Labor Day is fast approaching, but tell that to the weatherman: There’s still plenty of heat and humidity to get through before then. Why not take five and cool off at these art exhibits?
(1) DEEP FREEZE A snowman, says artist Peter Fischli, is “a sculpture that almost anyone can make.” However, maintaining the figure’s composure year-round, especially during summer, requires artistic imagination aided by technology. Take Fischli and his collaborator David Weiss’ artwork, “Snowman.” It chills in a glass-enclosed freezer in the Museum of Modern Art’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. | 11 W. 53rd St., 212.708.9400
(2) PAJAMA PARTY For artists Paul Cadmus, Jared French and Margaret French, Jared’s wife—known collectively as PaJaMa—summer in the 1940s and early 1950s was an idyllic season, which they captured in black-and-white photographs of friends and lovers posing on the sun-kissed, sandy beaches of Massachusetts’ Nantucket Island and New York’s Fire Island. Dozens of these realistic, yet dreamlike and often erotic prints are in the exhibition, “PaJaMa: Magic Realism,” at the Keith de Lellis Gallery. | 41 E. 57th St., Ste. 703, 212.327.1482, thru Aug. 10