Opening This Week

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Using a different approach to their annual fashion exhibition, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (September 18, 2021 – September 5, 2022), an inclusive selection of clothing designs from the 1940s to the present, thematically arranged by intangible qualities of emotion and character. Displayed in individual cases, each outfit represents American fashion’s creativity, its reference points, and the importance of human connections.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Hours: Sun – Tues and Thurs: 10-5, Fri – Sat: 10-9, Closed Wednesday. ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR ENTRY (which is separate from admission fees) ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL VISITORS. Admission: Out of state visitors: Adults: $25, Seniors: $17, Students not from NY, NJ, or CT: $12, Children under 12 years: Free, Members: Free. These admission tickets are good for three consecutive days and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

Admission for NYS residents (must show proof, see website for details): Pay what you wish, Students from NY, NJ, CT (must show current student id): Pay what you wish. These admission tickets are good for same day only and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

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Philip Guston, Blackboard, 1969. Oil on canvas 201.9 x 284.5 cm / 79 1/2 x 112 in © The Estate of Philip Guston Courtesy the Estate and Hauser & Wirth Private Collection Photo: Genevieve Hanson

Philip Guston, 1969-1979 – Hauser and Wirth

Given the recent cancellation of a major exhibition on Philip Guston (due to sensitive issues in displaying certain images given the social justice protests of 2020, according to news publications), it’s encouraging that Hauser and Wirth are continuing their program of showing his works. In Philip Guston, 1969-1979 (September 9 – October 30, 2021), rarely seen canvases force viewers to think beyond the cartoonish, sometimes shocking content, towards larger questions of white culpability and US history. There are no answers from the artist, but his struggle to understand racial issues and human frailty is one that a modern audience can relate to.

Hauser and Wirth, 542 West 22nd Street, Hours: Tue – Sat: 10-5, Admission: Free. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


Credit: Andy Warhol, Flowers (10 of 10 in Suite from Flowers Portfolio), 1970, Screenprint on paper, 28/250. From the Bank of America Collection. © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Andy Warhol Portfolio: A Life in Pop Works from the Bank of America Collection – National Arts Club

Although it’s been 34 years since Andy Warhol died, his place in modern art and contemporary thought has never faded. As an artist, film director, producer, and magazine publisher, his promotional activities for himself (and others) have few parallels in the arts and media. As a result, it’s easy to lose sight of his uncanny ability to take simple forms and create a layered, nuanced series of images with color combinations that subtly influence how they’re perceived. In the traveling exhibit, Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop Works from the Bank of America Collection (September 7 – November 4, 2021), visitors will have the chance to explore this skill in several of the artist’s prints series such as Endangered Animals, Grapes, Sunset, Myths, Space Fruit: Still Lifes, Sunset, and more, displayed in three galleries at the National Arts Club.

National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place), Hours: Mon – Fri: 10-5, Admission: Free. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


The Push Pin Legacy and You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits – Poster House

For the fall 2021 season, Poster House presents five exhibits that tap into the paradigm-busting, zeitgeist-setting design of American graphic arts from the 1960s to the 2000s. The Push Pin Legacy (September 2, 2021 – February 6, 2022), a survey of the illustrious company that created images for everything from the arts to political protests, You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits (September 2, 2021 – February 6, 2022), a singular collection of powerful images that defined a film genre unlike anything America had seen before, Vera List & The Posters of Lincoln Center (September 2 – October 3, 2021), a master class on creating an identity for an arts brand defined by location as much as content, What’s the Score? The Posters of LeRoy Neiman (September 2, 2021 – March 27, 2022), has strong visuals conveying the energy and ambition of athletes, Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising (October 14, 2021 – March 27, 2021), that defined the 60s through color and form – all demonstrate why this museum’s shows are a must-see, season after season.

Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Hours: Thur – Sun: 10-6, Admission: Adults: $12, Students: $8, Educators: $8, People 60 years of age and older (w/ proof of age): $8, Visitors with a disability: $8 (along with free admission for one accompanying care-partner), Children aged 18 years and under: Free Admission, Members: Free Admission. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.