Exhibitions

Center for Architecture

September 30, 2016-January 14, 2017

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Authenticity and Innovation, on view at the Center for Architecture September 30, 2016 through January 16, 2017, presents 28 historic structures that have been given new life by the efforts of entrepreneurs, architects, and developers. While not officially designated New York City landmarks, these projects have nonetheless been saved and revitalized, adding to the vibrant mix of old and new that characterizes New York City.

The exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht and designed by Perrin Studio. It features original photography by Rob Stephenson.

September 22, 2016-January 7, 2017

Monday-Friday: 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm

The Center for Architecture is proud to present Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries, an exhibition featuring the work of architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella documenting all 212 branch locations of New York City’s three extensive public library systems. These powerfully straightforward images, all taken prior to open hours, depict varying vantage points of the built environment – from full scope shots of buildings and rows of stacks to intimate studies of window plants and pencil sharpeners – inviting the viewer to appreciate the vast complexity of this vital and evolving public resource.

October 1–October 31

Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

The Center for Architecture will be home for the sixth year to the Archtober Lounge, where printed calendar guides and program information will be available for Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month. Additionally, Archtober guides will be distributed at all participating organization events. Visit the online Archtober calendar for the most up to date list of activities and the Building of the Day section for the daily building tours. Stay tuned for the daily change of the wall calendar.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

September 23, 2016-April 16, 2017

Sunday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm

Offering creative, alternative approaches to confronting textile waste, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse will present the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Through more than forty works, the exhibition will explore key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process.

September 30, 2016-February 26, 2017

Sunday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm

The third exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s series devoted to humanitarian design will examine how design is challenging social and economic inequality across America. Curator of Socially Responsible Design Cynthia E. Smith conducted over two years of field research—traveling to shrinking post-industrial cities, sprawling metro regions, struggling rural towns, along our border, areas impacted by natural and man-made disaster, and places of persistent poverty—in search of collaborative designs for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable communities.

Freshkills Park

September 22–November 16

Presented by the Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery, Freshkills Park: Landscape in Motion is the capstone to a landscape photography competition organized by Freshkills Park with the Staten Island Advance. The exhibit features winning competition entries in professional, amateur, and student categories, and will juxtapose virtual reality experiences of the future park and historic photographs from the Staten Island Institute archives with the contemporary work, speaking to the history and evolution of Staten Island.

Museum of Modern Art

October 1, 2016–January 22, 2017

Saturday-Wednesday: 10:30am-5:30pm, Thursday: 10:30am-8:30pm, Friday: 10:30am-8:00pm

Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter explores the ways in which contemporary architecture and design have addressed notions of shelter in light of global refugee emergencies. Refugee camps, once considered temporary settlements, have become sites through which to examine how human rights intersect with the making of cities.

Museum of the City of New York

October 7, 2016-March 26, 2017

Monday-Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm

New York has long been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York brings to life the queer creative networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century—a series of artistic subcultures whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream.

Museum of the Moving Image

May 21–October 23

Wednesday-Thursdays: 10:30am-5:00pm, Friday: 10:30am-8:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am–7:00pm

Arcade Classics features more than 30 video arcade games released between 1971 and 1993, drawn from the Museum's collection. All of the games will be playable. Though the era of the video arcade game is long gone, arcade games were the grounds for innovation and experimentation that informed the genres, conventions, and play mechanics of the video games that we know today.

New York School of Interior Design

September 30–December 3

Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00am-6:00pm

What will the future of living look like? It is a question and concept that has been explored repeatedly over the last century. In celebration of the New York School of Interior Design’s 100th anniversary, NYSID’s Master of Fine Arts students were asked to design what the home of the future will look like in New York City–a future incorporating technology-fueled innovation, sustainability as second nature, and where space is at a premium–all while supporting the iconic concept of the home as a refuge and source of comfort.

Public Art Fund

May 4–October 23

6:00am-11:00pm daily

Times Square marquees, roadside signs, and advertising logos are the stock-in-trade for giant neon signs. Martin Creed has adapted the medium for his own colossal sign, proclaiming a word rather than selling a product. His chosen word, “understanding,” is fundamental to communication between people. Spelled out in ten-foot-tall letters mounted on a 50-foot-long steel I-beam, Understanding rotates 360 degrees, constantly shifting our perspective on the work. The beam spins at varying speeds, the rhythm determined by a computerized program designed by the artist.

Rubin Museum of Art

September 16, 2016-January 9, 2017

Monday, 11:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday, 11:00am-9:00pm; Thursday, 11:00am-5:00pm; Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm; Satuday-Sunday, 11:00am-6:00pm

Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple is the first exhibition of its kind to explore rare images of central Tibet’s most iconic monuments as they were seen by Tibetans and Westerners prior to the mid-twentieth century. The exhibition explores how image-making relates to placemaking and how the production and transmission of images contributes to the iconic character, familiarity, and power of important landmarks.

Sheila S. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design/The New School

September 29–December 13

12:00-6:00pm daily

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

April 29–October 5

Sunday-Wednesday: 10:00am-5:45pm, Friday: 10:00am-5:45pm, Saturday: 10:00am-7:45pm

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, the third exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, illuminates contemporary artistic practices in the Middle East and North Africa and the region’s diaspora. Presenting a selection of newly acquired works for the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, this exhibition will feature installations, photographs, sculptures, videos, and works on paper from a broad selection of artists. The exhibition is curated by Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa.

October 7, 2016-January 11, 2017

Sunday-Wednesday: 10:00am-5:45pm, Friday: 10:00am-5:45pm, Saturday: 10:00am-7:45pm

Filling the Guggenheim rotunda, this exhibition will trace Agnes Martin’s (1912–2004) career from her early experiments of the 1950s through her mature oeuvre and final paintings, making it the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work since her death in 2004. One of the preeminent American painters of the twentieth century, Martin created subtle and evocative canvases that had a significant influence on artists of her time and subsequent generations.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union

October 27, 2016-December 3, 2016

Tuesday-Friday, 2:00pm-7:00pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12:00pm-7:00pm

The Thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU), entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, features 22 jury selected projects completed between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015 by contemporary Spanish architects. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.

The Museum of Modern Art

October 1, 2016–April 23, 2017

Saturday-Wednesday: 10:30am-5:30pm, Thursday: 10:30am-8:30pm, Friday: 10:30am-8:00pm

How Should We Live? explores the complex collaborations, materials, and processes that have shaped the modernist interior, with a focus on specific environments—domestic interiors, re-created exhibition displays, and retail spaces—from the 1920s to the 1950s.