Brace yourself avid art lovers, even though 2014 is approaching its end, the arrival of the New Year is already promising original and exciting exhibitions throughout the city. These shows will range from photography, video, audio, and even bamboo sticks. However, before you begin marking up your calendars, let us revisit some of the best exhibits of 2014 for nostalgia’s sake. Disclaimer: This list will not discriminate between mainstream and underground events, hipsters beware!
With that being said, here are the editor’s top 5 picks for 2014:
Radiant Light – Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral
Feb 25–May 18 2014
This stunning exhibit showed a collection of stained glass from England’s famous Canterbury Cathedral. The art dated as far back as 1178. This display marked the first time that the six Romanesque windows were taken anywhere outside of the cathedral.
Noguchi-Pratt Fashion: What Inspires
Jan 22-Feb 23
Hosted at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens, this exhibition intertwined the work of Pratt students with the work of Japanese artist Isamu Noguchi and avant-garde dancer/choreographer Ruth Page. The collaborative efforts proved to be a success, with each student producing a garment piece reflective of Japanese culture.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis
International Center of Photography
Sept 19–Jan 11, 2015
Salgado amazed us once again with his third global-issue series, which was curated by his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado. Genesis is the result of an eight-year long project, that took Salgado all around the globe. Consisting of over 200 black-and-white photos, this exhibition showcased wild animals, indigenous people, and unbelievably scenic environments throughout the world. ICP is the first venue in the U.S. to display this exhibit.
UR New York: Product of UR Envionrment
Pop International Galleries
Oct 2-Nov 2
Product of UR environment was hosted at Pop International in the heart of Soho. It proved to be an impressive exhibit by underground street artists Ski and 2Esae. It exemplified New York City street culture and urban experiences through many types of mediums, including photography, silk-screening, graphic design and graffiti. The exhibit was truly inspired.
AND FINALLY NUMBER 1
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The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Oct 25-Feb 23
New Yorkers got a real treat when this exhibit came into town, because Brooklyn Museum was the only East Coast venue to showcase the French couturier’s extensive work. The exhibit displayed 7 differently themed rooms that challenged societal norms, each detailing the designers journey through his career. There was heavy use of multimedia to make this truly a unique experience for the crowd, including interactive faces, film excerpts, holographic images, audiovisual projections, furniture and last but not least, brilliant pieces of couture garment