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Friday, August 18

  • Ends September 4th 2017

  • “I am scared of her because I respect her so much,” said John Waters once of Rei Kawakubo, perhaps the only artist he’d ever admit to feeling intimidated by. Via her label Comme des Garçons, Kawakubo has been outfitting the intellectual and adventurous for more than forty years, creating clothes that challenge the boundaries of taste with an unparalleled rigor, sophistication, menace, and wit. Her retrospective at the Met’s Costume Institute, stately and severe, is a labyrinthine tour of this designer’s peerless garments and imagination.

    Rei Kawakubo/Comme de Garçons: Art of the In-Between

    May 4 - Sep 4, 2017

    The Met | Metropolitan Museum of Art

    1000 Fifth Avenue  / +12125357710 / www.metmuseum.org
    Sun - Thu 10am to 5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 9pm

  • Ends September 10th 2017

  • Carol Rama rarely saw the body as a safe haven, as her sprawling, crepuscular oeuvre seems to suggest. “Antibodies,” curated by the New Museum’s Helga Christoffersen and Massimiliano Gioni, is the very first museum survey in this city of the influential artist’s work, which offers up more than one hundred of Rama’s extraordinary sculptures, paintings, and works on paper.

    Carol Rama Antibodies

    Apr 26 - Sep 10, 2017

    New Museum

    235 Bowery  / +12122191222 / newmuseum.org
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends September 17th 2017

  • bell hooks famously took Betty Friedan to task for The Feminine Mystique (1963). According to hooks, Friedan’s seminal text only addressed white “housewives bored with leisure,” virtually ignoring wide swaths of the female population who were not white, middle-class, or privileged. “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85,” an exhibition coming out of the Brooklyn Museum’s feminist “Year of Yes” programming, unravels second-wave feminism’s white narrative and focuses on the urgent output of artists and activists such as Blondell Cummings, Camille Billops, Ayoka Chenzira, Susan Robeson, Alva Rogers, Lorna Simpson, Howardena Pindell, and Julie Dash.

    We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85

    Apr 21 - Sep 17, 2017

    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Parkway  / +17186385000 / brooklynmuseum.org
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 10pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends September 25th 2017

  • Ian Cheng’s “series of live simulation works created using a video game engine,” at MoMA PS1, titled the “Emissary” trilogy, 2015–17—the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States—is an immersive, discomfiting experience, full of twitchy characters, animals, systems, and landscapes that force us to contemplate our unstable sense of self in a world that seems on the verge of collapse.

    Ian Cheng Emissaries

    Apr 9 - Sep 25, 2017

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue  / +17187842084 / momaps1.org
    Thu - Mon 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends October 1st 2017

  • Timed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, this exhibition features works, made between 1861 and 1967, that encompass sundry permutations of queer identity. Among the selection of intimate, erotic, and domestic works are paintings, drawings, photographs, and films by well-known artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, and David Hockney.

    Queer British Art 1861–1967

    Apr 5 - Oct 1, 2017

    Tate Britain

    Millbank  / +442078878888 / tate.org.uk
    Mon - Thu 10am to 6pm, Fri 10am to 10pm, Sat - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Ends September 3rd 2017

  • Recently acquired by the German Nationalgalerie, of which this venue is but one affiliated institution, Adrian Piper’s installation and participatory group performance The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game # 1–3, 2013–15, proposes that visitors sign a contract with themselves pledging to act ethically, honestly, and reliably, in return for which they receive a registry of people who have made the same promise by the end of any iteration of the performance. A resource that, given the current political climate in the US and Europe, could hardly be more timely.

    Adrian Piper The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3

    Feb 24 - Sep 3, 2017

    Hamburger Bahnhof

    Invalidenstraße 50-51  / +4930266424242 / www.smb.museum/hbf
    Tue - Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 6pm, Thu 10am to 8pm

  • Ends August 20th 2017

  • As one of the founding members of CoBrA, an avant-garde artist group formed in Paris in 1948 and named for the cities from which its members hailed (Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam), Dutch artist Karel Appel found academic interpretations of abstract art to be too rigid, which made him promote a naive-style visual language that combines figurative and expressive elements. This comprehensive overview of Appel’s work ranges from ceramic sculptures and gouaches from his “Psychopathological Notebook,” 1940–50, to large paintings and installations from the 1970s through the 1990s.

    Karel Appel Art as Celebration!

    Feb 24 - Aug 20, 2017

    Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris

    11, avenue du Président Wilson  / +33153674000 / mam.paris.fr/en
    Tue - Sun 10am to 6pm, Thu 10am to 10pm

  • Ends October 22nd 2017

  • On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of Rodin’s death, the Musée Rodin has given carte blanche to Anselm Kiefer—a contemporary artist whose inspirations and creative processes are not unlike those of his illustrious forbearer. Paintings and installations featuring Kiefer’s signature annihilated and debris-like materials are juxtaposed with little-known plasters by Rodin.

    Kiefer-Rodin

    Mar 14 - Oct 22, 2017

    Musée Rodin

    77, rue de Varenne  / +33144186110 / musee-rodin.fr
    Tue - Sun 10am to 5:30pm