9 Major Museum Exhibits to See This Summer
Looking to step up your culture game? A trip to your local museum or one in the summer destination of your choice is a surefire way to get your art and inspiration fix—and here’s a silver lining: In steamy months, galleries provide an air-conditioned respite from the scorching sun. Scroll to learn about nine international and domestic exhibits worth traveling for, some brand-new and some winding down. Don’t miss them.
Björk is legendary for her commitment to innovation and unbridled creativity. This Museum of Modern Art exhibit presents a retrospective of the composer, musician, and singer’s body of work, drawing from more than 20 years of her projects and music making. The exhibition traces her unique career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and more.
WHEN: Through June 7, 2015
In 1971, Yoko Ono placed an ad in The New York Times advertising a “One Woman Show.” There was, of course, no show, the installation being a ruse, the ruse being the installation. This summer, New York’s Museum of Modern Art presents its first exhibition dedicated to the artist, singer, and activist’s work, compiling over 100 of her early object works on paper, performances, recordings, installations, and films, as well as rare archival materials. John Lennon himself makes a few quiet cameo appearances.
WHEN: Through September 7, 2015
After near-cosmic success in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, James Turrell: A Retrospective winds down in Australia. This retrospective traces the famous light and space artist’s work over nearly 50 years, bringing together his iconic built spaces, immersive installations, holograms, drawings, prints, and photographs.
WHEN: Through June 8, 2015
The Guggenheim presents the first U.S. exhibition dedicated to Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, including the sculptor’s gorgeous plaster, mirror, and paper works and more. The exhibit also recounts her fascinating early years in New York City in the ’40s and ’50s, when she met American artists like Willem de Kooning, Louise Nevelson, and Andy Warhol.
WHERE: The Guggenheim
WHEN: Through June 3, 2015
The Oasis of Matisse marks the largest exhibition of Henri Matisse in the Netherlands ever. The exuberant, whimsical world of the French artist’s body of work, including his iconic cutouts, is presented alongside permanent collection holdings to reframe his point of view. We can see the Instagram snaps now.
WHERE: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
WHEN: Through August 16, 2015
British sculptor, photographer, and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy celebrates San Francisco’s nature in this site-specific land-art installation, which incorporates trees felled in the process of the Presidio’s reforestation efforts. An ongoing installation, these artworks will change as nature runs its course and reclaims the trees and pathways.
WHERE: The Presidio
This Alexander Calder exhibit maps the artist’s ideas over a 50-year career, presenting mobiles, stabiles (the artist’s large-scale sculptures), and works on paper dating from the ’20s through the ’70s. The show explores the dynamism of art and form, with a tenderness toward color and shape that is truly something special.
WHEN: Through August 9, 2015
Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic by Stephanie Barron ($42)
Christian Marclay: The Clock is one of the most committed experiments, explorations, and ruminations in and of film, art, and time. A 24-hour-long montage expertly cobbled together from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicts the passage of time, and is edited together to create a “functioning timepiece” in sync with the local time of its projection location. The Clock has drawn crowds of devoted art appreciators willing to spend hours upon hours letting Marclay’s creative exertion wash over them.
WHEN: July 5-September 7, 2015
Yayoi Kusama is regarded as one of the most important and influential female artists of all time. According to the museum catalog, Kusama “came onto the art scene almost as a woman counterpart to Andy Warhol in New York in the 1960s, where she expressed herself in a mixture of art, fashion and happenings.” Louisiana’s exhibition presents the Japanese artist’s half-century of creative outpourings, in which her love affair with and curiosity toward color, pattern, and time and space rush forth.
WHEN: Through January 1, 2016
This summer, Indian-born British sculptor Anish Kapoor comes to the Palace of Versailles gardens for a solo show. Though details of the works themselves are not yet available, Kapoor is notorious for producing truly awe-inspiring public installations (pictured above is Kapoor's C-Curve installation just outside Brighton, England). The former royal residence outside Paris promises to be a spectacular setting.
WHEN: June-October 2015