These Are the Art Shows and Events to See This Season

After the pandemic brought museum and gallery shows to a dead stop, last year’s racial justice protests lent new urgency to demands that institutions become more transparent, more representative and more diverse. While there’s certainly an uptick of shows featuring women and artists of color in this fall preview, there are also many, delayed by Covid-19, that were planned several years ago. For the moment, at least, it feels as if we are picking up just where we left off — with solo blockbusters (like Jasper Johns’s, stretching over two cities), art fairs (nearly all in person, again) and ancient treasures (rare ceramics, from Thailand to Mesopotamia). Check museums and fairs for health-related updates: Museums may require proof of vaccination, and fairs may yet migrate back online.


THE OBAMA PORTRAITS TOUR Kehinde Wiley’s historically snappy portrait of our first Black president, along with Amy Sherald’s equally notable take on the former first lady, Michelle Obama, is on a cross-country tour, with stops in Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston. (Aug. 27-Oct. 24; Brooklyn Museum,

JUDY CHICAGO Including pretty much everything but her single most famous work, “The Dinner Party” (it is permanently installed at the Brooklyn Museum), this first retrospective for the pioneering feminist touches on birth, death, gender and the Holocaust. (Aug. 28-Jan. 9, 2022; de Young Museum, San Francisco,

NEW TIME: ART AND FEMINISMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY This huge survey of recent feminist art borrows its title from the poet Leslie Scalapino and includes eight thematic sections, with titles like “The Body in Pieces” and “Too Nice for Too Long.” (Aug. 28-Jan. 30, 2022; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Calif.,

SPAIN, 1000-1200: ART AT THE FRONTIERS OF FAITH The Fuentidueña Chapel gallery at the Met Cloisters hosts objects from a time when multiculturalism meant Christians, Muslims and Jews mingling in Iberia. (Aug. 30Jan. 30, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

PANDEMIC DIARIES: EXCERPTS An installation of drawings and videos by the California artist Cauleen Smith focuses on computer screens as the mediators of our collective experience. (Sept. 3September 2022; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh,

REALLY FREE: THE RADICAL ART OF NELLIE MAE ROWE Drawing on the High Museum’s singular collection of work by Rowe (1900-82) — which includes chewing-gum sculptures, handmade dolls and a “playhouse” in her yard just outside Atlanta — this show is, according to the organizers, “the first to consider her practice as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the post-civil-rights-era South.” (Sept. 3Jan. 9, 2022; High Museum of Art, Atlanta,

SEEING THE INVISIBLE A dozen botanical gardens in six countries have made a big bet on the drawing power of augmented-reality art installations, with the help of El Anatsui, Ai Weiwei and other headliners. (through August 2022; Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and others,

UNSEEN PICASSO Rarely seen etchings, lithographs and linocuts by the Spanish master. (Sept. 3Jan. 10, 2022; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Calif.,

JOAN MITCHELL Eighty canvases by a midcentury painter whose work vibrated with force and color. Organized with the Baltimore Museum of Art and also traveling to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the show includes “Sans Neige,” a three-panel piece more than 16 feet long that hasn’t been shown since the 1970s. (Sept. 4 through Jan. 17, 2022; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER: THE LAST CRUZE With photographs, video and installation, Frazier documents workers at the General Motors auto factory in Lordstown, Ohio, which closed in 2019. (Sept. 8March 20, 2022; the California African American Museum, Los Angeles,

NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE IN THE 1960S De Saint Phalle’s moment continues with this show dedicated to her earliest “Tirs,” canvases she shot with a rifle, and her “Nanas,” the endearingly exaggerated female forms for which she’s best known. (Sept. 10-Jan. 23, 2022; the Menil Collection, Houston,

CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS The North American premiere of a show that originated (naturally) in Paris has everything from his 1947 “New Look” to the present day, with photos, a “toile room,” more than 200 haute couture pieces and rooms devoted to all his successors as artistic directors. (Sept. 10-Feb. 22, 2022; Brooklyn Museum,

ON THE BASIS OF ART: 150 YEARS OF WOMEN AT YALE Eva Hesse, Howardena Pindell, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, An-My Le, Mickalene Thomas and Audrey Flack are just a few of the Yale-trained female artists in this grand roundup, celebrating the 52nd anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th at the university’s art school. Its title is partly derived from Title IX, the federal law barring any educational program receiving federal funds from discriminating “on the basis of sex.” (Sept. 10-Jan. 9, 2022; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,

REBEL, JESTER, MYSTIC, POET: CONTEMPORARY PERSIANS A survey of recent contemporary art from Iran and by Iranians. (Sept. 10-Jan. 16, 2022; Asia Society Museum,

UNDERGROUND MODERNIST: E. McKNIGHT KAUFFER An expansive look back at the influential early-20th-century graphic designer known as the poster king. (Sept. 10-April 10, 2022; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,

THE WAY WE REMEMBER: FRITZ KOENIG’S SPHERE, THE TRAUMA OF 9/11, AND THE POLITICS OF MEMORY Reflecting on public memorials, such as the spherical public sculpture that survived the collapse of the Twin Towers, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. (Sept. 10-Nov. 14; Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University,

TRANSFORMED: OBJECTS RE-IMAGINED BY AMERICAN ARTISTS This northern New Jersey museum has reopened with a show of 60 pieces, from the 19th century to the present, that evoke Jasper Johns’s famous admonition: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” (Sept. 23-Dec. 3, 2023; Montclair Art Museum, N.J.,

COLOR AND ILLUSION: THE STILL LIFES OF JUAN GRIS Tracking the Spanish Cubist’s painterly style by isolating a single genre. (Sept. 12-Jan. 9, 2022; Baltimore Museum of Art,

PIPILOTTI RIST: BIG HEARTEDNESS, BE MY NEIGHBOR Videos, sculptures and colorful installations in this restlessly inventive Swiss artist’s first West Coast survey. (Sept. 12-June 6, 2022; the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles,

BOSCO SODI: LA FUERZA DEL DESTINO Working between New York and Oaxaca, Mexico, Sodi makes large clay spheres and rectangles whose textures you can almost feel just by looking at them. You can see about 30 in the sculpture garden. (Sept. 14-July 10, 2022; Dallas Museum of Art,

FLUXUS MEANS CHANGE: JEAN BROWN’S AVANT-GARDE ARCHIVE An influential collection of Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus art. (Sept. 14-Jan. 2, 2022; the Getty Center,

MORE LIFE A multisite exploration of the lingering echoes of the AIDS crisis, with work by Derek Jarman, Mark Morrisroe and others. (Sept. 14-Oct. 23; David Zwirner Gallery,

THE GREAT GEORGE: CRUIKSHANK AND LONDON’S GRAPHIC HUMORISTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LEA ISELIN A chronological romp through the life and work of the 19th-century London illustrator known for his pointed political cartoons, his book illustrations and his bitter falling-out with his friend and former collaborator, Charles Dickens. (Sept. 20-Nov. 13; the Grolier Club,

HARD, SOFT, AND ALL LIT UP WITH NOWHERE TO GO The Greek design studio Objects of Common Interest has installed retrofuturist lights, furniture and sculpture — much of it tubular — amid the museum’s permanent collection of work by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi. (Sept. 15-Feb. 13, 2022; Noguchi Museum,

SUN & SEA Singers in bathing suits and 25 tons of sand recreate an over-the-top operatic performance, by Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte and Lina Lapelyte, that won the Venice Biennale’s 2019 Golden Lion. (Sept. 15-26, Brooklyn Academy of Music,; travels Oct. 14-16 to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles,

DIANE SEVERIN NGUYEN: IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS Nguyen’s first solo institutional exhibition features a newly commissioned video that follows a Vietnamese child into Poland’s K-pop-inspired dance subculture. (Sept. 16-Dec. 13; SculptureCenter,

THERE IS A WOMAN IN EVERY COLOR: BLACK WOMEN IN ART Historical depictions of Black women in conversation with works by female Black artists from Elizabeth Catlett to Nyeema Morgan. (Sept. 16-Jan. 30, 2022; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine,

IN AMERICA: A LEXICON OF FASHION Part 1 of a major two-part exploration of American fashion. (Sept. 18-Sept. 5, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

COLLECTING DREAMS: ODILON REDON A newly acquired charcoal drawing is this year’s excuse to celebrate Cleveland’s unusually fine collection of works by this dreamy French Post-Impressionist. (Sept. 19-Jan. 23, 2022; Cleveland Museum of Art,

THINKING OF ̶Y̶O̶U̶. I MEAN ̶M̶E̶. I MEAN YOU The pre-eminently incisive text artist Barbara Kruger remixes, reconsiders and re-airs work from throughout her career in a show so huge it spills out of the museum into adjacent public spaces. (Sept. 19-Jan. 24, 2022; Art Institute of Chicago,

INWARD: REFLECTIONS ON INTERIORITY Five young artists using the most extroverted of mediums, photography, for self-reflection. (Sept. 24-Jan. 10, 2022, International Center of Photography,

MAJOLICA MANIA: TRANSATLANTIC POTTERY IN ENGLAND AND THE UNITED STATES, 1850-1915 Victorian majolica pottery was brightly colored, durable and extremely popular, and this is its first major exhibition in decades. (Sept. 24-Jan. 2, 2022; Bard Graduate Center,

THE POLONSKY EXHIBITION OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TREASURES The astonishing range of historical documents, art and objects in this new permanent installation includes an original copy of the Bill of Rights, an unpublished chapter of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” in manuscript and the only surviving copy of a “Wish you were here!” letter from Christopher Columbus to King Ferdinand. (Opening Sept. 24; New York Public Library,

WEAVING SPLENDOR: TREASURES OF ASIAN TEXTILES Rare costumes and luxury textiles from Persia, India, China and Japan are exposed to the light of a public exhibition space for the first time in decades. (Sept. 25-March 6, 2022; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.,

YEAR OF UNCERTAINTY Public conversations and presentations, along with reinstallations of its archive and collection, draw visitors into a process of rethinking the Queens Museum’s role. This ongoing project is led by six artists in residence, nine community partners and a dozen other activists, artists and writers. (Sept. 25-Aug. 2023; Queens Museum,

WOODY DE OTHELLO: HOPE OMENS Idiosyncratic, oversize ceramics at the country’s premier collector of immersive environments. (Sept. 26-Sept. 25, 2022; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis.,

SUZANNE VALADON: MODEL, PAINTER, REBEL Born into poverty in Montmartre, Suzanne Valadon modeled for Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec before becoming a successful painter herself, specializing in vibrant, colorful female nudes. (Sept. 26-Jan. 9, 2022; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia,

JASPER JOHNS: MIND/MIRROR This enormous retrospective of a highly influential American painter is taking place in two parts that are on view in New York and Philadelphia simultaneously. (Sept. 29-Feb. 13, 2022; Whitney Museum of American Art,, and Philadelphia Museum of Art,


SHARIF BEY: EXCAVATIONS Bey, who grew up in Pittsburgh, responds to the collection of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History with dramatic mixed-media sculptures. (Oct. 2-March 6, 2022; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh,

ANDRE KERTESZ: POSTCARDS FROM PARIS Before achieving fame as a commercial and art photographer, Andre Kertesz composed stately images on postcard paper in mid-1920s Paris. (Oct. 2-Jan. 17, 2022; Art Institute of Chicago,

A MODERN INFLUENCE: HENRI MATISSE, ETTA CONE, AND BALTIMORE A largely chronological tour of the most notable of the more than 700 artworks the collector Etta Cone and her sister Claribel bought from Matisse in the first half of the 20th century. (Oct. 3-Jan. 2, 2022; Baltimore Museum of Art,

GREATER NEW YORK 2021 The curators Ruba Katrib, Serubiri Moses, Kate Fowle and Inés Katzenstein are organizing the fifth edition of this Long Island City, Queens, survey of New York artists. (Oct. 7-April 18, 2022; MoMA PS1,

ETEL ADNAN: LIGHT’S NEW MEASURE This 96-year-old Lebanese writer and painter makes transcendent, simplified landscapes with glowing blocks of color; this focused solo exhibition complements the larger, concurrent Kandinsky show. (Oct. 8-Jan. 10, 2022; Guggenheim Museum,

MARY SIBANDE: BLUE PURPLE RED Sibande’s elaborate installations, which combine hyper-realistic figures with extravagant costumes and bold, simple colors, capture the drama and turmoil of her native South Africa. (Oct. 8-Jan. 2, 2022; Frist Art Museum, Nashville,

VASILY KANDINSKY: AROUND THE CIRCLE A reverse-chronological overview of the Russian-born painter’s brightly colored but strangely ghostly circles. (Oct. 8-Sept. 5, 2022; Guggenheim Museum,

LABYRINTH OF FORMS: WOMEN AND ABSTRACTION, 1930-1950 The latest welcome challenge to the old heroic-male-painter story of abstraction comes largely from the Whitney’s permanent collection, with works by 26 artists, including the titanic Alice Trumbull Mason, one of whose paintings provides the show’s title. (Oct. 9-March 2022; Whitney Museum of American Art,

NO HUMANS INVOLVED Seven young artists, including Sondra Perry and Wilmer Wilson IV, examine and disrupt the categories we use to decide who does, or doesn’t, deserve humane treatment. (Oct. 10-Jan. 9, 2022; Hammer Museum,

WITCH HUNT Vaginal Davis, Yael Bartana, Okwui Okpokwasili and a dozen other midcareer artists working in every medium demonstrate the range of contemporary feminism in a highly anticipated show that includes specially commissioned work and debut projects. (Oct. 10-Jan. 9, 2022; Hammer Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and

SURREALISM BEYOND BORDERS Following the subterranean tentacles of the Surrealist movement from Western Europe through eight decades and more than 45 countries around the world. (Oct. 11-Jan. 30, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

PERFORMA BIENNIAL 2021 It’s happening in real life, people! The ninth iteration of New York’s singing, dancing and otherwise performing biennial takes place a month earlier than usual, with all shows outdoors. (Oct. 12-31; multiple venues in New York,

JEFFREY GIBSON, INFINITE INDIGENOUS QUEER LOVE On the museum’s grounds, Gibson has already built a psychedelic ziggurat inspired by the earth mounds of the pre-Columbian metropolis Cahokia (near what later became St. Louis). In October, he’ll enter the building with large hanging cube sculptures whose fringes recall Indigenous dance regalia. (Oct. 15-March 13, 2022; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass.,

DAVID DRISKELL: ICONS OF NATURE AND HISTORY Six decades of bright but stately painting and collage by an influential curator and professor who championed African American art history. (Oct. 16-Jan. 9, 2022; the Phillips Collection, Washington,

ENVISIONING EVIL: ‘THE NAZI DRAWINGS’ BY MAURICIO LASANSKY The Jewish Argentine Lasansky, who moved to New York in 1943, made this series of large drawings of melting faces and Nazi regalia in 1961, while watching the Eichmann trial on television. (Oct. 16-June 26, 2022; Minneapolis Institute of Art,

INTERSECTIONS: SANFORD BIGGERS, MOSAIC Biggers responds to the museum’s recently acquired quilts from Gee’s Bend, Ala., with a colored sand mandala, and he remixes figures, à la Rodin and Picasso, with forms borrowed from African art. (Oct. 16-Jan. 9, 2022; the Phillips Collection, Washington,

YOLANDA LÓPEZ: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST The first solo museum show for an artistic pillar of the Chicano movement, famous for picturing herself as the Virgin of Guadalupe — in running shoes. (Oct. 16-April 24, 2022; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown,

PICTURING MOTHERHOOD NOW Recent depictions of motherhood in all its glorious multiplicity, along with a few iconic works from the past. (Oct. 16-March 13, 2022; Cleveland Museum of Art,

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, PHOTOGRAPHER The curator Lisa Volpe puts together 90 photos by this famous painter, drawing on a previously unexamined archive. (Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,

KARLA KNIGHT: NAVIGATOR The first museum show for a midcareer American artist known for overly full but elegant, diagram-like drawings. (Oct. 17-May 8, 2022; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Conn.,

HOLBEIN: CAPTURING CHARACTER IN THE RENAISSANCE The 16th-century draftsman Hans Holbein the Younger, famous for a bone-chilling portrait of Sir Thomas More, also painted potential brides for royal suitors and designed robes of state for Henry VIII. A major presentation organized with the Morgan Library & Museum. (Oct. 19-Jan. 9, 2022; Getty Center, Los Angeles,

BRONX CALLING: THE FIFTH AIM BIENNIAL Work by 69 emerging New York City artists who have passed through this museum’s prestigious incubator program. (Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 2022; the Bronx Museum of the Arts,

PROSPECT.5: YESTERDAY WE SAID TOMORROW A diverse list of artists from around the world converges on the Crescent City after a yearlong postponement. (Oct. 23-Jan. 23, 2022; multiple venues in New Orleans,

AFRO-ATLANTIC HISTORIES This bombshell 450-work history of the Atlantic slave trade — which premiered in 2018 at the São Paolo Museum of Art — makes it to the States. (Oct. 24-Jan. 23, 2022; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,

AQUATINT: FROM ITS ORIGINS TO GOYA Celebrating the hottest new technology of the late 18th century, this show, the museum’s website says, includes images from all across Europe of “erupting volcanoes, amorous couples and mysterious tombs.” (Oct. 24-Feb. 21, 2022; National Gallery of Art, Washington,

2021 TRIENNIAL: SOFT WATER HARD STONE The New Museum’s fifth triennial, curated by Margot Norton and Jamillah James, brings together 40 young artists and collectives working to transform their mediums. (Oct. 28-Jan. 23, 2022; New Museum,

DRAW LIKE A MACHINE: POP ART, 1952-1975 Is it still drawing, if it’s done by a machine? Or art, if it looks like an advertisement? (Oct. 29-March 13, 2022; the Menil Collection,

ALMA W. THOMAS: EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL A major retrospective for this 20th-century painter — the first Black woman given a solo at the Whitney, albeit overdue — who is known for graceful abstractions that look like fields of flower petals. (Oct. 30-Jan. 23, 2022; the Phillips Collection,

JENNIFER PACKER: THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING With precise but lush portraits and still lifes, Packer pictures contemporary Black life — her models’ and her own. (Opening Oct. 30; Whitney Museum of American Art,

THE NEW WOMAN BEHIND THE CAMERA More than 100 international photographers appear in this comprehensive survey of women and photography in the early 20th century. (Oct. 31-Jan. 30, 2022; National Gallery of Art, Washington,


PREHISTORIC SPIRALS: EARTHENWARE FROM THAILAND Handsome red spirals adorn pots from a culture, more than 2,000 years old, in what is now Thailand. (Opens Nov. 1; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,

BEFORE YESTERDAY WE COULD FLY Furnished with a diverse gathering of African and American objects from the Met’s collection, this Afro-Futurist period room will pay tribute to Seneca Village, a free Black settlement destroyed in 1857 to make way for Central Park. (Opens Nov. 5; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

MEDIEVAL BOLOGNA: ART FOR A UNIVERSITY CITY Illuminated textbooks and other unusual objects from Europe’s oldest college town. (Nov. 5-Jan. 30, 2022; Frist Art Museum, Nashville,

PICTURING THE SOUTH: 25 YEARS The artists tapped for the museum’s 25-year-old commissioned series, intended to expand representation of contemporary Southern subjects (while also building the High’s photography collection), include Kael Alford, Sally Mann and Dawoud Bey. (Nov. 5-Feb. 6, 2022; High Museum of Art, Atlanta,

GILLIAN WEARING: WEARING MASKS The first North American retrospective for this English maker of high-concept but psychologically penetrating video work like “Confess All on Video. Don’t Worry, You Will Be in Disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian.” (Nov. 5-April 4, 2022; Guggenheim Museum,

BLACK AMERICAN PORTRAITS These 150 works center Black subjects on the 45th anniversary of David Driskell’s groundbreaking exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art.” (Nov. 7-April 17, 2022; Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

VIRGINIA JARAMILLO: HARMONY BETWEEN LINE AND SPACE Recent work by the octogenarian minimalist. (Nov. 7-Feb. 20, 2022; Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y.,

MODERN WORLDS: AUSTRIAN AND GERMAN ART, 1890-1940 Everything strange, new and beautiful from prewar Austria and Germany fills the elegant Neue Galerie on its 20th anniversary. (Nov. 11-March 13, 2022; Neue Galerie,

SHRINE ROOM PROJECTS: SHIVA AHMADI, GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE, TSHERIN SHERPA Three artists’ riffs on the iconography of the museum’s Buddhist shrine, with video, sculpture and a seven-layer bronze mandala. (Nov. 12-Oct. 30, 2023; Rubin Museum of Art,

THROUGH VINCENT’S EYES: VAN GOGH AND HIS SOURCES A crowd-pleasing roundup of van Gogh’s 19th-century favorites, from Delacroix to Hokusai. (Nov. 12-Feb. 6, 2022; Columbus Museum of Art,

BAMANA MUD CLOTH: FROM MALI TO THE WORLD Examining the origins and wide dispersion of an intricately patterned West African textile made with fermented clay. (Nov. 13-Dec. 4, 2022; Dallas Museum of Art,

EDITH HEATH: A LIFE IN CLAY Meet the studio potter who founded Heath Ceramics, maker of iconic modern dinnerware in California clay. (Nov. 13-June 26, 2022; Oakland Museum of California,

REVEALING KRISHNA: JOURNEY TO CAMBODIA’S SACRED MOUNTAIN Using virtual reality — and loans from Cambodia and France — to make the museum’s one-ton young Hindu god, “Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan,” visible in its original context. (Nov. 14-Jan. 30, 2022; Cleveland Museum of Art,

WHISTLER TO CASSATT Americans in France, and French influence on Americans, in 100 canvases. (Opens Nov. 14; Denver Art Museum,

THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES Nineteenth-century painting, Ephrussi family photos and, of course, exquisite netsuke from the collection celebrated by Edmund de Waal in his best-selling book, in an exhibition that originated at the Jewish Museum Vienna. (Nov. 19-May 15, 2022; the Jewish Museum,

STETTHEIMER DOLLHOUSE: UP CLOSE Her sister Florine was a painter, but Carrie Stettheimer spent nearly two decades (1916-35) making a model house that included miniature paintings by Gaston Lachaise, George Bellows and Marcel Duchamp, who added a tiny copy of his 1913 “Nude Descending a Staircase.” (Nov. 19-May 20, 2022; Museum of the City of New York,

ANDY WARHOL: REVELATION An enlightening exploration of the Pop artist’s relationship to the Byzantine Catholic church in which he was raised — with newly discovered documents, as well as drawings by his mother, Julia Warhola. (Nov. 19-June 19, 2022; Brooklyn Museum,

SOPHIE TAEUBER-ARP: LIVING ABSTRACTION A critical new survey for a polymath — artist, designer, editor, teacher — of Dada and abstraction. (Nov. 21-March 12, 2022; Museum of Modern Art,

JOSEPH E. YOAKUM: WHAT I SAW Shallow perspective, a narrow palette of pale colors and undulating contours combine to make the landscapes of Yoakum (1891-1972) distinctively strange and evocative. (Nov. 28-March 19, 2022; Museum of Modern Art,

UNTITLED, ART A curated fair of galleries and nonprofits. (Nov. 29-Dec. 4; Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach,

NADA MIAMI The New Art Dealers Alliance offers its younger and more accessible alternative to Art Basel. (Nov. 30-Dec. 4; Ice Palace Studios, Miami,

VOLTA MIAMI This young midrange fair opens its first Miami show. (Nov. 30-Dec. 5; 1348 North Miami Avenue, Miami Beach,


ART BASEL MIAMI The fair that sets the bar. (Dec. 2-4; Miami Beach Convention Center,

INSPIRING WALT DISNEY: THE ANIMATION OF FRENCH DECORATIVE ARTS Teasing out the European origins of Walt Disney’s fantasylands with animation cells and Rococo porcelain. (Dec. 10-March 6, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

MIXPANTLI A pair of historical, artistic and cartographic deep dives — “Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico” and “Contemporary Echoes” — on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan. (Dec. 12-May 1, 2022; Los Angeles County Museum of Art,


POMPEII IN COLOR: THE LIFE OF ROMAN PAINTING More than 40 wall paintings, on loan from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, that the eruption of Vesuvius froze in states of revealing incompletion. (Jan. 26-May 29; Institute for the Study of the Ancient World,

MAGNITUDE AND BOUND: THE WORK OF GWENDOLYN BROOKS IN COMMUNITY Recently acquired materials from an African American poet, including inscribed copies of many of her books, published with graphic covers by Black-owned presses. (Jan. 28-June 5; the Morgan Library & Museum,


FAITH RINGGOLD: AMERICAN PEOPLE A full-museum retrospective for this wide-ranging, politically fearless Black artist, whose blockbuster 1967 painting, “Die,” a boldly colored depiction of a racial blood bath, has recently been staring down Picasso’s “Demoiselles d’Avignon” in the Museum of Modern Art. (February-May; New Museum,

OCTAVIO MEDELLIN: SPIRIT AND FORM The Mexican American sculptor (1907-99) has his first retrospective, at the institution where he taught for decades. (Feb. 6-Jan. 15, 2023; Dallas Museum of Art,

TRAITOR, SURVIVOR, ICON: THE LEGACY OF LA MALINCHE An enslaved Indigenous woman who translated for the conquistador Hernán Cortés — and also bore him a son — La Malinche has been an enduring symbol of modern Mexico, especially in visual art. (Opening Feb. 6; Denver Art Museum,

WENDY RED STAR: A SCRATCH ON THE EARTH Pop conceptualism meets Apsaalooke (Crow) tradition in Red Star’s multimedia work. (Feb. 11-May 8; San Antonio Museum of Art,

WOODY GUTHRIE: PEOPLE ARE THE SONG Instruments, photographs, manuscripts and artwork from the man who wrote “This Land Is Your Land,” “Hobo’s Lullaby” and 3,000 other songs. (Feb. 18-May 22; the Morgan Library & Museum,

JONAS MEKAS: THE CAMERA WAS ALWAYS RUNNING The indefatigable avant-garde artist and filmmaker, who was a co-founder of Anthology Film Archives, gets a retrospective for what would have been his 100th year. (Feb. 18-June 5; the Jewish Museum,

WATER, WIND, BREATH: SOUTHWEST NATIVE ART IN COMMUNITY Pieces collected by Albert C. Barnes in the 1930s meet work by contemporary Native artists in an exploration of Pueblo and Navajo artistic traditions. (Feb. 20-May 15; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia,

RICHARD TUTTLE: WHAT IS THE OBJECT? Visitors are invited to handle 75 objects, from fancy teacups to swatches of vintage fabric, from this American post-Minimalist’s personal collection. (Feb. 25-July 10; Bard Graduate Center,

MIND OVER MATTER: ZEN IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN Quick but perfect calligraphic paintings from the museum’s deep collection. (Feb. 26-July 24; Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,

Compiled with reporting by Peter Libbey.

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