Gallery-hopping plans? Seeing a new place through its art can give travelers a profoundly new perspective.
Here are some openings and exhibitions worth taking in:
Across the Pond, British sculptor Jeff Lowe is the focus of a new show at Pangolin London, open Jan. 15–Feb. 11, 2020. A mix of small and large-scale abstract works shaped from aluminum will be on view as part of “In the Close Distance,” along with a selection of Lowe’s prints.
Artists of African descent, including Rashid Johnson, Wangechi Mutu, Nick Cave, Rozeal, Kara Walker and Lorna Simpson, are featured in “30 Americans,” on view at The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia through Jan. 12, 2020. Exploring personal and cultural identity within the context of common stereotyping, the exhibition, compiled from the Rubell Family Collection, has been on the road for the past decade. The Barnes exhibition marks the 10th anniversary of the show.
Also in Pennsylvania, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites in Bethlehem is the location of the largest independent handbag collection in the world. “PURSEonality: A Stylish Handbag History” can be seen at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. The exhibition includes handbags from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries — all from the private collection of author and designer Ilene Hochberg Wood. Beautifully embroidered bags, folk art-inspired designs and bags by Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent are part of the fun, along with novelty bags from the 1940s by Paris-based designer Anne Marie. The exhibit is on view until April 30, 2020.
If your travels take you to Moscow, check out works by Scottish photojournalist Harry Benson at the Lumière Brothers Photography Centre. “Harry Benson: The Beatles and Beyond” is open until Jan. 19, 2020, with a fascinating display of works documenting Benson’s time on the road with The Beatles, 1964–1966. Benson was particularly well known for his ability to capture his subjects in moments of spontaneity and vulnerability, illustrated in publications including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Life, Time and People.
May 1–Sept. 20, 2020, the new Freyer – Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens is host to “Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling.” Curated by former National Gallery of Art curator Mark Rosenthal, the new exhibition includes sculptural works created by Rydingsvard since 2000, along with pivotal early pieces from the 1970s through the 1980s. The artist is renowned for her large outdoor pieces crafted from cedar and bronze.
While each Disney park offers something exciting for all ages, EPCOT is most known for its World Showcase and, for many adults, its “Drinking Around the World” experience. Although Disney does not sponsor that activity, it does offer an “Around the World” activity for kiddos.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Following Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort's discontinuation of the Magical Express, Transportation Management Services launched The Sunshine Flyer as a new option for park-goers traveling to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO). The Sunshine Flyer steps in to not only transport passengers between the parks and airport, but also to transport passengers into a place reminiscent of the 1920s.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort in Northern Thailand introduced transparent Jungle Bubbles in 2019. The bubbles allow for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the night observing majestic elephants in their natural habitat during a stay in the unique accommodation. Now, the resort is offering families and small groups the chance to take part in this unique opportunity with a new, two-bedroom Jungle Bubble Lodge.
The Family Vacation Guide analyzed more than 100 resorts in the United States to find the top-rated ski resorts for U.S families. Factors such as the total length of ‘easy’ runs, the cost of a lift pass for a family of four and the availability of people movers went into the ranking of each ski resort.