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.
|Venue name:||Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)|
11 W 53rd St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Sixth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 10:30am–5:30pm; Fri 10:30am–8pm.|
|Transport:||Subway: B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St|
|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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“Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts”
The Museum of Modern Art’s much-anticipated Bruce Nauman retrospective is here, and to call it exhaustive would be an understatement. If the show’s organizers haven’t assembled the entirety of Nauman’s output over 50 years, they’ve accomplished something...Contemporary art Until Sunday March 17 2019
“Charles White: A Retrospective”
Charles White (1918–1979) was a key chronicler of African-American life during a period spanning the 1930s to the 1970s—which, of course, was concurrent with the Civil Rights movement. White was known for a robust, realist style, which spoke to his strengths...Contemporary art Until Sunday January 13 2019
"Constantin Brancusi Sculpture"
MoMA reaches into its deep store of works by the Modernist master who altered the course of 20th-century sculptue by upending the relationship between sculptural object and base. Many of the artist's greatest hits—Bird in Space, Endless Column, Mlle Pogany—are...Sculpture Until Monday February 18 2019
Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done
One of the New Yorkiest things about New York is how we all feel like we just missed the best part of it. “When did you get here?” “Oh, bummer! There was this incredible lightning-strike of culture—punk, the Soho loft scene, etc.—right before you arrived.”...Contemporary and experimental Until Sunday February 3 2019
Bodys Isek Kingelez
This is the first retrospective of the Congolese sculptor who created fantastical, futuristic architectural models and cityscapes out of found materials like colored paper, tinfoil, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans and bottle caps. (Think Canto...Contemporary art Until Tuesday January 1 2019
“Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980”
Due mainly to the forceful leadership of President Josef Broz Tito, Yugoslavia carved out a unique position for itself during the Cold War as a non-aligned nation that evaded the orbits of both the United States and the Soviet Union—no mean feat, given...Contemporary art Until Sunday January 13 2019
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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.