Published November 10, 2020
Fotografiska has displayed over 220 stunning exhibitions globally—but calling it a “traditional” museum experience sells their true brilliance short.
The New York outpost of this Swedish photography museum displays immersive, representative, and relevant exhibitions that reflect the ever-changing world around us. Inclusivity is in their DNA—on their walls you will discover emerging talent displayed alongside acclaimed artists. Unlike traditional museums, Fotografiska exhibitions are developed directly with each artist, or curated around a timely theme. Overall the museum shines as a safe haven for innovation, inclusivity and self expression.
This mission is powerfully reflected in “Infamous,” the newest exhibition by artist Andres Serrano. This exhibition is a visual dive into the long history of racism in the U.S. and presents an un-flinching catalog of reductive and virulent cultural portrayals of Black Americans. Viewers are challenged to confront these abhorrent images of our too-recent past and to contemplate the deeply rooted influence of these artifacts today.
Impactful and provoking exhibitions like this can be found throughout the six-floor, multi-concept venue, including Martin Schoeller’s “Death Row Exonerees” consisting of moving digital portraits of individuals who share their stories of being sentenced to death row for crimes they did not commit. Visitors can also discover the artist duo, Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer's surrealist-inspired “Between These Folded Walls, Utopia," which richly imagined portraits of displaced women who are photographed like goddesses inside lustrous and fantasy-inspired sets.
It was once said that the job of an artist is to make the resistance look enticing—and Fotografiska evokes that in spades. Beyond the visuals Fotografiska New York works to inspire a more conscious world, encouraging and providing a platform for dialogue about uncomfortable or difficult issues presented in the works on view and their events and programming.
The restaurant Verōnika and V Bar are currently closed, but the museum has been able to create an inspired and healthful retail reopening for “The Shop.”
Shoppers can select limited edition prints from the museum’s previous and current shows, as well as curated local artisan work and exotic international gifts. The Shop has these items on display for visitors to browse, while clean and untouched items are available in the stockroom for purchase.
Enhanced health measures are a priority for the museum, including a 25% visitor capacity, mandated mask-wearing, temperature checks on entrance, and a maintenance of 6 feet between parties. Surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and the museum is deep cleaned after hours.
Prices: General admission is $24. Seniors (age 62+), military/veteran and dependents, and students can enjoy a $10 discount; and first responders/healthcare workers as well as children under 12 can enter for free. Annual membership is available for $150.
Book a group visit over the holidays with special discounted rates at email@example.com.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday | 11am - 9pm
Where: 281 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010