NYC Art exhibitions suggestions

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Category: Classic & contemporary

A New York classic, it’s probably on your list if you’re planning a visit to the city. They have everything from the Greco Roman art to special exhibitions. Currently on display include designer Rei Kawabuko’s Comme des Garcons exhibition and photographer Irving Penn’s exhibition, featuring his photographs when he shot for Vogue.

2. Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Category: American, Contemporary
  • Closed Tuesday

Take a walk along the High Line and cool off by spending some time in the gallery with beautiful natural lighting inside. The 2017 Whitney Biennial, which people have been acclaiming as the best one yet, has recently ended, but a partial view of it is still available until July 16.

3. Museum of Modern Art

  • Category: Contemporary

Is it just me or does anyone else love the museum store at the bottom floor? This museum is also a classic NYC tourist spot, with photography and modern art installations and paintings. Right at 5th avenue, where you would pass by anyway. Give it a shot!

4. Rubin Museum of Art

  • Category: Indian, Himalayan art

This one was a new find this summer, on top of the galleries I visit every time I come to the city. It’s a museum dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, India and regions sharing the culture. Their “The World is Sound” exhibition gave me some zen time with the insight behind the “om” sound. I also saw Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photos he captured of India when the civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated.

fun fact: their website is dope (in my opinion), check it out:

5. Chelsea galleries

David Zwirner and Raymond Pettibon galleries are the only ones I’ve been to here, but these are interesting places to check out in the Chelsea area if you want to exposure to the small gallery scene.

6. The Morgan Library and Museum

  • closed Monday
  • Category: literary, historical manuscripts, paintings

This one took me by surprise! I found out about it on a website about things to do in NYC, when I saw that there was an Emily Dickinson exhibition. Morgan Library and Museum began as the private library of the finance mogul Pierpont Morgan. Like Whitney, this museum is also pleasant to be at, with transparent elevators, copious natural lighting and greeneries, as well as a cafe perfect for musing. You can take a look at Morgan’s library, where he collected everything from copies of the Gutenberg Bible to Mozart’s manuscript.