Short trip to the US - where to go?

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    Aug 11, 2010 7:38 PM GMT

    I just got back from Europe. But I'm already thinking of doing a short trip (~5 days) to the US before the brief Canadian summer ends. Any suggestions where I should go? Must have: contemporary art museum and/or galleries. Thanks.


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    Aug 11, 2010 8:10 PM GMT
    Well, New York City would have that, most notably MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). And not terribly far from Toronto. They have both a permanent collection and special exhibits.

    And there's also the Guggenheim there, which likewise has new shows all the time, frequently contemporary. Google to find out. If your interests extend beyond contemporary, you would find 5 days not half enough to cover Manhattan. One of my favorites is the Frick Collection, smaller than some of the others like the Metropolitan, but exquisite.
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    Aug 11, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    Wilton saidWell, New York City would have that, most notably MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). And not terribly far from Toronto. They have both a permanent collection and special exhibits.


    Thanks, Wilton. I've been to NYC quite a few times. I was actually thinking of going there but was just wondering if there are anything else in other cities that I shouldn't miss. I haven't been to too many US cities. My favourite museum in New York is PS1 out in Long Island. I might end up going to New York again if I cannot find anything else that attracts me.


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    Aug 11, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    Forgot to mention that I've been to NYC, Chicago, DC and Atlanta. I'm interested in knowing more about other US cities that I could visit.

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    Aug 11, 2010 9:42 PM GMT
    The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) isn't bad, quite extensive, and also the Walker Art Center there, which is ultra avant-garde and quite contempo. My ex-BF is a member of MIA (besides having his own art museum, and one of the largest private art collectors in the US), and he's also a member of the Frick, which I mentioned in the post above. Some of his collection is displayed at MIA.

    Again, always Google them first, to see what is being featured. MIA is more traditional, but the Walker is just wild. Go online and see.
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    Aug 11, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    Nashville is a lot of fun. As is Atlanta.

    Cincinnati (my town) is...kind of boring. However, we do have a nice art community and great history and architecture. When people come to Cincinnati, I always give this advice: Cincinnati is not the kind of city where things jump out at you. Its subtle. Reserved. So, you have to go looking for them. Or, find a local and ask where all the good stuff is. Our symphony, orchestra, ballet, musicals, and opera are all good. Our Art Museum is good. A few specialty museums known for their collections (Taft Museum, e.g.)

    Do not come here for the gay scence. I'm it. JK. But, honestly, the gay scene isn't really happening here.
  • mke_bt

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    Aug 11, 2010 10:10 PM GMT

    Two totally under-rated cities:
    Pittsburgh - An "old money" former industrial city with good art at public and university museums. FLW's Falling Water is nearby.

    Milwaukee (yes, Milwaukee, bitches!) Great art museum, Villa Terrace museum of decorative arts, Charles Allis museum, Frederick Pabst mansion, Lots of neighborhood galleries, Beautiful county park system, Fabulous beach on Lake Michigan with plenty of volleyball action ie: Hot guys. Wonderful REAL Mexican food. I could go on and on.

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    Aug 11, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    Seattle has some great museums as well. And the summers are surprisingly dry there... icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 11, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    Boston.

    If it's museums you like, the Museum of Fine Arts is outstanding. And the four-year-old Institute of Contemporary Art is a stunning piece of architecture with a killer spot right on the harbor front overlooking downtown Boston... not to mention fantastic galleries.

    Walk back over the bridge to downtown and you're in the heart of the city, with the historic Freedom Trail starting right there.

    Check it out, if you've never been!

  • ncaahockey

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    Aug 11, 2010 10:24 PM GMT
    I would recommend Grand Rapids Michigan. They have an annual Art competition called the Art Prize. It is happening soon and is supposedly the largest Art Competition in the US.

    Here is the link to it: http://www.artprize.org/
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    Aug 11, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    ncaahockey saidI would recommend Grand Rapids Michigan. They have an annual Art competition called the Art Prize. It is happening soon and is supposedly the largest Art Competition in the US.

    Here is the link to it: http://www.artprize.org/


    Perhaps a couple day trips to Grand Rapids while staying in Saugatuck.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 11, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    Buffalo is a very nice city with great architecture and culture. Our summers are beautiful and mild. The people are very friendly. The gay scene is is not that bad for a rust belt city. It is time to disprove the news media with their negative perceptions of Buffalo. Come and see for yourself. There is much more to Buffalo than losing sports teams, corrupt politicians, and abandoned decrepit factories.
  • solak

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    Aug 11, 2010 10:48 PM GMT
    NYC, again..


    NYC has so many layers you can't do it all in a week.. you probably did all the touristy things..

    now do all the stuff the locals prefer to keep quiet from the tourists before it get zagat rated and loses all its charm.. there are a ton of hidden establishments you'll find to your liking...

    and if you need some country a day-trip upstate is BEAUTIFUL ..out east (Long Island) is also beautiful but insanely expensive even if you try to avoid the Hamptons area...
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    Aug 11, 2010 10:49 PM GMT
    Rockbiter saidNashville is a lot of fun. As is Atlanta.




    PLEASE don't go to Atlanta. A great place to live but I wouldn't want to visit there.
  • Import

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    Aug 11, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Philadelphia?
    Washington dc?
    Boston?
    Miami?
    Vegas?
    LA?
    Houston?
    Minneapolis?
  • Parker817

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    Aug 11, 2010 11:43 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles said
    PLEASE don't go to Atlanta. A great place to live but I wouldn't want to visit there.


    You would LIVE there, but wouldn't VISIT???

    I LOVE Atlanta - great city, always have a good time there!
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    Newark, New Jersey ;)
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    Aug 12, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    DjDorchester saidBoston.

    If it's museums you like, the Museum of Fine Arts is outstanding. And the four-year-old Institute of Contemporary Art is a stunning piece of architecture with a killer spot right on the harbor front overlooking downtown Boston... not to mention fantastic galleries.

    Walk back over the bridge to downtown and you're in the heart of the city, with the historic Freedom Trail starting right there.

    Check it out, if you've never been!



    I second Boston for the reasons above plus:
    Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists: http://www.ncaaa.org
    SoWa Open Market: http://www.southendopenmarket.com/
    Boston's open studios: http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts/visual/openstudios.asp

    There's a decent amount of public art (mostly sculpture) downtown and murals and independent artists in the neighborhoods. The neighborhoods beyond downtown are more interesting than downtown actually and deserve a visit if you have time.
  • jetzenpolis

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    Aug 12, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    monochrome saidForgot to mention that I've been to NYC, Chicago, DC and Atlanta. I'm interested in knowing more about other US cities that I could visit.



    Madison, Wisconsin...but you have to know what you're looking for and where to find it. Go there to interact with people instead of "seeing the sites." Go to a rowdy political meeting, get drunk at a bar, take a walk down a tree lined street with block after block of nineteenth century homes, enter into a random conversation with someone.

    Madison was a hub of radical Left protest in the late 1960s. Politics, street music, anti-capitalist co-ops, block parties mixed with counterculture describe Madison at its best and most interesting.

    Go to Madison and find yourself becoming someone you never knew before.

    The Mifflin Street block party is held the first Saturday in May. So that won't fit into your trip plans, unfortunately.

    It's the home of the state's very large central campus, the University of Wisconsin. It's also the state capital. The state capitol building is set on a square in the middle of downtown on the highest point of land on a miles long isthmus running between two lakes.

    State Street runs between the campus and Capitol Square. There are interesting shops and restaurants. Unfortunately, the charm of the street has diminished over the years as large, institutional buildings - including art museums, etc. - have replaced smaller, more human scale shops, restaurants, and bars.

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    Aug 12, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    Wilton saidThe Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) isn't bad, quite extensive, and also the Walker Art Center there, which is ultra avant-garde and quite contempo. My ex-BF is a member of MIA (besides having his own art museum, and one of the largest private art collectors in the US), and he's also a member of the Frick, which I mentioned in the post above. Some of his collection is displayed at MIA.

    Again, always Google them first, to see what is being featured. MIA is more traditional, but the Walker is just wild. Go online and see.



    Guillermo Kuitca's show at Walker Art Center seems rather appealing. I haven't seen a lot from South American artists. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden looks interesting too.


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    Aug 12, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    It's called "Delta Roulette." Pack a shoulder bag, go to the ticket counter, ask for the next flight with an available seat and sunday night return.
    Enjoy.
  • MuscleUp

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    Aug 12, 2010 3:54 AM GMT
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    ICA Boston
    Cirque du Soleil is set up right next door on the pier for the next few weeks.
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    jetzenpolis saidMadison, Wisconsin...

    That's a joke, right? I once spent 2 weeks there at the VA hospital, adjacent to the UW Medical School, and it was just about the most homophobic and ignorant town I have ever known.

    They hate gays, and hate art. I looked everywhere, and couldn't find a single gay bar. Or anything that remotely resembled anything I could call art.

    I mean, if you're into velvet-Elvis stuff there's lots of that there. I thought our OP was talking about contemporary art. That is the LAST thing you will ever find in Madison, Wisconsin. I mean, doesn't the name itself tell you as much? There's not even any culture there, much less any art worth going to see. I suppose if you wanna see a collection of cheeses or the like... icon_razz.gif
  • a2507

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    Aug 12, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    Well, I would not visit at this time of year but Houston has several good art collections. The MFA and the DeMenil Collection, The Rothko Chapel and frequently exhibits at Rice University are worthwhile, and the campus itself is remarkable.

    Also Dallas has the the Nasher Sculpture Museum and of course, just over in Ft. Worth, architect Louis Kahn's Kimball Museum. But again, this time of year is not the best. I'd wait till October or go in spring before May......
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    Aug 12, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
    Wait a decade and Boston's ICA building will be an eyesore, modern architecture sometimes makes an artistic statement that is too limited to our present era and time.

    FLW's Falling Water sucks, like many of his buildings he forgets to design a building with few structural defects.Aesthetically nice until the bill for the structural deficiencies comes due.

    Austin is cool but modern the modern art museum is under construction and mostly only UT has good art so go to Dallas and Ft. Worth for good art, thanks to oil money