Glenstone Museum
Approach to the Pavilions, Glenstone Museum. (Photo: Iwan Baan)

10 Little-known Art Installations and Collections Worth Checking Out

One offers postwar and contemporary works on a 19th-century dairy farm.

  1. Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, Utah. Robert Smithson’s 1,500-foot spiral earthwork.
  2. Sun Tunnels, Great Basin Desert, Utah. Four 18-foot-long concrete cylinders created by artist Nancy Holt frame the sun on the horizon during the summer and winter solstices. 
  3. Brant Foundation’s Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut. Career-spanning works by Urs Fischer, David Salle, and other artists occupy a 1909 structure formerly used for cold storage. 
  4. The Warehouse, Dallas. The collections here aim to create dialogue around postwar modern and contemporary art. 
  5. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Permanent exhibits include Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room―My Heart Is Dancing into the Universe.
  6. The Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas. A converted Army base houses works that inextricably connect art and the landscape.
  7. Dia Beacon, Beacon, New York.Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present fills a former Nabisco box-printing factory.
  8. Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland. Post-World War II artworks are integrated with modern architecture and 300 acres of meadows, waterways, forest, and organic landscaping.
  9. Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Vermont. Displays of postwar and contemporary art within a 19th century dairy farm. 
  10. The Lightning Field, western New Mexico. Four-hundred polished stainless-steel poles attract the weather and visitors to a remote high-desert region.