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The Five Gallery Shows to Visit on a Rainy Day

  • Najib Benouar


We’re headed into the lamb end of March, which means most of the Northern Hemisphere is beginning to feel the early stages of spring fever.

But that doesn’t mean the weather is going to cooperate with your every urge to get outdoors just yet—and our favorite way to weather the unexpectedly overcast weekend day: visit an art gallery.

Sure, it’s not exactly an idyllic picnic in the park, but you’re still getting all the benefits of a leisurely weekend stroll—salvaging any date plans that might have been rained on—and adding to your ever-expanding worldliness while you’re at it. So, to that end, we surveyed the spring exhibitions opening in a city near you (also: Hong Kong) and found the five you’ll want to know about the next time you need some last-minute shelter from the elements.

Bookmark this list for a rainy day (or any day artiness strikes).

Corcoran GalleryPump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s (February 23 to April 7) This multimedia exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art reveals that 1980s Washington, DC, was a teeming hotbed for everything from punk to hip-hop, and their very own brand of music: go-go.

J. Paul Getty MuseumIn Focus: Ed Ruscha (April 9 to September 29) The J. Paul Getty Museum will have a collection of photography from Ed Ruscha—the iconic Californian artist who first became famous for his pop-art paintings (and who you might recognize from this Band of Outsiders lookbook).

SF Modern Museum of ArtGarry Winogrand (March 9 to June 2) The SF Museum of Modern Art is showing nearly 100 never-before-seen photos from the photographer—widely held as one of the most important in the 20th century, and possibly one of the earliest street style photogs—that will likely be the new black-and-white Tumblr bait of the year.

The GuggenheimDanh Vo: I M U U R 2 (March 15 to May 27) The Guggenheim is hosting Hugo Boss Prize 2012 winner Danh Vo, who’s curated “an evolving constellation of artifacts” from the estate of Martin Wong.

The Lehmann Maupin GalleryLee Bul: Inaugural Hong Kong Exhibition (March 14 to May 11) The Lehmann Maupin gallery has just opened in Hong Kong’s historic Pedder Building, and they’re kicking things off with celebrated Korean artist Lee Bul’s sculptural installations that explore utopia and the human condition. Which is exactly what you’ll be in the mood for, should you find yourself rained out in Hong Kong.