Openings and Closings: October 27 to November 2

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Zeferina by Dalton Paula (b. 1982), 2018. Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil; image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

As winter rapidly approaches, museums across the country are introducing museumgoers to new seasonal exhibitions. MFA Houston in particular promises an incredible season, beginning with the opening of their new show Afro-Atlantic Histories last week. Featuring more than 130 pieces of art and documents from the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries, the works come from 24 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe. The traveling exhibition made its debut at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil and brings a tinge of Brazilian culture to the US leg of the tour. Afro-Atlantic Histories is not to be missed. Check here to plan your trip.

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Self-Portrait by Isabel Bishop (1902–1988), 1927. Wichita Art Museum, Kansas.

Just over one hundred years ago, the nineteenth amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote in the United States. In honor of this centennial anniversary, the Wichita Art Museum has made itself home to Celebrating 1920: Women Artists from the Wichita Art Museum Collection. The exhibition draws from the museum’s permanent collection and features works by women artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as Helen Frankenthaler, Audrey Flack, and Rosa Bonheur. We strongly recommend you visit before the exhibition closes on November 7. Check here to plan your trip.

Winter cloak from Fur and Frost: Carolina Winters. Charleston Museum, South Carolina.

Charleston Museum, South Carolina

Snow might not be the first thing you think of when someone mentions South Carolina but we all fall victim to cold spells occasionally, and Charleston is no exception. Some of the major snowstorms that afflicted the city were in 1899, 1973, 1989, and 2018. In the Charleston Museum’s new exhibition Fur & Frost: Carolina Winters, curators examine these unusual years and the fashion to come out of them. From 19th century children’s outerwear to the introduction of synthetic materials in 20th, the fashion trends of the past have always influenced the present. Make sure to check here before you visit in person.