5 New York Exhibitions to See in 2019
New year, new cultural calendar. As we ring in 2019 with a bang, one of the most exciting things to look forward to is the never-ending dose of inspiration that new museum exhibitions provide. From a quirky take on fashion history to classic art from particular decades reimagined, we’ve rounded up five must-visit shows to see this year.
February 8–May 12, 2019
Frida Kahlo has an incredibly recognizable aesthetic—both in terms of her paintings and her sense of style in clothing and beauty, as seen in her own self-portraits. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will take a very different approach to the artist’s work when the exhibition opens in February. Instead of focusing solely on her artwork, this show will also display Kahlo’s own clothing and personal possessions. It will be the first U.S. exhibition to do so, and it will be the largest U.S. exhibition devoted to Kahlo in ten years.
February 24–July 6, 2019
Step inside what is arguably New York City’s most legendary tribute to modern art this February. Joan Miró Birth of the World takes a deep dive into the work of the Spanish painter, ceramicist and sculptor. Over 60 paintings, objects and illustrations made between the 1920s and 1950s will be on view. Many of the pieces are organized in the exhibition to show the creative process behind Miro’s work, touching on inspiration found in poetry and literature.
May 9–September 8, 2019
Each year in May, the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts a fascinating exhibition related to all things fashion. This year’s theme is all about camp and the many ways fashion and its designers have used clothing and accessories as a vessel to display humor, ostentatiousness and theatrics. A myriad of designer work will be included, such as Alessandro Michele for Gucci and Jeremy Scott for Moschino. There’s never been a better time to explore the hidden irony within fashion.
March 29–Summer 2019
This spring, take a journey through the history of color in art during the 1960s at The Whitney museum. The show will group works of art and artists by their approach to color (both the bold and the somber) rather than by movement (such as Op Art or Pop Art). Many of the paintings in the show were created by artists heavily involved in women’s rights and civil rights movements. Work from Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler, Marcia Hafif and others will be on view.
June 21–November 6, 2019
Jean-Michel Basquiat might just be one of the most iconic artists associated with New York City of all time. So, why not take in his work at the iconic Guggenheim museum? This exhibition in particular focuses on the artist’s identity and his role of activism in New York City during the early 1980s. Supporting work from other artists of Basquiat’s generation (Keith Haring and Andy Warhol) will also be included.