Feeling the wrath of New York City's mind coaxing culture? Where better to spend your lunch hour than at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), sorrounded by the likes of Monet and nineteenth-century visionary Vincent Van Gogh?
Whether you choose to snack on Twinkies and corn dogs or to relax and enjoy the fare at MoMA's own Vino and Panini, a visit to the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd in Mid-town, is a must do. With its fresh take on traditional art, cloud-skimming surroundings and glass walls, the Museum of Modern Art holds so much more than the aesthetical views that can be seen from the sidewalk. Featuring renowned artists, insightful exhibitions and interactive museum tours; MoMA is able to give you a feel for vacation spent immersed in culture without running overtime on your typical lunch-break.
Immerse yourself with the master-planners of the suburban dream.
Have you ever pictured yourself rocking back and forth on a swing, sipping sweet tea and revelling in the smell of the roses surrounding your suburban dream home? If the answer is yes, then the 'Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream' exhibition, located in the Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery, is right up your avenue. The exhibition takes a very complex but practical look at American architecture and the effects of the Foreclosure Crisis; and it hosts many presentations and open discussions based on the threats faced by urbanized cities (such as New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.). Guests can listen in on cutting-edge plans, voice and exchange ideas or examine scale models that will bring the project to life before your eyes. If you're short on time, a five minute listen to one of the heated discussions within the 'Foreclosed' exhibition will be enough to give you a feel of what it's all really about.
Make Yourself at Home in Moma's Garden
If you are looking for a getaway in the summer months, then a stroll around MoMA's Sculpture Garden should be bursting from the pages of your to do list; in fact, with The Garden Bar offering colorful sorbetti and wine, you could spend your entire lunch hour in a quiet escape. Whether you are examining the nude stone statues poised over contemporary water pools (such as Aristide Maillol's "The River"), or taking a breather on a candy-colored seat- there is much to keep you involved in MoMA's very own gardens. The 'Figurengruppe', or the 'Group of Figures' by German artist Katharina Fritsch, is an exhibit to pay special attention to. Built and designed between the years 2006-2011, Figurengruppe is a vibrant collection of religious sculptures made from bronze, copper and stainless steel; featuring characters such as a jade green St. Michael, a dandelion coloured Madonna and a snake coated in matte ebony. There are many interpretations for the Figurengruppe, making it exciting to view regardless of age or tastes; whether you are a grown-up admiring the story behind the characters, or a small child with a soft spot for skeleton bones and snakes!
Mingle with Monet and Nineteenth Century Vision Vincent Van Gogh
An art museum really would not be an art museum without the classics; the two-hundred-year-old works by Vincent Van Gogh, the beautiful oil paintings by Spanish-born Pablo Picasso and the calm brush strokes of the Parisian impressionist Claude Monet. With pieces such as "The Starry Night" by Gogh, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" by Picasso and "Water Lillies" by Monet, the Painting and Sculpture Department houses an array of classic modernist icons that always worth viewing. Whether you find yourself caught in the fantasy of Gogh or frowning at the obscurities of Picasso, your modern-art experience will be fulfilled with a review of the foundational works of the period.
Don't forget a visit to the MoMA Store -- with its range of décor, innovative glassware and artistic prints; you'll struggle finding anything as beautiful in any shop in town!
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