The Citiblog

June 8, 2021, 5:44.19 pm ET


Just like the weather, the art and museum scene is heating up as NYC comes back to life. Here are some events and exhibits to put on your calendar this week.

Photo: Cézanne Drawing/MoMA

The newest exhibit at MoMA (11 West 53rd Street), “Cézanne Drawing” brings together more than 250 rarely shown works in pencil and kaleidoscopic watercolor from across the artist’s career, along with key paintings, that together reveal how drawing shaped Cézanne’s transformative modern vision.Drawing almost daily on individual sheets and across the pages of sketchbooks, Cézanne often focused on those subjects close at hand, including the objects on his kitchen table, his wife and son, and clocks and lamps that adorn domestic life, as well as views of his favorite Mont Sainte-Victoire or into dense On paper, he rendered the iconic motifs for which he is most recognized—vibrant still lifes, prismatic landscapes, and carefully choreographed bathers—with a fresh immediacy. (

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue) has partnered with Citymeals on Wheels on a new initiative to bring creative and art-focused activities, inspired by The Met collection, to older adults throughout New York City. The monthly “Your Met Art Box” features four art cards with full-color images of works from the Museum’s permanent collection, along with questions and activities to encourage seniors and Citymeals volunteers to explore art and art making together during weekly conversations. The box, whose contents will be tied to a monthly theme, will also include materials and other items that engage the senses; a booklet of bonus information about each featured work of art; and two stamped, large-format postcards that act as free passes to the Museum. Recipients are encouraged to write and send these postcards to family and friends to inspire communication and community connection after a year of increased isolation among older New Yorkers due to the ongoing pandemic. (

Photo: Untitled (Drone)/High Line

The second High Line Plinth commission, “Untitled (drone)” by Seattle-born artist Sam Durant, is now on view on the High Line Plinth, at 30th Street and 10th Avenue. Durant’s fiberglass sculpture in the shape of an abstracted drone atop a 25-foot-tall steel pole continues High Line Art’s mission of presenting new, powerful, thought-provoking artworks that generate and amplify some of today’s most important conversations. (

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum (97 Orchard Street) is celebrating being back in business on June 12 from noon to 4pm with its Grand Reopening Block Party on Orchard Street. Enjoy tours, giveaways from local business, activities, performances, as well as the launch of its newest walking tour, Reclaiming Black Spaces, an initiative that has been two years in the making. (

Photo: Melissa Schainker Exhibit

Acclaimed artist Melissa Schainker has a new exhibition of her striking and colorful works at Bento on Hudson (675 Hudson Street). Her background in both graphic design and painting are evident in the unusual portraits on display in this special event space. (