Cultural Arts Articles
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.
Get Your LOOT: Jewelry as an Art Form at NYC's Museum of Arts and Design
The Museum of Arts and Design will be hosting their annual LOOT: MAD About Jewelry exhibit and shopping experience this April, and it’s sure to be one for the books. LOOT presents visitors with the opportunity to eyeball some of the most innovative pieces of jewelry from around the globe, and better yet, all of the jewelry on display is available for purchase if something special captures your attention. One of New York City’s most unique museum experiences, you won’t want to miss out on LOOT 2017, running from April 4th through April 8th at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Under-the-Radar Museum Exhibits This Spring in NYC
New York City has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to museums. From the Met to the 9/11 Memorial, there is no shortage of expertly curated culture and history—but there are also intense crowds to contend with at these popular destinations. If you’re looking for more personal space in your museum experience, or just in the mood for something off the beaten path, head to one of the museums on this list! These institutions are responding to the tumult of the times with exhibitions about the U.S./Mexico border, the Women’s March, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Holocaust remembrance. Check out these world-class museums this spring!
Museum of Arts and Design: Counter-Couture Exhibition
The 1960s and 70s in America were a time of great upheaval, as the country faced the Vietnam War, Watergate, and fought for civil rights. Through this struggle, however, great art was born, as members of the flourishing counterculture movement used clothing and art to express their identities and fight for change. These fashions are now the subject of Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, a new exhibition on display at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Psychiatric Art: American Folk Art Museum's Upcoming Exhibitions
The American Folk Art Museum will be ushering in two new exhibitions this spring and summer, both of which come from artists whose works were entirely created in psychiatric hospitals. Carlo Zinelli (1916 -1974) and Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible explore the work of two phenomenal artists who didn’t begin painting until late into their adult lives, and the creations that came from their stays in psychiatric hospitals are some of the most captivating artworks to have ever been displayed in the American Folk Art Museum.
Marching On: How to Celebrate Women's History Month in NYC
March officially marks Women’s History Month, and what better way to spend your time in the city than by checking out some of New York’s coolest women-centric events, screenings, and tours? Rounded up below are our top five picks for how to celebrate Women’s History Month in NYC, from painting your own Frida inspired self-portrait to photographing all of Central Park’s iconic female statues.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum
Long before she was an icon of the Southwest, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe was a New Yorker. She lived in NYC for three decades on her way to establishing herself as “The Mother of American Modernism.” Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, now open at the Brooklyn Museum, shows off this artistic mastery with a fresh angle: O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, which both reflected and furthered her Modernist identity.
Coming Soon! Center for Women's History at the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society will be opening the Center for Women, the country’s first public exhibition and educational center dedicated to women’s history, in April 2017. The soon-to-be-opened Center for Women will be located on New-York Historical Society’s fourth floor and will combine permanent exhibitions with temporary exhibitions that explore how women brought about change long before they even had access to voting.
The Brooklyn Museum: A World-Class Home for Culture
If Brooklyn was a city on its own and not a borough of NYC, it would be the fourth largest metropolis in the U.S. (and closing in fast on Chicago for third place). Brooklyn has become a tourist destination to rival Manhattan, complete with its own world-class institution: the Brooklyn Museum. Just 20 minutes from Manhattan you’ll find a priceless collection that will surprise you with its range, from ancient Egypt to European masterpieces to a feast of decorative art.