The Upper East Side is widely known for its diverse and celebrated culinary offerings, its array of world-class museums, its abundance of green space, its vibrant nightlife, and its wildly unique art galleries. For this piece, we’re focusing on the latter. Right now, it’s all about the galleries. Here are three of our favorites that are near The Kent.
Valerie Goodman Gallery | 315 East 91st Street, 4th floor
Valerie Goodman’s mission was to exhibit the work of intriguing contemporary French artists in Manhattan—and that’s precisely what the gallery has been doing since it opened its doors in 2010. The Valerie Goodman Gallery, which is right around the block from The Kent, is a wonderful space that specializes in furniture, lighting, and sculpture but branches out in multiple directions. It’s well worth a visit.
Carlton Hobbs | 60 East 93rd Street
The Carlton Hobbs museum, gallery, and antique shop—it’s really all three—has one of the planet’s most impressive collections of antiques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Housed within a gorgeous old mansion, this venue ensures that walking through the gallery and showroom is like stepping into another era. It’s a transportive experience; everything feels cohesive and grand. Hobbs pieces have been displayed in the Louvre, The Met, The Bowes Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Paxton House, and the National Gallery of Greece, among many others. If you’re at all into furniture, antiques, or history, you’ll love this place.
Acquavella Galleries | 18 East 79th Street
Acquavella is almost more of a museum than a gallery. Since its founding in the early 1920s, it has amassed an enormous and robust collection of classic works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Once a year, it hosts a large group show in which two stories of the stunning townhouse are open to the public. On other days, the first story of the building functions as the gallery and features a revolving display of works from legends from many eras. It is not an accident that Acquavella has been thriving for nearly a century.
Postscript: if you’re in the market for some self-expression and appreciation of the auditory variety, the Diller-Quaile School of Music, a renowned institution that offers lessons for pretty much every instrument in existence, holds a series of events from their faculty that regularly attracts some of the most talented musicians in the world. And it’s three blocks from The Kent.