6. Glenn Ligon: America

Location: Whitney

Dates: March 10 to June 5, 2011

Ligon, a New York-based artist, has explored American history, literature and society throughout his career. Glen Ligon: America, the first comprehensive survey of the artist's work, featured a staggering assemblage of roughly 100 works that share Ligon's skill in a variety of media. His landmark text-based paintings were the highlight. If you missed the show in NYC, don't worry… Ligon is rocking at LACMA now.