Where: Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Established in 1929 with a gift of eight prints and one drawing, this
crown jewel of modern and contemporary art now counts 150,000 objects
in its permanent collection. Following the biggest renovation in its
history, MoMA reopened on its 75th anniversary in November 2004 with
double its previous capacity and a total of 125,000 square feet of
exhibit space. And what treasures that exhibit space holds: galleries
filled with works by Pollock and Picasso, Matisse and Monet, Warhol and
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden is, perhaps, the most
distinctive element of the museum; it is truly an oasis in the heart of
the world's most energetic city.
now, thanks to the spectacular design by architect Yoshio Taniguchi, it
is visible from vantage points throughout the new building. In addition
to the extraordinary collections of paintings, drawings, photographs,
sculpture, prints, illustrations, architecture and design objects, and
film and other new media, there are always special exhibits.
Features: The MoMA Design and Book Store at the museum and a smaller
branch in SoHo can fulfill your gift-shopping list in one fell swoop.
York restaurateur Danny Meyer is responsible for The Modern restaurant,
which serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are a must for the Dining
Room; solo travelers can usually find a seat in the more casual Bar
Room. A separate entrance allows diners to avoid the museum's admission
price of $20.
If you go:
Be sure to spend some time at the museum's Web site beforehand,
www.moma .org. It is as informative as it is user-friendly. With a
little bit of advance planning, you'll be able to maximize your time
during the visit.