Openings and Closings: September 29 to October 5

Elizabeth Lanza Art, Exhibitions

Bar suit by Christian Dior (1905–1957). Haute Couture Spring–Summer 1947, Corolle line. Dior Héritage collection, Paris © Katerina Jebb; courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

Brooklyn Museum, New York

Earlier this month, the Brooklyn Museum introduced a new exhibition entitled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. The show traces the history of the ultra-chic House of Dior through a selection of more than two hundred garments, photographs, videos, sketches, and more—all drawn from the Dior archives and the museum’s collections. The legacy of Dior is exemplified in a collection of gowns worn by celebrities from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence. Designer of Dreams presents a beautiful array of couture items that is not to be missed. Check here to plan your trip!

One Hundred Cranes Imperial Robe, late 17th-early 18th century, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

On September 25, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art welcomed Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles to the stage—a presentation of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish clothes and textiles from the museum’s collection, on view for the first time in decades. These finely crafted luxury textiles, some dating back to the sixteenth century, were treasured around the world and played a major role in global trade. Covering a broad span of design and art history, the incredible pieces in Weaving Splendor merit all the attention they can get so – check here to plan your visit!

Interform by Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916–2017), 1960. Collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE.

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida

At the end of the month, the Tampa Museum of Art will welcome visitors to the exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s. The show boasts some 80 works by artists from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates, to name a few, all curated from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation in the UAE. The paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints included in this exhibition brings together work from the broad geographic span of abstract art in the Arab world and highlights its idiosyncrasies. To see Taking Shape in person, check here to plan your trip.

Walter Farmer holding a painting at Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point. Lindsay C. Kenneth Papers, Special Collections, Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

Pay attention because this could be your last chance to see Paintings, Politics, and the Monuments Men: The Berlin Masterpieces in America before the Cincinnati Art Museum bids adieu to the exhibition on October 3. In April 1945, General George Patton’s Third Army discovered the collections of the Berlin museums hidden in a German salt mine. Later that year, the US military government in Germany ordered that 202 works of art of the greatest importance from German public collections be sent to Washington for safekeeping. After two years in storage, they were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in 1948, before being sent on a whistle-stop tour of 13 US cities. The Cincinnati show tells the story of that blockbuster traveling exhibition, and in doing so looks at the intersection of art and politics in a time of war, instability, and rapid social change. To join the museum in giving Paintings, Politics, and the Monuments Men a proper send off, check here.