International museums and cultural institutions in NYC
Need a holiday? Experience global culture without leaving the city at these international museums and centers.
Thu Nov 7 2013
Photograph: Peter Aaron
The Queens Museum reopens this week, with a strong multicultural program to represent the borough's diverse population. But there are plenty of institutions where you can immerse yourself in another country's art, history, film or food. Here are some of our favorites.
No need for a pricey flight to Tokyo—this nonprofit hosts multiple events and exhibits annually with the aim of fostering positive U.S.-Japanese relations. Founded in 1907, it features a theater, an art gallery and a language center, as well as bucolic indoor gardens and a waterfall. $12, seniors and students $10, children under 16 free; Fri 6–9pm free.
Dances of Vice hosts Cosmic Odyssey: A Space Pop Party in White (Sat 9, 8pm–midnight; $20, advance $15; dancesofvice.com) in the psychedelic environs of artist Mariko Mori’s futuristic exhibition “Rebirth.” Galactic guests are encouraged to dress in monochrome, sip at an open sake bar (8–9pm), and bop to space go-go spun by DJs Devon E. Levins and Saiko Mikan. Japanese burlesque duo the Momojiri Girls and a hula hoopist add to the ambience.
- 333 E 47th St, (between First and Second Aves), 10017
FIAF’s literarature, film and performing arts programming will satisfy the most rabid of Francophiles. One of the largest Gallic cultural centers in the country, its impressive facilities include Florence Gould Hall Theater and the Haskell Library, stocked with French-language newspapers, magazines, DVDs and books. Free.
Learn about l’amour à la française during the “Undressed: The Art of Sex & Seduction” lecture series. A steamy debate on French sensuality (Nov 20 at 7pm) is followed by an exploration inside the erotic mind led by sex therapist Esther Perel (Dec 2 at 7pm); lastly, investigate the science of love, lust and attraction with biological anthropologist Helen Fisher (Dec 9 at 7pm). $20–$25, three-talk package $50–$65
- 22 E 60th St, (between Madison and Park Aves)
Founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, this East Village gem features one of the largest collections of Ukrainian art and archival material in the U.S. The museum presents regular gallery talks, concerts and film screenings, as well as traditional folk-art workshops. $8, seniors and students $6, children 12 and under free.
Study vintage communiqués in “Propaganda and Slogans: The Political Poster in Soviet Ukraine, 1919–1921” (through Feb 2), comprising 28 original pieces touting the rhetoric of Bolshevism. For another blast from the Soviet past, author Andrea Chalupa discusses her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm (Nov 15 at 7pm; $5–$15), detailing the banned book’s significance to Ukrainians in displaced persons camps in the 1930s.
- 222 E 6th St, (between Second and Third Aves)
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