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Kid-friendly NYC art galleries

Children become art sophisticates at these welcoming spots.

  • Allegra

  • Allegra

  • Adam Reich

    Allegra

  • Animazing

  • BRIC

  • Casey Kaplan

  • Casey Kaplan

  • Casey Kaplan

  • Sean Kelly

  • Sean Kelly

  • Photograph: Eric Neilsen

    The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC, "Sue Benner: Walking Through Time"

  • Photograph: Eric Neilsen

    The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC, "Sue Benner: Walking Through Time"

  • Photograph: Eric Neilsen

    The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC, "Sue Benner: Walking Through Time"

Allegra

Given all the Affordable Art Fair's kid-friendly offerings (Apr 18--22), many families will be inspired to hit the NYC gallery scene. Sometimes, though, toting along the kids can seem like a daunting prospect. But while art galleries may not have cafeterias or gift shops, they can be just as engaging for kids as museums. At the culture spots we've rounded up below, art aficionados ages five and up will be treated to manageable doses of cutting-edge work, plus (we promise!) friendly greetings from remarkably unsnooty staff members.

Animazing Gallery
Why you should go

The walls of this airy storefront come alive, thanks to funny and familiar illustrations.
On view now

"My Strange Goddess: The Art of Yoko d'Holbachie" (Apr 28--May 20). Animazing's latest showcases Surrealism-inflected works by the Japanese artist, who's heavily influenced by Pop Art and fairy tales. 54 Greene St at Broome St (212-226-7374, animazing.com). Mon--Sat 10am--7pm, Sun 11am--6pm.

The ArtQuilt Gallery NYC
Why you should go
The Chelsea gallery focuses on the unusual (and mind-opening) genre of art quilts, and has a family-friendly bent to boot: It even offers the occasional quilting class for parent-child teams. 133 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-807-9451, artquiltgallerynyc.com). Tue--Sat 11am--6pm.
On view now
"Sue Benner: Walking Through Time" (through Apr 28). Benner's stunning works are inspired by her training in the field of biomedical science, particularly molecular biology. Kids will love the micro-gone-macro energy of her colorful quilts, some of which are enormous.

BRIC Rotunda Gallery
Why you should go
This not-for-profit in Brooklyn Heights often hosts exhibitions with a fun educational component, and also frequently features local artists.
On view now "Mystics: A Blessed Rage for Order" (through Apr 28). BRIC's current exhibition presents highly meticulous works made through obsessive processes. Kids will enjoy slightly psychedlic and decidedly colorful paintings, drawings and sculpture. Up next: The 24th Annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition featuring local children pre-K through high school. 33 Clinton St between Clark and Pierrepont Sts (718-683-5600, bricartsmedia.org). Tue--Sat noon--6pm during exhibitions only.

Casey Kaplan
Why you should go
This spot is known for displaying artwork in unusual and unexpected ways. Little ones can peek at pieces propped on chairs, hanging from the ceiling and lying flat on the floor—in addition to traditional wall hangings.
On view now
"Henning Bohl: Namenloses Grauen" (through Apr 28). The Berlin-based artist's vivid paintings made out of space-inspired fabrics are playful and dreamy. Have little ones look for scotch-tape dispenser doughnuts tacked onto the paintings. 525 W 21st St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-645-7335, caseykaplangallery.com). Tue--Sat 10am--6pm.

Sean Kelly
Why you should go
Here you'll find unconventional works in a variety of mediums, many of which young visitors can interact with (think eye-popping videos and small sculptures that youngsters can put their hands through).
On view now
"SWITCH" (through Apr 28). Children can see themselves reflected in Brazilian sculptor Iran do Esprito Santo's impressively massive folded-glass pieces. 528 W 29th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (212-239-1181, skny.com). Tue--Fri 11am--6pm; Sat 10am--6pm.

Allegra LaViola Gallery
Why you should go
The artwork on view here often employs unusual materials and sometimes has performative aspects to it; one of the gallery's collaborative teams, Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw, even runs a food truck as part of their practice.
On view now
"Materiality: Joey Archuleta, Yevgeniya Baras, Thornton Dial and Matt Stone" (through Apr 21). The current exhibit has a strong "ooooh" factor to it. Look for fake flowers embedded in some of the paintings and oozy, colorful bits in the sculptures. 179 East Broadway between Jefferson and Rutgers Sts (917-463-3901, allegralaviola.com). Wed--Sat noon--6pm, Sun 1--6pm.


 

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