EXHIBITS

There's always something exciting opening (& closing) in NYC. Don't miss these must-see temporary museum exhibits & pop-ups!

Also see our guide to NYC museums, which are always pretty spectacular (and cool public art).

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Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Showstoppers! NYC
Closes Sep 26

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments.  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity…

Dynamic H2O

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)
Closes Sep 30

Cool off at a splashy water exhibit with 800 sq. ft. of of hands-on interactives and colorful graphics. Children can trace the path of New York City’s water as they play and explore. Learn about the water cycle, pretend to fish, pump water to the top of a skyscraper, create a 92 mile aqueduct and…

Matthew Stone: A Portrait of The Artist in the Metaverse

The Hole
Closes Oct 10

Colorful paintings  of figures on linen are complemented by giant LED screens “playing” the same figures and draped fabrics in fluid motion and thirty portraits are available as linens paired with free NFTs (or NFTs paired with free linens) in the exhibit featuring pioneering work with digital technology by Matthew Stone.

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Happy-Go-Lucky

Happy-Go-Lucky
Closes Oct 17

Immerse yourself in a fantastic multimedia environment. Explore colorful, photogenic rooms with optical illusions, glittering lights, a dazzling diamond runway and more. Take photos in a mirrored clamshell and play in a “Pink Sugar Pool.”

It’s a little hard to find – on Mercer across from Alexander Wang via an unmarked open door next to…

The Obama Portraits Tour

Brooklyn Museum
Closes Oct 24

See the iconic official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald in person in a limited stop of a  five-city tour. Reserve timed tickets in advance; slots are selling out .

See our guide to the Brooklyn Museum.

 

Jen Stark: Cascade

The William Vale
Closes Oct 24

Explore 6,000 square feet of interactive projections and 3-D mapped environments alongside Jen Stark’s mind-bending paintings and sculptures. Stark’s interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant growth, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries results in a colorful, psychedelic experience for all ages.

Closed Mondays. Admission is cheaper on weekdays & before 5…

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

American Folk Art Museum
Closes Oct 30

Look for animals, trains, witches, cars and more delightful sculptures in American Folk Art Museum’s small exhibition highlighting the beauty, historical significance, and technical virtuosity of American vanes fashioned between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries.

Also shop for unique toys, books, affordable art and gifts for all ages at the charming gift shop.

Met Roof Garden: As Long as the Sun Lasts

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Closes Oct 31

Find stunning views of Central Park and a giant introspective, blue ⁣⁣Big Bird swinging on a moon mobile on the Met’s roof garden. Standing 26 feet tall, Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts” features Sesame Street mixed with the modern aesthetic of Alexander Calder’s standing mobiles (which you can see at

Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG

New York Botanical Garden
Closes Oct 31

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and expected to sell out. Up to four people can enter the at once.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm.

MORE MUST-SEES

Automania

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Dec 12

See classic cars, car parts, films, photographs, posters, paintings, and sculptures, ranging from Lily Reich’s 1930s designs for a tubular steel car seat to Andy Warhol’s Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times. Get a close up of nine cars, including Ferrari race car in the lobby and a recently restored Volkswagen Type 1 sedan (better known…

The Nature of Color

American Museum of Natural History
Closes Dec 21

Explore five gorgeous, immersive rooms that dive into the science behind light, the cultural significance of certain hues and the emotions color can evoke.

Experiment with light, explore how colors make you feel, discover how animals use color and find out how objects can produce colors in many different ways.

Fascinating for all ages. At…

New York, New Music: 1980-1986

Museum of the City of New York
Closes Dec 31

Discover Run-DMC, the Talking Heads, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, John Zorn and other great 80s NYC musicians. Watch amazing videos plus see posters, photos costumes & more. Explore the broader music and cultural scene, including the innovative media outlets, venues, record labels, fashion and visual arts centered in New York City during the community-driven musical renaissance of the early 1980s (and see some awesme break dancing).

To hear the songs and videos in the exhibition, bring your own corded headphones to insert into the plugs provided for optimal sound, or pick up free disposable headphones at the ticket desk.

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Jan 15

Take a deep dive into the full breadth of Alexander Calder’s career and inventiveness win a survey of early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewelry, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures, the exhibition

Calder’s work was first exhibited at MoMA in 1930, just months after the Museum opened its doors. Throughout MoMA’s…

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Closes Feb 13

Relax and discuss on handmade stools and textiles in a site-specific installation that reimagines the religious tradition of the tabernacle as a communal space while admiring monumental crochet sculptures and vivid abstract paintings.

See our guide to the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD).

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Brooklyn Museum
Closes Feb 20

Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments from the legendary house of Dior as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and more.

Immersive installations include an enchanted garden in the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court, a toile room, and a  gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars…

Puppets of New York

Museum of the City of New York
Closes Mar 1

Explore the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of New York City’s quirkiest residents. From Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch; from Lamb Chop to The Lion King; from Lunar New Year to the Thanksgiving Day parade, the marionettes, shadow figures, and rod and hand puppets of New York have regaled our stages, studios, and…

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Closes Sep 5

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

* Advance timed tickets required. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…