October 31, 2014 | This year marks the 350th anniversary of NewJersey, a milestone celebrated across the state with events and programs highlighting innovation, diversity, and liberty. The Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton is marking the occasion with an exhibition that introduces all three themes. Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860 brings together 150 examples of needlework made in or by New Jersey schoolgirls and organizes them geographically to illustrate connections between the elaborate artworks and utilitarian objects crafted by girls of diverse religious, family, and socioeconomic backgrounds, from the Quaker schools in Burlington County to a luxurious silk-on-silk memorial to George Washington made at the prestigious Folwell School in Philadelphia by a New Jersey native.
Above: Needlework by Kiziah Sharp, Burlington County, New Jersey, 1825. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Diker.
Research for the show has made it possible to exhibit mul…» More
Montgomery Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: "Alexander Archipenko: Dreizehn Steinzichnungen"; November 29 to January 18, 2015. "The Grand Tour: Prints from Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, and London"; to November 23. "Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined"; November 8 to January 4, 2015.
Tucson Tucson Museum of Art: "La Vida Fantastica: Selections from the Latin American Folk Art Collection"; to June 30, 2015.
Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: "Born of Fire: Ceramic Art from Regional Collections"; to March 2, 2015. "John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist"; to January 5, 2015.
LosAngeles Autry National Center: "Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork"; to April 26, 2015.* "Route 66: The Road and the Romance"; to January 4, 2015.
J. Paul Getty Center: "Drawing in the Age of Rubens"; to January 11, 2015. "World War I: War of Images, Images of War"; November 18 to April 19, 20…» More
October 27, 2014 | Death Becomes Her, the Costume Institute's first fall exhibition in eight years, examines American and English bereavement rituals of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Period fashions and accessories, including hats, shawls, parasols, and jewelry, along with fashion plates, satirical illustrations, and mourning pictures reveal the formal rituals of bereavement, mostly observed by women. A woman's selection of mourning clothing demonstrated her status, taste, and level of propriety. Quotes from period publications flashed along the walls of the exhibit's main gallery demonstrate the range of attitudes by and towards women and their observation of mourning, which includes the social activist Julia Ward Howe's frustration at the inconvenience of spending money on black clothes, to etiquette manual author Robert de Valcourt's description of veiled widows as alluring and seductive.
The thirty ensembles are organized chronologically and show the progression of appropri…» More
October 15, 2014 | What Egon Schiele would have achieved had he lived beyond his twenty-eighth year is a matter to keep art historians up at night. When he died of Spanish influenza in 1918 he had already accomplished an astonishing amount: some three thousand drawings as well as paintings and sculpture of sufficient merit to position him as the heir to the late Gustav Klimt as Vienna's preeminent artist. Whether Schiele would have mellowed into a grand establishment presence or continued as Vienna's delinquent wild child is open to question-and there is certainly evidence to support both suppositions.
Above: Self-portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, Standing by Egon Schiele (1890-1918), 1911. Collection of Ernst Ploil.
In 2005 the Neue Galerie staged a rich exhibition of Schiele's nudes that suggested, in its inevitable focus on his obsessive eroticism, the latter course, while its new exhibition of the artist's portraits gives us a slightly more mellow Schiele, at least in his late portraits such…» More
September 25, 2014 | There is an excellent reason why we no longer hang paintings as they have now done in an odd but worthy exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. Indeed, even at the N-YHS, that hanging would be inexcusable, were it not for the fact that the whole point of The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society, (on view through February 8, 2015) is to recreate the museum experience of nineteenth-century New York.
"Salon Style" refers to a way of exhibiting paintings that was common in the Salons of the 18th and 19th Centuries and that is antithetical to all the ingrained habits of modern museology. Rather than allowing the sacred object to be contemplated in isolation and at eye level, where its virtues can be best appreciated, the Salon Style stacks them up all the way to the ceiling.
In the great central gallery on the second floor of the New York Historical Society, that ceiling is about twenty feet high and the paintings are stacked in rows of thre…» More
[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All