1) Jacqueline de Ribes – The Art of Style, The Costume Institute
Around 60 stunning haute couture, ready-to-wear, and famous fancy-dress creations from French aristocrat-turned-fashion-designer-and-icon, Jacqueline De Ribes’s wardrobe dating back to the 1950s are the subject of the Costume Institute’s autumn exhibition which celebrates her stylish life.
From 19 November – 21 February 2016.
2) Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, The Whitney Museum of American Art
Even though he never actually lived in Harlem, Archibald Motley’s uplifting paintings of crowded Jazz Age nightclubs and street scenes – have a strong connection to the Harlem Renaissance, a post-War cultural explosion which saw black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets and scholars heading to Harlem, looking for a place to freely express their talents away from the oppressive South.
From 2 October – 17 January 2016.
3) Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008, The Brooklyn Museum
See how Coney Island, America’s first-ever theme park, has consistently inspired artists across all disciplines and genres, from its beginning as a resort for the wealthy and its heyday as a mecca for the city’s working and middle classes to its decline at the end of the 20th century and recent rebirth. Includes work by Diane Arbus and Weegee.
From 20 November – 13 March 2016.
4) Picasso Sculpture, MoMa
It wasn’t until 1966 through the Paris retrospective of his work, Hommage à Picasso, that the public became aware of his sculpture work – up until this point, he focused on it more as a hobby rather than professionally with all the pieces remaining in his personal possession. Through a series of chapters and 100 sculptures, this exhibition gives us insight into the scope of his work, processes and materials he loved using.
Until 7 February 2016.
5) Kandinsky Gallery, Guggenheim
Russian artist Kadinsky’s paintings might seem like colourful jumbles of lines, shapes and brushstrokes thrown onto canvas, but they’re actually carefully considered works each vastly different from the next depending when in his career they were created – from when he started in Munich in 1900, to the post-war years, to teaching at the Bauhaus to his final chapter in Paris.
Until spring 2016.