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Majestic lions guard the entrance where a slew of steps will pump up your heart rate and Greek columns will draw your eyes up toward the heavens: The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has an entrance that serves as its own destination. But inside, the museum guards treasures that could take weeks (or months) to truly appreciate. Yep, thousands of pieces to gawk over that span over 5,000 years of artistic creations from Africa to around the world, and back again.
This is the art museum for all personalities: classic, modern, kinky, crazy, beautiful and scary – it’s all here. From Van Gogh, Chagall, Matisse and Picasso – there’s enough European Impressionism to tempt the craziest of Thomas Crown affairs. Past Europe, dig into mummies and ancient Egyptian collections like the coffin and mummy of Paankhenamun – dating back from the Dynasty 22 (c. 945–715 B.C.) – no big deal. Far more than just framed pieces and mummies, African masks, Iranian tiles, statues, headbands, photography, jewelry – it’s all here.
Interior and furniture designers tend to freak over the miniature rooms which allow guests to geek out over period rooms from around the globe, like the French Provincial Bedroom of the Louis XV Period of the 18th century.
Bottom line: This is a must see – especially with the Modern Wing addition (only an extra 65,000 feet more to discover!)
In its 30th year, more than 70 of the world’s best fine art photography galleries will be coming together at the Park Avenue Armory to show off museum-quality work from contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs to photo-based art, video and even new media art forms.
For those who want to celebrate the show in true high art fashion, a Gala Preview will be held on March 17th to benefited the John Szarkowsi Fund, which is an endowment for photography acquisitions at the beloved MoMA in New York.
After more than a decade of showcasing the icons of contemporary art as well as displaying exhibitions by up and comers, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami’s yearly exhibition schedule continues to feature innovative shows. The museum’s permanent collection is a representation of installations like “Paradise Lights” by Jack Pierson, a neon sculpture that adorns MOCA’s exterior walls and is a piece to admire at the Museum’s many special events.
Among the other collection pieces are mixed media works, oil on canvas, digital media and photographs by contemporary artists Nan Jume Paik, Jose Bedia and Enoc Perez. Programming is a major focus here too, with the museum open late on Wednesdays for MOCA by Moonlight and plenty of art classes and lectures on the weekends.
It’s a worldwide affair at the Miami International Art Fair as galleries from every continent contribute the best in contemporary art. All mediums of contemporary art will be represented at this four-day event. The fair also includes a lecture series featuring prominent experts in International Contemporary Art. This year one of the must-see exhibits is “Next Generation” as it draws attention to artists of the future.
The fair will open with an Invitation-Only Collector’s Preview Party on January 6. Passes can be requested at the website, and are limited, so don’t wait.
The Fine Arts Dealers Association (FADA) presents the 15th annual LA Art Show. At the venue downtown, there’s over a hundred galleries from all across the world who have come to showcase what’s new and hot in painting, sculpture, photography, video and more. This translates to over 15,000 works from periods as diverse as historical to modern art. To kick off the internationally acclaimed event, there’s an Opening Night Gala and all throughout the weekend there are various events, displays, and activities to get you inspired.
The 19th annual photo l.a. is one of the leading photo-based events in the country- and for good reason. Not only are attendees given access to never before seen photographs and exhibitions, throughout the weekend people can attend seminars from photography stars. For example, renowned, surreal photographer David LaChapelle, who has photographed everyone from Pamela Anderson to Marilyn Manson, will be hosting a seminar as well as well-known curators who will be hosting collecting seminars. This event is for those who want to see and learn the incredible art form.
Don’t miss the opening reception that is hosted by David LaChapelle and Christopher Lowell.
FotoWeek DC is a weeklong photography festival offering both novice and professional photographers a change at worldwide recognition. At this event, talented photographers from around the world will converge to display their work as well as present workshops on new techniques. At FotoWeek, feast your eyes on beautiful, emotional photos from President’s Obama’s Inauguration to exotic travel locations.
Local lovers of art and museum-marveling out-of-towners will go gaga for the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing. The 264,000-square-foot addition, designed by Renzo Piano, is a magnificent home for the museum’s much lauded collection of modern European paintings, contemporary art, and photography. The entry hall’s grandeur rivals that of a cathedral, and the staircase, supported by metal rods, makes the Wing a work of art in its own right. Come see what all the fuss is about!