The SVA Spring Art Preview Is Here
It's time to get out into the world and take in some art.
April 2, 2018
by Ora Xu
It may not feel like it, given the indecisive weather outside, but spring is officially here. Now that the flowers are blooming and the season is anew, it's time to stop hibernating, get outside and explore the world again. If you'd like to poke your head out slowly, and ease into it a little while still staying warm, we've got the perfect spring art guide for you with an eclectic mix of offerings that will hopefully get those creative juices flowing again.
2018 Triennial: Songs For Sabotage
New Museum 235 Bowery, New York, NY, 10002
Through May 27
“Songs for Sabotage” is the fourth New Museum Triennial and showcases 26 artists from 19 countries. Most of the international artists' works have never been presented in the United States before and they explore their specific cultural context and raise questions to the administration of power and propaganda. Mediums vary from paintings, videos and sculptural installations. The exhibition amounts to a call for action, an active engagement and a disruption in political and social structures.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum 2 E 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Through September 3, 2018
Design by and for people with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities has surged in recent years. Access+Ability features over 70 innovative designs developed in the last decade. Fueled by advances in research and technology, this exhibition explores how the proliferation of life-enhancing products is creating unprecedented access in homes, schools, workplaces and the world at large.
Grant Wood: American and Other Fables
Whitney Museum 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Through June 10, 2018
Grant Wood’s American Gothic, one of the best-known American paintings from the 20th century, is clearly a highlight of his career. However famous, one painting alone cannot speak to an entire body of work. Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables brings together his early arts and crafts decorations, Impressionist oils, murals and book illustrations to present a fuller portrait of the artist’s life.
Swiss Institute Location varied
The Swiss Institute is putting up a series of off-site performance and events that take place during a different phase of the lunar cycle. This series runs through June 2018 in various locations and participating artists include Aria Dean, Irena Haiduk and Madeline Hollander. Lunar Intervals leads up to the museum's new location of Swiss Institute in East Village, which will open in June.
Julia Phillips: Failure Detection
MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Through September 3
Featuring six newly commissioned major works alongside existing sculptures, Failure Detection is Julia Phillips’ first solo museum exhibition. The artist uses ceramic to create objects that are intimately connected to the human form. For Phillips, the body is entangled in both the real and abstract spaces of politics.
New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368
Through June 30, 2018
Vanishing presents environmental portraits of wildlife found in the Serengeti ecosystem of Eastern and Central Africa. This exhibition highlights majestic African wildlife that is endangered and disappearing due to overpopulation, poaching, global warming and changing cultural customs.
Bronx Art Space 305 E 140th Street #1 Bronx, NY 10454
Through May 12
Highlighting unapologetic portraits by eight young female artists of color, For Us showcases their histories, lineage and pressures from daily life. Aimed to empower and dedicated to other women of color that share similar experiences, the gallery serves as a save place for artists to share their thoughts and examine how images can drive their process of healing.
David Bowie is
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Through July 15
Presenting approximately 400 objects including original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and more ephemera, David Bowie is explores the creative process of a true pop culture iconoclast. The show also includes music videos, clips from movies Bowie starred in and rarely seen international tour footage. Touring the world for five years, Brooklyn Museum is the final stop of this renowned exhibition.
Bringing Back The City: Mass Transit Responds To Crisis
New York Transit Museum Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Through September 2018
This unlikely exhibition features a unique perspective on the vital and unseen work of New York’s transit employees. Highlighting extreme situations including 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout and Hurricane Sandy, Bringing Back The City reveals the critical and underappreciated role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.
Alice Austen House
2 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
One of the earliest American women photographers, Alice Austen is best known for her documentary images. Possessing a natural instinct for photojournalism and a strong aesthetic sensibility, Austen took around 8,000 images throughout her life and more than 3,000 survive. Known as "Clear Comfort," and now a historic landmark, her Staten Island home doubles as a gallery to showcase her outstanding work.