Readers of the Roadtripping blog know that one of my favorite road trip stops is at art museums. My own favorites are modern and contemporary art, but I browse it all. My last museum stop, just a few weeks ago, was at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, where I spent quality time with Baroque tapestries by Peter Paul Rubens. (Bet you didn’t know he did tapestries. Neither did I.) I’m especially fond of temporary exhibitions, in which a curator has rounded up art from other museums and private collectors to illustrate a theme.
Fodor’s, publisher of destination guides and all sorts of “travel intelligence,” has come up with a list of don’t-miss shows worth traveling for in 2012, from Annie Leibovitz at the Smithsonian (at the top of my list) to Winslow Homer at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Don’t panic – you’ve got plenty of time. Only the Leibovitz exhibition has opened so far. The shows are listed in order of opening, which run through September, when the Homer exhibit opens. Here's the list.
Photo: Rubens tapestries at the Ringling.