Openings and Closings: March 10 to March 16

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

Marie Strawberry Set, shape no. 3423 attributed to George Jones & Sons, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York; Joan Stacke Graham Collection.

Bard Graduate Center, New York, New York

Early last week, Bard Graduate Center launched an online exhibition entitled Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915. The digital gallery was created to herald the in-person show of the same name opening (knock wood) this fall. The exhibition traces the development of the colorful, extravagant Victorian-era ceramics known as majolica. These highly imaginative pieces tickled the fancy of the fashionable from the UK to the US, and put the lie to the notion that 19th-century interiors were dowdy. If you’d like to learn a bit more, visit the Antiques website here in order to read Eve M. Kahn’s wonderful article Ceramics Dynamic: Majolica.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana

After a long season on view, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is getting ready to say goodbye to their exhibition American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection, on March 14. As the country straddled the 19th and 20th centuries, the US art world was experiencing its own era of change. The exhibition features 41 American paintings from this era, originally in the collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton. In order to see these intimate pieces in person, make sure to check here in order to plan your trip.

Junius Street, Dallas by Florence Elliott McClung (1894–1992), n.d. The University Art Collection at Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Texas; photograph by Michael Bodycomb.

Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Just as the Fort Wayne Museum is saying goodbye to an exhibition, the Meadows Museum is welcoming a new one. Entitled Fossils to Film: The Best of SMU’s Collections, the exhibition brings together works from nine distinct campus collections into a display of more than 100 diverse pieces of art. From Pleistocene-era fossils to footage from Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Dallas in 1963, the exhibition promises something for everyone. As you make plans to see the impressive collection in person, check here to see how.

Senufo komo mask. Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; gift of David T. Owsley.

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Although we’ve certainly heard the word “mask” a lot in the past year, we mustn’t let that spoil our enjoyment of great masks as cultural artifacts. The Dallas Museum of Art a close examination of one of the finest in the exhibition Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask, which closes on March 21. The helmet mask was worn by members of the Senufo peoples of West Africa at initiations, funerals, harvest celebrations, and other special events. The presentation—a joint project of the  DMA’s conservation and arts of Africa departments and technologists from the UT Southwestern Medical Center—gives museumgoers a chance to appreciate the unique details of the mask in a brand-new way. Make sure to reserve your free, timed ticket here before you visit.

Mini Nana maison by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), c. 1968. Museum of Modern Art, New York; photograph by Aaron Serafino, © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Opening this week at MoMA is the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life. The exhibition features more than 200 works by Saint Phalle, in her first US retrospective. Museumgoers will be able to experience the artist’s varied styles and career laid out for all to see her fantastical and innovative designs in architecture as well as her engagement with spirituality and politics. Click here in order to reserve your timed ticket in advance.