I have lived in New York City going on nine years now, but today was my first trip to the Museum of the City of New York.
It’s located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, just a quick jog across Central Park from my Upper West Side neighborhood. Props to Groupon for giving me the push I needed to pay a visit.
Two for one admission — need I say more?
The space is compact, clean and modern, with exhibits of a number and size that make it easy to see and do everything in a morning or afternoon. There’s also a nice variety — photography, film, costumes, paintings, advertising, multi-media, miniatures — so everyone in your group will find something to hold their interest.
My favorite on this cold damp day?
Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, an exhibit showcasing the six-decade career of the iconic graphic designer (and Brooklyn native).
While Rand is a legend in the design community, you may find yourself wondering who he is. A quick look at a few of the logos he designed will make you realize you gaze upon his handiwork nearly everyday.
Rad designed children’s books (with his wife Ann) and other book jackets as well, and wrote two visionary books on design.
He also taught at the Pratt Institute and Yale before his death in 1996.
A quick Google image search will not only give you an idea of the breadth of Rand’s art and impact on current design, but is a really fun way to entertain yourself on a rainy day.