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.
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It’s not too early to plan holiday family travel, and those bound for the Grand Canyon region might want to consider booking tickets now for Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s popular Polar Express. Tickets are going fast!
Family travelers spending time in Riviera Maya, Mexico, cannot miss Xel-Há, a park offering an extensive list of activities, all surrounded by the pure natural beauty of the region. The beginning of fall marks the perfect time to visit the park, with more than 20 unique experiences.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.
Qatar may not seem like your typical wintertime family travel destination. After all, you won’t find many snow-capped peaks or ski resorts in the world’s desert nations, but the country’s newest winter attraction will make sure you have so much fun you won’t even think about snow. From roller coasters and merry-go-rounds to cotton candy and ice cream, there will be something for everyone at this nightly, winter-themed entertainment park.