An exciting line-up of of museum exhibits and installations is on tap for 2014. Must-see exhibits will be on display not just in our museum capitals of New York, Chicago, DC, etc., but also in St. Petersburg (FL), Milwaukee, Richmond, and Charlotte. Adding to the variety of destinations is the wide range of subject matter, from post-war art to nature photography to a living exhibit of octopi.
The following list is far from exhaustive--it is but a taste of some of the bigger shows on view this year. To find information on other exhibits, browse this list of top 10 museums in the USA. Further, if you use Twitter, you can follow my extensive list of U.S. Museums on Twitter.
- Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain is a blockbuster collaboration between the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and the British Museum in London. Through March 9, 2014.
- Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality is a show of more than 100 Andy Warhol works at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. January 18-April 27, 2014.
- Miró: The Experience of Seeing at the Seattle Museum of Art will include 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures culled from Madrid's Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. February 13-May 25, 2014.
- The Essential Robert Indiana, featuring the works of visual artist and LOVE sculptor, "will premiere in the state whose name he adopted as his own." Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art from February 16-May 4, 2014.
- Degas/Cassatt will explore the connections between these two well-known Impressionists with 70 works at the National Gallery in Washington, DC. May 11-October 5, 2014.
- Kandinsky: A Retrospective will showcase the works of Modern Art pioneer Wassily Kandinsky at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. June 5-September 1, 2014.
- Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection gives the West Coast a chance to see 50 works by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella. On view at San Francisco's de Young Museum June 7-October 12, 2014.
- Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. This exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago will be the "first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary imageswill be the first major survey of the artist's work in an American museum." June 24-October 13, 2014.
- Jeff Koons: A Retrospective will be the last major show at NYC's Whitney Museum before it moves to a new space in the Meatpacking District. Koons' works, which are among some of the most famous of the late 20th century, will take up almost the entirety of the Whitney. June 27-October 19, 2014.
- Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 at Charlotte's Mint Museum will contain 50 paintings and prints as well as period ephemera (newspapers, books, etc.). November 1, 2014-February 1, 2015.
- Civil Rights Photography: Two southern museums will feature exhibits of photographs from the Civil Rights era. The largest survey is at the High Museum in Atlanta, which presents Civil Rights Photography, 1956-1968, a show of more than 250 images from the museum's collection. January 18-June 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era, showing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, features 24 striking photos of Civil Rights leaders and the protest signs of the era. January 11-August 3, 2014.
- In Focus: Ansel Adams is an exhibit of the nature photographer's most prized works. It is curated from the permanent collection at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. March 18-July 20, 2014.
Science and Nature Exhibits
- The new NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit is the first piece of the Kennedy Space Center's 10-year plan for the Visitor Complex. Ongoing.
- Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid, and Cuttlefishes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium will be the largest living exhibit of cephalopods ever assembled. Opens April 12, 2014.