Please Don’t Touch the Art
New York City has some of the best museums in the world. From the art on the walls to the architecture that houses it, there is no shortage of visual stimulation. Here is a handy little guide to some of the best museums in the city, including what will be on display at the same time as Superfine! NYC, plus the best way to gain access…
The Met, The Met Breuer, The Met Cloisters
Let’s get these three out of the way right off the bat. If you haven’t been to all three, then you’re not a real New Yorker. Sorry. These are the grandparents of all the museums in the city, with The Met housing the main collection, The Met Breuer housing the modern collection, and The Met Cloisters housing European medieval art. During Superfine! NYC, there aren’t really any major marquee exhibits taking place at these locations, but each museum’s permanent collection is always worth a trip. Admission to each location is “pay what you wish,” with suggested donations posted. The highly publicized Met Gala will take place on May 6th (the day after Superfine! NYC closes) and it will usher in The Costume Institute’s latest exhibit, Camp: Notes on Fashion, open to the public on May 9th.
The Frick Collection
Housed in an opulent mansion on the Upper East Side, The Frick Collection showcases art previously owned by industrialist, Henry Clay Frick. This museum is literally someone’s former home, so going there is a really unique experience. You’re definitely going to want to push the buttons lining the walls in each of the rooms that Frick used to call his staff. During Superfine! NYC, the main exhibit is Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture. Every Wednesday, 2pm – 6pm is “pay what you wish,” and on Friday, May 3rdfrom 6pm – 9pm, admission to the museum is free.
The Morgan Library & Museum
What? You’ve never heard of this place? That’s okay. It’s one of NYC’s best hidden gems. When you’re a giant business tycoon like J.P. Morgan, you need an astonishingly large library like this to house all of your books and art. This place does not disappoint. Admission to The Morgan Library & Museum is free on Friday’s, 7pm – 9pm and there is a quaint little wine bar that occasionally has live jazz. During Superfine! NYC, the main exhibit is, Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, showcasing all things Hobbit.
Situated at the entrance of the expansive Prospect Park and housed within an incredibly gorgeous building is the ever-inspiring Brooklyn Museum. If you’re a person who “doesn’t borough” (and also, no one says that anymore)- a trip to this museum will make you want to leave Manhattan. On view during Superfine! NYC is an extremely comprehensive Frida Kahlo exhibit and the largest of its kind in the U.S. in ten years. Also, a big perk of visiting this museum is seeing the Judy Chicago instillation, The Dinner Party, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection. Live music takes place at the museum on May 4thas part of their First Saturday’s program.
MoMA and its auxiliary PS1 are the modern equivalents of The Met conglomerate. MoMA’s permanent collection includes every big-name modern artist you could ever hope to find. During Superfine! NYC a big exhibition on Joan Miró is running. Every Friday, 4pm – 8pm, MoMA’s admission is free, and PS1 is always free for NYC residents.
The irony of The Whitney is that it recently moved locations because the neighbors at its previous Upper East Side home complained about having to live next to a museum. So, when The Whitney left… The Met Breuer museum moved in. Doh! The new Whitney is now housed in a gorgeously modern building designed by star-architect Renzo Piano in the Meatpacking District of Lower Manhattan. Shortly after Superfine! NYC closes, the museum will host the anticipated Whitney Biennial, open to the public on May 17th.
The New Museum
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the artists currently on view at The New Museum, because chances are, whatever exhibit is running will be amazing. The goal of The New Museum has always been to showcase new work by living artists that doesn’t fit into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of a traditional art museum. Very Superfine!, don’t you think? Thursday evenings 7pm – 9pm is “pay what you wish.”
The Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex is exactly what it says it is. A sex-positive museum that sets out to “preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.” Exhibits here are always well thought out. Also: Superfine! exhibitors, Pansy Ass Ceramics have pieces on display here and they sell their items in the giftshop. An interesting exhibit entitled, STAG: The Illicit Origins of Pornographic Film will be on display during Superfine! NYC.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Located in the heart of SoHo (just around the corner from Superfine! NYC!), the Leslie-Lohman Museum is the premiere LGBTQIA+ art space in New York City. Lucky for Superfine! NYC attendees, the museum will be exhibiting, Art After Stonewall, timed perfectly with the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and “the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the LGBTQ civil-rights movement on the art world.” Admission is suggested.
A quick note for NYC residents: IDNYC is a municipal identification card that has some pretty major perks: New York residents who have this card can get free annual memberships to The Met, MoMA, Leslie-Lohman, and more