Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania
This week, the Palmer Museum of Art welcomes a new exhibition entitled Place to Place: Recent Gifts of American Drawings and Watercolors, 1900–1950. From seaside to mountain top, Place to Place explores the United States – as well as some international locales – in the first half of the twentieth century through art. Curators of Place to Place describe the exhibition as an exploration of the notion of place and, as many of us have been sticking close to home for nearly two years now, this is a welcome change of scenery. Drawn from the museum’s collection, the exhibition presents thirty drawings and watercolors from an interesting cast of characters ranging from Marsden Hartley and Campbell Cooper to Alice Schille and Irene Rice Pereira. As the first time these works have been on view this exhibition is not to be missed. Check here to plan your trip in advance.
Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
How did Jean Brown go from her career as a librarian to the woman known as the “den mother of Fluxus,” with a collection of more than six thousand works by Dadaists, Surrealists, and the artists of the post-war avant-garde Fluxus movement? It all began in the late 1950s as she and her husband, Leonard, dipped their toes into collecting Abstract Expressionist art. After moving on to Surrealism and Dada, the couple turned to the experiments of Fluxus. As Jean’s collection grew, it eventually found a home at the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1985. Opening on September 14 at the Getty Museum is an exhibition dedicated to this extensive archive: Fluxus Means Change: Jean Brown’s Avant-Garde Archive. Revealing Brown’s collector’s process and artistic eye, we would all be remiss if we didn’t visit the exhibition in person. Check here to plan your trip.
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin
Late last month, the Chazen Museum of Art cut the proverbial ribbon for a brand-new exhibition, Picturing a Nation: American Drawings and Watercolors. The exhibition acts as a survey of American drawings from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries bringing together works from a broad range of artists, from the well-known to the anonymous. Colonial folk art, works influenced by European styles, and distinctly modern American drawings in pen and ink, graphite, watercolor, chalk and pastels, the works featured in this exhibition form a collage-style overview of everyday life throughout American history. So, waste no time and make sure to check here to plan your visit ahead of time.
Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, St. Petersburg, Florida
After many delays, the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement opened its doors this week as the first museum dedicated to turn-of-the-twentieth-century American design. Home to more than 800 works of art, the museum promises to honor the values at the core of the movement: craftsmanship, simplicity, and honesty. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum welcomed visitors with two temporary exhibitions: Love, Labor, and Art: The Roycroft Enterprise and Lenses Embracing the Beautiful: Pictorial Photographs from the Two Red Roses Foundation. When you’re making plans to visit MAACM, check here to plan your trip.