Helen Toomer knows where to find the most cutting-edge art

by flaunt

The star fair director wants you to see the best art this summer, no matter where you are
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair director Helen Toomer is an industry leader when it comes to the latest trends in contemporary art. While the British-born, Brooklyn-native former gallerist specializes in the New York art scene, she gave Flaunt the skinny on the summer's must-see exhibitions all across the country:

1. MoCA North Miami | Instersectionality

This exhibition focuses on artists from South Florida – giving them a platform to explore the many faces, complexity, and constraints connected to social categorizations of race, class and gender.

2. PAMM | Beatris Santiago Munoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors

Munoz’s is an extremely talented and young filmmaker and digital artist, whose layered narratives and story-telling works based on the post-colonial conditions in the Caribbean blur the boundaries of what’s real and imagined.

3. MASS MoCA | Alex da Corte: Free Roses

“Free Roses” is Alex da Corte’s first museum survey so we get a smattering of this amazing artist’s work over the last 10 years in addition to a new works created specifically for Mass MoCA’s tremendous space. It’s technicolor heaven, a playground for adults, an Instagram dream and definitely not one to miss!

4. Dallas Contemporary | Paola Pivi: Ma’am, Helmut Lang: Burry, Dan Colen: Oil Painting

Dallas Contemporary is not your traditional museum. They have no permanent collection, thus allowing them to constantly put forth challenging exhibitions featuring the newest work from contemporary artists. This summer does not disappoint as they are presenting colorful and texture rich solo exhibitions of three celebrated contemporary artists: Dan Colen, Helmut Lang and Paola Pivi.

5. Art Production Fund x Nevada Museum of Art | Ugo Rondinone: Seven Magic Mountains

Normally, the color and spectacle of Las Vegas disappears as you head out of the city and into the desert but “Seven Magic Mountains” changes that. A 30 minute drive outside of Vegas will leave you confronting seven towers of fluorescent colored boulders stacked impossibly high. Breathtaking.

6.  Aspen Art Museum | Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound 

Travelling from the Brooklyn Museum, ‘Bound and Unbound’ is a beautiful exhibition of Scott’s carefully crafted mixed media sculptures, full of color and taking on a life of their own.

7.  SFMoMA | The Fisher Collection Exhibitions

There is SO much to see in the newly opened SFMoMA. Spend a day there – you won’t regret it.

8. Whitney Museum Of American Art | Mirror Cells 

I really like this show - it feels like a celebration of artists who are makers of objects. There’s so many strong forms present - sculpturally, nostalgically and figuratively speaking. I wanted to touch everything – but didn’t of course!

9. Cooper Hewitt | Beauty – Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial 

This edition of the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial features over 250 works from 63 designers. The works are organized around seven themes: extravagant, intricate, ethereal, transgressive, emergent, elemental and transformative. This is one of the best and most accessible ways to experience an overview of the current design innovations and trends.

10. Storm King | Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson

Storm King is one of my favorite places to visit in the summer! Go pack a picnic immediately and bask in the beauty of 100+ monumental works in the majestic setting of over 500 acres. Perfection.

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