Warm Your Artistic Soul This Season: 10 Must-See Winter Art Exhibits in NYC

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As the overindulgence of the holidays come to an end, the concept of a fresh new start kicks in.

Similar to a video game, some choose to stay playing the same old game, while others take the initiative to reset and start a new one.

If your resolutions included learning more about art and culture, New York City offers the best art galleries and exhibitions.

Naturally, with NYC’s prominent and thriving art scene, you’ll want to stay up-to-date and catch all the amazing shows.

The year 2015 was an incredible one for art, so don’t miss out in 2016. Stay warm and channel your inner love for art and culture with these 10 must-see winter art exhibits in NYC!


1. “The Immersion Room”

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Innovative and experimental, “The Immersion Room” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum offers a unique experience for designers and art enthusiasts. This interactive installation situated in the second floor provides the opportunity to discover Cooper Hewitt’s remarkable collection of wallcoverings.

Using a special pen, visitors can browse and explore through the museum’s permanent wallpaper library. When you select a design, you can see it come to life, as they digitally project on the walls from floor to ceiling.

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Each time you pick a wallcovering, you’ll be able to learn information about the particular design or designer. To enhance the experience, you will even have the chance to see your own vibrant designs unfold across the room as you create and save your own wallpaper art using the special pen.


2. “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture” (through March)

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If you are into architecture, you are going to want to immerse yourself in the “Intersection of Art and Architecture.” Look through drawings, photographs, video, installations, and architectural models.

This rad exhibition at the MoMA, located in the third floor, highlights and celebrates the history of art and architectural design. Learn how architects have taken a radical approach across time and generations to expand in new ways.

Work by architects and artists spanning more than seven decades can be found at the “Intersections of Art and Architecture.” The digital 3D pop-up printed installation of the “Endless House” from German artist Annett Zinsmeister is one of the many that you will find alongside other talented and creative individuals.


3. “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” - (through February)

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American painter Frank Stella is adept in minimalism and post-painterly abstraction. His art has been the subject of several retrospectives in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Currently, “A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum focuses on a comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date. Showcasing nearly 100 works of arts from the mid-1950s to the present, the showing includes detailed paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings.

Enjoy some of Stella’s best-known works alongside other rare pieces. “A Retrospective” fills the Whitney's entire fifth floor, the largest space for temporary exhibitions.


4. “Yoko Ono: The Riverbed”  (December 11th - January 29th)

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Conceptual artist Yoko One’s “The Riverbed” at the Galerie Lelong is a beautiful exhibit that sheds light on a spiritual journey. The general theme and reinforcement of healing is carry throughout the entire show.

“The Riverbed” features fragments of broken cups placed on a table meant for viewers to mend with tape, string, glue or other materials. Emblematically, this represents how we are all broken pieces, but with time we can heal and be freed from all desolation.

Similarly, visitors, are also meant to pick up and meditate on one of the river stones, inscribed with a word such as remember, dream and wish. As you hold the stone, you have to concentrate on the word and let go of your anger or sadness.


5. “Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact” (through April)

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Are you a film buff? Then you’re in for a treat! View how contemporary artists re-imagine classic Hollywood films by the use of painting, photography, sculpture and video at the Museum of The Moving Image.

This exhibition includes 120 works by 40 artists. Explore the Scarface pop-up museum from Artist Mario Ybarra Jr., costume designs for Rosemary’s Baby, a Regan doll from The Exorcist, or a skull set prop for Apocalypse Now, alongside numerous pieces.

With an inclination towards the "walkers,” or zombies, from the TV series The Walking Dead, the exhibition’s title alludes to the lingering power of film on the imagination of the living.