“America Is Hard to See” at the Whitney Museum of Art
99 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St.; 212-570-3600
The show includes 600 works, primarily from the first half of the 20th century, by around 400 artists, all drawn from the museum’s massive permanent collection. Our art critic Jerry Saltz says the show’s real revelation “…comes in the works from before World War II — how not-European, not-modernism modern, not-programmatic, not-pure it looks. How weird. And for my money, wonderful.”
“Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery, nr. Prince St.; 212-219-1222
This tight two-floor, 27-work exhibition gives ample evidence of the ways and whys of the 61-year-old German artist, one of the most influential painters working anywhere today. He reminds us that first and foremost, all artists are or should be technicians of freedom that set other people loose.
“The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-879-5500
Hughes piece in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden incorporates living elements to explore the “transformation of cultural and biological systems.”
“Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture” at the Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave..; 212-708-9400
This multiplatform exhibit uses the architecture of the single-family home to explore “universal themes.”
Closes spring 2016
“Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim”
1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St..; 212-423-3500
Over 100 mulitmedia works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection are brought together to examine how art tells narratives.