12 Sep Donât Miss These Art Shows and Events This Fall
Itâs a season of debuts for artists â from Renaissance masters never before seen in New York to jazz pianists with breakout museum shows â and also for real estate. In addition to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Councilâs 40,000-square-foot arts center at Governors Island and Pace Galleryâs new flagship tower in Chelsea, both slated to open in September, the Museum of Modern Art reopens after an extensive renovation and expansion on Oct. 21. Youâll find these highlights, and more than 100 others, below, including watercolors, pastels, immigrant stories, fairs and a full year of women-centered art shows in Baltimore.
Dates are subject to change.
FRENCH FASHION, WOMEN, AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR An examination of the war-era expansion of womenâs freedoms as reflected in clothing, both mass-market and haute couture garments by Chanel and Lanvin. Sept. 5-Jan. 5; Bard Graduate Center, bgc.bard.edu.
THEASTER GATES: ASSEMBLY HALL The multimedia Chicago fixture and activist Theaster Gates will be moving 15,000 books, 60,000 slides and more to transform four of the Walker Art Centerâs galleries into an immersive total environment. Sept. 7-Jan. 12; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, walkerart.org.
UNTO THIS LAST: TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF JOHN RUSKIN The bicentenary of the social reformer, ecologist, and art critic John Ruskin, in paintings, drawings, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Sept. 5-Dec. 8; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., britishart.yale.edu.
IN A CLOUD, IN A WALL, IN A CHAIR: SIX MODERNISTS IN MEXICO AT MIDCENTURY Entrancing work by six vital female artists, from Anni Albers to Sheila Hicks, who were influenced by a Mexican sensibility. Sept. 6-Jan. 12; Art Institute of Chicago, artic.edu.
GOLDEN PROSPECTS: CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAGUERREOTYPES A look back at the 1848 gold rush, the first mass phenomenon captured by photography. Sept. 6-Jan. 26; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo., nelson-atkins.org.
MUSTâVE BEEN A WAKE-DREAM: GUADALUPE ROSALES An expansive archive of photographic imagery documenting Latinx youth culture in Southern California. Sept. 6-Oct. 18; Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, N.Y., gordonparksfoundation.org.
PORTRAIT OF MILWAUKEE Eight decades of the city in photographs. Sept. 6-March 1; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, mam.org.
ELIAS SIME: TIGHTROPE The Ethiopian artist Elias Sime builds intricate abstract tableaux with electrical wires, motherboards, and other reclaimed e-waste. Sept. 7-Dec. 8; Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., hamilton.edu/wellin.
THE FACADE COMMISSION: WANGECHI MUTU, THE NEWONES, WILL FREE US The Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu installs the first-ever commissioned sculptures in the museumâs facade. Sept. 9-Jan. 12; Metropolitan Museum of Art, metmuseum.org.
MODERNISMS: IRANIAN, TURKISH, AND INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS FROM NYUâS ABBY WEED GREY COLLECTION Paintings from the 1960s and â70s sound the encounter of Western modernism with ancient cultures. Sept. 10-Dec. 7; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, greyartgallery.nyu.edu.
BRENDAN FERNANDES: CONTRACT AND RELEASE The choreographer and sculptor, who recently appeared in the Whitney Biennial, activates Isamu Noguchiâs sculpture with a special installation of scaffolding and dancers. Sept. 11-March 8; Noguchi Museum, noguchi.org.
THE HILTON ALS SERIES: LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE Sensitive portraits of imaginary people by the London-based painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, selected by The New Yorker critic and curator Hilton Als. Sept. 12-Dec. 15; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., britishart.yale.edu.
MAPA WIYA (YOUR MAPâS NOT NEEDED): AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART FROM THE FONDATION OPALE An unmissable show of paintings, shields and hollow log coffins from one of the worldâs premier collections. Sept. 13-Feb. 2; The Menil Collection, Houston, menil.org.
WOMEN TAKE THE FLOOR An ambitious reinstallation of the collection centered on women artists and the female experience, from underrecognized names to Alice Neelâs famous portrait of the art historian Linda Nochlin. Sept. 13-May 3; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, mfa.org.
COLOR WOODCUTS IN THE ARTS AND CRAFTS ERA Hand-colored woodcuts were the gorgeous hipster throwback of a century ago, combining new Western interest in Japanese design with fears about mechanical reproduction. Sept. 14-March 22; Minneapolis Institute of Art, artsmia.org.
âSOMETHING OVER SOMETHING ELSEâ: ROMARE BEARDENâS PROFILE SERIES More than 30 ecstatic, musical collages by an American master of the form. Sept. 14-Feb. 2; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, high.org.
VIRGIL ORTIZ: ODYSSEY OF THE VENUTIAN SOLDIERS EXHIBITION Virgil Ortiz, the innovative Pueblo potter, uses a unique blend of science fiction and folk art to educate visitors…