Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
The 1920s marked a shift in American culture, particularly for women as they gained the right to vote, chief among other social and civil liberties. The decade also marked the dawn of the art deco era, and in conjunction, the two new elements of the zeitgeist collided as women’s wear took on the geometrical shapes of art deco design. Drawing from the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum’s permanent collections, the exhibition Putting on the Glitz: Art Deco Fashion highlights just the type of garments I’m talking about. The exhibition includes clothes and accessories from that fresh and glamorous era, as well as prints and paintings of fashion-minded women of the time. To see the exhibition before it closes on May 8, check here to plan your trip.
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut
Readers of ANTIQUES will know that we hold a special place in our hearts for quilting and needlecraft, which is why there will be little shock when we advise you that one of our favorite current exhibitions is in its twilight days. The Florence Griswold Museum is home to the exhibition New London County Quilts and Bed Covers, 1750–1825, a stunning collection of quilts, petticoats, bed rugs, and more. The pieces featured in the exhibition showcase the exquisite stitchwork of New London County women. It’s a must-see exhibition, make sure to plan your trip before it closes on May 1.
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
At ANTIQUES, we love the arts and we love arts journalism in (almost) all its forms. So we were thrilled to visit the Art Institute of Chicago to see their exhibition Subscribe: Artists and Alternative Magazines, 1970–1995. The exhibition brings together more than 130 magazines and the photographs they published in an examination of the changing landscape of arts periodicals in the late twentieth century. Publications such as The Face, i-D, and Rags began to make themselves known as they amplified the voices of those brash individuals with marginalized points of view. The innovations of these small-press publications ultimately influenced titans of the industry from Vogue to Life. Make sure to visit the museum before the exhibition closes on May 2 and, check here to plan your trip.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
In 1962, Adeliza McHugh opened the Candy Store Gallery in the town of Folsom, California, near Sacramento—an actual candy store converted into an art gallery. The gallery was home to many avant-garde artists over the years, but the artists she featured primarily became known as the “Candy Store Bunch” –a cheeky, daring group that included Jim Nutt, Robert Arneson, Gladys Nilsson, and Peter Vandenberge. Though the Candy Store closed in 1992, in honor of the gallery’s would-be sixtieth anniversary, the Crocker Art Museum is currently home to the exhibition The Candy Store: Funk, Nut and Other Art with a Kick. It’s a hoot, and don’t wait too long to seen the show as it closes on May 1. Check here to plan your trip before you go.