Openings and Closings: September 23 to September 29

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

The Art of Light by Brian Clarke (b. 1953), 2020. Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York.

Museum of Art and Design New York, New York

The Museum of Art and Design reopened on September 17 with the exhibition Brian Clarke: The Art of Light. This exhibition showcases more than 100 works of art by artist Brian Clarke. Among other artworks, the centerpiece of the exhibition is comprised of twenty freestanding stained-glass screens, executed with the same aesthetic verve as works by John La Farge and Tiffany Studios. Accompanied by a light show, the immersive experience is an excellent way to take in the present and future of stained glass. Before you head to the museum, look here to plan your trip, and, check here to see what else MAD has to offer this season.

United States Mint Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal, 2007. National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC.

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

After reopening on September 18, the National Museum of African American History and Culture started strong with several exhibitions, including one of our favorites: Double Victory: The African American Military Experience. This exhibition details the history of African Americans in the US military, as well as the implications of choosing to serve in the military. Before visiting please make sure to check here to reserve your free, timed ticket and check here to see what other exhibitions are on view. If you aren’t able to make it to the museum in person, don’t worry: Double Victory is available to view online.

de Young Museum, San Francisco

The de Young Museum reopens on September 25 with their exhibition The Turkmen Storage Bag which features a small but important collection of Turkmen carpet weavings from the personal collections gathered by three different couples towards the end of the last century: Caroline and H. McCoy Jones; Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg; and George and Marie Hecksher. The exhibition serves as both an introduction to the five subgroups of Turkmen carpet weaving for novice viewers, and as a collection of fine examples of each style of Turkmen carpet for experienced carpet connoisseurs. Remember to check here in order to plan your visit and check here to see what else the de Young has on view.

Rue de la Bavole, Honfleur by Claude Monet (1840—1926), 1864. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Bequest of John T. Spaulding.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Upon reopening on September 26, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will resume celebrations of its 150th anniversary. Two of the exhibitions that MFA Boston is presenting are Women Take the Floor and Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression. Through Women Take the Floor, the curators at MFA Boston remodeled the third level of their Art of the Americas Wing in an effort to highlight the oft overlooked female artists of the twentieth century. Monet and Boston is a showcase of all thirty-five Monet oil paintings that MFA Boston has in its collection. (You can read TMA’s preview of the Monet show here.) If you’re unable to make it to the museum in person, you can take a virtual tour of Women Take the Floor here. If you can go to the MFA Boston, check here to plan your visit.

Class photo c. 1900. YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum.

YIVO Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum

While plenty of museums around the world are taking steps to reopen, others have moved beyond the in-person experience. The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research has unveiled its new digital-only museum, the Bruce and Francesca Cernia Slovin Online Museum, which provides access to their vast archive of documents and artifacts. However, the most exciting portion of the new museum is their first online exhibition Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl. Through dozens of photos, letters, artworks, and other first-hand accounts, the museum paints a picture of the life of a young Polish survivor of the Holocaust. The debut exhibition can be found here and, you can click here to check out the rest of the online museum.

Lower Manhattan from Communipaw, New Jersey by Thomas Moran (1837—1926), 1880. Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, Maryland.

Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Hagerstown, Maryland

After reopening earlier this summer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art unveiled several exhibitions. Among those, one of our favorites is Nineteenth Century American Art an extensive collection including pieces from artists such as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and Albert Bierstadt. If you’re looking to visit in person, make sure to check here in advance to plan your trip. And, while you’re at it, look here to see what else the museum has on view this season.