Cultural Arts Articles
The Sounds of Silence: Say 'Om' at the Rubin Museum of Art
Longing for peace both inner and outer as a break from the noisy delights of New York City? Say om and transport yourself to the just-opened World is Sound exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art. The program extends throughout every corner of the beautiful museum space—even the ladies’ room is imbued with sound—and the entire experience is calm and relaxing while also being stimulating.
Over There: WWI Beyond the Trenches Opens at New-York Historical Society
For a beautifully curated, sensitive, and informative exhibition, take yourself to World War I Beyond the Trenches at the New-York Historical Society, running until September 3, 2017. The show encompasses paintings, posters, sculpture, photographs, and even sheet music, which together reveal how artists worked to depict, promote, or oppose the conflict. I
Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity at China Institute
New Yorkers have the opportunity to gain a unique insight into ancient China this summer thanks to Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity: Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou at the China Institute Gallery. This new exhibition gives visitors a glimpse of rare treasures from Chinese history, unearthing some of the objects its residents treasured the most.
The Muppets Take Queens: Jim Henson Exhibition to Move in at MoMI
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights—and, now, it’s time to meet the Muppets at the Museum of the Moving Image. The Queens museum announced this week that it will open a permanent exhibition on legendary puppeteer Jim Henson on July 22.
Expand Your Dance Horizons with the Joyce Theater This Summer
New York City is home to some of the best dance performances in the world—and one of the best places to see them is the Joyce Theater. This summer, dance lovers can head to this Chelsea spot to expand their dance horizons, thanks to a packed slate of world-renowned ballet and contemporary performances from around the country.
NYC’s Best 5 Outdoor Movie Screenings for Summer
Outdoor movie screenings take over the city during the summer, and you’ll find them in almost every borough of New York City. Check out our top five picks for 2017 outdoor movie screenings below, ranging from beachfront flicks to movies on the pier.
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at MoMA
Cardboard boxes and gauzy Indian silks, crumpled stop signs and stuffed goats: There was nothing Robert Rauschenberg couldn’t use to make art, as a new show at The Museum of Modern Art makes clear. The first major retrospective since the artist’s death in 2008, according to the museum, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends takes you on a mind-boggling trip across the master of mixed media’s career, celebrating both the variety of his work and the diversity of his interests – and influences.
What to See at the Guggenheim This Summer
When the sweltering heat has you wanting to escape the New York streets this summer, spend some time inside the air-conditioned walls of the Guggenheim. This NYC treasure is filled with a diverse range of artworks, making it the perfect place to spend an entire June, July, or August day. Don't miss special exhibitions covering everything from Jackson Pollock to Constantin Brancusi to the birth of the modern Guggenheim itself. Learn, explore, and be inspired!
These Are the Drones You're Looking For: Celebrating Pilotless Flight at Intrepid
Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?, now open at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, is the first ever major museum exhibition in the United States to explore the ever-growing industry of pilotless aircraft, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The Museum of Arts and Design Debuts 'fashion after Fashion'
From Madison Avenue to The Met, there’s no shortage of stunning fashions in New York City. But for those who want to think about fashion beyond bold visuals or high style, the Museum of Arts and Design is offering a fascinating look at processes through the new exhibition fashion after Fashion.
Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons at the Met Costume Institute
Rei Kawakubo, the founder of the Comme des Garçons brand, does clothes—or “objects for the body” as she’s called them—that are original, unconventional (to put it mildly), and weird (to put it bluntly). Incredibly shaped, fantastically constructed—or deconstructed—and category-defying, her creations make jaded fashion writers rave, ordinary folk go “huh?”, and curators like the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton say “belong in an art museum.”
Culture Hacks: NYC's Enhanced Museum Experiences You Don't Want to Miss
New York City is chock-full of museums, but sometimes it’s difficult to navigate them all without feeling totally overwhelmed. Want a solution? You’ll find it in any one of these five museum hacks. From Harry Potter-inspired tours to an interactive reenactment with tenants of an 1800s-apartment building, these enhanced museum experiences will keep you fascinated while they educate and entertain.
Spectacular Tiffany Lamps Light the Way: New-York Historical Society's Fourth Floor Renovation
I always love it when a grand old institution embraces innovation. And the New-York Historical Society—one of the town’s grandest and oldest, as its quaint name suggests—is taking a progressive approach with its permanent collection.
Blues and Jazz in New York City This Week Apr 23-Apr 30
Music fans in NYC can find all the latest blues and jazz shows and performances in City Guide's calendar. With newer venues like Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola joined by world-famous classics like the Village Vanguard and Birdland, you'll find jazz from hard bop to progressive. The blues also live in NYC, at great spots like B.B. King's Blues Club and Grill and Terra Blues. Read on for the best in live blues and jazz coming up this week in New York City.
Cooper Hewitt: “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”
From flapper fashion to the Art Deco skyscrapers that still dot the New York skyline, the 1920s was one of the most seminal periods for American art and design. Visitors to New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum can celebrate the aesthetics of this groundbreaking era at The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, opened April 7th.
CHIHULY Glass Exhibit Illuminates the New York Botanical Garden
CHIHULY, a new exhibition of nearly two dozen installations, plus myriad hand glassblown pieces and drawings by renowned American abstract glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, opens at New York Botanical Garden April 22.
Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction at MoMA
Every day, New Yorkers and visitors alike flock to the Museum of Modern Art to see some of the most famed pieces of art in the world, from Van Gogh's Starry Night to Monet’s Water Lilies. This spring, visitors have some new—distinctly female—artworks to discover for the first time, thanks to MoMA’s current exhibition Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction.
Sold! The Best of NYC Auction Houses
If you’re in the market for something unique or want to see interesting things, a visit to one of New York’s auction houses is in order. These galleries have free showings before the auction, where you can view what will go under the hammer—especially fun if the goods belonged to a famous person. Some NYC auction houses are very elite, others less so, but either way don’t be intimidated. Auction houses exist to show and sell goods and your money (or eyeballs) are as good as anyone’s.
5 Great Spots to Take a First Date in NYC
Picking the perfect spot for a first date can be tricky, especially in a city with as many possibilities as NYC. Do you want the space to be quiet and intimate? Are you looking for a more exciting and rowdy environment? No matter what type of experience you’re after, these five first date spots listed below should fit the bill. From a karaoke bar to a cinema that plays cult classics, take your New York date somewhere creative next time around.
Treasures From the Nationalmuseum of Sweden Come to the Morgan Library
Considered one of New York City’s greatest treasures, the Morgan Library & Museum showcases manuscripts, art, history, and architecture, and through May 14th, Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin. An extraordinary group of more than 75 masterpieces are on display while Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution is undergoing a major refurbishment.
What to See at Juilliard This Spring
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education, training gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world. Being accepted at Juilliard is a huge step in a performer's career, and a visitor to New York can experience the talent by paying a visit to one of the school's active theatres.
NYC's Museum of Chinese in America Gets a Little Sour, Sweet, Bitter, and Spicy
Mission Chinese Food, Xi’an Famous Foods, P.F. Chang’s, Fung Tu, and Mandarin Restaurant…these are some of the most beloved and influential Chinese restaurants across America, a country that’s just beginning to acquire a Chinese “food voice.” Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America, the latest exhibit at downtown New York's Museum of Chinese in America, features the founding chefs from all of these culinary heavyweights, incorporating their stories into a narrative that includes the sharing of dishes and the integration of Chinese culture in America.
Founding Mothers: 'Saving Washington' at New-York Historical Society
While most historical accounts of the Revolutionary Era focus on the Founding Fathers, the New-York Historical Society is turning its attention to an oft-forgotten group: women. The museum is kicking off its new Center for Women’s History, which officially opens in late April, with Saving Washington, an exhibition exploring the impact women made in America’s earliest years.
NYC for Chocolate Lovers
If you’ve got a craving for chocolate, nothing else will do. Fortunately, if you’re headed to NYC, there are plenty of havens for chocolate lovers spread out around the entire city. Rounded up below are our top five picks for chocolate fans, ranging from a Jacques Torres Chocolate Museum in his Manhattan chocolate factory to a Brooklyn Chocolate Tour that takes you through some of Brooklyn’s most up and coming neighborhoods. Enjoy!
The Chill Apple: A New York State of Relaxation
"Chill" and "NYC" aren't two words you normally think of together, but it is possible to relax in New York. Even locals get in on that action—with schedules packed and so many places to go and things to do in New York, it’s no wonder that many are yearning to slow down and reconnect.