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Arts & Museums
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded to honor American artists, composers, writers, architects and those chosen elite selected from the fine arts. The institute is part of a complex of Classical Revival structures on the estate of John James Audubon, who is buried in the nearby Trinity Cemetery. The Academy is not open to the public, but scholars with credentials can peruse original work and first editions in the library by appointment. Some notable members from the Academy have included Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Andrew Wyeth and Aaron Copeland. The same complex also houses the Hispanic Society of America and the American Numismatic Society.
Upon entering the gates of the Hispanic Society of America, you are confronted with an impressive statue of El Cid. The museum displays all things concerning the Iberian Peninsula and its history. In addition to prints and paintings by Goya and El Greco, the library houses more than 250,000 articles and manuscripts about the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world. The Society is also proud to be known as one of the premier repositories of textiles from the ancient Mediterranean and Levant, from royal Valencian tapestries to Alhambra Silks with all there detailed filigree. The interior design resembles a cathedral, and effigies of many Spanish nobles line the terracotta floors. This outstanding collection of art from Spain and Portugal is definitely worth the trip uptown. Admission is free. The grounds also house the private American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Cloisters is the medieval outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Overlooking the Hudson River, it is a deeply relaxing and spiritual place. The interlocking cloisters are faithful reconstructions of five French monasteries. They were erected between 1934 and 1938 on a site offered by John D. Rockefeller Jr. The museum here is devoted to medieval architecture and European art. The gardens are as beautiful as the chapels and cloisters.
Housed in a Dutch Colonial farmhouse, this museum is located on the northern tip of Manhattan. The Dyckman family was part of the Huguenot migration from the Netherlands in the 1600s. They survived Indian attacks, but were forced out during the American Revolution when the British occupied the area. Today, the rebuilt house, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, is preserved in the Colonial fashion. Several rooms in the house contain actual furniture that was owned by the family. One room has Revolutionary War relics including cannonballs, a tattered flag, uniforms and weapons.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, housed in what used to be a synagogue, exhibits a variety of contemporary and 20th-century art. There is a permanent collection displaying the works of artists from Asia, Latin America and Africa. The museum also offers some great educational programs and lectures. There is a cafe on site, and several neighborhood restaurants nearby.
The 369th Regimental Armory building is occupied by the 369th Historical Society Museum. Founded in 1960, it is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of the Harlem Hellfighters. Its exhibitions include a well-curated display of artifacts and memorabilia that offer visitors a glimpse of history from World War I. It features on the National Register of Historic Places.
This collection is located in the heart of Harlem and within a branch of the New York Public Library. Arthur Schomburg, born in Puerto Rico, was the original collector of this compendium of information about the black experience and African slavery. The original manuscripts, photographs, paintings and other documents that comprised the collection at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture have been expanded since Schomburg's death in 1940, and now include over five million items. Admission is free. Call for more details.
An offshoot of the Longwood Art Project, this gallery at Hostos Community College hosts exhibitions throughout the year. Drop in to check out their varied exhibits and satisfy your artistic appetite. Check their website to find out what grabs your interest. The gallery was set up so as to provide an inherent boost to the work of budding artists from various groups that not represented too well on the basis of race and ethnicity.
The Miriam And Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery is housed within the sprawling campus of the Columbia University. This gallery has been in the forefront of promoting an artistic climate in the city. Check website for a list of upcoming events.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
The museum houses 200 paintings from the collection of Russian-born artist Nicholas Roerich. The center serves as a platform for up and coming artists, featuring an ongoing poetry series and live music performances throughout the year.
Housed in a beautifully restored brownstone at Harlem, Casa Frela is the place for art enthusiasts who are serious about gaining new insights. Catch exhibitions of works by highly involved artists like Noreen Dean Dresser. Examine various paintings and photography exhibits covering various times and events. Casa Frela also works with different organizations like the Harlem's Children Zone and Prison Facilities and they organize different community programs from time to time. The gallery owner, Mr. Lawrence Rodriguez, even helps you arrange a pick up and drop off car service, if contacted in advance. Go and awaken your creative side in this artistically evolved atmosphere. Call for more details.