With the opening of the new Whitney Museum some people have mentioned to me they don't feel welcome. They find art museums as pretentious and expensive. Art museums exist for the public so no one should feel this way. Many museums regularly have "pay as you wish" and most have regular weekly free nights in order to make everyone in the community feel included.
Do not ever feel like you don't know enough about art to visit a museum. when visiting any museum enjoy the work while respecting it. Always ask before taking photographs and NEVER use a flash or physically touch the work. The oil from our hands as well as flash photography weakens the archival quality of the work. Typically if a work is in the museums permanent collection you may take a non-flash photo. If there is not a docent or tour guide on duty, the museum guards often are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the art .
Here are my favorite NYC museums;
WEEKLY FREE DAYS or HOURS:
New Museum of Contemporary Art 7-9 pm
Japan Society 6-9 pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am-noon
While I don't lend much credence to magazine lists, I was impressed with Times top 100. Mostly because if felt deserved and unexpected. Specifically I am stoked to see the inclusion of painter Chris Ofili.
Ofili physically creates all of his own work and lives a life of anonymity in Trinidad. This is a huge contrast to much of the mid to later career "Art" which employee many assistants and artisans to actually complete the paintings or sculptures
There is a dichotomy to his work as it is figurative and abstracted, painting and mixed-media; he blends all of these elements to create incredibly complex physical explorations of sexuality, hip-hop culture as well as a commentary on the continuation of systematic social injustice.
I absolutely adore his work and bravo to the New Museum for one of the best exhibits I have seen.