New York City – Free Travel 6: Modern Art

New York’s museums are famous the world over. And, for those who love Modern Art, America captures their attention. As a visitor to New York City, be sure to spend hours over several days at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The museum is free on Fridays between 4pm – 8pm.

As the French Impressionists were in the vanguard away from traditional, realistic art, you will find their work at MoMA, too. Please note that some of the famous art is always out on loan to other museums. If there is something you specifically want to see, ask the museum ahead of time if it will be on display. For the moment, Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory and Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night were not on view in part of 2009.

Van Gogh’s companion piece to Starry Night, The Olive Trees, St. Remy, June-July, 1889, is also on display. Van Gogh’s letters to his brother, Theo, make it clear that he created this particular intense vista of the southern French landscape as a daylight partner to the visionary nocturne of his more famous canvas.

He felt that both pictures showed, in complementary ways, the principles he shared with his fellow painter Paul Gauguin. Both intensified the freedom of the artist to go beyond “the photographic and silly perfection of some painters” and intensify the viewer’s experience of color and linear rhythms.

From an initial gift of only eight prints and one drawing, the Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. New York – Museum of Modern Art

MoMA guide is a series of interactive kiosks which offer visitors information on events, exhibitions, the collection, and navigating the Museum. You can also listen to MoMA Audio, with 4 programs available on one portable audio player. Using MoMAWiFi, you can listen on your own wireless device, if you desire.

And hearing impaired visitors should check about the special options that are available for them; MoMA Audio is T-Coil compatible and transcripts of all audio programs are available upon request. In fact, the museum is very well set up to take care of all special needs people. M.O.M.A. disability access

Online, there are lots of great ideas about how to come to the museum with babies and young children, so check that out at: M.O.M.A. for families

Included there: Visit the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor of the Museum (near Cafe 2), where volunteers can give you tips on what not to miss at the Museum as well as new Family Activity Guides and suggestions for looking at art together. Listen to MoMA Audio: Modern Kids, which is an audio tour specially designed for families with young children. It’s available inside the Museum on the first and sixth floors.

Use M.O.M.A. restaurants to learn about the 3 very different, well-regarded dining options at the Museum, from award winning Alsatian cuisine, to Tuscan Italian to gelato and espresso and pastries. This tries to be a well organized and outward-reaching museum.

Museum of Modern Art, New York City hosts free admission Fridays, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, NY (212) 708-9400
Museum Hours: Sat – Mon, Wed, Th 10:30am – 5:30pm, Friday: 10:30am – 8pm, Tuesday – closed.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Xmas.

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