Lauren A. Kaplan Art Tours
"We Blend Art Education With Wit And Enthusiasm"
Welcome To Lauren A. Kaplan Art Tours
Lauren A Kaplan Art Tours provides two unique services:
- We craft personal, customizable tours of New York’s art and architecture for adults and families. Whether you are visiting town and want to see the Metropolitan Museum’s greatest hits, or are a New York native seeking an in-depth understanding of the season’s most challenging exhibition, we will create the right experience for you.
- We lead small group classes in New York’s museums and galleries, giving you the rare opportunity to deeply engage with particular artists, collections, or eras. Unlike a typical classroom course, we teach directly from original works of art. Our classes generally meet in the evenings or on weekend afternoons.
In all cases, our goal is to blend education with wit and enthusiasm, ensuring a truly memorable experience. In the end, you will not only gain tangible information, but will also become a more savvy lover of culture.
Lauren A Kaplan earned her BA in Art History at Columbia University and an MA in Education at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She is now a PhD Candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is working on her dissertation. She specializes in art and architecture of the twentieth century with a unique focus on cross-cultural exchange between Europe and Latin America.
Lauren was introduced to museum education while interning at the Brooklyn Museum in 2003, and she has been teaching art history in museums and classrooms ever since. Currently, she teaches undergraduate classes at Hunter College, CUNY. Lauren also works with school groups, adults, and families as an educator at the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Morgan Library and Museum. She lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
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!
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!
Thematic Tours at the Metropolitan Museum
Want to learn about the evolution of Western painting, from ancient Greece to Impressionism? Or perhaps you’re curious about the rise of Modernism, Islamic art and architecture, or Egyptian burial rituals? We can create a fascinating tour built around your particular interests.
Art and Science at the Metropolitan Museum
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.
Chelsea 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 museum! 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 connecting newer work with the MET’s encyclopedic collection. SeeMarisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space with us now!
New York’s Iconic Architecture
Let’s meander through Lower Manhattan together. After investigating the structure and aesthetics of the 130-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.