With a new year and the spring 2019 semester just under way, now is an ideal time to gather inspiration and recharge the imagination for what we hope will be the productive months ahead. With that in mind, here are 10 exciting exhibitions and installations to fuel your creativity. There’s something here for everyone, so make sure to visit at least one of the following before it’s too late.
Maren Hassinger: Monuments
Marcus Garvey Park, Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th Streets
Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street
This exhibition takes viewers on a trip through Marcus Garvey Park as they enjoy eight site-specific sculptures by artist Maren Hassinger. Using branches to create distinct forms, Hassinger’s works respond to the environment of the park.
Museum of Illusions New York, 77 Eighth Avenue
Around and around you go in the Rotated Room. From 90 degrees to a full 180, your imagination is the limit in this mind-blowing space. After enjoying this room, continue your adventure in the museum’s Infinity Room, Anti-Gravity Room or other installations.
Rochelle Feinstein: Image of an Image
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx
Through March 3
The first comprehensive exhibition of the influential, Bronx-born artist’s work, “Image of an Image” shows how Feinstein has used her abstract art to take on topical issues, such as the O.J. Simpson case and the 2008 economic crash.
Akari: Sculpture by Other Means
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Queens
Through April 14
Made with paper, bamboo and metal, Isamu Noguchi’s lamp sculptures, known as Akari lamps, have become a ubiquitous part of modern interiors. This exhibition, featuring multiple installations, shows how the exemplify the designer’s ability to mold and transform space.
Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Through March 3
Contemporary artist Robert Baines explores the issue of fake news through the lens of jewelry. This exhibition examines the relationship between jewelry and the past, and how rings, necklaces and personal pendants can be used as a document of history. By creating and fact-checking news stories present in his works, Baines is able to mold and transform what is widely accepted as the truth, and use it to show the influence fake news has on our perception of events.
Julio Le Parc 1959
The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave, New York
Through February 24
The first solo exhibition of Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc to be mounted in a New York museum, this show features over 50 works, some of them never-before-seen.
The Jim Henson Exhibition
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Jim Henson—founder of The Jim Henson Company and voice of Kermit the Frog, Ernie and many of the famous Muppets.
NY at Its Core
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue
How did New York become the city that we know it as today? Following the story of the Big Apple from its humble beginnings as a Dutch village, viewers can go through almost 450 historical objects and images, as well as interactive digital experiences, to see how “the capital of the world” came to be.
Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Through May 12
“Appearances Can Be Deceiving” is the largest U.S. exhibition in 10 years dedicated to the Mexican artist. Displaying personal belongings such as her clothing, jewelry, her hand-painted corsets and prosthetics, the show explores Kahlo’s life story, and the image she presented to the outside world.
Genesis Belanger: Holding Pattern
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York
Through April 14
With her porcelain and stoneware ceramic works, Brooklyn-based artist Genesis Belanger turns everyday objects into bizarre sculptures. Mundane items such as cigarette stubs, stray pills and a handbag become strange forms that still retain the essence of their former selves, while also representing something entirely new.