Just a third of a mile down Fifth Avenue is the Guggenheim. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, and is just as much a piece of art as the works inside. This museum focuses on art from the impressionism, post-impressionism, early modern and contemporary eras, and includes pieces from Paul Cèzanne, Fernand Léger, Marc Chegall, Amedeo Modigliani and Paul Klee.
MOMA should be the main stop for those who are primarily interested in Modern Art. The gallery is located in Midtown Manhattan on 53rd
Street, and includes art spanning design, architecture, photography, sculpture, painting, books, electronic media, prints and film. The gallery also has a library with more than 300,000 exhibition catalogs and books.
There are dozens of other galleries beyond the big three, and they range from large installation pieces to spaces for art performances to more traditional galleries. The WhiteBox aims to highlight the meaningful nature of creating art, and does this by hosting exhibitions, screenings, lectures, panel discussions, performances and more. Walter de Maria's New York Earth Room
in SoHo was established in the 80s and is an even more abstract space. It consists solely of a large room filled with a few feet of dirt. The air is heavy and smells of agriculture, and the serene space is meant to contrast the fast-paced metropolitan city outside of the room.
Photographers will enjoy the Yossi Milo Gallery
in Manhattan, which focuses on art primarily created using photography, video and paper. The art featured here is meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia and familiarity. Pace
is another contemporary gallery in Chelsea, though it was originally founded in Boston in 1960 before it was moved to New York in 1963. It has 10 locations around the globe and features art from dozens of influential modern artists.