Shows To Know NYC’s Spring Arts Scene


2015 was a good year for theatre—Hamilton rocked Broadway, Bradley Cooper proved his stage chops in Elephant Man, and the Whitneys launched its first exhibition at its new downtown location. Now that Hamilton has won its Grammy, we’re moving on to the up-and-comers in the NYC arts scene. Peep a breakdown of our picks for must-visit galleries, exhibitions and shows in the coming months:


The Crucible 

New York-native and burgeoning starlet Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominated this year for Brooklyn) brings Arthur Miller’s witch hunt to life at Manhattan’s Walter Kerr Theater. The show opened March 31st and has already received a glowing NYT review, along with a coveted Critic’s Pick award. We’re betting on this as one of Broadway’s breakouts of 2016.


Manus X Machina at The Met 

Manus X Machina, Latin for “Hand x Machine,” launches on May 5th at The Met. Presented by The Costume Institute, the installation will feature over 150 garments from the 19th - 21st centuries, aimed at “exploring how fashion designers are reconciling the hand-made and machine” in the fashion space.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Dresses on display at the Costume Institute's "Manus x Machina" exhibition press presentation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

Degas: A Strange New Beauty

On March 26th, MoMA opened an exhibition featuring rare monotypes (ink prints made utilizing metal plates) by Edgar Degas. This show features 120 prints, some of which star Degas’ legendary dancers, as well as aesthetically similarly works that show the artist “at his most modern.”


American Psycho the Musical

The stage adaptation of the 1991 Brett Ellis novel, and 2000 blockbuster film, officially opens on Broadway on April 21st. Even though this version lacks Christian Bale, we’re excited to see what composer Duncan Sheik (of Spring Awakening fame) has added sonically to the thriller.


Boombox Retrospective: 1999-2016 

On April 21st, the Brooklyn Museum will launch an interactive ode to street sound, titled “Boombox Retrospective.” Contemporary artist Tom Sachs will transform the entryway of the museum into an interactive soundscape, along with seventeen other sound-related installations placed throughout the museum.


A Year With Children 2016

The Guggenheim will unveil a collection of art by students enrolled in its Artist-In-Residence program at the end of April. This program is comprised of talented young children, all of whom attend public elementary school in New York City. The pieces all relate to their coursework, and could be your chance to spot the next Picasso or Koons.

A Year With Children 2015

By Michaela Rollings.