Openings and Closings: September 1 to September 7

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Detail of Dryads by Anne Brigman (1869–1950), 1913. Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; gift of Richard M. and Elizabeth M. Ross.

Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio

Late last month, the Columbus Museum of Art introduced visitors to their brand-new exhibition Women Behind the Lens. This exhibition brings together five decades of works by nineteen different artists to celebrate the contributions that women have made in the field of photography. Since the origins of the medium in the mid-nineteenth century, women have always been major players in the world of photography—using the medium to document both public and private life, create groundbreaking art, and further activist efforts. Featuring the work of photographers like Rosalie Gwathmey and Anne Brigman, this exhibition is not to be missed. Check here to reserve your ticket!

Covered Dessert Tureen and Ladle from the “Bostock Service”, Worcester Porcelain Manufactory, c. 1785–1790. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Rienzi Collection, Texas.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Devoted patrons of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will know that there is a house museum that is home to the MFAH’s collection of European decorative arts. This house museum is known as Rienzi. Twice a year, the Rienzi presents a special exhibition and this season it is Hidden Hands: Invisible Workers in Industrial England. As new technologies in ceramics, glass, and metal production were developed in the 18th and 19th centuries, consumers began to demand diversified goods and housewares. Hidden Hands offers a rare look at the many laborers—including women and children—who actually produced the luxury wares from companies such as Wedgwood and Worcester Porcelain. To honor the contributions of the workers who created these masterpieces, check here to plan your trip to Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Theatrical release poster for The Wiz directed by Sidney Lumet (1924–2011), 1978. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The Black Film Archive

If you’d prefer to engage your right brain from the comfort of your couch, bed, or bath (we don’t judge) we have the perfect digital destination for you. A brand-new website – the Black Film Archive –is dedicated to celebrating, and making accessible, historically, and culturally significant films about Black people. The archive includes films created between 1915 and 1979 and includes a streaming guide providing cultural context for each movie. Criterion Channel audience strategist and writer Maya Cade has been able to collect more than 200 films for the archive, which was launched on August 26, 2021. Check here to see the Black Film Archive yourself.

Victory, Janus, Chronos and Gaea by Giulio Romano (Giulio Pippi) (1499–1546), c. 1532–1534. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California.

Getty Center, Los Angeles, California

This week, we’ll say goodbye to the exhibition Artists as Collectors at the Getty Center. This summer, the Getty drew from its permanent collection to highlight artists as we do not tend to think of them – as collectors of art themselves. Many European painters such as Edgar Degas and Joshua Reynolds avidly collected drawings by old and contemporary masters such as Raphael, Rembrandt, and Delacroix. Observing how world-renowned artists compiled, cared for, and coveted the art of masters’ past, the show offers museum-goers an unusual glimpse into the mind of the artist. This exhibition is an absolute must see so, check here to plan your visit before the Getty bids adieu to Artists as Collectors on September 12.