Spring is here and it’s the perfect time for getting out and experiencing some of the country’s best art museums. Here we’ll look at some of the exciting temporary art exhibitions taking place across New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas. They’re the perfect excuse for a weekend trip or just a day out if you’re in town.

New York

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters

May 10 – October 8, 2018


The Costume Institute’s spring exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters explores the relationship between fashion and Catholicism. Spanning some 60,000 square feet, Heavenly Bodies features exhibits from world famous haute couture designers alongside costumes and vestments from the Vatican. Papal robes and dress accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy are the highlight of the exhibition. Housed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, many of these pieces have never been exhibited outside of Vatican City.

Through a different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs

Museum of the City of New York
May 3 – October 28, 2018


This exhibit explores the formative phase of renowned film director Stanley Kubrick’s career. Featuring more than 120 photographs from his early photography career, Through a Different Lens includes more than a hundred photography assignments and over 12,000 negatives from the Museum’s Look Magazine archive, taken during Kubrick’s five years as a staff photographer.

Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965–2016

March 31 – July 22, 2018


A Synthesis of Institutions is a collection of more than 290 works by conceptual artist Adrian Piper. The exhibit features photographs, drawings and paintings, alongside video, multimedia installations and performances, making it a comprehensive look at her long artistic career. From early paintings to later career text-based works and mixed-media installations, the exhibit spans the artist’s fifty-year career of often confronting and always thought-provoking artwork.

San Francisco

René Magritte: The Fifth Season

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

May 19 – October 28, 2018


René Magritte: The Fifth Season is a collection of more than 70 works across nine thematic galleries focused on the later period of famous Surrealist painter René Magritte’s career. The exhibit explores his most important work from the 1940s through the 1960s and includes over 50 oil paintings. Some of the highlights of the collection include the exhibition title piece, The Fifth Season (1943), Personal Values (1952), and The Tomb of the Wrestlers (1960). Also on display is the immense The Enchanted Domain (1953) a 360-degree mural spanning some 236 feet in circumference.

Cult of the Machine

The de Young Museum

March 24 – August 12, 2018


This is an exhibit dedicated to the artistic style of Precisionism, an American style that became prominent in the 1920s and 1930s that embraces geometric and linear designs and explores the impact of industrialization. The exhibit features over 100 works from renowned Precisionist artists including Georgia O’Keefe and Charles Sheeler, providing an exploration of the impact of technology and industrialization on American society.
Los Angeles

Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India

Getty Center

March 13 – June 24, 2018


Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India showcases a series of Rembrandt’s drawings of rulers and courtiers from Mughal India from late in his career. The collection explores his study of the portraiture style of the artists serving the Mughal court, contrasting his drawings with Indian paintings from the same period. The exhibit promises a look at Rembrandt as you’ve never seen him before.

Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

Museum of Contemporary Art

March 4 – Sept 3, 2018


This exhibition brings together three of the most influential modern photographers: Brassaï (Gyula Halász), Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin. Compiled mostly from MOCA’s extensive photography collection, the Real Worlds is a powerful exhibition featuring some one hundred works by three prolific, contemporary photographers.

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

California Science Center

March 24, 2018 – January, 2019


King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center is the premiere of the world’s largest King Tut exhibition. Assembled to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, the collection features 150 artifacts from the Pharaoh’s tomb. This is truly a first-of-its-kind exhibition with some 40% of the artifacts never seen outside of Egypt before. The comprehensive exhibit includes multimedia and explores the scientific analysis of the 3,300 year-old mummy as well as the technology used today to discover new tombs. The exhibition will go on to be shown around the world before residing on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


Word and Image: Works on Paper from the 15th Through 20th Centuries

The Dallas Museum of Art

April 24 – October 21, 2018


This exhibit is an exploration of “artists who blurred the lines between art and text” and includes works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre Bonnard and Salvador Dali. The collection traces these blurred lines back to early artist experimentation with etching and engraving from the 15th century through to the application of modern technologies of the 19th and 20th centuries. Drawn from the DMA’s collection, Word and Image showcases varied works from 15th century bibles to Winnie the Pooh and A Caucus Race and a Long Tale by Salvador Dalí.

The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana

Dallas Museum of Art

April 15 – 8 August 12, 2018


The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana is a dazzling collection of gold artifacts of the Asante royalty from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Founded on wealth from the gold trade between North Africa and Europe, it is no surprise that much of the Asante Royal Regalia was made of gold. This collection includes more than 250 gold items including regalia, state swords, ceremonial furniture, woven silk, and other significant objects.