Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours


We use New York’s unparalleled museums, galleries, and architecture to create indelible experiences for adults and families. To keep things lively and engaging, we blend close looking with essential historical background and alluring true stories about artists and their work. If you have kids, we will also include inspiring gallery activities. At the end of our tour, you will know how to better experience art and architecture and how the works we have seen fit into a bigger picture!

Here are some of our most popular options:

Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum: We offer a fast-paced tour that provides a truly global view. We examine ancient Egyptian tombs and temples, gaze at massive history paintings in the new American wing, inspect portraits by Baroque masters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio, see nature through the eyes of the Impressionists, and admire Greco-Roman gods and heroes. After two hours, you’ll be an expert on the MET’s diverse collection!IMG_0332_2

Hidden Spaces at the Metropolitan Museum:  The MET has long been committed to faithfully recreating or installing architecture from far-flung locales inside its walls. These exotic spaces effectively transport us to another time and place, and many of them are hidden deep in the recesses of the MET‘s vast floor-plan. Over the course of two hours, we will discover an Egyptian tomb, a Chinese scholar garden, a Moroccan courtyard, an Assyrian palace, and a living room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Thematic Tours at the MET: Want to learn about the evolution of Western painting, from ancient Greece to Impressionism? Or perhaps you’re curious about Islamic art and architecture, or Egyptian burial rituals? Are you interested in the connection between art and travel? Or artists’ statements? We can tailor a tour to your particular interests!

Art and Science at the MET: For centuries, breakthroughs in the visual arts have been shaped by advances in the sciences. Early dissections transformed the work of Leonardo da Vinci; industrially produced tubes of paint allowed the Impressionists to paint outdoors; Georges Seurat’s pointillism was inspired by Michel Eugène Chevreul’s discoveries about color theory; and recent developments in the field of neuroscience have helped us to understand how we process images.  Together, we will discuss these—and other— intersections of art, science, and technology.

14448857_10209088739188872_2038109825092960124_nChelsea and Lower East Side Gallery Tours: Interested in contemporary art, but don’t know where to begin? We’ll take you through the most provocative and groundbreaking shows of the moment and make the art both interesting and accessible.

The MET Breuer: New York has a new MET! The MET’s wing of Modern and Contemporary art has opened in Marcel Breuer’s former Whitney space. The building has been restored to its 1966 splendor, and the current shows are true stunners, always making cross-temporal connections to link recent work with the MET’s encyclopedic collection of more classical art. See Marsden Hartley’s Maine with us now!

New York’s Iconic Architecture:  Let’s meander through Lower Manhattan together to see how old and new New York comingle. After investigating the structure and aesthetics of the 133-year-old Brooklyn Bridge, we’ll explore the city’s early skyscrapers and compare them to the recently finished Freedom Tower and Santiago Calatrava’s controversial transit hub.

We also offer tours of special exhibitions. Our recommendations for this season include:

Keep in mind, these are mere suggestions! If you have other ideas or would like to customize one of the above options, we will happily create a tailored experience for you.

Pricing: All prices depends upon group size and tour length. Tours start at $150/hour for small groups. Contact us to learn more.

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