As the summer of 2017 begins, I have made it my mission to immerse myself in much more art than I had last summer. I became so wrapped up in my job that I forgot to take the time to just surround myself with great art. This summer will be different. In between bartending and taking summer classes, I will be checking off museums and activities from my “Summer Art History Bucket List”. I’ve included a few of my must do’s below.
This summer, my family is taking a trip to California. The farthest West I have ever gone has been to the center of Pennsylvania, so it will be very different for me. On this trip, we will be doing tons of hiking and outdoorsy stuff like visiting the Redwood Nation Park, going snorkeling, and spending a day in the San Diego Zoo (my brother is really into animals). But, I hope that I can convince my family to spend an afternoon in the air conditioning to look at some art. The Getty is home to pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American, Asian, and European photographs as well as outdoor sculpture.
I (somehow) have still not been to the MoMA in New York City. I have visited the MET twice, but have not been to the MoMA. Hence, why I need to go this summer. It houses not only some of the most famous works of modern art in the world, but it also showcases the unique new ways artists are thinking about what art is.
I hope this is another stop on my family’s trip to California. The Broad (rhymes with “road”) is a contemporary art museum that is located in Los Angeles. The collection houses incredible post-war and contemporary works that evoke an appreciation for art of the modern day. Also, the building itself is a work of art.
I always enjoy taking a trip to Washington D.C., especially since I only live an hour and a half away from the nation’s capitol. The National Gallery of Art is home to a wide spectrum of art history and houses prominent examples of painting and sculpture from some of the greatest artists of all time.
If you have any suggestions of other art museums I should check out this summer, let me know in the comments area below!!