If you've seen one exhibit, you've seen them all, right? Wrong. Especially when it comes to the following artists and galleries who have gone out of their way to do something different—to do 'art' differently. Each of the exhibitions on this list has been chosen for their ability to offer varied and unique experiences that, trust us, you wouldn't want to miss. Here are three of our favorites.
Visions of Hawai'i By Georgia O'Keefe (The New York Botanical Garden)
Featuring vibrant paintings of Hawaiian flora and fauna, this is a group of little-seen works by the iconic American artist that have been brought together for the first time in 80 years exclusively for this exhibition. The crystal clear and virbant prints were originally intended to be advertisements for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, who sent O’Keeffe on a three-month-long trip to the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Kauai in order to create the pieces. What makes this exhibition unique is that each piece has been nestled alongside its respective real-life subject. You can walk through NYBG's tropical plant conservatory much in the same way that O’Keeffe walked through the tropics of Hawaii–stopping, here and there, to admire flowers both real and painted. Not to mention that a visit to NYBG is a must-do for both tourists and residents alike.
Visions of Hawai’i runs until October 28, 2018. For more information, click here.
Nothign is Perfect (Mmuseumm)
Now that we've covered your sight and sound senses, this one's here to stimulate your...OCD.
Embodying the best of New York City's quirkiness, Mmuseumm is a unique institution that aims to surprise visitors with every exhibition. Their latest endeavor, Nothign Is Perfect, is no different. A polka-dot pattern with a couple of missing dots, a crooked nail in a sculpture, a chipped art frame—Nothign is Perfect explores the idea that "humanity exists in a state of error." Sometimes things are going badly, sometimes things are a little less wrong, either way, we've learned to find wonder in imperfections. If you're the type of person who veers away from carefully captioned pieces and long guided tours, fear not, this museum opts for a very object-centric curation that gives visitors the time and freedom to observe and contemplate at their own pace. Plus Mmuseumm is also located in an abandoned elevator shaft, so the institution alone is worth a visit.
Catch Nothign Is Perfect on Saturdays and Sundays between 12 and 6 pm.
Portraits: Photographs From The 1940s and 1950s (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
The Metropolitan Museum’s fascinating series, entitled African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, features more than 150 studio portraits of men, women, children, soldiers, married couples, families, girlfriends, boyfriends. Each person standing against the painted backdrop of a waterfall or a utopic nature scene, stares straight at the viewer through the camera lens—a period of serenity in the midst of wartime and cultural upheavel.
African American Portraits: Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s runs through October 8, 2018, at The Metropolitan Museum (Gallery 852). For more information, click here.