Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Christina Parrella, 05/14/2013
"Birth Tray with the Triumph of Chastity" (ca. 1450-60), by Workshop of Apollonio di Giovanni. Courtesy, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
Located atop a hill in Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, offers a wealth of medieval art, horticulture and architecture. Visitors will be delighted by expansive views of the Hudson River and grounds that feature gardens styled after plots from the Middle Ages. This summer, the Cloisters celebrates its 75th anniversary with a special exhibition that highlights medieval art. The Netherlands' famous wool-and-silk unicorn tapestries from the 14th century will be on display as part of the exhibition Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters' 75th Anniversary. (The tapestries tell the story of a hunt for the mythical beast.) On exhibit in September: The Forty Part Motet—a sound installation that showcases medieval music. The Cloisters is a 30-minute train ride from Midtown, and the entrance fee includes same-day admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.