Openings and Closings: November 10 to November 16

Elizabeth Lanza Art

Work from the Same House, Photographs and Etchings by Jim Dine, (b. 1935) and Lee Friedlander (b. 1934), 1969. Figge Art Museum; Images © Lee Friedlander, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Luhring Augustine, New York. © 1969, Jim Dine.

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

This week, the Figge Art Museum is preparing to bid adieu to the exhibition Jim Dine and Lee Friedlander: Work from the Same House. Created in 1969, Same House is a portfolio of the collaborative work of photographer Lee Friedlander and painter Jim Dine. Although the two artists have visually distinct styles, they share an attention to detail that unites their works harmoniously. To see the works of Same House before the exhibition closes on November 14, check here!

Vigilant in last days Race against Valkyrie by William Formby Halsall (1841–1919), 1893. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; courtesy of the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

From Plymouth Rock to Ellis Island, the American consciousness is shaped, in many ways, by a long journey across the sea. As our nation grew, so too did our ties to the ocean. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art honors this legacy in an exhibition, which debuted earlier this year at the Peabody Essex Museum, entitled In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting. Including the work of a wide range of artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Norman Rockwell to Jacob Lawrence, In American Waters reflects on American culture and the marine environment and highlights the importance of maritime symbols across the nation. This exhibition is an absolute must see so, check here to plan your trip!

Roses by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), 1890. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; courtesy of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Opening this week at the Columbus Museum of Art is the exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources. The work of Van Gogh is so vibrant and ethereal that it can often feel separate from time itself but, we would be remiss to ignore the context in which the art was created. This reaffirmation of context is exactly what Through Vincent’s Eyes—an exhibition co-organized with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where it will arrive next year—seeks to do. Composed of fifteen works by the artist himself, the exhibition also boasts more than 100 artworks that would have served as his inspiration. Through Vincent’s Eyes offers museum-goers a brand new way to look at the art of one of the most famous artists in the world – and it is not to be missed. Check here to plan your trip.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830–1908), 1853. National Portrait Gallery, London; courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts

We may be entering winter here in the northern hemisphere and not, in fact, the season of love but, as the Worcester Art Museum curatorial staff will tell you, humans love Love. This is the foundation upon which the exhibition Love Stories from the National Portrait Gallery, London was built. The exhibition presents some of the greatest artistic labors of love from the late sixteenth century to the present day including works from a range of artists that includes David Hockney and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Focusing on portraiture, the exhibition highlights the real-life love stories of sitters through the ages, with notable mentions including John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. This celebration of love will warm your hearts through the coming winter so, check here to plan your trip!