The 7 Best U.S. Art Exhibits To See In 2020

The 7 Best U.S. Art Exhibits To See In 2020

London might be home to some of the most impressive art exhibits in 2020. But, the United States is brimming with cultural sights to see and undeniably artistic exhibits that are well worth travelling for.

From New York City to Washington, DC and all the way over to the West Coast, we’re here to bring you a list of the seven best U.S. art exhibits to see in 2020. Book your tickets now, plan the trip, and bet on enjoying some of the most marvellous works of art you’ve ever laid eyes on.

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1. Raphael and His Circle – National Gallery of Art

With the Raphael and His Circle exhibit, the National Gallery of Art aims to showcase some of the artists’ finest works. Namely, this exhibit will highlight 26 different prints and drawings from its own collection of works by Raphael’s circle of contemporaries. And, they’ll debut four drawings by the Renaissance artist himself. All in all, it’s slated to be one of the most impressive art exhibits of 2020 in terms of Renaissance art.

2020 Dates: February 16th to June 14th

© Raphael, Eight Apostles, c. 1514. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Woodner Collection.

2. Vera Lutter: Museum in the Camera – LACMA

The Vera Lutter exhibit at the LA County Museum of Art is about as meta as it gets. The New York-based artist was invited by the museum to create pieces of art examining the campus architecture, galleries, and collection holdings. To do so, they used a room-sized camera obscura. All in all, it’s one of the best U.S. art exhibits to see in 2020 if you’re in love with breathtakingly beautiful photos and ingenuity.

2020 Dates: March 29th to July 19th

Image: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3. Donald Judd Retrospective – MoMA

Visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is practically a rite of passage for any art lover travelling through the States. And, in 2020, you’ll get the chance to explore the evolution of American artist Donald Judd. Similarly, the museum’s press release they stated that “the exhibition will explore the remarkable vision of an artist who revolutionised the history of sculpture, highlighting the full scope of Judd’s career through some 60 works in sculpture, painting, and drawing.”

2020 Dates: March 1st to July 11th

Best US Art Exhibits to Visit in 2020
© Donald Judd. Untitled, 1966/68.

4. Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom – Denver Art Museum

Regarded as one of the most prolific American artists of his time, Norman Rockwell personified contemporary American history. In the 1940s, he worked to capture the essence of Roosevelt’s so-called Four Freedoms. Above all, the exhibit at the Denver Art Museum aims to showcase Rockwell’s post-war era pieces, making it one of the best U.S. art exhibits to see in 2020 for those interested in American history.

2020 Dates: May 3rd to August 23rd

© Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Problem We All Live With, 1963. Oil on canvas, 36 x 58 in. Illustration for Look, January 14, 1964. Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum.

5. Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985 – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

It seems strange to travel to the United States just to immerse yourself in an exhibition about Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design. However, it’s going to be an absolute can’t miss in terms of U.S. museum exhibits in 2020. The exhibition aims to survey this unique design movement by showcasing furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other object typical of this unique era. All in all, you’ll want to prepare for something truly special.

2020 Dates: February 14th to April 26th

Best U.S. Art Exhibits to Visit in 2020

6. Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling – Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Artist Yayoi Kusama is bringing to life their immersive and kaleidoscopic rendition of the artist’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. As you walk through the installation, you’ll be enchanted by the darkened, mirrored room. Firstly, it’s illuminated by inflatable, tentacle-like forms. Then, Kusama’s own voice can be heard reciting a poem in Japanese, creating a chillingly unique atmosphere you’re going to have to experience for yourself.

2020 Dates: September 24th, 2019 to February 7th, 2021

The 7 Best U.S. Art Exhibits To See In 2020
© Yayoi Kusama/Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

7. In Mid-Sentence – National Portrait Gallery

Honestly, you can visit any one of the exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery and find yourself inspired and impressed. However, the exhibit In Mid-Sentence is particularly enchanting. Above all, the exhibit shines in its presentation of communication. It aims to showcase “intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more.”

2020 Dates: Now until March 8th, 2020

© Robert Adelman Estate/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Robert Adelman. Gelatin silver print, 1963.
Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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