It’s April in New York, the flowers and trees are starting to bloom, and the city seems to be opening up as well. Almost all the museums have now opened at 25 percent capacity, with mask mandates, and advanced ticketing. If you’re ready to venture inside, here are a few new exhibits of note.
The Frick Madison just opened at 945 Madison Avenue-the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer—while the Frick’s mansion undergoes a massive renovation. No ornate furniture here, but an opportunity to focus on their spectacular cllection.
Art Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park’s “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away” exhibition features more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world, on view for the first time in the U.S.
“So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II” at the New-York Historical Society celebrates the 80th anniversary of the USO, and this show not only has plenty of World War II-era artifacts, photos and film, it also looks at Hope’s unique talent for entertaining the troops.
The Met Museum’s Old Masters Galleries is newly reopened. This 4-year project introduces 21 renovated galleries. The glorious paintings by Rubens, Goya, and Van Eycks can now be seen in a new light, due to enhanced natural skylights.
The New Musuem’s “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America” explores the history of racist violence represented by 37 artists through video, painting, sculpture, installation and photography. American history is on display – from the civil rights movement of the 1960s to issues of police violence in the United States in the 1990s and today.
On the performance front, starting this week, smaller venues and halls can welcome 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. While Broadway looks like a late fall possibility, the Daryl Roth Theater premieres Blindness this week. The Donmar Warehouse socially distanced sound and light experience “unveils the gripping story of a world changed forever, reminding us that from the darkness, we will all emerge stronger.”
This week the producers of Diana The Musical shared news they would be premiering on Broadway in December. Also, we kid you not, a play based on Game of Thrones will be on Broadway next year. We’re much more interested in when we can finally see The Music Man with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, and if Company with Katrina Lenk and Patti Lupone will return. Sadly, they were both about to open when everything went dark.
Lincoln Center Restart Stages has created 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces and will feature free and low-cost events, including Lincoln Center’s resident companies. Concert and cabaret, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, The New York City Ballet, and many more will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place. It all begins April 7th. To find out more about the events as they’re announced, sign up HERE.
The 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival kicks off June 9th and the 12-day festival will be an outdoor celebration of movies, with screenings and talks held across New York’s five boroughs. For festival updates, offers and ticket packages, sign up HERE.
The wonderful news that The Public Theater will return to Central Park’s Delacorte Theatre this summer for Free Shakespeare in the Park with Merry Wives, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor, does make us feel particularly joyful.
And now, get out and smell the roses (and all the other flowers that are blooming). Follow Central Park’s Spring Guide with a handy walking tour, to find the flowers currently blooming.
It”s Cherry Blossom season at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden but there’s so much more to experience. There’s a new series of nature walks and sound works — site-specific original compositions and audio walks — for visitors to experience at their own pace.
Renowned artist Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature opens April 10 at the New York Botanical Garden. Be sure to purchase your timed tickets beforehand to experience her monumental floral sculptures and installations throughout NYBG’s 250-acre landscape.
PLAY BALL! It wouldn’t be Spring without Opening Day at the ball park, albeit at reduced capacity. Along with your mitt, you’ll need proof of full vaccination, received at least 14 days prior to the day of the gam, or a negative test result from a PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the game.
For MSG and Barclays Center, requirements include face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, spaced-out assigned seating, and a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the event for fans.
Maybe we’ll just stick to the cherry blossoms.