A fairer season, it seems, has at long last come around to settling in, at least insofar as many New Yorkers are now sniffling through the throes of springtime allergy woes. While meds might make May more pleasant, avoiding nature’s blossoms in your planning might help, too. So here are a handful of exhibitions and events at some of our Big Institutions to check out this month—with preference for the now-opening, the soon-to-close, the just-too-good, and the arguably beyond.
The Met Gets Punk’d
Before the McQueen and Schiaparelli exhibitions proved the institution’s elastic capacities to tap into broader pools of potential visitors, it would’ve been very difficult to imagine a context in which the Sex Pistols might’ve made a splash there. Actually, it would always be difficult to imagine that, if it weren’t that it’s already real. PUNK: Chaos to Couture
, an examination of punk’s influence on high fashion since the 1970s, will probably delight many eyes while causing others to roll, but it’s hard to say that seeing so many photos of Johnny Rotten at the Met isn’t at least a little bit cool.(May 9-August 14)
An Italian & Some Frenchmen
Make haste to the Frick Collection
to catch Piero della Francesca in America
(through May 19), a truly history-remaking exhibition that gathers more panels from the early Renaissance artist’s Sant’Agostino altarpiece than have been seen together in nearly 500 years. Also on view at the Frick are drawings and prints by such 19th-century French masters as Millet, Courbet, Pissarro and Gauguin.
(Through June 16th)
Degas, La La
Head to the Morgan Library & Museum
for a curious, tightly curated show of Degas’s painting Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando
, now visiting NYC from London. Studies, drawings and other complementary items accompany the painting, as do promotional posters and photographs of the eponymous aerialist.
(Through May 12)
Need you more encouragement to check out, forthwith, the long-running Giants of the Deep
at the American Museum of Natural History
? If so, would the opportunity to crawl around in the heart of a blue whale do the trick? Of course, you’ll also leave with great new share-at-the-bar facts—e.g., whales are closely related to hippos, sheep, camels and pigs. But whatever: Whales!
Topping Top Gun
On Friday, May 24, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
will commence its Memorial Day festivities with a free screening of Top Gun
—ON THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ITSELF! A wonderfully meta
way to blast into summer, don’t you think? (If only booze were allowed!)
Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photograph © Dennis Morris
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