It's that time of year, art lovers. Winds are blowing, leaves are crunching and the streets are buzzing with talk of the newest art exhibitions. Autumn is officially upon us, and with the new season comes a barrage of stimulating art exhibitions that will make even the most serious summer devotees happy to watch the leaves turn.
After a summer of man-centric blockbuster shows from James Turrell, Paul McCarthy and Jeff Koons, fall yields a wonderfully diverse offering of artists, eras and media. Expect an archive of 20th century homoerotica, a survey of contemporary Arab and Iranian female photographers, and a sci-fi selection of Afrofuturist artworks, among others. To top it off, this season brings solo exhibitions from cult favorites Mike Kelley, David Lynch and Yoko Ono. What's not to love?
Enjoy the 25 exhibitions we can't wait to see this fall. There are clearly many shows we had to leave out, so be sure and leave your own suggestions in the comments section below.
WHAT: Ashley Bickerton WHERE: <a href="http://www.lehmannmaupin.com/" target="_blank">Lehmann Maupin,</a> New York WHEN: Now – October 26, 2013 WHY: The Bali based artist mixes painting, photography, and sculpture to create jam-packed female busts made of clay, cigarettes, coral and bottle caps, among other things. The unconventional depictions savor all things abstract and artificial, questioning the parameters of portraiture.
WHAT: Cary Leibowitz WHERE: <a href="http://www.invisible-exports.com/exhibitions/55_leibowitz_ikeeptrying/leibowitz_pandbb.html" target="_blank">Invisible Exports</a>, New York WHEN: Now – October 13, 2013 WHY: Any press release that begins "Cary Leibowitz is stressed out" is going to catch our eye. Leibowitz's adorably dressed spurts of neurosis and self-loathing have us cracking up <i>and</i> feeling understood.
"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art"
WHAT: "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" WHERE: <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/" target="_blank">Grey Art Gallery,</a> New York WHEN: Now - December 7, 2013 WHY: This can't miss exhibition chronicles the emergence and evolution of black performance art, from pioneers like Benjamin Patterson to contemporary artists Kalup Linzy, Xaviera Simmons and Adam Pendleton
"She Who Tells A Story"
WHAT: "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World" WHERE: <a href="http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/she-who-tells-story" target="_blank">Museum of Fine Arts</a>, Boston WHEN: Now - January 12, 2014 WHY: Photographers including Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr and Lalla Essaydi rupture the dominant tradition of the male gaze and female objects, choosing instead to capture their own image and forge their own identities. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/arab-female-photographers_n_3605751.html" target="_blank">Read more here.</a>
Matthew Day Jackson
WHAT: Matthew Day Jackson's "Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue" WHERE: <a href="http://www.hauserwirth.com/" target="_blank">Hauser & Wirth</a>, New York WHEN: Now - October 19, 2013 WHY: Dubbed a "modern American frontiersman" by the gallery, Jackson assumes the posture of machismo artist explorer, navigating subjects from space exploration to war machinery with grace and vigor.
WHAT: "Nude in Public: Sascha Schneider, Homoeroticism and the Male Form circa 1900" WHERE: <a href="http://www.leslielohman.org/" target="_blank">The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art </a> WHEN: September 20 - December 8, 2013 WHY: This exhibition travels back in time to the turn of the 20th century in Germany to examine the work of an under-appreciated artist who explored nudity, homoeroticism and desire in his black-and-white works. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/sascha-schneider_n_3956505.html?utm_hp_ref=arts" target="_blank">Read more here.</a>
"Roppongi Crossing: Out of Doubt"
WHAT: "Roppongi Crossing: Out of Doubt" WHERE: <a href="http://www.mori.art.museum/" target="_blank">Mori Art Museum</a>, Japan WHEN: September 21 - January 13, 2014 WHY: Since 2004, the Mori Art Museum has held a triennia "Roppongi Crossing" exhibition, analyzing the "current state" of Japanese art. This year's exhibition will explore the contemporary art scene in a post-earthquake Japan, revealing how Japan's future has unfurled over the past three years.
WHAT: "Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film" WHERE: <a href="http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/under-mexican-sky-gabriel-figueroa%E2%80%94art-and-film" target="_blank">Los Angeles County Museum of Art,</a> LA WHEN: September 22 – February 2, 2014 WHY: Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa worked with artists including Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Luis Bunuel to create a vibrant and distinct visual Mexican identity. Explore film clips, paintings, photographs, posters from one of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema's leading artists.
WHAT: "Masculine/Masculine" WHERE: <a href="http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/events/exhibitions/in-the-musee-dorsay/exhibitions-in-the-musee-dorsay/article/masculin-masculin-37292.html?tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=254&cHash=77c6929456" target="_blank">Musee D'Orsay</a>, France WHEN: September 24 - January 2, 2014 WHY: Isn't it obvious? After centuries of female nudes hogging all the museum wall space, finally male nudes are given some time to shine. The museum will argue that the male nude has in fact remained a crucial art historical theme from the 18th century to the present. Let's see the sexy proof!
"David Bowie Is..."
WHAT: "David Bowie Is..." WHERE: <a href="http://www.ago.net/" target="_blank">Art Gallery of Ontario</a>, Canada WHEN: September 25 – November 27, 2013 WHY: The Bowie-centric exhibition that took the Victoria & Albert Museum by storm is now headed to the AGO. Bowie fanatics can drool over film clips, photographs, handwritten lyrics, storyboards for videos and drawings of costumes and sets from the gender-bending, alien rocker.
"Love of Technology"
WHAT: "Love of Technology" WHERE: <a href="http://mocanomi.org/2013/09/love-of-technology/" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Art,</a> North Miami WHEN: September 27 – November 3, 2013 WHY: The multidisciplinary exhibition explores the relationship between humans and technology. We're particularly excited for the show's emphasis on underrepresented international artists, including Ian Cheng, who created a video installation powered by code that is constantly being rewritten.
WHAT: Danh Vō WHERE: <a href="http://www.kurimanzutto.com/" target="_blank">Kurimanzutto</a>, Mexico City WHEN: September 28–November 1, 2013 WHY: Danh Vō's works seamlessly weave together political history and personal narrative with the perfect understanding of simplicity. Plus, we love looking at his artwork after <a href="http://wethinkalone.com/" target="_blank">spending all summer reading his emails.</a>
WHAT: Chris Burden, "Extreme Measures" WHERE: <a href="http://www.newmuseum.org/" target="_blank">New Museum</a>, New York WHEN: October 2 - January 12, 2014 WHY: Performance artist and master of extremes Chris Burden is taking over all five floors of the New Museum. Spanning 40 years of work, the exhibition revolves around the idea of testing limits and breaking points, referring to everything from the physical body to the museum as an institution.
"Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art"
WHAT: "Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art" WHERE: <a href="http://www.britishmuseum.org/" target="_blank">British Museum</a> WHEN: October 3, 2013 – January 5, 2014 WHY: Who knew 17th century Japan could get so kinky? These intricate, humorous and super steamy artworks from ukiyo-e masters including Hokusai and Utamaro will forever change the way you look at early modern Japan. And octopi.
"Designing Modern Women"
WHAT: "Designing Modern Women 1890–1990" WHERE: <a href="http://www.moma.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Modern Art,</a> New York WHEN: October 5 – October 1, 2014 WHY: This exhibition will explore the many roles women played in the last century of design, from "muses of modernity" to artists, patrons and educators.
WHAT: Edward Burtynsky, "Water" WHERE: <a href="http://www.noma.org/exhibitions/detail/68/NOMACAC-presents-EDWARD-BURTYNSKY-WATER" target="_blank">New Orleans Museum of Art</a>, New Orleans WHEN: October 5 - January 19, 2014 WHY: Over the past five years Burtynsky has travelled across the world to locales from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of the Ganges, photographing water in its various appearances, functions, symbols, rituals and dangers. Sixty photographs depict water in the modern world, as well as how it has been shaped, appropriated and depleted by man.
WHAT: "30 Americans" WHERE: <a href="http://fristcenter.org/" target="_blank">The Frist Center for the Visual Arts</a>, Nashville WHEN: October 11, 2013–January 12, 2014 WHY: The exhibition features over 70 works from the biggest African American artists from the last 30 years. We love any chance to see Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carrie Mae Weems, Nina Chanel Abney Kehinde Wiley and Mickalene Thomas in one place.
WHAT: Dana Schutz WHERE: <a href="http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/whatson/coming-soon-dana-schutz/" target="_blank">The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire</a> WHEN: October 12 - January 26, 2013 WHY: Dana Schutz' awkward and absurd moments accurately capture the shame in small moments that to most of the world go unnoticed but to you feel like the end of the world. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/23/dana-schutz_n_3798029.html" target="_blank">Read more here.</a>
WHAT: Mike Kelley WHERE: <a href="http://momaps1.org/exhibitions/view/374" target="_blank">MoMA PS1</a>, New York WHEN: October 13, 2013–February 2, 2014 WHY: The highly anticipated retrospective will be the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to-date. The Detroit born artist pushed boundaries with his artistic explorations of shame, adolescence, innocence and genius, making great art out of poor taste. largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date
WHAT: Natalie Frank, "The Scene of a Disappearance" WHERE: <a href="http://www.acmelosangeles.com/" target="_blank">ACME</a>, Los Angeles WHEN: October 19 - November 16, 2013 WHY: Frank is one of the most compulsive and compelling painters today. Her haunting works, reminiscent of Lucian Freud if he'd had a neon phase, will invade your psyche long after you leave the gallery.
WHAT: "Dissident Futures" WHERE: <a href="http://www.ybca.org/dissident-futures" target="_blank">Yerba Buena Center for the Arts</a>, San Francisco WHEN: October 18 –January 26, 2014 WHY: Trevor Paglen, Basim Magdy, Connie Samaras and The Otolith Group are some of the artists imagining our alternative futures, most exceeding our wildest expectations. "<a href="http://www.ybca.org/dissident-futures" target="_blank">Loosely structured around three thematic strands—the utopian, the speculative, and the pragmatic—the exhibition furthers our understanding of how artists are addressing potentiality and the unknown, from the most desired future to the most feared.</a>"
"Art and Appetite"
WHAT: "Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine" WHERE: <a href="http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/art-and-appetite-american-painting-culture-and-cuisine" target="_blank">Art Institute of Chicago</a> WHEN: November 12, – January 27, 2014 WHY: Since the earliest days of American artwork, a painting of a fruit plate has never been just a painting of a food plate. This delicious exhibition will explore the various themes, metaphors, and critiques employed by visual depictions of food.
"The Shadows Took Shape"
WHAT: "The Shadows Took Shape" WHERE: <a href="http://www.studiomuseum.org/" target="_blank">The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York</a> WHEN: November 14 - March 9, 2014 WHY: This epic, multi-disciplinary exhibition explores Afrofuturism in all its imaginative multiform possibilities. With many of our favorite artists stepping up to bat, including Wangechi Mutu, Saya Woolfalk, and Laylah Ali, we're expecting a pretty trippy view of the sci-fi future. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/afrofuturism-exhibition_n_3653164.html" target="_blank">Read an interview with the curators here</a>.
WHAT: Yoko Ono, "War Is Over! (if you want it)" WHERE: <a href="http://www.mca.com.au/" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Art</a>, Australia WHEN: November 15 - February 23, 2014 WHY: All hail Yoko Ono! The iconic artist/activist will display five decades of work. From mending broken dishes to writing a love letter to your mother, Ono's heartfelt visions are enough to bring us to tears, even in press release form.
WHAT: David Lynch WHERE: <a href="http://www.kaynegriffincorcoran.com/" target="_blank">Kayne Griffin Corcoran</a>, Los Angeles WHEN: November 23, 2013 WHY: Not many details have been disclosed about the upcoming David Lynch exhibition but everything that emerges from his imagination is twisted enough to get us there on opening night.