• Keith Haring: Retrospective

    Whitney Museum of American Art
    99 Gansevoort Street
    June 18–September 21, 1997

    For more than a decade now, it’s seemed like, no matter where you looked, Keith Haring’s signature graffiti-styled Everymen, glowing babies, pyramids, and barking dogs were already there. At once deeply populist and profoundly Pop, Haring’s imagery has become a kind of immediately identifiable, universal visual language. Ironically, the artist’s commitment to and success at marketing his populist vision has kept serious consideration of his work at bay. In this retrospective, curator Elisabeth Sussman looks to change that. Tracing his career from his late ’70s collages up through the paintings preceding his death in 1990, the show considers Haring in the context of both neo-Expressionism and ’80s graffiti- and hip-hop-influenced painting. June 18-Sept. 21

  • Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life

    MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
    11 West 53rd Street
    May 25–August 26, 1997

    Isn’t “still life” pretty much a dead issue for art by the final decade of this century? Not so, according to Margit Rowell, who has curated what is being touted as “the first extensive survey” of the genre as it has made its way through the twentieth century. Bringing together work by those typically associated with the genre, such as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, and some whose concerns seem alien to the category, like Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith, the exhibition showcases some seventy major Modern artists while expanding the boundaries of this most conventional of genres. May 25-Aug. 26; travels to Hayward Gallery, London, Oct. 9-Jan. 4, 1998

  • Stenberg Brothers: Constructing a Revolution in Soviet Design

    MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
    11 West 53rd Street
    June 10–September 2, 1997

    In the early days of a triumphant Russian Revolution, when the avant-garde seemed the best hope for leading the way toward the future, the brothers Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg foresaw a workers’ utopia that would be equal parts dynamism and gloriously hard work. Together they set out to design the cutting edge, working on projects from theater sets and costumes to bridges and automobile plants. Curated by Christopher Mount from MoMA’s architecture and design department, the Brothers Stenberg’s first retrospective features around 100 posters, paintings, drawings, and “spatial constructions” in addition to designs for the stage, providing a glimpse into a Constructivist Eden that never came to be. June 10-Sept. 2