Opening This Week

Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing – Japan Society

The beautifully concise Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing (December 10, 2021 – March 20, 2022) provides an overview of the artist’s influences, interests, and techniques in various mediums, with special attention given to his ground-breaking work in woodblock printing techniques. His connection to the Japan Society began in 1959, as a Fellow in their Print Artists Program; making artwork, giving lectures in NYC and across the US, and fostering cultural connections. Munakata revisited the Society in 1965, donating many of the works currently on display to the organization, including the complete set of his Tōkaidō Series (1964), with modern scenes from the famous coastal route between Tokyo and Kyoto. Another famous series, Ten Disciples and Two Bodhisattvas (1938-48) is shown, along with two of the original woodblocks used. Additional ephemera of the artist’s life is on loan from the Family of Beate Sirota Gordon (a close friend of the artist as well as the founding Director of Performing Arts at the Japan Society), Munakata’s granddaughter Yoriko Ishii, and the Munakata Shikō Memorial Museum of Art. The wide variety of influences on Munakata are brought to life with these items, deepening visitors’ understanding of this internationally renowned artist who blended careful thought and spontaneity with verve and imagination.

Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, Hours: Tue – Thur: 12-7, Fri: 12-9, Sat – Sun: 11-5 Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors and Students: $10

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This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975 – Americas Society

Exploring the history of Latin American & Caribbean artists of the sixties and seventies, This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975 (September 22, 2021 – May 14, 2022), brings to life the creative energy and works of this diverse and complicated group. The exhibition features art, performance, and experimental work from over 40 artists and collectives such as Juan Downey, Hélio Oiticica, Regina Vater, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Brigada Ramona Parra, Contrabienal, El Museo del Barrio, Taller Boricua, and Young Filmmakers Foundation, all exploring questions of identity, geography, politics, and more. In fact, there is so much material to explore in this lesser-known aspect of NYC’s 1960s-70s downtown scene, the gallery has divided the show in two sections: the first runs from September 22 – December 18, 2021, the second part from January 19 – May 14, 2022.

Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street, Hours: Wed – Fri: 12-5:30, Sat: 12-4:30, Admission: Free, however booking a visit is suggested, details are here. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


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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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.