Openings and Closings: September 30 to October 6

Elizabeth Lanza Exhibitions

Bijin [Beautiful Women] by Yoshu Chikanobu (Toyohara) (1838—1912), c. late 19th century. Martin Museum of Art, Waco, Texas.

Waco Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University Waco, Texas

The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University is now open to the public, however, if you aren’t able to make it to Waco in person, don’t worry. Just as many museums across the country have done, the Martin Museum has uploaded extensive exhibitions online. One of such exhibitions is The Floating World: A Collection of Japanese Woodcuts. This exhibition highlights a vast collection of Japanese woodcuts from the 17th to 19th centuries, detailing the history of the iconic images of Japanese art and culture.

“Pony” Wisteria Lamp by Clara Wolcott Driscoll (1861—1944), c. 1902-10. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland, Ohio

Now on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art is an exhibition highlighting the stained-glass masterworks by the designers of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio, in particular Clara Driscoll. The exhibition, titled Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany, focuses on Tiffany table and floor lamps and features the famed Hinds House stained-glass window. As well as a fantastic light show from the lamps themselves, visitors can also activate animations that dance on the surrounding walls. If you’re looking to visit this collection of breathtaking works, we advise that you head on over as soon as possible, as the exhibition closes on October 4. Even if you won’t be able to attend in person, you won’t miss out entirely because if you click here you can listen to curator Stephen Harrison discuss the show.

Hudson River School Art Trail Hudson Valley, NY

The weather is finally cooling down in the northeast and for many people that involves looking for any excuse to get out of the house and into nature. The Hudson River School Art Trail seems to be the perfect combination for our loyal readers. The trail includes twenty sites in the Hudson Valley that are featured in the famous Hudson River School paintings, as well as a few more locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Art Trail is an excellent way to connect with both nature and legendary 19th-century painters so, go ahead and check here to choose your own destinations, or if you’d rather, check here to look through some pre-planned itineraries.

Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham, Alabama

When the Birmingham Museum of Art reopens to the public on October 6, they will present a whole host of new exhibitions, including one of our favorite Ways of Seeing: Buildings and Monuments. Ways of Seeing focuses on the oft-overlooked architectural world that surrounds and shapes our daily lives. The exhibition was originally slated to open in April however, as the novel coronavirus has pushed many of us indoors, these spaces have come under increasing scrutiny. The connection between the built environment and our lives runs deep so, to see how BMA interprets this nexus, check here to plan your trip.

Sea Monster Mask by Richard Hunt (Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw) (b. 1951), 1999. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, Connecticut; © Richard Hunt.

Yale University Art Gallery New Haven, Connecticut

After reopening on September 25, the Yale University Art Gallery brought back several exhibitions that were prematurely shut down in March. Out of all the exhibitions slated to return, one of our favorites is Places, Nations, Generations, Beings: 200 Years of Indigenous North American Art. The exhibition presents a collection of 75 artworks dating from the 19th century to present, amplifying the voices of a wide range of Indigenous cultures in North America. Places is also the first exhibition of Indigenous art to bring together pieces from the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. If you plan on making the trek to New Haven, make sure you check here before you go to plan your trip.

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Twelfth Night, or, What You Will by William Shakespeare, with illustrations by W. Heath Robinson (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1908) by Derek Hood, 2015. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale Center for British Art New Haven, Connecticut

The Yale Center for British Art also reopened on September 25, bringing back several prematurely shut down exhibitions including Bookbindings from The Collections of Neale and Margaret Albert. The exhibition features the work of designer-bookbinder George Kirkpatrick, perhaps the most imaginative artist in the Alberts’ collection. As the collection is only on loan, it’s important to visit the Yale Center for British Art as soon as possible as the exhibition closes on November 29. So, before you head to New Haven, make sure you check here to plan your trip in advance.

Lakota model baby carrier with porcupine-quill embroidery, c. 1880. National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC; photograph by Walter Larrimore.

National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, reopened on September 25, once again welcoming visitors to their long term and core exhibitions, including their longest-running show ever. That exhibition, slated to close at the end of 2021, is Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World, which focuses on different Indigenous philosophies of creation as well as on the spiritual relationship between humanity and nature. The exhibition encourages visitors to engage with the cultural and spiritual traditions of Indigenous peoples from all over the Western hemisphere. Look here to plan your trip to check out the exhibition.