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Art preview: Impressionism in gardens, ‘Sexual Dependency’

"The Big Splash," a 2001 collage about the 1950s, is part of the "Master of Illusion: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe" at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, through Aug. 28, 2016. Photo Credit: Ira W. Kent

IMPRESSIONISM: AMERICAN GARDENS ON CANVAS (New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx, through Sept. 11) The predominant artistic style at the turn of the 20th century helps the Botanical Garden observe its 125th anniversary with artworks by Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent and others, brought to life in surrounding gardens through smell-the-roses designs (other flowers, too) by Francisca Coelho. 718-817-8779, nybg.org

EDGAR DEGAS: A STRANGE NEW BEAUTY (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, through July 24) Best known as a painter of the ballet, Degas’ work as a printmaker has gone mostly unnoticed until now. Creating monotypes — drawing in ink on a metal plate and running it through a press — he used the process to enhance his drawing techniques. About 120 of these rarely seen prints are shown alongside related paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks and more. 212-708-9400, moma.org

TURNER’S WHALING PICTURES (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Aug. 7) The quartet of whaling scenes painted by the British land- and seascape master Joseph M.W. Turner near the end of his career — one from the Met collection and three on loan from the Tate, London — are united for the first time. The exhibit also examines connections between Turner’s whaling scenes and Herman Melville’s epic 1851 novel “Moby-Dick.” 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

UNFINISHED THOUGHTS LEFT VISIBLE (Met Breuer, Madison Avenue at 75th Street, Manhattan, through Sept. 4) When is a work of art finished? That question is addressed in this first major exhibit since the Breuer, former home of the Whitney, reopened as a Metropolitan Museum of Art annex. Some works by Titian, Rembrandt, Turner and Cezanne were left incomplete intentionally to offer insight into the art process. Others, including those by Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg, recruited viewers to complete what they had begun. 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org

COMMON GROUND: THE MUSIC FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE (Long Island Museum, 1200 RTE. 25A, Stony Brook, through Sept. 5) This will be the only East Coast venue for this exhibit tracing the history of music festivals — they go back way further than Woodstock — curated by Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Experience vicariously through artifacts, videos and more the loud, chaotic and sometimes muddy scenes where legends from Bob Dylan to Nine Inch Nails made their mark. 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org

NAN GOLDIN: THE BALLAD OF SEXUAL DEPENDENCY (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, June 11-Feb. 12) Taking its title from a song in Brecht and Weill’s “Threepenny Opera,” Goldin’s “Ballad” is composed of nearly 700 snapshot-like portraits of people — herself included — captured in intimate moments of ecstasy and pain, reveling in dance clubs or suffering the ravages of AIDS. The artist describes the exhibit as “the diary I let people read.” Live performances periodically are part of the presentation. 212-708-9400, moma.org

LONG ISLAND IN THE SIXTIES (Long Island Museum, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook, June 24-Dec. 31) With explosive growth fueled by middle-class migration from the city, Long Island became one of the most prosperous regions in the United States in the ’60s. From Camelot and The Beatles to the civil rights and feminist movements, see how the decade changed the Island and the nation through school integration, changing housing patterns and shifting attitudes about what is “traditional.” 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org

A FEAST FOR THE EYES (Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, July 30-Nov. 6) Food, restaurants, cafes, parties and table decorations are part of our everyday lives as well as part of the tradition of still life in art. Artists who are diverse in time and place and artistic approach — from Toulouse-Lautrec to Picasso to Long Island’s Cindy Sherman, as well as decorative arts and fashion spanning the 17th to 20th centuries, come together on the menu for this visual feast. 516-484-9337, nassaumuseum.org

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Paintings From the 1970s and 1980s by Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, and David Salle (Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, July 31-Oct. 16). See how three artists representing the generation following the Abstract Expressionists were influenced by their change in location — from Los Angeles to Long Island’s East End — and personal friendships in developing artistic styles that carry on the legacy of the region as a creative community. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

ASPECTS OF MINIMALISM (The Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, Aug. 13-Oct. 10) Leading East End artists in the Minimalism movement — Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter, among others — take over all the galleries of Guild Hall. Many of the works will be on view for the first time. Minimalist art includes monochromatic painting and geometric sculpture or installation, such as Flavin’s works in neon. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

AND KEEP IN MIND . . .

KENNY SCHARF and GLAMOUROUS GRAFFITI (Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor, through July 10) The first major exhibits of so-called street art in Nassau museum history features on the first floor Scharf’s “Cosmic Cavern” black-light installation — take a seat inside — and in the upstairs exhibit artworks by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Crash, among others. 516-484-9337, nassaumuseum.org

RADICAL SEAFARING (Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, through July 24) Expand your artistic horizons to include, among other concepts, a voyage as art — including one of the houseboat rafts that once “crashed” the Venice Biennale. 631-283-2118, parrishart.org

MASTER OF ILLUSION: The Magical Art of Gary Erbe (Hecksher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, through Aug. 28) From the “levitational realism” of his early works to recent paintings that combine trompe l’oeil with Surrealism, Erbe’s art creates the illusion of dynamic motion in its scenes inspired by American pop culture. 631-351-3250, heckscher.org

BUT A STORM IS BLOWING FROM PARADISE: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa (Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., between 88th and 89th streets, Manhattan, through Oct. 5) The third exhibition in Guggenheim’s Global Art Initiative series brings together works by living artists from the region or its sprawling diaspora. 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org

TRANSITIONAL OBJECT (PSYCHOBARN) (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, through Oct. 31) The fourth in a series of commissions created specifically for the Met’s Roof Garden, British artist Cornelia Parker’s installation is inspired by the Norman Bates house from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller “Psycho.” 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

REMBRANDT’S FIRST MASTERPIECE (Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street, Manhattan, June 3-Sept. 18) Completed when he was 23, Rembrandt’s “Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver” is considered his first mature work, demonstrating the qualities that would later define his work. Also see self-portraits by Rembrandt, along with etchings and drawings created at about the time he painted “Judas.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org

STUART DAVIS: IN FULL SWING (Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., Manhattan, June 10-Sept. 25) In his late career, into the 1960s, Davis’ Modernist paintings almost always made reference, often hidden, to his earlier works. To help us detect these hints, the Whitney will hang Davis’ mature works next to the earlier ones that inspired them. 212-570-3600, whitney.org

DADAGLOBE RECONSTRUCTED (Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan, June 12-Sept. 18) More than 100 works created for “Dadaglobe,” Tristan Tzara’s unpublished magnum opus, are reunited in this anthology documenting the avant-garde Dada movement’s international reach with works by 50 artists from 10 countries. 212-708-9400, moma.org

PETER BEARD: LAST WORD FROM PARADISE (Guild Hall Museum, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 18-July 31) The photographer and diarist who calls Long Island and Africa his home has chronicled changing landscapes and threatened species, including rhinos, elephants and crocodiles. His journals, forming multilayered collages, are part of the show along with photo portraits taken in Montauk of the Rolling Stones, Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Onassis and her sister, Lee Radziwill. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org

PRIVATE VIEWING: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, June 19-Sept. 11) The museum’s annual open call exhibit opens with an “IAM Up Late” after-hours event. The artists were invited to “think inside the box” by creating works that are viewed inside a literal box — works that engage only one viewer at a time. 631-224-5402, islipartmuseum.org

WHO SHOT SPORTS: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present (Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., July 15-Jan. 8) Billed as the “most comprehensive presentation of sports photography ever organized,” the exhibit includes 230 images ranging from daguerreotypes to digital prints taken by Richard Avedon, Toni Frissell, Ken Geiger, Walter Iooss Jr., Stanley Kubrick, Edward Muybridge, Leni Reifenstahl, Andy Warhol and many others. 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

— Steve Parks

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