New York City museums' summer programs: MoMA, the Whitney, Jewish Museum, more

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Museums are the jewels in New York City’s cultural crown, no matter the season. But there’s an extra sparkle that comes with summer, emanating from new exhibitions, outdoor spaces and art, special events or the lure of air-conditioned enlightenment. The institutions will join together once again this year for an annual summer highlight, the Museum Mile Festival, on June 13, when many will keep their doors open late and admission free from 6 to 9 p.m. A block party along Fifth Avenue that evening will include face painting, chalk drawing, live music and more. Here are some more suggestions for your summer itinerary. 

New-York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society is showing
(Credit: Written by Kay Thompson/Illustrated by Hilary Knight)

This year marks a century since the United States entered World War I, and you’ll have a chance to explore how American artists reacted to the conflict with “World War I Beyond the Trenches” (May 26-Sept. 3), featuring artwork by John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe and others, as well as toys and posters. The New-York Historical Society demonstrates its range when it opens “Eloise at the Museum” (pictured; June 30-Oct. 9), a closer look at the minds, sketches and manuscripts behind the picture-book heroine. The "Eloise" books were written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.
WHERE 170 Central Park West
INFO $20; 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org 

New-York Historical Society

In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 photo, people
(Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan)

Don’t miss the new Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society. See some of late photographer Bill Cunningham’s personal effects, stop by the recently opened Parliament Espresso and Coffee Bar or have a bite at the bright, elegant Caffe Storico. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Met Museum, showing
(Credit: Qin Shihuangdi Mausoleum Site Museum)

You could spend days wandering through the Met’s many galleries, but this summer make sure to see the new Costume Institute exhibit, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” (through Sept. 4), focusing on the Japanese fashion designer; and another wardrobe-related installation, “Sara Berman’s Closet” (through Sept. 5), a re-creation neatly filled with shoes, clothes, linens, beauty products, luggage and other necessities, all in shades of white — made by her daughter and grandson, Maira and Alex Kalman. Also on view is “Age of Empires” (pictured; through July 16), featuring art of the Qin and Han dynasties (221 B.C. to 200 A.D.).
WHERE 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hundreds of people walk through the Great Hall
(Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

The Met's Roof Garden Bar (open through October) offers seasonal treats and cocktails along with dazzling views. 

Brooklyn Museum

In this March 16, 2017 photo, visitors to
(Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan)

On the first Saturday of every month (except September), the Brooklyn Museum stays up late. Its free Target First Saturdays (5-11 p.m.) allow visitors to explore exhibits, which this summer include the ticketed “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” (pictured; through July 23), “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” (through Sept. 17) and “Infinite Blue” (ongoing). June’s First Saturday will celebrate Pride Month and kick off the five-week film series “What We Believe: Black Queer Brooklyn on Film.”
WHERE 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
INFO $16-$20; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

Brooklyn Museum

People walk through the galleries of the Brooklyn
(Credit: Getty Images/Spencer Platt)

Brooklyn Museum's theme for July theme will celebrate Independence Day, and August’s will be a nod to Caribbean culture. Stop by the cafe for a snack or an Artist Sandwich, inspired by artists featured at the museum, or visit The Norm, where Michelin-starred chef Saul Bolton works with an eclectic mix of flavors, from Mexican to Japanese.

Whitney Museum of American Art

WHITNEY MUSEUM “Calder: Hypermobility” (June 9-October 16, 2017)
(Credit: Calder Foundation, New York / ARS/Jerry L. Thompson)

The new Whitney building was made for summer visits, with 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space and multiple terraces perched above the Hudson River. This summer, wander through “Calder: Hypermobility” (pictured; June 9-Oct. 16), which explores movement and sound in the sculptures of Alexander Calder; “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” (July 14-Oct. 1), a retrospective of the influential 20th century Brazilian artist; and a tribute to Bunny Rogers, a first solo U.S. museum show for the young artist whose installations, videos and sculptures reference diverse sources, from the collective trauma of the Columbine shooting to cartoons and young-adult literature.
WHERE 99 Gansevoort St.
INFO $22-$25; 212-570-3600, whitney.org

Whitney Museum of American Art

Visitor takes a " selfie" on the Highline,
(Credit: Linda Rosier)

The Whitney Biennial remains up through June 11. The museum is until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

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Museum of Modern Art

MOMA
(Credit: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation)

MoMA is celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday with “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” (June 12–Oct. 1), featuring more than 450 works — including architectural drawings, films and scrapbooks. Visitors also can see “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends” (pictured; through Sept. 17) and give female artists the attention they deserve in “Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction” (through Aug. 13).
WHERE 11 W. 53rd St.
INFO $25; 212-708-9400, moma.org

Museum of Modern Art

People visit The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
(Credit: Jeremy Bales)

MoMA's restaurant, The Modern, has an outdoor patio that hosts Summer Thursdays performances and Summergarden, a free classical and jazz concert series on Sundays in July. 

American Museum of Natural History

A visitor to the American Museum of Natural
(Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan)

There’s plenty to see at the American Museum of Natural History, including its newest exhibit, “Mummies” (through Jan. 7), which looks at the mummification practices of ancient Egyptians and Peruvians; and displays such as “The Titanosaur” (ongoing), “Cuba” (pictured; through Aug. 13) and “Opulent Oceans” (through Oct. 1); as well as 2-D and 3-D showings of the film “Humpback Whales” (through Sept. 14).
WHERE Central Park West at 79th Street
INFO $22; 212-769-5100, amnh.org

American Museum of Natural History

The south entrance to the American Museum of
(Credit: AP/Richard Drew)

If you’ve wanted to run away to a museum since reading E.L. Konigsburg’s classic children’s book, “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” the American Museum of Natural History offers sanctioned opportunities. Children ages 6-13 can sign up for A Night at the Museum Sleepover (June 16 and 23), and adults can try A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups (June 30). Make sure you register early because these events sell out quickly.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

View from outside the Guggenheim Museum, Oct. 23,
(Credit: Jennifer S. Altman)

The Guggenheim celebrates the man who designed its iconic New York City home, Frank Lloyd Wright, on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The museum will have a special open day on June 8 with a reduced admission of $1.50, a free birthday cupcake at Café 3 (redeemed with admission ticket) and a midday tour of the building. There also will be architecture-focused building tours (Sundays), a “Drawing the Guggenheim” workshop (June 10) and other special events. The Guggenheim kicks off its Summer Tuesdays after the June 13 Museum Mile Festival with extended hours (until 9 p.m.) and a cash bar. Meander through the rotunda to see “Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim” (through Sept. 6), featuring work by artists including Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Jackson Pollock, who also has his own show, “Jackson Pollock: Exploring Alchemy” (through Sept. 6). 
WHERE 1071 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25; 212-423-3575, guggenheim.org

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Fernand Khnopff "I Lock My Door upon Myself,"
(Credit: BPK Bildagentur / Bayerische)

Fernand Khnopff's "I Lock My Door Upon Myself" (pictured), an1891 oil on canvas, will be on view at the Guggenheim as part of its exhibit "Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892-1897" (June 30-Oct. 4).

Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue. City Living-Upper
(Credit: Jeff Bachner)

The Jewish Museum is a destination for a diverse array of art, Jewish culture and classic New York noshes. Once you’ve worked up an appetite by seeing the exhibits, head to the museum’s own outpost of the classic Lower East Side appetizing shop, Russ and Daughters, for bagels, smoked fish, knishes, soups and babka. Museum admission is free on Saturdays. 
WHERE 1109 Fifth Ave.
INFO $15; 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

Jewish Museum

Florine Stettheimer Family Portrait II, 1933 Oil on
(Credit: Museum of Modern Art)

This summer, visitors to the Jewish Museum can explore “Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry” (pictured, through Sept. 24), “The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin” (through Aug. 6), “Charlemagne Palestine’s Bear Mitzvah in Meshugahland” (through Aug. 6) and “Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures From Playgrounds to Palaces” (ongoing).

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