Openings and Closings: October 20 to October 26

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), 1964–1968. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe; image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Last weekend, MFA Houston cut the ribbon on a new exhibition entitled Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer. One of the most famous American artists of the 20th century, O’Keeffe is known mainly for her monumental paintings of flowers. What you may not know is that the artist was also a passionate photographer. The exhibition is home to almost 100 photographic prints from a recently unveiled archive of O’Keeffe’s work. To see these works for yourself, check here to plan your trip.

Holy Mountain, I by Horace Pippin (1888—1946), 1944. Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee.

Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

On October 17, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens welcomed the exhibition Black Artists in America: From the Great Depression to Civil Rights. The show is home to more than fifty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper; all of which allow visitors to explore the African American artistic response to the changes in the country’s political, social, and economic arenas beginning in the 1930s and into the 1950s. Black Artists in America is the first in a trio of exhibitions dedicated to an examination of the Black experience in the American art world during the 20th century. To see the first of the installations in person, check here.

A Nurse and a Child in an Elegant Foyer by Jacob Ochtervelt (1684–1682), 1663. Lee and Juliet Folger Fund; image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Over the last two decades, collectors Lee and Juliet Folger have donated 27 paintings to the National Gallery of Art. Earlier this month, the NGA opened the exhibition Clouds, Ice, and Bounty: The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Collection of Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings in celebration of the gifts to the nation. This collection forms an impressive survey of 17th century Dutch and Flemish art. From the landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael and Salomon van Ruysdael to the seascapes of Reinier Nooms and Simon de Vlieger, museumgoers are offered a unique look at 17th century Dutch and Flemish art and culture from mountain-top to seaside. Before you head to the capital right away, check here to plan your trip.

Weir’s Orchard by Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917), 1885–1890. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; image courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts

This Halloween, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will say goodbye to the summer season exhibition A Wild Note of Longing: Albert Pinkham Ryder and a Century of American Art. This landmark exhibition brings together masterworks by the painter a New Bedford native, for the first time since a 1990 retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In addition to Ryder’s works, a dozen paintings by artists such as Marsden Hartley and Jackson Pollock find a place in the exhibition as well. To see the show before it closes, check here!