Museums I visited in 2019

I went to 19 different art museums in 2019. No idea what my previous record was, but this destroys it.Already starting to look at exhibits and museums for next year, let’s see if I can get 20 in 2020!

New York


The Basquit exhibit was my favorite small exhibit of 2019. For as few works of art as it was, the power was incredible.

The Death of Michael Stewart, also known as Defacement, by Jean-Michel Basquiat


Warhol, and Protests, and Color of the 60’s! The Whitney had a lot going on. Rachel Harrison’s mid career retrospective was a lot of fun to see, I also really love the rehang of the permanent collection on the 7th floor.

Alexander The Great by Rachel Harrison


Gina Beavers is someone who I haven’t been able to shut up about since seeing her works. Nancy Spero inspired me alot. Was especially powerful seeing her work in contrast to her husband Leon Golub’s work at Met Breuer in 2018.

Nancy Spero
Gina Beavers’ Van Gogh’s Starry Night rendered in bacon


Back in the New York Groove. Bigger and more badass. It was odd going 4 months between visits, but for the increase in space, It was absolutely worth it.


Play it Loud was a fun exhibit. One thing that the Met always reminds me is that Art is much more than Pictures and Sculptures, which is ironic since it also has an incredible collection of both pictures and sculptures.

Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness by Leonardo da Vinci

Met Brauer

This museum is not for long, as the space is scheduled to become the temporary home of the Frick Collection, but I like that they are doing a long term show entitled “Home is a Foreign Concept”. What has really made this place special in 2019 for me was the individual artist shows which allowed me to see in depth work by a number of artists.

Freedom of Speech by Faith Ringgold

Los Angeles


Going to an art museum and having a 3 year old show me some of her favorite works was a different experience and one that was a lot of fun since my friends I was with are incredible. I need to go back to see more of this musuem.


My team took an evening last year to do some team building wandering together around the Hammer. Getting to know my coworkers better by discussing art and learning just how many of us had studied art in some way was awesome.


The views were better than the art, but the art was also really good. I mostly prefer more modern and contemporary art, but the Bauhaus Beginnings show was great. Awesome to see some of the educational materials and lessons that the great artists used to teach with at that transformative institute.



This was like a mini version of The Met. Almost all the greats were represented, and some phenomenal examples of a lot of different types of art. I want to go back as I didn’t give myself enough time to fully appreciate all that they had.

Lake Superior Landscape by George Morrison

Walker Center + Sculpture Garden

Incredible collection of art and highly inspiring. The individual shows and the main collection (formatted around the themes of Self, Inside, Outside, Everyday, Everything) were fantastic. The Sculpture Garden is something I want to spend many more hours exploring. Especially want to look at every Jenny Holzer bench. And eat that damn cherry.


Wexner Center

I am lucky in that I got to see the Jason Moran exhibit here and then see it again when it came to the Whitney. This was a smaller museum, but I enjoyed how it had multiple areas that could be setup in what appeared to be isolating ways. I often felt alone in galleries, but in a good way.

Billy Ireland

If you are ever in Columbus, I highly encourage you to check out this political cartoon museum. It’s free! It’s also not very large but both exhibits I saw were extremely informative and entertaining.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

This one is kind of cheating on my behalf, since I was here for a conference and other than 20 minutes at the end of lunch, I didn’t spend much time looking at the art.I really enjoyed a piece by Lee Krasner who I don’t feel is given enough credit or space in art museums.



I was in Boston for a wedding and decided to take a vacation day and visit the MFA. I was not disappointed. It was a large museum, so I’m glad I gave myself a full day. I loved how they had the Kehinde Wiley/John Singer Sargent duality. Listen to Wiley talk about Sargent.

San Francisco


Before visiting SFMoMA, I would have told you that MoMA was the premier modern art museum. Now I’m not so sure. Everything was incredible but the Leichenstein Nudes are what stood out to me. I had just started my own work on nudes (contact me for the Instagram I am posting those on if you are interested) so it was very timely.

De Young

I was a bit underwhelmed by this museum. I think in part since I had just been blown away by SFMoMA and expected a premier institute in a city like San Francisco to have more.

St Louis

St. Louis Art Museum

I was very impressed with the German art. The Contemporary collection was incredible and the Shape of Abstraction was the one exhibit I visited this year that was so good I bought the book.


Art Institute of Chicago

A fitting final museum of the year for me to visit as it is also the first art museum I ever went to. This is the second time I visited as an adult and I could spend hours with the Chagall windows. I also had a little fun using google translate.


Public Parks, Private Gardens at The Met

The impressionist era artists produced a dizzying amount of work the explored and celebrated the outdoors, and in what could be termed The Met garden show, you can see an impressive exploration of this work. The artists displayed include many of the painters that are the biggest names from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth: Monet, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Seurat, and Renoir.

The exhibit is organized around four main sections: Public Parks, Flowers, Private Gardens, and Portraits in Gardens. Each of these sections includes great works, but here are my favorites from each.

Public Parks

The Edge of the Woods at Monts-Girard, Fontainebleau Forest – Théodore Rousseau

Rousseau's pre-impressionist work shows woods not far from Paris and includes a mixture of young and old trees. As this was the type of painting that many of the other artists on display were likely exposed to as at a young age, it helps set the stage for what will be seen in the rest of the show.


I've seen both of these paintings before, but seeing them next to each other allows for the opportunity to compare them in a completely different way. Van Gogh's frail emotion vs. Monet's cheery impression. Van Gogh painted many more sunflowers than this one, but it's frail expression of emotion contrasts with Monet's exploration of color. This room contains still lifes using a number of different mediums and some early photograph prints.  

Private Gardens

Figures under a Tree – Auguste Renoir

One of the things that impressed me the most about this exhibit was the quantity of watercolor and pastel paintings. As easier to use when outside of a studio, it makes sense to see them so highly represented. This Renoir seems like something he may have produced as a sketch rather than a dramatic large painting. This section contains many Monet paintings from the more realist Garden at Sainte-Adresse to the larger than life The Path through the Irises.


The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil – Édouard Manet

Camille Monet's eyes grabbed me the moment I saw this painting. Manet sets a scene that almost looks like the bokeh portrait photographers aim for. This section also includes work by Mary Cassatt, one of the few women and few Americans in this exhibition

The Met has an incredible collection of Monet, and it is on display throughout this show, but it is the opportunity to see multiple artists working on the same or similar subjects the true highlight of this show.

Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence is at The Met until July 29th in  964-965 which is on the ground floor below The Robert Lehman Collection. I can't wait for it to warm up a bit so that I can explore it again and then sit in Central Park with these masterpieces fresh in my mind. If you aren't able to make it to New York to see this exhibit, you can view many of the pieces on The Met's site for this exhibit.


Claude Monet in New York Museums

Claude Monet is one of the foremost painters of the impressionist movement. His efforts to show the motion and color of light are in full force at museums in New York City. If you want to view works by Monet, you aren’t limited to just one of the art museums in NYC.  In fact, Monet’s work is currently being displayed in four different New York Museums. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

30 works of Monet are on display at the met. These include works from when the artist was in his mid-twenties and using the inspiration of Japanese art to embrace the 2d nature of paintings. Garden at Sainte-Adresse is an example of this period of Monet’s career.

Garden at Sainte-Adresse (1867)

As Monet grew older, his landscapes began to show more motion. Vétheuil in Summer was done in 1880. The brushstrokes visible in the Seine help portray the constant changing reflection of light on a body of water. 

Vétheuil in Summer (1880)

As Monet grew older, he continued his exploration of light by painting the same locations during multiple parts of the day. While making Rouen Cathedral: The Portal (Sunlight), he moved from canvas to canvas as the day progressed. More than 30 paintings make up the Rouen Cathedral series. 

Rouen Cathedral: The Portal (Sunlight) (1894)

While finishing the Rouen Cathedral series, Monet began putting in a water garden on his property that would serve as the inspiration for some of his works. Already in his mid-fifties, the Water Lillies demonstrate how Cataracts affected Monet’s Vision with earlier works showing much greater detail, while the later works demonstrate the blurring and color changes he saw as his eyes changed.

Overall, the 30 works of Monet currently on view at the Met demonstrate the artist’s evolution.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA has a Monet specific gallery featuring 3 works from the Artists later career including a massive 3-panel Water Lilly that is one of the more breathtaking pieces of art in NYC. 

Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond photo by and shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

MoMA’s collection of Monet’s is considerably smaller than the Met’s collection, but the massiveness of the Water Lily on display make it a must-see piece of Art. 

Two More Monet on view in NYC

The Guggenheim currently has one Monet on view, a later work during Monet’s 1908 trip to Venice while The Brooklyn Museum has The Islets at Port-Villez (Les Iles à Port-Villez), piece with circular motions in water that echo Vincent Van Gogh’s work. The Brooklyn Museum owns other works by Monet such as one the Houses of Parliament series, but none are currently on display. 

Between the breadth of work at The and the monumental Water Lilies at MoMA, you have multiple options for exploring Monet in NYC. There are few better cities for exploring this Impressionist master.