A lot happens in New York City's bustling art scene. Here are eight exhibits or shows you should catch this month — for free — using your NYUCard at Museum Gateway locations and on campus galleries.
THE FRICK COLLECTION
Through October 26, 2014
Portraits of individuals in armor served not only to commemorate the wearer's might, but also allowed artists to show off their ability to paint the highly reflective, detailed surface. This is also a teaser for the larger El Greco show opening at the Frick this November.
El Greco, Vincenzo Anastagi (ca. 1575), the Frick Collection, NY
THE GREY ART GALLERY
Through December 6, 2014
Before his exile in 1966, Ernest Cole, one of South Africa's first black photojournalists, created remarkable images representing the socio-political conditions of apartheid as well as capturing elements of daily life for South Africans.
Ernest Cole, House of Bondage (1967), the Hasselblad Foundation, Göteborg, Sweden
MUSEO DEL BARRIO
October 9, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Big, fun, and keenly exploring issues related to the changes experienced by society in the second half of the 20th century, this is the first solo show of Marisol's work in New York City.
Marisol, Mi Mama y Yo (1968), collection of the artist
MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Through January 19, 2015
Commercial artists greatly redefined American style and culture through their work in advertising. This show highlights the iconic work of Mac Conner, one of New York City's original "Mad Men."
Mac Conner, How Do You Love Me, for Woman's Home Companion (1950), collection of the artist
THE RUBIN MUSEUM
Through April 13, 2015
Displayed alongside other items from the museum's collection, the focus of this exhibit is a rare album of paintings depicting elements of a secret mediation practice. These rituals were traditionally limited only to verbal lessons given from master to student.
Unknown artist, Sarvavid Vairochana Album Leaf (c. 18th - 19th century), Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium
THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Through April 19, 2015
A collection of art, journalism, artifacts, and personal memorabilia comes together in an in-depth exploration of the Chinese American experience, from the 18th century to the present day.
Unknown artist, China in N.Y. 4th of July Parade (1911), Library of Congress