Openings and Closings: September 15 to September 21

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

‘Star’ headpiece from In Memory of Elizabeth How, Salem 1692, McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2007 by Shaun Leane (b. 1969) for Alexander McQueen. Silver and Swarovski gemstones. Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts

As we enter autumn once again, many of us will start to seek out our spooky thrills and other seasonal festivities. What better place to start then the home of the witch trials themselves – Salem, Massachusetts? Opening this week at the Peabody Essex Museum is an exhibition entitled The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming. While the exhibition doesn’t include  any pouncing fiends or fake blood, visitors to the exhibition can peer into the bone-chilling realities that led to the storied events. The exhibition also looks at works of two contemporary artists with family ties to the Salem Witch Trials: Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2007 collection In Memory of Elizabeth How, 1692 and Frances F. Denny’s series Major Arcana: Portraits of Witches in America. This seasonally appropriate exhibition opens on September 18 so, make sure to check here to plan your trip in advance.

Abanico (Fan), 1850–1859. Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Etnológico, Madrid, Spain; photograph by Francisco Javier Maza Domingo © Museo del Traje, Madrid, Spain.

Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas

In our most recent issue, Jenamarie Boots – the managing editor here at ANTIQUES ­– wrote about an exhibition coming to the Meadows Museum this week: Canvas and Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje. Drawing from the museum’s extensive collection of Spanish historic dress, prints, paintings, and sculptures and in collaboration with the Museo del Traje in Madrid, the exhibition will look at historic Spanish fashion through the lens of art. Featuring jewelry and shoes from the Age of Enlightenment to modern times, this exhibition should not be missed. Check here to plan your trip.

Illustration from Medicinae doctoris and chirurgic, Anatomia hvmani corporis by Govard Bidloo (1649–1713), Gerard de Lairesse (1640–1711), Pieter Stevens van Gunst (1659–1732), and Abraham Blooteling (1640–1690), 1685. Image courtesy of Boulder Art Museum, Colorado; photograph by Wes Magyar © CU Art Museum.

Boulder Art Museum, Colorado

Last week, the Boulder Art Museum at the University of Colorado, Boulder drew back the curtain on their new exhibition: The Art That Made Medicine. Before x-rays, photography, and 3D design, we kept track of visual medical knowledge via highly technical drawings. This exhibition asks the questions; who, what, where, when, and why? Delving into the world of medical models and mysteries, museum-goers are offered a glimpse into the production of early medical images and texts. To see this exhibition in person, check here to plan your visit.

Pin, c. 1970–1980. Gold and chalcedony, 1 3/8 by 3 1/8 inches. Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Collection of the artist.

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Dedicated readers of ANTIQUES may recall from last year’s September/October issue Jeannine Falino’s article – Simple, Pure, Elegantwhich cast a spotlight on the jewelry designs of Betty Cooke. Now, a year later, the Walters Art Museum will celebrate Cooke in the first major museum retrospective of the artist’s work through an exhibition curated by Falino entitled Betty Cooke: The Circle and the Line. The show traces Cooke’s life in Baltimore from her first studio to the much-admired store she and her husband established in the northern Baltimore suburb the Village of Cross Keys. Cooke’s graceful and sophisticated work finds itself altogether at home at the Walters. In order to see this exhibition in person, make sure to plan your visit here.