Best NYC Exhibits to See Right Now According to a Concierge

Best NYC Exhibits to See Right Now According to a Concierge

(Courtesy The New York Marriott East Side/ Margaret Geraghty, Concierge)


New York City’s museums are one of its most vital and essential cultural attractions. In a city with scores of museums and special exhibits encompassing art, design, science and history, there is a museum experience for everyone’s taste. All of the city’s museums have wonderful permanent collections, but there are times when an exhibit is especially well worth seeing and that may help in narrowing the scope when choosing a museum to visit. These are my picks for the city’s best current museum exhibits:


The critically acclaimed works of abstract artist Hilma af Klint are currently on display in “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” at the Guggenheim Museum. The works in the exhibit, though devoid of representational content, capture the imagination with their bold forms and colors. While af Klint is not as well-known as some abstractionists who followed her, she was a brilliant forerunner of abstract expressionism. The iconic gallery space of the Guggenheim is an ideal place to display this visual symphony dedicated to the beauty of shape and color.


“Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth” at The Morgan Library & Mueseum is a must-see for any fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classics “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series. It is one of the most comprehensive displays of Tolkien’s work and includes original illustrations and draft manuscripts of the stories that have become cultural touchstones. Also included are maps and designs Tolkien conceived while creating the realm we have all come to know as middle-earth. Personal effects, photos and memorabilia are also included in the exhibit and provide an interesting look at the life and work of one of the most important and beloved writers of the 20th century.


American Museum of Natural History


“Unseen Oceans,” currently on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History provides its visitors the wondrous experience of exploring the depths of the Earth’s oceans from dry land. The ocean is a vast and mysterious realm, teeming with life and home to elaborate and delicate ecosystems.  This exhibit is an entry to that that realm that allows its visitors an opportunity to marvel at the variety and at times almost mythical quality of marine life. The exhibit also includes a look at new technology that has enabled us to see and explore ocean life like never before and also include a scale model of a Triton submersible.

The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is currently home to the exhibit, “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.” It is an exciting and visionary glimpse how emerging technologies will impact how we move goods, people and services in the future. MIT, Arup, Toyota, IDEO and Waymo have all loaned cutting-edge design and research to the exhibit, which considers how drones, bots, droids and other technologies will make transportation safer, faster and more green and efficient. A highlight is the college design showcase featuring designs from the next generation of innovators and inventors. This is an exhibit that allows visitors an exciting look at the future’s possibilities.


“Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” at the Whitney Museum of American Art is one of the most exciting and extensive exhibits of Warhol’s large body of work ever displayed. It is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. museum since 1989 and includes some of the artist's most iconic works as well as lesser-known, earlier pieces that show the arc of his career and his evolution as an artist and creative pioneer. Warhol’s distinctive style and perspective on American life, pop culture and media allowed him to create works that are provocative, insightful and timeless. The exhibit provides a rare opportunity to truly appreciate the

complexity, daring and perspective of his genius.



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