Looking for a summer art excursion? We’ve rounded some must visit spots on the east coast of America.
It’s already August and while the sun is still high in the sky, cooler temps are coming soon. It’s time to pack in the festivals, concerts and art excursions to make the most of the sunny days we have left. So, on the travel team here at WGSN, we rounded up some cool stateside spots where you can enjoy 15 inspiring galleries and museums in New York, Connecticut, Massachusettes and beyond…. for a healthy dose of fresh air, sunshine and your seasonal culture fix.
830 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, NY
1 631 324 4929
Offering a glimpse into the lives of Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner, this farmhouse was the artists’ home and commemorates their retrospective careers. Inspect the floor of Pollock’s studio and you’ll notice splashes of paint; evidence of his renowned drip method.
1 Museum Road
New Windsor, NY
1 845 534 3115
Comprising a landscape of hills, fields and woodlands in the picturesque Hudson Valley, this sculpture park showcases an open-air collection of more than 100 pieces of art. Roam the scenic 500 acres just an hour away from New York City.
3 Beekman Street
1 845 440 0100
Housing Dia’s collection of modern art from the 1960s to today, this spacious building on the banks of the Hudson is a former printing box factory, which gives the experience a rather industrial feel. Plus for New Yorkers, it’s only an hour and a half from Manhattan on the Metro North train.
134 Jay Street – Route 22
1 914 232 9555
Presenting art from all cultures, both past and present, the KMA hosts four annual exhibitions in its intimate space. Just 44 miles north of Manhattan, don’t miss the upcoming film showings, lectures, concerts and creative workshops.
279 Montauk Highway,
Water Mill, NY
1 631 283 2118
This dramatic building is nestled in the Hamptons, making it the ideal location for a mid-summer art fix. Seek refuge from the city heat in the nature-inspired exhibitions before hopping back on the jitney.
Fort Tilden, 169 State Road
1 718 784 2084
After the impact of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Fort Tilden was deemed structurally unsound and is due to be demolished later this year. Thankfully, Berlin artist Katharina Grosse has claimed the building as her muse for a final celebration, transforming the ruin into an explosion of colour. This one-off installation runs until November 30th.
1 631 537 1476
The inconspicuous building, located on a suburban Bridgehampton street, was built as a firehouse in 1908 and has since functioned as a church. It now houses the sensational permanent works of Dan Flavin, whose use of colour and structure involves striking fluorescent lights.
533 Sail Walk
Fire Island Pines, NY
BOFFO is a non-profit experimental art organisation that has migrated to the beaches of Fire Island for the summer. BOFFO Art Camp takes place until September 18th and features unique events including sunset concerts and craft lessons to positively engage the island’s community.
133 Hands Creek Road
East Hampton, NY
1 631 329 3568
LongHouse is a living case study of the interaction between people and plants, making its East Hampton gardens a vivid experience for visitors who can wander the 16 acres, searching for pieces by Buckminster Fuller and Yoko Ono.
80 Sculptors Way
1 609 586 0616
Claiming to offer a surprise around every corner, this beautifully landscaped contemporary sculpture park in central New Jersey prides itself on showcasing the works of emerging and established artists.
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
1 201 604 2702
This former tobacco warehouse in Jersey City is home to one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the USA. The Mana Contemporary is a collaborative community of artists and is so vast that its visitors are escorted by a guide around the industrial buildings. Keep in mind there will be no visitor tours from 15th August until 24th September.
199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT
1 203 594 9884
Architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built in 1949, is just one of fourteen structures that can be found on the site’s 49 acres. See Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden installation until November, alongside the permanent collection of 20th-century art and sculpture.
26 Main Street
1 203 438 4519
The Aldrich, founded by avid art collector and philanthropist Larry Aldrich, is the only museum in Connecticut dedicated to contemporary art. Always full of surprises, visit this summer and discover a John Deere combine harvester within the gardens.
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
1 413 662 2111
MASS MoCA prides itself on embracing all forms of art, from music and contemporary dance to film, photography and avant-garde theatre. Unlike its Manhattan and Boston counterparts, this museum also has the space required to exhibit immersive, large-scale installations.
Be sure to check gallery and museum hours as they may vary.
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