The Big Fall Museum Shows
Museums & Galleries
by Emma Fidel, Time Out New York contributor, 08/13/2009
Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art at the Museum of American Illustration at Society of Illustrators (September 1–October 17)
Rediscover your imagination at this exhibit of the top fantasy, horror, sci-fi and surreal artists from around the globe. The 120-plus works run the fantastic gamut—from illustrations of a majestic dragon to a melancholy Mars dweller—in seven categories, including video, 3-D art, comics, digital art and graphic novels.
Hanging Fire: Contemporary Art from Pakistan at Asia Society (September 10–January 3)
Despite its vibrancy and range, contemporary Pakistani art has never before been featured in a U.S. museum installation. Curated at Asia Society by the influential Salima Hashmi, this exhibit features video, photography, sculpture and miniature painting. Look for Imran Qureshi's rendition of this unique genre, created specifically for this exhibit.
Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (September 18–January 13)
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gugg by honoring one of history's most seminal artists. More than 100 of Wassily Kandinsky's paintings make up this chronological survey of his career as a pioneer of abstraction. Look for "Light Picture," one of Kandinsky's first truly abstract efforts, which was last exhibited in the Guggenheim in the 1970s.
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present at the Brooklyn Museum (October 30–January 31)
By examining the greats who photographed the greats, Brooklyn Museum's medley of performance photos, portraits and behind-the-scenes snapshots promises a revamped perspective on the personalities and personae of rock legends. Don't miss Albert Watson's mash-up of Mick Jagger and a jaguar.
Tim Burton at the Museum of Modern Art (November 22–April 26)
Gear up for next year's Alice in Wonderland with this MoMA career retrospective of Hollywood's creepiest director. This exhibition and film series presents all things Burton, including his earliest childhood drawings and storyboards created during the production Edward Scissorhands and other movies. Not to be missed: an intriguingly grotesque, untitled pen-and-ink sketch from The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.
For more information on upcoming museum and gallery exhibits around the City, visit Time Out New York.