Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours

We now lead group classes on Zoom, and small, private, in-person tours based around special exhibitions and relevant themes. We lead private, interactive tours that highlight New York's most exciting art and architecture.

Operating as usual


Charles Ray, “Boy with Frog” (2009), is just one of many surprising sculptures in his current retrospective @metmuseum. What a powerful show! I’ll be teaching a virtual class on Ray’s unsettling work this week. Link in bio to join!


Our newest addition, Berni Maeve, flying over Kusama’s Narcissus Garden @rubellmuseum

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 11/09/2021

Highlights from some excellent shows now up in Tribeca: William F Robbins @ppowgallery, Gauri Gill @jamescohangallery, Ella Kruglyanskaya @bortolamigallery and Kandis Williams @52walkerstreet

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 10/25/2021

Love the new Marcel Dzama, “No Less than Everything Comes Together,” at the Bedford stop on the L train. Nice work, @mtaartsdesign! #marceldzama #subwayart #publicart

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 10/21/2021

Some favorite—and surprising—details from “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror” @whitneymuseum. What an expansive and smart show, which demonstrates Johns’s full range as both a Pop artist and somewhat of an Expressionist. Some fun facts: Johns did a whole series referencing Picasso’s paintings of Marie-Therese in anguish; he used complimentary colors (orange, green and black) in the American flag series to protest the Vietnam war; and the profiles in his vase/face icon are actually Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. #jasperjohns #mindmirror #whitneymuseum

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 10/12/2021

Etel Adnan (first 3 images) and Vasily Kandinsky (next 2) are now paired in a gorgeous show at @guggenheim. Both artists sought the spiritual in art and used abstraction to express ineffable ideas. Adnan now 96, is from Beirut but based in northern California. Best known as a writer she has said, “I write what I see but I paint what I am.” #eteladnan #kandinsky #guggenheimmuseum

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 10/08/2021

Amazing “exquisite corpse” drawings of Frida and Diego. #surrealismbeyondborders @metmuseum


Incredible tromp l’oeil—#johncurrin @gagosian


Wu Tsang’s “Anthem”—a giant film installation featuring the musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland—looks (and sounds) spectacular in Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda. #guggenheimmuseum


Exploring Will Ryman’s Pac-Lab @art_omi #artomi

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 07/17/2021

Sixteenth-century fierce. #mediciportraitsandpolitics

Photos from Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's post 07/01/2021

Radical eye candy in”Cezanne Drawing”


This week’s virtual class will explore Alexander Calder’s iconic and little known inventions. His mobiles, stabiles, wire sculptures, drawings, and jewelry are now on view @themuseumofmodernart. Classes are on Wednesday and Thursday—Link in bio to join! #alexandercalder #modernsculpture #mobiles #virtuallearning


This week’s class is on David Hockney’s playful and loving drawings of his closest friends and family (and, of course, himself), currently on view at @themorganlibrary. They’re a treat for the eyes :) Link in bio to join!


My series of winter classes begins this week, meeting on Zoom tomorrow at 5:30 and Thursday at 11 am and 8 pm EST. This week’s class is on art made in 2020, in response to the pandemic and calls for racial justice. Artists will include: Derek Fordjour, Jenny Saville, Eric Fishl, Teresita Fernandez, and Titus Kaphar. If you’re craving art but want to stay home, join me! DM me to learn more or visit my website (link in bio). #zoomclasses #virtuallearning #artfromhome #contemporaryart #art2020 01/12/2021


Our virtual winter classes begin this week! Find more information here, and reach out with any questions. Book Now! Join our virtual classes on Zoom! WINTER CLASSES: JANUARY through MARCH TIMES: All sessions are 90 minutes, including a lecture and brief discussion. Each class me…


First time back @metmuseum since March! Felt like a homecoming of sorts, and the Jacob Lawrence show is completely worth the trip. Here’s his version of George Washington crossing the Delaware, focusing on unknown soldiers crammed into boats on choppy waters, rather than the heroism of America’s first President. See Lawrence’s “American Struggle” before it closes on November 10. #metmuseum #jacoblawrence #americanstruggle


Art meets life! Running through Red Hook, just came across this @pioneerworks installation by Bosco Sodi. These hand-formed clay spheres were made at Sodi’s studio in Oaxaca, fired on the beach, then sent to this empty lot in Brooklyn. In Sodi’s words “Perfect Bodies is about silence, the passing of time, small things, and our relationship with the earth.” #boscosodi #pioneerworks #redhookart


Getting back into the groove of in person tours! Yesterday, I explored Lower Manhattan’s architecture—including the Woolworth Building, Frank Gehry’s Berkman Tower, Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus, and the World Trade Center site—with a small group. It was so nice to be physically dwarfed by old and new skyscrapers (rather than looking at them on a screen). Thanks to those of you who joined! #lowermanhattanskyline #architecturetour #michaelarad


Finally doing some in person tours again! Here are some highlights from Chelsea this fall : Robert Kobayashi @susaninglettgallery; Harold Ancart @davidzwirner; Kara Walker @sikkemajenkins; Toyin Odutola @jackshainman; Gina Beavers @marianneboeskygallery; and Osgemeos @lehmannmaupin. 09/29/2020


Craving culture? My Fall Virtual Art Series starts tomorrow! Classes are offered at three times: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Learn more on my website or contact me to join!: Book Now! Join our virtual classes on Zoom! FALL CLASSES: The fall series consists of 9 unique but interconnected classes. All sessions are 75 minutes, followed by a brief…


Nature has been an integral part of my life during the pandemic, and I just taught a two-part Zoom series on connections between art, nature, and environmentalism. Next is the theme of art and science later this month. Link in bio to join!


Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours's cover photo 06/10/2020

New York Art Classes | Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours

This month, I'll be hosting weekly ZOOM classes on themes that resonate with the present moment. Classes meet every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. Email me for more information at [email protected]., and check my website here:

Here are the topics:

Week of June 1: Time, and Memory: How can creativity emerge from deep boredom? How can we record change when every day feels the same? And how can art help us remember both significant and mundane moments?

Week of June 8: Travel, and Migration: How can travel change the way we see? We all currently suffer from wanderlust. Together, we’ll live vicariously through artists who travel extensively or have emigrated from one country to another, forming cross-cultural connections along the way.

Week of June 15: Identity and Community: While we maintain social distance, community remains more important than ever. How do artists bring people together by representing aspects of their own identities?

Week of June 22: Art in Crisis Moments: What have artists been making since the pandemic began? How does art of the present moment compare to art of past crisis moments? We lead intimate, discussion- based classes at New York's best museums and galleries. Content ranges from special exhibitions and contemporary art to ancient and Renaissance masters.


For the past month, I’ve been teaching virtual classes on Zoom. Each class is based around a special exhibition or theme that either illuminates our present moment or offers an escape from it. The conversations have been moving and fantastic. Last week’s class on Dorothea Lange was particularly poignant. Thank you to those of you who joined! I’ll be offering more classes in June—check my website or DM me for the schedule! @ The Internet


Donald Judd’s starkly beautiful “objects” @themuseumofmodernart—hard to photograph; definitely worth experiencing in person. #donaldjudd #moma #specificobjects @ MoMA The Museum of Modern Art


Larry Bell’s glass ‘glaciers’ @hauserwirth. So pretty. #larrybell #glassart


Ever wonder what the inside of Rem Koolhaas’s brain looks like? See “Countryside, The Future” @guggenheim to find out! The man who has studied urbanism for decades has now turned his attention to the other 98% of the earth’s surface. The result is a stream of consciousness exhibition (which reads like conceptual art mixed with academic research) full of fascinating and terrifying information that impacts us all, even those of us living in cities. #countryside #remkoolhas


Antony Gormley’s “New York Clearing” @brooklynbridgepark is 11 miles of continuous swirling aluminum that invites you into its curves. “I think for me, it’s not a body, maybe not even a sculpture, in the traditional sense. It’s more energy and less mass,” says Gormley. “This is an open work; it doesn’t have a skin.” Instead, it’s like a giant, interactive slinky.


Some great landscapes on the Upper East Side: Salvo, Tarsila at Mendez Wood, Troy Brantauch @petzelgallery, and Sergio Sister @galerianararoesler.


Happy holidays from Arizona! Yesterday we introduced the little guy to Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. He loved the geometric designs and organic everything; had mixed feelings about the leaky ceilings. #franklloydwright #taliesinwest


The new MoMA tells a fresh and expansive story of modern art. It’s messier but also more complete and accurate than what’s been shown in the past. Among the many surprises are some gorgeous, rarely seen works by female artists: Remedios Varo, Mary Cassatt, Gabrielle Münter, and Hannah Höch. #Moma #remediosvaro #gabriellemunter #marycassatt #hannahhoch @ MoMA The Museum of Modern Art


Meet the newest member of our art-loving family! Irving Zane was born 2 months ago, and he just visited his first museum @massmoca. He loved Spencer Finch and Sol Lewitt, but wasn’t sure about Louise Bourgeois. Ultimately, he prefers his ‘Look, Look!’ book for babies. #kidsinmuseums @ MASS MoCA


Finally installed! #alexkatz in the 57th street F station. @mtaartsdesign


Les Colombes! Thousands of white origami doves, folded by people of all ages, races and faiths, soaring in The Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest. #lescolombes #doves

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Pierre Huyghe’s “Dream (John Cage)” @walkerartcenter. Huyghe made a wind pipe for every note in Cage’s 1948 score, but t...
Adrian Piper made difficult conceptual work about race and gender identity for decades, then in 2007 she moved to Berlin...
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Last moment of tranquility before leaving Santa Fe. #newmexico #landofenchantment #canyonroad
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Sarah Sze constructs organized chaos in her first NYC solo show in 5 years @tanyabonakdargallery. These multimedia struc...
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