Art isn't pretentious by nature. Just like wine, or fashion, or food, its made accessible and attainable by those who truly care about sharing it with the world. Here are our three favorite (and totally unpretentious) places to experience art for free.
1. Las Vegas, NV: Akhob
When you're on the hunt for art that's free and unpretentious, a giant Loius Vuitton flagship store might not be the first place you'd think to look. Spoiler: this hidden exhibit truly might change your life and it's 100% free (you just have to make a reservation, and they book up a solid two months in advance). Without giving too much away, because you just have to experience it for yourself, James Turrell's signature changing lights and colors offer a meditative atmosphere that will leave you speechless for the majority of the 30-minute experience.
Fun fact: while this installation inside of Louis Vuitton in Las Vegas is massive, all LV stores have one-of-a-kind art as part of their mission to bring art into the world. Simply ask an associate and they'll happily gush about pieces on display in their store!
2. Los Angeles, CA: MOCA
In Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a literal mecca for lovers of modern art. The best part? It's free every Thursday! Exhibits rotate regularly, so making MOCA a part of your regular routine sounds like a great idea to us.
3. Mayer, AZ: Arcosanti
Around here, architecture is art, too. When it comes to fascinating architecture, Arcosanti is at the top of our list. And while you can join a ticketed tour if you'd like, simply walking the grounds is free during opening hours!
Arcosanti is architect Paolo Soleri's experiment in the middle of the desert - a place where he aimed to rebel against the idea of urban sprawl and create a self-sufficient community with a smaller footprint. The history is completely fascinating, and the architecture is more than inspiring.