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Judy Chicago’s earliest work is just one of many incredible exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. / Image: brooklynmuseum via Instagram

Summer is always the perfect time to really slow down, enjoy the longer days, and make time to experience all that NYC has to offer. There are plenty of outdoor cultural happenings taking place this season; from the Highline to Socrates Sculpture Park, there is no shortage of artsy outdoor attractions. And if you need an excuse to peruse the newest indoor exhibitions of your favorite museums, look no further than the Brooklyn Museum.

Make sure not to miss these highly anticipated summer exhibitions taking place at the Brooklyn Museum:

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

As one of China’s most prolific contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum delivers an expansive array of the artist’s provocative work, spanning more than twenty years. According to the museum, “Ai Weiwei: According to What? Explores universal topics of culture, history, politics, and tradition, showcasing the artist’s remarkably interdisciplinary career as a photographer, sculpture, architect and activist.” On display through August 10th, 2014.

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A young Ai Weiwei in Brooklyn. Image: brooklynmuseum via Instagram

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands

In addition to her works inspired by Hurricane Sandy on display in this impressive survey, Swoon’s massive site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum makes Submerged Motherlands an exhibition not to be missed. Texture, deeply meaningful content, and intricate details are just a few elements of Submerged Motherlands that speak to the artist’s immense talent and unique artistic style. On display until August 24th, 2014.

Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74

This deeply feminist display of Judy Chicago’s early work is one of the greatest cultural treasures to behold at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. According to the museum, “Before making her widely known and iconic feminist work of the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond, Judy Chicago explored painting, sculpture, and environmental performance, often using innovative industrial techniques and materials, including auto body painting and pyrotechnics,” of what one can expect to find at Chicago in L.A. This survey focuses on Chicago’s less-familiar but still incredibly influential early work, and further solidifies the artist’s place as a pioneer in California’s art scene. On display through September 28th, 2014.

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