New York City is renowned for showcasing art of all statues. From the theatrical art of a Broadway performance to Vincent van Gosh’s The Starry Night, there is a reason that New York City is considered the art capital of America. With over 100 museums, exhibits, and galleries to choose from, every creative connoisseur can get lost in the arts. However, most will find it hard to experience them all, so here are 5 that should be at the top of your list to see the next time you’re in NYC.
1.The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
As one of the largest museums in the world, the expansive collection of art displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is updated and changed periodically throughout the year. Most exhibits will only call the Met home for a short time, however, an array of globally recognized pieces remain as part of their permanent collection. Among these permanent pieces is Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze and The Temple of Dendur, a real Egyptian temple dating back to 10 BC.
2. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art is centered entirely around art from the modern era of late 1800 to today. It holds in its collection thousands of paintings, drawings, film stills, books, and files from this time period, including the work of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol.
3. The Frick Collection
This collection is named after Henry Clay Frick, who not only owned some of the art that is on display, but he also built and lived in the mansion in which the art resides. An avid art collector of his time, Frick admired art that was reflective of high society. A lush Garden Court sits in the middle of the mansion and is a tranquil spot to rest before continuing through the rest of the galleries.
4. Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art pays homage to American art of the 1900s through today. Unique to the Whitney is their commitment to showcasing contemporary and modern art while commemorating artists who are still alive today.
5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Commonly known as just the Guggenheim, this museum is actually part of a collection of Guggenheims across the world. Possibly even more well known than the name is the architecture of the museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s. It is home to some of the world’s most famous European and American paintings from the 20th century.