New York City boasts some of the world's finest museums and I've been to many of them. But the truth is that most New Yorkers don't take advantage of the cultural institutions around us. Being in our backyard, we take them for granted. But the big thing keeping me away from museums is the crowds, especially on the weekends when it's most convenient (for everyone) to go. Case in point: a few months ago we went to see this exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. I have been to this museum several times over the years and always lamented how empty it was - great for me, but not great for the museum. So I had no worries about crowds at 4 pm on a Sunday. Whoa, was I wrong. After a 45 minute wait in line just for tickets (at least 15 of which were spent convicing my husband we shouldn't head straight for the nearest bar), skipping the 10 minute line for the elevator and instead hoofing it up 4 flights of stairs, we found ourselves amidst throngs of people, about 3-deep in front of the photographs. To compound the claustrophobia, I couldn't concentrate on the work at all and instead became obsessed with the poor museum etiquette of, seemingly, everyone. We left cranky and tired. (But, yay, Brooklyn Museum for getting your numbers up!)
Today, however, I was able to visit several museums before breakfast! No lines, no admission, food and drink allowed. Coudal Partners has all kinds of fun things on their site, but my favorite is the Museum of Online Museums. Many are traditional art museums with online galleries, but my favorites are exclusively online and often a bit wacky. There's a full list here and I recommend visiting the Alice Statler Menu Collection, the Museum of Kitschy Stiches.
In other Coudal Partners news, I was psyched to receive my Vintage Camera Poster by Rod Hunting in the mail today, part of their Swap Meat project. It's a fantastic poster and my photographer husband loved it.
(photo from Swap Meat)