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Exhibitions, March 2018

William Kidd (b. 1961), Crusty Vase, 2003, earthenware. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler.

—Through March 31
—Flint, Michigan

Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) presents The Art of Containment: Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection. Swidler’s fascination with ceramics collecting was influenced by his work as an architect and designer. Swidler has amassed more than 1000 contemporary ceramic objects since 1984, and the vessel form is one of his favorites. He recently donated over 100 pieces from his large collection to the FIA. Whether traditionally inspired or uniquely modern, the objects in this exhibit illustrate the versatility of the vessel.
FIA is located at 1120 East Kearsley Street in Flint. Hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (810) 234-1695 or visit (www.flintarts.org).

Brian Cohen, Murray Avenue Kosher,
Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh
, 2017.

—Through April 22
—Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Emigration-Immigration-Migration: Five Photographic Perspectives is currently on view at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Working under the premise that “we all come from somewhere,” this exhibit highlights the work of five Pittsburgh photographers—Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson, and Annie O’Neill—whose images serve as a lens through which to consider the broader American experience. The exhibit explores the central role that immigration has played in the formation of American identity, in sustaining the economy, and in the enrichment of cultural diversity, and it creates a space for civil, constructive conversation about belonging and cultural heritage today.
The Westmoreland is located at 221 N. Main Street in Greensburg. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, and admission is free from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors; admission is free for children 18 and under, members, students (with valid ID),
veterans, and military (active duty and reserve) and their families. For more information, call (724) 837-1500 or visit (www.thewestmoreland.org).

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Black Unity, 1968, cedar, 21" x 23" x 12½". Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2014. Photo by Edward C. Robison III.

—Through April 23
—Bentonville, Arkansas

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presents Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. The exhibition looks at the vital contribution of black artists to an important period in American history and art. The work of 60 artists on view includes paintings, sculptures, street photography, murals, and more. The exhibit was developed by the Tate Modern in London and will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum following its debut at Crystal Bridges.
Crystal Bridges is located at 600 Museum Way in Bentonville. Hours are Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the special exhibit is $10 for adults and free for members and for youths 18 and younger. For more information, call (479) 418-5700 or visit (www.crystalbridges.org).

Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918), Femme en Extase (Woman in Ecstasy), 1911, oil on canvas laid down on wood, 172 cm x 85.5 cm. Collection of Musées d’art et d’histoire de la Ville de Genève.

—Through November 12
—Washington, D.C.

Portraits of the World: Switzerland is the inaugural exhibition in a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by a foreign artist in an exhibition designed around that artwork. The featured work for this year’s exhibition is Femme en Extase (Woman in Ecstasy), a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva.
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is located at 8th and F Streets NW, in Washington, D.C. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 633-8300 or visit (www.npg.si.edu).

Wang Wusheng (b. 1945), Huangshan N008, 2004

—Through December 2
—New York City

Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens at China Institute Gallery surveys work from more than 20 photographers. With over 60 photographs—many on view for the first time in the U.S.—Art of the Mountain presents photographs that pay homage to the major mountain ranges of China. Art of the Mountain consists of three sections. “The Revered Mountains of China” introduces the geography, history, legends, and culture that are associated with Chinese mountains. Chinese landscape painting aesthetic and its influence on contemporary photography is explored in the second section, “Landscape Aesthetics in Photography.” The last section, “The New Landscape Photography,” showcases artists using photography and new techniques to express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.
China Institute is located at 100 Washington Street in New York City, with a temporary entrance at 40 Rector Street. During exhibitions, China Institute Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, free for members and for children under 16, and free on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (212) 744-8181 or visit (www.chinainstitute.org).

James Sharp, Flowers and Butterfly (detail), 1867, fireboard, oil on wood, 32¾" x 54⅞". Museum purchase, acquired from Maxim Karolik. Photography by Andy Duback.

—March 17-August 26
—Shelburne, Vermont

Shelburne Museum will present In the Garden, which will examine the influence flowers and insects have had on art and material culture around the world over the course of five centuries. Featuring a mix of fine art, textiles, jewelry, and the bodies of actual insects, this exhibition will explore the various ways in which flowers and bugs have captivated the imaginations of artists. The exhibit, to be held in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education’s Murphy Gallery, will combines historical objects from the museum’s permanent collection with thought-provoking works by contemporary artists.
Shelburne Museum is located at 6000 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. Through April 30 the hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youths five to 17, and free for children under five. The full museum opens May 1, and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $14 for youths 13 to 17 and college students, $12 for children five to 12, and free for children under five. Members and active military are admitted free of charge. For more information, call (802) 985-3346 or visit (www.shelburnemuseum.org).

Sandra Eleta (Panamanian, b. 1942), Edita (la del plumero), Panamá (Edita [the one with the feather duster], Panama), 1977, from the series “La servidumbre” (Servitude), 1978-79, black-and-white photograph, 19" x 19". Courtesy Galería Arteconsult S.A., Panama. © Sandra Eleta.

—April 13-July 22
—Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Museum will present Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the first comprehensive exhibition to explore thepioneering artistic practices of women in Latin America and of Latinaand Chicana women in the United States during a tumultuous andtransformational period in the history of the Americas and thedevelopment of contemporary art. Radical Women will include more than 260 works—photography, video, experimental mediums, paintings, sculpture, and prints—by more than 120 artists working in 15 countries.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Thursdays. On the first Saturday of the month the museum is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $2 for visitors with disabilities (care partners admitted for free), and free for youths 19 and under and for members. For more information, call (718) 638-5000 or see (www.brooklynmuseum.org).

Joh. Oertel & Co. and Glasfachschule Haida (Nový Bór), vase with birds, circa 1916, mold-blown, enameled, stained, and polished glass, 14cm high x 20.9 cm diameter. The Corning Museum of Glass.

—June 23-January 7, 2019
—Corning, New York

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will be the first museum in the United States to present the exhibition Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900-1937, a collaboration between the MAK, Vienna, and Le Stanze del Vetro, Venice. The exhibition will explore a transformative moment in Austrian design. Glass design of this period emerged from a confluence of ideas, individuals, and cultures and reflected a spirit of modernity. The exhibition will include 172 works, 50 of which are from CMoG’s permanent collection.
The Corning Museum of Glass is located at 1 Museum Way in Corning. Through May 24 the museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from May 25 to September 3 hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $19.50 for adults, $16.60 for seniors, students, and military (active military and their families are admitted free from Memorial Day to Labor Day), $9.75 for local residents, and free for youths 17 and under and for members. For more information, call 1-800-732-6845 or visit (www.cmog.org).

Originally published in the March 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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