10 Art Exhibitions to Check Out in 2011

If the seemingly endless barrage of lists telling you what was so great, so horrible, so whatever, in 2010 have started to bum you out, fear not! We’ve entered a new year, which means it’s all about looking forward to what’s up and coming — namely, a host of awesome exhibitions, from the haute-couture looks of the late great Alexander McQueen to the gory yet hypnotic work of Hermann Nitsch. So why not celebrate the new year with some new art (and, if you’re lucky, a new perspective!), and check out ten must-see shows after the jump.

MoMA: Staging Action: Performance in Photography Since 1960
January 28 – May 9, 2011

Rong Rong. East Village, Beijing, No. 81. 1994. Gelatin silver print. 21 3/16 x 13 1/8″ (53.8 x 33.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Peter and Susan MacGill. © 2010 Rong Rong

While we’re not sure it can compare to witnessing the tear-inducing antics of Marina Abramović live, one of the more conceptually interesting upcoming exhibitions at the MoMA is a collection of performance art photography that captures something that some art critics would say is impossible to grasp — the act of performance. The work included, made expressly for the camera as opposed to an audience, is pulled from a range artists, from “pioneers” like Ana Mendieta and Bruce Nauman to Ai Weiwei, Matthew Barney, and Lorna Simpson.