It’s not just kids going back to school. Fall 2018 New York’s biggest museum and gallery exhibitions tackle racial injustice, delve into the magical world of Harry Potter and explore feminist mystique.

Must-See NYC Museums and Galleries Exhibits for Fall 2018

germ city

One of the many things New Yorkers try not to worry about is the dirtiness of the city. But sometimes we are faced with the reality that when 8 million people are crammed into one place, things are bound to go wrong. New York City’s Germ City museum revisits the massive 1918 flu pandemic that killed 30,000 New Yorkers (and 50 million worldwide) with a collection of relics like an iron lung and the protective suits worn to treat Ebola patient Craig Spencer in Bellevue, as well as modern disease prevention tools and insight into new health issues that climate change could bring. September 14-April 28, 2019,

The soul of a nation

The two decades from 1963 to 1983 were among the most politically and socially turbulent in America. The Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964, but you don’t need to be a historian to know how little that changed for black communities across the country. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum brings together more than 150 works by more than 60 black artists from across the country to reflect on the black experience of racial injustice and violence, but also on hope and empowerment. Sept. 14-Feb. 3, 2019,

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Art as Witness: Political Graphics 2016-18

The Trump presidency has been even stranger, tougher and more absurd than expected, so some of the satirical works in SVA Chelsea Gallery’s new Art As Witness exhibition may seem redundant or have already come true. The exhibition examines three years of political works ranging from animation to collage, posters and sculptures, more than 200 works in total by 53 artists, including Milton Glaser, Roz Chast and Pulitzer Art winner Spiegelman commenting on everything from the Trump presidency, #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and the opioid crisis. Oct. 6-Nov. 3,


No painter rocked the European art world of the 19th century quite like Eugène Delacroix. From his unusual choice of subjects to an entirely new style of brushwork, the French painter has been hailed by none other than Van Gogh for his ability to reveal “the liveliness of things, expression and movement, which he is totally at home with.” beyond painting”. .” The Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together the first major retrospective of the artist in North America with more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts drawn from 60 public and private collections around the world. Sept. 17-Jan. 6, 2019,

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Sarah Lucas: Au natural

While the mainstream continues to struggle with changing gender roles, Sarah Lucas has never had time for narrow definitions of what is feminine. The British artist occupies three floors of the New Museum for his first-ever US exhibition with 150 works, including large-scale sculptures like his 90s furniture made from body parts and new commissions for the exhibition, as well only photos and installations all struggling with stereotypes about women and sex, and loudly denouncing misogyny. Sept. 26-Jan. 20, 2019,

Native American art

The Met’s American Wing hasn’t had a Native American art exhibit since it opened in 1924. That will change this fall with the opening of Art of Native America, a collection of more than 115 masterpieces. from 50 different native tribes across the North. America. Ranging from nearly 2,000 years ago to the early 1900s, the works span pottery, clothing, designs and sculpture from southwestern British Columbia, and will be accompanied by a series of public programs. Oct. 4, 2018-Oct. 6, 2019, The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 746,

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Harry Potter: History of Magic

The Harry Potter series has captured the imagination of countless millions around the world – but how was JK Rowling inspired to write her stories about the boy wizard? This fall, the Bathilda Bagshot-endorsed History of Magic exhibit travels from London to the New York Historical Society for a deep dive into the sources from which the wizarding world arose through themed rooms on various topics that Hogwarts students have studied filled with rare books, mythological artifacts and cultural relics from societies around the world. Accompanying all the real-world stuff, never-before-seen artwork by Rowling herself as well as Mary GrandPré and Jim Kay, and those who’ve seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can finally learn some secrets about this amazing set through models. and costumes. Oct. 5-Jan. 27, 2019,

The Velvet Underground Experience

The Velvet Underground didn’t get the appreciation it deserved in the 1960s, when its alternative rock sound was too different from what everyone else was doing. Since then, they have been recognized as pioneers whose influence can be traced to everything from pop music to movies, fashion and even fine art. Experience it all at a new multimedia exhibit, The Velvet Underground Experience, featuring never-before-seen footage, specially commissioned films, and artifacts from the many artists who owe Lou Reed and co. a tip of the hat. Oct. 10-Dec. 30, 718 Broadway,

Maurice Sendak

One of the most influential figures in children’s literature is also an accomplished artist. The worldliness of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are made it one of the most important books of the 20th century, although he created dozens of internationally acclaimed illustrated works. The Society of Illustrators will feature over 100 of his watercolor, ink and pencil drawings spanning Sendak’s work in books, theater and commercial work, including previously unpublished pieces. Oct. 23-Nov. 3, free at certain times,

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Andy Warhol: from A to B and back again

One of pop art’s favorite sons is getting a major retrospective — the first from an American museum since 1989 — at the Whitney Museum. Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again lives up to its title, bringing together all the mediums the artist worked in throughout his career to perhaps help you think of him as more than just the box painter. Campbell’s soup. From being a publicist in the 50s to the psychedelic 60s and moving on to experimental films in the 70s, the series also delves into new material uncovered after his sudden death following gallbladder surgery in 1987 which promises to reveal “new complexities”. November 12-March 31, 2019,

Charles White

Art doesn’t have to be overtly political to make a statement. Charles White used his skills as a draftsman, printmaker and painter to create what he called “images of dignity” of African Americans for four decades. Powerful performances were his way of building community, though White was also a dedicated teacher – among his prodigies is Kerry James Marshall. Charles White: Museum of Modern Art Retrospective is, shockingly, the first survey of the artist’s work, spanning paintings, photographs, album covers and more. Oct. 7-Jan. 13, 2019,

Martha Rosler

Feminism, poverty, consumerism, war, gentrification – if there was controversy, you might find Martha Rosler and her razor-sharp but ever-compassionate art tackling it head-on. Growing up during the civil rights and anti-war movements, Martha Rosler: Independently is the first retrospective of her work in 15 years, bringing together works ranging from her 1960s feminist montages to recent large-scale installations at the Jewish Museum. 2 Nov-3 Mar 2019,


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