Openings and Closings: Even More Museums available Digitally

Jenamarie Boots Exhibitions

Portrait of a Man with a Blue Chaperon by Jan van Eyck, c. 1428-30. Oil on panel. 8.9 in × 6.5 inches. Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu; photograph courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Ghent.

Museum of Fine Arts Ghent

Flanders can come home to you! A virtual tour of the exhibition Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution, is available – led by exhibition co-curator Till-Holger Borchert, immediately followed by a Q&A with co-curator Frederica Van Dam. The tour will first be broadcast live April 8th at 1 PM EST on the Flemish Masters Facebook page, and will later be shared on YouTube. This is a rare opportunity, as eight panels of the Ghent Altarpiece are displayed together for the first time in a museum and over half of Jan van Eyck’s twenty surviving paintings and drawings will also be shown. Learn a bit more about the exhibit before the premiere here.


Squirrel-form bottle, Salem Pottery, North Carolina, 1804-1829. Lead-glazed earthenware. Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

In addition to an incredibly comprehensive collection of objects made and used in the early American South that are a pleasure to browse, MESDA has a variety of online exhibitions and assembled virtual tours to explore. TMA favorites include:


Cover of Rooms with a View: The Open Window in the Nineteenth Century by Sabine Rewald, 2011. 190 pages, color illustrations. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Where to begin with the many online offerings of the Met? Two of this week’s highlights:


Virtual exhibition view of Levi Strauss: A History of American Style at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Levi Strauss: A History of American Style is the largest public display of the company’s archival materials ever assembled. Sammy Dalati explored this exhibition for us, sharing that “there’s something cyberpunk about Levi’s jeans: their signature metal rivets, which became part of the package in 1873, were the first machined metal pieces to be incorporated into garments (no more horn, wood, or mother-of-pearl necessary).” Originally scheduled to run until August 9 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, it recently went virtual.”

To experience the exhibition in sequential order, rather than browsing, click “More” and then click “Slideshow.”


Jacobean-style open armchair, c. 1917. Walnut and upholstery. 37 3/4 by 26 by 25 inches. Reynolda Estate; photograph courtesy of Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda is continuing to expand its virtual program offerings, this week introducing “Call-a-Curator” –  a video series that sheds light on new aspects of the estate, its collections, and its storied history. In the first video, Reynolda’s director of the archives and library, Bari Helms, discusses 19th century response to illnesses, and in the second curator Allison Slaby discusses renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart. For the latest, be sure to follow Reynolda on YouTube, and check this playlist weekly.


Fauteuil transat (Transat chair) by Gray, 1926–1929. Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, (c) Centre Pompidou, Mnam-CCI, Dist. RMN-GP; Planchet photograph, courtesy of Bard Graduate Center.

Short and Sweet: Bard Graduate Center

Bard Graduate Center launched One More Thing on April 6th; an Instagram Stories feature which examines one object, with one person, for one minute. To follow along, find Bard Graduate Center on Instagram on your phone, and check their “Instagram Stories tab” daily. It’s sure to make you smile. Should you need more Bard content to fill a few more minutes, you can also read Katherine Lanza’s discussion of their Eileen Gray exhibition here.

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