Metropolitan Museum, New York City
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is not only the largest museum in the United States, but is also one of the most visited museums in the world (behind the Louvre, Palace Museum, and the British Museum). Located on 5th Avenue next to Central Park, this stunning museum contains over 2 million works of art ranging from ancient Egyptian paintings to recreated Spanish patios that highlight the Arabic influence in Southern Spanish cities such as Cordoba and Sevilla.
A few interesting exhibitions currently showing at the Met include Pergamon, which showcases artifacts in the Hellenistic kingdoms in the ancient world along with Manus and Machina, that focuses on the art of fashion in the age of technology. Another incredible exhibition is titled “Design for Eternity,” which offers visitors an inside look into architectural models from North and South America during the ancient times.
Whitney Museum, New York City
A museum fully dedicated to American art in the 20th and 21st centuries, this institution’s private collections owns more than 20,000 works of art ranging from drawings, prints, videos, films, and sculptures. The Whitney is also known for showcasing works that are created by upcoming artists both domestically and internationally.
One particular exhibition that will be on display until mid-February 2017 is titled “Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection,” which essentially highlight how self-proclaimed identity is shaped through a single or sometimes multiple portraits. This exhibition also sheds lights on the ubiquity of portraits and specifically, how the omnipresence of the digital age affects this artistic style in a very different manner than before. If you get the chance, be sure to visit the exhibition titled “Mirror Cells,” which recreates the neurons in our brain when absorbing concepts such as joy and pain when observing human behavior.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Conveniently located on the National Mall in our nation’s capital, the National Gallery of Art houses some of the finest works of art. Unique exhibitions currently on display at this museum now include Three Centuries of American Prints and Lectures and Book Signings.
Interestingly enough, this American print exhibition will display a wide array of art that touch on concepts related to historical events such as the Boston Massacre, indigenous people, natural landscape, and the influence democracy had within the artistic sphere. As this year marks the 75th anniversary of this establishment’s existence, paying a visit to the National Gallery is quite meaningful in 2016.