9 Amazing Art Exhibits We’ve Got Our Eyes on This April

The “Earth” without “art” would just be “eh”…see what we did there?

We’re blessed to live in a city with an art scene as dope as this one. Seriously, where else can you find some of the world’s most famous paintings, coolest street art, and sick festivals all in one place?

But since we know New Yorkers move fast and the scene is always changing, we’re going to make sure you’re in the loop this April. Get your Instas ready guys. 

Some of the wildest art exhibits are coming to Gotham and we have your preventative cure for FOMO. 

And btw, these are all pretty sweet date ideas so there’s no need to bore your date with another “let’s grab drinks” proposition. Although that might not be a bad idea following a visit to the art exhibit.


1. LOVE on the Roof of the James Hotel 

laurakimpton Lights done and love is shinning

We’re starting out with this super cute exhibit. “LOVE”, one of Laura Kimpton’s one-word sculptures, is a part of her monumental word collection

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It sits on the roof deck of the James Hotel near the swimming pool, just outside the bar. In a time where there’s so much hate in the world, we need as many reminders to love each other as we can get.


2. Organized by Jane Panetta – “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” (Until May 14th)

fomofeed NOMOFOMO WHAT: FLASH FORWARD: PAINTINGS FROM THE 1980S. "In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation". WHO: Pictured is "When the Worlds Collide" by Kenny Scharf (@kennyscharf) WHERE: Whitney Museum of American Art (@whitneymuseum) 99 Gansevoort St. WHEN: Thru May 14, 2017. 10:30 to 6pm (10pm on weekends. Closed Tuesdays). . Pay-what-you-wish Friday nights after 7pm. FEED INSPIRATION: #kennyscharf #whitneymuseum #flashforward


This installation at the Whitney Museum presents works from the 1980s drawn entirely from the museum’s collection.

In the midst of extensive change, painting recaptured the creative ability of the contemporary art world in the 1980s. An unprecedented number of galleries displaying high and low art were on the rise, specifically in downtown Manhattan.

New mediums of visual art also emerged into the scene including video and photography. Yet, despite the growing popularity of this art form, many artists still turned to painting.


3. Chihuly Returning to the New York Botanical Garden (Until October 29th)

chihulystudio Nine days until the opening of #Chihuly​ at The New York Botanical Garden (@NYBG)​ April 22- October 29!!! -- The Sun, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 2006 . . . . #dalechihuly #glass #glassart #glassblower #glassblowing #glassartist #sculpture #chihulyglass #NYC #NYBG #bronx #exhibit #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #newexhibit #comingsoon

Dale Chihuly has a rep for creating some insane looking art pieces. And after a ten-year hiatus, he’s back at it. We’ll be blessed with over 20 installations, drawings, and early works. 

Most notably, hand-blown glass sculptures will be featured in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool. This year, the exhibit will be a re-imaging of Chihuly’s Artpark installation from 1975. You can snag your tickets here


4. “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction” (Until August 13th)

joanmitchellfdn On display now at @albrightknox “George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold” as part of the exhibition “Menagerie: Animals on View” up through June 4. The painting, named for her beloved standard poodle Georges du Soleil, is discussed in “Mitchell Paints a Picture” by Irving Sandler, the first major article to focus solely on her, published in Art News, 1957. [ http://www.artnews.com/2012/11/05/mitchell-paints-a-picture/ ] “George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold”, 1957. Oil on canvas. Framed: 87 3/4 x 80 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches (222.89 x 204.47 x 6.66 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958. Photograph courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. © Estate of Joan Mitchell. #joanmitchell #abstractpainting #abstractexpressionism #joanmitchellfoundation #artist #painting #abex #abstract


In this patriarchal society we live in, it’s easy for female artists to get overshadowed by their male peers. 

This exhibit opening at MoMa will celebrate the accomplishments of many international female artists, who succeeded in their male-dominated field. Joan Mitchell, Lee Bontecou and Louise Bourgeois will be just a few of the featured artists. 


5. Joseph Kosuth – “Infinite Blue” (Until Nov 5th)

fomofeed NOMOFOMO WHAT: INFINITE BLUE. "The works of art in Infinite Blue feature blue in all its variety—a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue—the color of the skies—has often been associated with the spiritual but also signifies power, status, and beauty". WHO: Pictured is On Color Blue by Joseph Kosuth, made out of neon tubing and electrical wire. WHERE: Brooklyn Museum (@brooklynmuseum) 200 Eastern Parkway WHEN: Thru Nov 5, 2017. W-Su from 11am to 6pm (10pm on Thursdays). Pay-what-you-wish. Suggested is . FEED INSPIRATION: #infiniteblue #josephkosuth


Conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth is known for his neon light installations and his love of philosophy. The Brooklyn Museum presents “Infinite Blue,” a neon installation that features blue in all its variety.

The piece also includes a beautiful piece of visual poetry running from ancient times to present day. Many years ago, blue was considered a color that symbolized spiritual power, status, and beauty.


6. Wilhelm Sasnal – “Angela Merkel, 2017″ (Until May 20th)

whitechapelgallery 'I find it suspicious when things are too easy. If there was no hardship my work would be much weaker' (#WilhelmSasnal) #ArtistWisdom


Known for his photo-based paintings, Wilhelm Sasnal is debuting his latest work at Anton Kern Gallery. 

He approaches painting as a formal exercise, drawing inspiration from history, politics, and propaganda. Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan and Angela Merkel are just a few of his latest portrayals. 


7. John Baldessari – “Paintings 1966-68″ (Until May 20th)

sandrageringinc John Baldessari, Space Available, 1966-67, ink on canvas, 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. @craigfstarrgallery #johnbaldessari #spaceavailable #smallgem #sgi #sandrageringinc


Known for his found photography and appropriated image style of artwork, John Baldessari has influenced many conceptual artists. 

His “paintings” from his mid-1960s isolationist days consist of text and captioned photos like the above picture. These will be on display at the Craig F. Starr Gallery for the next month. 


8. Irving Penn – “Centennial” (Until July 30th)

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One of the most infamous photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn, defined the look of midcentury America through his fashion shots, portraits, and still lifes. 

MoMa will feature over 200 examples of his work just in time for his posthumous 100th birthday. 


9. Adrián Villar Rojas  “The Theater of Disappearance” (Until October 29th) 

mariangoodmangallery Adrian Villar Rojas: "The Theater of Disappearance", the artist's new project for the Met's Roof Garden Commission, opens to the public tomorrow, April 14th @metmuseum Read the full story on the @nytimes now #CantorRoof #AdrianVillarRojas


We’ve saved the best for last. 

Adrián Villar Rojas, the youngest artist to be featured on the Met’s roof, is a meticulous sculptor and installation artist. His latest work featured on the roof is abstract, to say the least. 

“The Theater of Disappearance” will consist of seven vertical sculptures, all uniform black, which unite multiple figures into eccentric structures. Combined with the dope skyline views of Manhattan, this one is sure to be a looker. 

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[Feature Image Courtesy Met Museum] 

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