101 cheap things to do now: Art



Pay what you wish—or nothing—at museums:

* Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3587). Sat, 5:45--7:45pm
* International Center of Photography 1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St (212-857-9700). Fri 5--8pm
* Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600). Fri 6--9pm
* American Folk Art Museum 45 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-265-1040). 5:30--7:30pm. FREE
* Museum of Modern Art 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-708-9400). 4--8pm. FREE

Check out the new season at these free and cheap venues:

Housed in a distinctive Romanesque Revival building (a former public school), P.S.1 mounts cutting-edge shows and hosts an acclaimed international studio program. Reflecting the museums global outlook, it has focused in recent years on such luminaries as Janet Cardiff and Olafur Eliasson. 22-25 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 718-784-2084, ps1.org. Suggested donation $10, $5 students and seniors.

New Museum of Contemporary Art
The first new art museum ever constructed from the ground up below 14th Street, the aptly named New Museum marks a major contribution to the continuing revitalization of downtown Manhattan. The focus here is on emerging media and surveys of important but under-recognised artists—further evidence of its pioneering spirit. 235 Bowery between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-219-1222, newmuseum.org. Admission $12.

One of the best places to see work by blossoming and midcareer artists, SculptureCenter—housed in an impressive former trolley-repair shop redesigned by acclaimed architect Maya Lin—is known for its very broad definition of sculpture. 44-19 Purves St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens; 718-361-1750, sculpture-center.org. Suggested donation $5.

Team Gallery
Jos Freire relocated his gallery from an berhip Chelsea address to this high-ceilinged space in 2006, confirming that downtown is once again the place to be. The place showcases such hotshots as web-artist Cory Arcangel and photographer Ryan McGinley, and also represents more established artists, including minimalist installation/assemblagist Ross Knight. 83 Grand St between Greene and Wooster Sts; 212-279-9219, teamgal.com. FREE

Janos Gat Gallery
Gat, an migr from the uptown/East side gallery scene, specializes in off-the-beaten-path artists from Eastern and Western Europe, along with some Americans. 195 Bowery at Spring St; 212-777-2426, janosgatgallery.com. FREE

Eleven Rivington Gallery
The downtown spin-off of 57th Street gallery Greenberg Van Doren features an international cast of exhibitors, ranging from Volker Hueller's evocations of classical modernism via hand-colored etchings to Jacob Kassay's mirrorlike abstractions. 11 Rivington St between Bowery and Christie St; 212-982-1930, elevenrivington.com. FREE