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4 Art Happenings You Have to Attend in NYC This August

By Gary Duff | July 24, 2019 | Culture

From fashion to Medieval art, there's plenty to appreciate at these upcoming art exhibitions in NYC.

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion


Pierre Cardin and Lauren Bacall with models on the set of "Bacall and the Boys," 1968.

For the first time in 40 years, iconic fashion designer Pierre Cardin will have his own retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum starting July 20. The display will present over 170 pieces from the designer's personal archive and explore how his futuristic looks of the 60s, 70s and 80s impacted the field of fashion and beyond. Tickets to the exhibit are available for purchase online.

Changing and Unchanging Things

The Noguchi Museum's latest exhibition, "Gabriel Orozco: Rotating Objects,” which runs through August 11, offers a contemporary look at modern Japanese art through the medium of Orozco's woodwork. The 10-piece installation, comprised of seven colorful Roto Shaku and three Obi Scrolls, was created using traditional Japanese methods, an homage to Japan's past although the pieces are uniquely modern. Tickets to the exhibit are included in the museum's $10 general admission fee.

A Tour Through The Met Cloisters

For medieval art admirers, try a guided tour of the Met Museum’s Cloisters, which are located in the museum’s northernmost Manhattan branch. Visitors can expect to be immersed in the museum’s vast collection of paintings and sculptures that date as far back as the 12th Century. A stroll through the property’s intimate gardens also add to the transportive feel of The Met Cloisters. Tours are given daily (except for Saturday) and tickets to the tour are free with museum admission.

Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History

The Museum of the City of New York’s latest exhibition, “Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History,” examines how transformative the bicycle has been since its advent nearly two centuries ago. The showcase uses over 150 objects including posters, magazines, vintage apparel, 14 bicycles as a vehicle to show its social and cultural progression. The museum’s take on a leisure vehicle brings upon the ever-so-prevalent ideas of climate change, population expansion, and the sense of freedom. This exhibition runs through October 6. Tickets to the exhibit are available for purchase online.

Stephanie Bongiorno contributed to this article.

Photography by: Photography by Yoshi Takata