Renaissance art is nice and all, but sometimes you’re in the mood to look at some pieces that are a little bit outside of the box. For the best in contemporary art, make a visit to one — or a few — of these truly great galleries.
6. Institute of Contemporary Art
Located in the city’s popular Seaport District, the ICA was originally built as a sister museum to the MoMA in Manhattan. A permanent collection has lived here since 2000, and includes a group of pieces exclusively by female artists. On the first Friday of every month, the museum hosts swanky soirees with food, drink, and live music.
5. Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, CA
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While there are three branches of the Los Angeles MOCA, the primary location is on Grand Avenue, near the city’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pop art and abstract works are the specialty here, with pieces from heavy-hitters like Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Jackson Pollock on permanent display.
4. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
While it has had several different names since it opened its doors in 1980, the CAM hosts a variety of rotating exhibits in place of a permanent collection. Notable artists such as Cindy Sherman, Richard Aldrich, and Sean Landers have been featured here.
3. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
North Adams, MA
Mass MoCA’s variety of spaces and stages lend themselves to the display of all types of art, from intriguing murals to avant-garde installations. Long-term exhibitions include works by Sol LeWitt and Anselm Kiefer. The MoCa also frequently draws musicians of all genres for performances, from indie rockers to orchestras.
2. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
While it has a relatively small permanent collection comprising around 2,500 pieces, the MCA Chicago prides itself on fresh and innovative seasonal exhibitions that showcase the best that the world of modern art has to offer. Current featured artists include Gertrude Abercrombie, Enrico Baj, and Marisol.
1. Museum of Modern Art
New York, NY
The MoMa is widely known as one of the premier institutions for contemporary art in the nation, and opened its doors in 1929. Now housing more than 60,000 pieces of art from almost 10,000 artists, you could easily spend all day here and not come close to seeing all of the exhibits. Through the end of July, the museum is featuring works by famous painter Edgar Degas.