Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 12/11/19–12/17/19

Jenamarie Boots Exhibitions

Fission Chips by Ruth Adler Schnee, manufactured by KnollTextiles, 2012. Polyester. Cranbrook Art Mueum, photo by PD Rearick.

Ruth Adler Schnee: Modern Designs for Living at the Cranbrook Art Museum, December 14 to March 15, 2020

Through vintage textiles, archival drawings and photography, and assorted ephemera, the prolific life and career of Ruth Adler Schnee comes alive in this exhibition. Modern interior design owes a great deal to Schnee, who created textile patterns that helped define the mid-century American modernist aesthetic. Her vibrant colors and energizing textures will warm your spirit a bit this season.

Shades of Subalternity at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, to December 12

Art is never shy, particularly when it comes to challenging authority and oppression. Fifteen works spanning two centuries tell the stories of insubordination and resistance across classes, races, genders, and geographic locations.

Waiting for a Job by George Grosz, 1934. Watercolor. University of Arizona Museum of Art.

Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum at the Timken Museum of Art, to December 15

Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings by such masters as Parmigianino, Andrea del Sarto, Agostino Carracci, Luca Giordano and Domenico Tiepolo are brought together for this exhibition. The evergreen themes of birth, death, and resurrection act as the through line for the 54 drawings and prints on view.

Kunstdommere (Art Judges) by Michael Ancher, 1906. Oil on canvas, 62 by 88 inches. The Danish Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle.

Portraits of the World: Denmark at the National Portrait Gallery, December 13 to October 12, 2020

Kuntsdommere (Art Judges), a monumental 1906 group portrait by Danish artist Michael Ancher, is the centerpiece of a display of complementary American portraits. The power of the artists’ community in Ancher’s northern Denmark helps highlight the proliferation of such artistic communities that flourished in New York City; both movements developed modern art in their respective countries.

The Wedding Dance by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1566. Oil on wood panel. Detroit Institute of Arts.

Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance Revealed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, December 14 to August 20, 2020

This is the story of art as an object, rather than a static image. The Detroit Institute of Arts offers an immersive exhibition, featuring various installations addressing aspects of the underpainting, materiality, restoration, and conservation of Bruegel’s monumental painting.

Fragment by an unknown, likely French artist, ca. 1710-1720. Silk and metallic threads. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, William Rockhill Nelson Trust.

Fashionable Luxuries: French and Italian Textiles at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, to December 15

Sumptuous silk textile fragments from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, created with fanciful and engaging embroidery patterns for the fashionable elite are collected for this exhibition. Between brocades, embroidery and other processes in-between, these upholstery and fashion materials are filled with eye-catching patterns. In our age of minimalism take time to enjoy a maximalist vision for a change.

Day of the Harvest (Harvest Song) by John Biggers, 1948. Graphite and conté crayon, 29 7/8 by 34 7/8 inches. Gift of the artist. © 2019 John T. Biggers Estate / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Estate Represented by Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

Fantasy and Reality: The World According to Felix Buhot at the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, to December 15

Buhot was a uniquely imaginative printmaker from France. In the final quarter of the nineteenth century, Buhot produced cheerful and somber scenes alike, and he was especially adept at scenes of city life on rainy and foggy days.

L’Hiver à Paris (Winter in Paris) by Félix Buhot, 1879. Etching, aquatint, spitbite, soft ground, drypoint, and scraping, 9 5/16 by 13 9/16 inches. Palmer Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art.

The Web of Life: John Biggers and the Power of Pedagogy at the Palmer Museum of Art, to December 15

The centerpiece of this exhibition is the monumental Sharecropper Mural; an encapsulation of Biggers’ engagement with mural painting, the African American experience, and African culture. A selection of accompanying works on paper will further address Biggers’ influences, as well as the influence of his mentors, Viktor Lowenfeld and Charles White.