It's a cheap, cheap, cheap winter!
Did you know most Museum type institutions in NYC offer
a night for us cheap-os?

Here is the schedule to save a bit this winter 2002:

American Craft Museum /Thurs 6-8PM... pay what you wish
American Folk Art Museum /Fri to all!
Bronx Museum of the Arts/Wed 3-9PM...Wednesdays free
Brooklyn Museum of Art/first Sat every month 11Am-11PM free
Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum/Tues 10AM-9PM...Tues 5-9PM free
The Drawing Center...always free (open Tue-Fri 10-6,Sat 11-6pm)
Guggenheim Museum/Fri,Sat 9AM-8PM..Fri 6-8 PM voluntary donation
ICP/Fri 10Am-8PM...Fri 5-8PM voluntary donation
Jewish Museum/Thurs what you wish from 5 pm to 8pm Thurs evenings.
The Met/Fri,Sat's always a suggested donation
MOMA/Fri 10:30AM-8:15PM...Fri 4:30PM-8:15PM voluntary donation
New Museum of Contemporary Art/Thurs 6-8PM free
Studio Museum in Harlem/Fri noon to 8PM free
Whitney Museum/ Fri 1-9PM...Fri 6-9PM voluntary donation

The cheap short list:
T:Cooper Hewitt
W:Bronx Museum
Th:New Museum of Contemporary Art,The American Craft Museum,The Jewish Museum
F: American Folk Museum,Guggenheim,ICP,MOMA,Studio Musuem in Harlem,Whitney,The Met
S/S: The Met,Brooklyn Museum(1st Saturday of the month)


Winter Shows to look forward to with anticipation:

Very much looking forward to MOMA's Gerhard Richter: 40 Years of Painting
(February 14-May 21, 2002) -footnote, and after visiting I'm telling you it's very much worth the visit!

**The Whitney has the much "anticipated/ballyhooed/_fill in your own blank_" Whitney Biennial (March 7, 2002 - May 26, 2002).Here's the list of 2002 artists.

My favorite little museum that could: The Cooper Hewitt has the ongoing Russel Wright exhibit, surveying the amazing revolution of the American lifestyle
(until Sept 15,2002) Learn how to really make a bed!

Soho's The New Museum has Tom Friedman
(12 October 2001 - 03 February 2002)

The Guggenheim offers lots of Brazil until 1/27/02.

The Drawing Center also offers up Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino
And to follow: Ellen Gallagher (!): "Preserve" (March 2 - April 6, 2002)
[Hey-visit their new website- a nicely improved resource].

The Met has a fine offering from their Costume Institute: Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed (through March 17, 2002), Surrealism: Desire Unbound (February 6, 2002-May 12, 2002) Family Life (March 15, 2002-May 12, 2002)

The American Folk Art Museum has opened their new wing and are showcasing the amazing Henry Darger collection(-June 23,2002)next to their rich Ralph Esmerian permanent collection. Go! Go!

Fudging-two that are too good to pass up:

Okay, this one isn't free or cheap but is a new museum on Fifth Avenue:
Neue Galerie: Museum for German and Austrian Art
( with a $10.00 admission kind of goes against the wallets grain here)but they have "New Worlds: German and Austrian Art, 1890-1940" which as an art era is a personal favorite of mine. Exhibit up through Feb 18th 2002.
Neue Galerie: Museum for German and Austrian Art 1048 Fifth Avenue @ 86th
(hours: Fri/Sat/Mon [open on Monday!] 11Am-7PM,Sun 1-6PM.

And finally
El Museo del Barrio doesn't have a free night, but at a $5 dollar admission charge (and such a rich offerings) I highly recommend a visit if you are tromping around the upper echelons of Museum Mile. Right now they have an exhibit up: O Fio da Trama/The Thread Unraveled: Contemporary Brazilian Art, an exhibition of sixty-three works in diverse media, created from the 1990s through early 2000, by twenty-one contemporary Brazilian artists. Exhibit up through Feb 3rd.
The El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th
(hours Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m)


"Pay As You Wish",
"Suggested Donation", and "voluntary donation" all mean you really can pay whatever you want.




Henry  Darger's  Vivian Girls at the New American Folk Museum
Henry Darger
@ The American Folk Art Mus

Gerhard Richter-"Nude Descending The Staircase"
Gerhard Richter

Egon Schiele
@ Neue Galerie