Where in the world is Joey Lico? For the moment, she’s in Ensenada, Mexico, where she’s on holiday with her friends-slash-artists. As The Cultivist’s Global Curator and Senior Director, Lico is a professional jet-setter, traveling to hundreds of cities each year—from Guadalajara to Colombia, Venice to Capri, San Francisco to Sonoma.

For the uninitiated, The Cultivist is an ultra-posh private art club, where members receive unparalleled access to the most sought-after, exclusive art happenings around the globe. (Think: a bespoke museum visit, an intimate dinner party at an artist’s studio, or a star-studded Frieze New York fête emceed by the inimitable Mickalene Thomas.)


It’s all in a day’s work for Lico. In her many years on the international art scene, Lico has filled the pages of her passport—and picked up a plethora of travel style tips along the way. Here, she shares her favorite hacks for living out of a suitcase; plus, the most fabulous new art events to check out this fall, from Los Angeles to New York.

A quick Q&A with Joey

What’s it like living out of a suitcase—and what are your tips for doing it well?

“It’s much more manageable than people think. I’ll keep it simple with pieces I can layer to create more looks; anything that rolls up easily and doesn’t need to be ironed. And if you haven’t worn it at home, you’re not going to wear it on the road, so don’t pack it.”


What’s the secret to “Gallery Girl Style”? 

“What gallery girls have in spades is confidence. We tend to stick to architectural key pieces in a neutral palette—red being a neutral in my mind!—so that you can go from day to night, artist studio to board meeting, plane to party, and always look polished.”


What came first: Your love of travel or your love of art?

“Art came first. Where I grew up, travel wasn’t an option because it wasn’t economically available to my family. Art became the portal to experience a world outside of my own.”

And now... Joey’s guide to the fall art scene, from Los Angeles to New York.

1 NY | The Armory Show (September 10–12) “After being rescheduled from March to September, The Armory Art Fair is moving to the Javits Center—and just in time to kick off the city’s fall art season. It’s a great place to experience contemporary art from galleries all over the world.”


2 NY | Estamos Bien – La Trienal 20/21 (Through September 26)
“This is El Museo’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art, featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico.”


3 LA | De Las Manos Que Nos Crearon (September 19–December 11)
“As part of The Mistake Room’s Artist-in-Residence program, Tiffany Alfonseca’s ‘De las manos que nos crearon’ will open on September 19. Alfonseca is a young Dominican-American artist whose practice asks big questions about diaspora, specifically that of Black and Afro-Latino/a/x.”


4 LA | Cauleen Smith: Give It Or Leave It (Through October 31)
“One of my favorite Los Angeles–based filmmakers and artists, Cauleen Smith, has an exquisite exhibition currently on view at LACMA. I’ve already visited it seven times and am always greeted with a new, poetic experience.”

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This interview has been edited and condensed.

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