The 28 Best Art Exhibitions in NYC to Check Out

Hey art lover, we heard you’re going to visit New York City. You’re in for a treat. New York has some of the best art exhibits in the world. Wondering which art fairs and art museums you should check out? Overwhelmed by the number of art exhibits in NYC?

We’ve compiled some of the best art exhibitions going on in New York right now. All that’s left for you to do is book your ticket (some of these art exhibitions are for free)!

The Best Art Exhibitions in New York City Right Now

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    Art Exhibitions at MoMA PS1

    Museum in Long Island City
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    Check out the local art scene in the MoMa Ps1 art exhibit, featuring work from 47 local, contemporary artists. This exhibit explores art-making in New York history, the resilience of artists, and the feelings connected with art. You’ll see a huge emphasis on foreign-born artists, their work full of Egyptian, Iranian, Tunisian, Nigerian, Mexican, Argentinian, and Indian influences. There is also an abundance of Native American artists to enjoy.

    • A Repertoire of Protest (No Dance, No Palaver) - ONYEKA IGWE (March 16–August 21, 2023)
    • A style called a dead fish - IIU SUSIRAJA (April 20–September 4, 2023)
    • El Viejo Griot — Una historia de todos nosotros - DANIEL LIND-RAMOS (April 20–September 4, 2023)

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    Fotografiska New York

    Museum in Gramercy
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    Fotografiska New York is a wonderful museum in NYC for all art and especially photo art enthusiasts. Originally founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum also exists in Tallinn (Estonia) and since 2019 in New York.

    • "Un/Masked" by Elizaveta Porodina (January 27 - April 30, 2023)
    • Hip Hop: "Conscious, Unconscious" (January 26 - May 20, 2023)
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    Exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio NYC

    Museum in Upper East Side
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    El Museo del Barrio NYC is right at the north end of the Museum Mile and exhibits everything to do with art and culture from Latin America. After its expensive renovation in 2009, the museum is better than ever and offers its visitors a collection of over 6,500 artifacts, as well as many permanent and special exhibitions alike.

    • Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección (May 19, 2023 - March 10, 2024)
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    Exhibits at Guggenheim Museum

    Museum in Upper East Side
    Our Highlight
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    First off, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is an architectural masterpiece. Second, but most importantly, it is the permanent home of a large collection of art named after its founder. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright the bizarrely shaped building is one of the most famous in NYC. Not only is the outside spectacular, but it is constantly expanding its permanent collection. Also, many special exhibitions are showcased here throughout the years. It is definitely worth a visit!

    • Thannhauser Collection (ongoing)
    • "Measuring Infinity" by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) (March 31 - September 10, 2023)
    • "Timelapse" by Sarah Sze (March 31 - September 10, 2023)
    • "A Year with Children 2023" (May 5 - June 19, 2023)
    • "Young Picasso in Paris" (May 12 - August 6, 2023)
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    Current exhibitions at Jeffrey Deitch

    Gallery in SoHo
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    Anyone who’s a fan of New York City’s contemporary art scene knows the name, Jeffrey Deitch. He’s an esteemed curator and art dealer who’s best known for his gallery that operated from 1996 until 2010 called Deitch Projects, where he curated projects such as Post Human and Lives. After shuttering his art gallery, Deitch moved to Los Angeles, where he served as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) director until 2013.

    • "Humming on Life" by Kennedy Yanko (March 4 - April 22, 2023 | 18 Wooster Street)
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    Queens Museum

    Museum in Flushing
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    One of the most well-known museums in Queens is the Queens Museum of Art, which was built in 1939 to host the New York World’s Fair. Many of the exhibits are documents relating to the fair. And the great thing is that admission is always free of charge!

    • "Black, Trans, & Alive (Qweens Song)" by Glori Tuitt (October 1 - ongoing)
    • "Time Owes Me Rest Again" by Christine Sun Kim (March 13, 2022 - July 30, 2023)
    • "A New Way To Travel: Delta Airlines x Queens Museum at LaGuardia Airport (June 1, 2022 - May 28, 2023)
    • "Shooting Down Babylon" by Tracey Rose (April 23 - September 10, 2023)
    • "Queens, Linda y Querido" by Aliza Nisenbaum (April 23 - September 10, 2023)
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    Current exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

    Museum in Upper East Side
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    A great museum to find out more about the city of New York. Get an exciting look into the history of the Big apple and find out more through a variety of pictures, paintings, clothing, toys and books.

    • "Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate" (through September 30, 2023)
    • "City of Faith: Religion, Activism and Urban Space" (through September 18, 2023)
    • "New York Now: Home - A Photography Triennial" (opens March 10, 2023)
    • "This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture" (opens May 26, 2023)
    • "Raise Your Voice" by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (ongoing)
    • "New York at Its Core" (ongoing)
    • "Activist New York" (ongoing)
    • "Timescapes" (ongoing)
    • "Starlight" (ongoing)

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    Frick Madison Art Exhibition

    Museum in Upper East Side
    Frick Collection in New York
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    In the temporary new home Frick Madison of the renowned Frick Collection, you can admire renowned masterpieces from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century in the latest Art Exhibition at Frick Madison.

    • Where? 945 Madison Avenue
    • "The Gregory Gift" (February 16 - July 9, 2023)
    • Nicolas Party and Rosalba Carriera (June 1, 2023 - February, 2024)
    • Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick (September 21, 2023 - January 7, 2024)
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    American Museum of Natural History

    Museum in Upper West Side
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    The American Museum of Natural History is one of the more popular museums in NYC. If the name sounds recognizable it’s because the museum was the center of attention in the movie, Night at the Museum featuring Ben Stiller. Regardless of it’s Hollywood fame, the Natural History Museum is a huge institution that features numerous exhibits. This is a great place for families with kids so they can learn about the world’s geography, plants, different animal species and many other things.

    The American Museum of Natural History is located in the Upper West Side in Manhattan and is the largest natural history museum in the world.

    • "Sharks" (December 15, 2021 - September 4, 2023)
    • "Extinct and Endangered: Insects in Peril" (opened June 22, 2022)


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    Exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Design

    Museum in Midtown Manhattan
    Museum of Arts and Design
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    The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) at Columbus Circle is dedicated to contemporary crafts and design. The museum shop is fantastic and offers a range of items centered around design. Be sure to drop in at the café for a break and enjoy the fabulous view of Central Park.

    Every Thursday there is a 50% discount on the ticket (from 4 to 7 p.m.). Since the MAD is one of the smaller museums, you don’t have to wait much. By the way: every Friday and Saturday there is a free tour at 11.30 a.m..

    • "Craft Front & Center: Exploring the Permanent Collection" (through January 14, 2024)
    • "Generation Paper: A Fashion Phenom of the 1960s" (March 18 - August 27, 2023)
    • "Funk You Too! Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture" (March 18 - August 27, 2023)
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    Exhibits at Marc Straus Gallery

    Gallery in Lower East Side
    Marc Straus Gallery in NYC
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    The Marc Straus Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in New York City. It was founded in 2011 by Marc Straus in the Lower East Side inside of a four story building that has been reconstructed. The gallery is committed to showing art that has not been seen in decades by older artists. This element of discovery and re-discovery will make you feel like an explorer as soon as your eyes land upon one of these forgotten pieces by a famous artist.

    • "Singing Everything" by Marie Watt (March 12 - May 14, 2023)
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    Exhibits at Canada Art Gallery

    Gallery in Chinatown
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    One of the pioneers of the Lower East Side Chinatown gallery scene, CANADA opened in 2000 and has been a major institution, not a typical gallery, ever since.

    • Elisabeth Kley: A Seat in the Boat of the Sun (March 29 - May 20, 2023 | Location: 60 Lispenard St)
    • Azikiwe Mohammed: Leroy's Luncheon (March 29 - May 20, 2023 | Location: 60 Lispenard St)
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    Exhibits at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

    Museum in SoHo
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    The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is one of the newest museums in New York and is the only one fully dedicated to LGBTQ+ art. It was recognized as a museum in 2016, but its roots trace back to 1969. The founders Charles Leslie and Fritz Lohman exhibited the first artworks in their Soho loft back then, and today they have over 25,000 objects in their collection.

    • "Coyote Park: I Love You Like Mirrors Do" (February 3 - July 16, 2023)
    • "Images in which to build, 1970s - 1990s" (March 10 - July 30, 2023)
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    Newly Renovated Met Museum Galleries

    Museum in Upper East Side
    Our Highlight
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    Art lovers, you can’t go to New York without visiting the Met. Even if you’ve been before (lucky you), there is no excuse not to go again since the Met is changing things up. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has moved hundreds of its old art exhibits to new, gorgeously-constructed spaces. The first phase was completed in April 2018, and the second phase was finished in spring 2022. Don’t miss it!

    • "Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color" (through March 26, 2023)
    • "Beyond the Light: Identity and Place in Nineteenth-Century Danish Art" (through April 16, 2023)
    • "Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art" (through April 2, 2023)
    • "The Facade Commission: Hew Locke,Gilt" (through May 30, 2023)
    • "The African Origin of Civilization" (ongoing)

    These are only some of the exhibitions at the MET. Click here for more information.

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    Exhibitions at The New York Public Library

    Building in Midtown Manhattan
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    Interested in old artifacts, manuscripts, and archives? This is a New York art exhibition you won’t want to miss. The New York Public Library has taken hundreds of items from its expansive archive to create a permanent exhibition called “The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures.” This exhibit spans 4,000 years in human history, from Columbus’ only surviving letter to King Ferdinand announcing the discovery of the Americas to the first Gutenberg Bible that arrived in the New World. You don’t want to miss this amazing art exhibit in New York!

    • "Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures" (ongoing)
    • "Been Seen" (through March 11, 2023)
    • "Focus Center Stage: 50 Years of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive" (through June 24, 2023)
    • "The Wondrous Willa Kim: Costume Designs for Actors and Dancers" (through August 19, 2023)
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    McKenzie Fine Art

    Gallery in Lower East Side
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    The McKenzie Fine Art Gallery has been around since 2002 and moved from the Chelsea neighborhood to the Lower East Side in 2012. It focuses on artists who are mid-level in their career, and utilize painting, sculptures, and drawing as their primary medium, or a mixture of them.

    There have been dozens of artists who have been able to showcase their talent at the McKenzie Fine Art Gallery. Some of those artists include: Julie Allen, Ann Aspinwall, Paul Corio, Lori Ellison, Tom Leaver, Jean Lowe, and Maureen McQuillan.

    • Deborah Zlotsky (March 31 - May 7, 2023)
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    Exhibitions at LUMAS Gallery Soho

    Gallery in SoHo
    LUMAS Art Gallery in SoHo NYC
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    LUMAS is a contemporary art and photography gallery that features work from artists around the globe. Many guests enjoy LUMAS because they feature works from upcoming and established artists, so they feature a diverse collection of art, which is evident the moment you step through the door or visit their website.

    Unlike some galleries, LUMAS aims to price and position their works in ways that are more accessible to collectors just starting out and definitely lean toward a style that can be described as a modern aesthetic. When visiting LUMAS’ Soho location, each work is meticulously displayed using acrylic mounts and museum-quality paper for printing, so even without a frame, they still look great in many environments.

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    Exhibitions at Front Room Gallery

    Gallery in Chinatown
    Derek Eller Art Gallery NYC
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    The Front Room Gallery has been a one stop shop for art enthusiasts since it opened in 1999. They are a contemporary fine arts gallery that started in Brooklyn and have moved to Chinatown on Hester Street. Many of their pieces are tied back to social responsibility including political, environmental, and social topics.

    Their focus is on exhibiting photography, conceptual and installation based work by emerging artists as well as mid-career ones with an emphasis placed primarily on photographic images but also including sculpture or video installations. The Front Room Gallery has exhibited the work of several artists, including Ken Ragsdale, Thomas Broadbent, Paul Raphaelson, Patricia Smith, Sean Hemmerle, and more. In addition to its exhibition program, the gallery also organizes artist talks, screenings, and performances.

    • "Lines of Nature" by Zoe Wetherall (February 24 - May 26, 2023)


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    Exhibitions at bitforms gallery

    Gallery in Lower East Side
    NoHo gallery NYC
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    The bitforms gallery is a contemporary art gallery that features mid-career artists utilizing the latest technologies in New York City. The Bitforms gallery was founded in 2001 with the idea that A world-renowned contemporary visual art gallery, bitforms is home to established artists and those on the rise.

    • "Pixelweaver" by Daniel Canogar (April 28 - June 17, 2023)
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    Alexandre Gallery

    Gallery in Lower East Side
    Alexandre Gallery in NYC
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    Alexandre Gallery has two locations. The 25 E 73rd Street location has been around for 20 years, and will stay open for private viewings, and American Modernists from the Stieglitz Circle. It will be appointment only. The late 19th early 20th century is a special focus for Alexandre Gallery. Famous artists such as John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella have paintings on display at the 73rd Street location.

    Alexandre Gallery opened its new location at 291 Grand Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan on September 9, 2021 with Lois Dodd doing a one-person exhibition. The gallery has 2,000 square feet, and was previously used by James Cohan.

    • "Small Realities" by Brett Bigbee (April 29 – June 17, 2023)
    • "New Work" by John Walker (April 29 – June 17, 2023)
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    Several Exhibitions at David Zwirner Galleries

    Gallery in Chelsea
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    David Zwirner is a German art dealer. He comes from a family of artists and grew up with an art studio on the ground floor of where he lived.  He opened his first gallery space in the SoHo neighborhood. In total, there are 3 locations in NY – 19th Street, 20th Street, and 69th Street. In Hong Kong, his gallery is on Queen’s Road Central. In London, you’ll find his gallery on Grafton Street, and in Paris, you’ll see the gallery on rue Vieille du Temple.

    • Franz West (Opening March 9, 2023 | Location: 533 West 19th Street)
    • Gerhard Richter (Opening March 16, 2023 | Location: 537 West 20th Street)
    • "So let us all be citizens" by Bob Thompson (Opening April 21, 2023 | Location: 52 Walker Street)
    • Yayoi Kusama (Opening May 2023)
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    Current exhibits at Krause Gallery

    Gallery in Lower East Side
    Krause Gallery Lower East Side NYC
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    The variety of artforms, and artists presented at the Krause Gallery make this one a must visit. You’ll notice paintings, sculpture, and mostly contemporary art. The Krause Gallery has entered the world of NFT’s. NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, and is the latest craze in the art world (a NFT is a digital asset that is unlike any other).

    • Joe Suzuki and Steve Casino (April 1, 2023)
    • Jeffrey Robb (May 4, 2023)
    • Superstudio x Plastic Jesus (June 8, 2023)
    • Yuki Matsueda and Thirsty Bstrd (July 13, 2023)
    • Annual Summer - Emerging to Established group show (August 12, 2023)
    • Kunstrasen "Cardboard Graf" (October 5, 2023)
    • Sergio Farfan and Chris RWK (November 9 - December 31, 2023)
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    Current exhibits at James Fuentes LLC Art Gallery

    Gallery in Lower East Side
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    James Fuentes LLC is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of New York City. The gallery was founded in 2007 by James Fuentes in the Lower East Side and specializes in presenting innovative and experimental artwork by both emerging and established artists.

    • "A STUDY IN FORM (CHAPTER ONE) - curated by Arden Wohl (MAY 3 - June 3, 2023)
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    Current exhibitions at Sean Kelly Gallery

    Gallery in Hudson Yards
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    Sean Kelly Gallery, founded in 1991 in New York City by British-born Sean Kelly, represents established and mid-career artists, particularly with work based in installation and performance.

    • "HAVANA" - by Kehinde Wiley (April 27 - June 17, 2023)
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    Independent Art Fair

    Other Art & Culture in Tribeca
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    Despite having the words “art fair” in its name, the Independent Art Fair in New York strives to go beyond the concept by embracing different art styles beyond conventional and popular genres. It traces its beginnings to the Dia Center for the Arts in Beacon, New York. The eventual success of the museum and foundation led to the Chelsea neighborhood becoming a thriving art community.

    • When? May 11-14, 2023

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    Frieze New York

    Other Art & Culture in Hudson Yards
    Frieze Art Fair New York
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    For art enthusiasts, one of the best things to do in spring in NYC is attending Frieze New York. It’s hosted on The Shed at Hudson Yards and features works from over 1,000 artists and 200 international galleries.

    There are many other fun things to do at the festival as well, such as sitting in on one of the famous panel discussions, soaking in the breathtaking views of The Vessel, and most importantly – immersing yourself in many imaginative outdoor and indoor projects.

    • When? May 17-21, 2023

    Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh/Frieze

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    VOLTA Art Fair New York

    Other Art & Culture in Chelsea
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    At the same time as Frieze Week, the VOLTA Art Fair takes place in the former Dia Building in Chelsea’s Gallery District. It presents 49 national and international galleries, and since the Frieze Art Fair is only a 10-minute walk away, it makes sense to visit both art fairs. The best way to do this is to walk along the High Line.

    • When? May 2023

    My tip: These are the Best Things To Do in New York in May.

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    Whitney Museum

    Museum in Meatpacking District
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    Newly opened in 2015, the Whitney Museum in New York shines in a whole new light. The Whitney Museum has one of the most spectacular collections of contemporary art that focuses on American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few of the names whose paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and installations are part of the exhibits at the Whitney Museum. More than 21,000 works of art are permanently showcased here.

    • "Refigured" (March 3 - July 2, 2023)
    • "The Whitney's Collection" (ongoing)
    • Hadi Falapishi: Almost There (opens April 19, 2023)
    • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map (April 19 - August 13, 2023)
    • Josh Kline: Project for a New American Century (April 19 - August 13, 2023)

What art exhibit will you be checking out in New York City first? Let us know in the comments!

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