31 Days of Art

Suggestions to bring art and artistic ideas into daily life

Photo by Edgar Chaparro on Unsplash

Learn about the full range of modern & contemporary art with MoMA (https://www.moma.org/) for free: https://www.coursera.org/moma Courses are approx 5 weeks long & you learn at your own pace

On Thursdays from 5pm-8pm Bard Graduate Center Gallery (https://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/) has free admission & the Museum of Arts and Design (https://madmuseum.org/exhibitions) from 6pm-9pm has Pay-What-You-Wish admission

‘Self Portrait’ 1911, Egon Schiele. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper.
Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

It’s FirstFriday & you know what that means! Neue Galerie at 86th St & 5th Ave (https://www.neuegalerie.org/) offers free admission (ONLY from 5pm-8pm) for this special day of the month

Every Saturday The Jewish Museum at 92nd St & 5th Ave offers free admission all day (11am-5:45pm) https://thejewishmuseum.org/

‘Smiling Figure’, ceramic 7th-8th century, Remojadas culture, Mexico. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

‘Heritage Voices’ is a podcast focusing on issues of anthropology & archaeology mainly in North and South America. Episodes are about 1 hr long. https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/heritagevoices

The podcast ‘Museum Confidential’ is pretty much a smorgasbord of art topics & ideas. 1 great episode is ‘Building Stories’, how the Chelsea Hotel in #NYC became a museum representing a time/place/moment in local history https://museumconfidential.libsyn.com/website/building-stories

Figure Studies, Eduard Dubois, 17th century. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Tues night is Sketch Night [w/ live models, unclothed] at Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St, $20 at the door, 6:30pm-9:30pm, all skill levels welcome, bring your own drawing materials https://www.societyillustrators.org/sketch-night

On Wednesdays The Frick Collection has Pay-What-You-Wish admission from 2pm-6pm www.frick.org

NYC Skyline, Photo by Thomas Habr on Unsplash

The Skyscraper Museum hosts lectures & talks w/ architects, engineers, historians, & writers. Learn about NYC’s skyline from those who have studied & shaped it w/ this video archive: https://www.skyscraper.org/video/index.htm

On Fridays, National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South offers an Instructed Drawing Session class, $25, 7pm-9pm. Attendees will receive individualized instruction based on their work, click here for more info https://www.nationalartsclub.org/classes

Rattle, 19th century. Masseth or Haida cultures. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Free today (& every day) the National Museum of the American Indian, New York  (https://americanindian.si.edu/visit/newyork) has exhibits exploring Native life of the Americas

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. Photo by Hannah Reding on Unsplash

Digital scans may help rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Last Sept @Frick hosted a lecture by Dr Lindsay Cook explaining how (https://www.frick.org/interact/dr_lindsay_cook_restoring_notre-dame) & for more info re Gothic France architecture see http://mappinggothic.org/

BBC Radio 3’s program ‘The Sunday Feature’ w/ topics ranging from history, science, philosophy, & the arts. Episodes are approx. 45 min, making them the perfect length for your gym workout or daily commute https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrscw/episodes/downloads

On Tuesdays Cooper Hewitt at 2 East 91st Street has Pay-What-You-Wish admission from 6pm-8pm https://www.cooperhewitt.org/events/current-exhibitions/

Exterior photo by Gavin Ashworth, courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum

Free admission always at the American Folk Art Museum at 2 Lincon Square (Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets) (Tu-Th: 11:30-7, Fri: 12-7:30, Sat: 11:30-7, Sun: 12-6 https://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/

Interior, Guggenheim Museum Photo by Drew Patrick Miller on Unsplash

Sign up for New York Adventure Club tours like Guggenheim-90 min of amazing history about this iconic NYC landmark or try another art history tour https://www.nyadventureclub.com/categories/arts/

Every Friday at MoMA (11 West 53rd St) offers free admission from 5:30pm-9pm and @MoMAPS1 NYC residents have free admission Thur-Mon, 12-6 (proof of residence required) https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions

Free admission always at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (W-Th: 11-6, Fri: 11-8, Sat-Sun: 11-6) http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (www.art.org) had a forum in 2018 about Outsider Art w/ talks, info, etc. ‘Artists of Our Time’, a conversation with Marvin Tate, Della Wells & Dr. Charles Smith, moderated by Faheen Majeed is a great video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lXEjf9Vjwk

Dr. Fannie Emanuel, 3507 Grand Blvd., Douglas 0340; Res. 6352 Rhodes Ave., Fairfax 2824., Simms’ blue book and national Negro business and professional directory, 1923. Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

The National Museum of African American History and Culture blog (https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/blog) & ‘Many Lenses’ page (https://nmaahc.si.edu/explore/manylenses) give fascinating accounts of African American histories & their contributions to the USA. Each entry is a 5 min read but the info’s impact will last a lifetime.

For a true insider’s view of the art world, try these short podcasts from ArtTactic. Each is around 25 min, offering valuable insights on the art market from the fairs to the latest trends in buying and selling https://arttactic.com/podcasts/

The blogs from The British Library dive deep into many topics: The Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, maps, medieval manuscripts, music, science, arts, conservation of collections-whatever the interest, they probably have info on it https://www.bl.uk/blogs/

Learn the basics of art history from 1750 to the present with the Städel Course on Modern Art courtesy of Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (Free of charge and in English) http://onlinekurs.staedelmuseum.de/en/

‘Collection of Non-Objective Paintings’, catalog cover, Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim has uploaded old exhibit catalogs onto archive.org, a non-profit library of free books, movies, software, music, websites, etc. Take a look: https://archive.org/details/guggenheimmuseum

MoMA has their full exhibit history online, 1929 to now. Entries have checklist of objects, press release, catalog and photos of installations. Great resource for researchers and art history buffs https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history

Marble relief of a chisel and mallet, 2nd century, AD, Roman. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

The Sculptor’s Funeral podcast melds art history, interviews, and info on artistic technique to explain how and why figurative sculptural artworks are important http://www.thesculptorsfuneral.com/episodes

‘Unframed’, a must-listen podcast with conversations about the contemporary arts scene in South Africa. Hosted by Anthea Pokroy, an artist and photographer in Johannesburg. Episodes are about 1 hour http://unframedpodcast.com/

Free admission always at The Museum at FIT – Tu-Fr: 12pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-5pm. Current shows here: https://www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions/index.php

Arial view of NYC, Photo by Julien Gaud on Unsplash

‘Architecture Talk’ podcast presents interviews from architects and critics along with discussions on aspects of history and future. Hosted by Vikram Prakash, Professor of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle (episodes approx. 1 hr) https://architecturetalk.libsyn.com/

‘The Drawing Lesson’, Jacques Philippe Le Bas, 1749-1783. Etching, engraving.
Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Classes in almost every artistic medium and located all around NYC available through www.coursehorse.com: art history, craft, drawing, glass blowing, jewelry making, metal work, painting, photo, printing, sculpture (clay, stone,etc), sewing, textiles, woodwork https://coursehorse.com/nyc/classes/art

Tile Panel, second half 16th century, Turkey. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

‘The Ottoman History Podcast’ covers a huge range of topics within the theme of the Ottoman Empire. The link here is filtered for the visual arts http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/p/the-visual-past.html, w/ 27 episodes available but the website itself has over 400 episodes in total.