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5 Notable Exhibitions to Check Out This Winter—in and Around NYC

While the month-long celebration of Archtober may be over, there are plenty of exhibitions across New York City (and upstate) worth visiting. Here are our selects.

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November 30, 2023

This winter, there is no shortage of compelling exhibitions to explore across New York City and beyond. From a cathedral's colorful textile installation to an exhibition exploring environmental concerns, we’ve gathered some notable exhibitions that are on view now and through the new year.

Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus (October 13, 2023-January 21, 2024)

Japan Society 

This exhibition explores the essential role of Japanese women in Fluxus, a movement that helped contemporary artists define new modes of artistic expression. Nearing the 60th anniversary of the movement’s founding, this exhibition highlights the contributions of four pioneering Japanese artists: Shigeko Kubota (1937–2015), Yoko Ono (1933–), Takako Saito (1929–), and Mieko Shiomi (1938–),and contextualizes their roles within Fluxus and the broader artistic movements of the 1960s. Learn more.

Out of Bounds: Japanese Women Artists in Fluxus. Photo: Courtesy of Japan Society.

Divine Pathways (October 12, 2023-June 30, 2024)

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Divine Pathways is a vibrant, site-specific textile installation created by artist Anne Patterson for the vaulted Nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Created in concert with communities and organizations from across the Morningside Heights neighborhood, New York City, and the Episcopal Diocese of New York, community members are invited to write their hopes, dreams, and prayers onto the ribbons that make up the piece. Learn more.

Divine Pathways. Photo: Courtesy of Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

CFA Lab: Seeking Refuge and Making Home in NYC (November 16, 2023-March 23, 2024)

Center for Architecture

“Home” is a concept with many different meanings across communities. In this exhibition featuring the Center for Architecture Lab’s 2023 residents, Kholisile Dhliwayo, A.L. Hu, and Karla Andrea Pérez present three visions of making, feeling, and being at home in the city. Selected from over 50 applicants, Dhliwayo, Hu, and Pérez bring their unique insights based on research and co-creation with community partners. Learn more.

CFA Lab: Seeking Refuge and Making Home in NYC. Photo: Asya Gorovits.

Mario Schifano: The Rise of the '60s (September 14, 2023-January 8, 2024)

Magazzino Italian Art

This is the first major survey of work from the 1960s-70s by the Roman painter born in Libya. On view will be 80 works, the majority on loan from international collections, including 12 from Fondazione Maurizio Calvesi Collection that have never been exhibited before. Organized by Magazzino Italian Art in collaboration with the Archivio Mario Schifano and curated by Alberto Salvadori, the exhibition is presented on the 60th anniversary of Schifano’s first visit to the United States—a turning point in his career—and includes works from the beginning of the 1960s made in homage to Italy’s painters of commercial billboards. With their painterly play on the logos of companies such as Coca-Cola and Esso, these works represent a parallel, independent development to American Pop Art. Also on view are series including his monochromes, emulsion canvases dedicated to TV Landscapes, and photographs from a road trip in the United States. Learn more.

Mario Schifano: The Rise of the '60s. Photo: Courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art.

Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism (September 17, 2023-January 20, 2024)

Museum of Modern Art 

Emerging Ecologies is an exhibition dedicated to both realized and unrealized projects that address ecological and environmental concerns by architects who practiced in the United States in the 1930s-1990s. Featuring over 150 works examining the rise of the environmental movement in the US, models, photographs, diagrams, and sketches are placed in context with archival materials such as posters, flyers, and articles to showcase innovative, fantastical, dystopian, and daring architectural projects that sought to navigate the fraught relationship between the built and natural environment. Seven newly commissioned audio recordings feature contemporary practitioners—Mae-ling Lokko, Jeanne Gang, Meredith Gaglio, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Amy Chester, Carolyn Dry, and Emilio Ambasz—sharing their thoughts on what contemporary architects can do to mitigate against climate change. By highlighting projects that both foreshadowed and anticipated the ecological effects of overpopulation, the depletion of natural resources, and rampant industrial pollution, the exhibition looks to the past to suggest solutions for the future. Learn more.

Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism. Photo: Courtesy of MoMA