This summer, I'll be dividing my time between Paris and NYC, sharing the art exhibitions and shows I'm keenly anticipating in these vibrant cities. Whether you're seeking respite from a sweltering hot day or striving for meaningful engagement on a rainy afternoon, these shows offer an immersive experience of beauty and wonder.
On view: February 27, 2023–January 7, 2024
Immerse yourself in a digital art space where 140 video and laser projectors bring static paintings to life through music and movement. The 2023 season features the Russian-French artist Marc Chagall, offering a new, stimulating way to engage with his enigmatic, dream-like visions of fiddlers, jugglers, beasts, clowns, and more. This absorbing installation is impeccably choreographed to classical music, jazz, and traditional Jewish instrumental music (klezmer).
Why this one? A fan of Chagall since I discovered his painting of the Opera de Paris ceiling in my childhood, I'm drawn to the poetic nature of his work. The blend of Paris versus New York in the title reflects my own multi-faceted identity.
On view: April 5–August 28, 2023
Between 1984 and 1985, American artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat created a portfolio of 160 collaborative paintings that stand as a testament to their deep friendship, artistic synergy, and their shared history. A hundred of these pieces will be exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, marking the most expansive exhibition of their joint works to date.
Why this one? Besides my admiration for the Fondation Louis Vuitton, nestled in the Bois de Boulogne, I appreciate the intriguing fusion of Basquiat and Warhol, two U.S. icons in the French capital — a clear testament to the cultural synergy between the U.S. and France.
3. **Manet / Degas, Musée d’Orsay**
On view: March 28–July 23, 2023
Powered by a collaborative effort between the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Manet / Degas promises an immersive exploration of these 19th-century luminaries. This exhibit contrasts their unique styles side by side, serving as a testament to their friendship and rivalry that together significantly impacted modern French painting.
Why this one? My 15-year dance background endears me to Degas’s delicate depictions of dancers. Moreover, this exhibit symbolizes a union of Paris and New York, reminiscent of My Petite Gallery's multinational spirit. Oh, and I can't leave out my massive love for the Orsay Museum, where its restaurant holds cherished memories of meals with my grandmother. I always jump at any excuse to pop back into one of my absolute favorite spots!
On view: June 2–September 24, 2023
In its tribute to Picasso marking 50 years since his passing, the Brooklyn Museum collaborates with Australian writer-actor-comedian Hannah Gadsby. Gadsby delves into the complexities of Picasso's personality, his creative prowess, his contributions to the canon, and issues such as sexism in his works.
Why this one? Gadsby's show, Nanette, resonated deeply with me, particularly when considering the struggle for women's rights and acceptance of homosexuality in certain societies. I anticipate this exhibition will carry a similar thought-provoking vein. Some reviews came off as pretty tough, but you know what? I prefer to see for myself and form my own opinions.
On view: May 22–August 27, 2023
Van Gogh's cypress trees, ever-present across his works, paint a vivid narrative ranging from rural Provence nights to vibrant sunflower landscapes. The Met brings to light these majestic trees through 40 works — including paintings, drawings, and letters.
Why this one? Growing up near Auvers sur Oise, France, the site of many of Van Gogh's iconic works, nurtured a deep affection for his art. Van Gogh holds a special place in my heart.
On view: 8-10 September 2023
Lastly, My Petite Gallery takes pleasure in announcing that it will be curating its first show in NYC from September 8 to 10. Mark your calendars and RSVP online for our opening night and weekend activities. For those not based in NY, we'll be bringing the exhibition to you online starting September 11! We're excited to share our creative journey with you!
Enjoy an art-filled summer, everyone!