Openings and Closings: December 30 to January 5

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

…Is Life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? by Jacob Lawrence, 1955. Ross Collection, © Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama

Early this season, the Birmingham Museum of Art opened an exhibition entitled Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle which features the painting series Struggle… From the History of the American People (1954–1956). The exhibition—which we at the magazine eagerly anticipated—while of relatively short duration in Birmingham, is the first time all panels of the work (aside from those that are missing) have been reunited in more than fifty years. In order to see this series that highlights episodes from the earliest years of the American republic, make sure to check here to plan your trip before you go.

Nemesis by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), c. 1501–1502. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Winding down to a close on January 31 is Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s exhibition Perfectly Imperfect: Cranach, Dürer and the Renaissance Nude. The exhibition features the works of two prominent Northern Renaissance artists: Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Perfectly Imperfect draws from the Nelson-Atkins’s own collection as well as borrows from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Linda Hall collection in order to explore the two artists’ divergent approach to the female form. In order to plan your trip in advance, make sure to check here.

Collection of Brooches by Forest Craft Guild of Grand Rapids, c. 1905–1914. Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan; courtesy of a private collection.

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This season the Grand Rapids Art Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled Hand and Machine in Harmony: Regional Arts and Crafts. The exhibition highlights the work of two manufacturers in the early days of the last century when Grand Rapids was a furniture-making mecca, Charles P. Limbert and Albert Stickley. Both took a large role in the American redefinition of the British Arts and Crafts movement and worked to merge the ideal of fine craftsmanship with factory production. In order to view some of these transitional pieces, make sure to check here to plan your trip in advance before the exhibition closes on January 23.

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), 1888. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Although the Van Gogh Museum is currently closed, you can still enjoy some of their fascinating exhibitions online. One is Your Loving Vincent’: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters. Through an exploration of Van Gogh’s personal letters, his personal hopes and goals as an artist take shape in a brand-new way. The exhibition allows museumgoers to look at these letters as well as listen to them read aloud in translation. In order to see this exhibition online, check here to take a look before it closes on January 10.

The Afro by Jeff Hafler, 2018. Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum, Joshua Tree, California; courtesy of SFO Museum, San Francisco, California.

SFO Museum, San Francisco, California

Earlier this month, the SFO Museum opened an exhibition entitled simply: Hair Style. This exhibition at the airport cultural center traces the history and evolution of hair care from the late 19th century to present. Hair Style features historical hair-grooming tools, beauty products, and novelty items that mark the ever-changing nature of the coiffure. This exhibition is on view through August 2021 at the departures gate in Terminal 1 of SFO.