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Arts et Musées
Fisher Landau Center For Art is an art museum that is completely dedicated to Emily Fisher Landau's art collection. Emily is renowned for her generous donations to the various art organizations and has been a part of reputed art committees too. Her collection comprises and covers a broad spectrum of contemporary art works ranging from 1960s till present. The art pieces of Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, John Baldessari and host of other creative artists who form the core of the art world are a part of her collection. The Fisher Landau Center For Art showcases her collection and also conducts in-depth study of the same. Formerly, entry to this center was by appointment only, but since 2003 it has regular visiting hours. So when in town, do visit this art museum and browse through some great contemporary art works. For more details, call ahead.
A not-for-profit institution, the SculptureCenter promotes experimental art by artists from all over the country and beyond. Located in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, this venue hosts exhibitions that present sculptures that are stark, unique, and absolutely intriguing. Among the artists whose work has been displayed include Lara Schnitger, Elizabeth Neel, and Ann Sperry. As the venue is non-profit, the admission charge is more of a requested donation, completely voluntary, but a few dollars won't be hard to part with. See the website for more information.
With a focus on increasing awareness about African art and culture, The Museum for African Art is a great place to visit to get acquainted with the rich culture. Regular exhibitions by prominent and upcoming artists, educational programs and a handicraft store of ethnic African goods; are some of the features of this culturally rich museum. Currently housed in temporary Manhattan offices, the museum awaits completion of its new home by 2009. Don't despair, as ongoing exhibitions are showing at various locations in the city and around the country. Call or check the website for more details.
MoMA QNS is the new museum in Queens affiliated to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Its blue stucco exterior has transformed the swing line staple factory in which it is housed. The Museum encompasses 160,000 square feet of space with library and reading space accounting for about 25,000 square feet of the space. Home to a host of temporary and permanent exhibits and displays, this is one place you should not miss if you're an art lover. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Tucked away in Queens is an old-fashioned testament to film and television. The actual studios of the one-time Paramount East Coast production house are closed, but the museum provides tours about film making where you can see makeup, costumes and well-known movie sets. There are several theaters for film screenings and a gift shop for souvenir hunters.
The Elevator Historical Society is located on the second floor inside the black and yellow Taxi Building. The museum is a brainchild of Pat Carrajat, who has been in the elevator maintenance-repair industry for a very long time. His passion for elevators was converted into tangible form through The Elevator Historical Society. The museum houses old models of elevators, vintage push-buttons, and other elevator parts, and a photograph of Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet from their elevator scene in Titanic, autographed by the stars. Though the museum occupies just one room, it is almost like a time travel back into the modest era of technology.
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center is a well-established, hip art center dedicated to the production, exhibition and interpretation of artistic innovations. It is housed in a charming old public school building in Queens (hence the name). However, it also makes extensive use of various other institutions throughout the area. Recently, the center merged with the Museum of Modern Art, although it continues to maintain its own identity. Admission is by donation.
The unusually named MoMA PS1 is a museum that is solely dedicated to contemporary art. The focus is more on changing exhibitions rather than permanent collections, which is why this space has caught the fancy of art enthusiasts who look forward to the interesting installations. Check website for details.
This museum is a hidden gem. It was created by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in 1985, and it documents the history of his life and works. The design of the museum itself is considered to be one of Noguchi's major works. The grounds are home to 12 galleries and an adjoining garden. There are 250 pieces in all, including sculptures made of wood, bronze, clay and steel, as well as video documentaries.
A part of Deitch Projects, Deitch Studios is a riverside building and a celebrated venue for hosting events for artists and their stunning exhibitions. However, this one weaves an extra twist into the cultural tapestry: Deitch Studios holds art exhibitions alongside dance and music events to bring fun into the gallery experience. Never miss a moment by checking the website for upcoming exhibitions.
Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 when artist Mark di Suvero, along with significant others, transformed this illegal dump-yard to an open studio and exhibition center as well as a neighborhood park. This is the only site that provides a large space for artists to create and display their talent and generate interaction amongst the artists and the public. As a recognition for the exceptional contribution made by this museum to the art world, it has been honored by many awards. The park holds may activities and education programs for children to encourage their raw talent and build confidence. The park also holds a weekly farmer's market, perfect for stocking up on those healthy greens.
The famed auction house of Sotheby's,founded in London in 1744, has a thriving headquarters on the Upper East Side of New York. Fine art of every type is put up for bids here. Especially popular are European and American paintings, prints, porcelain, furniture, silver and sculpture by the masters. Pieces by little known artists and craftsmen are also available. Best of all, the firm displays its works of art for sale and there is never an admission fee. However, call first to make sure there is an ongoing exhibition.