10 Don’t-Miss Exhibitions in NYC This Winter Break
December 13, 2018 by Danielle Peters
Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, I through VII 2015/2016

Survived the fall semester? Great, winter break is nearly here. It will soon be time for you to get some much-deserved rest and relaxation, and what better way to catch a breather—and maybe grab some inspiration—than to go out and surround yourself with the work of fellow artists. With these 10 must-see shows, you’re sure to feel reinvigorated and full to the brim with renewed inventiveness just in time for the start of the New Year and spring semester.

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Pieces of glass from the exhibition “Tiffany’s Iridescence: Glass in Rainbow Hues,” Queens Museum, New York. Photo courtesy of The Neustadt.

Tiffany’s Iridescence: Glass in Rainbow Hues the Neustadt Collection
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona
Through October 2019

Presented in The Neustadt Gallery, this exhibition focuses on Louis C. Tiffany’s avant-garde achievements in iridescent glass art. With his use of bright colors and eye-catching patterns, Tiffany’s works are all vastly different but still cohesive in their unique style.

Jewelry: The Body Transformed
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Through February 24, 2019

An exhibition on the impact that jewelry has had on the human body, with a vast collection of 230 objects that range from headdresses to brooches and belts, this showcase delves into the history of jewelry and the cultural meaning it has carried throughout many centuries for many civilizations.

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Aggregation 17-NV089, 2017, mixed media with Korean mulberry paper. Courtesy of Young Hwan Jeong, via brooklynmuseum.org.

Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Through July 2019

An exhibition of intricately designed paper sculptures, known as “aggregations,” by Korean artist Kwang Young Chun. Combining hundreds of paper parcels, Chun creates intriguing textures that resemble crystal formations and other elements of nature.

Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street
Through March 31, 2019

Experience Andy Warhol’s intense experimentation phase in this exhibition featuring 350 pieces of his works made after his attempted assassination in 1968. This show re-examines the Warhol of the past and all that is known about his work, and reintroduces him as an artist for the present.

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Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, I through VII, 2015–16, seven-channel video (color, sound, continuous duration), dimensions variable. Jointly owned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired in part through the generosity of Agnes Gund and Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder; and Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Through February 18, 2019

“Disappearing Acts” emphasizes Nauman’s thoughts on the absence of life in human actions. This exhibition captures how moments of disappearance and concealment can be molded into an art form. Using various mediums, Nauman’s art style shifts frequently and can be anything from watercolor paintings to blazing neon signs and sound installations.

It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200
The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
Through January 27, 2019

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, this exhibition delves into how author Mary Shelley created the famous monster, and how the novel has continued to have an impact on culture and society. With original manuscripts and artifacts such as comic books and movie memorabilia, this show explains how the iconic story of Frankenstein has continued to fascinate us.

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Martha Rosler, Cleaning the Drapes, from the series “House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home,” c. 1967—72. Image courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, via thejewishmuseum.org.

Martha Rosler: Irrespective
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue
Through March 3, 2019

Showcasing five decades of work, this exhibition delves into the political artistry of Martha Rosler. Through the use of photographs, sculptures and videos, Rosler’s work conveys a sense of urgency about the ever-present topics of gender inequality, war and gentrification.

A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood/The Otolith Group/Matti Braun
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Through February 4, 2019

Challenging the history of cultures, three artists use an expansive set of mediums—from an “interactive lake” to paintings, sculptures and photography—to tell a detailed story of the rising modernization of Bengal. Throughout this exhibition, each of the artists and their works will be highlighted and explained.

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Jordan Eagles, Blood Mirror, 2015–present. Photograph by Leo Herrera, via mcny.org.

Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue
Through April 2019

This exhibition examines New York’s historic battle against infectious diseases and how our understanding of such conditions has changed the everyday life of society. Through the use of interactive art and historical artifacts, “Microbes and the Metropolis” provides a visual enlightenment of the relationship between humans and germs.

Liliana Porter: Other Situations
El Museo, 1230 Fifth Avenue
Through January 27, 2019

“Other Situations” appraises work made by artist Liliana Porter from 1973 to 2018. Highlighting the difference between Porter’s portrayal of reality and fiction, this exhibition features a variety of famous figures reimagined in her styles, such as Elvis Presley, Mickey Mouse and Benito Juárez.