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The Art of a NYC Getaway: A list of Manhattan's spring exhibits

November 07, 20234 min read

Attention art enthusiasts! We all know Manhattan is renowned for its numerous and diverse art museums—but do you know that Washington Square Hotel is within one mile of the most interesting and eclectic art exhibits scheduled this spring!

From the Whitney’s colorful collection of early to mid-20th century paintings to the spiritually inspired Himalayan collection at the Rubin Museum of Art, there’s a lot to inspire your spring get away plan. Come stay with us and immerse yourself in the creative culture and visual variety waiting just outside our doorstep.

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Located at 99 Gansevoort Street, the Whitney has two particularly colorful exhibits currently on display through the month of June.

The first, Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s, focuses on the vibrant acrylic paint medium used in the 1960s and into the 1970s. The exhibit includes works by Emma Amos and Kay WalkingStick, along with those of Alvin Loving, Ellsworth Kelly, Miriam Schapiro and many more. Let the diverse colors, geometric shapes and patterns impact your imagination.

The second, Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960, takes a look at works from this era focusing on five themes: family and community, home, the nation, the spiritual, and work. The exhibit covers social changes through war and peace depicted through the eyes of the artists living through these turbulent times. The featured pieces draw on the work of varied artists housed within the museum’s existing collection.

For information on hours, admittance fees, and other exhibits, visit

The New Museum
The critically acclaimed architecture of this museum at 235 Bowery Street is almost as impressive as the cutting edge art it contains. Diverse in its mission and exhibits, the New Museum is offering several intriguing exhibitions this spring.

The Nari Ward: We the People exhibit contains more than 30 multi-media works ranging from sculpture to videos from the artist’s 25-year career. On display through May 26, Ward finds ways to recycle the ordinary into extraordinary works of art. Drawing on creativity and folk traditions from his native Jamaica and his current Harlem home, his work addresses political and social issues impacting our sense of community and belonging while articulating his sentiments about the state of the world around us.

Technology merges with art at The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics exhibit, also running through May 26. The 16 works making up this high-tech exhibit cover an array of net art forms ranging from software to sculpture. The underlying theme examines the internet as an infrastructure, a social process and a living experience. For details on exhibits, fees and hours, visit

The Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin makes a strong impact on the ideas and art of the Himalayas, India, and nearby regions from its location at 150 West 17th Street Chelsea. With approximately 200,000 visitors each year, five floors offer permanent and feature exhibits focusing on the ideals and culture of the Himalayan region. The experience is that of a life and place far removed from metropolitan Manhattan.
Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism, on view through July 15, takes a historical look at art and the intersection of politics and religion. It includes objects and images ranging from the 8th to the 19th centuries.

On display through October, The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel takes a look at both contemporary and traditional art in these ritual objects used to effect positive change. Spiritually inspired, prayer wheels bring the relationship between intentions and actions to light, serving as a metaphor for the power of positive spiritual energy.

Visit to learn more about exhibits, hours and admission fees.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Although it is not housed in a building, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Spring 2019 Show transforms the heart of Greenwich Village into a massive outdoor art exhibit worthy of any museum. Now in its 89th year, this dynamic sidewalk show is a treat for any connoisseur of the arts. Come check it out May 25-27 or June 1-2.

According to the event website, the venue stretches from University Place at East 13th Street, south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street—with the southern end of the show encompassing Schwartz Plaza between NYU’s Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library. The show is a favorite with art enthusiasts and tourists alike, and includes artists and artisans from all over the city, the country and the globe. (If you miss out this spring, the 2019 Fall Show runs Labor Day weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and again, on the following weekend Sept. 1-2!) For more information about the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, visit


Anthony Butler

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