Andy Warhol, Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse are three starry names at fall exhibits and museums. Photo series on Chinese immigrants and black artists as activists add intensity to the autumn mix.
Sept.17-Jan. 6 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.; metmuseum.org; suggested adult admission: $25
C'est magnifique! The restless and bold imagination of 19th century painter Eugene Delacroix set the standard for subsequent French painters. Covering four decades and more than 150 works, this first comprehensive retrospective of the artist in North America is a joint project with the Louvre.
Eddie Martinez: White Outs
Nov. 14-Feb.17 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx; bronxmuseum.org; free
Brooklyn artist Eddie Martinez is known for abstract works and silk screens. In this collection, he introduces a new series in which he covers up or “whites out” portions of his paintings to explore resistance and destruction.
Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers
Oct. 26-March 24 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd Street, firstname.lastname@example.org; suggested adult admission: $18
Three photographers take you behind closed doors in the Chinese community. Thomas Holton chronicles a single family of five over 15 years; Amy Ling focuses on "invisible immigrants" living at 81 Bowery, and Rong Xu explores the polarizing nature of Chinese-American identity.
Sara Lucas: Au Naturel
Sept. 26-Jan. 20 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery; newmuseum.org; adult admission: $18; seniors: $15
Sara Lucas rose from the ranks of the YBAs — Young British Artists — in the 1980s to become one of the U.K.'s most celebrated art stars. Her current themes of gender, sexuality and identity couldn’t be more timely or provocative. She explores them using found objects, such as cigarettes, vegetables and stockings.
Oct. 4 through December at Staten Island Arts, 23 Navy Pier Court; transcendentalists.org; free
Individuals, groups and folk artists who are saving our region's maritime heritage and waterfront treasures are recognized with historic and contemporary photographs and curated audio pieces.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Sept. 14-Feb. 3 at Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway; brooklyn-museum,org; suggested admission, adults: $25, student: $10
This collection charts the highly charged years between 1963 and 1983 as seen through the eyes of more than 60 black artists responding to unacceptable social conditions and political activism.
Andy Warhol — From A to B and Back Again
Nov. 12-Mar 31 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., Manhattan; Whitney.org; adults: $25, seniors: $18, 18 and under: free
His 15 minutes of fame will never expire. More than 350 works make up this major retrospective that spans Warhol’s entire career from illustrator to pop icon. The exhibit draws on new materials and research since this American original’s death in 1987 to shed new light on the Warhol legend.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
Oct. 5-Jan. 27 at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West; nyhistorical, org; adults: $20
Call it Hogwarts in New York City. Learn how to cast a spell and ward off dragons at this new interactive exhibition for all ages from the British Library. The show includes original drafts, illustrations and cover art from author J.K. Rowling’s famous book series, plus items from her personal collection.
Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
Nov. 8-Feb. 10 at 60 10th Ave., Manhattan; Disney.com; admission: $38
This popup show in Chelsea celebrates all things Mickey Mouse as he turns the big 9-0. Archival treasures and multimedia installation reveal the animated icon’s global impact on art and pop culture.
Sept. 26-Jan. 20 at the Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens; noguchi.org; adults: $10, seniors: $5