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Spring Art Exhibits in New York

May 19, 2023 | 4 min Read

This spring there are several exciting new art exhibitions opening in New York City, as well as the much anticipated new wing of the American Museum of Natural History . If you’re lucky enough to be visiting, you will want to catch one or more of the following exhibits across town. Book your tickets ahead of time to ensure you can get into the special exhibits.

Van Gogh's Cypresses at the Met

The Met is having a fantastic spring. Hot off its annual celebrity studded gala, the museum is set to host an exhibit that is a coup of coveted Van Goghs and includes two of his most famous and beloved paintings “Wheat Field with Cypresses” and “The Starry Night” .

The show is called “Van Gogh’s Cypresses,” and will be the first to focus on the artist’s iconic representation of the trees that are associated with his paintings. It opens on May 22, which happens to be the 170th anniversary of Van Gogh’s birth, and runs until August 27.

The Met Museum

1000 5th Ave

New York, NY 10028

The American Museum of Natural History’s New Wing

It’s an exciting moment for the American Museum of Natural History, as it unveils its brand new wing. Hailed as an architectural coup de grace, the 230,000-square-foot Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation is much anticipated by New Yorkers and visitors alike. The Gilder Center is unique in its interior with curvilinear walls that were inspired by canyons and caves. The wing is dedicated to scientific marvels which include a butterfly vivarium, an insectarium and a 360-degree immersive experience.

American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West

New York, NY 10024

5th Avenue Floral Meets Art with Charlotte Gastaut

Throughout May, 10 colorful sculptures created by the renowned French illustrator Charlotte Gastaut will occupy Fifth Avenue from 50th to 59th Streets. Pedestrians are invited to step into her interactive sculptures that include arches, benches, potted flowers and more. These captivating designs are inspired by the artist’s joyful and ludic sketches that imbue more nature into the urban setting.

This is a project of The French jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels who partnered with the Fifth Avenue Association to create Fifth Avenue Blooms, a collection of whimsical sidewalk sculptures accented with real flowers.

Fifth Avenue from 50th to 59th Streets

New York, NY 10022

“Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” at the Met Costume Institute

Fashion lovers won’t want to miss out on this exciting spring exhibit. In celebration of the 90th birthday of the iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld, the Met Costume Institute is hosting their first retrospective devoted exclusively to the German designer. Over 150 objects and drawings will be on display for the first time at the Met Costume Institute. This will showcase some of Lagerfeld’s best work and take a deep dive into his creative process during his long career at various fashion houses including: Chloé, Fendi and Chanel. “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” runs from May to July 2023.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

“Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time” at the MoMA

While in American popular culture, Georgia O’Keeffe is linked to the Southwest, and to large scale floral paintings, she was also a prolific sketch artist. This MoMA exhibition, “To See Takes Time” brings together some 100 works done in charcoal, pencil, watercolor and pastel as well as a few key paintings. The event offers a rare glimpse into O’Keeffe’s process and methodology and discloses new ways of seeing common place objects. The show runs through August 12, 2023.

Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019

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