Featuring over 100 works of artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell and Lee Krasner the exhibit gives museum visitors an artistic view of the New York 1940's and 1950's abstract art scene.
The art in the exhibit ranges from photography, sculpture and brightly coloured paintings giving a true tour of the city's art era.
The artists featured had lived through some of the hardest years of their decade. The Great Depression was part of many of their childhoods, they had watched the dropping of the bomb and witnessed the Holocaust. It was time for a new culture, one veering from the recent pasts horrors to a new gentler culture.
Their works changed modern art. Some like Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler used their own bodies as paint brushes. These artists didn't go for quiet expression, their pieces were big, bold and powerful.
There is a gift shop inside the exhibit offering visitors a chance to have a piece of the era with them always.
Tour guides are available from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Tickets for visiting AGO's Abstract Expressionist New York exhibit along with other exhibits are $25.00 for adults, $21.50 for seniors and $16.50 for youth and students with valid IDs. The museum is open every day except for Mondays.