As fall approaches, we’ve been dreaming about spending crisp afternoons wandering among sculptures and exploring verdant gardens.
After months of offering virtual visits, some art spaces are finding thoughtful and safe ways to open their collections to in-person visitors during the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s our dream list of art spaces to explore near our clients’ projects in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles
The classic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens once served as the palatial estate of businessman James Deering and, since the 1950s, it has been run by Miami-Dade County as an art museum, educational space, and outdoor garden.
Right now, visitors can socially distance while wandering through 10 acres of lovingly landscaped, Italian-inspired gardens, as well as the first floor of the main house.
Miamians looking for some contemporary art will also love the Wynwood Walls, where a corridor of warehouse walls has been decorated with colorful graffiti by artists from around the world.
Further north on the Atlantic Coast, and just outside New York City, a timed ticket will enable visitors to see Dia: Beacon’s entire collection, which includes large-scale modern art that must be experienced to be understood and a sound installation by acclaimed Detroit-based techno DJ and producer Carl Craig.
Dan Flavin’s neon fixtures light up a few rooms, while others are entirely transformed into new spaces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Donald Judd, and Mary Corse. While much of the art is indoors, Dia: Beacon’s bucolic setting is a work of natural art.
For a day well-spent outdoors, the legendary Storm King Art Center’s sculpture garden/large-scale art installation space is so vast that the best way to see its collection of massive artworks by artists like Alexander Calder and Maya Lin is to rent a bike and ride around its rolling hills.
Across the country in Los Angeles, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens encompasses 120 acres of landscaped gardens that are also now open under social-distancing guidelines.
Diverse landscapes like the desert and herb gardens share this vast space with a variety of water features, and people can spend an entire day here without seeing the same plant twice.