Openings and Closings: October 21 to October 27

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Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, Washington, DC

The New York City-based manufacturer E.F. Caldwell and Co.was one of the premiere makers of electric light fixtures and metal work from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. This fall the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum was able to bring back its exhibition Illuminating Design: The Decoration and Technology of E.F. Caldwell and Co., 1895—1959 from a prolonged hiatus this year. The exhibition showcases the lighting and decorative items produced by E.F. Caldwell and Co., whose unique designs allowed them to stay relevant in the lighting world. In order to see these fixtures up close at the DAR Museum, check here before you go in order to plan your trip in advance.

Blue Menu Teapot by Kurt Weiser (b. 1950), 1998. Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin; photograph by John Bolton Racine.

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

After a long closure this past summer, the Racine Art Museum finally reopened in early September, bringing with it the promise of new exhibitions. One of our favorites is Someone’s Cup of Tea: Contemporary Teapots from RAM’s Collection. This exhibition draws on 45 teapots from the RAM’s extensive 500-piece collection of teapots in clay, metal, and many other mediums. This exhibition showcases the immense potential of diversity granted by the basic form of the teapot. If you want to see this exhibition in person, make sure to check here before you go.

Bennington by Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860—1961), 1953. Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont.

Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont

For those of us who just now prefer to make museum visits from the comfort of home, there are still plenty of opportunities to do so. In a collaboration with the Shelburne Museum, the Bennington Museum has opened an online exhibition highlighting the works of American folk-artist Grandma Moses. The exhibition Painting at Home with Grandma Moses: a collaborative virtual exhibit with Shelburne Museum reveals Grandma Moses as a meticulous artist whose inspirations and practices made her a truly modern artist. To see the full exhibition online, make sure that you check here.

Prismatic Color Wheel from “The Natural System of Colours” by Moses Harris (1730—1785), 1766. Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas, Wichita Falls, Texas.

Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas, Wichita Falls, Texas

As the Wichita Falls Museum of Art reopened earlier this year, they promised to bring with them plenty of new exhibitions. Opening this week on October 24 is Color in Art, Color in Life: Prisms, Pigments and Purpose, an exhibition that combines art with science. This exhibition discusses the extensive language of color as discovered through scientific methods and the role that color has in art. When planning your trip to Wichita Falls, make sure to check here in order to stay up to date with the museum’s best practices.

James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney in Paris, c. 1960. The Estate of Beauford Delaney; courtesy of Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Knoxville Museum of Art reopened in early July, and this week they’re saying goodbye to the exhibition Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door on October 25. The exhibition draws on more than 50 works from the Knoxville Art Museum’s collection of art by Delaney, as well as works from the Delaney estate. These pieces were drawn out of hiding in order to examine the 38-year relationship between Delaney and writer James Baldwin and seeks to understand how the artists influenced one another throughout their lifetimes. In order to see this exhibition in person at the Knoxville Museum of Art, make a reservation here and remember, admission is always free.

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

To celebrate the life of the late Charles Randall Mack, a professor at the University of South Carolina, the Columbia Museum of Art created an exhibition in his honor.  The Mind of a Renaissance Man: A Celebration of Dr. Randy Mack consists of the more than 135 pieces that Mack donated to the CMA ranging from Renaissance artworks to contemporary photography. While making plans to head out to the CMA in person, make sure to check here to reserve your ticket in advance.