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Art Fix Tips for the US and Mexico

Is Khruangbin’s Texas Sun your favorite summer song? Well then you’re in luck: we have just the art-filled tip list to compliment your fave tune. Local adventures are still the way to go this summer, and that’s why we’ve got all the roadtrip art destinations for your drive through the US towards Mexico. We’ll start on the East Coast in New York, drive down south to Texas, across the coast to California, and all the way down to Mexico.

The Lume at Newfields Indianapolis

The Lume at Newfields Indianapolis

NEW YORK

Martin Creed: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT – Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons

  • Until 30 November 2021
  • 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill
  • parrishart.org   

From the Scottish Highlands to Vancouver, Martin Creed’s one liner has traveled the world and can be found in the most spectacular settings. This 70-foot-long neon sculpture is not only one of the artist’s most iconic works, but just what we need to brighten up our summer days. Playful and with a hint of irony, the work presents a desire to communicate, connect and resonate with the current circumstances around COVID-19. 

Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making – Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons

  • Until 24 October 2021
  • 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill
  • parrishart.org   

After getting your spirits up with Martin Creed’s sign on the façade of The Parrish, make sure to go inside and visit Roy Lichtenstein’s “History in the Making” – the first major museum exhibition focusing on the early work of one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century.  

Art Fix Tip: Craving a savoury snack after your museum tour? Check out the café at the Parrish featuring salads, sandwiches, and snacks to get your energy levels up before your next stop.

Robert Longo: A History of the Present, Guild Hall in East Hampton

  • Until 17 October 2021
  • 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY
  • guildhall.org

Another must-see while you’re in the Hamptons is Robert Longo’s “A History of the Present”. Here, Longo juxtaposes America’s past with its present through 17 monumental charcoal drawings that act as mirrors into history. 

Lee Ufan – Pace Gallery in East Hampton

Fixers, there’s still time to check out Lee Ufan’s new and distinct work at Pace. The show highlights three paintings alongside three watercolors that were created at the artist’s studio in Japan during the pandemic. An absolute must before driving back to the city!

Keith Haring: Radiant Vision – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown

Fenimore is a beautiful museum located on the pristine shores of the legendary Otsego Lake, in a house that was once owned by the famous American novelist James Fenimore Cooper. It is currently exhibiting over 100 of Haring’s works from a private collection as a tribute to this iconic artist and his dedication to social justice. And we all know that no art trip is complete without a little Keith Haring! 

Group Exhibition: Cross Pollination – Hudson River Skywalk

This major national collaborative exhibition explores the theme of cross pollination in art and the environment, and features works by artists like Martin Johnson Heade, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Nick Cave and many more. With paintings, sketches, sculptures and specimens being displayed within the beautiful historic spaces, this exhibition is truly one of a kind.

Dawoud Bey: An American Project – Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC 

  • Until 3 October 2021 
  • 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 
  • whitney.org

This artist has worked to expand upon what photography can and should be by creating an open dialogue through his works since the mid-1970s. Featuring works from his earliest street portraits in Harlem to his most recent series, An American Project is a must-see for lovers of photography and political enthusiasts. 

Art Fix Tip: From Fridays through Sundays, visitors can enjoy light refreshments and modern twists on classic American cocktails at the Whitney’s Studio Bar, featuring spectacular views of the NYC skyline. Check out the menu here

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start – MoMA in NYC

  • Until 15 January 2022
  • 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan
  • moma.org 

This exhibition takes a deep dive into the full breadth of Alexander Calder’s career and offers the opportunity to admire rarely seen works IRL, including the large-scale “Man-Eater with Pennants”, which is on view in the Sculpture Garden. Enjoy delicious snacks at the museum’s Garden Café while you drool over Calder’s sculpture!  

Group Exhibition: and I will wear you in my heart of heart – The Flag Art Foundation in NYC

This one’s for our hopeless romantics. Centering on a gesture of love and care, this exhibition explores the ways in which 35 artists evoke tenderness through depictions of lovers and friends, familial exchanges and moments of solitude. Some of the artists featured include: Derrick Adams, Jenna Gribbon, Anthony Cudahy, and two of our fave girls on fire: Jordan Casteel and Njideka Akunyili Crosby! 

Arcmanoro Niles: Hey Tomorrow, Do You Have Some Room For Me: Failure Is A Part Of Being Alive – Lehmann Maupin in NYC

At his first solo show with Lehmann Maupin in New York, Niles is showcasing a series of vibrant portraits. This new body of work explores the moments and experiences whose value is only visible in retrospect. “I’ve been thinking about the things I didn’t get or thought were indications of failure that actually turned out to be good for me in the long run,” explains the artist. This show provides us with a much needed source of (arty) inspiration after a difficult year.

Hillary Pecis – Rockefeller Center in NYC

This season, Hillary Pecis is decorating the iconic art deco architecture at the Rockefeller Center with her distinct vibrant acrylic paintings. So keep an eye out for her works while you stroll through the streets of New York.

Art Fix Tip: Yes, Fixers… There’s a new Indian restaurant in town! SONA reimagines the wonders of Indian fare within the heart of NYC. The best part? Sunday brunch featuring masala eggs, cardamom coconut crepes and goat cheese samosas… Need we say more?

INDIANA

THE LUME – Newfields in Indianapolis

If you’re looking for an instagrammable activity, this detour is absolutely worth the extra miles! At the largest exhibition in Newfields, visitors are able to walk through nearly 30,000 square feet of immersive galleries and take in breathtaking masterpieces while experiencing a new multi-sensory digital world. The first year’s show features the paintings of Vincent van Gogh… can you imagine walking into The Starry Night?

FLORIDA

Group Exhibition: Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection – Pérez Museum in Miami

  • Until 6 February 2022
  • 1103 Biscayne Blvd.,  Miami, Florida
  • pamm.org 

If you’re planning to go to Miami this summer, consider paying a visit to the Pérez Museum. Its current exhibition highlights artists whose works embody the possibilities and complexities of the contemporary world. The spectacular list of powerful voices featured include: Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, and many more. 

TEXAS

Ernesto Neto: SunForceOceanLife – The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

  • Until 26 September 2021
  • 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 
  • mfah.org 

Renowned Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto has transformed the Cullinan Hall at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston into a suspended walkway. This colossal, spiraling installation comprises yellow, orange, and green materials that are hand-woven into beautiful patterns.

Donna Huanca: ESPEJO QUEMADA – Ballroom Marfa in Marfa

If you want a memorable and immersive experience, then this one’s for you. Known for creating experiential installations, in her first exhibition since the pandemic, Huanca uses mirrors as formal and metaphorical devices to respond to changing conditions. Its title translates to “burnt mirror” and is purposefully feminized in Spanish, alluding to the artist’s feminist praxis.

CALIFORNIA 

Yoshitomo Nara – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Until 2 January 2022
  • 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California
  • lacma.org 

Fixers, this is your chance to experience the works of one of the most beloved Japanese artists IRL. Nara’s work is accompanied by a soundtrack for which the artist selected songs that have greatly influenced his work. Listen to the soundtrack here.

teamLab: Continuity – Asian Art Museum in San Francisco

  • Permanent
  • 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, California
  • teamlab.art

You may remember teamLab from our third episode The Virtual as Reality. Here’s a short recap: art collective, teamLab, offers world-class new media installations, large digital artworks that envelop visitors in audio-visual experiences. Now, you can take part in this unique form of art at one of teamLab’s largest installations to date, and trust us Fixers, you’ll never want to leave! 

Carrie Mae Weems: Witness – Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco

  • Until 23 October 2021
  • 49 Geary Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, California
  • fraenkelgallery.com 

Do you remember the Black female artist who daringly investigated the themes of family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, classism, political systems, and how power structures hold all of these together from our ninth episode? Fraenkel Gallery is presenting the works of Art Fix fave Carrie Mae Weems. The comprehensive survey of work displayed includes early documentary-style photographs, her iconic “Kitchen Table Series”, and her groundbreaking conceptual work. The best way to complement your learnings is by experiencing her captivating works IRL Fixers, so add this one to your summer to-do list! 

MEXICO

Art Fix Tip: We know you need your beauty sleep Fixers, so be sure to book in a few nights at the Paradero Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur once you make it to Mexico. Set on a previously unused 5.5-acre plot within a farming community in Todos Santos, the 35-suite resort is made up of a series of structures that blend into the sandy natural surroundings. Still not convinced? Its kitchen is led by Eduardo Ríos, an alum of Mexico’s most prominent chef Enrique Olvera, who creates mouth-watering seafood dishes made from fresh catch. 

James Turrell: Encounter – Culiacán Botanical Gardens in Sinaloa

  • Permanent
  • Avenida de las Américas 2131 Col. Burócrata, Culiacán, Sinaloa
  • botanicoculiacan.org 

The first public Skyspace in Latin America can be found in the botanical gardens of Culiacán. With it, Turrell creates an atmosphere of reflection in a natural setting. The opening at the top of the chamber allows visitors to experience an interaction between the changing colors of the sky and the luminous hues projected onto the ceiling. 

Cerámica Suro – Guadalajara

Next stop: Guadalajara. Mexico’s second largest city is home to a family-owned ceramics studio that has become an incubator for global artists, working with recognized names including: John Baldessari, Jason Rhoades, Francesco Clemente, Richard Phillips, Beatriz Milhazes, Sarah Morris and many more. Here you’ll have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at how many masterpieces have been created – a wonderful experience that is truly one of a kind! 

Art Fix Tip: Get your foodie fix at Bruna, a popular restaurant that used to be home to an exclusive art gallery. The chef, Oscar Garza, draws inspiration from street-food stalls and “recetas de la abuela” (recipes passed down by grandmothers), cooking many of his Mexican-fusion dishes on a wood-fired grill. Its tables are set amid beautiful gardens on black-and-white parquet floors, creating the perfect atmosphere for a candle-lit dinner.

Casa Orgánica – State of Mexico 

  • Permanent
  • Acueducto Morelia 26, Vista del Valle, Naucalpan de Juárez, Estado de México
  • casaorganica.org 

Okay Fixers… let’s talk about the renowned Organic House in the north-west of Mexico City. Brought to life by architect Javier Senosiain, the sand-colored house has a curved geometry, which was inspired by caves and igloos. Senosiain wanted to create a space adapted to the basic human needs, taking into account our origin in nature and historical background. “There are hardly any straight lines in nature,” says Senosiain, “our natural space is curved, it’s the anti­thesis of the boxes we’re used to.”

Group Exhibition: Blue In Green – Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City

  • Until 28 August 2021
  • Tabasco 198, Colonia Roma, Ciudad de México
  • arroniz-arte.com 

Once you make it to the city, make a pitstop at art gallery Arróniz. Its current exhibition proposes a review of the current panorama of contemporary painting with local, national and international artists. Check out the virtual tour

Art Fix Tip: Can’t decide what to have for lunch? Just a 10 minute walk from Arróniz, you’ll find Mercado Roma, a chic, upscale multi-level food hall with a large variety of local and international eats and a rooftop beer garden. From artisanal cheeses and vegan tacos to gelato and Mexican-made macarons, there’s options for everyone. Taco ’bout the perfect lunch spot! 

Group Exhibition: Normal Exceptions – Museo Jumex in Mexico City

  • Until 15 August 2021
  • Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Colonia Granada, Ciudad de México 
  • museojumex.com 

This exhibition is a thematic survey of contemporary art in Mexico over the past 20 years. Yet, it takes a particular approach by bringing together works by artists who are actively investigating and challenging how history itself is written, pictured and narrated. With more than 60 works by artists based in Mexico, including those of international origin, the museum’s galleries will be stripped down to their original design for the exhibition.

La Casa Azul (The Frida Kahlo Museum) – Mexico City

Have you come across Frida Kahlo’s iconic blue house on your Instagram feed? La Casa Azul is the best place to experience the life and art of Kahlo. This is where she lived most of her life; initially with her family and years later, with her love, Diego Rivera. The Blue House exhibits Frida’s personal belongings along with paintings, sculptures, photographs, her iconic dresses and more. If you want to have a glimpse of Kahlo’s intimate universe, pay a visit to this bright blue artistic gem tucked away in the heart of Mexico City. Can’t make it in person? Check out this virtual tour

Art Fix Tip: When in Mexico, you have to try the traditional “concha”, a Mexican sweet bread roll coated in a crust of sugar. Chances are that any bakery you walk into will have them in two flavors: chocolate and vanilla. We recommend stopping by Cafe Ruta de la Seda, Bella Rafaella or La Panera, all a few minutes away from La Casa Azul, and grab a few of these delicious pieces of heaven. 

Group Exhibition: Siembra – Kurimanzutto in Mexico City

  • Indefinite
  • Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México
  • kurimanzutto.com

For this exhibition, the gallery space has been divided into seven rooms, each of them housing a different artist, project or collective simultaneously. Its aim is to showcase different creative timings in order to rethink the demanding calendar of the art world by creating its own exhibition rhythm.

Art Fix Tip: Reserve a table at Mexico’s top restaurant Pujol for a unique culinary experience. Led by Chef Enrique Olvera, Pujol is acclaimed as one of the world’s best restaurants. Olvera uses mainly Mexican ingredients and creates dishes that are both traditional and contemporary. One of the highlights is the Mole Madre, which combines a ‘living’ mole (more than 1000 days old) with a freshly made mole. For after dinner drinks, head over to Gin Gin for G&Ts with a twist.