Openings and Closings: April 7 to April 13

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

Goya conoce a Posada (Goya meets Posada) from Homage to Goya II: Disasters of War by Enrique Chagoya (b. 1953), 2003. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

Opening on April 23 at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the exhibition Goya, Posada, Chagoya: Three Generations of Satirists. This exhibition highlights the prints of each artist as commentary on society and the human condition. The subjects of the prints by Francisco Goya, José Posada, and the contemporary artist Enrique Chagoya range from precolonial mythology to pop culture. Yet, when their works are juxtaposed, the artists seem to speak to one another across centuries. Take particular note of Chagoya’s reinterpretation of Goya’s Disasters of War etchings. Make sure to check here in order to book your timed tickets in advance.

Chelsea Porcelain Works Plate, c. 1755. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the Rienzi Collection.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

It is April and spring has finally sprung. At the MFA, Houston you can celebrate the turn of the season even on rainy days with their exhibition Perpetual Bloom: Botanicals in the 18th-Century Interior? Take a step inside and back in time to see the stunning prints, plates, and porcelain dolls created in response to the scientific discoveries of the 18th century. The bold colors and designs will certainly brighten the mood as we wait for our own flowers to bloom. In the meantime, make sure to check here to plan your trip over to the MFA, Houston.

Herd of Buffalo by William Jacob Hays (1830–1875), 1862. Denver Art Museum, CO; photograph courtesy of the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.
Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

When we think of the American West, what do we see? Likely, flowing rivers and tall trees, rolling hills and open land. This vision didn’t spring out of nowhere, it was crafted by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Frist Art Museum’s new exhibition Creating the American West in Art presents viewers with some 80 works of art dating from 1822 to 1946. The exhibition takes a look at the ever-changing nature of the American West in popular conceptions. Creating takes a nuanced approach to a delicate subject and must not be missed. So, make sure to plan your trip here before you go.

Véronique, in a Givenchy evening gown, Haute Couture Fall-Winter 1965, and Gregory Peck arrive at the premiere of Doctor Zhivago at Loew’s Capitol, New York, 1965. Denver Art Museum, Colorado; photograph courtesy of the Véronique Peck Collection.
Denver Art Museum, Colorado

As we head West from the Frist, our last stop of the day will be at the Denver Art Museum. The new exhibition Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck takes a look at 100 ensembles from the wardrobe of Véronique Peck, the très chic Parisian-born writer and wife of the great actor. The exhibition boasts never before exhibited clothing, sketches, photographs, videos, family pictures, and documents that track the life of one Hollywood’s sweetheart couples. A time capsule of couture from the ‘50s through the ‘90s, the exhibition also takes a look at the role of fashion in the ongoing fight for women’s rights. To take a trip to old Hollywood, make sure to check here in order to reserve your tickets in advance.