Thursday, January 19, 2017

REPOST: Free NYC Museum Admissions on Inauguration Day!



NYC museums offering free admission on Inauguration Day

The New-York Historical Society
 Photo courtesy New-York Historical Society
As the country prepares for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, many galleries across New York City have heeded the call that "business should not proceed as usual in any realm," as per the call to action of the J20 Art Strike, and are closing their doors for the day. But many of the city's museums have taken the extraordinary step of waiving admission fees on Friday, January 20, arguing that instead of closing to the public, they should serve as a reminder that art in America is diverse, tolerant, and available to all.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of the museums that will offer free admission—and, in some cases, counter-programming—on Inauguration Day. If we've missed a spot, let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list.

1 Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America will also offer free admission on Friday, an excellent opportunity to check out its myriad galleries devoted to the Chinese American experience. One of its new installations is a "response wall" asking participants to share how they feel about the future of America—share your thoughts there, if you feel so compelled.
215 Centre St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 619-4785

2 New Museum

The Lower East Side art museum will be pay-what-you-wish for entry on Friday, “In recognition of art's power to transform communities and to foster tolerance and empathy,” per a press release. The museum’s blockbuster Pipilotti Rist exhibit—which has drawn huge crowds and long lines—is on view until January 22, so Friday may be the time to go and immerse yourself in the “Pixel Forest.”
Courtesy New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
(212) 219-1222

3 Children's Museum Of The Arts

For those who might need a safe space for their kids tomorrow, consider the Children's Museum of Art. The institution will be open and pay-as-you-wish from noon to 6 p.m., and the message for the day is one of inclusion: "CMA is offering its space to the community as a place to come together this Friday for reflection, support, and inspiration."
103 Charlton St
New York, NY 10014

4 Whitney Museum of American Art

On Friday, the Whitney is operating on a pay-what-you-wish admission scale (as opposed to its usual $22 fee) as a way to “affirm our commitment to open dialogue, civic engagement, and the diversity of American art and culture.” The museum will also host special public programs that day, including guided tours that examine “the complexity of American identity” through art, and a speak-out organized by Occupy Museums.
Max Touhey
99 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 570-3600

5 Rubin Museum of Art

On Inauguration Day, the Rubin’s weekly K2 Friday Night event is dedicated, appropriately, to the theme of “Face Your Fears.” A guided tour of the museum’s galleries will focus on “themes of powerful protection, intense vigilance, and overcoming ego,” all things that are sure to be necessary in the months (heck, days) ahead. There are snacks and (probably much-needed) cocktails, too.
150 W 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 620-5000

6 Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

MAD hopes that by offering pay-what-you-wish admission on Friday, more visitors will come to see the museum's "unprecedented" number of exhibits that spotlight the work of female artists. One of those, "Crochet Coral Reef: Toxic Seas," an examination of climate change through fiber art, will close on January 22—see it while you can.
2 Columbus Cir
New York, NY 10019
(212) 299-7777

7 New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

NYC's oldest museum is hosting a series of exhibits and public programs that examines what, exactly, the presidency means these days. Titled "The Presidency Project," the series includes various artworks (including Nari Ward's "We the People," pictured above, which takes the first three words of the preamble to the Constitution and renders them in shoelace form—the laces being provided by the people), displays of historical artifacts, and public programs. On Fridays, admission is free from 6 to 8 p.m.
170 Central Park W
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

8 Bard Grad Center Gallery

The Bard Graduate Center will host a reading of the United States Constitution, with the goal of "offer[ing] an open space for dialogue and contemplation," according to the space's gallery director. Readings will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; in between, the exhibit "Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions" (which could prove to be somewhat prescient, given the current climate) will be open for all to see.
18 W 86th St
New York, NY 10024

9 Museum of the Moving Image

Not only will the Museum of the Moving Image offer free admission on Inauguration Day (from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.), it'll also screen the critically-acclaimed 2016 film Loving. The movie tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose landmark Supreme Court case (Loving v. Virginia, decided in 1967) struck down rulings against interracial marriage and represented a huge civil rights victory. The film screens at 2 p.m., and tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
36-01 35th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 777-6800

10 Queens Museum

The Queens Museum will be closed on Inauguration Day (as part of a solidarity effort with the J20 strike), but those planning to attend the Womens March (or any other protest or march) in the coming days may want to head to Flushing anyway. The museum will host a workshop from noon to 2 p.m., where people can receive advice and guidance on making their own signs, buttons, and other ephemera to use in marches. The museum will also provide materials free of charge.
Great Lakes Court
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 592-9700

11 Brooklyn Museum

Need to antidote to "Make America Great Again"? On Friday, the Brooklyn Museum will host a daylong reading of Langston Hughes's 1935 poem "Let America Be America Again," a bracing and, as the museum notes, prescient—yet still hopeful—examination of the American dream. Readings will happen every 30 minutes throughout the day.
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-5000

12 Newark Museum

No, it's technically not New York City, but for the intrepid (or the Jersey-dwellers), the Newark Museum is also offering free admission on Friday. Its tagline for the day is "rediscover the things that unite us," and the museum will draw on its century within the Newark community to provide a safe space for all that day. Gallery tours and a planetarium show are among the day's programs.
Courtesy Newark Museum
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-6550

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