Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 10/7/19–10/14/19

Jenamarie Boots Exhibitions

From Fort to Port: An Architectural History of Mobile at the Mobile Museum of Art, October 11 to April 19, 2020

This is Mobile, Alabama: uncovered, re-discovered, and celebrated. Through an examination of architecture – via photographs, models, maps, and other media – the viewer is invited to journey through Mobile’s history of habitation. Among the twenty oldest continuously inhabited cities in the United States, Mobile is a city constantly in flux, yet with a singular sense of place.

Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper at the Brooklyn Museum, to October 13

The Brooklyn Museum highlights more than one hundred drawings and prints by some of the best-known names in art history. Aside from the titular artists, the exhibit also features works from Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Käthe Kollwitz, and Vasily Kandinsky. A contemporary critique is offered in a related exhibition, One: Titus Kaphar.

Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History at the Museum of the City of New York, to October 14

“Everything is bicycle,” said the writer Stephen Crane as New York experienced a cycling craze in 1896, and today the bike is back in the city: some 460,000 trips on two wheels are taken daily, triple the number of fifteen years ago. The Museum of the City of New York explores Gotham’s long love-hate relationship with the bicycle with vintage vehicles, photos, prints, clothing, and a virtual reality cycling game.

Sigismonda (or Gismonda) by Joseph Southall, 1897. Tempera on linen, 23 x 16 15/16 inches. Bequeathed by the artist’s wife, Anna Elizabeth Southall, in memory of her husband, 1948, © Birmingham Museums Trust, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement at the San Antonio Museum of Art, October 11 to January 5, 2020

In their quest to safeguard beauty in a world of smoking factories, the artists in this show fought many dragons: from issues of class and gender to the loss of handicraft to industrialization. Featured artists include Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Many works on view have never been shown outside of Britain prior to this presentation.

Bishop Barns by Kate Freeman Clark, ca. 1896–1902. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery.

Kate Freeman Clark at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, to October 13

Though never well-known during her life, Kate Freeman Clark’s rich and vast body of work is admired today for its arresting intimacy. Among her portraits, still-life paintings, and landscapes, viewers will find a unique vision of Mississippi; at once as familiar as it is dreamy and distant.

Newcomb Pottery by Mary Sheerer, 1898. Ceramic. Cincinnati Art Museum.

Women Breaking Boundaries at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 11 to April 12, 2020

As women artists continue to challenge the long historical tendency to disregard and devalue their work, the Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating the accomplishments of women from the seventeenth century to the present day, and across North America, Europe, and Asia. Among those with artworks on view are Georgia O’Keeffe, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, Mary Cassatt, Julia Margaret Cameron, Elizabeth Catlett, and Chiyo Mitsuhisa.

Portal Icosohedron by Anthony James, 2019. Steel, glass, LED lights. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Anthony James Studio.

Crystals in Art: Ancient to Today at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, October 12 to January 6, 2020

Were crystals ever not all-the-rage? In an exhibition larger in scope than usual for the Arkansas museum, the history of our favorite glittering minerals is presented. Small- and large-scale installations offer viewers a range of interpretations and opportunities to ponder crystalline themes in science, religion, and art across the ages.

Views of Havana by Reginald Marsh (1898–1954), 1929–1930. William Benton Museum of Art, gift of John H. Benton.

Reginald Marsh in Cuba at the William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, to October 12

Far from the Bowery, Coney Island, and the other seamy, steamy byways of New York City that Reginald Marsh depicted in his best-known work, Cuba and its sunlit skies and palms trees brought out a brighter aspect in Marsh’s art.

Shenandoah Antiques Expo, October 11-12

Conveniently located for shoppers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, this long-running show features, among other offerings, an exciting and expansive range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and English furniture. Makes an excellent day or weekend getaway in the scenic Shenandoah valley.

Barn Stars Antiques at Rhinebeck, October 12-13

The Hudson River valley is beautiful in the fall, and what better way to enjoy the season than a visit to Rhinebeck? We at ANTIQUES love this show, not least for its lively atmosphere and broad selection. Whether you have fifty or five thousand dollars with which to add to your collection, you are sure to find something superb.

Sacramento Antique Faire, October 13

Boasting over 300 vendors and a beautiful outdoor venue on 21st and X streets, Sacramento Antique Faire bills itself as a huge treasure hunt. As half the fun of finding treasure is the hunt, the scale and environment of this show promise maximum enjoyment. Signs, lighting, and clothing are particularly strong categories here.

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