Things to do near the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The New American Wing

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The Met's expansive galleries trace the evolution of American painting, sculpture and decorative arts from colonial days to the early 20th century. Gems include Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s iconic 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, which depicts the Revolutionary general looking

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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"Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin”

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With all due respect to Les Paul, few names loom larger in American luthier lore than Christian Frederick Martin. The German immigrant crossed the Atlantic in the 1830s and began fashioning six-strings in the Spanish style (figure-eights with super pretty rosewood inlays), but with sturdier and

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Dec 7
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Amie Siegel, Provenance

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In the early 1950s, a newly independent India commissioned Le Corbusier to design a city, Chandigarh, as a regional administrative center in the northern part of the country. The institutional buildings he created with other modernist architects were outfitted with functional furniture (designed by

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Jan 4
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"Cubism"

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These 80 paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection—all promised gifts to the Met—represent the first time they have been shown in public, offering an opportunity to revisit the seminal early-20th-century movement through the taste of one patron. The

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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"Death Becomes Her, A Century of Mourning Attire"

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Widow's weeds from the Victorian and Edwardian period are given the Costume Institute survey treatment, which charts the evolution of funeral fashion from The Napoleonic Wars to WWI.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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"Thomas Hart Benton's America Today Mural Rediscovered"

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Benton is generally known for being the crusty anti-Modernist teacher of Jackson Pollock, so it's somewhat ironic that his epic 10-panel mural, America Today, was commissioned in 1930 by New York’s New School for Social Research for the boardroom of its International Style building on West 12th

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Apr 19
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Jörg Immendorff, "Café Deutschland"

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Immendorff (1945–2007) created this cycle of paintings between 1977 and 1984, and they quickly became the German artist's best-known works. Stylistically evoking such pre-World War I figures as Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Max Pechstein, as well as the Neue Sachlichkeit (New

  1. Michael Werner 4 E 77th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sat Nov 8
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Wayne Thiebaud

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At 93, this left coast legend is still going strong after a nearly half-century career that began with his role as one of the defining figures of ’60s art in California. Thanks to paintings of cakes and pies rendered in bright, frosting-thick pigments, he was confused early on for a Pop artist,

  1. Acquavella Galleries 18 E 79th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10075
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Fri Nov 21
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"Thomas Struth: Photographs"

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These 25 photos by Struth, dating from 1978 to the present, are exemplary of the German artist's panoramic, empirical treatment of subjects, which range here from deserted New York streets to a robotically assisted surgery in progress.

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Mon Feb 16
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"From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952"

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The default assumption about Abstract Expressionism is that it was overwhelmingly white, straight and male. The Jewish Museum sets out to complicate that picture by revisiting the careers of Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, artists who were female and African-American, respectively. The show is worth

  1. The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Ave, at 92nd St, 10128
  2. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Feb 1
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