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Arts & Museums
The Miriam And Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery is housed within the sprawling campus of the Columbia University. This gallery has been in the forefront of promoting an artistic climate in the city. Check website for a list of upcoming events.
The museum houses 200 paintings from the collection of Russian-born artist Nicholas Roerich. The center serves as a platform for up and coming artists, featuring an ongoing poetry series and live music performances throughout the year.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded to honor American artists, composers, writers, architects and those chosen elite selected from the fine arts. The institute is part of a complex of Classical Revival structures on the estate of John James Audubon, who is buried in the nearby Trinity Cemetery. The Academy is not open to the public, but scholars with credentials can peruse original work and first editions in the library by appointment. Some notable members from the Academy have included Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Andrew Wyeth and Aaron Copeland. The same complex also houses the Hispanic Society of America and the American Numismatic Society.
Upon entering the gates of the Hispanic Society of America, you are confronted with an impressive statue of El Cid. The museum displays all things concerning the Iberian Peninsula and its history. In addition to prints and paintings by Goya and El Greco, the library houses more than 250,000 articles and manuscripts about the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. The Society is also proud to be known as one of the premier repositories of textiles from the ancient Mediterranean and Levant, from royal Valencian tapestries to Alhambra Silks with all there detailed filigree. The interior design resembles a cathedral, and effigies of many Spanish nobles line the terracotta floors. This outstanding collection of art from Spain and Portugal is definitely worth the trip uptown. Admission is free. The grounds also house the private American Academy of Arts and Letters.
This collection is located in the heart of Harlem and within a branch of the New York Public Library. Arthur Schomburg, born in Puerto Rico, was the original collector of this compendium of information about the black experience and African slavery. The original manuscripts, photographs, paintings and other documents that comprised the collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have been expanded since Schomburg's death in 1940, and now include over five million items. Admission is free. Call for more details.
Housed in a beautifully restored brownstone at Harlem, Casa Frela is the place for art enthusiasts who are serious about gaining new insights. Catch exhibitions of works by highly involved artists like Noreen Dean Dresser. Examine various paintings and photography exhibits covering various times and events. Casa Frela also works with different organizations like the Harlem's Children Zone and Prison Facilities and they organize different community programs from time to time. The gallery owner, Mr. Lawrence Rodriguez, even helps you arrange a pick up and drop off car service, if contacted in advance. Go and awaken your creative side in this artistically evolved atmosphere. Call for more details.
The 369th Regimental Armory building is occupied by the 369th Historical Society Museum. Founded in 1960, it is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the Harlem Hellfighters. Its exhibitions include a well-curated display of artifacts and memorabilia that offer visitors a glimpse of history from World War I. It features on the National Register of Historic Places.
The New York Hall of Science is an interactive museum geared towards children. The Space Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair took place here, but now it houses more than 160 exhibits detailing the history and evolution of science and technology. A highlight is the outdoor Science Playground, a park filled with interactive games and displays. Fictional characters and scientific arts and crafts are used extensively much to the delight of the little ones here.
Harlem in New York is popular for fostering the growth of Jazz music. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem contributes to this culture by housing a huge collection of CDs, DVDs and books. This museum is the proud owner of the Savory Collection which includes recordings, radio broadcasts and performances by the earliest and popular jazz artists with the likes of Bennie Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong. Visitors can also peruse splendid photographs of performers in action that adorn the walls of the museum. Check the website for updates regarding events.
This museum first opened to the public in a schoolroom in 1969 to promote a wider knowledge of artists from the Caribbean and Latin-America. Located on 5th Avenue at 104th St. the Barrio Museum has the distinction of being the only Latin American museum in the Northeastern U.S. Its permanent collection, with an emphasis on the autochthonous peoples in the Americas, is composed of over 8,000 paintings, prints, drawings, photos and sculptures. Through rotating exhibits and outreach programs, their mission is to educate and promote Latin American art and cultural heritage.
From its colonization by the Dutch up to the present day, the evolution of New York City is explained at this Manhattan museum. Established in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York houses hundreds of thousands of photographs, prints and paintings, as well as numerous special exhibitions on the city. Down in the basement, there are antique paintings, safety equipment and maps. Special tours can also be arranged for students and other groups. Check out the museum store to pick up cool merchandise like clothes, books, gifts and more.