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“Fair selection of Modern Art”

Museum of Arts and Design
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Ranked #157 of 1,103 things to do in New York City
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fair selection of Modern Art”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Not as well curated as other big NYC museums- I'd recommend instead visiting some Chelsea galleries for contemporary art or visiting the Moma or Cooper Hewitt for viewing design on display.

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108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A refreshing change in the museum world of NYC”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

I had seen review of this museum and thought it sounded like a nice place to visit on a trip to NYC with a friend who really isn't strongly into art, but is always game to at least try the places I steer her towards. One of the big attractions initially was the restaurant, Robert, on the 9th floor. But after a terrific lunch with a panoramic view, we began to explore the 6 floors of the museum. The 6th floor had open studios and we had a chance to speak to some friendly sculptors. Doris Duke's Shangri La in Hawaii was featured on the 5th floor with gorgeous blown up pictures of the house, Doris and her friends, and many Islamic artifacts and some of her exotic dresses and robes (the friendly guard said if I wanted to visit on my next trip to Hawaii, I would have to apply months in advance). The 4th floor was the most unusual, with the art of scent being the exhibit. You could stick your head into niches and get whiffs of pieces of the history of scent and scents created to evoke impressions (some of these I got, others I labeled just plain "stinky"). The Contemporary Glass on the 3rd floor was a comprehensive exhibit and I was able to spot an artist from my Philadelphia area across the room by her distinctive style. And for a real NYC experience (after walking down Fifth Avenue looking at the fabulous holiday displays) was "Daniel Brush:Blue Steel Gold Light." I could have never imagined an exhibit with diamonds studding the artwork and solid pieces of gold so bright that I asked a guard if there were lights inside them (no, highly polished blocks of gold really do glow). And the pricey gift shop was buzzing with foreign accents and Fifth Avenue types getting their (silk) stocking stuffers. It sure impressed this small city dweller!

Visited December 2012
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A surprise to enhance your Columbus Circle pleasure.”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

We hadn't heard of this fairly small (three floors of the real stuff plus a good gift shop) museum, but wandered into it when up at Columbus Circle, the south west corner of Central Park. Displays change, but we've been there three times, and each time has been terrific. Over Thanksgiving 2012 we saw a fabulous blown glass exhibit (who knew what could be done?) and the Doris Duke home's interior splendor with many of its artifacts from the middle East. Before there was a basketry exhibit that was mind-blowing, again, way beyond your average idea of a basket, the weavings into the realm of the remarkable. This is a unique museum that fills in a hole between MoMA and the Folk Art Museum, this showing the modern and incredible of crafts. Do not miss it. Because it is relatively small, you can see it in a short window of time, such as before or after a showincoln Center.

Visited November 2012
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2012

The website shows a huge collection of wonderful art -- glass art, fiber art, jewellery etc. But there is almost NOTHING on display of all these items, except for a nice lamp in front of the restrooms, a fiber-metal piece in front of the lockers, and a small collection of glass goblets in a window of the staircase. Instead two exhibits (which were nice), two other floors closed, the restaurant closed for a private event, the artist in residence just leaving. The building is nice, and so is the location -- but that can be seen from the outside. Do not go in if you expect any collection on display.

Visited November 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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71 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Need to know what the exhibits entail before making a decision”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

On our last visit this museum was a new discovery and we loved every exhibit. This time the exhibits were less appealing...and with two floors closed for installation of new exhibits...the admission of $18. seems exceptionally high.
The Doris Duke Shangrila exhibit was exceptionally interesting...
And as in the past a visit to the 6th floor to see artists at work is always interesting and worth a chat w/ the artist. Also on a more positive note...the gift shop always has a number of interesting items that are not excessively priced.

Visited November 2012
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