1. The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave New York
By now, it seems like everyone's taken their significant others to the top of a skyscraper for a view of the city lights. This summer, take it to the next level by heading to the Met to gaze at more than just the skyline. This summer Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi's installation decorates the floor of the museum's rooftop. Mimicking the style of miniaturists who worked for the Mughal court centuries ago, Qureshi has splattered red paint on the Met's 8,000-square-foot terrace so that it resembles the site of a bloodbath. The work is strangely eerie and beautiful at the same time. Qureshi has manipulated the paint with white and red strokes, creating patterns like large blossoms, shrubbery, and bird feathers—motifs commonly found in Indian and Persian miniature paintings.