From Catholic-inspired fashion to utopia-inspired architecture and nudes, we list the four must-see exhibitions in New York this July. If you can't get the New York this month, we have the catalogues for you so you can enjoy these shows from the comfort of your home.
Metropolitan Museum of Art until 8 October 2018
Heavenly Bodies examines the fascinating and complicated relationship between fashion and the Catholic Church. It’s also the largest, most ambitious show in the museum’s 148-year-old history, spanning 25 galleries, 60,000 square feet and both the Met’s Fifth Avenue location and the Met Cloisters, uptown. The show features papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, as well as fashion from the early twentieth century to the present day.
Guggenheim from 8 June until 12 September 2018
This show features more than 175 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), in the first major museum presentation of the artist’s work in the United States in fifteen years. The exhibition will focus on Giacometti’s studio practice which will be examined through the inclusion of rarely exhibited plaster sculptures, in addition to ephemera and historical photographs documenting his relationship with the Guggenheim and with New York.
The Met Breuer until 7 October
This show at the Met Breuer features some fifty works from The Met's Scofield Thayer Collection—a collection that is best known for paintings by artists of the school of Paris, and a brilliant group of erotic and evocative watercolors, drawings, and prints by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso, whose subjects, except for a handful, are nudes. The exhibition is the first time these works have been shown together and provides a focused look at this important collection.
MoMA until 13 January 2019
When Yugoslavia was founded in 1948, its leaders commissioned some of the top modernist architects in Europe to build what they believed would be an ideal socialist country. Toward a Concrete Utopia at the MoMA highlights a modernist style that’s been largely unexplored through more than 400 photos, short films, drawings and models, including buildings designed by architectural legends like Bogdan Bogdanović and Svetlana Kana Radević, while also asking questions about the effects of urbanization, consumerism and the monuments we create.