Openings and Closings: June 9 to June 15

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Untitled by Agatha Wojciechowsky (1896–1986), 1963. Collection of Steven Day, Courtesy the Artist’s estate and Day Art Consulting LLC; photograph by Steven Day.

Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

We can probably agree that every American enjoys a good story, and we’ve spun tales for every taste. A genre that seems to resonate particularly is the supernatural—from the Headless Horseman to rumors of UFOs. The Toledo Museum of Art recognizes this staple of American culture and will welcome the first museum exhibition to examine the relationship between American artists and the paranormal. Entitled Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art the exhibition boasts 160 objects spanning from the early nineteenth century to the present day. If you’re a fan of all things occult or otherworldly, this exhibition is an absolute must-see. Make sure to plan your visit here before the exhibit opens on June 12.

Half-gallon and three-gallon jugs attributed to the Collin Rhodes Factory, c. 1850. Courtesy of the SFO Museum, California; collection of Kenneth Fechtner.

SFO Museum, California

Whereas Southern potters often produced their wares in home-grown family operations, the nineteenth-century potteries of the Edgefield District in South Carolina were industrial giants in comparison. From sourcing to production to shipping, Edgefield stoneware production became an integral part of the local economy and culture. The SFO Museum is celebrating the history of Edgefield pottery in their new exhibition Stoneware Stories: Folk Pottery of Edgefield, South Carolina. Featured in this exhibition are works by potters such as Thomas Chandler and the great David Drake that are not to be missed. Make sure to check here before you go!

Hizen Ware Bowl with Plum Blossom Design and French Mount, c. 1690–1710 (bowl); c. 1710 (mount). Courtesy of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; gift of Eric N. Shrubsole.

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

For three centuries between the 1630s and 1850s, Japan was a “closed” country in which no foreigners were welcome.  While Japanese culture was left to develop independently from the rest of the world, the economy boomed due to the influx of cash from a lively trade network. The objects in the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition Objects of Contact: Encounters between Japan and the West reflect this era of commerce. From gold screens to apothecary jars, the exhibition offers visitors a look at the impact of cultural dialogue in a rapidly changing world. The exhibition closes on June 13 so, make sure to check here to plan your trip before it does!

Still Life with Ginger Jar and Pound Cake by John Frederick Peto (1854–1907), c. 1890. Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia.

Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia

The still life has been a foundation of Western art since antiquity and reached levels of sublime achievement in the hands of Renaissance masters and later among Dutch artists in the 1600s. The still life remained popular with artists, particularly iconoclasts, into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join the Huntington Museum of Art in their celebration of the versatile genre with their exhibition The Art of the Still Life. Featuring painters such as Georges Braque, Leslie Shiels, and Bartolommeo Bettera, this is a collection of prominent pieces. As you’re planning your trip here, make sure to visit before the exhibition closes on June 27.