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The Little Prince: Taking Flight

The Morgan Library & Museum
Closes Feb 5

The Morgan holds the original manuscript and art for one of the world’s most widely read and cherished books, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince (1943). Writing in exile during the second World War, Saint-Exupéry distilled his experience as a pilot into the unforgettable fictive landscape of The Little Prince—a world of wise creatures, headstrong plants, and lovely, lonesome deserts.

See  Saint-Exupéry’s remarkable watercolors, drawings, and manuscript drafts. Photographs, portraits, non-fiction writing, and personal effects contextualize the author’s milieu, while objects related to the book’s translation and adaptation follow the subsequent travels of The Little Prince across world languages and media.

Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Closes Feb 19

Explore the maximalist stagecraft, design, performance, and music of genre-defying artist Matthew Flower better known as Machine Dazzle. See 100 of the artist’s creations for stage, spectacles, and street theater, alongside a variety of environments, ephemera, material samples, photography, and video.

Look for sequins, glitter, feathers and beads, with found fantastical and found objects, such as ping pong balls, hoop skirts, slinkies and soup cans among Machine Dazzle’s living sculptures. Follow the metamorphosis of Flower, a closeted suburban kid from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, into “Machine Dazzle,” the queer experimental theater genius.

Installed on two floors of the Museum, the multimedia exhibition also includes the first public installation of more than two dozen tour-de-force costumes created by the artist for himself and his long-time collaborator, Taylor Mac, to wear in the queer performance art concert production, Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (2016), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Note that some of the works on view contain adult sexual content; ask a museum employee for guidance through the spacious exhibition.

Alex Katz: Gathering

Closes Feb 21

Staged in the city where 95-year-old artist Alex Katz has lived and worked his entire life, and prepared with the close collaboration of the artist, this retrospective fills the museum’s stunning Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda.  Encounter works fusing the energy of Abstract Expressionist canvases with the American vernaculars of the magazine, billboard, and movie screen. Meet New Yorker poets, artists, critics, dancers, and filmmakers who have animated the cultural avant-garde from the postwar period to the present.

Encompassing paintings, oil sketches, collages, drawings, prints, and freestanding “cutout” works, the exhibition begins with the artist’s intimate sketches of riders on the New York City subway from the late 1940s and culminates in the rapturous, immersive landscapes that have dominated his output in recent years.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

David Zwirner 19th Street
Closes Feb 25

See four major installations and other evocative works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres—two of which have never been realized in the manner envisioned by the artist before his untimely death in 1996 from complications related to AIDS. Get free candy from an always-changing 700-pound pool of black candy in clear wrappers. Admire two twelve-foot diameter circular reflecting pools, embedded and level with the floor of the gallery space. The pools are positioned to be just touching, causing a nearly imperceptible exchange of water.

In Praise of Caves

The Noguchi Museum
Closes Feb 26

In Praise of Caves: Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman, and Javier Senosiain features a selection of projects and site-specific installationsby these four artist–architects that explore the adaptation of natural structures to modern living, the practical and environmental benefits of moving underground, and how humanity might reconnect with the essential happiness of living in concert with nature. Together with the ongoing exhibition Noguchi Subscapes, these projects will turn The Noguchi Museum into a subterranean environment as a metaphor for contemplating and perhaps reassessing our place in the world.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

New-York Historical Society
Closes Feb 26

See historic toy trains, figurines, and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection. Look for fun details in a variety of toy train stations dating from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era, plus toy rides including a miniature Ferris wheel, carousel, blimp ride, and roller coaster. Giant screens display animations and fun facts about the toys.

Pick up a train-themed I Spy scavenger hunt and look for special trains, airplanes, animals, and more.

See our guide to New-York Historical Society – don’t miss the interactive DiMenna Children’s History Museum in the basement and make-your-own-Tiffany Lamp on the fourth floor.

Wednesday–Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am–8 pm (pay-what-you-wish 6-8 pm)
Saturday–Sunday 11 am – 5 pm


Monet’s Garden

Monet’s Garden
Closes Feb 26

Take an immersive 360-degree journey through the history and works of one of the greatest artists of the past century. Through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, enter the world famous artworks of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Elaborate installations and projections, combined with music, create rushing worlds of color and make the paintings come alive. Explore Monet’s…

Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Mar 5

See what a machine might dream about after seeing the art in MoMA’s collection in a trippy, vibrant large-scale  digital video in the museum’s lobby produced by artificial intelligence.

Artist Refik Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to reimagine more than 200 years of arts. Site-specific input from the environment —changes in light, movement, acoustics,…

Library for the Performing Arts – Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars

Lincoln Center
Closes Mar 6

Explore the life and work of the icon whose profound influence—musically, visually, and culturally—still affects a range of artists and writers today.

The exhibition, named after a lyric from “Romeo Had Juliette” from Reed’s solo album, New York, presents previously unseen and unheard work of a prolific and uncompromising artist—songwriter, musician, performer, poet, photographer, and…

Chiharu Shiota: Signs of Life

Galerie Templon
Closes Mar 9

Go inside a spectacular site-specific installation and explore a series of previously unseen sculptures and drawings by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. Skillfully woven knotted white and red threads create fantastical scenes combining salvaged window frames, a piano, suitcases, books and used clothes. Look for evocative everyday objects – old suitcases, stained dolls, miniature furniture and…

Nick Cave: Forothermore

Closes Mar 10

Explore the career of Nick Cave, internationally celebrated for his elaborate installations and textile works, including his iconic Soundsuits, which blend sculpture, costume design, and instrument-making. See sculpture, installation, video, and rarely seen early works. The title is a neologism, a new word that reflects the artist’s lifelong commitment to creating space for those who…

OUR ROOTS RUN DEEP: Finding Home in Chinatown

Pearl River Mart SoHo
Closes Mar 23

Using only cardboard and glue, Chinese American artist Warren King captures in exquisite beauty and detail everyday moments in nearby Chinatown. Distinctive life-sized sculptures, as well as smaller scale and wall-hanging pieces, depict local residents: women engaged in lively conversation, a hardworking fish vendor, players and spectators of an intense game of Chinese chess, and…

Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Closes Mar 26

Did you know Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture was once colorful? Learn the colorful backstory of polychromy (“many colors” in Greek) in an exhibit highlighting cutting-edge scientific methods used to identify ancient color and examining how color helped convey meaning in antiquity.⁣⁣
Presented alongside original Greek and Roman works representing similar subjects…

Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

Hall des Lumières
Closes Mar 31

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese painter Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Be immersed in his iconic works, projected on marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of a historic former bank using unique, cutting-edge mapping technology, synchronized to an original soundtrack.

The first exhibit…

“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

New-York Historical Society
Closes Apr 2

Examine how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant in an interactive, immersive exhibit –  and pose with cut-outs of favorite foods.

Explore the food of immigration, the heyday of the deli in the interwar period, delis and Broadway, stories of Holocaust survivors and…

Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Apr 15

Experience being on a movie set and see first-hand how an international team of designers, craftspeople, and animation artists in Portland, Oregon, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Altrincham, England worked collaboratively to realize Guillermo del Toro’s first stop-motion animated feature.

See fascinating production art and props from various phases of puppet-making along classic and contemporary editions and…

Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Brooklyn Museum
Closes May 7

See bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in a survey of Pierre Cardin’s decades-long career at the forefront of fashion invention. Explore an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes containing over 170 objects drawn from legendary couturie atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Jul 16

Explore notable examples of interaction design, the points of contact between objects—whether machines, apps, or entire infrastructures—and people. Watch video games  such as Tetris and Pac-Man, to immersive explorations of the natural world, like Flower, and  records of indigenous traditions and culture, like Never Alone. Works ranges from the iconic and universal @ sign, a symbol dating back to…

LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion

Museum of the Moving Image
Closes Aug 27

Experiment with characters and environments from Coraline, ParaNorman, Missing Link and other popular LAIKA films and create short films to share and post online. Also see puppets, sets, and video clips from all five of the studio’s renowned films.

See our guide to the Museum of the Moving Image.

Thursday 2-6 pm
Friday 2–8…

Noguchi Subscapes

The Noguchi Museum
Closes Sep 3

Explore Isamu Noguchi’s particular interest in the unseen and hidden: invisible forces, subterranean structures and their makers, spatial metaphors for the unknown, and the inner recesses of the self. Forty unusual sculptures and designs invite visitors to look high and low and from different angles.


American Museum of Natural History
Closes Sep 4

Get up close with dozens of life-sized models of spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood sharks. Go inside the jaw of an megalodon, see fossils, touch models of teeth, hunt like a hammerhead and more in touch-free interactive displays. Take a photo inside a giant jawbone and turn yourself into a shark on augmented reality screens.

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

New York Public Library
Closes Dec 31

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Closes Dec 31

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival with photographs, memorabilia, creator highlights, comic book reading stations, and clips from past festival programs. Drawn from the Schomburg Center’s archival collections, this exhibition illuminates the long history of Black comics and sequential art creators and their motivations…