The Very Best of NYC Art

America Is Hard to See, Zanele Muholi, Doris Salcedo and the LGBT Art Gallery Tour

America Is Hard to See, on view at the brand new and gorgeous Whitney, reexamines the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present through more than 600 works. Catch it now thru Sep 27.

Now thru Oct 25, be sure to see On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer Life at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Exhibiting 70 works from the collection, this timely exhibition highlighting the universality of everyday queer life answers the question: “What do gay people do when they’re not having sex?”

Currently installed in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor gallery, is Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo /Evidence, a phenomenal exhibit that you should run—not walk—to see. Muholi’s work in photography, video and installation meshes with human rights activism to create visibility for the black lesbian and transgender communities of South Africa. On view thru Nov 1 are 87 of Muholi’s works, featuring several of her ongoing projects about LGBTI communities, both in her own country and elsewhere.

Doris Salcedo is a Colombian artist whose work has addressed social injustice, memory and loss for three decades. Head to the Guggenheim for the first major retrospective of Salcedo's deeply moving work. The exhibition is currently on display thru Oct 12.

Most Saturdays this fall, you can experience the vibrant NYC gallery scene from a queer perspective by taking an LGBT Art Gallery Tour. For just $25, visit seven art galleries with exhibits by lesbian and gay artists on this tour led by a gay studies professor. Enjoy paintings, sculptures, electronic media and photography!