Top Contemporary Art Exhibitions to see in New York this Winter Season

05 Dec 2017

by ArtRabbit

The fast-approaching holidays often prove to be one of the best times to explore the winter art scene. ArtRabbit has highlighted some of the most interesting shows in New York - take a look at our list of must see exhibitions that are worth taking time out from holiday shopping for.

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at New Museum, New York

Tue - Wed 11am-6pm, Thur 11am-9pm, Fri - Sat 11am-6pm
Closed Mon, 25 Dec and 1 Jan

“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” investigates gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars. The exhibition features an intergenerational group of artists who explore gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity.

Items: Is Fashion Modern? at MOMA, New York

Daily 10:30am-5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am-9pm through 30 Dec

Items: Is Fashion Modern? explores the present, past, and future of 99 items—garments, accessories, and accoutrements—that have had a strong impact on history and society in the 20th and 21st centuries, and continue to hold currency today. Each item is displayed in the incarnation that made it significant —the stereotype—along with contextual materials that trace back to its historical archetype.

Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age at MOMA, New York

Daily 10:30am-5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am-9pm through 30 Dec

Drawn primarily from MoMA's collection, Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989 brings artworks produced using computers and computational thinking together with notable examples of computer and component design. The exhibition reveals how artists, architects, and designers operating at the vanguard of art and technology deployed computing as a means to reconsider artistic production. These artists exploited the potential of emerging technologies by inventing systems wholesale or by partnering with institutions and corporations that provided access to cutting-edge machines.

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait at MOMA, New York

Daily 10:30am-5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am-9pm through 30 Dec

Louise Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre, a little-known aspect of her work, is vast in scope and comprises of some 1,400 printed compositions, created primarily in the last two decades of her life but also at the beginning of her career in the 1940s. The exhibition highlights artworks from the MoMA collection along with rarely seen loans.

She Fell From Normalcy at Rubber Factory, New York

Wed - Sun 12pm-6pm
Closed Mon - Tue, 25 Dec and 1 Jan

She Fell From Normalcy is the second instalment of Christie Neptune’s multi-media series Eye Of The Storm, a body of work that examines how constructs of race, gender, and class limit the personal experience. Working across photography, video and new media, Neptune critiques hegemonic systems of whiteness that shape the definition of “self” places particular emphasis on its effect on the emotional and mental health of people of colour.

Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo at Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn

Wed 11am-6pm, Thur 11am-10pm, Fri - Sun 11am-6pm
Closed Mon - Tue, 25 Dec and 1 Jan

Bringing together the striking work of three innovative chroniclers, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined often disturbing realities.

Delirious at The Met Breuer, New York

Tue -Thur 10am-5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5:30pm
Closed Mon, 25 Dec and 1 Jan

Around the globe between the years 1950 and 1980, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared. Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences. Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work. In the process, they destabilize space and perception, give form to extreme mental, emotional, and physical states, and derange otherwise logical structures and techniques. Delirious explores the embrace of irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.

Witness to Beauty at Foley Gallery, New York

Wed - Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12am-5pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 and 31 Dec

Witness to Beauty is a 25-year chronicle of Sohier’s relationship with her mother and sister Laine. In the late 1940’s, Morgan graced the covers of magazines - photographed for the cover of Life by Richard Avedon and often photographed by Horst, Irving Penn and Louise Dahl-Wolf. In the words of Sohier: “As I grew older, there was no use competing with her, “so I assumed my position, quite happily, on the other side of the camera…” Morgan feels that her beauty is not only a gift but a major part of her identity that she must aim to maintain it at all times.

Art and China after 1989 at Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York

24 Dec 10am-4pm, 28 Dec 10am-5:45pm, 31 Dec 10am-5:45pm, 1 Jan 11am-6pm
Closed 23, 24 and 25 Dec

The largest show of this subject ever mounted in North America, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, offers an interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalisation, and the rise of China. Theater of the World examines how Chinese artists have been both agents and sceptics of China’s arrival as a global presence.