Find a more contemporary focus layered over the Norton Museum’s impressive permanent collection thanks to its new director, Hope Alswang, hired in early 2010. You can still admire gems like Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic Ranchos Church No. 1, but you’ll also come across exhibitions like Nick Cave’s experiment in sound, movement, and costume; a handpicked selection of artists from Art Basel Miami; or stark photography, including a series that depicts contraband items confiscated at JFK Airport over five days in November 2009.
Stroll down posh Worth Avenue for a look at the area’s best art galleries. At Gavlak Gallery, a recent show showcased the minimalist sculptures of Orly Genger. Find contemporary photography at Holden Luntz, as well as crowd-pleasers like vintage shots of forties Paris. Gravitate to Gasiunasean and Wally Findlay for work by the greats: Picasso, Chagall, and Botero at the former, Degas and Calder at the latter. Most galleries are closed Sunday, so plan accordingly.
Flashback to the decade of mod at A.R.T., a high-end jewelry boutique owned by sixties style icon “Sweet Baby Jane” Holzer that also hosts art shows. Past exhibits have included work by Marc Quinn and Andy Warhol, who counted Holzer among his muses. Currently on view is a selection of sparkly “Diamond Dust” portraits by Damien Hirst and striking celebrity photos by Priscilla Rattazzi.