Art Shows to Visit This Summer

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ALMA W. THOMAS: EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL

A retrospective of the artist whose abstract work reflects life’s exuberance is opening this month at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, and will travel to museums in Washington, D.C.; Nashville; and Georgia.

THE NEW WOMAN BEHIND THE CAMERA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is showcasing the work of more than 120 female photographers from the 1920s to the 1950s—among them Florestine Perrault Collins and Lola Álvarez Bravo, who rejected ill-conceived stereotypes.

TEAMLAB: CONTINUITY

For their first major U.S. show, at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Tokyo-based art collective teamLAB has created whimsical digital ecosystems that depend on visitors’ movements, so no two viewings are the same.

SOCIAL WORKS

In his debut exhibition for Gagosian in New York City, newly minted director and curator Antwaun Sargent conceives of space through a multifaceted Black imagination, including pieces from Titus Kaphar and Lauren Halsey.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

At the American Museum of Natural History’s newly opened Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, all that glitters isn’t gold—it may be labradorite, emerald, or towering amethyst geodes. This summer it gleams with a survey of brilliant critter-inspired fine jewelry.

PETER BLAKE: TIME TRAVELLER

Spanning seven decades, Waddington Custot’s London show highlights the British artist’s keen exploration of collage and his role in the Pop art movement.

TURN ON

A museum of medieval art hosts an ultracontemporary concert series—on screens now.

Lost Souls of Saturn in the Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters, filmed in April.Stephanie Berger.

“I was interested in showing the depth and breadth of electronic music,” says Limor Tomer, general manager of Live Arts at the Met and curator of the Sonic Cloisters, an electronic-music series featuring the pulse-raising works of Lost Souls of Saturn, Jlin, and Dubfire, which will roll out on the Met’s website and social platforms monthly through August. The through line between the performances, Tomer says, is “the deep connection between the music and the art”—paintings, illuminated texts, sculpture, tapestries, and four French cloisters brought to their current location in New York’s Washington Heights in 1938. Each musician chose a different area of the museum in which to film, from an intimate stone gallery to a vast space housing iconic sculptures, says Tomer; perfectly varied settings for the music’s “layered, complex compositional structures.”

PLUGGED IN

Emmanuel Olunkwa.

Aria Dean, a forward-looking L.A.-born artist, critic, and curator whose solo exhibition “Suite!” is on view at REDCAT, shares what’s currently capturing her attention.

“There’s no artist whose work—objects and writing—I return to more than Robert Morris’s,” says Dean. “I have a poster of him overlooking my dining room.”

© Robert Morris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, © Christie’s Images/Bridgeman Images.

“The programming at Artists Space in New York,” says Dean, highlighting the recent retrospective of Art Club 2000, which raised still-relevant critiques of capital and ’90s downtown cool—“is intelligent and rigorous, and often quite fun (an important combination).”

Ian Dreiblatt & Anastasios Karnazes. Courtesy of Artists Space, New York.

Dean calls Adrienne Edwards, director of curatorial affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, a beacon for her “heavy-duty theoretical component” to curating, citing her work on post-structuralism and race.

Cynthia Edorh/Getty Images.

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