Station Museum of Contemporary Art
Goya, Picasso, Basquiat, Kara Walker—artists have always used their art to make statements, whether overt or subtle, about the political climate around them. But politics pervades everything—even museums—and sometimes the artists making the biggest statements are shut out of traditional institutions. That's where the Station Museum comes in, welcoming international artists of all stripes, as long as they have something to say: Iraqi exile artists, exhibitions focusing on violence in northern Mexico and an assembly of different videos created by people around the world during the Obama campaign are among the recent art campaigns.
Free isn't just the philosophy here—it's also the price of admission.