Museums welcome new exhibits this fall


Viewers enjoy one of over 100 sculptures at the new Picasso Sculpture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. The sculptures vary in size, shape, and content. This is the first exhibit to feature Picasso’s sculptures in the U.S. in 50 years.

Caroline Katz, Assistant A&E Editor

There are countless things to do and places to see in New York City, and museum exhibits opening this fall are no exception.  From Picasso Sculpture to Superheroes in Gotham, there is something for everyone.

Starting Oct. 8 at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the behind-the-scenes sketches of Pixar Animation Studios will be brought to life in Pixar: The Design of Story.

This exhibit features never-before-seen original sketches, paintings, concept art, and sculptures from Pixar films including Toy Story and Up that help unlock the key to Pixar’s success: how the company creates popular, relatable characters.

This exhibit is organized into three sections, all of which display crucial elements of filmmaking: story, believability, and appeal.

People will be able to enjoy this exhibition in the museum’s Process Lab.   Some of the work that can be seen in this exhibit includes architectural research that helped design Carl’s house in Up, colorscripts and storyboards from The Incredibles that emphasize how the colors complement the emotional arc of the storyline, and detailed drawings from Wall-E which show how the creators modeled the anthropomorphic robot’s mechanical functions through the iteration process.

There will also be a screening of Luxo Jr., Pixar’s second ever work, a short film from 1986 that has influenced Pixar’s current design process.  This exhibit highlights experimentation and imagination, and it shows that anyone can draw inspiration from the world around them and design something great.

Moviegoers and comic book lovers alike also have the opportunity to see the history of the development of popular superheroes at the Superheroes in Gotham exhibition, opening Oct. 9 at the New York Historical Society.

This exhibition documents the birth of comic book heroes, dating back to nearly 80 years ago, right here in New York and throughout the world.  It covers the creation of the superheroes we know and love today, as well as how they spread to radio, television, and film.  Superheroes in Gotham also shows the importance of fandoms and the roles they have played in spreading comic book culture through events such as Comic Con.

Finally, it delves into the influence that comic book superheroes have had among artists, cartoonists, and painters specific to New York City. For the art enthusiast in you, the Picasso Sculpture exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art showcases an alternate aspect of Picasso’s work.  Although Picasso was best known for his paintings, this exhibit allows people to see his sculptures, a facet of his art that had not previously been in the spotlight.

There are over 100 works displayed, made of many different materials ranging from clay, wood, and paper to sheet metal, chicken wire, and wooden sticks.

This exhibit is the first of its kind in the United States in the past 50 years.  It allows the viewers to connect with the artist on a whole new level.

Unlike painting, which he was trained for, Picasso was a self-taught sculptor.  His sculptures were his most personal and experimental work, along with being the work of which he was most fond.

Picasso Sculpture depicts the artist’s lifelong passion for sculptures and focuses on the materials and processes that he used both conventionally and innovatively.  This exhibit shows not only the meaning behind Picasso’s sculptures but also his influence on the field.