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Created at July 08, 2019

Summer 2019: the best museum exhibitions right now

It's never boring in NYC, but when the sun and humidity become unbearable, a beautiful museum exhibition with some beautiful AC can be just the right fix for a beautiful summer. These are the best exhibitions that you don't want to miss this season.

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Leonard Cohen: A Crack In Everything
Leonard Cohen: A Crack In Everything
4.5
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The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave
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14 artists and 18 musicians from around the globe have created their artistic responses to the music of the legendary Leonard Cohen. The show features everything from artist Ari Folman’s Depression Chamber, an immersive experience in which a single viewer experiences the song “Famous Blue Raincoat” as projected images, to a collective reimagining of his famous “Hallelujah” by design studio Daily tous les jours, in which visitors are invited to hum along with an online chorus. An incredible experience for music and art lovers alike.
Camp: Notes On Fashion
Camp: Notes On Fashion
4.5
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave
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The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art attempts is showcasing one of its best shows yet, celebrating the concept of camp - a style so exaggerated it verges on parody. The show features more than a 100 pieces, from 1960s to present, with high fashion designers and iconic looks from the history of camp fashion. And it's free for NYC residents!
The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot
The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot
4.5
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave
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Polish-German artist Alicja Kwade brings the music of the spheres to the Met’s rooftop garden for this year’s annually commissioned outdoor-art installation. Above central park towers Kwade's incredible installation that showcases the nine planets of our solar system perched on an armature that resembles an oversize jungle gym. Free for NYC residents!
The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat
The Hugo Boss Prize 2018: Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat
4.5
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1071 5th Ave, New York
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Simone Leigh, which also appears in the Whitney Biennial and the High Line Plinth, got herself a Guggenheim exhibit which comprises four large sculptures that feature the artist’s signature melding of bodies and architectural forms into totems of Afro-centric female empowerment.
 Whitney Biennial 2019
Whitney Biennial 2019
4.5
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99 Gansevoort St, New York
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The Whitney Biennial is one of the most important events in contemporary art, and this year it is featuring 75 artists working in every medium imaginable. A beautifully diverse exhibition that gives a comprehensive review of the contemporary art scene today (and its politics).
Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society
4.5
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170 Central Park West, New York
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The city is full with exhibitions commemorating 50 years to the Stonewall riots. The New-York Historical Society one is definitely one of the best - featuring iconic objects and clothing from the event.
Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal
Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal
4.5
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1 E 70th St, New York
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An unconventional exhibition in an unconventional gallery: the ceramicist Edmund de Waal created a site-specific installation which is made up of sculptures that were created in conversation with the objects on display from the museum's permanent collection.
Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces
Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces
4.5
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235 Bowery, New York
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The Israeli video artist is featured in her first solo museum show in New York, Easypieces, which mixes past work (including a video that premiered at the Venice Biennale) with the premiere of a new piece called Spaghetti Blockchain in a disorienting immersive exhibition where visitors will weave through tunnels, walls of multicolored garlands, a hallway filled with fans. Interactive and suitable for art-loving kids.