Summer art: 10 must-see exhibits

"The Cyclone at Coney Island," a photograph by

"The Cyclone at Coney Island," a photograph by E. Cindy Stein, is part of the "Coney Island and Jones Beach: Empires by the Sea" exhibition opening at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, Stony Brook, June 14, 2013. (Credit: E. Cindy Stein)

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David Hockney: The Jugglers (Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., Manhattan, through Sept. 1). The American premiere of Hockney's first video installation, filmed in 2012 with 18 cameras and set to a catchy musical soundtrack. Shot from multiple perspectives, "Jugglers" places the choice of where to look with the viewer. 212-570-3600, whitney.org

Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, through Sept. 8). In observance of his 90th birthday this month, MoMA presents the first series of paintings Kelly produced after leaving New York for upstate Spencertown in 1970. His studio in nearby Chatham was far more spacious than any he could afford in the city. 212-708-9400, moma.org

The Civil War and American Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, May 27-Sept. 2). Coinciding with the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), this major loan exhibition examines how U.S. artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Included are landscapes by Frederic Church and battlefield scenes by Winslow Homer, plus pioneering photos. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

John Alexander (Guild Hall Museum, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 15-July 28). A visionary artist whose paintings, drawings and prints incorporate Surrealism in his representational imagery, Alexander often provokes debate about his work. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

Coney Island and Jones Beach: Summer Cities by the Sea (Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook, June 14-Dec. 29). Just in time for beach season -- scenes from the South Shore coastline that makes Long Island (Brooklyn is, of course, part of the geographic island) so distinctive. 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org

James Turrell (Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, June 21-Sept. 25). Turrell's first major show in a New York museum since 1980 focuses on his spatial explorations of perception, light and color -- especially site-specific works. "Aten Reign," for instance, fills the Guggenheim rotunda with shifting streams of artificial and natural light. 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

Alex Katz: Selections From the Whitney Museum of American Art (Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, June 29-Oct. 13). Born in 1927, Katz is regarded as one of the most significant living American artists. Beginning with lesser-known landscapes and collages, the exhibit progresses through Katz's grand portraits of family and friends. 516-484- 9337, nassaumuseum.org

Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet (Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, July 21-Oct. 27). Co-organized by the Parrish and Washington D.C.'s Phillips Collection, "Angels" et al looks at crosscurrents among the American abstract expressionist, the Filipino-American artist and patron, and the French painter. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

Chuck Close (Guild Hall Museum, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 10-Oct. 14). Recent paintings, prints and tapestries by the 1995 Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award winner are showcased. Close is known for his inventive technique of allowing us to see the human face in the way a modern camera would -- pixels and all. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

Stan Brodsky: A Retrospective (Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, Aug. 17-Dec. 1). Brodsky's hometown museum celebrates his career. He's arguably Huntington's most prominent contemporary painter. 631-351-3250, heckscher.org

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We Hold These Truths (Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, through July 26). Through artists' responses to the issues of slavery, middle passage, abolitionists and the Civil War, "Truths" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 516-463- 5672, hofstra.edu/museum

John Singer Sargent Watercolors (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., through July 28). Uniting for the first time Sargent's watercolors acquired by the Brooklyn Museum and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the show features his Venetian "Bridge of Sighs." 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial (International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Ave., Manhattan, through Sept. 8). Every three years, ICP curators select some of the most intriguing contemporary photography and video from around the world. The 2013 triennial focuses on the economic, social and political instability in the world today. 212-857-0000, icp.org

Jack Youngerman, Black and White (LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton, through Oct. 12). Curving yet angular sculptures created in the '80s by Youngerman in his Bridgehampton studio, arrayed in the gardens. 631-329-3568, longhouse.org

Jack Goldstein x 10,000 (The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Sept. 29). The first U.S. retrospective of the Canadian artist (1945-2003) brings to light Goldstein's indelible legacy. His most famous image was the MGM lion. 212- 423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

Italian Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Sculpture From the Robert Lehman Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Nov. 17). Drawn from works in the recently published catalog of Lehman's collection of European sculpture and metalwork, the exhibit displays bronzes from the 16th and 17th centuries together. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Structure: Within and Beyond (Art League of Long Island's Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, 107 E. Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills, June 2- July 7). Tristate area photographers interpret structure and design as found in nature and the man-made world. 631-462-5400, artleagueli.org

Artists & Writers: They Played the Game (Guild Hall Museum, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 15-July 28). Artists and writers will take the field for their 65th annual softball game. Guild Hall also fields works from its permanent collection by those who've played in the game. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, June 15-Sept. 23). Calling this the largest New York show ever on Le Corbusier, aka Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), MoMA explores his influence as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer and photographer. 212-708-9400, moma.org

ArtHamptons & artMRKT Hamptons (Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark, Millstone Road, Bridgehampton; Bridgehampton Historical Society grounds, both July 11-14). The high-end international art show and sale (ArtHamptons) goes head to head against artMRKT's preponderance of art from New York galleries. 631-283-5505, arthamptons.com; 212-518-6912, art-mrkt.com/hamptons.

NYFA 'MARK' Artists (Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, June 12-Aug. 25). MARK is the New York Foundation for the Arts' statewide program for visual artists living outside New York City. Beth Giacummo curates this sampling, including works by Long Islanders. 631-224-5402, islipartmusem.org

Michelle Stuart: Drawn From Nature (Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, July 21-Oct. 27). Since the late 1960s, this multimedia artist's work has been inspired by her lifelong interest in the natural world and the cosmos. 631-283- 2118, parrishart.org

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