Cultural Arts Articles
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.
The Onassis Cultural Center Presents Black Frames: A Contradiction of Emotions
A newly commissioned work will soon be arriving at the Onassis Cultural Center, so mark your calendars for March 9. Black Frames, a mixed media work by artist Jannis Varelas, will be put on display to act as a counterpoint to the exhibition, A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC–200 AD. Completely free and open to the public, the Onassis Cultural Center should be on every NYC visitor’s bucket list.
What to See During NYC's Asia Week (3/9-3/18/17)
Mark your calendars for March 9th through March 18th, when Asia Week takes over New York City to celebrate culture and artworks from every Asian culture. Dealers, auction houses, museums, and institutions open their doors for the much-anticipated event, both educating the public and providing opportunities to purchase some of the most coveted of Asian artworks. Check out our top five “to dos” during Asia Week below.
What to See at NYC's Museum of Jewish Heritage
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is one of New York City’s most intriguing museums, holding essential elements of recent Jewish history within its walls. Highlighted below are four of the museum’s must-see exhibitions for early 2017 (two permanent and two temporary). If you find yourself in lower Manhattan, be sure to stop by the Museum of Jewish Heritage and take in its many stories of the Jewish people and their history.
NYC's Winter Museum Must-Sees
When it comes to culture, New York is hard to beat. From art to history to literature, the city’s institutions are packed with exhibits that gather together the treasures of the world. Check out these intriguing shows coming up for winter, 2017.
What to See at the Met Opera
The Metropolitan Opera was originally founded in 1883, and to this day it remains a vibrant home for many of the world’s most talented singers, designers, and conductors. The 2016-2017 season has quite the lineup of operas, ranging from Carmen to Tristan and Isolde. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed when trying to decide which show to get tickets for, you’re in luck. Rounded up below are our top five picks for the Met Opera’s winter-spring 2017 operas.
Indelible Marks: Tattooed New York at the New-York Historical Society
Tattoos are an intimate means of expressing one’s identity and experiences. First seen in North America in the early 1700s on Iriquois Indians, the popularity of tattoos in New York increased over the next three centuries, with artists establishing shops in the Bowery and Coney Island. The New-York Historical Society’s Tattooed New York chronicles the origins of tattoos from early Native American body art to being gradually embraced by sailors, women, and high society personalities, on through the city's current tattoo renaissance.
Spring Preview: Fashion Takes the Lead at the Museum of Arts and Design
The Museum of Arts and Design is promising a thrilling spring lineup of exhibitions that will focus in on the past, present, and future of fashion in 2017. You’re invited to see it all. If you find yourself in New York City between the months of March and August, be sure to stop by and check out any and all of these three engaging exhibits.
What to See at New York City Center
Since 1943, New York City Center has been a major venue for the performing arts offering music, theater and dance in midtown NYC. 2017 will be no exception to the exceptional programming, with a group of wonderful performers and performances coming up this winter and spring. Read on for our rundown of the best shows coming to City Center.
I'm Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson
Visitors to the Morgan Library and Museum can now get a rare insight into the life of one of literature’s most enigmatic poets: Emily Dickinson. The museum’s upcoming exhibition I’m Nobody! Who Are You? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, which opened January 20, is the the most ambition exhibition on the iconic poet to date.
Richard Gilder Center: A Major Expansion for the Natural History Museum
Recently greenlit by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Manhattan Community Board 7, The American Museum of Natural History is moving forward with plans for a $340 million expansion/reconfiguring that will include the creation of the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. The goal of a 2020 opening coincides with the Museum’s 150th anniversary. Fundraising efforts have already seen more than $277 million raised.
5 NYC Museums You Didn't Know About
Nothing against New York's major museums, but if you've "been there and done that" you may , you might be looking for what else NYC has to offer. Listed below are five museums in the city that we bet you didn’t know about. From The New York City Transit Museum to the Museum of Sex, these five museums will have you feeling like a local… and an educated one at that!
Perfect Harmony: NYC's Chorus Groups
Choral performances give each singer a way to participate in an activity that involves them artistically, builds community, and results in a musical product of great beauty. Choral singing is incredibly popular, and nowhere more so than in New York, where there are many opportunities to hear choral groups performing varied styles all year round.
The Met Opera’s Doors Are Now Open to the Public (Even If You Don’t Have a Ticket!)
The Metropolitan Opera House is one of New York City’s most beloved venues. Its magnificent architecture and design have made its façade as iconic as the renowned opera performances that take place within its walls.
Tea for Two (and More) with Sebastian Beckwith at the Guggenheim
In the late 1980s, when Sebastian Beckwith was a trekking guide in Bhutan and northern India, he fell in love with tea. Not long after, he and a few colleagues founded In Pursuit of Tea, a company developed to encourage knowledge of tea.
What to See and Do at the China Institute This Winter
Winter makes for the perfect time to begin exploring NYC museums. With the dropping temperatures and snowy forecasts taking over the streets of the city, what better season is there to check out Manhattan’s greatest indoor treasures? Highlighted below are three of China Institute’s coolest events and exhibitions that will be coming into fruition this winter season, so if you’re looking for a place to start your museum-hopping during the months of January, February, and March, you needn’t look any further.
Two New Exhibits Celebrate Muhammad Ali at N-YHS
Now on display at the New-York Historical Society are two revealing new exhibits—Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing and "I Am The King of the World"—Photographs of Muhammad Ali by George Kalinsky. The complementary exhibits, one by a watercolor painter/sketch artist and one by a Madison Square Garden photographer, offer an intimate perspective of the heavyweight boxing champion's trailblazing career.
The Best Alternative Holiday Shows in NYC
Face it—we all love The Nutcracker and The Rockettes, but sometimes during the holidays, it’s nice to branch out. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some alternative holiday entertainment in New York City. We’re not suggesting you forego the classics, just add on to them with these special holiday shows.