Must-See Summer Art Exhibits
Whether you’re looking to escape the day time city heat, or take advantage of the warmer nights, Manhattan is full of must-see summer exhibits! Tap into your artsy and adventurous side as you explore these can’t miss exhibits.
For Uptowners: Public Parks, Private Gardens
Summertime is a season to immerse yourself in all things green. Just because you’re spending a little time indoors to escape the heat doesn’t mean the nature has to come to a half, quite the opposite, in fact. Head to the Upper East Side’s very own Metropolitan Museum of Art on 81st and 5th Avenue, where you can enjoy the exhibit: Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence. The exhibit features nineteenth-century artists who celebrated the out-of-doors as a place of leisure, renewal, and inspiration. You’ll recognize gardens of Paris (in those beautiful pastel hues) in the fabulous collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, illustrated books, and objects in this collection. There’s over 150 works in the exhibit, stemming from artists such as Henri Matisse.
After enjoying the exhibit, make sure to head to the MET’s rooftop, where you will be able to get a first class view of NYC’s own public park, Central Park, much of which was designed after the French gardens you just saw on the walls of gallery.
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The MET is open 10am to 5:30pm Sunday through Thursday, and 10am to 9pm Friday and Saturday. General admission is $25 for adults and free for children under 12. This particular exhibit is up through July 29th, but there’ss so much more to explore in the space, too. Glenwood residents living at The Marlowe are so close they might as well get an annual membership to the MET–it’s right in their backyard! A little bonus tip: General admission tickets to the MET include exhibitions and are valid for three consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters, meaning you can head back another day to enjoy the immense museum, or check out one of the sister museums. Basically a 3-for-1 deal!
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For Downtowners: Happy Go Lucky Pop Up
Years ago when you went to an art exhibit, you’d glance at the back of people’s heads as they took in the art. Now, you glance at heads and smartphones, as everything is photographed and filmed and live streamed in real time. This can be a little annoying (at best!) when you’re trying to enjoy a more serious museum, such as the MET. However, for those who enjoy photographing and sharing your exhibit experience, your ideal spot has popped up Downtown: the Happy Go Lucky Pop Up! It includes eight themed rooms that are as colorful as they are photogenic. From fields of sunflowers to a wall full of balloons (moveable for posing with, of course), everything here is made with the purpose that it would make a fabulous Instagram photo!
The exhibit takes place at 43 Wooster Street, and will be open daily from 11am until 9pm through July 8th, 2018. A huge perk of this exhibit is that it is done via timed tickets (that can be purchased ahead of time on their website), and they only allow one group in at a time. This means you have plenty of time to capture your perfect photographs, without having to deal with the back of other people’s heads in the shots! There’s also plenty of staff on hand throughout the rooms to take pictures of you, for you!
Tickets are $28 on weekdays and $34 on weekends. Children under 3 are free, and while the exhibit was made with adults in mind, it’s actually a blast for kids to explore too! Plus, there’ss an ice cream treat awaiting you at the end (also absolutely adorable and worthy of a picture), that’s included in the price of tickets. Glenwood residents living at Barclay Tower will love the convenience of this pretty pop-up.
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