7 Spring Art Events in NYC That You Don’t Want to Miss

by | May 5, 2022 | Art

Guest attends Whitney Museum Of American Art Biennial

Guest attends Whitney Museum Of American Art Biennial

Check out the most anticipated events and special exhibitions in the city this season! Spring in New York marks the beginning of warm weather, clear skies, and art galore. In anticipation of some of the biggest art events this spring season, L’OFFICIEL takes you through the events and exhibitions in the city that you don’t want to miss.

The outside of the Whitney Museum reading "What is the rule of the law?"

Rayyane Tabet, ‘Becoming American,’ from the Whitney Biennial 2022.

Opened in April, the 80th Whitney Biennial is one of the must-see events of this season. The Whitney Museum of American Art‘s Biennial has influenced art and culture since 1932. Curated by David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards, the theme of this year’s exhibition is “Quiet as It’s Kept” and features a diverse set of interdisciplinary artists who reflect on what the American experience means today. With Covid postponing last year’s exhibition, art lovers have been waiting for a Whitney Biennial since 2019, and the museum has exciting events in store. Held in the museum near New York’s Meatpacking District until September, this year’s Biennial features events like free open studios for teenagers in the city and online and in-person marathon readings by historically underrepresented poets.

Trust with Fuse*

Two people sitting in front of blue lights at artechouse in new york city

Digital exhibition from Artechouse.

If you’re a fan of digital art and interactive technology, look no further than the Trust exhibition in Chelsea by the innovative Artechouse and Fuse*, a multidisciplinary art studio. On view until May 30, the exhibition looks at how a data-driven world has affected our sense of trust. There are three chapters of the experience: past, present, and future, and each contains unique high-resolution visuals and immersive sounds. If you’re interested in the progression of art and technology in the modern age, this is your spot.

King Pleasure: Jean-Michel Basquiat

A poster of Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting King Pleasure. A photo of him holding a globe rendered in black and white.
Some of the greatest works of neo-expressionism from the iconic Jean-Michel Basquiat are came to the city in April, with over 200 pieces on view in Chelsea’s Starrett-Lehigh Building. Put on by Basquiat’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux and sponsored by Spotify, Vice, and others, this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. Basquiat was one of the most eminent artists of the 1980s, creating art around the Black experience and pop culture. His creative influence was long-lasting, with Beyoncé and Jay-Z featuring his paintings in their “About Love” campaign for Tiffany & Co.


In America: A Lexicon of Fashion/An Anthology of Fashion

A white long sleeve dress on display at the Metropolitan museum of art for Vogue's lexicon of fashion

Dress from ‘In America: An Anthology of Fashion,’ the Met’s Costume Institute exhibition.

Fans of this year’s Met Gala theme will be able to see the costume institute’s exploration of American fashion at the Anna Wintour Costume Center on the Upper East Side. The display opens with a signature quilt from the American Wing of the museum and symbolizes the diversity of the United States. The exhibition is split into 12 categories: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness. In addition to this collection, which makes up part one of the exhibition, fashion lovers will be able to view part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, on May 7, after this year’s Met Gala.

 Nancy Grossman: My Body

Nancy grossman drawing
Nancy Grossman, ‘Double Portrait,’ 1975 from The Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

This unique exhibition at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery opened in April and ends on May 27, 2022. Nancy Grossman is an artist and sculptor who frequently explores themes of feminism and sexuality in her work. My Body is a compilation of the finest pieces of her five-decade-long career and looks at control, power, vulnerability, and the human form. Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, located in Chelsea, will also be hosting an art reception on April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m., while a separate meet-and-greet event with Grossman will be held at The Shed on May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. My Body is sure to be one of the most powerful exhibitions of the season and a must-see event.

Shio Kusaka’s One Light Year

Shio kusaka work at the david zwirner gallery
Shio Kusaka, ‘One Light Year,’ from the David Zwirner Gallery.

For those looking for a serene exhibition, you can see Shio Kusaka’s exquisite vessels at David Zwirner Art Gallery until April 30. The Chelsea gallery celebrates Kusaka’s vision and love for organic creations, imperfections, and traditional methods. The Japanese artist is known for her daring forms and intricate glazing processes. The calming display features vessels with relaxing hues and traditional ceramics influenced by the Yayoi, Jomon, and Kofun periods of Japanese art. April is the last month art lovers will be able to view Kusaka’s work at the David Zwirner gallery, so stop by while you still can.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s A Contextual Retrospective

Work by Raphael Montañez Ortiz rendered in black and white. Ortiz pictured in front of their work.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz with Archaeological Find #22, 1961 from El Museo del Barrio.

This special exhibition, now open at New York’s leading Latino museum, El Museo del Barrio, celebrates the works of the 88-year-old artist, educator, and activist Raphael Montañez Ortiz. This is the first time Ortiz’s work has been on display at an exhibition of this scale since 1988. The collection ranges from his early paintings and films from the ’50s to his photography and installations in the early-2020s. Ortiz was a monumental figure in the post-war art movement and continues to create art inspired by Indigenous culture in the Americas and his identity as a Puerto Rican New Yorker. Destruction, Decolonization and Guerrilla Tactics, Ethnoaesthetics, and Physio-Psycho-Alchemy are the four parts of Ortiz’s exhibition, which educate audiences on resistance to colonization through art.

by Samaa Khullar

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