While we often fall subject to hunting down an "Instagrammable" display, we're reconsidering the history of content chasing. Pursuing design-centric spots is by no means a new phenomenon — art institutions began influencing economies and social interactions centuries ago, as discussion topics and reflections of current culture.
Art attractions can open our minds to new ideas and expand our perception of reality. So, due to the lineage and positive impact of art coveting, we're asking this question: Should there be any shame in doing it for the 'gram? In some way, going somewhere to experience a new idea and share it on social media is simply a modern take on the World's Fair. Food for thought. With that being said, here are 12 current installations to consider.
1. Fake Fulfillment Center, Shawn Kolodny
The Fake Fulfillment Center's first debut took place at 2017's Art Basel, and due to a roaring success, it's second iteration is now up to bat at the Art Palm Beach Fair. The installation addresses an obsession with fulfillment, whether it be of fashion or social media. On display through January 21.
2. Dream Catcher, Janet Echelman
On display at Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Echelman's colored fiber netting is almost ten stories tall and focuses on the theme of hotel guests dreaming inside the two buildings that the dream catcher connects. On display indefinitely.
3. Sanctuary, Curated by Cheryl Haines
Haines is the Founding Executive Director of FOR-SITE, a non-profit that commissions and presents art focusing on places. Her latest project, located at the Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco, features rugs made by 36 artists from 21 countries. Each artist created a rug that reflects their idea of sanctuary. On display through March 11.
4. CARBONSCAPE, Chris Cheung
A scientific experiment of sorts, Cheung's installation resembles a bamboo forest and illustrates varying CO2 levels around the world. Located in Hong Kong's Visual Art Center, this installation is on display through January 22.
5. Le Bon Marche, Leandro Erlich
Argentine artist Leandro Erlich is best known for employing optical illusions in his work. He's taken his specialty to Paris' Le Bon Marché escalator, where he mastered what what might call an escalator pretzel. On display through February 18.
6. Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement, Toshiyuki Inoko of TeamLab
Currently on view at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, a digital art installation surrounded by mirrors shows viewers just how impactful their movements and actions really are. Open through April 15.
7. Parallax Gap, FreelandBuck
In D.C.'s Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a 20 by 10 meter installation stretches across the ceiling. The multi-colored aluminum-framed planes convey nine ceilings from historic buildings, including San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts and Philadelphia's City Hall. The installation is on display through February 18.
8. A Disappearing Act, Liu Bolin
Paris' Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an interactive installation. Located in the Galerie des Enfants space, Act II of the three-act installation features a costume-included installation that allows goers to blend in with the background. While Act II ends this week, Act III will be open on January 20.
9. 25 Years, David Zwirner Gallery
New York's David Zwirner Gallery is celebrating its 25th year in business by opening an extensive exhibition, featuring the artists who have shaped the gallery’s program since 1993. Open through February 17th.
10. Before You Were Born, Laurie Shapiro
A colorful cave, this West Hollywood installation is what one might imagine the inside of a caterpillar's cocoon looks like. Before You Were Born is a floor-to-ceiling textured, warmly-lit room, and it's intention is up for interpretation. Open at Radiant Space, 1444 N. Sierra Bonita Ave through Feb 3.
11. Gilded Cage, Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei installed a series of gated and fenced enclosed areas throughout New York, addressing the current refugee crisis. This particular piece is located in Central Park. The installation will remain open until February 11.
12. Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls Of Millions Of Lightyears Away, Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi's infinity rooms date back to the 1960s, when she began experimenting with mirrors and repetition. The kaleidoscopic exhibition, which features countless of LED lights hanging from above, is currently on display at The Broad in Los Angeles. On view indefinitely.