Let’s Tour!

‘Tis the season to get out and about and New York’s museums and galleries are perfect places to meet up with friends or enjoy a little downtime in the holiday season. Join me, an art critic and founder of New York Art Tours on the Art:21 blog during the next two weeks for a guide and commentary on the city’s latest must-see contemporary art.

Crowds flock to the Met’s Christmas tree and 18th-century Neapolitan nativity but equally pilgrimage-worthy artworks beckon in other museums. Over the next three days, we’ll visit Carsten Höller’s hotel room in the Guggenheim, Pipilotti Rist’s eye-popping video installation in MoMA’s second floor lobby atrium and Michelle Obama’s recently hung portrait in Elizabeth Peyton’s retrospective at the New Museum.

Later in the week, our tour will make an extended stop in Chelsea where we’ll hit the biggest and best shows, including a visit to James Cohan Gallery to check out Art:21 artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s latest solo exhibition.  Then it’s on to the Lower East Side, where an entire budding gallery scene has opened around (and before!) the opening of the New Museum, a year ago today.