The Birth of the Cool

1. “The Abstract Impulse”

At the National Academy Museum through February 2008

A visual time line of the museum’s 50-year love-hate relationship with abstract art.

2. Richard Pousette-Dart

At the Guggenheim through September 25

Textured mid-century abstractions by the “action painting” pioneer.

3. “Peter Young: 1963–1977”

At P.S. 1 through September 24

A sizable retrospective of Young’s dizzying curves, dots, and grids.

The Birth of the Cool