From visiting world-renowned museums and seeing an off-Broadway show to a date-night craft courses and grabbing a drink in an art-inspired venue, here are ten ideas for an artsy night in NYC that would make Edward Hopper proud.
Visiting a museum is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in artistic culture. New York City’s museums offer a wide range of collections, exhibits, and special events to cater to your impulses on any given night. Head to Fifth Avenue’s Museum-Mile to explore rooms full of antiquities and artworks by the most renowned artists, take a tour to educate yourself on art history, or keep an eye out for some really unique and fun museum nights!
So many artists create and thrive in New York City. Innovative exhibits are showcased throughout the five boroughs, from pop art to the abstract. Why not attend a private view to learn more about the art scene within the city, from Chelsea’s plethora of blue chip galleries that hold museum-scale shows to Brooklyn’s host of galleries showing established and emerging talents, you’re spoilt for choice.
Perhaps your desires lie within the world of performing arts as opposed to studio or visual arts. Admittedly, nothing beats the experience of theater: the songs, the dance numbers, the asides, the messages. Often, this is the most intimate way of experiencing art, as you are quite literally drawn into another world for two hours.
The beauty of independent film is the out-of-the-box vision that exists on the screen. Often, these films are thematically artistic, with a focus on the dreams and thoughts of characters and goal-driven storylines. These films are typically experimental in nature, so it’s often an incredible artistic experience to watch the leap of faith a director has decided to share with an audience.
Perhaps you don’t simply wish to view paintings or films, but want to learn the history or even create something yourself. While you may not rush to a university to enroll in a studio arts or art history major, there are a variety of art crash courses you can take at affordable prices, often taught by notable local artists. These classes range from topics related to the history of street art and color theory to step-by-step processes to building your very own art collection. CourseHorse are a great resource for finding the right class from the enormous variety on offer.
Sometimes your creative urges can benefit your humble abode. From shadow boxes to wall décor, there are endless crafts waiting to be made, to preserve memories and enhance your home. Often you can find classes targeted toward couples, making for the perfect creative date night. Brooklyn Creative Studio offer 78 different types of classes from groups to private events and Make Workshop set up in 2002 by Claifornia native Diana Rupp, specialise in everything needle orientated from crocheting to embroidery. If you already know the crafts you wish to make, some great stores to grab your materials include Michael’s and Soho Art Materials.
Odds are if you haven’t already partaken in this amazing event, you’ve at least heard of it. Tipsy or drunk painting is trending extremely hard right now, with galleries hosting these events in cities across the country. From wine tasting and painting to BYOB painting, there are tons of Drunk Painting festivities to join in on. The two-hour, BYOB painting workshop at Painting Lounge is definitely worth checking out.