A Night at the Museum


by Elizabeth Thompson, Paper Magazine contributor, 06/16/2010

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Paper Mag article After the fanny-packed masses have gone home for the evening, several museums around town set up the turntables, roll out the cash bar and hope everyone remembers to look and not touch.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Though the occasional movie or comedy performance is thrown into the mix, MoMA's event series "PopRally" largely showcases collaborations between artists and musicians. Past events have included a performance from Department of Eagles, followed by a Patrick Daughters–directed, Marcel Dzama–designed video for their song "No One Does it Like You."

Brooklyn Museum
While other museum parties start fashionably late, the always-packed "Target First Saturdays" series at the Brooklyn Museum is under way by 5 and over by 11pm, making it the perfect start for a Brooklyn-based Saturday night out. Peruse the galleries (the museum kindly gives visitors free reign of all their exhibits), or get down to business and set up camp by the bar.

Rubin Museum of Art
Offering some of the City's more refined museum parties, the Rubin shows off its collection of Himalayan paintings, sculptures and textiles every Wednesday evening with a "Himalayan Happy Hour" in its café. A series of jazz and acoustic performances will be offered throughout the year as well.

City Reliquary
Williamsburg's City Reliquary houses the personal collections of amateur archivists and experts alike—artist Amy Von Harrington had her collection of copper molds on display in the space's street-facing exhibit window, which has previously showcased neighborhood residents' commemorative Presidential plates and antique pens. Every third Thursday, the museum opens its doors to partygoers for a night of $3 Brooklyn beers, live music in the backyard and a spin through the main exhibit space, which includes souvenirs from the 1939 New York City World's Fair, pieces of landmark buildings and Statue of Liberty tchotchkes.

The New Museum
The design and art museum on the Bowery helps attendees start the weekend early with its Thursday-night party, "Get Weird: Experimental and Freaky Jams," featuring a grab bag lineup of noisy musicians, including Brendan Fowler's BARR and JD Samson of Le Tigre's side project, MEN.

El Museo del Barrio
The recently renovated and reopened Museo del Barrio is celebrating its 40th anniversary with ongoing events and "Target Free Saturdays" every third week of the month.

The American Museum of Natural History
Partygoers bob their heads under the stars at The Fader–sponsored "One Step Beyond" party, an intergalactic fete the first Friday of certain months in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The evening has featured DJ sets from Peanut Butter Wolf, Moby and the occasional surprise guest—Kanye West made an impromptu visit a couple of years ago during a Kid Sister and Cool Kids performance. The series has stopped for the summer, but expect it to return next fall.

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related venues/(7)

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    City Reliquary Museum
    370 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
  2. 2
    El Museo del Barrio
    1230 Fifth Ave.
    Manhattan – East Harlem/El Barrio
    NY 10029
  3. 3
    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    Manhattan – Lower East Side
    NY 10002
  1. 4
    The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA
    11 W. 53rd St.
    Manhattan – Midtown West
    NY 10019
  2. 5
    Brooklyn Museum
    200 Eastern Parkway
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11238
  3. 6
    American Museum of Natural History
    Central Park West at 79th St.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10024
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    Rubin Museum of Art
    150 W. 17th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011

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