Our monthly roundup of the city's best art exhibitions.
April 21 – Sept. 17:
Decades before the Guerrilla Girls first put on their masks, African-American female artists were protesting art world chauvinism. The Brooklyn Museum's new exhibition spotlights art by Black women in the '60s, '70s and '80s, and shines an important light on an ignored chapter in American art history. Featuring the works of Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson and others, this exhibition promises to be an important correction to the history of American art.
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
The Met Breuer
Through May 7:
Although the Italian Arte Povera movement has been lionized in recent years, its sole female practitioner Marisa Merz has remained ignored until now. As part of its goal of shining a light on the obscure and the under-appreciated, the Met Breuer is staging the first American retrospective of the pioneering Italian artist.
945 Madison Avenue, New York
April 26 – Sept. 10:
Carol Rama: Antibodies
Another overlooked Italian woman finally gets her due in the New Museum's exhibition of the self-taught artist Carol Rama. Focusing on "the ways in which Rama’s fantastical anatomies opposed the political ideology of her time and continue to speak to ideas of desire, sacrifice, repression, and liberation," the exhibition highlights a painter whose explorations of bodies, gender and sexuality are more relevant than ever.
235 Bowery, New York
April 6 – May 26:
For the first time in 10 years, Robert Therrien's thought-provoking, frequently amusing work is on display in New York. Through massive sculptures of everyday objects like folding chairs and plates, Therrien "demonstrates the transformative power of scale and viewpoint."
555 West 24th Street, New York
Through April 22:
Elizabeth Dee's new show highlights an unfairly obscure contemporary artist whose work playfully riffs on the history of post-war Art. Pop, Minimalist, and conceptual signifiers combine in paintings wrapped around refrigerators and drawings overlaid with silkscreens of other artists' works.
2033 & 2037 Fifth Avenue, New York
Cheim & Read
Through May 20:
Cheim & Read presents the Turner Prize-nominated artist's geometric abstractions, and finds a surprising amount of nuance in Scully's minimalist paintings of bars, squares and cubes.
547 West 25th Street, New York
Through April 22:
Alice Neel, Uptown
Curated by the writer Hilton Als, "Alice Neel, Uptown" focuses on Neel's portraits of Harlem residents from the '40s through the '70s. Through his thoughtful examination of Neel's non-white subjects, Als spotlights an under-recognized aspect of the great artist's work.
525 & 533 West 19th Street, New York
Davis & Langdale Company, Inc.
Through April 22:
Davis & Langdale's exhibition of Anne Ryan's assemblages of paper, fabric and other materials is a tribute to "perhaps the premier American collagist of the 20th century" and yet another pointed reminder of art history's exclusionary nature.
231 East 60th Street, New York
March 10 – May 26:
This installation features new works by the sculptor. Dark Passage is particularly noteworthy, an unsettling late-period masterpiece featuring hooded, Rodin-inspired black figures cast in carbon fiber.
24 West 40th Street, New York
Matthew Marks Gallery
Through April 15:
Vija Celmins has been making photo-realistic paintings that resemble black-and-white photography for over 50 years. This exhibition spotlights the artist's recurring fascination with the night sky and waves.
522 West 22nd Street, New York