot, installation view at the Met Roof Garden. Photo by Daniela Salazar for Untapped Cities.

Siah Armajani, Bridge Over Tree, 2019, on view until September 29. Photograph by Timothy Schenck, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY<span class="redactor-invisible-space">.</span>

Siah Armajani, Bridge Over Tree, 2019, installation view at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy Public Art Fund, NY.

<p "="">A beehive-shaped building consisting of stacked, open-air walkways.
The Vessel, designed by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio. Photo by Michelle Young for Untapped Cities.
<p "="">A large partial sculpture of a head, leaning on its side and installed at a Central Park entrance.

Mark Manders, Tilted Head, installation view at Central Park, 60th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo by Belinda Valentin for Untapped Cities.

Art in Concrete Plant Park by Sohhee Oh, Lovie Pignata, and Moses Ros<span class="redactor-invisible-space">. Photo courtesy Sohhee Oh, via NYC Parks</span>.
Sohhee Oh, Lovie Pignata, and Moses Ros, Art in Concrete Plant Park, 2019. Photo courtesy Sohhee Oh, via NYC Parks.

1. Alicja Kwade's Parapivot at the Met Roof Garden, on view through October 27
2. Bridge Over Tree at Brooklyn Bridge Park, on view through September 29
3. The Vessel, ongoing
4. Mark Manders' Tilted Head, on view through September 1
5. Art in Concrete Plant Park, on view through September 27

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