JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020


Editor’s Letter

Gregory Cerio

Critical Thinking/Difficult Issues

Current and Coming

Talking Antiques

Exhibitors highlight their favorite offerings at the Winter Show

On Books

Notable museum catalogues and other cooks from the past year

Museum Visit

Farther Afield

Personal Space

Object Lesson

Rose Valley Furniture
Benjamin Davidson and Pippa Biddle

Events

Jenamarie Boots

Endnotes

Frank Discussions at the Currier Museum
Eleanor H. Gustafson

Image
On the cover: The visual pun on our cover–a play on the new calendar year and optometry–was constructed from artworks in the Skier Collection of Eye Miniatures. Photographs by Sean Pathasema, Birmingham Museum of Art. Our thanks to Nan and David Skier and Elle Shushan.


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Features



Aesthetic Appeal

Collectors extraordinaire Deedee and Barrie Wigmore share their passion for the art and design of the late nineteenth century with a promised gift to the Met

Barrymore Laurence Scherer

Mexican Revolution

How Diego Rivera and his peers helped change the course of American art

James Gardner

Revisiting Rufus Porter

An exhibition at the Bowdoin College Musuem of Art prompts a new look at the folk artist and inventor

Suzanne Rudnick Payne and Michael R. Payne

Baroque Exuberance

An excerpt from Fringe, Frog, and Tassel: The Art of the Trimmings-Maker in Interior Decoration in Britain and Ireland

Annabel Westman

Homage to Iberia

As the Hispanic Society Museum and Library renovates its quarters and seeks to raise its public profile, a broad sampling of its cultural treasures tours the nation

James Gardner

At Home in Cuba with Ernest Hemingway

The writer is revered in his adopted homeland, and his country hose outside Havana has been preserved in near-pristine condition

Michael Connors

Entwined Threads

A curator reflects on the vibrant legacy of collector Eli Leon and quilter Rosie Lee Tompkins

Lawrence Rinder

Splendors that Astonished

A new exhibition at the Met explores the amazing creations that filled courtly cabinets

James Gardner

The Unexpected Art of Mary Sully

A new book examines the singular work of an American Indian modernist

Elizabeth Pochoda