Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tomorrow, tomorrow ... er, Friday, Friday ...

Last week we took advantage of a couple Friday night museum deals. You can see some priceless works of art for free and drink after. Take a date -- you can be cheap without looking cheap (you're deep) -- and it'll give you something to discuss over wine. That's right, wine. You think art aficionados drink Bud Light (sp: Lite?)? Uh uh.

Anyway, first we went to the International Center for Photography, which is pay-what-you-wish from 5-8 p.m. They presented a collection of Mapplethorpes with criticisms from sociologists, other artists, etc. between the photographs, which I found the most interesting. Perhaps not something you want to visit with Grandma. In addition to photographs, they also have some film projects. One room hosts a collection of 9/11 front pages from around world. We've seen these before, but it's still a punch in the stomach, knocking the wind out.

Then we trekked uptown to the Guggenheim. Because of renovations, only two galleries were open so the ticket distributor was nice enough to suggest donating just $1 per person. The spaces that were open held Expressionists, Bauhaus, Post-Impressionists, and I'm sure other movements I'm excluding. Some of my favorites were Picasso's Woman with Yellow Hair and Rousseau's Football Players. And all the Kandinskys make me smile!

Details on these museums and others are listed below. Unfortunately, many of the free/suggested donation Friday hours are at the same times, so you may want to be smarter than we were and go to several in the same area instead of traipsing about town. But your call :)

International Center for Photography
Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 5-8 p.m.
1133 6th Ave. (at 43rd)
Subway: B, D, F, V to 42nd St.; 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W to Times Square; A, C, E to Port Authority

Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 5:45-7:45 p.m.
*Last tickets at 7:15 p.m.
1071 5th Ave. (at 89th and Central Park)
Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th or this is a time when you might actually want the bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 stops across the street

Free Fridays 4-8 p.m.
11 W. 53rd St. (between 5th and 6th Aves.)
Subway: E or V to Fifth Avenue/53rd; B, D, or F to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center
*If you want to get in the most famous works in the short time, take the elevator to floors 4 and 5

American Folk Art Museum
Free Fridays 5:30-7:30 p.m.
45 W. 53rd St. (basically next door to MoMA)
Subway: (same as above)

Whitney Museum of American Art
Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 6-9 p.m.
945 Madison Avenue (at 75th)
*Walkable from Guggenheim
Subway: 6 to 77th or M1, M2, M3, M4 bus

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