What to Do This Week in LA, Miami, and NYC

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A week before Halloween and we’re keeping you out of the spook houses for more high-minded fare in our fair cities. In Miami, the Bass Museum is opening and that’s where the in-the-know locals will be. New York, high flying with new gallery openings, has an exceptional, sweeping new exhibition at the Met Breuer of Post-war Art. And in Los Angeles, there’s a lit crawl that yearly has drawn thousands to a place not always known for its intellectual capacities. We say don’t judge a book by its cover. There’s plenty of Manhattan expats in Hollywood. Yes, that was a joke.


This Thursday, go thee to the reincarnation of the Bass Museum, which is reopening after multiple renovation delays on the $12 million project. Money well spent. The 1930s-era Art Deco sprawl now features four new galleries space, with most of its artwork moving in the direction of contemporary as opposed to its permanent collection of Baroque and Renaissance. It’s assumed that, with three other major contemporary art museums in the city, there’s room for one more. Modern art suits the space. Marvel at this expanded, architecturally-stunning space earning its second coming.


The Met Breuer goes “modern” in a new exhibition entitled Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980, a wild ride of a multimedia survey of Post-war Art. It’s a group-curated show that largely ignores Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Minimalism for themes broken into four categories of anarchy and wackadoodle: Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted. Don’t expect to know many of the names represented in this vision of a time of utter confusion in the wake of war. As one of the curators said, even the best of rational art is… irrational. Get your bonkers on this Thursday and go check it out.


This Wednesday, all day long, put on your book bag and head to the NoHo Arts District where the fifth annual Lit Crawl L.A. is spanning nearly 40 theaters, galleries, restaurants, bars, and, well, tattoo shops. At all these venues, there will be readings by more than 200 local authors, poets, and artists. Many of them are noted. All the events are free and walkable but for the closing party at Eclectic. The district is already fun enough without this big-draw for the get-lit set.

Image courtesy of the Met Breuer 

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino

Steve Garbarino is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the author of "A Fitzgerald Companion."