Wow – these lists of “coolest” museums really make me want to hit the road (and the skies)

Crystal Bridges, The Momentary and 21C Museum Hotel


I received the following email from my friend Gary Arlen because we often talk about the museums we like and why. He sent me a link to some of the “coolest” museums not to miss.

What a coincidence. Eliot and I were just invited to visit the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Arkansas with the Fountainhead Residency. We are going the end of April. It’s supposed to be an architectural wonder. Fountainhead is an art residency in Miami and I am an active board member.

Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton (Walmart) as a nonprofit charitable organization. The building was designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie and opened to the public on 11-11-11.

Here is the list of museums not to be missed.

“Like all lists, these are arbitrary and subject to debate. Glad to see some quirky favorites (such as Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Dalí in St. Pete, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe), plus mainstays such as the Met in NYC, Science & Industry in Chicago and RockHall in Cleveland – all of which I’ve already visited at least once.
These lists give me lots of ideas for travel plans to see the coolest museum in every state.”

“Another version focuses on the 10 COOLEST MUSEUMS… glad to say I’ve been to more than half of them. I must get back to New Orleans to catch up.”

Another version: Global roster of coolest museums.


The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Fl, Announces the Selected Artists of Our First Residency for BIPOC Mothers. I’m a board member.

Artists Leticia Bajuyo, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, and Anna Tsouhlarakis are our First-Ever Time for You Residents
We are thrilled to announce the launch of Time for You, a residency dedicated to artists who are mothers and who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Taking place from June 2-30, 2021, artists Leticia Bajuyo, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, and Anna Tsouhlarakis were selected from a pool of over 70 applicants.

In addition to round-trip airfare and living and working accommodations, the artists will receive a $1,500 stipend to offset the cost of childcare while they’re in residence in Miami, and a range of professional resources including one-on-one studio visits with curators, collectors, gallerists, and free legal and financial advice. Dedicated time for self-care, relaxation and reflection will also be a key component during their time in-residence.

The Time for You residency is generously sponsored by the Sustainable Arts Foundation and Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. Special thanks to our jurors Renee Cox, Sandra Ramos and Marie Vickles.

Leticia R. Bajuyo is an interdisciplinary artist, object maker, and sculptor, who lives, works, and teaches in Corpus Christi, Texas. In her studio practice, Bajuyo reflects on how cultural labels and demographic bubbles can foster a sense of fragmented displacement that is continually searching for equilibrium.

Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed media painter from upstate New York. Her work asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. It envisions a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics.

Anna Tsouhlarakis works in sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Using Indigenous epistemologies and pedagogies as starting points, Tsouhlarakis’s work reframes the discourse around the construction of Native American identity


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