Cultural Arts Articles
'Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now' Opens at the Guggenheim
Few people will doubt the ability of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe to shock an audience. More may be surprised by his ability to elicit a kind of hushed awe. Mapplethorpe, who died 30 years ago of complications from AIDS, is the subject of Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, a two-part retrospective at The Guggenheim. Mapplethorpe, who died 30 years ago of complications from AIDS, is the subject of Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, a two-part retrospective at the Guggenheim.
Celebrate Women's History Month 2019 in NYC
March is Women’s History Month, celebrated nationwide since 1987, which gives us a perfect excuse to highlight some of New York’s most innovative ladies. Below, find food, art, design, film, and comedy made by and about women. Some events occur exclusively in March, while other offerings—recurring comedy shows, restaurants, the Badass Bitches tour of the Met—can be enjoyed all year long.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Opens at Morgan Library
The Morgan Library & Museum in NYC presents 100+ original works by one of the world's most beloved authors, JRR Tolkien, in the exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, open January 25-May 12, 2019. The exhibit is in collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. It's the first time this exhibit is being shown in the United States.
Shades of Brilliance: Tiffany Glass at The Neustadt Collection and Queens Museum
The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, located in Long Island City, Queens, seeks to preserve Louis C. Tiffany’s contribution to American design and innovation. Tiffany’s distinctive glass lamps and over 250,000 pieces of glass, collected at Neustadt, are open to the public for the first time ever! Twice a month, come experience an intimate, guided tour of the Tiffany Glass Archive, just a short ride from Grand Central.
Where to Find Culture and Cocktails in NYC
After a leisurely afternoon of browsing artwork, unwind with a cocktail or glass of bubbly at one of Manhattan’s chic museum restaurants, lounges, or bars, including Morgan Library, Museum of Art & Design, The Neue Galerie, and more.
Winter Dance Performances in NYC
The weather outside may be chilly, but things will be heating up this winter inside New York City’s theaters, as dancers and choreographers in all genres perform world-class work on the city’s stages. From classic Nutcracker productions to cutting-edge modern dance works, here are the winter dance performances that should be on your radar.
Now Open! KGB Spy Museum in NYC
Brand new to Manhattan, the KGB Spy Museum takes you deep into the world of Soviet espionage from the early 20th century to today. Located on West 14th Street, this museum exposes kids and adults to the secretive technologies that make spying possible, like cryptology machines, tiny recording devices, and poisonous umbrellas (you read that right!). You’ll also find out how the covert work of intelligence agents has shaped the world and influenced our public fears of Russia, a country still prominent in the American imagination today.
Tickets on Sale for Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at Brooklyn Museum
Opening February 8, 2019, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will present the art and artifacts of the renowned Mexican painter at the Brooklyn Museum. Tickets are on sale now.
Festive Fun at 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer in NYC
Flatiron is getting a lot more fun this holiday season, as the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership hosts 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer. Each day from December 1 to 23, local businesses are celebrating the holidays with a series of giveaways, free walking tours, free fitness classes, performances, and an interactive art installation on Flatiron Plaza.
What to See this Winter at the Museum of Arts and Design
Conveniently located along Columbus Circle, the Museum of Arts and Design (or MAD) presents works of art and craft like chairs, vases, fabric, and jewelry. Come to the museum this winter for exciting new works that will stir the senses and spin sensational stories (but fair warning: some are fake news).
Met Costume Institute Readies "Camp: Notes on Fashion" for 2019
While the Met’s vast collection is renowned throughout the art world, few of its exhibitions are as hotly anticipated as the museum’s annual Costume Institute exhibition. The annual display, which also serves as the theme of the annual Met Ball, will return this May with Camp: Notes on Fashion, a stylish exploration of the camp aesthetic.
A Dazzling New Finale for the 2018 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes been lighting up Radio City Music Hall since 1933. To this day, Santa and the legendary dancing troupe, the Rockettes, entertain, engage, and inspire families from around the world each holiday season. By New Year's Day 2019, over a million people will have seen the show during this season alone!
Get Some Class: Offbeat Classes and Workshops in NYC
When you take a class in New York, adventure, surprise, and a new obsession can all be yours. These eight unique classes offered throughout the city will help you self improve—and they also make a fun date night! Learn how to pair wines and cheeses, frame an Instagrammable photo, fly on a trapeze, and do yoga naked (it’s a thing).
It's Alive! Frankenstein at 200 | The Morgan Library & Museum
An enjoyable exhibition at the Morgan Library, “It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200,” pairs the academic and the Gothic; the backstory and the popular interpretations.
Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy Opens at The Met Breuer
The exhibit “Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy” at The Met Breuer begins with a look at artists who adhere, more or less, to the straight and narrow--at least in terms of their approach. These artists use their works to focus, for instance, on the shell corporations set up by what was New York’s largest private landlord, to the vast web that drew into it arms dealers, businessmen and politicians.
Why You Should Visit Brooklyn's Art Deco Masterpiece Kings Theatre
Located in the Flatbush neighborhood of central Brooklyn, Kings Theatre was built to be a “wonder theatre” in 1929. It was modeled on the ornate Palace of Versailles and inspires oohs and aahs immediately when you enter the high-ceilinged lobby. After being shuttered for decades, Kings has made its glorious return, hosting fantastic music, theater, dance, and other performances.
R.H. Quaytman: + x, Chapter 34 Opens at the Guggenheim
The new exhibition R.H. Quaytman: + x, Chapter 34 at the Guggenheim Museum sees a contemporary artist responding to a historical one. Your trip up the museum’s winding ramp will introduce you to a forgotten historical figure, Hilma af Klint, who pioneered modernist painting, in the exhibition Paintings for the Future. At the top of the rotunda, find R.H. Quaytman’s response to af Klint’s work with a new series of paintings.
Mystical Modernism: Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim Museum NYC
Discover Hilma af Klint, a woman before her time, at the new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibit Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, opening October 12.
Celebrate Architecture at Open House New York Weekend
To see special spaces that make New York the fascinating place it is, join the 16th annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. This year’s celebration of architecture and urban design takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12-14, 2018.
Wingardium Leviosa! Harry Potter: A History of Magic Opens
What with Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Off-Broadway parody Puffs, the November opening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and now Harry Potter: A History of Magic, the much-anticipated exhibit at the New-York Historical Society that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, anyone who's wild about Harry has no shortage of options.
The Best Cooking Classes in NYC
New York boasts endless restaurants, so it also boasts an endless amount of chefs. Cooking classes in New York give you access to experienced and helpful kitchen pros who can teach you the basics of knife-wielding, animal butchery, making pasta from scratch, and even shopping for groceries. Take a date, a friend, or a group to one of these phenomenal cooking classes, offered throughout the year and fueled by a love of food.
What to See During the 2018-19 Met Opera Season
The beauty of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-2019 calendar is not only that it’s flush with new productions, repertory favorites, and a charmed circle of performers, its new Music Director—Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin—is assuming his new post two-seasons ahead of schedule.
Why You Should Visit the Rubin Museum of Art
While you’re exploring the galleries in Chelsea, take time to relax at the Rubin Museum of Art, a uniquely meditative look at the art of the Himalayan region. At the Rubin, you’ll walk a spiral staircase to a wondrous six floors of galleries housed in the former site of the department store Barneys.
2018 DUMBO Dance Festival Preview
Arts lovers wanting to check out a variety of dance companies this fall—without breaking the bank—should head over the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo, where the DUMBO Dance Festival will be spotlighting work by 70 companies this October in its four-day festival.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Brooklyn Museum
Proponents of Black Power had no better advocates than the artists among their ranks. Painters, sculptors, and performance artists rose up during this era to make protest art that spoke to the black experience in America and critiqued the white establishment that resisted them. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum features over 150 works of art inspired by this vital sociopolitical movement.