Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion at The Mint Museum, is recently back from New York City where she discovered an abundance of excellent museum and gallery exhibitions happening this summer. Here are Annie's Top 4 Can't Miss Opportunities if you find yourself in the Big Apple over the next few months!

1. Sean Kelly presents Ravelled Threads, a thematic exhibition of recent work by ten artists from Africa who utilize fabric to create works of art. Learn more at, http://artdaily.com/news/105538/Sean-Kelly-opens-exhibition-of-recent-work-by-ten-artists-from-Africa-who-utilize-fabric-to-create-works-of-art#.Wzo-TC2ZOu5


2. R & Company (http://www.r-and-company.com) represent a distinguished group of 20th and 21st century designers, whose work is among the most innovative a finely crafted of their time. Don't miss their new gallery space!


3. Run, don't walk, to see the AMBOS project exhibition with amazing work by Tanya Aguiniga at MAD, Heavenly Bodies at the Met (and their Cloisters branch), and two killer shows at the Cooper Hewitt, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision and Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.


4. FInally, don't skip a visit to the Heller Gallery (http://www.hellergallery.com) to view current exhibitions by Amber Cowan, Sibylle Peretti, Charlote Potter and April Surgent.