Openings and Closings: January 13 to January 19

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

Afternoon dress c. 1877. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

This season the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition entitled About Time: Fashion and Duration. The show takes a new approach at tracking the last 150 years of fashion history. About Time seeks to highlight how fashion defines cultural memory of the moment; such as how break-away pants will always woefully remind us of the Nineties. With the addition of Virginia Woolf as a “ghost narrator,” the exhibition is sure to excite in more ways than one. While you’re planning your trip to the museum, make sure that you book your tickets in advance here. And don’t wait too long–the exhibition will close its doors on February 7.

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

For fans of the 19th-century American romanticist painter Ralph Blakelock, the Figge Art Museum is the ideal destination this winter. The exhibition Blakelock: By the Light of the Moon opens this week and highlights eight of the artists’ works from the museum collection. Marked by otherworldly qualities, the exhibition of Blakelock’s moonlit scenes traces the evolution of spiritualism present in Blakelock’s work. In order to see this exhibition and learn more about this mysterious artist, check here to reserve your tickets ahead of time.

Diamond in Square by Pearlie Irby Pettway, c. 1950. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Here at The Magazine ANTIQUES, we believe in the power of quilting as both an art form and a means of expressing political and social justice sentiments. Just as we were hankering for some brand-new quilt exhibitions, the Baltimore Museum of Art delivered. When the BMA opens this month, they will be bringing to view a new exhibition entitled She Knew Where She Was Going: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Civil Rights. This exhibition, which features five quilts by Gee’s Bend artists recently purchased by the BMA, celebrates the 1966 founding of the Freedom Quilting Bee in the Alabama enclave as a way to make their art a part of the Civil Rights movement. To see these monumental quilts in person, make sure to check here to plan your trip in advance.

Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland

Opening later this month at the Academy Art Museum is an exhibition called From Cassatt to Chicago: A Celebration of Women Artists in the Permanent Collection. Following the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment last year, AAM plans to feature works from nearly 100 different female artists from the museum’s holdings. They range from impressionists such as Cassatt, to the polemicist Judy Chicago, to the minimalist Anne Truitt. Although 2020 is–blissfully–over, it is always a great time to celebrate democracy. So, go forth and celebrate these artists in person. Before you head out, check here to plan your visit.

Fig. 1. Untitled by Ichiwo Sugino (1965–), 2015. Digital image. Collection of the artist, © Ichiwo Sugino. Except as noted, photographs courtesy of the American Folk Art Museum, New York.

American Folk Art Museum, New York, New York

Towards the end of this month, the American Folk Art Museum is opening PHOTO | BRUT: Collection Bruno Decharme and Compagnie. This ambitious exhibition – featuring works by some forty artists – is the topic of discussion in an article by Elizabeth Pochoda entitled Through a Glass, Darkly and Brightly in our magazine’s new January/February issue. PHOTO | BRUT focuses on the dynamic medium of photography as pursued by “academically untrained” artists, and their images intrigue, perplex, and excite the viewer. In order to see these singular photos in person, which you must, make sure to look here in order to plan your trip in advance.