By Victoria Merlino
Desperate for Dada? Pining for postmodernism? You’re out of luck if you try to visit Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art . It’s closed until October 21 for renovations.
But there’s no need to break out your saddest song on your tiniest violin. Queens has the modern art game on lock while MoMA regenerates .
Check out our favorite places to see some art that’s beautiful, or bizarre, or sometimes both.
Of course, there is always MoMA’s sister location, MoMA PS1, to keep art lovers on their toes while big sister is away. Visit “The Life I Deserve,” an exhibition featuring works by artist Gina Beavers. Taking images from the internet like photos hashtagged #FoodPorn or makeup tutorials, Beavers transforms them into visceral paintings that demarcate the gap between our physical and digital lives. Also take a look at the Julie Becker exhibition “I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent,” which explores late capitalism through a dreamlike lens.
And a bonus: while MoMA is closed, PS1 has inherited its free admission and programing on Friday nights.
Museum of the Moving Image
MOMI is the only museum in the United States dedicated to all things film, video games, TV and other moving images. Check out its extensive exhibits on the technical side of filmmaking, the master puppeteer and Muppets creator Jim Henson and more.
MOMI also has a wide array of movie screenings: check out the Japanese animated classic Spirited Away until Aug. 25.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Admission is free to this Long Island City treasure, which boasts a wide array of workshops, film screenings and fitness programs to keep you engaged long after you see the art. Space out with “Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space,” sculptures by eight artists designed to explore the meaning of the cosmos and Earth’s place within it.