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New York's Must-See Exhibitions: Uptown

NYC Skyline

NEW YORK CITY. PHOTO BY VINTA SUPPLY CO. FROM PEXELS

Sotheby’s Museum Network highlights five must-see exhibitions to see this month in New York, along with insider tips on when to go, where to dine, and what else to look out for at each stop along the way.

Gallery of Tiffany Lamps

THE GALLERY OF TIFFANY LAMPS AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK-HISTORICAL SOCIETY/CORRADO SERRA

Gallery of Tiffany Lamps at the New-York Historical Society and Library Museum

Transport yourself to another era amid 100 illuminated Tiffany Lamps from the New-York Historical Society and Library Museum’s world-renowned permanent collection. Tiffany's designs will take center stage, offering viewers a peaceful, jewel-like environment to escape to. Arguably the largest and most comprehensive in the world, the museum’s Tiffany lamp collection includes multiple examples of the Dragonfly shade, a unique Dogwood floor lamp, and a Wisteria table lamp, among others.

Insider Tip: Interested in decorative arts and design? Catch the cross-town bus or enjoy a stroll through Central Park and visit the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum for design and decorative arts, housed within a historic mansion along 5th Avenue.

Max Beckmann, Self-Portrait with Horn

MAX BECKMANN, SELF-PORTRAIT WITH HORN, 1938, OIL ON CANVAS

© 2017 ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS). NEW YORK/VG BILD-KUNST, BONN

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930’s at the Neue Galerie

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930’s at the Neue Galerie will present the development of the arts in Germany and Austria during a time marked by economic, political and social insecurity. The exhibition comprises nearly 150 paintings and works on paper made by leading artists including Otto Dix, Max Ernst, and Oskar Kokoschka along with several artists that have never before been exhibited in the United States.

Café Sabarsky

CAFÉ SABARSKY, COURTESY NEUE GALERIE

Insider Tip: Travel back in time to the refined cafes of Viennese high society at Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie. With oak-paneled walls, delicious coffees, Austrian pastries, and views of Central Park, the restaurant is a work of art.

Derrick Adams, Beacon

DERRICK ADAMS, BEACON, 2017, COURTESY DERRICK ADAMS STUDIO

Derrick Adams: Sanctuary at the Museum of Arts and Design

Through an installation comprising 50 works of mixed-media collage, assemblage on wood panels and sculpture, New York-based artist Derrick Adams reflects on the state of working-class African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement and their resolution to follow the same American dream afforded to others.

Insider Tip: With so much happening at the fairs during the day, the best time to catch exhibitions at the MAD is during its special evening hours. The museum is open late on Thursdays (until 9 pm) with a pay-what-you-wish admissions policy.

Peter Paul Rubens, Seated Male Youth

PETER PAUL RUBENS, SEATED MALE YOUTH, CA. 1613, CHALK ON PAPER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN H. CROSSOT, 2014

Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens at The Morgan Library & Museum

In a week marked by sales, celebrate the great collectors of New York’s Gilded Age with a visit to J. P. Morgan’s home and collection. On view this month, Power and Grace: Drawings by Rubens, Van Dyck, and Jordaens, brings together the three giants of Flemish Baroque Art. This is the first time in history that 25 of the Old Masters’ most impressive and stylistically recognizable drawings are being shown collectively at The Morgan Library & Museum.

Insider Tip: For something closer to home, consider making a second visit to see The Morgan’s widely-celebrated exhibition ‘Peter Hujar: Speed of Life’, showcasing the late New York-based photographer’s work from the 1960s through the 1980s, a time marked by significant social change in New York.

Francisco de Zurbarán, Joseph (detail)

FRANCISCO DE ZURBARÁN, JOSEPH (DETAIL), CA. 1640-45, OIL ON CANVAS

© THE AUCKLAND PROJECT/ ZURBARÁN TRUST, PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERT LAPRELLE

Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle at The Frick Collection

An ambitious series of thirteen paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán depicting life-size figures of Jacob and His Twelve Sons form the basis of a must-see exhibition at The Frick Collection. Thanks to a collaboration with the Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas and The Auckland Project in County Durham, England, these historic loans from Auckland Castle are on view in the United States for the first time in history.

Flora Bar at Met Breuer

FLORA BAR AT MET BREUER, PHOTO BY MASSIMO PASTORI, ZAGAT

Insider Tip: Feeling like a taste of La Rioja after the tour of Spanish paintings? Take a quick stroll east to Flora Bar at The Met Breuer. Featuring an impressive wine list and tapas-style menu, the light-filled contemporary space is perfect for a quick bite before your next exhibition visit.

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