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NYC Fall Art Guide

By: Diana Friedman

When the weather gets ugly and those of us who prefer summer start to complain, we often forget one of the best ways to escape Father Frost is by hiding in one of New York's fantastic cultural institutions. New York has some of the best museums in the world and I've researched them all to give you the 'can't-miss' list of art exhibitions this fall!

MET BRAUER: Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

Opened: July 21 | Closing: October 8

Photo via MET Museum

Photo via MET Museum

Even if you don't work in the architecture and design industry can recognize that the patterns and shapes of the iconic Memphis Group are all the rage right now. They've infiltrated every Pinterest board in the best, color-filled way and this is your chance to learn about the founding father of them all. Guaranteed to brighten even the greyest of New York days.

QUEENS MUSEUM: Never Built New York

Opened: September 17 | Closing: February 18

Photo via Jackson Rollings/AN

Photo via Jackson Rollings/AN

Ever wonder what New York could look like? This new exhibition shows visitors the cool, strange and surreal structures that could have graced our skyline but never did. Filled with models and architectural renderings, this exhibition will show you the endless possibilities that were brainstormed to improve our ever-changing city.

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Opened: September 24 | Closing: January 28

Photo via Mark Rosen of @MarkAtTheMuseum

Photo via Mark Rosen of @MarkAtTheMuseum

Yes, that's the artist who makes the big spiders. Creepy and kooky just in time for Halloween, this exhibition goes well beyond the big bugs. Peer into the vast and comprehensive collection of the iconic female sculptor's prints and illustrated books; on view for the first time.

JEWISH MUSEUM: Modigliani Unmasked

Opened: September 15 | Closing: February 4

Photo via Jewish Museum

Photo via Jewish Museum

Focusing on the Italian’s artists work after his arrival in Paris in 1906, this exhibition at the Jewish Museum focused on the role Amedeo Modigliani’s Jewish heritage played on the development of his artistic style. You’ll recognize him from your Art History 101 courses, but gain a deeper understanding of his incredible life through his exhibition. Stop by the Russ & Daughters restaurant in the museum before the show for a bagel & lox to fuel your art viewing afternoon.


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Diana is a lover of architecture, design, puppies and ice cream (not necessarily in that order). See more of her everyday on Instagram: @theartemuse