Openings and Closings: March 3 to March 9

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

PH 2/2 Piano Lamp by Poul Henningsen (1894–1967), manufactured by Louis Poulsen and Co., 1931. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; © 1931 Estate of Poul Henningsen.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas

This past weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opened an exhibition entitled Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting. The exhibition traces the evolution of electric lighting from its origins in the early 19th century to present. Organized in three parts Typologies, The Bulb, and Quality of Light, the show invites museumgoers to look at the aesthetic, functional, and environmental qualities of electric light and see how lighting changed over the past century. Advance timed tickets are recommended for this museum so, check here in order to register.

Louis Comfort Tiffany by Blank & Stoller, c. 1920. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida; gift of Mrs. Benjamin Hosking.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida

This week, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art opened an exhibition entitled Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s ‘Little Arcadia’. Although best known for his firm’s work in stained glass, Tiffany was also a lover of watercolor painting. The exhibition boasts a dozen watercolors produced by Tiffany employees such as Alice Carmen Gouvy (1863–1924) and Lillian A. Palimié (1873–1944). These pieces often served as guides for Tiffany enamels and ceramics. This exhibition grants a unique opportunity to take a look behind the curtain at the processes of art. As the Morse Museum strives to adhere to social distancing guidelines, appointments to visit the museum must be made in advance. Make sure to check here to register.

Women and Children in the Park by Jane Peterson (1876–1965), 1908. Detroit Institute of Arts, Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, Michigan.

Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan

It might be safe to say that most of us are not homesick this year. In fact, we might be feeling the complete opposite. Curators at the Detroit Institute of Arts sympathize and through their exhibition opening next week, Visions of American Life: Selections from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection of American Art, they’re going to help to give us all a taste of the outside world. The works featured in this exhibition date from 1850–1940, and offer visitors a glimpse at the private, public, significant, and quotidian spaces and people that shaped the nation. Museumgoers must reserve a timed ticket ahead of time so, make sure to visit here to do so.

Dreamers by Leo Twiggs (b. 1924), 2018. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; © Leo Twiggs. Private Collection.

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia

This winter saw the debut of the Morris Museum of Art’s exhibition Messages from Home: The Art of Leo Twiggs and curators are now preparing to bid adieu to the exhibition in mid-March. Messages from Home highlights the work of artist and academic Leo Twiggs, who paints using the Indonesian dyeing technique batik to depict icons and cultural touchstones of life in the Southeastern United States. As always, check here in order to plan your trip in advance. A word to the wise: there is no admission charge on Sundays.

Fluted Concentrics by Steven Weinberg (b. 1954), 1995. Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; photograph by Douglas Schaible Photography, courtesy of the Isabel Foundation.

Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

Towards the end of this month, the Flint Institute of Arts will say goodbye to the exhibition Glass in the Fourth Dimension. For those of us who are always seeking new ways to look at art, this exhibition is just right. Highlighting glass as an art medium to be experimented with, the exhibition encourages visitors to take a look at each piece from different angles, to demonstrate how one artwork can become several. And, of course, make sure to check here in order to plan your trip in advance.