New York City has over 100 museums, with many seasonal exhibits that will only happen here. Sure, most museums are filled with dusty, Eurocentric masterpieces. And I know plenty of people of color who don't go to museums because they're convinced that there's nothing there for them. But that's changing. More curators are realizing that if they want a younger, more diverse audience for their art, they have to be more inclusive. All it takes is a great, grand idea - and it's a refreshing surprise that this season offers several options. There is something for absolutely everyone this spring.
My brother Emmett who's married with two kids and lives in the ATL, has fallen into the habit of humoring me by going to museums with me when he visits the city. Strangely, he always enjoys it -- much to his genuine surprise.
This gigantic Jeff Wall photo After "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue totally blew him away. I can remember standing in front of it with him, listening to him find the words to explain why he liked it. Then I read from the passage of the book that this photo illustrates.
If Kehinde Wiley doesn't blow him away, I'll eat my favorite pumps. And that goes double for the Jacob Lawrence exhibit at MoMA.
Here's my list. Enjoy!
- Get my 15 speed bike tuned up -- and yes, get a helmet. Once the weather is good, I'm going to toss my Metrocard for a month or two. If that doesn't wake up my thighs and my butt, I don't know what will.
- An entire afternoon of relatively cheap insider beauty treats in K-Town, followed by Mongolian BBQ -- preferrably with my friend Jane, who lives to eat and shop. No one can appreciate a hardcore, no-frills, three hour scrub down more than her. Except me, of course.
- A Ladies Tea Social is in order, where me and a few of Those Who Know dress up in our vintage finery and nosh -- preferrably at The Pembroke. Or The Pierre. Or The Mandarin Oriental.
- That Kehinde Wiley exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum. I'm not a fan but still, I can't miss it.
- Curlbox BODY -- from Myliek Teele, the founder of Curlbox, comes a monthly non-subscription skincare package that should make anyone's skin glow.
- Harlem Jazz Shrines -- don't miss it!
- ...that Jacob Lawrence exhibit at MoMA, tho...
- The Black Girl Swap -- wherein a bunch of us blacktresses convene over dinner and wine at our fearless leader's apartment with our beautiful elegant slightly used clothing, mix it up and donate whatever is left over to a great cause.
- The Frieda Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Gardens must be seen to be believed -- preferrably when the all-female mariachi band La Flor de Toloache is performing...! (I love them!)
...and last but certainly not least...
- Pool my savings and purchase what guitarist Kelvyn Bell considers to be a real guitar. (I'd like a Fender Strat.)