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Some of the world's most impressive museums and exhibits are in New York?including the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and (of course) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the great things to do in NYC is to visit these spectacular collections. Whether you're a native New Yorker or here on vacation, NYC's museums have something new and interesting to offer everybody! Here is a list of what's going on this week at museums throughout New York City.

OHNY - Open House New York - Bronx Museum of the Arts
Through October 11, 2009 -

Take a self-guided tour of The Bronx Museum’s award winning North Building. In addition, a series of large scale photographs by Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao offers the best introduction to the architecture along the Grand Concourse. And drawings by Katie Holten remind us of the importance of the green parks to the community. 11:00am to 6:00pm. Admission: Free.

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004 - Morgan Library & Museum
Through October 18, 2009 -

Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan's collecting interests, the exhibition includes old master and modern drawings, literary and musical manuscripts, illuminated texts, and rare printed books and bindings. The selections were drawn from more than 1,200 works acquired since 2004 and include seminal figures from various genres.

Noguchi ReINstalled - Noguchi Museum
Through October 24, 2009 - Long Island City

A formal commemoration of the reopening of The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in its completely renovated state. While the Museum's first floor galleries and indoor/outdoor space have remained relatively unchanged, this exhibition will mark the first time the Permanent Collection will be on view in its entirety since the spring of 2002. Through consultation of the Museum's vast photographic archives, every effort will be made to present the collection as close to Noguchi's original intentions as possible. By June 17, a number of objects loaned to exhibitions abroad will also be returned to their intended configuration in the Museum's galleries and garden. A number of recent acquisitions to the Museum's collections, including a recently fabricated model reproducing Noguchi's ambitious design for the five-acre site at the Billy Rose Sculpture Garden in Jerusalem from 1960 – 1965 will also be on view.

Roxy Paine on the Roof: Maelstrom - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 25, 2009 - Manhattan

American artist Roxy Paine (b. 1966) has created a 130-foot-long by 45-foot-wide stainless-steel sculpture, especially for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Giving viewers the sense of being immersed in the midst of a cataclysmic force of nature, Maelstrom (2009) is Paine's largest and most ambitious work to date. The latest in a diverse body of work, this sculpture is one of the artist's Dendroids based on systems such as vascular networks, tree roots, industrial piping, and fungal mycelia. Set against Central Park and its architectural backdrop, the installation explores the interplay between the natural world and the built environment amid nature's inherently chaotic processes.

Hurvin Anderson - Studio Museum in Harlem
Through October 25, 2009 -

British painter Hurvin Anderson (b. 1965, Birmingham, United Kingdom) takes private and public gathering spaces as his primary subjects. People do not figure as prominently in these paintings as do the spaces they inhabit: cafés, country clubs, public parks, childhood homes and private residences converted into barber shops - small businesses that were central meeting places for Caribbean immigrants to London in the 1950s and 60s. Born in Birmingham of Jamaican parents, Anderson informally catalogues the history of that community in Britain through the spaces they inhabit. The Studio Museum in Harlem is thrilled to exhibit works from Anderson's "Barbershop" series and other paintings in his first solo museum show in New York.

Within the Woods: Landscape Drawings by Mary Reilly - Museum of the City of New York
Through November 01, 2009 -

The finely rendered graphite drawings in Within the Woods reveal unexpected scenes of seclusion--natural vistas with meandering creeks and streams, silent forests, and majestic trees--all located in parks within an hour of the bustle of midtown Manhattan.

Where the Wild Things Are: Original Drawings by Maurice Sendak - Morgan Library & Museum
Through November 01, 2009 -

This special exhibition features original drawings and manuscript pages from the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (b. 1928). The show is part of a citywide celebration honoring Mr. Sendak and marking the October 13 premiere of a new Warner Bros. movie adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to witness Sendak's creative process—from his early drafts about an unnamed boy in search of wild horses to the well-known narrative about a child named Max taming the beastly "things" of his own imagination. Twelve drawings and two manuscript pages will be on view in the Morgan's historic McKim building.

Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 - Manhattan

The introduction of esoteric Buddhism to Japan from mainland China in the ninth-century forever changed the visual landscape of Japanese religion and of Japanese art as a whole. The rituals of Mikkyo Buddhism, or the "Secret Teachings" as the newly imported doctrine was called, involve a preponderance of arrestingly beautiful and fearsome images that aim to reveal ultimate truths to the initiated. At the core of Mikkyo is the Mandala of Both Realms, paired cosmic diagrams of the Diamond World and the Matrix World. The installation explores the art of Mikkyo Buddhism from the models used to create these mandalas to the images they inspired. Important early iconographic drawings, paintings, sculpture, and textiles from the Metropolitan's permanent collection are displayed with outstanding works from other institutions and private collections.

Vermeer's Masterpiece The Milkmaid - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 - Manhattan

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage to Manhattan from Amsterdam, that city's Rijksmuseum sends perhaps the most admired painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) to the Met. Closed Mon. $20.

Watteau, Music, and Theater - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through November 29, 2009 - Manhattan

The exhibition will explore the place of music and theater in the work of the great early eighteenth-century French painter and draftsman Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), comparing an imagery of power, associated with the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, with a more optimistic and mildly subversive imagery of pleasure, developed in contemporary opera-ballet and theater. It will show that the painter's utopian vision was directly influenced by these sister arts and will shed light on the subjects of a number of Watteau's images. In addition to material drawn from various departments of the Museum, including musical instruments, porcelains, and prints, there will be a number of major loans of paintings and drawings by Watteau and his contemporaries from other collections in the United States and Europe.

Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photography - China Institute
Through December 13, 2009 -

A revealing glimpse into rural and urban daily life in China, beyond the glossy veneer of the economic boom. For the debut presentation of this traveling exhibition in America, 100 of these photographs have been selected for their union of social documentation and aesthetic expression. Taken during the years 1951 through 2003, these photographs are of a very high aesthetic order, displaying an extraordinary range of human emotion and activity, urban and rural, public and private. The exhibit is not a study of things or of places, but of people; not famous people but the anonymous and ordinary, engaged in daily life. It presents neither ideological paragons nor moral admonitions but the vitality of a nation, lodged in its diversity. These photographs reflect the radical change the country has gone through in the past half century and break through all the stereotypes of life in China that photography itself has sometimes been used to create.

New Photography 2009 - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 01, 2010 -

New Photography 2009 is a thematic presentation of significant recent work in photography that examines and expands the conventional definitions of the medium. Although the six artists in this installation -- Walead Beshty, Daniel Gordon, Leslie Hewitt, Carter Mull, Sterling Ruby, and Sara VanDerBeek -- represent diverse points of view, working methods, and pictorial modes ranging from abstract to representational, their images all begin in the studio or the darkroom and result from processes involving collection, assembly, and manipulation. Many of the works are made with everyday materials and objects, as well as images from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, and books. Some of the artists also work in other mediums and their pictures relate to disciplines such as drawing, sculpture, and installation. As traditional photographic techniques are being quickly replaced by digital technologies, the artists included here examine the process and structure of making photographs.

Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 03, 2010 - Manhattan

This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank's influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955-56. Although Frank's depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, it soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank is considered one of the great living masters of photography. The exhibition will feature all 83 photographs published in The Americans and will be the first time that this body of work is presented to a New York audience. In addition, the exhibition includes contact sheets that Frank used to create the book; earlier photographs made in Europe, Peru, and New York; a short film by the artist on his life; and his later re-use of iconic images from the series.

Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 03, 2010 -

Featuring more than eighty exceptional drawings almost exclusively from the Morgan's renowned holdings. The efflorescence of the ancien regime and its eventual downfall provide the backdrop to a century of remarkable artistic vitality and variety that subtly chronicles the many changes taking place in eighteenth-century France. Artists represented in the exhibition include Antoine Watteau, Jacques-Louis David, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Claude Gillot, Nicolas Lancret, Hubert Robert, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Pierre-Narcisse Guerin, among others.

The Erotic Object: Surrealist Sculpture from the Collection - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through January 04, 2010 -

Surrealist artists, writers, and poets placed persistent emphasis on the power of the imagination to transform the everyday. Beginning in the early 1930s, the production of elliptically erotic, sexually charged objects and sculptures became central to their concerns. This exhibition features some of the most notorious works, including Salvador Dalí's bread-and-inkwell-crowned Retrospective Bust of a Woman (1933) and Meret Oppenheim's fur-lined teacup (1936).

Paired, Gold: Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 06, 2010 -

The aesthetic dialogue between Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Roni Horn is embodied in an exchange of gold, a reciprocal gift between two artists that resonates with the poetry of their respective projects. In 1990 during Horn's solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Gonzalez-Torres encountered her sculpture Forms from the Gold Field (1980-82), two pounds of pure gold compressed into a luminous rectangular mat. Set directly on the floor in an otherwise empty gallery, the work threatens to dissolve into dazzling immateriality, the sense of pure surface that its delicacy invokes. Impressed by its radical simplicity and emotive capabilities, Gonzalez-Torres shared his memory of the work with Horn when they met in 1993. A few days later, she sent him a square of gold foil as a symbol of their newfound friendship and shared sensibilities. He was so inspired by her gesture and the expansiveness of her subtle work that he fashioned his own "gold field" in her honor: "Untitled" (Placebo – Landscape – for Roni) (1993), an endlessly replaceable candy spill of gold cellophane–wrapped sweets. Having described Horn's Gold Field in his essay "1990: L.A, 'The Gold Field'" from Earths Grow Thick: Roni Horn, as "a new landscape, a possible horizon, a place of rest and absolute beauty," Gonzalez-Torres created a gleaming, topographical sculpture that, in the spirit of his work, is always free for the taking.

Lincoln Center: Celebrating 50 Years - New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through January 06, 2010 -

The first exhibition to focus exclusively on the evolution and influence of America's first performing arts center features an extensive collection of historic and contemporary objects including photographs, ephemera, correspondence, costumes, set pieces, props and video recordings.

Intervals: Kitty Kraus - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 06, 2010 -

Kitty Kraus (b. 1976, Heidelberg, Germany) has been invited to exhibit her work for the second installment of Intervals, a new contemporary art series designed to showcase experimental projects by emerging artists. Kraus works in a spare, elegiac vocabulary of monochrome forms and humble materials such as light bulbs, mirrors, ice, and cloth. While her sculptural installations at first recall the cool, geometric precision of Minimalist art, they possess an internal volatility that can prompt their gradual fragmentation or sudden collapse. The spirit of her practice is thus more aligned with the focus on process and alchemic transformation associated with Post-Minimalism, such as the Arte Povera movement of the late 1960s or the work of Joseph Beuys and Robert Smithson. The trajectory of dissolution at the heart of Kraus's work is encapsulated in her series of bulbs or microphones encased in blocks of frozen ink, in which the heat from the embedded electronic device gradually melts the ice, leaving only a residue of murky liquid pooled on the floor or trailing the gallery walls. Likewise, her sculptures constructed from bulbs enclosed in mirrored glass boxes, in which slivers of light seep through incised edges to envelop the gallery space in delicate projected patterns are sometimes calibrated so that the heat from the light source eventually shatters the casing. As a young artist defining her career at the beginning of the 21st century -- a time of profound questioning and global crises -- Kraus rehearses the trend towards degradation and chaos known as entropy, finding a mournful beauty in the literal and symbolic failure of form.

Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733-1799) - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 10, 2010 - Manhattan

Luo Ping was one of the most versatile, original, and celebrated artists in eighteenth-century China. The youngest of the so-called Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, he was a fiercely independent artist whose works -- including portraits, landscapes, and flower paintings -- deeply influenced the course of later Chinese painting. Organized by the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, the exhibition, which consists of 37 paintings by Luo Ping, members of his family, and his mentor Jin Nong, is drawn primarily from leading museums in China and will feature a number of National Treasures that have never been shown in the West. In New York it will be complemented by about a dozen works from the Museum's collection and from several local private lenders.

Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection - Frick Collection
Through January 10, 2010 -

Selected by the curators of The Frick Collection, this exhibition of more than sixty works will include drawings and watercolors by well-known masters of the French School, including Jean-Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and Edgar Degas, as well as important figures who are less familiar to the general public.

Kandinsky - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 13, 2010 -

This exhibition draws from the three largest public holdings of the artist's work -- that of the Guggenheim Museum; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich -- as well as renowned institutions and private collections to bring together nearly one hundred paintings dating from 1907 to 1942. Complemented by more than sixty works on paper from the collections of the Guggenheim and the Hilla von Rebay Foundations, this retrospective retraces the painter's oeuvre, focusing on key events that informed his life and work.

Kandinsky - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Through January 13, 2010 -

This exhibition draws from the three largest public holdings of the artist's work -- that of the Guggenheim Museum; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich -- as well as renowned institutions and private collections to bring together nearly one hundred paintings dating from 1907 to 1942. Complemented by more than sixty works on paper from the collections of the Guggenheim and the Hilla von Rebay Foundations, this retrospective retraces the painter's oeuvre, focusing on key events that informed his life and work.

Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design - Japan Society
Through January 17, 2010 -

Living National Treasure Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984) used stencil-dyeing techniques to create irresistible works of art that range from screens and kimonos to book covers and magazine designs. The combination of Serizawa's originality and vitality with the natural beauty of his materials -- cotton, silk, hemp, and other fibers decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of natural dyes -- will make this show an unmissable visual feast.

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through January 24, 2010 - Manhattan

This exhibition presents tales artists told between the American Revolution and World War I about their times and examines how their accounts reflect shifting professional standards, opportunities for study, foreign prototypes, venues for display, and viewers' expectations. Artists include John Singleton Copley, Charles Willson Peale, William Sidney Mount, George Caleb Bingham, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, John Sloan, and George Bellows.

The Red Book of C.G. Jung - Rubin Museum of Art
Through January 25, 2010 -

The Red Book of C.G. Jung marks the first public presentation of what may be considered psychology's most influential unpublished work. Jung's fascination with mandalas -- Tibetan Buddhist representations of the cosmos used to help reach enlightenment -- is evident in these books where mandala structures figure prominently in many sketches and paintings.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection - Museum of Arts & Design
Through January 31, 2010 -

The first major museum exhibition of jewelry from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright, Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. The exhibition examines the collection for its historic significance as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a style and language of its own. The exhibition will be presented in the Museum's Tiffany & Co. Gallery, dedicated to the study and presentation of contemporary jewelry from around the world.

From Klimt to Klee: Masterworks from the Serge Sabarsky Collection - Neue Galerie
Through February 15, 2010 -

With this exhibition, Neue Galerie New York pays tribute to its co-founder, Serge Sabarsky. A tireless advocate for German and Austrian art, Sabarsky was the driving force behind the creation of the museum. He was also a dedicated collector, who acquired numerous masterworks by the artists he cherished. The exhibition demonstrates the range and quality of the Sabarsky Collection, with its holdings in works by Austrian artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, and German artists Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, among many others.

Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 21, 2010 - Manhattan

Although lacquer is used in many Asian cultures, the art of carving lacquer is unique to China. In this technique, multiple layers (as many as 200) are applied onto a substructure in the shape of a box or some other container and individually dried and carved to create lush geometric motifs, lively representations of figures in landscapes, or birds flying among flowers. This exhibition, which celebrates the Met's collection, showcases approximately 50 examples of this art form. It features several newly acquired works, as well as an important recently restored 18th-century screen that is displayed for the first time.

Pablo Bronstein at the Met - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through February 21, 2010 - Manhattan

For this exhibition, Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977) will create two new bodies of work addressing the nature of the museum. Several large ink drawings will portray a mythical history of the Metropolitan Museum, imagining the building under construction and giant artworks being transported or installed. Running in parallel, a series of smaller digital images, displayed on tables under glass, will focus on a hypothetical future of the Museum.

NEW YORK PAINTING BEGINS: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PORTRAITS - The New York Historical Society
Through March 01, 2010 - New York

The New-York Historical Society holds one of the nation's premiere collections of eighteenth-century American portraits, works that art historian James Thomas Flexner called "the first flowers of our wilderness." This installation provides twenty-first century viewers with ways of understanding these remarkably innovative and engaging paintings, some of the earliest works of American art. The exhibition focuses on 26 eighteenth-century portraits that mark the beginnings of New York's primacy as a cultural center. It also includes a sampling of related objects from other N-YHS collections. It also speaks to the ways that these works have changed over time as a result of aging materials and conservation treatments.

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 07, 2010 -

Obscure in his own lifetime, Thomas Chambers found fame in the twentieth century with the discovery of The "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," a rare signed painting of his that unlocked the identity of the artist behind a singularly flamboyant group of mid-nineteenth-century American marine and landscape paintings. Chambers's expressive style and bold decorative sensibility appealed to avant-garde taste, and he was hailed as a spunky native original, "America's first modern." Although almost nothing was known about his life, his work rapidly earned a place in the growing collections and anthologies of American folk art. As more of Chambers's work came to light, a spare life story was constructed from census records, city directories, and a handful of dated paintings that document a career in the United States between 1832 and 1865. Widely recognized but little studied in the last fifty years, the artist receives here the first survey of his work since his modern debut in New York in 1942.

Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): American Marine and Landscape Painter - American Folk Art Museum
Through March 07, 2010 -

Obscure in his own lifetime, Thomas Chambers found fame in the twentieth century with the discovery of The "Constitution" and the "Guerriere," a rare signed painting of his that unlocked the identity of the artist behind a singularly flamboyant group of mid-nineteenth-century American marine and landscape paintings. Chambers's expressive style and bold decorative sensibility appealed to avant-garde taste, and he was hailed as a spunky native original, "America's first modern." Although almost nothing was known about his life, his work rapidly earned a place in the growing collections and anthologies of American folk art. As more of Chambers's work came to light, a spare life story was constructed from census records, city directories, and a handful of dated paintings that document a career in the United States between 1832 and 1865. Widely recognized but little studied in the last fifty years, the artist receives here the first survey of his work since his modern debut in New York in 1942.

Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks - Museum of the City of New York
Through March 07, 2010 -

Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks presents the work of photographer Joel Meyerowitz, who has spent more than three years recording wild places in New York City's parks. Located in all five boroughs, these escapes to the woodlands, streams, waterfronts, marshes, and beaches are among the city's greatest assets, yet they are hidden in plain sight. These wild areas, which have been left or returned to their natural state through the city's "Forever Wild" initiative, include the craggy highlands of Manhattan, the sea-facing marshes of Brooklyn, the rocky, Maine-like coastline of the Bronx, and the nearly impenetrable forests of Queens and Staten Island. Through his photographs, Meyerowitz transports the viewer into the heart of a lush wilderness, while portraying pockets of nature as an inextricable part of city life today.

Imperial Privilege: Vienna Porcelain of Du Paquier, 1718–44 - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through March 21, 2010 - Manhattan

The second porcelain factory in Europe able to make true porcelain in the manner of the Chinese was established in Vienna in 1718. Founded by Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier, the small porcelain enterprise developed a highly distinctive style that remained Baroque in inspiration throughout the history of the factory, which was taken over by the State in 1744. Du Paquier produced a range of tablewares, decorative vases, and small-scale sculpture that found great popularity with the Hapsburg court and the Austrian nobility. This exhibition will chart the history of the development of the Du Paquier factory, setting its production within the historic and cultural context of Vienna in the first half of the eighteenth century. The porcelain to be featured will be drawn from both the Metropolitan Museum and the premier private collection of this material.

Lincoln and New York - New-York Historical Society
Through March 25, 2010 -

New York's role as the Union's prime provider of manpower, treasure, media coverage, image-making, and protest, some of it racist -- the 1863 Draft Riots and the robust effort to unseat Lincoln in 1864 -- are traced alongside Lincoln's concurrent growth as a leader, writer, symbol of Union and freedom, and ultimately as national martyr. Through all, from political parades to funeral processions, New York played a surprisingly central role in the Lincoln story -- and Lincoln became a leading player in the life of New York. This exhibition commemorates the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial.

Slash: Paper Under The Knife - Museum of Arts & Design
Through April 04, 2010 -

Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world's renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD's Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.

Monet's Water Lilies - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Through April 12, 2010 -

The Museum of Modern Art presents an installation that will, for the first time since the Museum's reopening in 2004, feature the full group of Claude Monet's late paintings in the collection. These include a mural-sized triptych (Water Lilies, 1914–26) and a single-panel painting of the water lilies in the Japanese-style pond that Monet cultivated on his property in Giverny, France (Water Lilies, 1914–26), as well as The Japanese Footbridge (c. 1920–22) and Agapanthus (1914–26), depicting the majestic plants in the pond's vicinity. These paintings have long held a special status with the Museum's audiences and, much like MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, they provide a modern oasis in the center of midtown Manhattan. These works will be complemented by two loans of closely related paintings.

Surface Tension: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 16, 2010 - Manhattan

Photographs are often perceived as transparent windows onto a three-dimensional world. Yet photographs also have their own material presence as physical objects. Contemporary artists who exploit this apparent contradiction between photograph as window and photograph as object are featured in Surface Tension. This exhibition presents 30 works that play with the inherent tension between the flatness of the photograph and the often lifelike illusion of depth. Surface Tension highlights the ways in which artists use photographic and multi-media techniques to direct our attention to the physical surface of the photograph. Among the works featured are photographs that have been purposely scratched, burned, or painted on, as well as photograms made by placing objects directly on top of a sheet of photographic paper. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the permanent collection and features several recent acquisitions and other contemporary photographs never before shown at the Museum.

Approaching Abstraction - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 06, 2010 -

It is commonly assumed that contemporary self-taught artists work solely in a representational style, eager to engage in storytelling and personal memory. But while the narrative tradition often is a primary impulse, a significant number exhibit a tendency to be seduced by material, technique, color, form, line, and texture, creating artwork that omits or obscures representation. "Approaching Abstraction" highlights the work of more than forty of these artists and includes European art brut masters, such as Aloise Corbaz, Rafael Lonne, and Adolf Wolfli; self-taught artists from the American South, such as Thornton Dial Sr., Bessie Harvey, J.B. Murry, and Purvis Young; and lesser-known artists, such as Johnny Culver, Hiroyuki Doi, and Melvin Way. This first exploration into nonobjective expression within this field is selected entirely from the museum's permanent collection.

Up Close: Henry Darger and the Coloring Book - American Folk Art Museum
Through September 13, 2010 -

Henry Darger (1892-1973) adopted countless images from popular-media sources, such as newspapers, magazines, comics, and cartoons, but no single source influenced him as steadily as the coloring book. This intimate exhibition features nine examples culled from the museum's extensive Henry Darger Study Archive, illustrating the primary role the coloring book played for this important twentieth-century artist.

Highway of An Empire: The Great Inca Road - American Museum of Natural History
Through September 30, 2010 -

An exhibition of over 35 striking photographs featuring the 25,000 miles of roads and trails that the Incas built six centuries ago in South America. On view in the IMAX Corridor on the second floor, the exhibition explores the roads that crisscrossed the Incan realm, radiating out from Cuzco, the Inca capital tucked in the mountains of modern-day Peru.


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