Each of the Lori Dennis Inc. team members loves to frequent local art museum exhibits — what better way to beat the Summer heat? From Los Angeles to San Francisco, NYC, Colombia, and Spain– we’re everywhere and are always keeping an eye out for inspiration! Here are the museums and art exhibits the Lori Dennis Inc. team are spending their weekends exploring this Summer: Moving from west to east, here it is…
Olafur Eliasson Reality Projector
The best museum exhibit at the Marciano Art Foundation right now is the Reality Projector installation. Artist Olafur Eliasson blends color theory and performance art with colored gels filling the spaces between the joists and beams of the museum’s structure; a space which used to be a Masonic Lodge back in the day.
They’re back lit with a moving spot light on a track. As the lights slowly moves side to side, colors and shadows are projected onto the large wall. The projector exhibit ends in August so be sure to catch it before it leaves.
Jennifer Guidi’s Contemporary Pointillism
Jennifer Guidi, was featured in Arch Digest years ago as we immediately fell in love.
Her work is simple. It’s meditative, textural, colorful and beautiful and would look great in modern and contemporary interior design projects.
Rashid Johnson’s Untilted Escape Collage
Another piece that is incredibly interesting to see up close is Rashid Johnson’s Untitled Escape Collage. It’s an incredible mixed media piece made from ceramic tile, black soap, wax, vinyl, spray enamel.
Through October, the San Francisco MoMA is exhibiting the sardonic, surrealist paintings of René Magritte.
The exhibit is titled The Fifth Season and includes 70 of his pieces across 9 galleries exploring irony and the way our minds fill in blank spaces. You’re probably most familiar with his painting, Le Fils de l’Homme (The Son of Man), 1964, which has been satirized across the globe.
Amidst the narrow, bustling city streets of downtown Bogota, is the Museo de Botero. Artist Fernando Botero is a Colombian darling with a cheeky sense of humor. The structure of the museum flows like a Spanish mission with long outdoor arcades and tiled floors continuing indoors, then outdoors, culminating in a central courtyard.
Best known for his sculptures and paintings of voluptuous figures, many of which are political, all of which are hilarious. The size of the piece packs as much a punch as the subject matter. At 80+ years young, Botero is still alive, well, and creating works today and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon!
The Botero Museum also has a number of other famed artists’ works on display: Picassos, Klimts, Calders, Degas, and Dalis. One of the incredible things about the Botero museum and all of its gorgeous galleries is that none of the paintings and sculptures reside behind barriers. There’s no glass, no rope. You can really get up close and personal with the works and notice detail you wouldn’t otherwise.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Central Park Conservancy Garden in East Harlem, sits the beautiful brick mansion preserving the history of New York in its well air-conditioned corridors. The wings on the first floor cover the past, present, and future of the history of New York and the upstairs contains rotating exhibits.
This Summer, you’ll find an exhibition on activism, public art in New York, and Rosario Candela’s architecture, but the main attraction is the Stanley Kubrick Photographs.
The Kubrick Photographs
Through October, the City Museum of New York is exhibiting the photography of director Stanley Kubrick on display. It’s fascinating – all beautiful, clear black and white prints, some of which were previously unpublished; many of which were commissioned to accompany news articles.
Unlike the incredibly deliberate, symmetrical frames of Kubrick’s films, his photography is far more haphazard, more voyeuristic, and candid. The subjects, however, perfectly predict those that would be the centerpieces of his most famous films: prize fighters as in Raging Bull, opulent hotel ballrooms ala The Shining.
The Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain is one of those museums so architecturally stunning, the structure is as impressive as the works it contains.
Joana Vasconcelos’ I Am Your Mirror
What caught our eye were the giant installations around and inside the museum by artist Joana Vasconcelos –They’re pretty hard to miss! One of her exhibits, the Egeria, extends throughout the atrium of the museum– and is named for a woman who traveled the world alone and passed down handicrafts from mother to daughter.