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Museum Highlights: 2012

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #62, 1977. Courtesy MoMA.
Amidst all the best-of-2011 lists (ours is on its way), we can’t resist peeking ahead at the museum exhibitions planned for 2012. These are our highlights from New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C.
To take just a few examples from New York: The International Center of Photography draws from its extensive Weegee archive to capture the influential photojournalist and street photographer in his prime, beating the authorities to crimes scenes and emergencies. The New Museum’s Triennial takes on “The Ungovernables,” a theme alternately evoking anarchic individualism and organized resistance. And while at the Met next year, be sure to make your way up to the roof and climb intoTomás Saraceno’s eco-utopian Cloud City.
New York
Weegee: Murder is My Business
Jan 20 – Sept 2
The International Center of Photography
The Ungovernables
February 15 – April 22
The New Museum

Abigail DeVille, What Happens to a Dream Deferred… Supernova, 2011, cardboard, paint, paper, and plastic. Courtesy The New Museum.

Dan Flavin: Drawing
Feb 17 – July 1
The Morgan Library and Museum
Cindy Sherman
Feb 26 – June 11
The Museum of Modern Art
John Chamberlain: Choices
Feb 24 – May 13
The Guggenheim

John Chamberlain, Glossalia Adagio, 1984, painted and chromium-plated steel. Courtesy Guggenheim Museum.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
Feb 28 – June 3
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Keith Haring: 1978-1982
March 16 – July 8
The Brooklyn Museum

Left: Keith Haring, Untitled, 1980, sumi ink on bristol board. Right: Keith Haring, Untitled , 1978, Mixed Media. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum.

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940
May 4 – Sept 23
The Jewish Museum
Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
June 1 – Dec 1
El Museo del Barrio
This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s
February 11 – June 3
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Jimmy De Sana, Marker Cones, 1982. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Roy Lichtenstein
May 16 – September 3
The Art Institute of Chicago

Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror in Six Panels , 1971. Courtesy The Art Institute of Chicago.

San Francisco
Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought
Feb 16 – June 30
The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Rodney Graham, Welsh Oaks, 1998. Courtesy Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Rineke Dijkstra
February 18 – May 26
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Left: Rineke Dijkstra, Parque de la Ciudadela, Barcelona, June 4, 2005, 2005. Middle: Rineke Dijkstra, Sefton Park, Liverpool, June 10, 2006, 2006. Right: Rineke Dijkstra, Sefton Park, Liverpool, June 10, 2006, 2006. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery.

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970
Feb 29 – June 17
The Berkeley Art Museum
Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964
March 3 – June 3
The de Young Museum

Left: Arthur Tress, Untitled (City Hall), 1964. Middle: Arthur Tress, Untitled, 1964. Right: Arthur Tress, Untitled (Powell Street), 1964. Courtesy de Young Museum.

Los Angeles
Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972
Feb 5 – April 29
The Hammer Museum
Robert Adams: The Place We Live
March 11 – June 3
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Robert Adams, Edge of San Timoteo Canyon, looking toward Los Angeles, Redlands, California, 1978. Courtesy LACMA.

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
April 8 – July 30
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Rita Ackermann
March 15 – May 6
Museum of Contemporary Art Miami
The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl
March 18 – June 10
Miami Art Museum

Jeroen Diepenmaat, Pour des dents d’un blanc éclatant et saines, 2005. Courtesy Miami Art Museum.

Charles Ledray
April 6 – July 1
The Bass Museum
Washington, D.C.
Lucian Freud: Portraits
Feb 9 – May 27
The National Portrait Gallery

Lucian Freud, Reflection (Self-portrait), 1985. Courtesy Lucian Freud Archive.

The Art of Video Games
March 16 – Sept 30
The Smithsonian
Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape
May 6 – Aug 12
The National Gallery of Art


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