Home Is Where the Art Is
There are myriad reasons to love living in New York City, for many, the arts are the biggest draw. A vast and wide-ranging arts scene pulsates with creativity, awaiting your exploration. But with the sheer amount of art exhibits and happenings occurring throughout the city, where do you begin?
Few neighborhoods offer artistic treasures as fine or as varied as NoMad. Just steps from the luxury Manhattan condominiums at 277 Fifth Avenue, a host of galleries and museums will satisfy even the most eclectic of tastes. Take a quick stroll, and you may find yourself viewing historic manuscripts in a grand museum or discovering modern furniture handcrafted by emerging designers.
The Morgan Library & Museum is worth a visit for the architecture alone. Walking into the McKim Building, you will be immediately immersed in grandeur; think marble and stained glass. A vaulted ceiling of lunettes rises high above you, painted with painstakingly intricate scenes. The sense of opulence permeating the interior is certainly apropos as the collection belonged to Pierpont Morgan, one of the most significant bankers of early America and an avid art enthusiast. In 2006, Renzo Piano designed an addition that introduced a modern touch to the magnificent campus.
The Morgan’s manuscripts should not be missed, especially if you’re a bookworm at heart and love to see the idly scribbled thoughts of your heroes and heroines. If you’ve ever wondered what Jane Austen’s handwriting looks like, here’s your chance to finally find out. In addition, the collection houses rare handwritten letters and drafts by such literary giants as Tennessee Williams, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain, among others.
Visual art aficionados will find much to love as well. The Morgan’s exhibit Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection, which runs September 29th through January 7th, will feature drawings from what The New York Times recently called “a spectacular ensemble”. This ensemble will include work by “pivotal artists” such as Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Piranesi, Watteau, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Daumier, Redon, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock.
After appreciating the work of the masters, you may be in the mood for something more contemporary. In that case, head to CUE Art Foundation, one of the only foundations in the city focused on supporting “emerging and under-recognized artists of all ages.” One promising current exhibit is Weathering Time, a collection of photographs by Nancy Floyd. Her work is largely focused on self-portraiture, with images taken over the course of thirty-five years. Floyd began photographing herself in 1982 and continued the practice daily. As a result, her photos speak to the effects of time a deeply personal level.
Meanwhile, at the Cristina Grajales Gallery, you’ll find sculptures, ceramics, textiles, furniture and lighting, all created by modern, emerging artists and makers. As the gallery phrases it, the work you’ll find here “pushes, blurs, and in some cases erases the line between art and design.” Be sure to check out the sleekly designed furniture of Best Chilean Designer of the Year Sebastian Errazuriz or the minimalist sculptures of James Salaiz. You may discover a new work of art you (and your new home in NoMad) can’t function without.