So long, dead white guys. This fall, museums and galleries are getting a lot more diverse, with shows that celebrate Hispanic painters, black activists and female patrons opening in the next few months. Even the one dead white dude on this list, Gustav Klimt, made his name painting the fabulous, independent ladies who financed his career and shook up social mores in fin-de-siecle Vienna. Here are six exhibits that kick patriarchy to the curb.
Born in Havana, Cuba, the 101-year-old Herrera is more active than ever, painting every day in her New York City studio. This Whitney retrospective surveys some 50 years of this abstract artist’s career, including her spare, groundbreaking “Blanco y Verde” series and her rare three-dimensional sculptures. Sept. 16-Jan. 2, 2017, 99 Gansevoort St.
The minimalist master, who died in 2004, found endless inspiration in the simplest geometric forms. Her work, which draws from Zen Buddhism as well as the landscape of New Mexico, where she lived, has a peaceful naturalism that’s rare in contemporary art. The Guggenheim traces her career from her 1950s experiments to her last works before her death. Oct. 7-Jan. 11, 2017, 1071 Fifth Ave.
After its runaway hit with Munch’s “Scream” earlier this year, The Neue Galerie has another surefire blockbuster planned for fall. “Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age” will include the artist’s lushly feverish portraits, which chronicled the liberated society women of 1900-1918. (Chief among his subjects: Adele Bloch-Bauer, the “woman in gold.”) The exhibition will also include fashions inspired by Klimt’s muses, including reproductions of his mistress Emilie Floge’s signature caftans. Sept. 22-Jan. 16, 2017, 1048 Fifth Ave.
The Steven Kasher Gallery examines the struggle for black rights in America with this pair of photography exhibitions. “Power to the People: The Black Panthers in Photographs by Stephen Shames and Graphics by Emory Douglas” chronicles the rise of the controversial revolutionary group with vintage images and agitprop on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. And Jamaican photographer Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye gets his debut solo show in “Ruddy Roye: When Living Is a Protest.” The 20 large-scale photographs, taken mainly in the artist’s neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, give voice to the often invisible, poor members of society. Sept. 16-Oct. 29, 515 W. 26th St.
The Brooklyn Museum continues its “Year of Yes” series, exploring feminism in art, with this 40-year look at Minter’s work, which explores issues surrounding beauty and the feminine body in American culture. “Pretty/Dirty” includes photographs, paintings and video that mix pop art, photo-realism and montage to create visceral depictions of food, sex and makeup. Nov. 4-April 2, 2017, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn