Eccentric collector David Walsh presents mind-bending works at his Museum of Old and New Art. Its new wing, Pharos, stars immersive experiences by light artist James Turrell. In “Unseen Seen,” two visitors at a time sign waivers, climb into a large “egg,” and recline in kinetic color; in “Event Horizon” viewers stand in a cube-space where morphing light obliterates orientation.

Tasmania, Australia

Eccentric collector David Walsh presents mind-bending works at his Museum of Old and New Art. Its new wing, Pharos, stars immersive experiences by light artist James Turrell. In “Unseen Seen,” two visitors at a time sign waivers, climb into a large “egg,” and recline in kinetic color; in “Event Horizon” viewers stand in a cube-space where morphing light obliterates orientation.
Photograph by Mike Greenslade, Australia/Alamy Stock Photo

24 unconventional art destinations around the world

Think outside the typical museum box with these artful escapes.

Art is everywhere, breaking the rules and bursting beyond the boundaries of boxy museums. Cultural organizations large and small lead the charge by activating spaces and places outside of traditional galleries, theaters, and concert halls. Audiences, no longer content as mere spectators, are now part of the performance. Here are 24 electrifying ways to sense the creative energy.

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Jean Lawlor Cohen is an editor, independent curator, and arts writer based in Washington, D.C.

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