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Top 7 Exhibits To See At MoMA Before They Close

Top 7 Exhibits To See At MoMA Before They Close

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Updated: 12 December 2015
One of the preeminent art museums in the United States, New York City‘s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) always features spectacular art in its collections, such as Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. Some exhibits are just as stunning as Dali’s melting clocks, but more fleeting, as many of MoMA’s 2015 exhibits are about to close. Here is the rundown of MoMA’s temporary exhibitions that are closing soon, listed in the order of when they wrap up.

Zoe Leonard: Analogue

Ends August 30

Starting in the late 1990s, photographer Zoe Leonard assembled 412 photographs of her neighborhood in the Lower East Side, honing in on advertisements as her neighborhood transformed from a hub of mom-and-pop retailers to gentrification over the past two decades. The result is an astounding historical look at the Lower East Side. Hurry: the exhibit ends August 30.

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971

Ends September 7

If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll probably want to catch this Yoko Ono exhibit before it ends the first week of September. In 1971, Yoko Ono’s first MoMA exhibit consisted of her purported release of thousands of flies on the 53rd Street property, encouraging museum visitors to hunt them down. Besides this humorous retrospective, the exhibit covers Ono’s variety of work leading up to the event, such as her collaborations with John Lennon.

One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works

Ends September 7

You probably know about Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, a series of paintings depicting the “Great Migration” of African-Americans from the South to North during and following the two World Wars. But you’ve probably never seen them all in the same place. Until September 7, you can, at MoMA, where the 60-panel series has been reunited after having been divided between MoMA and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. after their creation in 1943. The exhibit also includes literary works by Richard Wright and Langston Hughes, photographs by Dorathea Lange, and sociological works by Charles White and Charles Alston to give a panoramic view of the Great Migration. Not to be missed.

Gilbert & George: The Early Years

Ends September 27

Quirky artists Gilbert & George are perhaps most famous for their 1970 “Singing Sculptures,” when the duo painted their skin in metallic powders and sang on a table for sometimes an entire day. Specializing in photography, Gilbert & George are known for their formal dress and unique take on modernism. This MoMA exhibit focuses on their early years, from 1969-1975.

Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk-Kender, 1960-1971

Ends October 4

If you like photography, then you won’t want to miss this exhibit featuring the works of Harry Shunk and Janos Kender, whose collection was recently acquired by MoMA. Featuring photography of Paris and New York in the 1960s, this exhibit takes a look at Shunk-Kender’s documentation of now-historical avant-garde art movements.

Andy Warhol: Soup Cans & Other Works, 1953-1967

Ends October 18

Everyone knows about Warhol’s soupcans. The 1962 series of 32 paintings depicting Campbell’s various soup-related products has been part of MoMA’s collection for a long time, but never before has the collection been displayed in a line instead of a grid, replicating the method in which they were first displayed in Los Angeles. Stop by MoMA before October 18 to see the exhibit the way it was meant to be seen.

Scorsese Collects

Ends October 25

Martin Scorsese may be well known for his films Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street, among others, but you probably didn’t know he had a classy film poster collection, too, which you can see until October 25th. Featuring 34 posters from Scorsese’s collection, including art-house, foreign, and popular films, the exhibit is paired with a “Scorsese Screens” film series. “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster,” may be a famous line from Goodfellas, but maybe you’ve always wanted to see Marty Scorsese’s memorabilia?

Want a little more time to fully take in an exhibit? Four of MoMA’s current exhibitions will be running through at least January. There’s “Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye,” concerning musical pop art, “This is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good,” featuring designs for the future, “Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection,” a hodge-podge of ominous and whimsical work, and “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture,” a look at modern architectural conceptions of home.

And fear not: the next set of exhibitions will start soon, as well. There’s always something exciting going on at the Museum of Modern Art.

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By Harrison Blackman