When I travel to New York, I try to do as much as possible without killing my credit card. I bet you feel the same! I always grab a New York CityPASS which covers my art, history and culture needs in one pass. The New York CityPASS is for the traveller who wants a beautifully curated trip that they can instagram about and also experience NYC at its finest.
Let’s talk about the New York CityPASS:
• One simple purchase.
• Nine consecutive days of validity, including the first day of use.
• Expedited entry at many attractions.
• Instant delivery with convenient mobile or printable ticket options.
• Adult C$ 183.42
• Child C$ 150.07
• General admission to the Guggenheim’s collection, plus special exhibits
• Ages 11 & under, free (admission prices may be lower during exhibition changeover periods)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the permanent home of a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hill von Rebay. It adopted its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, in 1952.
What did I love? I loved that I just happened to bump into Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold Story” on the day I visited the Guggenheim. The line was super short since I visited early in the day and I was able to take my time taking photos for my instgram and sat down a few times to take his work in.
This exhibition takes as its starting point the painting The Death of Michael Stewart, informally known as Defacement, created by Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) in 1983. The work commemorates the fate of the young, black artist Michael Stewart at the hands of New York City Transit Police after allegedly tagging a wall in an East Village subway station. Originally painted on the wall of Keith Haring’s studio within a week of Stewart’s death, Basquiat’s painting was a deeply personal lamentation that has rarely been exhibited in a public context. With The Death of Michael Stewart as its centerpiece, this exhibition examines Basquiat’s exploration of black identity, his protest against police brutality, and his attempts to craft a singular aesthetic language of empowerment. Several of the works on view by Basquiat illustrate his sustained engagement with the subject of state authority in the paintings depicting police figures. Other works explore his canonization of historical black figures, especially the jazz legend Charlie Parker, who was perhaps Basquiat’s favorite hero to depict on canvas. An early self-portrait, created the same year as The Death of Michael Stewart, suggests Basquiat’s keen self-awareness as a black artist navigating a predominantly white and often hostile art world. It is being shown until January 2020.
Hot Tip: Go early in the morning to avoid people who sleep in and want to get into the Guggenheim late in the day. Plus you have more time to walk around and take breaks. Make sure you take a lot of photos of this iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building. I have visited it many times thanks to CityPASS and it never gets old!
Lastly, try to do the Guggenheim first, and then walk down south the shady party of the street to The Met and then the Met Breuer. If you feel adventurous, walk north before heading to Met and grab a delicious lunch care of Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum first. 🙂