We’re in a New York State of Mind:

New York, New York — not only did they name it twice, they made sure there were enough diversions to justify doing so. Spring brings a plethora of fairs and exhibitions to the city, and if there’s a theme that runs though them, it’s exuberance, exploration, and diversity — much like New York itself.



Museum Exhibitions


Studio Museum in Harlem

Carrie Mae Weems: The Museum Series

Through June 29

One of two exhibitions focusing on Carrie Mae Weems concurrently running in New York,The Museum Series offers a succession of imagery that Weems began in 2006. Much of Weems’s work has focused on class and identity; here, those themes are touched upon in the conscious way she faces away from us in the images, swaddled in black, outside cultural institutions both here and abroad. The underlying question asks viewers to posit the relationship between the institutions and Weems’s relationship to them as an artist.


Guggenheim Museum

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

Through May 14

Over at the Guggenheim, Weems is represented in Three Decades of Photography and Video. While Weems’s focus has largely been gender inequality as well as race and class, her work has increasingly turned to documenting the struggle for equality and justice on a larger scale. This exhibition includes the well-known Kitchen Table series, which looks at issues of gender, tradition, family, and relationships.


Morgan Library and Museum

A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play

Through May 18

As early as 1890, the Morgan Library and Museum displayed collections of literary and historical manuscripts, rare books, and Old Master drawings and prints. The first exhibition to introduce photography as a curatorial focus includes more than 80 works from more than two dozen collections.  As indicated by the name of the exhibition, A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play, the photographs present a sly tease: Each photo has some association with the one on its left as well as some other fit with the one on its right. The exhibition, organized by the Morgan’s first photography curator Joel Smith, runs through May 18 and offers themes that range across the arts, science, journalism, and even self-promotion.


New-York Historical Society

Bill Cunningham: Facades

March 14-June 15

Bill Cunningham’s snapshots of New York fashion moments captured on the street are as quintessentially New York as hot dog carts and bagels. Back in 1968, Cunningham started an eight-year project called Facades, in which models wore period clothing in historical settings. Eighty-eight prints for this series were donated to the New-York Historical Society at the project’s end and are now on view. The photographs captured a cultural moment and today we see the images and the city itself through a second layer of hindsight.



Art Fairs


The Armory Show 

March 6-9

The annual Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94 highlights the most important artwork of the 20th and 21st centuries. The largest art fair in New York now includes exhibits from around the globe, and events and exhibitions are offered throughout the week, from art tours to family programs — building a future generation of art lovers and collectors.


Scope New York

March 6-9

Returning to the Skylight at Moynihan Station, Scope New York celebrates its 14th year in the storied post office. The art show highlights over 60 international galleries from more than 22 countries, as well as 30 shows that introduce new galleries to the contemporary market. Programs, tours, and special events will be presented as part of Scope’s offerings.


AIPAD Photography Show

April 10-13

Contemporary and modern photographs, as well as those dating from the 19th century, photo-based art and video, new media — all of these can be found at the Park Avenue Armory as part of the AIPAD Photography Show. More than 80 international photography art galleries will present museum-quality work at AIPAD, which represents art photography dealers. Panels include Perspectives on Collecting and LGBTQ / Photography.