8 Trippy Art Shows to See in 2021

If you love both art and cannabis like we do, this one’s for you. In the last year and a half, museums have taken a huge hit due to pandemic closures. But now, around the world, museums are back up and running with some especially trippy art exhibits. Wherever you are this summer, there’s a great museum show to see. We love nothing more than getting a little elevated to enjoy some high culture. Check out our staff picks for the best strain to enhance the visual arts and other summer fun. Then, once you’re stocked up with your strain of choice, here’s the 8 best museum shows to support this summer while you’re enjoying some cannabis.

Trippy Art in Amsterdam

If you find yourself in Amsterdam in the next few months, the Nxt Museum is a must-see for a mind-blowingly immersive art experience. Their summer exhibit, Shifting Proximities, explores human interaction in the context of this era of incredibly rapid technological and societal change. The installations in the show were commissioned to engage all your senses. Each one is a heady collab between artists, designers, technologists, scientists, and musicians. You can literally step right into several of these new media installations. We’re especially pumped to see ourselves reflected in Distortions in Spacetime. In this installation of truly cosmic proportions, your presence warps the space-time continuum to reveal the connection between black holes, dying stars, and your very existence. In Europe’s legal cannabis capital of legend, we can’t think of a better way to light up all of your senses. So hit a coffeeshop first, have a brownie or a smoke, and then give yourself over completely to the artistic vision.

Hit an Amsterdam coffeeshop to make the immersive experience of Distortions in Space Time the best of trippy art

Two Fantastical Sculpture Gardens in New York

Even if you’re staying in NYC this summer, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy uplifting art in the great outdoors. Pair a euphoric strain with these fantastical sculpture gardens from two of the world’s greatest artists. 

These sculptures are a must-see in NYC

Calder’s Larger than Life Mobiles at the MoMA

For those Manhattanites who can’t bear to leave the island (you know who you are!), head on over to the MoMA for a delightful afternoon. We’re not sure if they’ll actually let you light up in the sculpture garden. But with NY newly legal, you can certainly enjoy a puff right before you go in. Let your mind dance with the art as you loll in the gently shifting shadows of Alexander Calder’s multicolored kinetic works. Known by nearly all of us as the inventor of the mobile, Calder’s ever-changing art invites the sustained attention that cannabis so often provokes. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote, “One of Calder’s objects is like the sea, always beginning over again, always new.”  Plus, the MoMA’s an especially wonderful place to experience Calder’s work because, in its formative years, he was the museum’s unofficial “house artist”. So his works have been anchors for the museum’s collection ever since. And you’ve got plenty of time for this one. It’s on till January 15, 2022.

Yayoi Kusama's playful shapes are sure to delight the child in all of us.

Yayoi Kusama’s Exuberantly Trippy Art at the New York Botanical Garden

Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most popular contemporary artists. That’s for good reason—her crazily colorful art is a study in joy. Who couldn’t use a little more of that right now…or ever? This summer, the New York Botanical Garden is hosting Cosmic Nature, an open air show that highlights the deep connection between Yayoi’s art and nature. That’s where her signature polka dots come from. They were inspired by raindrops so often on her windows in Japan. Yayoi came by her lifelong fascination with nature honestly—growing up in the green environs of her family’s seed nursery. Is it a wonder that it goes so well with cannabis? The heart of her work focuses on seriously deep thoughts like infinity, eternity, and obliteration. Regardless, her playful shapes and colors are sure to delight the child in all of us. This show’s blissfully running into the fall, until Sunday, October 31.

 

Curiouser with Cannabis in London

If your summer travel plans include a jaunt to London, you’re in luck. Pop an edible and hark back to the carefree days of your childhood at the V&A. There can’t be any more trippy art than Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. So head down the rabbit hole with their Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser to experience the fairy tale like never before. This exhibit is both immersive and theatrical. It explores the stories origins, adaptations, and reinventions over 157 years. Don’t miss out on the magic! If you’re looking for a sign that you should visit London, this is it. The show runs until December 31.

Dive into Wonderland at the V&A's immersive exhibit

 

Black Lives Matter in Chicago

Bisa Butler's gorgeous juxtapositions of pattern will take your elevated imagination to glorious new heights.

One of our fave BIWOC artists, Bisa Butler, has her very first solo museum show at none other than The Art Institute of Chicago. Bisa Butler: Portraits is a tour de force of the Black experience in America. Butler uses quilting, a traditionally marginalized medium that’s often been written off as women’s work, to explore the historical marginalization and complexity of her subjects. Her wildly colorful portraits communicate vividly personal narratives. And her gorgeous juxtapositions of pattern are just what the doctor ordered to take your elevated imagination to glorious new heights. This show’s like visual candy, and we’re eating it up! It’s on through September 6.

 

Book It to Berlin

Berlin is always a delicious stew of artistic delights. Like New Yorkers, Berliners take pride in pushing the creative envelope. And this summer is no exception. We can’t think of a better place to enjoy high culture.

The immersive Van Gogh show is truly trippy art

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is Truly Trippy Art

This unprecedented multimedia light installation projects van Gogh’s works onto the walls of Station-Berlin in absolutely spectacular fashion. It’s the ultimate immersive art experience. It’s also one that everyone’s been talking about. Whether or not you’re a Van Gogh lover, this installation is still a must-see. There’s literally no better way to experience one of the world’s most beloved painters. This show was tailor-made for us trippy art lovers. But it’s not on too much longer. You’ve only got till August 1 to take this one in.

 

A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe

Is contemporary art more your vibe? You can check out another show of Yayoi Kusama’s work while you’re in Berlin. With a name like A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe, how can you not? That’s a puff-puff-pass moment, if we’ve ever seen one. Imagine being engulfed in the monumental pink polka-dotted installation pictured above. For an even more trippy art experience, this show also features one of Yayoi’s legendary infinity rooms—this one in mirrors. Make the Gropius Bau your next destination in Germany this summer to see Kusama’s past and current works. But hurry up—it’s only on till August 15.

 

There’s no better way to experience Yoshitomo Nara’s trippy art than through the self-reflective lens of cannabis.

Anime in the City of Angels

In another legal US state, you can take in the work of yet another massively popular Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara, at LACMA. His anime portraits of childlike but menacing figures are inspired by the artist’s encounters with his inner self. We’ve all had those kinda days. There’s no better way to experience Nara’s work than through the self-reflective lens of cannabis. Pick your favorite strain and go deep. One of the highlights is Miss Forest, a monumental 26-foot bronze sculpture sited on Wilshire Boulevard. This is another show you’ve got tons of time to see. It’s running till January 2, 2022.

A Bouquet of Love I Saw in the Universe by Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Gropius Bau

Distortions in Space Time by Marshmallow Laser Feast, courtesy of Nxt Museum

Sandy’s Butterfly by Alexander Calder, courtesy of MoMa

I Want to Fly to the Universe by Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser installation view, courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Bisa Butler, courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago

Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience installation view, courtesy of The Official Website of Berlin

Peace of Mind by Yoshitomo Nara, courtesy of LACMA

5 Things to Know About NY Legalization

NY legalization is finally a reality. That’s huge! Not just for those of us who use cannabis as medicine in New York, but for the state economy, too. According to the NY Times, the NY market is potentially a $4.2 billion industry. That was billion—with a “b”. That means millions of tax dollars at a time when the pandemic has gutted the tax base.

So what does NY legalization mean for you? Here’s the 5 things you need to know.

1. How much cannabis can you have under NY legalization?

Effective immediately, as long as you’re 21 or older, you can carry up to 3 ounces of cannabis or 24 grams of concentrates. To give you some perspective, it takes only about 1 ounce of flower to fill up a large Ziploc bag. Not the little sandwich ones—the substantial freezer bags. Needless, to say, 3 ounces is a lot! 

You can also store up to 5 pounds of cannabis at home. That logic comes from how much your legal home grow would likely weigh. More on that later.

2.When does NY legalization take effect and what can you legally buy?

Under NY legalization, you can only legally buy cannabis from licensed retailers. So, Governor Cuomo’s signature on the bill immediately decriminalized personal possession of the amounts specified above. But licensed retailers won’t be able to open until sometime in 2022. That’s because the state first has to set up all the administrative apparatus necessary to regulate the industry properly. 

Buying Cannabis Legally in New York

What you need to know right now is that, going forward, New Yorkers can officially possess and consume cannabis for purely recreational purposes. But you won’t be able to legally buy it in the state until next year. That’s a bit of a conundrum, but we know you’ll figure it out.

New NY Medical Marijuana Program

In the meantime, NY legalization is also expanding the state’s medical marijuana program. In the past, the program had some notable limitations. For instance, you used to only be able to buy a 30-day supply. Now, you’ll be able to buy a 60-day supply. But the biggest limitation was that NY dispensaries couldn’t sell flower. Under the new law, NY’s medical dispensaries will finally be able to. That’s huge! Why? Because flower makes your cannabis budget go a lot further. And that doesn’t mean you have to smoke it. To start making your own edibles at home, check out our easy cannabutter recipe—no special equipment required!

Qualifying Conditions Under NY Legalization

The other big change under the new law is that more medical conditions will qualify for medical cannabis. The expanded list isn’t out yet, but as soon as it is, we’ll link to it. 

For perspective on NY legalization, there's about an 1/8 ounce of cannabis flower in this green ceramic bowl

3.Where can you use cannabis?

Under NY legalization, you can now consume cannabis just about anywhere in the state—in your home, on the street—of course, just not when you’re driving.

We assume the state’s indoor smoking prohibitions will still apply. But, in 2022, there’ll even be licensed consumption lounges. We’re beside ourselves with anticipation…because you know no one will do cannabis lounges more chichi than NYC.

4.Can you grow cannabis at home?

It was in doubt for a long time, but we’re thrilled that NY legalization ended up including home grow! That’s really important because it ensures that anyone who needs cannabis for its health benefits can access it. Home grow keeps the cost of cannabis as affordable as growing your own houseplant.

Home Grow Advice

We’ll definitely be channeling our inner farmers soon with cannabis gardens of our own. And you can, too. To get some tips before you start, check out the lessons we learned during our first attempt at home grow. But don’t stop there. Before you start, get the real deal on cultivation from one of Colorado’s top craft growers. Then you can really go gourmet with your home grow.

When Does NY Home Grow Start and How Much Can You Grow?

Home grow, though, is still going to take a little bit of time. Until the state sets up regulations for it, NY legalization for home grow won’t take effect. But, the state has a time limit to put in the requisite regulations for home grow. For medical patients, it has to be regulated within 6 months of NY legalization. For recreational, it has to be regulated within 18 months. When home grow is finally legal, you’ll be allowed to have up to 6 plants for yourself (only 3 mature at a time) with a max of 12 plants per household. This is where the 5-lb possession limit comes in. Regulators determined that 6 plants weigh about 5 pounds.

5.What’s NY legalization doing to right all the wrongs of the War on Drugs?

We couldn’t write about legalization without speaking to its impact on communities of color. There will likely still be room for improvement, there always is. But the sponsor of the New York’s law, Senator Liz Krueger summed up her intent, “When this bill becomes law, New York will be poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like.”

Social Equity Provisions

Very happily, NY legalization includes several provisions that look to reverse the awful toll that the War on Drugs has disproportionately taken on Black and Latinx communities. First, people with cannabis-related convictions for doing things that are now legal under the new law will have their records automatically expunged. That means they’ll no longer be excluded from housing, jobs, and even things like coaching a children’s basketball team.

Where Will Cannabis Taxes Go?

Second, after admin costs, 40% of cannabis-related taxes will go to reinvestment in communities that were adversely affected by the War on Drugs. Another 40% will go to fund public schools, and the final 20% will fund drug treatment facilities and public education programs.

Kristina Lopez Adduci with Yellow One Hitter and Yellow Mini Rolling Tray

Huge shout out to all the organizations, like the Drug Policy Alliance and NYC NORML, who’ve worked tirelessly for years to make access to cannabis a reality for every New Yorker in a way that will still benefit the communities that suffered the most harm under prohibition.

Let’s all celebrate by taking a puff!

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