Beat the summer heat and head to the air-conditioned rooms of these five awesome summer exhibitions. For the full list, have a look at our Summer Art Guide.
Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Israel
The Jewish Museum
March 9—July 29
As part of a new series exploring the global diaspora, artist Kehinde Wiley’s vibrant large-scale portraits present Israeli and Palestinian youngsters from diverse ethnic and religious affiliations, each embedded in a unique background influenced by Jewish ritual object.
Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII
Museum of Modern Art
May 2—September 3
This exhibition features eighteen intriguing scenarios that photographer Taryn Simon encountered during her world travels, which are complied in her compelling book A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters. Each story traces a different bloodline and its relationship with religion, territory, government, or environment.
Sharon Hayes: There’s so Much I Want to Say to You
The Whitney Museum of American Art
June 21—September 9
In a special exhibition designed specifically for the Whitney, New York-based artist Sharon Hayes presents different renditions of her famed “speech acts.” Each work of photography, video, sound, or performance examine the connections between politics, history, and speech.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
June 29—October 3
In a comprehensive mid-career survey of Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra, this exhibition features seventy color photographs and five video installations. Known for her contemporary take on portraiture, the works showcase Dijkstra’s unparalleled ability to expose the psychological inner-workings of her subjects.
Josef Albers in America: Painting on Paper
The Morgan Library
July 20—October 14
The Morgan Library offers a rare opportunity to view artist Josef Albers’ geometric sketches, which reveal a certain freedom in the process behind his famed Homage to the Square series.