New York, New York
West Village/East Village
Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 6pm, open until 9 pm on Fridays
Always something interesting to see – or interact with – in the rotating exhibits at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.
$: $16, $14/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Annual Memberships: $60+.
Favorite Spots: Check out a great view from the top floor Sky Room (open Saturdays & Sundays)
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•Mariana Castillo Deball: Finding Oneself Outside (through Apr 14)
In Mexican artist Castillo Deball’s first NYC survey, walk on a a specially commissioned inlaid wood floor installation, drawn from an early colonial map of San Pedro Teozacoalco, Mexico, which bears a unique stylistic blend of European maps and Mixtec codices of the sixteenth century. Explore a large-scale sculpture, a would-be mold turned inside out, preforated books and other recent works inspired by Mesoamerican iconography about the residual effects of early-colonial transformations in Central America.
•Nari Ward: We The People (through May 26)
See over thirty sculptures, paintings, videos, and large-scale installations from Nari Ward’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting his status as one of the most important and influential sculptors working today. Humble materials repurposed in surprising ways evokes a variety of folk traditions and creative acts of recycling from Jamaica, where he was born, as well as the material textures of Harlem, where he has lived and worked for the past twenty-five years.
•Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect (through Jun 9)
Explore the material histories and futures of several Indigenous handcraft techniques and aesthetics, including Southeastern river cane basket weaving, Algonquian birch bark biting, and porcupine quillwork in a colorful exhibition by multimedia artist-in-residence Jeffrey Gibson. Using Indigenous handcraft techniques learned over the course of his residency, multimedia artist Gibson created a new set of garments and helmets.
Family Programs: Join museum educators for creative free family programs the first Saturday of every month.
Strollers/Diapers: Spacious elevators are stroller friendly.
Eat & Treats: So many yummy treats in this happening neighborhood. Try healthy French and Moroccan casual fare (and a famous avocado toast) at Café Gitane (242 Mott St) or innovative ice cream flavors at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream (2 Rivington).
Other Tips: Research online or talk to the friendly staff to find out if there's any works your kids aren't ready for (mine are still asking about a painting of Superman's private parts).
At This Location
- Nari Ward: We The People Thursday, September 13–Sunday, May 26 11:00 am–6:00 pm
- Mariana Castillo Deball: Finding Oneself Outside Tuesday, January 22–Sunday, April 14 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- Jeffrey Gibson: The Anthropophagic Effect Wednesday, February 13–Sunday, June 9 10:00 am–6:00 pm
- First Saturdays For Families Saturday, April 6 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- First Saturdays For Families Saturday, May 4 10:00 am–12:00 pm
- First Saturdays For Families Saturday, June 1 10:00 am–12:00 pm