May 15th 2011

4 NYC art exhibits to check out this spring

Looking for something fun to do this spring? Take the next four weekends to hit up an art exhibit in the area, each one bringing forth something different to the name of culture.

Whether you’re an art lover or going along with a friend, chances are, you’ll find something awesome about each one of them. And don’t worry–they’re all at mainstream locales.

Not sure where to begin? First read our tips on how to explore an art museum.

Body and Spirit: Tibetan Medical Paintings

at the American Museum of Natural History (

January 25, 2011 – July 17, 2011

This exhibition consists  of 64 Tibetan medical paintings (also known as tangkas). On view for the first time in a museum exhibition, these hand-painted reproductions of traditional scroll paintings provide a unique and rich illustrated history of early medical knowledge and procedures in Tibet, and are believed to be among only a handful of such sets in existence.

Each of the 64 medical paintings was painstakingly reproduced by hand in the late 1990s by Romio Shrestha, a Nepalese artist, and his students, who followed the Tibetan tradition of copying older paintings. They based their work on two published sets of medical tangkas likely painted in the early 1900s that were copies of the original set.

An interesting source of original medicine, they are also aesthetically pleasing and different than what you’ve probably encountered before.

See the details here.

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception

at the Museum of Modern Art (

May 8–August 1, 2011

This exhibition draws on the Museum’s unique and important collection of Francis Alÿs’s work, highlighting three recent major acquisitions—Re-enactments (2001), When Faith Moves Mountains (2002), and Rehearsal I (Ensayo I) (1999–2001)—which include video installations, paintings, drawings, collages, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

These works explore social action that address the politics of public space to large-scale communal participation where the culmination of many small acts achieves mythic proportions. It also includes works about art and everyday life.

See the details here.

Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York

at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (

February 9, 2011 to July 4, 2011

Within New York City and nearby New Jersey, Long Island, and Westchester County, the tradition of lutherie (stringed-instrument making) has thrived. And so, Italian American craftsmen have created many stringed instruments, from violins to mandolins to guitars. In the last century, the craftsmen have been famous for their archtop guitars.

This exhibition examines the work of John D’Angelico, James D’Aquisto, and John Monteleone and their place in the extended context of Italian and Italian American instrument making, and the inspiration of the sights and sounds of New York City.

See the details here. (And check out Picasso’s Guitars, too).

A Year Without Children 2011

at the Guggenheim (

May 13, 2011 to June 15, 2011

This exhibition showcases art by students participating in Learning Through Art (LTA), an educational program of the Guggenheim Museum. LTA places professional teaching artists in public elementary schools in New York, where they collaborate with teachers to develop art projects that teach students art skills and techniques while exploring themes related to the school curriculum. The program encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and ongoing collaborative investigation.

See the details here.

While you’re at it, take some time to explore around our favourite NYC buildings.

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.