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What 14 New Yorkers Are Thinking, Feeling, and Seeing at Our Newly Re-Opened Museums

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Of all the abrupt changes that happened in New York at the start of the pandemic, the closing of art museums was one of the most disorienting. Like movie theaters, restaurants, and performance venues, they’re a source of both inspiration and shelter for New Yorkers and tourists, and their shuttering was a clear indication that something was deeply wrong. Many months later, they’re beginning to reopen (albeit with new reservation systems and various social distancing requirements). It’s a moment that means a lot—that New York is on the mend, and that residents and visitors who’ve sacrificed so much this year are safe to reunite with the art that makes the city what it is. Photographer Jasmine Clarke visited a few newly reopened museums to talk to some of the first people in the doors.


At The Whitney 

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What’s your favorite thing you’ve seen so far today?

The Jacob Lawrence paintings. The colors immediately made me like them—they’re really dark and moody. And the direct narrative of the painting is telling a story about history that’s really important.

How did you get your fill of art while museums were closed?

I was fortunate enough to be living with a bunch of artists as my roommates, so we just made stuff together.

What kind of stuff did you make?

We made a video that was a fake beauty, hair commercial. We made a lot of bread. We made a lot of food. We…

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Of all the abrupt changes that happened in New York at the start of the pandemic, the closing of art museums was one of the most disorienting. Like movie theaters, restaurants, and performance venues, they’re a source of both inspiration and shelter for New Yorkers and tourists, and their shuttering was a clear indication that something was deeply wrong.



What 14 New Yorkers Are Thinking, Feeling, and Seeing at Our Newly Re-Opened Museums

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