Openings and Closings: July 7 to July 13

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Sauceboat attributed to Bing & Grøndahl, c. 1888–1890. Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan.

Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

The Art Nouveau style thrived in the U.S. and Europe from the late 19th-century right up until the First World War. Opening this week at the Flint Institute of Arts is an exhibition entitled Art Nouveau Innovation: Danish Porcelain from an American Collector. The show features an array of 19th-century ceramics from two major manufacturers of the era: Royal Copenhagen and Bing & Grøndahl. This impressive collection is certainly not one to be missed so, check here to plan your trip out to Flint.

Self-Portrait by David C. Driskell (1931–2020), 1953. Estate of David C. Driskell, Maryland; photograph by Luc Demers, courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

Portland Museum of Art, Maine

The late, great American artist David Driskell will be celebrated this summer at the Portland Museum of Art in an exhibition entitled David Driskell: Icons of Nature and History. Spanning seven decades of Driskell’s career, the exhibition acts as a survey of the artist’s life. From influences drawn from his family and childhood and his education, Driskell developed a symbolic iconography seen in his distinctive figurative and abstract paintings and collages. If you want an extra dose of cool to beat the heat this summer, make sure to stop in. Don’t forget to check here before you go to plan your trip in advance.

Pieced Hexagon Quilt by Sarah Winifred Cobb (1842–1917), c. 1850. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia; gift of Katherine Phelps Burnam Flood.

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Virginia

Last week, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum welcomed a brand-new exhibition: The Art of the Quilter. The exhibition will make its home in Colonial Williamsburg for the next three years as curators showcase twelve new quilts every year—many of them never exhibited before. As a fine American craft, the works on display tell a story of the artists who made them, the people who owned them, and the development of American culture. This colorful exhibition will feature quilts from well-known craftspeople and unknown artists alike. To see the first installation of The Art of the Quilter,be sure to check here to plan your trip.

My Mother by Mario Giacomelli (1925–2000), 1956; printed 1981. J. Paul Getty Museum; gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser, © Rita and Simone Giacomelli.

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

After fifteen months spent at home, plenty of people are ready to take a closer look at the people around them. Conveniently, the late Italian photographer Mario Giacomelli has built an impressive dossier of humanist works for us to peruse. Open at the Getty Museum is the exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground. The high contrast black and white photos that characterize Giacomelli’s work portray the people from his hometown of Senigallia. Giacomelli’s works are intensely personal and an absolute must-see. Check here to plan your visit.