If you’re in the middle of planning a getaway, or you’ve already booked those airplane tickets, we’ve got some tips to amp up your spring vacation. In between the tasty restaurants and sandy beaches, get ready to get a little more artsy and maybe a little crafty too. Take a look these 11 spring exhibits and add some inspirational and stylish sightseeing to your trip itinerary.
1. Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede (Charlotte, NC): This exhibition celebrates two legendary men, Roy Halston Frowick and Andy Warhol. It integrates 40 of Halston’s creations with paintings, photographs and videos by Warhol. This collaboration of fashion and art is definitely worth traveling down to Charlotte. The exhibition opens on March 7. (via Mint Museum)
2. Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters (Los Angeles, CA): Hey, quilting doesn’t have to be a girl thing. Guys do a pretty good job too, and this exhibition is proof. Check out the products of talented male quiltmakers and take in new quilting technologies and aesthetics. (via Craft & Folk Art Museum)
3. Mobile Photo Now (Columbus, OH): The #MobilePhotoNow exhibition showcases mobile photography as art and explores how social media and smartphones play a huge role in this emerging form. This exhibition sounds perfect for all of us who love our smartphones, selfies and #ootds. (via Columbus Museum of Art)
4. The Killer Heels (Brooklyn, NY): If you love innovative, high-heeled shoes, this is a must-see exhibition for you. It shows off breathtaking and artistic heels from designer collections around the world, along with heels from 2,000 years ago. (via Brooklyn Museum)
5. Coat of Many Colors (Indianapolis, IN): Fashion, art and science all come together in this unique exhibition, which combines chemical analysis and history to explore fashion trends of the past. Science and art history lovers will especially enjoy this exhibit. (via Indianapolis Museum of Art)
6. Simone Leigh “Crop Rotation” (Louisville, KY): Simone Leigh takes the traditional craft medium into contemporary art practices. Her art focuses on the historical depiction of African American women. Look for all the incredible techniques she uses for jewelry and pottery making. (via Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft)
7. Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin (New York, NY): This is the first museum exhibition that explores New York-based designer Ralph Pucci’s innovative approach to a necessity in the fashion world: the mannequin. The exhibition opens on March 31. (via MAD Museum)
8. Brilliant: Cartier in the Twentieth Century (Denver, CO): The Denver Art Museum is hosting a world-exclusive exhibition featuring Cartier’s most stunning and timeless pieces of glorious jewelry created between 1900 and 1975. Be prepare to gaze at these truly amazing works of art. (via Denver Art Museum)
9. Italian Style (Portland, OR): This exhibit is your opportunity to learn how Italian fashion climbed up in the high-fashion world in the post-WWII era. You’ll discover the story behind Italy’s world-renowned reputation for quality, technique and style. (via Portland Art Museum)
10. Pattern Play (Phoenix, AZ): Explore Czech-born designer Jacqueline Groag’s dynamic, colorful and bold patterns inspired by art, science and everyday life in the post-war era. The exhibition opens on April 4. (via Phoenix Art Museum)
11. Indigenous Beauty (Seattle, WA): Indian American art is one of the most colorful, bold and uniquely patterned art forms in the world. This exhibition reflects the vast beauty of indigenous art and the diversity of Native culture. If you’re visiting the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Art Museum should be a stop on your trip. (via Seattle Art Museum)
Which art exhibit would you like to visit? Are you planning a museum trip this spring? Tell us about it in the comments below!