Openings and Closings: February 3 to February 10

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

Galerie Chenel at Masterpiece London, 2019. Ben Fisher Photography, courtesy of Masterpiece London.

Masterpiece London Art Fair, United Kingdom

Thurs. Feb. 4 12 pm (EST)

Masterpiece London Art Fair recently announced their planned return to the Royal Hospital Chelsea in late June will be preceded by the release of a new online program. Beginning this week, the Masterpiece London website will be home to panel discussions, videos, and podcasts as a prelude to the in-person fair. One of the must-attend events this week is Masterpiece Symposium | Journeys through the Material World. Attendees will be able to hear a discussion of the different ways that an object can be displayed in an exhibition, and how it might affect a visitor’s understanding of the object. Speakers at this panel include Christopher Maxwell, curator of Early Modern Glass at the Corning Museum, and Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, 17th-and 18th-century curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In order to register for this event, make sure to check here.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

This weekend, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts welcomes a new exhibition entitled Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art. The exhibition celebrates the artistic history of the Natural Bridge in the Shenandoah Valley. This geological wonder became one of most frequently depicted natural attractions in American art the 19th century. Featuring the work of artists such as Frederic Church and Edward Hicks, this exhibition traces links between art and American culture and politics. Make sure to plan your trip to Richmond and, if you’re looking to learn a little more about this natural beauty before you go, make sure to check here to hear from Christopher C. Oliver in our latest issue.


Edge of Wheat Field with Poppies by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), 1887. Denver Art Museum, Colorado, bequest of Frederic C. Hamilton.

Denver Art Museum, Colorado

The 19th century was marked by massive change in all arenas, but especially in art. This is exactly what the Denver Art Museum aims to showcase in their new exhibition The 19th Century in European and American Art. Opening on February 7, this exhibition features 85 pieces from the museum’s collection from an array of influential artists including Paul Cézanne, Willard Leroy Metcalf, and Childe Hassam. The exhibition centers on the work of the French artists and the landscape paintings that defined an era. While making plans to visit DAM in person, make sure to check here as you do so.


Mantel Clock by Elias Ingraham (1805–1885), 1928. Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut; photograph by Todd McLellan.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, Connecticut

As we welcome plenty of new exhibitions this week, we’ll also have to say goodbye to some of our favorites. One of such exhibitions is Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s exhibition Things Come Apart. Some of our most beloved – and most used – belongings possess an inner life that Things Come Apart seeks to reveal. Through the more than 40 images and dozens of objects that make up this exhibition, museumgoers will be able to see how technology has evolved over time and appreciate the understated beauty of the inner workings of everyday mechanisms. Make sure to plan your trip in advance here ­– and don’t wait too long, the exhibition closes on February 7.