A Celebration of Arts and Culture
The Cultural Capital of the World just gets better with a number of new museum openings and renovations of classic New York City institutions.
Brooklyn caters to all visitors of all ages. Little ones can look forward to the new Jewish Children’s Museum (332 Kingston Ave., 718-468-0600, www.jcmonline.org), featuring interactive exhibitions and educational programming and the expansion of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (145 Brooklyn Ave., 718-735-4400, www.brooklynkids.com) in 2006.
The venerable Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy., 718/638-5000, www.brooklynmuseum.org) recently completed a makeover with a new entrance pavilion, lobby promenade and plaza. Upcoming exhibits include Monet’s London: Artists’ Reflections on the Thames (1859-1914) May 27-September 4, comprising 75 works, the exhibition will address a range of Modernism styles, including Impressionism, pointillism and Fauvism.
Plans are under way for the development of the Theatre for a New Audience. The 299-seat performing arts facility, designed by Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy, will be located in the emerging Brooklyn Academy of Musical Cultural District and is expected to house 15-20 cultural organizations.
Manhattan offers the magnificent new Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th St., 212/620-5000, www.rmanyc.org) the first museum in the Western world to showcase Himalayan art, and the stunning Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400, www.moma.org), a cultural gem designed by Yoshio Taniguchi featuring the works of contemporary artists that range from Picasso and Pollock to Matisse and Magritte.
The National Sports Museum (212-837-7950, www.thesportsmuseum.com), opening in 2006 is the first world-class interactive sports museum dedicated to the celebration of all sports and their significance in our lives and culture. The museum will be located Downtown in the landmark former Standard Oil Building at 26 Broadway, just steps from the Statue of Liberty Ferry and four blocks from the WTC site.
In Queens, a major expansion at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St., 718-699-0005, www.nyscience.org) includes new exhibitions, a preschool center, and rocket park. In Astoria, plans are under way to double the size of the Museum of the Moving Image (35th Avenue at 36th St., 718-784-4520, www.movingimage.us) as well as add a new outdoor theater by spring 2007. Nearby in Long Island City, the Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Ave., 718-204-7088, www.noguchi.org) reopened in June 2004 after a two-and-a-half year renovation, with the addition of an education center, new café and shop. The Museum has also created a special gallery devoted to Isamu Noguchi’s work in interior design.
On Staten Island, progress is being made on the National Lighthouse Museum (One Lighthouse Plaza, 718-556- 1681, www.lighthousemuseum.org), which will include a lightship, waterfront restaurant, park, esplanade and the restoration of surrounding landmark buildings when it opens later this year.