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Spring art shows to check out in NYC

It's art season in NYC and all the museums are putting up exciting shows. Check them all out - you're a New Yorker!

‘The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld’

Iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld gets a retrospective encompassing
Photo Credit: The Al Hirschfeld Foundation

Iconic caricaturist Al Hirschfeld gets a retrospective encompassing his astonishing nine decade-long career that will explore his influences, techniques and artistic evolution. Runs May 22-Oct. 22, admission $19 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 ages 5-13, FREE for ages 4 and under; 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

‘Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971’

Audio recordings, film, installations and interactive artworks will
Photo Credit: Minoru Niizuma / Lenono Photo Ar

Audio recordings, film, installations and interactive artworks will feature among the MoMA’s first exhibition devoted to Yoko Ono. More than 125 items will demonstrate the artist’s innovative role in experimental and conceptual art of the 1960s. Runs May 17-Sept. 7, admission $25 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students, FREE for ages 16 and under; 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, moma.org

‘Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life’

Frida Kahlo’s relationship with nature will be at
Photo Credit: Artists Rights Society

Frida Kahlo’s relationship with nature will be at the heart of this unique exhibition, as the New York Botanical Garden reimagines the artist’s garden and studio in her lifelong home of Mexico City. More than a dozen artworks will also be displayed. Runs May 16-Nov. 1, weekday admission $20 adults, $18 students and seniors, $8 children, FREE under 2, weekend, holiday and peak day admission $25 adults, $22 students and seniors, $10 children, FREE under 2; 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-817-8700, nybg.org

‘How Posters Work’

Work by pioneering graphic designers such as Herbert
Photo Credit: Matt Flynn

Work by pioneering graphic designers such as Herbert Matter, Paul Rand and Phillipe Apeloig will be displayed among more than 100 posters from the Cooper Hewitt’s permanent collection. The investigative exhibit coincides with NYCxDESIGN, the city’s official celebration of design taking place from May 8-19. Runs May 8-Nov. 16, admission $18 adults, $12 seniors, $9 students, FREE for ages 18 and under; 2 E. 91st St., 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org

‘China: Through the Looking Glass’

Haute Couture and fine art blend in this
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Haute Couture and fine art blend in this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, held in the Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Chinese Galleries. Paintings, film, ceramics and traditional Chinese costumes will be featured along with more than 100 haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces. Runs May 7-Aug. 16, suggested admission $25 adults $25, $17 seniors, $12 students, FREE under 12; 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television’

Of the many ways the television changed the
Photo Credit: The Jewish Museum

Of the many ways the television changed the lives of Americans, the promotion of avant-garde aesthetics and ideals will be examined in this exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Featuring an all-star line-up of artists, work by Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Marcel Duchamp will accompany television memorabilia and clips from shows such as “Batman” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Runs May 1-Sept. 20, admission $15 adults, $12 seniors, $7.50 students, FREE for ages 18 and under; 1109 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

‘America Is Hard to See’

The Whitney Museum’s new, highly anticipated Renzo Piano-designed
Photo Credit: Courtesy Cindy Sherman and Metro

The Whitney Museum’s new, highly anticipated Renzo Piano-designed building opens in the Meatpacking District with this inaugural exhibition. “America Is Hard to See” pulls around 650 works from the museum’s permanent collection by some 400 American artists, created from 1900 to the present. Runs May 1-Sept. 27, admission TBA; 99 Gansevoort St, 212-570-3600, whitney.org

‘Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today’

“Pathmakers” at the Museum of Art and Design
Photo Credit: Andres Ramirez

“Pathmakers” at the Museum of Art and Design surveys the contributions by women in the post-WWII visual art world, particularly in the mediums of metals, ceramics and textiles. Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath and Maija Grotell are just a few of the artists represented, with more than 80 works on display. Runs April 28-Sept. 27, admission $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 students, FREE for ages 18 and under; 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777, madmuseum.org

Sakura Matsuri

The annual cherry blossom festival and celebration of
Photo Credit: Frank Fumelli

The annual cherry blossom festival and celebration of Japanese culture returns to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with, music, dance and, of course, the Japanese flowers in full bloom. April 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., admission $25 adults, $20 students and seniors; 150 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, 718-623-7200, bbg.org

‘Diverse Works: Director's Choice, 1997-2015’

As Arnold L. Lehman steps down as director
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Museum / Sarah DeSantis

As Arnold L. Lehman steps down as director of the Brooklyn Museum this summer, the institution will recognize the wealth of art he sought through his 18-year tenure with an exhibition featuring 100 works out of the nearly 10,000 items acquired by the museum during his tenure. As the title suggests, artworks from a diverse range of backgrounds and mediums will be featured, from ancient Chinese mythical wood carvings to a 1960 British-designed Spacelander bicycle. Runs April 15-Aug. 2, suggested admission $16 adults, $10 students and seniors, FREE for ages 19 and under; 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

‘Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species’

This special exhibit at the American Museum of
Photo Credit: Eye of Science

This special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, curated by parasitologist Mark Siddall and ichthyologist John Sparks, who study parasites and fish respectively, explores the astounding feats creatures of the Earth are capable of to ensure their own survival, from cloning themselves, to tolerating temperatures as high as 300 degrees and as low as -458 degrees. Interactive exhibits, models and live creatures (including an axolotl) demonstrate the remarkable persistence of life. Runs April 4-Jan. 3, 2016, timed entry only, $27 adults, $22 students and seniors, $16 children (includes museum admission); Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100, amnh.org

‘Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks’

The Brooklyn Museum takes a unique look at
Photo Credit: Mark Woods

The Brooklyn Museum takes a unique look at the life of Brooklyn-born, neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sketches, notes and poetry fragments provide insight into both the artist and the artist’s process, with themes of class, race, politics and world history running through them. Runs April 3-Aug. 23, suggested admission $16 adults, $10 students and seniors, FREE for ages 19 and under; 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

‘Hip Hop Revolution’

Hip-hop’s origins are documented in this photography exhibition
Photo Credit: Joe Conzo

Hip-hop’s origins are documented in this photography exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, detailing the emergence of the new music and cultural scene in 1970s New York City. More than 80 works from local photographers Janette Backman, SEE MORE PHOTOS. Joe Conzo and Martha Cooper show the genre’s early days in the music, dance and fashion scenes. Runs April 1-Sept. 13, suggested admission $14 adults, $10 students and seniors, FREE for ages 19 and under; 1220 Fifth Ave., 212-534-1672, mcny.org

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