Hi Art: The Best Museum Shows & Art Exhibits in October

Great art often feels transcendental, shedding light on previously unfamiliar regions of creative possibility. It’s no surprise then that an afternoon of art immersion can be exactly the right activity to pair with a heady cannabis buzz. We’ve selected some of the best places around the country to visit this month for your dose of high art.

Storm King Art Center (Hudson River Valley, NY)

Located in the Hudson Valley about an hour outside of New York, this sculpture garden features immense works to match the scale of the sprawling hills. With massive metal objects that seem to defy gravity and waves carved directly into the hills, Storm King is a place that defies limits and evokes the fantastical. The multi-colored backdrop of changing autumn leaves is an ephemeral bonus for visitors, stoned or not, this month.  

LACMA, Fantasies For The Stage (Los Angeles, CA)

Marc Chagall is best known for his modernist portrayals of everyday life in his works on canvas. The lyricism of his work was partly inspired by his interest in dance, an interest that ran so deep that he even designed costumes for four performances in the mid-20th century. This LACMA exhibit gives you a rare opportunity to surround yourself with his fantastical creations and find yourself in another time and place both visually and mentally.  

MoMA, Max Ernst: Beyond Painting (New York City, NY)

Surrealism is easy choice for an afternoon of cannabis cavorting. By definition, these are images that evoke the ramblings of the subconscious mind, and few artists were more accomplished at this than Max Ernst.  

Seattle Art Museum, Spencer Finch: The Western Mystery (Seattle, WA)

An artist known especially for his work with multi-colored glass, Spencer Finch’s work rewards patience. Sit and watch as the angle of the sun changes through the course of the day, and you’ll experience — in fact, you will actually see — time in an entirely new light.  

The de Young Museum, James Turrell: Three Gems (San Francisco, CA)

James Turrell’s Skyspaces inspire viewers to understand light, time, and space from beautiful and new perspectives. While the example at the de Young Museum is particularly elaborate with a tunneled entryway and oculus-like viewing space, the primary mechanism is incredibly simple. The circular hole in the ceiling is the aperture through which viewers can stare up and through and ponder the sunlight, clouds, and the meaning of the universe.