COVER: Fruit knives and melon forks in the Furber service, made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, 1879. RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Gorham Collection, gift of Textron Inc.

Editor’s letter

Gregory Cerio

Critical Thinking/Difficult Issues

Made in America
Glenn Adamson

Current and Coming

Museum Visit

To Preserve and Protect

On Books


Sammy Dalati


An artist’s revealing presidential portraits
Eleanor H. Gustafson




Visions of Vincent

A new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and two current films testify to our enduring fascination with van Gogh's life and art
James Gardner

Making Paradise for Themselves

The High Museum of Art honors great self-taught artists of the American South
Gregory Harris and Katherine Jentleson

City Folk

The relationship between commerce and folk art in old New York is explored in a new show at the American Folk Art Museum
Elizabeth V. Warren

Pastoral Imperfect

A current exhibition examines American art old and new through the lens of environmentalism
Elizabeth Pochoda

Cast in a New Light

A survey at the Frick Collection offers a chance to reassess the art of Renaissance portraitist Giovanni Battista Moroni
James Gardner

The Glories of Gorham

A forthcoming exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design tells the epic story of a great American silverware maker
Elizabeth A. Williams