Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Pierpont Morgan Library
The Guggenheim Museum
The Whitney Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Just a 30-minute subway ride away from midtown Manhattan youıll find the
world renowned Brooklyn Museum of Art. Founded in the early part of the 20th
Century the museum is housed in a 560,000 square foot Beaux-Arts building
designed by McKim, Mead and White. Over the years the museum has undergone
various renovations and expansions making it one of the largest museums in
The vast collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, one of the largest and
most diverse in the states, include African Art, American Art, Asia and the
Pacific, European painting and sculpture (including an enviable collection
of Rodin sculptures) and one of the largest collections of Egyptian art
outside of Egypt. In addition, the museumıs libraries and archives
facilitating research in various areas of art including Egyptology comprise
the fifth largest museum library in the nation.
Those who have never been to the Museum before should plan on spending
several hours. If necessary, take a break in the museumıs cafe and gift
shop or check for special events taking place in the 460 seat auditorium.
Museum, 1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Facing fashionable Fifth Avenue with Central Park as its neighbor, the
elegant Frick Collection is housed in a 19th Century mansion once the home
of Henry Clay Frick. Built in 1910 to grand proportions scaling a full city
block, this is one of a few palatial mansions remaining along Fifth Avenue
that now serve the public as museums.
Henry Clay Frick was a wealthy industrialist who amassed his financial
fortune through the sale of steel producing coke to Andrew Carnegie and
later through a partnership with Andrew Carnegie, which formed a company
destined to become US Steel. Frick took pride in knowing that his elaborate
mansion dwarfed the neighboring home of Andrew Carnegie. He lived in this
home until his death at age 70. In 1935, a few years after the death of his
wife, the house was opened to the public. The collection was curated by his
only surviving daughter, Helen who shared his interest in the collection of
The Frick Collection includes paintings by the most famous of European
artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of
small bronzes in the world), eighteenth-century French furniture and
porcelains, Oriental rugs and period furniture. In addition to the permanent
collection, several special exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year.
For more information please visit: www.frick.org
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is New York City's crown jewel of fine art.
Numbering nearly two million pieces, this extraordinary collection includes
art ranging from American decorative arts, American paintings, European
paintings, pre-columbian art, Asian art, Africa, the Americas and Oceania,
Egyptian artifacts, costumes, armor, Islamic art, Greek and Roman art and
sculpture, modern and medieval, musical instruments and textiles.
On April 20, 2007, The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated the reopening
of its Greek and Roman Galleries. Museum visitors welcomed the return of
thousands of classical artifacts. The newly reconstructed Leon Levy and
Shelby White Court houses over 5,000 objects of Hellenistic, Etruscan and
Roman art, including some never-before-seen pieces. Built on two levels, the
gallery's main floor houses Hellenistic and Roman art while the mezzanine
level, designed to overlook the splendid court, focuses on Etruscan art and
also includes some Greek and Roman works.
This area of the museum, originally built between 1912 and 1926, was part of
the design of famed architectural firm McKim, Mead and White whose talents
were also responsible for New York City's municipal building, Park Avenue's
Racquet Club, Columbia University's Low Library, St Bartholomew Church, New
York City's Penn Station, the Bowery Savings Bank and the Farley post office
to name just a few. First used to exhibit Roman art, the area was later
converted to a restaurant & cafeteria. By 1970, the museum board had
developed a master plan for the renovation and reconstruction of various
portions of the expansive museum. More specific plans drawn and approved in
the 1990's confirmed that the reconstruction of the Greek and Roman
Galleries would be included as part of this process. The design takes into
consideration the vision of the original architects and maintains a
classical feel. Its glass ceiling provides abundant natural light.
Reintroduced in stages over the past ten years, the unveiling of the Levy
Court now completes the museum's display of Greek and Roman Art.
Handy floor plans are available to help you navigate your way through this
massive complex. Gift shops and cafes are located in various parts of the
Museum, including some that offer a view of Central Park.www.metmuseum.org
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
New York City already known as the museum capital of the world has, in
recent years, witnessed a surge in museum expansions, renovations and
relocations. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) set the pattern in motion back
in 2002 by shutting its doors for nearly three years to allow for a massive
expansion, that has now been completed. The successful expansion provides
much needed gallery space to display a larger portion of the museum's
permanent collection that was heretofore kept in storage.
In the mid to late 1920s wealthy New York patrons, among them Mrs. John D.
Rockefeller Jr., saw the need to create a venue that would focus on
contemporary art. In 1929 an initial donation of a small number of
prints and drawings resulted in the establishing of the Museum of
Modern Art. Over its 75 year history, MoMA has grown to the point where it
now encompasses 150,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints photographs
and other objects that in a unique and innovative manner exemplify
contemporary or modern style. Its current size, nearly twice that of its
original size prior to the expansion, allows it directors to pursue their
two-fold mission of being the foremost museum of modern art in the world and
providing educational programs and facilities.
Perhaps the museums greatest accomplishments in recent years is the
successful redesign, by Japanese architect,
Yoshio Taniguchi that combines new structures with those already existing to
create a unified structure that is definitively modern and embodies the
energy of New York City. The museum's new look is perhaps its best example
of modern art.
Pierpont Morgan Library,
225 Madison Avenue (@ 36th St.)
New York, NY 10016
In 2007 Pierpont Morgan Library, a museum dedicated to paintings, period furnishings and manuscripts reopened following a three year expansion project. The project's mission was to expand both exhibit and storage space, to integrate the new elements into the existing structure and surrounding buildings and, to maintain the elegance and intimacy that typify the Morgan. To accomplish this feat the museum chose Italian architect Renzo Piano for his expertise in museum design. Now completed, the expansion almost doubles the exhibit space, creates a state-of-the-art performance auditorium, connects the various arteries of the new and existing structures via a central glass-enclosed courtyard and introduces a new and welcoming main entrance facing Madison Avenue. Visitors also benefit from a new reading room enhanced with electronic resources. The elegant brownstone that today houses the museum dates back to the late 18th century. The home was purchased in 1882 by Pierpont Morgan, a wealthy financier who was a descendant of several generations of illustrious philanthropists whose contributions including the founding of Yale University, the Aetna insurance company, US Steel and J.P. Morgan investment house. Several rooms from the home are in tact and viewable by the public, including an elaborate library used by Pierpont Morgan.
1071 Fifth Avenue (@ 89th St.)
New York, NY 10028
In the mid 1940s Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design what would remain to this day one of New York City's most celebrated architectural landmarks, the Guggenheim Museum. After long deliberation Wright concluded on Fifth Avenue as the best location hoping that its proximity to Central Park would offer salvation from what he considered an overbuilt and overpopulated city. The parcel of land on Fifth Avenue between 89th and 90th Streets was purchased and construction began on an innovative design that is considered to be one of Frank Lloyd Wright's best accomplishments.As a wealthy industrialist Solomon Guggenheim was able to acquire a collection of non-objective paintings by artists such as Kandinsky. His earliest acquisitions were hung in his New York City apartment at the Plaza Hotel. As his collection grew he opened a Museum for Non-objective Paintings, which moved various times before finding its permanent home in the Frank Lloyd Wright building. Upon his death in 1959 the museum was renamed the Guggenheim in honor of its founder.Today, in addition to the permanent collection, the Guggenheim sponsors a year round calendar of special exhibitions that showcase art from all parts of the world.
945 Madison Avenue (@ 75th Street)
New York, NY 10021
Founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney with 700 works from her personal collection. In the twenty years that followed, Mrs. Whitney continued to purchase art by artists that she considered to be revolutionary or realists. The works were purchased and then donated to the fledgling museum. The Whitney now houses over 12,000 objects of art including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and multi-media. Following Mrs. Whitney's death in 1942 a group of supporters and philanthropists called Friends of the Whitney was founded to ensure the institution's continued growth. Today, the museum holds one of the finest collections of American art including works by such artists as Hopper, OıKeefe, Max Webber, DeKooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Calder. The museumıs current home on Madison Avenue is its third location. The building designed by Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer is a massive and unconventional granite structure that epitomizes the museum's focus on art that is forceful and unprecedented.www.whitney.org
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