Coutesy of Hammer Museum

Courtesy of Hammer Museum

For some museum exhibits are an acquired taste. Some people don’t understand how non-moving works of art of all shapes and sizes can be so fascinating, which is why we decided it was time to try and change some of those people’s minds. There are many ways to appreciate a museum exhibit, including appreciation for the artist’s craftmanship, appreciation for the symbolism that the exhibit represents, or our personal favorite, appreciation for the larger story and context that accompanies every work of art of this magnitude.

This piece isn’t directed at the people who already appreciate these things and have been appreciating them for years. This piece is directed at the people who think museums and works of art are boring and uninteresting. These aren’t meant to be the 10 best museum exhibits around the country, they are just meant to be 10 exhibits that we think are worth checking out. And hopefully, a few of those people who are skeptical about their own interest in museum exhibits can read a bit about the pieces, go and check one out, and come away with a new appreciation for the appeal of museum exhibits.

Enrico David-Hammer 

This exhibition, held at the Hammer Museum, is Enrico David’s first in LA. It centers on a singular bronze figure, which is circled by paper mummies crawling across the walls and floor of the gallery. Visitors can go from being observers to being participants in this imaginative scene.

Enrico David’s work can be seen at the Hammer until May 5th.

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge –The drawing Center 

This presentation of Alexandre Singh’s work will be the first in North America. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s new series of Assembly Instructions called ‘The Pledge’. The pieces are derived from interviews that the artist conducted during 2011 with notable figures including scientists, artists and filmmakers, these have then been transformed into fictional dialogues.

This exhibition is being held in The Drawing Centre in New York until March 13th.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by Anatsui – Brooklyn Museum

The globally renowned artist El Anatsui has opened his first solo exhibition in a New York museum. The show features over 30 works that use metal and wood and transform objects we would all recognize into site-specific sculptures. The exhibition also includes 12 recent monumental sculptures, which represent Anatsui’s career progression.

You can see Anatsui’s work until August 4th in the Brooklyn Museum.

Angels, Demons and Savaged: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet –Phillips Collection

This exhibition explores American abstract expressionism and tells the little known tale of the relationship between three seminal artists of the time, Jackson Pollock, Alfonso Ossorio and Jean Dubuffet. The exhibition contains 55 pieces and it reunites works by Pollock and Dubuffet from Osorio’s collection for the first time since his death.

The exhibition is running until May 12th in The Phillips Collection in Washington.

Gutai: Splendid Playground – Guggenheim

‘Guitai: Splendid Playground’ presents Japans most creative works from the influential avant-garde collective of the post-war era. Founded by artist Yoshihara Jiro in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary. It’s young members caused a stir by exploring new collaborative art forms. Amidst wartime totalitarianism, Gutai pioneered ethics of creative freedom.

This reflective exhibition runs until May 8th at the Guggenheim in New York.

 

Courtesy of New Museum Of Contemporary Art

Courtesy of New Museum Of Contemporary Art

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Start – New Museum

This insightful exhibition looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year. The year in question is 1993 and a time capsule effect of the year’s creative happening is produced as you explore the exhibition. A range of iconic and lesser-known artworks are presented and together they mark a key cultural history of the city.

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Start runs until May 26th in The New Museum in New York.

James Turrell: A retrospective – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

This retrospective exhibition will reveal much of James Turrell’s work to the public for the first time. The heart of the exhibition is ‘The Light Inside’ a permanent installation at the museum, there is also Vertical Vintage, a grouping of a dozen light based installations that lets visitors test their perception and witness how light can dramatically shape space.

This exhibition is at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from June 9th-September 22nd (May 26th 2012 – April 6th 2014 at LACMA/ June 21st—September 25th 2013 at Guggenheim)

Mika Taanila –Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis

Mike Taanila’s thought provoking and challenging work is to be displayed at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. The Finnish artist works across a variety of mediums including film, video, sound and installation and each push the limit of technological developments in their own way. His work is predominantly in documentary form and it considers the implications of human achievement and progress.

This insightful exhibition runs from May 31st to August 11 in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion – Seattle Art Museum

For the first time a comprehensive look will be taken at Japanese fashion and the huge impact it has had internationally. Designers such as Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto will be included in the exhibition with the true extent of their influence on the fashion industry revealed. The exhibition sums up three decades of innovative and remarkable designs.

This globally focused exhibition runs from June 27th to September 8th at Seattle Art Museum.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris – National Gallery of Art in D.C.

This exhibition is the first retrospective of Charles Marvilles work and the only scholarly catalogue focusing on the famed French photographer. The in depth and insightful exhibition reveals recent startling discoveries concerning his art and personal life. The exhibition features over 100 photographs covering Marville’s career.

The groundbreaking exhibition opens on September 29th at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 

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