Openings and Closings: November 18 to November 24

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

They Were Called Kings by Shan Goshorn (1957–2018), 2013. The Goshorn/Pendergraft Family; courtesy of the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art (Gilcrease Museum), Tulsa, Oklahoma

November is National American Indian Heritage Month so, if you’re looking to celebrate indigenous artists, the Gilcrease Museum is the place to go. This season, the Gilcrease has an exhibition on view entitled Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn. Goshorn, an Eastern Band Cherokee artist, used traditional Cherokee weaving techniques to express historical, political, and cultural commentary on Native American issues that persist into the present. The extensive exhibition beautifully folds together history and art. Make sure that you check here before you go in order to book your tickets in advance.

40th Anniversary by Will Shuster (1893–1969). New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

As we approach the 127th anniversary of the birth of painter Will Shuster, the New Mexico Museum of Art is gearing up to celebrate an artist closely identified with the Southwest. Shuster’s art highlights the unique beauty of the American desert and it is because of his lasting impact on the art world in Santa Fe that the exhibition A Fiery Light: Will Shuster’s New Mexico is a must see. Before the exhibition opens this week on November 21, make sure that you check here in order to plan your trip in advance.

Portrait of Queen Louise (1724-1751), 1750. The estate of Bjorn Anker Jensen; Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa.

Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn, Iowa

Although travel is mostly out of the question this year, if you’re hankering to experience international culture and history, the Museum of Danish America is the right place to look. You can take a look at the face of Danish and Danish-American society through portraiture in their permanent collection. Including portraits of the Danish royal family, the collection will expand your knowledge of Danish culture and offer you an opportunity to see some stunning portraiture. While you’re making plans to head over to Elk Horn, make sure you check here to check their hours and organize your trip in advance.

Eames House exterior by Charles and Ray Eames (1907–1978, 1912–1988), 2007. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Eames House, Pacific Palisades, California

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the famed Eames House but never got the chance, now would be an excellent time. Scheduled to reopen on November 20, the Eames House is a landmark of modern architecture whose attraction lays not only in its aesthetic qualities but also the often-charming ways that Charles and Ray Eames put a personal stamp on its open plan design. The home invites nature inside even as it showcases the Eames collection of folk and indigenous art. While you’re organizing a jaunt, make sure that you check here in order to plan your trip in advance.

Isaiah Davenport House by Branan Sanders (1913–1963), 1934. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.

Davenport House, Savannah, Georgia

The Davenport House, operating as a museum since the mid-20th century is a definite must-see for all lovers of history and architecture. The saving of the stately Federal-style home marked the beginning of a long history of historical preservation in Savannah. This season, for safety concerns, the tours are limited to groups of ten, offering each visitor a more intimate look at the historic home. To make sure that you get to be a part of a group, check here in order to plan your trip ahead of time.

Cover of the “City of Tomorrow section in the 1962 World’s Fair souvenir edition. The Seattle Times; courtesy of the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

Late last month, the Seattle Art Museum opened an exhibition entitled City of Tomorrow: Jinny Wright and the Art that Shaped A New Seattle. The exhibition celebrates the life of the late art collector and philanthropist Virginia Wright. Featuring 64 works from artists such as Jasper Johns and Mark Rothko, this exhibition is constructed of works donated to SAM by Jinny and her husband Bagley throughout their lives. The beloved collectors’ work helped to define the cultural landscape of Seattle. In order to join SAM in their celebration of Wright in person, check here to book your tickets beforehand.