Openings and Closings: January 27 to February 2

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Books, Exhibitions

After a year like no other, we have all become accustomed to postponed concerts and canceled events. Something that we won’t have to miss out on this year is New York’s much-loved Winter Show art and antiques fair, presented this season in a virtual format. As the show begins to wrap up this week, we’ve compiled some must-see programs you can attend this week, from the comfort of home.

The Bennett Collection: Paintings of Women by Women

Wednesday, January 27, 1 PM (EST)

Join Texas-based collectors Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt in a discussion of their monumental collection of figurative realist paintings by women, of women. The collection boasts work by historic artists such as Mary Cassatt and Artemisia Gentileschi and features works by some of the most exciting female painters working today. As a style of art that has fallen from grace and a collection that features exclusively female artists, this discussion celebrates women and their contributions to the art world. In order to register for the event in advance, make sure to check here.

Garden Delights: Bringing the Outdoors Inside

Wednesday, January 27, 5 PM (EST)

We have all spent a lot of time inside this year and, as any city dweller will tell you, a few houseplants will certainly liven your spirits. In this discussion of design and craftsmanship, our desire to bring nature indoors is validated and celebrated. In this evening event, you can hear New York Cottages & Gardens editor in chief Kendell Cronstrom, interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, and Winter Show dealers Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz and Bonist Druit of Maison Gerard offer their views. In order to watch their discussion, make sure to click here to register in advance.

Craft: An American History

Thursday, January 28, 5 PM (EST)

The cultural history of the United States is one of craftsmanship—we have always been a nation of makers. However, we often-times overlook this central aspect of the American story. In his new book Craft: An American History, Glenn Adamson – historian and curator and ANTIQUES columnist – discusses this exact conundrum. After a reading of his new book, Adamson will be joined by Ethan Lasser – curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – for a discussion of craft and the American identity, and the role craft has played in the nation’s evolution towards social progress. Make sure to register for this event here.

Design Firsts, presented by 1stdibs

Friday, January 29, 1 PM (EST)

As a farewell to the Winter Show, join the editorial director and director of fine art at – the premier online marketplace for antique furniture, art, and jewelry – Anthony Barzilay Freund as he talks with interior designers about their experiences with the Winter Show as well as their “design firsts” employing art and antiques. Make sure that you register in advance here in order to attend the event. And, if you’re looking to hear a bit more from seasoned Winter Show exhibitors, check here to read first-hand accounts.