Culture Capital

Artwork that crosses mediums and borders makes NYC’s museums a top stop this month.

As the cold air settles over the Big Apple, NYC’s outstanding museum exhibits provide for a perfect indoor activity to keep the entire family warm, educated, and entertained.

At the Frick Collection, a touring exhibition of 10 masterpieces of painting from the Scottish National Gallery – one of the finest museums in the world – is now on display. Titled Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, the exhibit inspires enlightening comparisons with Frick’s permanent collection, which includes masterpieces of Western painting, sculpture, and decorative art. Featuring paintings from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, the exhibit’s highlights include the great Florentine painter Boticelli’s The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ, and Sargent’s portrait Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. Making its first public appearance in the United States, Boticelli’s painting is executed in tempera, oil, and gold on canvas, and shows the Virgin kneeling in adoration before her sleeping son. (Through 2/1, 70th St. nr. Fifth Ave.)

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a 19th century French painter who is among the most well known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, along with Cézanne and Van Gough. Although his career spanned less than 20 years, he created hundreds of canvases, watercolors, prints, posters, and thousands of drawings. His immersion in the colorful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 1800s led to the creation of provocative and exciting images depicting the sometimes decadent lifestyle of those times. This month, visit the Museum of Modern Art for its first exhibit in 30 years dedicated solely to Lautrec, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters. Known as a great artistic chronicler of nightlife, café concerts and dance halls, the exhibit features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the climax of his career. (Through 3/22, 53rd St. nr. Sixth Ave.)

Located on the Upper West Side not far from Columbus Circle, The American Folk Art Museum doesn’t get as much attention as some of the larger institutions in Manhattan. However, this museum, which was established in 1961, has over 5,000 objects from the 18th century to the present along with free admission. With a mission to advance the understanding and appreciation of American folk arts, the museum is widely considered to be a cultural treasure and hidden gem. This month, come and enjoy the exhibit A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, which provides a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. The exhibit includes more than sixty works, including still-life, landscape, portraits and more. (Through 3/8, 2 Lincoln Square)