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Where Are You Now? 10 Summer Exhibitions Worth the Trip

The trees are blooming, the air is warm, and summer has (almost) officially set in. Whether you’re in the area or looking for a weekend getaway, we picked our favorite art destinations—inspiring exhibitions that’ll double as a brief escape.

Callan Malone

6. Tippet Rise – Proverb
Mark di Suvero, 'Proverb,' 2002. Image courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center/Iwan Baan. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Tippet Rise Art Center
If you find yourself seeking an escape from even the traditional museum and gallery summer art destinations, head to Tippet Rise in Fishtail, Montana, north of Yellowstone National Park. The art center features various site-specific structures, both interactive and otherwise. This summer, Francis Kéré’s Xylem opens as a scenic pavilion for viewers to sit, converse, meditate, escape.

The Madhavendra Palace. On the roof: Vikram Goyal, The Hundred Petal Lotus, 2018. Brass. Photo by Dhruv Malhotra.

The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Jaipur
The Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace, Nahargarh Fort, turns an eighteenth-century palace into an art gallery with works by leading Indian and international artists; nearly twenty-five artists create the site-specific pieces among the walls of the palace. Vikram Goyal, Richard Long, Michael Joo are among some of those who are a part of the second edition of Jaipur’s Sculpture Park.

Virginia Overton, Untitled (Mobile). Photo by Bryan Zimmerman

Virginia Overton at Art Omi
Art Omi Sculpture and Architecture Park presents Virginia Overton’s Untitled (Mobile), a mobile sculpture on a pick-up truck. In addition, Art Omi’s 120-acre space of fields and forests features a range of large-scale works, including pieces by Brian Tolle, Tschabalala Self, and Sarah Braman. The 2019 season kicks of May 25th with a free celebration of the newly installed works.

The Glass House, Summer 2018. Photo by Neil Landino.

The Glass House
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the iconic Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Atop the 49-acre landscape sits the house as well as a permanent collection of 20th century paintings and sculptures. Celebrate the anniversary with Cultured  at the annual Summer Party on June 8th. Tickets are available at theglasshouse.org.

Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood, Conservatory for Confectionery Curiosities, 2008/2019. Mixed media installation. 9 ft. 10 1/8 in. x 13 ft. 1 1/2 in. x 66 15/16 in. (300 x 400 x 170 cm). Courtesy the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles.

Mark Dion and Jean Shin at Storm King
New Yorkers come in flocks every year to see the rolling hills and grand sculptural work at Storm King Art Center. The renowned art center opened their season with two shows on May 4th and both will run through the fall: Mark Dion’s Follies and Jean Shin’s Outlooks. Shin created a site-specific piece working with salvaged maple trees from the area to create a giant picnic table. The artist will also tap trees for sap and create maple syrup, which will be offered at tastings throughout the season. Dion’s twelve pieces, which have been slightly altered for their new site, investigate the history and culture of nature.

N. Dash (installation view), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Courtesy of the artist; Casey Kaplan, New York. Photo: Jason Wyche.

N. Dash and Sara Cwynar at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
The Aldrich in Ridgefield, Connecticut has no permanent collection and is the only museum in the state dedicated solely to the exhibition of contemporary art. Currently on view through September 15th is an entirely new set of work by Miami-born artist N. Dash, whose multidisciplinary work employs both natural and manmade materials, including pigments, adobe, and fabric. June 9th marks a second opening—Sara Cwynar: Gilded Age, the artist’s first East Coast museum exhibition and a survey of new and recent work.

Brice Marden: Cold Mountain Studies, installation view at ‘T’ Space. © 2019 Susan Wides.

Brice Marden at ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck
If you’re seeking an authentic city getaway, there’s no better place than going straight into the forest, right? ‘T’ Space sits in the woodlands of Rhinebeck, NY; the stunning architectural space will open its 2019 season with Brice Marden’s Cold Mountain Studies. The 35 drawings were inspired by nature and echo the poetry and calligraphy of 9th century Chinese poet Han Shan. Never before exhibited in the Hudson Valley—where the artist lives and works—‘T’ Space’s show will also be the studies’ first appearance outside of an urban area. Cold Mountain Studies opens June 9th.

Eli Brown, Greenhouse from Museum of Queer Ecologies, 2019. Lumber, hardware, polycarbonate, tree stumps, paint, digital audio sound installation, amplifier, speakers, 00:10:00. Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

DeCordova New England Biennial 2019
In spirit of all things locally sourced, the DeCordova New England Biennial in Lincoln, Massachusetts selects its artists only from the six states that comprise the Northeast region. Featuring works across all mediums—including a sculpture garden—the biennial will run until September 15th and features twenty-three artists including Alexandria Smith and Bhakti Ziek.

Jacqueline Humphries, Driftwood​ , 2019. ©Jacqueline Humphries. Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York.

Jacqueline Humphries at the Dan Flavin Art Institute
Hamptons goers, Hamptons dreamers: status aside, everyone should make their way to Bridgehampton as the Dia Art Foundation puts on a long-term view of some remarkable new work by the famed artist. Building upon her blacklight paintings and moving into the sculptural realm, the new body of work illuminates fluorescent cast objects under blacklight. The show opens June 22nd.

Yasumasa Morimura, Portrait (Fan), 1991. Chromogenic print mounted on canvas. © Yasumasa
Morimura; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.

Be Seen at the Wadsworth
Hartford, Connecticut’s Wadsworth Museum will commemorate Stonewall’s 50th anniversary with Be Seen: Portrait Photography Since Stonewall, opening June 22nd. The exhibit explores the ways in which portraiture has been used as a tool of subversion to challenge societal norms around gender and sexuality. Among the artists in the show are Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, and Mickalene Thomas.