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Alison Durkee is a New York-based arts journalist and critic with a background in theatre and dance. She currently serves as the Features Editor of London theatre website Everything Theatre and also covers news and politics for Mic.com.


Expand Your Dance Horizons with the Joyce Theater This Summer

(May 22, 2017) - New York City is home to some of the best dance performances in the world—and one of the best places to see them is the Joyce Theater. This summer, dance lovers can head to this Chelsea spot to expand their dance horizons, thanks to a packed slate of world-renowned ballet and contemporary performances from around the country. (read the story...)

The Museum of Arts and Design Debuts 'fashion after Fashion'

(May 09, 2017) - From Madison Avenue to The Met, there’s no shortage of stunning fashions in New York City. But for those who want to think about fashion beyond bold visuals or high style, the Museum of Arts and Design is offering a fascinating look at processes through the new exhibition fashion after Fashion. (read the story...)

Cooper Hewitt: “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s”

(April 20, 2017) - From flapper fashion to the Art Deco skyscrapers that still dot the New York skyline, the 1920s was one of the most seminal periods for American art and design. Visitors to New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum can celebrate the aesthetics of this groundbreaking era at The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s, opened April 7th. (read the story...)

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction at MoMA

(April 18, 2017) - Every day, New Yorkers and visitors alike flock to the Museum of Modern Art to see some of the most famed pieces of art in the world, from Van Gogh's Starry Night to Monet’s Water Lilies. This spring, visitors have some new—distinctly female—artworks to discover for the first time, thanks to MoMA’s current exhibition Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction. (read the story...)

Founding Mothers: 'Saving Washington' at New-York Historical Society

(March 17, 2017) - While most historical accounts of the Revolutionary Era focus on the Founding Fathers, the New-York Historical Society is turning its attention to an oft-forgotten group: women. The museum is kicking off its new Center for Women’s History, which officially opens in late April, with Saving Washington, an exhibition exploring the impact women made in America’s earliest years. (read the story...)

Museum of Arts and Design: Counter-Couture Exhibition

(March 07, 2017) - The 1960s and 70s in America were a time of great upheaval, as the country faced the Vietnam War, Watergate, and fought for civil rights. Through this struggle, however, great art was born, as members of the flourishing counterculture movement used clothing and art to express their identities and fight for change. These fashions are now the subject of Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, a new exhibition on display at the Museum of Arts and Design. (read the story...)

I'm Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson

(January 23, 2017) - Visitors to the Morgan Library and Museum can now get a rare insight into the life of one of literature’s most enigmatic poets: Emily Dickinson. The museum’s upcoming exhibition I’m Nobody! Who Are You? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, which opened January 20, is the the most ambition exhibition on the iconic poet to date. (read the story...)

New York's Concert for America on Inauguration Day

(January 18, 2017) - Described as a “star-studded benefit concert highlighting the diversity and hope that is America at its best,” Concert for America will take place at Town Hall on Friday, January 20 at 3pm. (read the story...)

Unpacking Fashion Exhibit at the Met's Costume Institute

(November 23, 2016) - Between its renowned exhibitions and star-studded Met Gala, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is one of the most iconic and celebrated fashion collections in the world. Now, that famed collection and the strategy behind its acquisition is in the spotlight, thanks to the new exhibition Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion. (read the story...)

Curtain Up! Exhibition: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

(November 04, 2016) - Two institutions on each side of the Atlantic have joined together to celebrate theatrical successes with Curtain Up: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Theatre in New York and London. (read the story...)

What to See at the Met This Fall

(October 18, 2016) - With thousands of works in its vast collections, there’s enough to see at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to fill up multiple visits. In addition to the museum’s permanent treasures, though, there are plenty of special exhibitions that visitors should be sure to catch before it’s too late. Here are our top picks for what to see at The Met this fall. (read the story...)

What to See at the MoMA This Fall

(September 13, 2016) - MoMA is the permanent home of some of the greatest pieces of artwork in the world, from Van Gogh’s Starry Night to Monet’s Water Lilies. But there are plenty of other stunning works whose stays at the museum are much more brief. Here are our top picks of what to see at New York’s Museum of Modern Art this fall. (read the story...)

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will Comes to the Morgan

(August 26, 2016) - Visitors to the Morgan Library and Museum can learn more about the famed author of Jane Eyre through the new exhibition Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will. (read the story...)

The Dance Performances You Must See in NYC Summer 2016

(June 16, 2016) - From ballet to ballroom, classical to contemporary, New York City is home to some of the world’s greatest dance performances. Get inspired this summer with our picks for the best dance in New York City, which includes performances by Misty Copeland, Twyla Tharp Dance, and the American Ballet Theatre. (read the story...)

What to See at the MoMA This Summer

(June 15, 2016) - From Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” to the latest cutting-edge works, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is home to some of the art world’s greatest masterpieces. This summer, visitors to New York will be able to enjoy these masterpiece mainstays and more, with a slate of rotating exhibitions that includes everything from Impressionism to classic film. (read the story...)

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at the Guggenheim

(June 15, 2016) - Originally from Hungary, László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was a Bauhaus teacher, the founder of the Institute of Design in Chicago, and a truly influential modernist artist. This summer, visitors to the Guggenheim Museum can experience his transformative artworks for themselves, as the museum presents the new exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. (read the story...)

Alexander Hamilton's New York

(May 25, 2016) - History is happening in Manhattan this summer at the New-York Historical Society. Following the incredible success of Hamilton on Broadway, the N-Y Historical Society is launching the Summer of Hamilton, a packed slate of programming devoted to our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury. With events, historical artifacts, film screenings, and more, you won’t want to “throw away your shot” and miss out. (read the story...)

Manus x Machina: Cutting-Edge Fashion at the Met

(May 05, 2016) - As technology continues to advance, it impacts not only the world of gadgets and software, but also the more traditional arts. Its effect on the fashion world is now being explored at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, an exhibition that simultaneously makes the case for technology and the power of traditional methods. (read the story...)

Isaac Mizrahi Exhibit: An Unruly History

(March 28, 2016) - Few fashion designers have had as diverse a career as Isaac Mizrahi, whose work has been seen everywhere from Fashion Week runways to Broadway stages and the aisles of Target. Now, New York City museumgoers can see Mizrahi’s multi-faceted work on display at the The Jewish Museum, thanks to the new exhibit Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. (read the story...)

The Met Breuer: New York's Newest Art Museum

(March 08, 2016) - New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most prolific art museums in the world, with over two million works of art in its collection. Now, this thorough collection has more space to be displayed than ever before, thanks to the opening of The Met Breuer. (read the story...)

Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial

(February 19, 2016) - Visitors to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York can explore the concept of beauty and its function in society through the new exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. The show puts the focus on aesthetic innovation, featuring over 250 recent works by 63 designers that seek to answer the question “Why Beauty Now?” (read the story...)

The Best Things to Do at the New York Public Library This Spring

(February 17, 2016) - In addition to its collections, the New York Public Library’s schedule of hundreds of free events gives New Yorkers and visitors alike the chance to watch performances, learn from experts, and much more. With topics spanning Southern cooking to Mozart, library visitors are sure to find an event to look forward among these picks for the best things to do at the New York Public Library for spring 2016. (read the story...)

City Bakery’s 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival Is On!

(February 10, 2016) - This February in New York features a very tasty way of staying warm: cups of hot chocolate at City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. The festival, now in its 24th year, features a rotation of daily special flavors of the Union Square bakery’s decadently rich hot chocolate. To make it an even sweeter treat, add in one of City Bakery’s massive marshmallows, which are made in-house. (read the story...)

From Fiddler to the Folio: Exhibitions on Theater Coming to NYC

(February 08, 2016) - Theater fans hoping for a glimpse of the past are in luck, with three historical theater exhibitions set to open in New York City this spring and summer. Shakespeare at the New York Public Library and the New-York Historical Society and New York's Yiddish Theater at the Museum of the City of New York will all thrill fans of the stage in 2016. (read the story...)

Warhol by the Book at the Morgan Library in NYC

(February 08, 2016) - From the vibrant hues of his Marilyn Monroe prints to his Campbell’s Soup cans, Andy Warhol’s iconic, larger-than-life works often reflect our culture more than the artist himself. A more understated view of the famed Pop Artist, however, is currently on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York with Warhol by the Book, a retrospective of Andy Warhol’s career as a book artist that provides a more personal look at this cultural icon. (read the story...)


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