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Circle of Dance

Tuesday, April 1–Sunday, October 8, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
National Museum of the American Indian – New York (One Bowling Green)

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

Art in the Park: Model to Monument 2016-2017

Thursday, June 9–Wednesday, May 31, All Day
Riverside Park, Locomotive Lawn (Riverside Boulevard & West 61st Street)

Tour the Riverside Park open air gallery to see seven sculptures by accomplished artists in the 6th year of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project.

Twisted Thruway

Friday, September 16–Friday, September 1, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) (11 East 26th Street)
Free with museum admission ($15; $9/children, students& seniors; free/toddlers & babies)

Get behind the wheel while exploring two unique tracks: the surface of a Möbius strip and the surface created by a trefoil knot. Enjoy a “driver’s eye” view as the cars wind their way around these unusual mathematical paths.

Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London

Tuesday, November 1–Friday, June 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza)

Celebrate London’s West End and New York’s Broadway in a joint exhibition by The Society of London Theatre, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. See costumes and masks from Disney’s The Lion King; the original costume designs from The Phantom of the Opera shown alongside the costume worn by a recent West End Phantom; a celebration of the international hit, A Chorus Line; the original set models for In the Heights, Arcadia, and War Horse; and film clips from notable theatre productions.

Khandroma: Himalayan Wind

Friday, November 11–Friday, June 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art ( 150 West 17 Street)
Free with museum admission ($15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under)

Sacred Spaces invites visitors to reflect on devotional activities in awe-inspiring places. For the second iteration of the exhibition, the Rubin Museum commissioned an installation by Soundwalk Collective in collaboration with sound artist that transports visitors to the high Himalayas through sound. The sounds in and surrounding the world’s highest monasteries—the flapping of prayer flags, the chanting of blessings, the echoes of wind from the valley below, and the interplay of sound and silence – are be presented as a multi-channel audio installation through state-of-the-art speakers, creating an immersive and meditative experience. Visitors can also interact directly with Khandroma by playing individual tracks from the soundscapes at dedicated listening stations. A video installation filmed by Soundwalk Collective’s founder Stephan Crasneanscki complements the audio experience by showing cyclic, kaleidoscopic imagery of prayer wheels and prayer flags .


Thursday, December 1–Sunday, August 13, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Experience the largest island nation in the Caribbean – meet its people, explore its landscapes and encounter its rare and unusual species. Play dominoes at a (sadly faux) cafe among lovely arcades, see vibrant art, and check out a cool vintage car.

Gilded New York

Wednesday, February 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street)
Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

See scenes from a late 19th century fancy-dress ball and admire lavish dresses and jewelry along with photos of the original owners including decked out kids.

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Wednesday, March 1–Sunday, September 10, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Guggenheim (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12)

Explores the collections of six early patrons of the museum who brought to light some of the most significant artists of their day, from Camille Pissarro to Jackson Pollock. Includes stunning works by modern giants Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandinsky.

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

Thursday, March 2–Sunday, August 20, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle)
Free with museum admission ($15, Free/18 and under)

Celebrate the handmade fashion and style of the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. See garments, jewelry, and accessories by American makers who crafted the very reality that they craved through sewing, embroidering, quilting and patch-working. Lots of kid-friendly rainbows and tie-dye.

Saving Washington

Wednesday, March 8–Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Learn about First Lady Dolley Madison, the most influential woman in America during the nation’s formative years in immersive installations featuring more than 150 objects such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewelry, and housewares. Join one of her famed ‘Wednesday Squeezes’ with table-top digital games and life-sized cut-outs in period costumes.

A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD

Thursday, March 9–Saturday, June 24, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Olympic Tower Atrium (645 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street)

Get all the feels at this exhibit featuring more than 130 ancient Greek masterpieces from some of the finest museums in the world that explore the ideas and attitudes of people in classical antiquity toward emotion and the ways in which the emotions were depicted, revealing how some are strikingly familiar to us and some shockingly alien. Presented by the Onassis Cultural Center New York.


Friday, March 10–Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am–5:45 pm
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)
Free with museum admission (suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under)

Come face to face with ancient mummified individuals and learn how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. Discover when, how, and why ancient Egyptians and Peruvians were mummified and find out who they were in life. This show features an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies as well as interactive touch tables, rare artifacts, and cutting-edge imaging.

Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)

Tuesday, March 14–Sunday, August 20, 11:30 am–6:00 pm
American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street))

See four distinct phases in the oeuvre of canonical art brut figure Carlo Zinelli through a selection of fifty-five paintings (many displayed double-sided), audio recordings of Zinelli, a film, and images by Life magazine photographer John Phillips.

Whitney Biennial 2017

Friday, March 17–Sunday, June 11, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street)
Free with museum admission ($22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18)

The seventy-eighth installment of the longest-running survey of American art features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design. Through provoking and engaging for all. Raúl de Nieves foor-to-ceiling faux stained-glass windows are stunning.

Collage Collaborations

Saturday, April 1–Sunday, December 31, 10:00 am–5:30 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam)
Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

See the work of New York City’s up and coming professional artists who work with collage and join in workshops to explore each artist’s creative process, the practice of collage, and collage’s impact on early childhood development through collaborative art-making. Featured artists include Naomi Reis in April, Tai Hwa Goh in August and Alexandria Smith in December. Children will work with each artist on a large-scale collaborative artwork which will be on view at the Museum alongside existing works by each artist.

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)

Monday, April 3–Sunday, July 16, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Featuring more than 160 objects of ancient Chinese art, this major international loan exhibition explores the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. The works in the exhibition—extremely rare ceramics, metalwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and architectural models—are drawn exclusively from 32 museums and archaeological institutions in the People’s Republic of China, and a majority of the works have never before been seen in the West. Highlights include renowned terracotta army warriors and a striking statue of a seminude performer whose anatomical accuracy, unheard of in Chinese art, brings to mind Greco-Roman sculpture first introduced to Asia by Alexander the Great.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Thursday, April 6–Sunday, December 31, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (4 West 53rd Street)
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)

Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation.
Beautiful discovery boxes contains creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Saturday, April 8–Sunday, July 30, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Jacques Torres Chocolate (350 Hudson Street)
$15, $10/ages 4-12, $12/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under

Discover the story of chocolate and its journey from bean to bar through original artifacts, bon-bon making demonstrations. nine premium tastings, and a corner where kids children can dig for “undiscovered artifacts” in a sand pit and play chocolate shop proprietor with a toy kitchen and cash register. Presented by NYC chocolatier extraordinaire Jacques Torres and Eddy Van Belle, chocolate aficionado and founder of four other Choco-Story museums around the world. Buy timed tickets in advance online.

Wednesday–Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

The Met Roof Garden: The Theater of Disappearance

Friday, April 14–Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street)
Free with museum admission (Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under)

Life-size models of human figures and their parts along with replicas of valued objects from the Museum’s varied collection take over the Met’s Roof Garden in Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas’s site-specific installation. Sculptures and objects lounge, revel and kiss across crowded banquet tables with a stunning view of Central Park.


Saturday, April 22–Sunday, October 29, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard)
Free with admission ($28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2)

The New York Botnical Garden’s landmark landscape and buildings showcase world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. In a reimagination of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, three new works will enliven the water features of the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.

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