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Exhibits You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer

New York City’s top museums hold some of the most impressive permanent collections in the world. But each year, they also host exhibitions that run for a limited time. Here are our top picks of the city’s must see exhibitions of the summer:

China: Through the Looking Glass — The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute

At this year’s annual Met Gala, the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass inspired celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Mirren. While we’ve seen the celebrities strut their looks down the Red Carpet, find your own inspiration as you peruse the exhibit and learn just how Chinese aesthetics have impacted Western fashion for centuries.


Through August 16, 2015, 1000 Fifth Avenue ( at 82nd Street) New York, NY, 10028, website

Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks — The Brooklyn Museum

The Unknown Notebooks at The Brooklyn Museum provides a rare glimpse into the inner thoughts of prolific street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The American artist, who tragically passed away in 1988 at the age of 27, left behind tiny fragments of art when he casually filled notebooks with his doodles—now on view at the Brooklyn Museum.


Through August 23, 2015, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 11238, website  

Image via The Brooklyn Museum

Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life. — New York Botanical Garden

In recent years, Frida Kahlo has reemerged to take the art world by storm, as both her fascinating works and personal story alike captivate new audiences. Frida Khalo: Art. Garden. Life. explores Kahlo’s appreciation for beauty and the inspirations behind much of her work. More than a dozen original paintings by Kahlo are on display for this limited engagement. Visit the exhibit, and you are immediately transported back in time and over to Mexico for a deeper look into Kahlo and her artistry.


Through November 1, 2015, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, 10458, website

Image via New York Botanical Garden


Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 – 1971 — The Museum of Modern Art

While Yoko Ono unofficially debuted at The Museum of Modern Art in 1971 with Museum of Modern [F]art, her “one woman show,” MoMA has now officially commissioned Ono’s first exhibit at the museum. The exhibit focuses on the years leading up to Ono’s unauthorized exhibit at MoMA, displaying over 100 pieces of her works on paper, audio recordings and films.


Through September 7, 2015, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY, 10019, website  

Image via The Museum of Modern Art


America is Hard to See — The Whitney Museum of American Art

With the much-fanfared opening of its new building in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney is taking this opportunity to reexamine its entire collection and the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century until present day. Its inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See, showcases more than six hundred works touching on social and political themes, ideas, beliefs and passions of American artists (including Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keefe, to name a few).


Through September 27, 2015, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY, 10014, website

Image via The Whitney Museum of Art

Matthew Weiner’sMad Men  — Museum of the Moving Images

If you’re not ready to accept that Mad Men has officially ended, Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image has extended its stay, much to the appreciation of Don Draper fans everywhere. Head to the exhibit for one last dose of the hit television series—until a Netflix binge of the final season.

Through September 6, 2015, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY, 11106, 718.777.688




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