Mario Mercado details your summer 2022 arts preview: what's on at the world’s leading institutions—including the latest exhibitions and the newest museums—plus the top tickets.
This article originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Indagare magazine, one of the benefits included in an Indagare membership. Learn more about becoming a member, or contact your Trip Designer to begin planning your next cultural getaway.
This year, the two most significant showcases for contemporary art coincide: the Venice Biennale (through November 27) and the Whitney Biennial (through September 5) in New York City. Cecilia Alemani is the first Italian woman named as curator of the Biennale, entitled “The Milk of Dreams.” More than 200 artists have been invited to present work. First-time national participants include the Republic of Cameroon, Namibia, Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman, and Uganda. The Whitney’s “Quiet as It’s Kept” offers a survey of contemporary art and ideas in America; it features 63 artists and collectives and a range of media, including video and film.
LACMA’s sweeping “Archive of the World: Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800” pulls from the museum’s collections to consider the relationships among Indigenous, European, African and Asian artistic traditions and their influence on the cultivation of art in Spanish America for three centuries. Approximately 90 works describe the range of objects, both imported and locally made, intended for domestic use and church ceremony. June 12–October 30
Islamic art and design provided a source of inspiration for objects created by Louis Cartier and the designers of the French jewelry company from the early 20th century to today. The dazzling “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” at Dallas Museum of Art traces that stimulus with 400 pieces of jewelry, luxury objects, and rare archival documents. Organized with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in association with the Louvre and the Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, the show gets its sole North American presentation in Texas. May 14–September 18
This year at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will once again bring a full season of classical music, new premieres and musical debuts, plus concerts by the likes of James Taylor, Ringo Starr, and Earth, Wind & Fire—all to the bucolic setting of the Berkshires. In addition to the Shed and Ozawa Hall, the new Linde Center for Music and Learning offers spaces for chamber music and master classes. A half hour away, Jacob’s Pillow remains both at the center and the vanguard of the dance world, drawing companies and artists from around the world. This summer, the 10-week festival unveils its renovated theater as well as a full slate of ancillary programs, including the ever-engaging Pillow Talks. Don’t miss the outdoor stage with panoramic views of the valley.
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