It’s time to stop putting off checking out the city’s great cultural institutions, because this week is #MuseumWeek. UNESCO is focusing on a different theme each day, with the entire week dedicated to celebrating gender equality and women around the world.
Though the online promotion is a way for museums to highlight their artworks, exhibits and performances via social media, there’s nothing better than getting out and seeing them in person. So we’ve rounded up a few places for you to check out this week that focus on women and also match up with the daily themes.
Food: While Williamsburg’s Museum of Food and Drink isn’t a full scale museum yet, they do have one exhibit, Chow, that focuses on the history of Chinese American restaurants. There will also be jasmine rice pudding and pumpkin seed candy tastings. #FoodMW
Sports: This past weekend, the Richard Beavers Gallery in Bed-Stuy opened its The Champ show, which showcases the life of boxer Muhammad Ali during a one year period. True fans can purchase a photograph of the late activist taken by Michael Gaffney. #SportsMW
Music: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s 17 new unapologetically black portraits feature fictional characters doing usual, unremarkable, daily tasks like relaxing on a sofa and sipping coffee. But she also paints leotard-clad dancers and those who look like they’re moved by music in her moody exhibition specially created for the New Museum’s Fourth Floor Gallery. #MusicMW
Stories: We’ve all heard the story of the Rosenbergs, the Soviet spies that were convicted of espionage and then killed in the electric chair. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is revisiting that story and sharing the untold account of Ethel Rosenberg’s brother, who testified against them, in a conversation with New York Times journalist Sam Roberts. #StoriesMW
Books: It looks like we’ll finally find out what exactly is in the box at the Merchant’s House Museum. The museum has collected nearly 3,000 objects from the Tredwell family, the owners of the only intact family home in New York City from the 19th century, and are displaying them in blue boxes in the museum. The exhibit, called “What’s in the Blue Box?,” will showcase books, art, ephemera, photos and more possessions from the family. #BooksMW
Travels: If you feel like making your way down to Red Hook, the Waterfront Museum has a seascape installation that is supposed to inspire a sense of expansion and “sail off into the unknown.” If you go on Saturday, you’ll be treated to a dance from Global Water Dances to promote safe water everywhere. #TravelsMW
Heritage: It’s easy to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds in New York City, but it’s not always as easy to learn about each culture or the issues they face. That’s why the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts is a great place to learn about social and political issues facing the African diaspora, especially in Brooklyn. #HeritageMW
Women: If there’s one museum that has women at the forefront of its exhibits, it’s the Brooklyn Museum. All the current exhibitions are either by, about or for women, most notably the Georgia O’Keeffe and “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women” exhibits. #WomenMW