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6 Must-See Art and Design Exhibitions for Summer 2017

6 Must-See Art and Design Exhibitions for Summer 2017

17 JULY 2017

Summer is a time to relax and let go of life’s stresses. It’s also the perfect opportunity to explore new places and uncover fresh ideas. (After all, a chilled out mind is usually an open one.) We’ve rounded up six of the most eye-opening art and design exhibitions this summer has to offer. From visionary architecture to mesmerizing art installations to boundary-pushing design, these shows give new meaning to inspiring travel.

Ruth-Marion Baruch 1967



The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion & Rock & Roll
De Young Museum, Through August 20

San Francisco is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, when a legendary 100,000 young hippies descended on the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Situated in Golden Gate Park—the epicenter of the 1967 happening—the de Young Museum is the perfect place to experience the flower child fashion, kinetic art and pulsating psychedelic posters that defined this revolutionary era.


Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
Seattle Art Museum, Through September 10

Watch Instagram being made before your very eyes at this installation of six of the Japanese artist’s dazzling mirrored creations. Their selfie-taking potential and social media buzz means advance tickets to the Seattle show are sold out, but you can still try for same day passes. Don’t want to risk it? Infinity Rooms lands at The Broad museum in Los Angeles in October.




Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Through September 4

The Costume Institute’s annual exhibition focuses on this visionary Japanese designer, whose work is both influential and challenging to mainstream fashion. Showing 140 womenswear looks, dating from the deconstructed black garments of the early 1980s to her contemporary Objects for the Body, this exhibition explores the duality and ambiguity in a body of work that fuses high and low, male and female, past and present all while pushing the boundaries of beauty.


Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
Museum of Modern Art, Through October 1

A pioneer of modernism, Frank Lloyd Wright was a dominant force in shaping the architectural look of America in the first half of the twentieth century. Over his 70-year career, he designed more than 1,000 buildings and amassed a staggering array of drawings, photographs, scrapbooks and scale models. This exhibition will give experts and enthusiasts alike a new perspective on this giant of design.


James Turrell: Into the Light
MassMOCA, Through 2018

The light really is different in Southern California, so it’s no wonder that Los Angeles produced an artist whose chief concern is the way we perceive and are changed by light. Turrell’s best known works include Roden Crater, a large-scale earthwork near Flagstaff, Arizona, and Skyspace, a series of window-like openings that frame the constantly changing sky. MassMOCA opened a new addition at its enormous art complex in North Adams, Massachusetts, with nine of the artist’s mind-bending immersive installations.

Power Up by Corita Kent 1965



California: Designing Freedom
The Design Museum, Through October 17

From the Whole Earth Catalog and skateboarding to the iPhone and self-driving cars, California is home to the zeitgeist. This exhibition at London’s Design Museum explores the connections between the counterculture of the 1960s and the tech-crazy world of Silicon Valley, with over 200 artifacts that show how Golden State innovations have shaped our world.

Power Up by Corita Kent 1965