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Exhibitions, October 2022

Sign for the Black Horse, circa 1771. Connecticut Historical Society, 1961.63.8.

Sign for the Black Horse, circa 1771. Connecticut Historical Society, 1961.63.8.

—Ongoing
—Hartford, Connecticut

Between 1750 and 1850 more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs were produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals. Only a fraction of these signs survive. The Connecticut Historical Society’s collection numbering more than 60 signs is by far the largest in the country and is on display in a permanent exhibit.

The museum is located at 1 Elizabeth Street. Hours are Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (Thursday until 8 p.m.); and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students with college ID and youths 6-17, and free for members and for those 5 and under. For more information, visit (www.chs.org) or phone (860) 236-5621.

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Works by six generations of North Carolina’s Cole family of potters.

Works by six generations of North Carolina’s Cole family of potters.

—Ongoing
—Charlotte, North Carolina

Pottery is one of the oldest and richest craft traditions in North Carolina. The Cole family has been turning pots for more than 200 years. The Cole Family: A Dynasty of North Carolina Potters at the Mint Museum presents a visual history of the family that helped turn North Carolina into one of America’s centers for handmade traditional pottery.

The museum is at 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for college students, teachers, and seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for members and for those 4 and under. Tickets are valid for two days at the museum’s two locations (Randolph Road and uptown). For more information, visit (www.mintmuseum.org) or phone (704) 337-2000.

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John Kane, Crossing the Junction, oil on canvas, circa 1934. Heinz History Center. Gift of H.J. Heinz Company, 2013.112.1. © Estate of John Kane, Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

John Kane, Crossing the Junction, oil on canvas, circa 1934. Heinz History Center. Gift of H.J. Heinz Company, 2013.112.1. © Estate of John Kane, Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York.

—Through January 8, 2023
—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

One of the first folk artists to gain a national reputation, John Kane (1860-1934) endured adversity to become a revered self-taught artist. The Heinz History Center’s exhibition Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman features 37 works of art created by this Scottish immigrant who against all odds was accepted into the art establishment.

The center is at 1212 Smallman Street. It is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $9 for students with ID and for children 6-17, and free for members and for those 5 and under. For information and tickets, visit (www.heinzhistorycenter.org) or phone (412) 454-6000.

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Backdrop of Mount Rushmore, 30' x 91', for North by Northwest (MGM, 1959). Known scenic artists Clark Provins and Albert Joseph Londraville. Photo: Sandy Carson. TPA HBC.

—Through January 22, 2023
—Boca Raton, Florida

Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, an exhibition of scenic backdrops created for films made between 1938 and 1968, is a celebration of a popular art form that has almost been forgotten. The exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art acknowledges the authorship of paintings such as that of Mount Rushmore, used in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest.

The museum is at 501 Plaza Real. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday until 8 p.m.). Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; and free for members, students with ID, and children. Visit (www.bocamuseum.org) to reserve tickets or phone (561) 392-2500 for more information.

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Helen LaFrance (1919-2020), Quilting, 1998, oil on canvas. Courtesy Speed Art Museum.

Helen LaFrance (1919-2020), Quilting, 1998, oil on canvas. Courtesy Speed Art Museum.

—Through April 30, 2023
—Louisville, Kentucky

The Speed Art Museum presents Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance. LaFrance was a prolific figure in folk art who captured small town domestic and community life through her paintings, murals, quilts, wooden sculptures, dolls, and collages. The exhibition features more than 35 works showcasing her wide-ranging body of work.

The museum is at 2035 South Third Street. Hours are Friday, 1 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, college students, military, and children ages 4-17; and free for members, for those 3 and under, and for University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit (www.speedmuseum.org), or phone (502) 634-2700.

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Evelyn De Morgan, Flora, 1894, oil and gold leaf on canvas. © De Morgan Collection, courtesy the De Morgan Foundation.

Evelyn De Morgan, Flora, 1894, oil and gold leaf on canvas. © De Morgan Collection, courtesy the De Morgan Foundation.

—October 22, 2022- February 19, 2023
—Wilmington, Delaware

Arts and Crafts pottery maker William De Morgan (1839-1917) and Pre-Raphaelite painter Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) were married artists in Victorian England. William created brilliantly colored tiles, pots, and plates with lusterware surfaces, and Evelyn created symbolic paintings of modern subjects. A Marriage of Arts & Crafts: Evelyn & William De Morgan will make its American debut at the Delaware Art Museum.

The museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Thursday until 8 p.m.). Admission is $14 for adults, $7 for students with ID, $6 for youths 7-18, and free for members and for children 6 and under. For more information, visit (www.delart.org) or phone (866) 232-3714.

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Bill Traylor (1854-1949), Two Men on a Pedestal, gouache and graphite on cardboard, probably Montgomery, Alabama, 1939-42. Museum purchase, 1983-201.1. Photo courtesy the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Bill Traylor (1854-1949), Two Men on a Pedestal, gouache and graphite on cardboard, probably Montgomery, Alabama, 1939-42. Museum purchase, 1983-201.1. Photo courtesy the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

—October 22, 2022-October 2024
—Williamsburg, Virginia

The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at Colonial Williamsburg will feature paintings, furniture, textiles, decorative objects, and more from its extensive collections made by black artists from the 18th to the 20th centuries in its exhibition “I Made This...”: Works by Black Artists and Artisans.

The museum is located at 301 South Nassau Street. It is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $14.99 for adults, $8.99 for youths 6-12, and free for museum members and for those under 6. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit (www.colonialwilliamsburg.org) or phone (855) 776-1765.

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Alberto Giacometti, The Nose, 1947-49, bronze, painted metal, and cotton rope. Fondation Giacometti. © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2022.

Alberto Giacometti, The Nose, 1947-49, bronze, painted metal, and cotton rope. Fondation Giacometti. © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2022.

—November 13, 2022-February 12, 2023
—Houston, Texas

Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will explore the artist’s creative process and how he came to produce his iconic figures. Giacometti (1901-1966) reasserted the validity of the figure at a time when abstract art had grown dominant in the international art world.

The museum is located at 1001 Bissonet Street. Hours are Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday until 9 p.m.); and Sunday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults; $16 for seniors; $12 for ages 13-18 and college students 19 and over with ID; and free for members, military with ID, and those 12 and under. For more information and tickets, visit (www.mfah.org) or phone (713) 639-7300.

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Admission information for these exhibitions was accurate as of press time. Please note that many venues require advance tickets, and some have other restrictions such as requiring masks. Maine Antique Digest welcomes brief announcements of exhibitions at galleries, museums, or other venues. Email to [email protected] or mail to M.A.D., PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.


Originally published in the October 2022 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2022 Maine Antique Digest

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