By Kassandra Ibrahim, FCRH '22

While your favorite museums and galleries may be closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, NYC art institutions are continually providing experiences that you can access right on your laptop in quarantine! 

For a broad spectrum, Google’s Arts & Culture Platform provides hundreds of virtual exhibits and collections including the MoMA, the MET, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Frick Collection, the Cloisters, the Brooklyn Museum, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Rubin Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, the Asia Society, the Museum at FIT, the Children’s Museum of the Arts and even street art of NYC! This online experience offers the ability to go back in time and view previous exhibitions that are no longer available in person. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Art At Home” campaign offers a plethora of digital experiences. The MET 360° Project allows viewers to step into the museum via their computer screen. The Primer presents virtual exhibitions and installations with interactive features that invite the viewer to engage with their content. Current exhibitions on the Primer include: There’s a Revolution in Your Teapot, In 2020, art can be made from literally anything. So why still paint?, In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met, How did political lightweight transform himself into one of the most powerful rulers in European History?, and Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll. Similar to Google’s Arts & Culture Platform, the Primer allows for the viewer to time travel to different exhibits that are no longer accessible in 2020. On top of all this, Art At Home also contains videos, blogs, audio guides, publications, their full online collection and more online features!

For art lovers over 21, the Frick Collection is offering a Happy Hour Youtube series “Cocktails with a Curator” every Friday at 5pm! While their galleries and library are closed to the public, the Frick Collection continues to provide online lectures and a virtual tour. The virtual tour allows for the viewer to click through their digital map to explore the museum in any order you like, including the Frick Art Reference Library! The map also displays a color coded version of the building’s evolution through time.

For those who enjoy modern art, the “Guggenheim From Home showcases online tours including a virtual version of their current exhibition: The Fullness of Color: 1960s Painting. You can also sift through their online collection and take digital tours! The Guggenheim’s “For Families, From Home” provides online programs for children and teens to participate in during quarantine (occasionally advanced registration is required). Select Mondays and Thursdays the Guggenheim also holds at-home art classes

The Museum of Modern Art invites you to participate virtually in their online events, explore their magazine and online collection! Free of charge, the MoMA is offering online courses, teaching art from home, and video experiences! The MoMA, continually seeking to provide a more inclusive environment, exhibits at-home family art activities in both English and Spanish!

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s “The Whitney from Home” also provides bilingual options within their interactive online exhibitions! The “Whitney from Home” also displays video content in addition to their online collection. Like many other institutions, the Whitney has a “Families” section with audio tours and activities for all ages!

For those who love to learn about Medieval artwork, the Morgan Library and Museum is hosting free virtual talks and tours on select Wednesdays and Fridays with required registration. Be sure to also check out their online exhibitions, videos and search through their online collection.

Additionally, the New-York Historical Society displays online exhibitions and the New York Public Library presents their digital collections on both their websites.

While you may not be able to explore these amazing institutions on foot, their online platforms can bring their collections into your home during these difficult times. And, all of these museums and galleries are active on social media as well! Click the above links, follow @artramblings and other museum accounts and engage with new exhibits all while staying home!

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art main lobby, poss. by The Metropolitan Museum, Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art.jpg

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