New York Museums and Galleries
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
This interactive museum touches on everything from the science of sleep to jazz. During warmer months, there’s also an outside water park, where kids can sail boats and study erosion through sand. With 38,000 square feet, there’s plenty to keep little ones occupied.
Children’s Museum of the Arts
103 Charlton St., West Village
CMA is one of those spots that doesn’t hold any punches: Here, kids are introduced to heady tropes in contemporary art from portraiture, to process, to language, through kid-accessible exhibits featuring works by Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, and more. In addition, their classes and after school programs are some of the best in the city. Check the website for the day's activity, as many are free and offsite.
2 E. 91st St., Upper East Side
Housed in Andrew Carnegie’s former Georgian mansion, the Cooper Hewitt still maintains the original dark wood-lined interiors and imposing staircase. After closing for three years for a major upgrade on the design galleries at the hands of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the Cooper Hewitt had a grand re-opening at the end of 2014 with an expanded exhibition space. There's also an interactive Process Lab where visitors learn about the design process, and an Immersion Room highlighting the museum's expansive wall-covering collection. The museum was already one of the best in the world for design—both contemporary and ancient—so it's no surprise that it's better than ever. Don’t miss their shop, which is incredibly well done.
Dan Flavin Art Institute
Corwith Ave., Bridgehampton
Dan Flavin was a mainstay of the community of artists that flocked to the Hamptons in the summers, and so it's fitting that there's a space here devoted to his works. This renovated firehouse (which has been stewarded by the Dia Art Foundation for its entire existence) has a permanent exhibition of Flavin's fluorescent light works on the top floor and a space for temporary exhibitions on the first floor.
Eric Firestone Gallery
4 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
Eric Firestone, who's been a gallerist in the Hamptons since 2010, is known for a great balance of emerging and established artists—meaning you almost always see work you already like, but come away with a few new names to keep track of. The current show, on view through July, showcases colorful, expansive works by Michael Boyd.
555 W. 24th St., Chelsea
The jewel of Larry Gagosian's gallery empire is a gargantuan, museum-standard center in Chelsea: The space alone is worth a visit for its sheer monumentality. And fittingly, the stable of artists displayed there consists of the art world's heavyweights from Ed Ruscha, to Taryn Simon and Jeff Koons. There are multiple outposts in the city (including a second location on 21st street) along with galleries around the world.
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller (Closed)
87 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller is the resident purveyor of first-edition books, manuscripts, and other printed material—and they've teamed up with Tripoli Patterson, the young surfer-turned-gallerist, who opened his second location (the first is in Southampton) on the first floor of Horowitz's Newton Lane location.
158 Main St., East Hampton
Thanks to a full theater program in addition to an exhibition space, Guild Hall is a Hamptons institution. Their June and July exhibition with Taryn Simon, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Innocence Project, is the highlight of the summer calendar. Later in the summer, they're doing exhibitions of Jackson Pollack and Richard Avendon.
Halsey McKay Gallery
79 Newtown Ln., East Hampton
This airy gallery has lined up two exhibitions per time slot this summer, so you can see Colby Bird's sculptural works alongside Sheree Hovsepian's sculptures and photographs. Later in the summer, Kianja Strobert's emotive paintings will show next to Brie Ruai's stunning (and usually colorful) clay sculptures, which actually hang from the wall. Up right now: Alex Dodge's bright, cheeky oil paintings and a two-person show that features Glen Baldridge and Elias Hansen.
101 Spring St., Soho
Donald Judd moved into 101 Spring Street in the then derelict Soho in 1968, and over the course of twenty-five years, renovated each of the five floors in the building according to his singular aesthetic. The result is a space that is as much a home as it is a piece of art. The Judd Foundation opened up the space to docent-led tours, where visitors get to see his custom-made furniture, and the art and objects he acquired over the years. It’s a wonderful window into Judd’s entire sensibility.
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