As much as I love splashing through puddles and getting sprayed with dirty curbside water by NYC buses, on a rainy day in the city, I’ll trade in my rain boots and umbrella for a stroll through a dry museum anytime. This week, in order to avoid the inevitable head cold that comes with spring showers, we’re taking you on a UYC stroll inside one of my favorite museums, the Museum of Modern Art.
Take the E or M train to 5th Avenue/53rd Street, and head to MOMA, located at 11 West 53 Street. If you happen to be going on a Friday after 4pm, you can skip the normal $25 admission ticket and get in for FREE. (Note: Avoid getting there exactly at 4pm, as the line is still pretty long. I always make my visit around 6ish and get right in…still having 2 hours to explore the exhibits.) The only downside to Free Friday Evenings is you can expect a bit more of a crowd than normal, but as long as you don’t mind waiting a few minutes for your turn to snap a photo of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, I say, go for it!
The museum is quite huge, and where you’ll spend the most time really has to do with your personal art preferences. Hours of your day can be spent perusing photography, paintings, sculpture, installations, films…and I’m sure I need not mention the excellent people watching that can be had! And if you are visiting on a nice day, do check out the sculpture garden…it’s a lovely little spot for a bit of solace in the city.
During your six story stroll, you’ll spy everything from art that may baffle you as to how it possibly made it into one of the most prestigious museums in the world (my reference here is that ginormous canvas painted red…gets me every time), to truly iconic pieces you’ll recognize from Art History 101 back in college (Andy Warhol’s Tomato Soup Cans, anyone?), to pieces that make you thank the weather Gods that it was raining so hard that you decided to take a museum stroll in the first place. For me, this will always be anything created by Jackson Pollock. How I’d love to have one of those beauties hanging in my living room…but first maybe I’d need a living room large enough to hold it. Until then, I’ll always have the MOMA.
Do you have a favorite piece you always make a point to visit at the museum?
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen