I love going to museums. There are so many of them in New York, some large and well known, others smaller like hidden gems. But as you know, it’s easy to take things for granted when they’re in your backyard. So I did a quick research to see what interesting exhibits are going on now. Here are my top 3 picks. If you’re in the NY area, do check them out! I will do the same, pinky swear.
COOPER-HEWITT SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM
An exhibition of Cooper Hewitt’s extensive collection of wall coverings, in a space called the Immersion Room. Here is the twist: visitors can use the “pen” to select digital images of wallpapers or sketch their own design and then project them onto the walls at full scale to see their impact. How awesome is that!
I am a big fan of Calder. Apparently, Whitney has the largest repository of Calder’s work in the whole world. This exhibition features his famous circus assemblage, made from ordinary materials like wire, string, wood, cork, cloth and bits of metal. It also showcases his later, more abstract mobiles.
THE TENEMENT MUSEUM
The Tenement Museum gives visitors a glimpse of NYC’s multicultural past by re-furbishing historic tenement buildings and bringing past stories to life. This specific guided tour focuses on family-run stores on Orchard Street across generations, in the hopes of achieving the American Dream. Having been on a couple of tours at the museum, I always walk away feeling amazed, both by the history of this city’s people, but also by the engaging and thoughtful tour guides that make these experiences extra memorable.