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Lincoln Center Offers Art and Architecture Tour

Tour Explores Lincoln Center’s Iconic Architecture, Recent Transformation, and World-Class Art Collection

One of New York’s great collections of modern art and architecture isn’t in a museum, it’s at Lincoln Center, where paintings, sculpture, limited-edition prints, posters, and buildings by the leading artists and architects of this and last century can be found outside and inside the theaters on the world-famous 16-acre campus. The debut of Lincoln Center’s “Art and Architecture Tour” coincides with the unveiling of major aspects of Lincoln Center’s 1.2 billion dollar redevelopment project including Lincoln Center’s first LEED certified green building, the David Rubenstein Atrium.

DS+R rendering, The Lincoln Center

The new “Art and Architecture Tour,” an hour-long guided tour, offers an opportunity to study extraordinary works of art by such greats as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Lee Bontecou, Henry Moore, Jacques Lipschitz, and Elie Nadelman, and to learn how integral they were to the creation of America’s largest performing arts complex. The tour also examines the buildings, theater interiors, and public spaces designed by visionary architects Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen, and others, in the 1960s and 1970s. It encompasses Lincoln Center’s critically acclaimed redevelopment project, and its innovative concepts and designs by the architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, as well as Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. It also includes the campus’s expanded public spaces, such as the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn.

The tour reveals Lincoln Center’s expansive visual art collection, conceived in tandem with the architecture and taking its cue from the performing arts. Among the works are commissioned pieces from Jasper Johns, David Smith, and Louise Nevelson. Armed with encyclopedic knowledge, interesting anecdotes, and a passion for the arts, the tour guides trace Lincoln Center’s past, present, and future with an inside look at what makes the Center tick. The tour includes visits to up to three of these renowned theaters: the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the David H. Koch Theater (previously the New York State Theater), the Vivian Beaumont Theater, and the dramatically transformed Alice Tully Hall. A sneak peek at a rehearsal is also included wherever possible.

Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts complex, representing the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphonic and chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education. Its 12 resident organizations – The Chamber Music Society, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and School of American Ballet – welcome 5 million visitors each year. After five decades of artistic excellence and service to its community, the nation and the world, Lincoln Center began a major transformation initiative to fully modernize its concert halls and public spaces, renew its 16-acre campus, and reinforce its vitality for decades to come.

Take the Lincoln Center “Art and Architecture Tour”
Tours are available, daily, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required. For tour times, prices and further information call 212-875-5350, email [email protected] or visit

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