Fueled by neon lights and around-the-clock energy, New York is a city in constant flux that truly embraces the “New” in its name.
The Met Breuer
In the Spring of 2016, the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art opened The Met Breuer, a new space to feature modern and contemporary art. The Met Breuer takes an international approach, filling architect Marcel Breuer’s Madison Avenue landmark building with 20th and 21st century works by artists from around the globe. Open until July 22, Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now) explores the enduring investigation of realism in sculptural art from the past seven hundred years. The exhibit is complemented by (C)arbon, a performance series by Andrea Miller, The Met’s 2017-2018 Artist in Residence. The performances, which feature the dancers of Gallim, Miller’s dance company, place the spotlight on the human body through dance, film and soundscape.
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The landmark Queens Museum, founded in 1972 and housed in the New York City Building, built for the 1939 World’s Fair, doubled in size in 2013 when it completed an expansion project. The new space was designed to promote openness and flexibility, providing spacious areas for not only permanent collections, but also temporary exhibitions. More than 6,000 of the objects in the permanent collection of about 10,000 items are related to the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Work by conceptual artist Mel Chin is currently on exhibition in Mel Chin: All Over the Place through August 12. The exhibit spans multiple sites around the city, including Times Square and the Broadway-Lafayette subway station.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, managed by the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, was awarded Museum status in 2011. The SoHo gallery is primarily dedicated to visual work created by LGBTQ artists or focused on LGBTQ themes. The Museum boasts over 30,000 objects of LGBTQ art in its collections and serves as a cultural hub for queer communities. Through August 5, the gallery will exhibit OUT FOR THE CAMERA: The Self-Portraits of Leonard Fink. Though much of American gay photographer Leonard Fink’s work documents the West Village bar culture and Pride marches, the exhibit focuses on Fink’s investigation self-image through his self portraits.
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