Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Christina Parrella and Jeremy Lehrer, 03/04/2014
"Forever Bicycles" (2013), by Ai Weiwei. Installation at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013, Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Canada. ©Ai Weiwei. Photo: John Heineman
Just a quick walk from Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and most diverse art museums in the City. Its permanent collection houses everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to 15th-century European paintings and modern photographic works. Two visiting exhibitions, which come to the Prospect Heights museum in April, expand on the huge in-house collection. The first, Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago's Early Work 1963–74 (April 4–September 28), surveys the artist's early West Coast efforts, including paintings, drawings and photographs. It serves as a prelude to the museum's ongoing installation, The Dinner Party (1979), a mixed-media celebration of women's achievements that solidified Chicago as a leading feminist artist. Another touring exhibition, Ai Weiwei: According to What? (April 18–August 10) will be the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s first survey of work shown in North America. The artist and embattled activist will showcase some never-before-seen and recent projects, including S.A.C.R.E.D, a collection of six iron boxes that represent Weiwei's 81-day stint in a prison cell.