Whitney Museum of American Art | Cutting-Edge Artwork

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The Whitney Museum of American Art, located in the West Village/Meatpacking District, at 99 Gansevoort Street (and Washington Street), is one of the nation’s most important contemporary art museum, and arguably, the most important collection of modern American art in the world. Dedicated to supporting living American artists through acquisitions and exhibits, the Whitney Museum continues to display cutting-edge art of all genres.

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The Whitney Museum was founded in 1931 through the energy and generosity of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor herself. The museum’s initial collection consisted of 700 objects donated by Mrs. Whitney. Interestingly, she originally offered her collection to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. When she was turned down, she opened the Whitney. For the museum’s first twenty years, virtually all of the Whitney Museum’s acquisitions were the result of Mrs. Whitney’s generosity.

Originally housed in a Greenwich Village townhouse, the museum moved twice before settling into the mid-century modern structure designed in 1966 by Marcel Breuer, a member of the Bauhaus school. The 97-foot, 30,000-square foot building is noted for its gray granite exterior, inverted pyramid shape, and seemingly haphazard windows.

The Collection

The Whitney Museum of American Art focuses on American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum houses over 12,000 works in all genres by nearly 2000 artists. Highlights of the collection include a large holding of Alexander Calder’s work, the largest body of his art at any museum in the world. Other features include a large collection of Edward Hopper paintings, left to the museum by the artist’s estate, and substantial holdings of work by Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Keith Haring, and Willem de Kooning. The museum also features a regular schedule of temporary exhibits, usually on topics a bit more avante-garde than are found at the Metropolitan or the MOMA. Recent shows have included American Art in the Age of Technology and The Warhol Look: Glamour Style Fashion.

Visiting the Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, December 25, and New Year’s Day. Admission discounts are offered to seniors, students and visitors with a disability. Admission is free to museum members and to children and teens 18 and under. The museum’s four spacious floors of exhibition space flow easily and provide a light and airy feel to the museum.

Tours of the museum’s highlights are offered periodically throughout the day at no additional charge. The Whitney boasts a seasonal American restaurant called “UNTITLED” with creations by Executive Chef Suzanne Cupps. The restaurant has striking views of the High Line, Hudson River and the NYC skyline. The Whitney offers several programs to help families best enjoy the museum, including special free “family cards” of the museum’s most important pieces, which list the important points about each work, and free sketchbooks for families to make their own interpretations.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is a celebration of this country’s unique artistic style. Bolder and more innovative than the other major New York museums, it’s a must-see for any true art lover.

Location: 99 Gansevoort St, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-570-3600
E-mail: info@whitney.org

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Studio Museum in Harlem | Promoting the Works of Artists of African Descent for 50 Years

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Special Notice – At the time of this post, The Studio Museum’s building at 144 W. 125th Street is closed for construction for their new museum. Studio Museum 127, their temporary exhibition space, is located at 429 West 127th Street between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues. Opening hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 pm.

The Studio Museum in Harlem has been promoting the works of artists of African descent since 1968. The museum features a dynamic schedule of rotating exhibitions that showcase contemporary art by African-American, Caribbean, and African artists.

Located on Harlem’s vibrant 125th Street, this small museum also houses a sculpture garden, a light-filled cafe, and many special events including concerts, walking tours and art programs for kids and families.

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Artist rendering of the new Studio Museum in Harlem

About the Exhibitions and Permanent Collection

This gallery is known for its fresh and exciting exhibits by both local and international black artists working in a variety of mediums from large-scale installations to video art. Highlights of past exhibitions include “Africa Comics” (hand-drawn comic strips from across the African continent) and “Harlem, USA” (works by photographer Dawoud Bey chronicling Harlem in the 1970’s).

The Studio Museum in Harlem often draws from its permanent collection of 19th and 20th century African-American art and artifacts for its exhibits. The permanent collection dates back over 200 years and features over 1,700 works in a broad range of media by more than 400 artists. The museum is particularly renowned for its large collection of works by legendary Harlem Renaissance photographer James VanDerZee.

Artists-in-Residence Program

Each year, The Studio Museum in Harlem showcases the works of their Artists-in-Residence. These three emerging artists are granted a stipend and studio space (hence the museum’s name) for 12 months to create art in their chosen media. During their year in residency, these artists have 24-hour access to studio space located on the third floor of the museum.

The Artists-in-Residence program has launched the careers of many esteemed artists including Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu and portrait painter Kehinde Wiley.

Public Programs and Special Events

The Studio Museum in Harlem offers many engaging programs for adults, students, children and families making it a dynamic cultural hub in the community. Some examples include gallery tours that take a closer look at the museum’s permanent collection, lectures on the influence of African-American art in popular culture and walking tours that examine Harlem architecture. The Studio Museum also offers a variety of art workshops for kids of all ages.

There is also a full calendar of special events at The Studio Museum in Harlem, many of which take place on Sundays when admission is free. Examples of performances include violin concerts by the students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and shows by African drum and dance troupe Sounds of Afrika.

Visiting Studio Museum in Harlem

The Studio Museum in Harlem is located at 144 West 125th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard (7th Avenue).

For more information on hours of operation, current exhibitions and upcoming programs and events, call 212-864-4500 or to visit The Studio Museum in Harlem official website.

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Socrates Sculpture Park | A Unique Open-Air Gallery

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Unlike the MET, you are encouraged to touch the art at the Socrates Sculpture Park. Located in Long Island City, this outdoor sculpture gallery features an expanse of green space scattered with large-scale art installations.

The Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned landfill until the late eighties when it was transformed by a group of community members and artists into the unique open-air gallery it is today. The park also offers many free public programs including outdoor movie nights and art classes.

With its spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline across the East River, the Socrates Sculpture Park is also a great place to simply walk your dog or stroll with your family along the waterfront.

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Art at the Socrates Sculpture Park

The installations at the Socrates Sculpture Park change frequently so no two visits are alike. Typically the park features a collection of contemporary large-scale art and multi-media exhibits. These one-of-a-kind pieces are often interactive, offering visitors a different way to experience art and creating a more accessible environment than at a traditional art gallery.

The Socrates Sculpture Park features an outdoor studio and resident artists who receive grants to develop and display their work onsite, allowing visitors to see sculptures in different phases of development.

Special Events and Activities

The Socrates Sculpture Park is known not only for its eclectic collection of artwork but also for the broad range of free events and activities available throughout the summer season.

The park’s popular outdoor cinema series showcases international films throughout the summer. Moviegoers can spread out a blanket on the grass as the sun sets and enjoy a movie from a different country each week.

Socrates Sculpture Park also presents a schedule of free concerts, plays and performances such as Shakespeare in the Park. There are also art workshops for both kids and adults offered free of charge as well as fun activities such as free kayaking excursions and the free “Kite Flight” where kids learn to build their own kite from recycled materials, and then fly it in the park.

Free Fitness Programs

Yoga and Tai Chi lovers will appreciate the free classes offered at the Socrates Sculpture Park, especially as the classes are held by the park’s picturesque waterfront. The beautiful views of Roosevelt Island and Manhattan’s Upper East Side provide a peaceful, Zen-like setting for relaxation and meditation.

In addition to free yoga and Tai Chi classes, you can also take part in free Pilates classes and Capoeira classes, the Afro-Brazilian martial art which integrates self-defense and dance movements. The fitness classes at Socrates Sculpture Park are suitable for all levels of experience.

Markets in the Park

Each summer Socrates Sculpture Park is home to a Greenmarket Farmers Market where local farmers gather to sell their farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. The park also features a Makers Market where artisans offer handmade items including jewelry, furniture and ceramics.

Visiting the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York

The Socrates Sculpture Park is located in Long Island City, Queens, New York at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard across from the Noguchi Museum.

The park is open year round and admission is free. For hours of operation or more information on the programs, classes and current exhibition schedule call 718-956-1819 or visit Socrates Sculpture Park official website.

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