The Very Best of NYC Art

ARTInterface: Queer Artists Forming Communities through Social Media, Doris Salcedo, Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence, Jean-Michel
Basquiat and much more

Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities through Social Media is on view thru Aug 2 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Curated by Walt Cessna, this eclectic exhibition is a mix of styles and mediums by various queer New York artists who formed relationships through social media. It’s a thought-provoking commentary on our modern, technologically dependent age.

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

Can we just say that Zanele Muholi (one of our 100 Women We Love!) is a creative genius? OK, good. Glad we got that out of the way. Currently installed in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, fourth floor gallery, Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence is 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 are 87 of Muholi’s works, featuring several of her ongoing projects about LGBTI communities, both in her country and elsewhere. You’ve got until Nov 1, but our advice is to get there now.
Also at the Brooklyn Museum, get an intimate look at the creative process of Jean-Michel Basquiat—one of the most influential artists of the early ‘80s, who died much too young—through 160 pages of his notebooks thru Aug 23.

And, finally, we love MoMA’s This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, a year-long exhibition exploring design concepts in the digital age—which poses an interesting question: whether contemporary design experiments truly are for everyone.

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