Openings and Closings: July 28 to August 3

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Head of a Young Man by Charles White (1918–1979), 1946. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania © The Charles White Archives.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania

Eyes wide open, jaw set tight, nostrils flared—the expressions that come across our faces are a window into our inner lives. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition Expressions boasts a diverse collection of works to explore how artists make these interior emotions visible. The prints, drawings, and photographs in Expressions are drawn from the museum’s collection and highlight the work of artists ranging from Rembrandt to Charles White. This unique exhibition is an absolute must-see so make sure to plan your trip here before it closes on July 31.

Fertility by Grant Wood (1892–1942), 1939. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Although the vast majority of Americans live in metropolitan areas, our national image has always been tied to rural life and the ideal of a hard day’s work. Organized by the High Museum of Art, the exhibition Our Good Earth: Rural Life and American Art investigates the manner by which the mythic ideal of American pastoralism has been defined and redefined over the course of a century. Featuring artists such as Winslow Homer, Lewis Hine, and Marion Greenwood, the exhibition examines a broad range of perspectives. We should all plan our trip to the High Museum of Art ASAP to check out Our Good Earth before the exhibition closes on August 1.

On the Road (or ‘Rear Guard’): women carrying children and guns by José Clemente Orozco (1883–1949), 1929. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

As for openings, this week the Met is welcoming this year’s fourth installation of their rotating exhibition Selections from the Department of Drawings and Prints entitled Revolution, Resistance, and Activism. Drawn from the department’s collection of over one million ­– yes, one million – drawings, prints, and illustrated books these works all find their origins in Europe and the Americas with dates ranging from 1400 to the present day. Revolution Resistance, and Activism will examine how artists have helped mobilize revolutions, protests, and social activist movements. This exhibition should not be missed. Check here to plan your trip ahead of time.

Burse for the Great Seal of England, 1558 – 1603. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Across the pond, the Victoria and Albert Museum is presenting a highly fashionable exhibition entitled Bags: Inside Out. From backpacks and clutches to Ferragamo purses and Birkin bags, carrying cases of all sorts are examined in this deep dive into the style, function, design, and craft of these most  versatile accessories. Featuring three-hundred objects, Bags: Inside Out looks at the history of the handbag through an astonishingly wide lens. Some notable items in the show include the Burse for the Great Seal of England (1558–1603) and the Fendi Baguette bag (2000) worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. Before you throw your keys and wallet into your bag and run over to V&A, check here to plan your trip.