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Summer Arts 2016: Photography takes over NYC's museums and galleries

Six can't-miss shows all focus on photographers.

Shutterbugs, rejoice. In addition to a newly revamped International Center of Photography, New York City has a plethora of exhibitions devoted to the art of the photo opening this summer. From celebrity snaps to arty portraits to documentary studies, here are some of the picture shows we’re looking forward to seeing.

Marilyn Monroe and American Thoroughbred

Chelsea’s Steven Kasher Gallery has two photo shows worth checking out this summer. “Andre de Dienes: Marilyn and California Nudes” mainly chronicles the Romanian photographer’s long professional and artistic relationship with Marilyn Monroe, whom he first captured on film before her fame, when she was an innocent California girl named Norma Jean Baker. The exhibition will also include De Dienes’ experimental nudes shot in California’s otherworldly desert landscape. Meanwhile, “Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred” will feature more than 25 large-scale photographs of America’s greatest racehorses, including American Pharoah, winner of the Triple Crown.June 9–July 29, Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th St.

Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

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Nan Goldin made her name in the 1970s and ‘80s with her unflinchingly brutal snapshots chronicling the the artist’s often volatile life in New York City. Some 700 of these no-holds-barred images make up her magnum opus, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” a kind-of visual slideshow (but much more than that), featuring images of sex, drugs, violence and rock ‘n’ roll, including Goldin’s now-iconic self-portrait of her battered-and-bruised face after being domestically abused. The Museum of Modern Art will show The Ballad” in its original 35mm presentation, featuring a soundtrack curated by the artist’s friends that ranges from Maria Callas to the Velvet Underground.June 11-Feb. 12, 2017, MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St.

Danny Lyon: Message to the Future

The Whitney will host the first photo show in its new Meatpacking District home this summer: a survey of documentary-style street photographer Danny Lyon. One of the genre’s leading figures of the New Journalism movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Brooklyn-born Lyon finally gets his due, with 175 photos and related films and ephemera spanning from the ‘60s to today. The show will look at the artist’s socially and politically motivated shots of outsiders and those living on the fringes of American society, from bikers and rebels, to prisoners and outlaws, to the poor and downtrodden.June 17-Sept. 25, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

The Met Breuer pays homage to one of the greatest, weirdest and most tragic artists of the 20th century. “In the Beginning” features more than 100 photographs by Diane Arbus, tracing how the photographer went from art-directing photo shoots with her husband for glossies like “Vogue” and “Seventeen” to creating provocative, idiosyncratic images of New York City’s eccentrics, circus performers, children, female impersonators and pedestrians. Many of these early works are being exhibited for the first time.July 12-Nov. 27, The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave.

Mask: Photographs by Frank Gimpaya

Inspired by post-Impressionist Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “The Veil,” New Jersey-based photographer Gimpaya has created a series of black-and-white portraits feature women wearing a plastic mask bought at a Halloween store. The photos — which question the notion of identity, assumptions of beauty and “the emotional projection from a half-hidden face” will be on view at the Bronx Museum, as part of a partnership withEn Foco, a nonprofit that supports photographers of color and diverse cultures.July 13-Sept. 25, The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, The Bronx

 
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