The new and improved Museum of Modern Art is definitely worth a visit and with free admission into all galleries, exhibits and films on Fridays from 4 to 8pm, it makes for a perfect date spot. The museum features world renowned paintings and sculptures, as well as photography and architecture exhibits. Wander through the new skylight galleries and reflection pools in the sculpture garden.
Catch a screening of one of this year’s most influential films that are part of The Contenders 2010, carefully selected by MoMA’s Department of Film after combing through major studio releases and top film festivals in the world.
Andy Warhol’s Motion Pictures exhibit is now on view through March 21, focusing on the artist’s silent black-and-white films and portraits from the mid-1960s. Warhol’s Screen Tests reveal his lifelong fascination with celebrities from the 1960s downtown avant-garde scene.
MoMA’s Performance Exhibition Series continues with Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla, which brings Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano (2008) for performances through January 10th. Blending sculpture and performance, the artists, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, have carved a hole in the center of an early 20th century Bechstein piano, creating a void in which the performer stands to play “Ode to Joy.” For each 30-minute performance, the pianist will lean over the piano’s keyboard, playing upside down and backwards, while moving the instrument around the Atrium.
On Friday evenings, the two museum café’s close at 7:30pm, but you can get upscale French American fare at The Modern until 11pm or head out to Aquavit (13 W. 54th St) for award-winning Scandinavian cuisine. There aren’t many budget options in the area, but if you’re looking for something easier on the wallet, try Hillstone (153 E 53rd Street) or Prime Burger (5 East 51st Street).