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Dec 13, 2011

State of the Art

Cultural experiences that everyone in your family can enjoy.

The 10th annual edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most popular art events of the year, recently came to a close, but here at UPTOWNSocial we're still on a cultural high. That's why we looked around for a few more events to help ease us back to reality. So if you weren't able to score an invite to one of Basel's VIP-only affairs, not to worry--we've got you covered.

From interactive family exhibits and centennial retrospectives to the perfect date-night jaunt, there's something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Whether you're looking for some inspiration for your holiday decor or are simply feeling festive, the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibition will no doubt do the trick. It features more than 50 trees on display (enough to rival the White House's holiday celebration), including the 45-foot Grand Tree, all decorated by volunteers from Chicago's various ethnic communities. Museum of Science & Industry, 57th St. and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Exhibition runs through January 8, 2012.

A HARLEM RENAISSANCE

The Studio Museum in Harlem is home to The Bearden Project, a year-long celebration of American master Romare Bearden, an early supporter of the museum. September 2 marked the centennial of Bearden's birth, and the exhibition features works from contemporary artists that were inspired or influenced by his perspective on modernism, urbanism, jazz, and the medium of collage. Over time, this exhibition will evolve as pieces are added and taken away, so be sure to schedule multiple visits.  The Studio Museum, 144 West 125th St., New York. Exhibition runs through March 11, 2012.

OPTICAL ILLUSION

Beloved couture designer Valentino Garavani has been dazzling ladies of leisure and their dandies for the better half of the last century. And after an eventful retirement and subsequent release of his Last Emperor documentary, Valentino readies his next act: The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum. The online-only exhibition will feature more than 5,000 pieces of couture history from various phases of the designer's career in what he's calling a 3D Palazzo. With such a comprehensive collection, the good news is that you can peruse at your own pace.  Valentino Garavani Archives, For download only.

Untitled, For Bearden, 2011
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