Considering the MoMA’s reputation for having one of the world’s finest collections of art from the 18th century through today, it’s no surprise that around nearly every corner of the venerated museum is a seminal piece by an artist trumpeted in art history or coveted by contemporary collectors. During the height of tourist season, around Christmas and again in late spring and summer, expect a shoving-match just to catch a momentary glance at Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Special exhibitions, including retrospectives of masters like surrealist René Magritte and large installations like the blockbuster Rain Room, have enough draw that some people will wait for hours just for the one exhibit. Meanwhile, no matter the time of year or temporary display, cash-strapped New Yorkers come in droves at the end of the work-week for free friday nights (4pm-8pm). If you really want to experience the museum and all it has to offer go on a weekday and buy your all-inclusive ticket online ($25). You’ll skip the line and find yourself unencumbered as you stop to contemplate the meaning of time in front of Salvador Dali’s melted-clock painting The Persistance of Memory or checking out the movie times in the attached theater.
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|Price:||$25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free. For discounts, order tickets in advance at moma.org. Fri 4–8pm free. Film tickets free with museum admission; screenings-only admission $12, seniors $10, students $8, children under 16 free.|
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“Being: New Photography 2018”
The theme of the 2018 edition of MoMA’s annual round-up of emerging photographers is “lived experiences and circumstances.” It's being tackled by a range of styles and genres from conceptual to more-or-less conventional portraiture.Contemporary art Until Sunday August 19 2018
“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983”
Forty years ago, dirt-cheap rents and an edgy vibe lured arty types to swarm downtown venues like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. One such place was Club 57 on St. Marks Place, which hosted evenings like the "Monster Movie Club" and "Name That Noise: A Punk...Contemporary art Until Sunday April 1 2018
“From the Collection: Artists at Mid to Late Career”
How does an artist’s oeuvre change with age? Does it dissipate to become a shadow of the work created in the bloom of youth, or does it demonstrate a new depth that only comes with maturity? MoMA leaves it up to viewers to decide for themselves with examples...Contemporary art Until Sunday November 4 2018
Shore precociously began his career as a teenager, shooting black-and-white images of Andy Warhol’s Factory during the 1960s. He then went on to become one of the pioneers of color film as a fine art medium. MoMA covers his career, from his high school...Contemporary art Until Monday May 28 2018
“Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil”
Though little-known to most people who visit MoMA, Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973) was, by the museum’s own account, a “foundational” figure in the history of of modernism in Latin America. While on multiple sojourns in Paris during the...Contemporary art Until Sunday June 3 2018
“Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989”
Aesthetics are often dictated by technological advancements, but nowhere more so than in the realm of digital art. The form’s early adopters are revisited in this show along with examples of the nascent hardware that inspired and helped to shape their...Contemporary art Until Sunday April 8 2018
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Do yourself a favor and just GO! Some of the greatest pieces of work are located here in one place that is not so overwhelming that you can do it all in a few hours. Quick tip: this is one of the museums that participate in First Friday. So every first Friday of the month, admission is FREE! Just make sure you plan to wait in line to get in (only 15-20 min for me) but the lines move quickly and it will be crowded at the main and popular pieces.
This is my favorite museum to frequent in New York, even if it seemingly always packed with people. I don't care how cliche Monet's Water Lilies are, I love to stare at them. There's also a good amount of outdoor space to explore and sit quietly in the middle of the city during warmer months. The best advice I can give is if you're looking forward to a particular exhibit, go EARLY, both in the day as well as in the exhibit's life. If you wait till the last weekend, like I did with Picasso Sculptures, it just won't be an enjoyable experience.
Not gonna lie, I've visited MoMA more than any other museum in NYC. They have the exhibitions that are most interesting to me, generally. I also take advantage of the free admission Friday evenings too. Amazing collection of modern art, I personally love the collection of surrealist art they have. Joseph Cornell's boxes are a favorite. The 4 stars are because this place can and will get insanely crowded and you either have to accept that or try and plan to go at a less crazy time.