Online Museum and Art Experiences

May 21, 2020


Join the Museum of Modern Art every Thursday for its Virtual Views – bringing its collection and galleries online, including access to Donald Judd’s revolutionary sculptures, Dorothea Lange’s powerful photographs, intimate home movies, and more.

Plus, every weekend, MOMA explores an exhibition or a favorite artwork from its collection through video stories and curator Q&As, as well as audio playlists and feature articles.

Coming this Thursday, May 21

Amy Sillman:  The Shape of Shape. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the acclaimed Artist’s Choice exhibition curated by painter Amy Sillman. Join Sillman in conversation with Michelle Kuo, the Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture, as they talk about the importance of shape, the shape-making outliers of art history, and Sillman’s new zine: here.

Past MOMA Virtual Views are available here, and we think you might especially like these two

April 30

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures. Explore iconic works that redefined how we see America with Sarah Meister—plus introductory videos, poetry and artist’s books inspired by Lange, and the mystery around one of the most famous photographs in the world.  Available here.

May 7

The Sculpture Garden. Rediscover one of NYC’s most beloved outdoor spaces, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Relive some of the most inspiring—and wildest—moments in the Sculpture Garden’s history, follow a guided meditation, see how huge sculptures are installed with cranes, and much more.  Available here.

The Frick Museum

Many New Yorkers consider the Frick the ultimate museum experience. Housed in the mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the collection is at once varied across time and singular in the quality of every piece.  Visitors not only experience this priceless art collection, but also are able to return to the grandeur of the Gilded Age and experience the ambience of exquisitely furnished rooms.

In 2010, award-winning filmmaker Christopher Noey produced and directed a short film about the Frick to celebrate the museum’s 75th anniversary. The 11-minute film is as timeless (and as manageable) as the museum.  You can view the short film here.

Every Friday, the museum is offering a weekly installment of

“Cocktails with a Curator”

These 15 to 20 minute segments are both erudite and very entertaining.  Each talk focuses on a single work of art that is in the collection or has an association with works in the collection.  We promise you’ll be captivated and learn a lot. You can find the list of previous talks here. And remember there is a new segment every Friday at 5:00 p.m.

More New York Museums

Many New York museums have virtual tours and exhibitions on their sites. If your favorite isn’t listed, don’t despair and check its site directly — the good news is that with so many, it’s not possible to capture them all.

 Google’s Arts & Culture platform allows virtual access to many New York museums. Below are links to some of the best known:

Beyond New York

If you want to explore beyond New York’s institutions, Google’s Arts & Culture connects you to content from around the world, including:

We think you will find this exhibit particularly interesting:

Fashioning a Nation: Drawings from the Index of American Design illustrate a brief survey of American fashions from 1740 to 1895. The costumes in this exhibit provide some insight into the character and quality of American life from colonial times into the period of the industrial revolution. Most of the costumes represented are formal or “fine” garments of the kind that were preserved and handed down in families from one generation to the next.

Don’t miss the Italian Renaissance collection and the virtual tour of many of the Uzzi Gallery rooms, which will remind you all over again why you love Florence.

Choose any tour, and you’ll be wowed.

You can explore over 2,000 collections, 100,000 artworks, and 10,000 places from 80 countries with Google Arts & Culture

Although there are many inconveniences right now, this is a great time to remind ourselves of all the resources we have at our fingertips and never take advantage of… and a time to find new ones.