For many, August is a time to fit in a vacation far, far away from New York City’s crowded streets, but we’re in the mood to celebrate them. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 architectural exhibits and tours you would be remiss to skip this month, from prominent architects to celebrated street art and more. Peruse longtime museum displays at your leisure, put on your walking shoes and hit the pavement, or find the time to do it all!
This exhibit is certainly not the “latest” exhibit, but nonetheless is widely known as the crowning jewel of the Queens Museum’s unique collection of architectural displays. The Panorama was built in 1964 for the World’s Fair by a team of over 100 people over the course of 3 years. The display’s incredible beauty and longevity speak for themselves, so be sure to put this on your August Bucket List.
Through October 1st
Museum of Modern Art
Come celebrate one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright! The major exhibit includes close to 450 of his acclaimed works made between the 1890s and the 1950s, spanning from drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, scrapbooks and more. Even those most well-versed in the architect’s life and work will have much to learn at this jam-packed exhibit.
August 5th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Courtesy of The Municipal Art Society of New York, this walking tour will uncover museum-worthy art hidden amidst the busy traction of the Lower East Side’s streets. Tour Guide Patrick Waldo will take participants from Civic Fame high on top of the Municipal Building to a sculpture partially submerged in the East River, examining work from artists like Daniel Chester French, Isamu Noguchi, Jean DuBuffet, Louise Nevelson and more.
August 12th, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Join tour guide and preservationist Joe Svehlak, longtime resident of Sunset Park who is well versed in the area’s rich history and present-day diversity. The Sunset Park Landmarks Committee is now in the midst of seeking landmark designation for its historic areas, many of which were constructed at the end of the 19th century. And of course, the tour will include the 24.5-acre hilltop park, full of inspiring harbor and city views. Don’t miss out!
August 26th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Led by Deborah Zelcer, this tour will encompass some of the city’s most prominent museums dating back to the conclusion of the Civil War. Tasked with the goal of proving the refinement and artistry of America in the face of Old Europe’s resplendent classic art, the founders of museums such as the National Academy of Design and the Whitney Museum sought to define art and culture in America. The conversation will also include details about the newer incarnations of these museums and how politics comes into play.