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Three New Art Exhibits Worth Seeing
February 24, 2023, 7:37.33 pm ET

Photo: Morgan Library and Museum

Art exhibits in New York come and go with such frequency, it’s easy to overlook or be completely unaware of some of them, especially when the artists on view aren’t household names like Henri Matisse or Edward Hopper. Here are three new exhibits that deserve a spot on your calendar.

Now open at the Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue), “Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason” is a retrospective of the work of the exceptional 17th-century French artist, featuring 70 drawings, prints, and paintings, including an exceptional contingent from the Louvre Known primarily as a draftsman, Gillot specialized in scenes of satire, often finding his subjects among the irreverent commedia dell’arte performances at fairground theaters, in the writings of satirists who waged the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns, and in the antics of vice-ridden satyrs whose bacchanals exposed human folly.

Photo: The Jewish Museum

Beginning on March 3 at The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue), “The Sassoons” reveals the fascinating story of a remarkable Jewish family, following four generations from Iraq to India, China, and England through a rich selection of works collected by family members over time. The exhibition highlights the Sassoon family’s pioneering role in trade, art collecting, architectural patronage, and civic engagement from the early 19th century through World War II, It will feature over 120 works, including Hebrew manuscripts from as early as the 12th century, many lavishly decorated; Chinese art and ivory carvings; rare Jewish ceremonial art; and paintings by such masters as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Thomas Gainsborough, and John Singer Sargent.

The Museum of the Moving Image

Starting on March 10, The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue) will present “Cinema of Sensations: The Never-Ending Screen of Val del Omar”, which will explore the work of the visionary Spanish artist, filmmaker, and inventor who approached film as a multisensory, transcendent experience, and whose installations anticipated what later became known as “expanded cinema. With screening spaces devoted to his “Elementary Triptych of Spain (1953–95)” as its centerpiece, the exhibition will feature a selection of photographs, archival materials, films, and inventions that both influenced the work of future artists and filmmakers while also examining del Omar’s creative evolution during a pivotal time in Spanish history.