SUMMER PREVIEW: Art

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05/21/2008 12:00 AM |

SUMMER Art

Brooklyn Museum
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The Japanese pop artist’s blockbuster show — and its embedded Louis Vuitton boutique — spans his entire career, focusing on his unique investigations into the branding possibilities of art, and more recent autobiographical works. Closes 7/13.

Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition
Ever thought, “Hey, I could mount a better exhibition from my pocket lint”? Well, you can still vote online until May 23, and then come see what made it into this DIY photography exhibition. Opens 6/27, closes 8/10.

The Chelsea Art Museum
Oh ChiGyun: Defining Landscape,
The internationally renowned Korean painter works in a kind of expressionist mode harkening back to Cézanne, but depicts jarringly contemporary urban scenes that defy the historical associations of his style. Opens 5/29.

Guggenheim
Louise Bourgeois
As the French artist nears her 100th birthday, what better time for an extensive retrospective? Her trademark sculptures — and prints, drawings, paintings and taped performances — present the full breadth of her persistently innovative oeuvre. Opens 6/27, closes 9/28.

The Metropolitan Art Museum
Jeff Koons on the Roof
Three monumental, playful, colorful and reflective Post-Pop sculptures glitter in the Met-rooftop sun, searing eyes and minds with their critiques of consumerism. Closes 10/26.

Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy
You’ll think you’ve stumbled into the Batcave going down that marble staircase into the Costume Institute’s latest in a string of über-cool shows. This one’s devoted to superhero costume iconography and the designers it’s influenced. Closes 9/1.

P.S.1
Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland
Over a dozen contemporary Finnish artists from multiple generations working in photography, installation, video, film and painting. As part of P.S.1’s summer concert series Warm Up, many Finnish bands will perform in the museum’s temporary urban farm courtyard space. Opens 6/1, closes 9/15.

Museum of Modern Art
Dalí: Painting and Film
MoMA’s vaults were combed for works by everyone’s favorite mustachioed Surrealist to create this exhibition and parallel film series. Opens 6/29, closes 9/15.

Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
This extensive look back over 180 years of prefab architecture features all matter of documentary, promotional and construction materials. Things spill into the street with five recently designed prefab buildings going up in the empty lot directly west of MoMA. Opens 6/20, closes 10/20.

The New Museum
After Nature

This show, with its epic theme and epic size, is set in an imagined dystopian future of environmental collapse. Artists across media and generations offer their ruminations on Earth after nature. Opens 7/17, closes 9/21.

Red Hook Pier
Spring Ahead

In its 16th year occupying the pier at the Red Hook waterfront, this expansive art exhibition showcases the work of Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) members, raising funds for the coalition and providing affordable art to us non-Madison Ave types. Closes 6/15.

Summer Show
Taking up residence in the same space as the spring show, the BWAC promises more affordable local art and outdoor activities into the late weeks of summer revelry. Opens 7/26, closes 8/17.

Whitney Museum of Art
Polaroids: Mapplethorpe

Focusing on Mapplethorpe’s instant photography between 1970 and 1975, many previously un-exhibited works reveal the spontaneity and intimacy Mapplethorpe evoked in Polaroid portraits, still lifes and figure studies. Closes 9/7.

Paul McCarthy: Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement
The American installation artist brings his disorienting and confounding architectural manipulations to the Whitney, undermining our sense of space and direction, generally messing with our minds. Opens 6/26, closes 10/12.