Not much is more synonymous with Soho than art. From the family friendly Children's Museum of Art to the brooding artwork at AFA, take a look at some of the best art galleries and museums Soho has to offer.
#1 The Drawing Center
The Drawing Center is the only fine arts institution of its kind, as it focuses solely on drawing. Established in 1977, the award-winning museum features exhibition space for drawings, both historical and contemporary, demonstrating the diversity and significance of the art-form throughout history. A $10 million 2012 renovation has doubled the gallery space, and currently features the first North American exhibition of works by Alexandre Singh. Singh’s project, entitled The Pledge, features visualized fictional dialogues based on interviews the artist conducted throughout 2011 with prominent artists, filmmakers, writers, and scientists. The Drawing Center hours are Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Thursday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday-Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
#2 The Soho Gallery for Digital Art
The Soho Gallery for Digital Art is one of the leading galleries to embrace the digital medium of art. While the primary focus of this free gallery is contemporary digital art, the Soho Gallery for Digital Art is just as much a community space. Events range from comedy shows, live music, film screenings, gaming events, fashion shows, book readings, and, of course, photography displays. This well-rounded gallery also offers several photography workshops for beginners to those just looking to expand their photography skill-set. From March 12-21, the Gallery will feature its second annual Spring Group Show, highlighting the budding colors of spring. The Soho Gallery for Digital Art Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
#3 Children's Museum of the Arts
Bring the whole family to the Children’s Museum of the Arts. A day at the museum gives children and their families access to a 2,000 square foot gallery, state of the art media lab and sound booth, clay bar, fine art studio, lofted ball pond and slide, WEE arts studio for young artists 1-5 years old, and a quiet room for downtime. The Children’s Museum of the Arts typically features large-scale, quarterly art exhibitions. Currently, the gallery’s main exhibit is Face to Face, which consists of 40 portraits selected from the museum’s permanent collection of children’s art from more than 50 countries, dating back to the 1930’s. The museum also offers diverse, age-appropriate classes to encourage young artists. The Children’s Museum of the Arts hours are Monday & Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Thursday & Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
#4 The Terrain Gallery
“In reality opposites are one; art shows this.” -- Eli Siegel. This is the motto of the Terrain Gallery. Founded in 1955, the gallery has always been accompanied by this philosophical thought and the ideas of Aesthetic Realism. Siegel’s theory of opposites is prevalent in the gallery, which often displays exhibitions of diverse stylistic tendencies. Past exhibits highlight this with titles such as Abstract & Concrete, Logic & Emotion, and Rest & Motion. Currently, Surface to Begin With, II is the gallery’s featured exhibition throughout the spring of 2013. The Terrain Gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
#5 The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art collects, preserves, and exhibits works of art either created by LGBTQ artists or featuring LGBTQ themes, issues, and people. The gallery has a permanent collection of over 6,000 pieces of art, including paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, and sculptures. For the month of March, two exhibitions are on display in the main gallery. The first is Making History, Making Art: The Work of Jonathan Ned Katz, which is the first solo show for the West Village resident. The second exhibition in the main gallery is entitled Rare & Raw, which features a combined display of works by more senior artists and their younger counterparts to compare and contrast how artists engage various issues. The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art hours are Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
#6 Pop International Galleries
Pop International Galleries fills the niche for Pop Art, Urban Art, and art and photography influenced by popular culture. While the gallery operates as a successful business for art sales, the Pop Gallery is determined to maintain its already strong educational component. The Tribeca community can often be found enjoying guest lectures and screenings. The most recent event hosted by Pop International Galleries was Madiba: Images of Nelson Mandela by award winning photojournalist Benny Gool. Pop International Galleries hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Animazing Fine Art, often referred to as AFA, hosts a wide variety of art layered with dark complexity and symbolism. The AFA features artwork by both established and emerging artists, allowing visitors to see a detailed and informative picture of the unique art industry. Featured collections include art by Kathie Olivas, Tom Everhart, and Tim Burton. Currently, Joe Sorren’s The Great Cantaloupe Day exhibition is on display throughout March. AFA hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.