American Museum of Natural History: Suggested Donation Admission – meaning you can give $1-$100 for your ticket(s). read the small print, disregard the printed #.
Current Exhibition: Spider Silk An incredible 11 by 4 foot textile made with the golden silk of female spiders from Madagascar (and only collected during the rainy season when it is produced by the majestic arachnids). The magnificent work took four years to complete, using techniques centuries old. Did you know that spider silk is stronger than steel <when compared by weight> and can stretch up to 40% of its normal length? Cool!
Brooklyn Museum: Suggested Donation Admission (as AMNH)
Upcoming Exhibit: Andy Warhol: The Last Decade A survey examining Warhol’s late work, showing nearly 50 pieces. On view June 18 – Sept 12, mark your calendar or go now – the long-term installations are fantastic.
The Frick Collection: Sundays, 11am-1pm, pay what you wish
Guggenheim: Saturdays, 5:45pm-7:45pm, pay what you wish
International Center of Photography: Fridays, 5pm-8pm, voluntary contribution
Current Exhibition: Alan B. Stone and the Senses of Place 60 b+w images by Alan B. Stone (1928–1992) focused around the meaning of “place”.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Recommended Admission (as AMNH)
Current Exhibition: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting from Australia 14 bold works – never before on public display – painted by contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists.
Museum of the city of NY: Suggested Donation Admission
National Museum of the American Indian, The George Gustav Heye Center: Free Admission
Current Exhibition: Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America Celebrating one of the most popular sports on Indian reservations – the vibrancy, creativity and controversy of this skate culture is on view.
P.S.1: Suggested Donation Admission
Current Exhibition: Leandro Erlich: Swimming Pool *quick* march 1 is the last day of this awesome long term installation, which mimics being in -or looking down on- a swimming pool. a visual trick of water and duplex – see it in person!
Studio Museum in Harlem: Suggested Donation Admission
Whitney: Fridays, 6pm-9pm, pay what you wish
Current Exhibition: 2010 Whitney Biennial 75th year of the signature exhibition opens today!
and of course, these smaller galleries are almost always gratis, a few favorites include:
Alexander and Bonin
The Flag Art Foundation
Barbara Gladstone Gallery
Jonathan Levine Gallery
Matthew Marks Gallery
Yossi Milo Gallery