Essential Pittsburgh
2:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore features works by self-taught artists.
The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore features works by self-taught artists.
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Combat the polar vortex and set your sights toward some fantastic regional museums.

Spend a day or a weekend and catch Elaine Labalme's fab five traveling and permanent exhibits, just a short drive away. 

  • Michener Art Museum near North Philadelphia -- Currently showing a Grace Kelley exhibit, get to know the Princess before she was crowned.
  • American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore – Experience the work of self-taught artists including a ship made of thousands of toothpicks. Labalme praises the Baltimore icon, saying, “I never get tired of this museum.”
  • Cleveland Museum of Art – This Hank Willis Thomas showcase highlights a new perspective of black men in society.
  • Detroit Institute of Art – Familiarize yourself with this permanent collection of works enmeshed with the city’s bankruptcy battle.
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio – The museum may be small, but it is a bustling display of travelling film and photography.