1. Tomas Saraceno, Cloud City on the Metropolitan Museum of Art roof, through Nov 4
Argentine artist Tomas Saracenos rooftop installation is in turns exhilarating and disorienting as his mirrored stainless steel modular forms reflect the strong summer sun along with views of Central Park and the city.
2. Ellsworth Kelly, Plant Drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, through Sept 3
Outline drawings of plants from poppy flowers to gingko leaves, 1948 to the present, shed light on this 20th century masters abstract iconography.
3. Painting in Space at Luhring Augustine Gallery, through August 17
A giant aluminum hanger dangling from a beam at the center of the gallery by Mark Handforth and a day-glo orange carpet leading to a sculpture involving a trash can by Rachel Harrison make Luhring Augustines summer group show (which doubles as a fundraiser for Bard Colleges Center for Curatorial Studies) one of Chelseas most eye-popping.
4. Its Always Summer on the Inside at Anton Kern Gallery, through August 24
Matthew Monahans tantric-looking character, Coke signage emblazoned with the word blood by Mark Flood, and a dark Batman painting by Joyce Pensato contribute to this shows less-than-cheery atmosphere but offer appealing psychological intensity.
5. Lizzi Bougatsos, Michael, DeLucia, Lizzi Fitch, David Gilbert, Robert Overby, Andra Ursuta at Andrea Rosen Gallery, through August 21
Themes seem to have gone out the window for this summers round of group shows, but these six artists share a grungy experimental vibe, from Robert Overbys 1971 latex cast of a wall of an abandoned building to Michael Delucias router carved, Minimal wooden sculptures from this year.
Merrily Kerr, who runs New York Art Tours, presents this list as a monthly feature for the benefit of our New York-area readers interested in the intersection between faith and contemporary art.