Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership to the New Museum. Your membership will be activated once you provide shipping information and your email address at checkout, but you must wait until the deal closes to visit the museum. Although children under 18 enter free, there is discounted membership for students, seniors, artists, and teachers. Choose from the following options:
- For $30, you get a Standard individual membership (up to a $60 value).
- For $50, you get a Standard dual membership, valid for two people (a $100 value).
- For $250, you get a one-year Deluxe membership (a $400 value).
- For $750, you get a one-year Premium membership (a $1,000 value).
Founded in 1977, the New Museum showcases intellect-tickling contemporary art from adventurous artists. The New Museum's building itself is an artistic wonder: 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize winners Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa designed it to be a disorienting stack of white boxes shifted off-axis, similar to Pat Boone's haircut.
The Standard membership garners unlimited admission to the museum and invitations to members-only exhibition viewings and events, such as the Member Cocktail Party scheduled on July 19. Members also receive discounts on New Museum screenings, performances, and panels and at more than 100 local businesses, as well as 10% off at the New Museum Store and 20% off New Museum publications.
Deluxe and Premium members also receive invitations to opening receptions for exhibitions such as the Eastern European showcase Ostalgia, running from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 13. Also included in the Deluxe membership are special gallery tours and studio visits with curators and artists and free admission to more than 20 contemporary art museums across the country. The Premium membership encompasses everything in the Deluxe package, plus VIP admission to exhibition opening receptions with artists and curators, including the Ostalgia preview from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 13. Premium members also enjoy invitations to private after-hours tours led by senior curators, an early opportunity to purchase tickets to the annual gala, and a complimentary exhibition catalogue. Click here to see a complete list of New Museum membership benefits.
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