One of the most influential museums in the world is the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. Fondly referred to as the MoMA, this museum had been a key factor in the evolution and collecting of what is known as modernist art. The collection of the MoMA is unparalleled when it comes to an overview of the modern and contemporary art worlds. There are only a couple musts when it comes to museums in NYC, and this should rank as your number one when it comes to exploring the arts that this city displays. Coconut Club Vacations reviews this top destination and what you won’t want to miss on your vacation.
The MoMA’s vast collection ranges from works of design and architecture, drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints and photography to film, electronic media and books in modern and contemporary art. The book collections and archives hold over 300,000 books and periodicals and also have more than 70,000 individual files on artists. See an artist you love in the collection and you can probably research them when perusing the archives. What an interesting and unique way to learn more about an artist.
The museum was originally developed by a few daring ladies in 1928 and was headed by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, the wife of the John D. Rockefeller Jr., one of the premiere American elite families. The MoMA was the first American museum to show European modernism. They had an exhibition in November of 1929 with paintings from the great Impressionists including Gauguin, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Seurat.
You can easily spend an entire day getting lost in the world of art at the MoMA. The permanent exhibits alone could take you days to fully observe. You can also explore other elements of the museum such as the cinema, which shows of course art films, but is also known to show a few lower brow movies. You will definitely be able to find a memento from the MoMA Design Store. If the weather permits, explore the sculpture garden that displays works by Rodin and Picasso. Tickets to the MoMA are $25 per person. If you can, try to make it for Free Friday Nights from 4pm until 8pm. This also includes free admission to the film being shown that night, but does require a separate ticket.
The MoMA is the highlight of New York Museums. It embraces the modern and contemporary art world and has for nearly 100 years. You can see artworks that started movements, and up and comers that one day might garner an elite name in the art world. This is the place to see the past great glories of inventiveness, and the future stars of the illusive and elite world of what is known as modern art.