I was debating whether to venture outside for some events this week. I mean it will be March this coming week; and that means only a few more weeks of winter. It must be getting close to the end of cold and some kind of warming trend, right? Well, that lasted about 10 minutes until I heard the weather report and the fact that snow is expected at least twice this week. Sigh. Well, just think how happy we will all be when it finally goes more than a week without snow! However that left me with no real theme to write about this week.
First, I thought well how about highlighting some great attractions. I thought of the many amusement parks that are starting to open on weekends. That’s a great theme to get people in the mood for summer! But then it occurred to me that I would recommend them and it would snow all weekend and who needs that, right?
Then, I thought that one of my very favorite “arrival of spring” shows is coming this week, The Philadelphia Flower Show. Why not highlight gardens around the country? That is perfect for getting people in the mood for spring. But it turns out that not much is blooming outside at gardens right now. That means that saving that discussion for a few weeks from now might be better for everyone.
Finally, I thought, how about continuing the art discussion? It is certainly something that works anytime of year and, we have some really great art museums we could feature. So we put together a list of some of our favorites around here. It is by no means scientific and it certainly isn’t saying that the art at these museums is better then the art at any others. We certainly couldn’t make that statement because art is so personal. But, if you are asking for a great choice of what to do this week, this is a wonderful way to find beauty in a snow-free environment.
Whatever your choice of art happens to be, why not take a trip to an art museum near you? These are our personal favorites but there are great art museums all over the U.S. Grab that significant other, a good friend or just a fellow art lover and head out to one this week. Oh and don’t forget to wear your boots. Chances are it will be snowing when you come out!
Philadelphia, PA 19019
American Indian, Far and Near Eastern Art; European medieval and Renaissance art including Foulc and Barnard collections. European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts; Eastern and Western period rooms from the 12th to 19th Centuries; contemporary art and prints.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Since its inception in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been devoted to collecting works of art that span both history and geography, in addition to representing Los Angeles’s uniquely diverse population. Today LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art. Among the museum’s strengths are its holdings of Asian art, Latin American art, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces to works by leading modern and contemporary artists; and Islamic art, of which LACMA hosts one of the most significant collections in the world. A museum of international stature as well as a vital part of Southern California, LACMA shares its vast collections through exhibitions, public programs, and research facilities that attract over a million visitors annually, in addition to serving millions through digital initiatives, such as online collections, scholarly catalogues, and interactive engagement at lacma.org. Situated in Hancock Park on over 20 acres in the heart of Los Angeles, LACMA is located between the ocean and downtown.
Denver, CO 80204
A traditional art museum with multiple media represented such as Asian Art, Native American, Western American art, modern, contemporary, textile, painting and sculpture. A new expansion project adding additional galleries and exhibit halls will be completed in 2006.
New York, NY 10128
This museum was founded by Solomon Guggenheim to educate the public in a new kind of art seen in a new kind of space. The building, as famous as the collections themselves, was created by Frank Lloyd Wright and houses a famous permanent collection as well as changing exhibits.
New York, NY 10028
This museum has collections of ancient and modern art of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near and Far East, Europe, Africa, Oceania, pre-Columbian cultures and the United States. These collections include paintings, sculpture, architecture, prints, photographs, drawings, glass, ceramics, metalwork, manuscripts, furniture, textiles, costumes, arms and armor, musical instruments and decorative arts.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau, Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles Demuth, William Glackens, Horace Pippin and Maurice Prendergast, Old Master paintings, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, American paintings and decorative arts and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia. The Barnes Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics programs engage a diverse array of audiences. These programs, occurring at the Philadelphia campus, online, and in Philadelphia communities, advance the mission through progressive, experimental and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
Chicago, IL 60603
This art museum has various collections including all period of European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts and textiles, Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Middle Eastern art, European medieval art, classical art, photography, African, pre-Hispanic and Native American art, architectural drawings and fragments and arms and armor.
Washington, DC 20001
This art museum housed in the 1836 old Patent Office building displays collections of American art from the colonial period to the present, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, folk art and contemporary crafts.
Miami, FL 33132
Pérez Art Museum Miami serves one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a unique confluence of Caribbean, North and South American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. The city’s thriving community of artists, designers and collectors and its avid and growing art-engaged public are driving Miami’s demand for a world-class museum and dynamic center of visual arts education. The new PAMM transforms Museum Park into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map, promotes progressive arts education, builds community cohesiveness and contributes substantially to downtown revitalization.
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