Fine Art Connoisseur's 2019 Museum Guide

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Museum of Art, New York City

trictly speaking, a museum is a place dedicated to the muses — the nine (female) divinities of the arts, history, science, and literature who were revered by the ancient Greeks. Though most of us don’t worship those goddesses anymore, the subjects they symbolized live on and are still brought to life daily in the vast array of museums found all over the world. Like so many good things, museums emerged during the Italian Renaissance, specifically in 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV opened the Capitoline Museums in Rome to show off the ancient sculptures he owned. His successor Julius II launched what we know as the Vatican Museums in 1506, but it must be noted that only invited guests — usually of the higher and artistic classes — could enter such venues until the Enlightenment of the late 18th century. That’s when new institutions such as London’s British Museum (opened 1759), Florence’s Uffizi Gallery (1769), and Paris’s Louvre (1793) began permitting less privileged people to come have a look. Chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution inherited that democratic notion thanks largely to its benefactor, James Smithson (1765–1829), a British scientist who never actually visited America. Having grown up in Washington, D.C., I was fortunate to visit the Smithsonian and the capital’s other great museums from a very young age. They have always felt like places to relax and learn in safe, comfortable settings; the exhibits are high in quality and there is no pressure to buy anything, except perhaps a snack or souvenir. What no one could have predicted during my boyhood, however, was how popular museums would become; the American Alliance of Museums reports that 860 million visits now occur annually. That statistic is astonishing, yet it does not capture how central museums have become in our civic life; they are no longer just places to learn, but also places to gather, celebrate, mourn, and have fun. That accessibility is key: the more often we bring our kids to museums to — say — attend a festival, the more likely they are to return as adults to enjoy the collections and exhibitions inside. And speaking of collections, museums deserve enormous credit for working hard to catalogue and post their collections online; they hold these treasures on behalf of the public, and now we have an ever-clearer idea of what they are. This section of Fine Art Connoisseur — our third annual homage to museums — highlights the tremendous quality and public-spiritedness of art museums across North America. We thank our museum colleagues for all they do on the public’s behalf, and we wish them much continued success. Finally, if you know of a museum that should be included in the future, please let us know. We are always grateful for your feedback.

Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur F I N E A R T C O N N O I S S E U R · C O M

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2019 MUSEUM EXHIBITION CALENDAR JANUARY Ongoing Charles M. Russell Collection Permanent Exhibition, C.M. Russell Museum, MT Ongoing The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture Permanent Exhibition, C.M. Russell Museum, MT January 7-March 17 “Frum We Ownt Yeye” Gullah Geechee Culture From Our Own Eyes, Brookgreen Gardens, SC January 26-March 30 Birds In Art, Brookgreen Gardens, SC January 26-April 20 Masterpieces from the Museum of Cartoon Art, Bruce Museum, CT

March 23-July McGarren Flack: Vulnerability, St. George Art Museum, UT March 31-May 5 Night of the Artist, Briscoe Western Art Museum, TX

APRIL Ongoing through April 7 The Dawn of Modern Medicine: Selections from the Medical Artifact Collection of M. Donald Blaufox, Bruce Museum, CT Ongoing through April 13 James Morgan Retrospective: “Moments in the Wild,” Steamboat Art Museum, CO Ongoing through April 20 Farm. Forage. Feast: High Country Foodways, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, NC

FEBRUARY Ongoing through February 10 Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Peabody Essex Museum, MA

April 13-July 28 Martha Wallace Pellett Master Sculptors, 2017 - 2019, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

February 2-May 5 Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, Peabody Essex Museum, MA

April 13-July 28 Rising American Stars in Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, SC

February 2-June 2 Buried Treasures of the Silk Road, Bruce Museum, CT

April 18-June 22 Richard Buswell: What They Left Behind, Hockaday Museum, MT

February 9-March 24 Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of the American West, CA

MAY Ongoing through May 5 Outsiders: The Inside Story of Folk Art, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, NC

February 15-May 12 Hopper to Pollock: American Modernism from the MunsonWilliams-Proctor Arts Institute, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC February 18-August 18 The American Experiment: Nineteenth-Century Prints, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC February 21-March 21 The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum, C.M. Russell Museum, MT February 28-May 11 Mark Makers, Hockaday Museum, MT

MARCH Ongoing through March 3 Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit? (Historical Herbarium Sheets), Bruce Museum, CT March 19 The Russell Home and Studio Reopening, C.M. Russell Museum, MT

Ongoing through May 5 Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild, National Museum of Wildlife Art, WY May 11-September 1 Summer with the Averys (Milton, Sally, March), Bruce Museum, CT May 22-September 1 Modern West, Briscoe Western Art Museum, TX May 24-September 2 Heide Presse: “WE SET OUR FACES WESTWARD — One Woman’s Journey 1839-1848,” Steamboat Art Museum, CO May 24-September 2 Looking West: Exhibition Highlighting 150 works by American Women Artists, Steamboat Art Museum, CO May 25-October 27 Southern Strands: North Carolina Fiber Art, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, NC

March 23-July Downey Doxey-Marshal, St. George Art Museum, UT

May 31-August 3 Going to the Sun: The Plein Air Painters of America Paint Glacier National Park, Hockaday Museum, MT

March 23-July Things that Matter by Coalition of Artists with Purpose (35 Textile Artists), St. George Art Museum, UT

JUNE Ongoing through June 23 Martin Puryear: Cane, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC

June 8-September 29 Return to Calgary: C.M. Russell and the 1919 Victory Stampede, C.M. Russell Museum, MT June 14-21 Plein Air Glacier: Paint Out 2019, Hockaday Museum, MT

JULY July 20-October 19 Robert Shepherd, An Inspiration, St. George Art Museum, UT July 20-October 19 The Perfection of Prints with Royden Card, Carol Bold and Friends, St. George Art Museum, UT July 20-November 9 Modern Visions, Mountain Views: The Cones of Flat Top Manor, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, NC

AUGUST August 3-November 30 Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina, Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, NC August 10-October 27 National Sculpture Society 86th Annual Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, SC August 13-September 21 2019 A Timeless Legacy, Hockaday Museum, MT August 30-December 31 Leyendecker and the Golden Age of American Illustration, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC

SEPTEMBER September TBA Where the Questions Live, Peabody Essex Museum, MA September 18-December 31 Art and the Animal, Briscoe Western Art Museum, TX September 27-November 2 SAM Plein Air Exhibit, Steamboat Art Museum, CO September 27-December 7 Hear the Whistle Blow: Art of the Railway, Hockaday Museum, MT

OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER December 6-April 11, 2020 Richard Galusha: A Retrospective, Steamboat Art Museum, CO 2020 Winter 2020 TBA opening date of the California Museum of Fine Art March 27-June 21, 2020 Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, NC

® THE COUNTRY’S PREMIER WESTERN ART SHOW AND SALE February 9–March 24, 2019 at the Autry Museum in L.A. PARTICIPATING ARTISTS Tony Abeyta William Acheff Peter Adams Gerald Balciar Thomas Blackshear II Christopher Blossom Eric Bowman John Budicin Kenneth Bunn Scott Burdick

John Buxton George Carlson G. Russell Case Tim Cherry Len Chmiel Nicholas Coleman Mick Doellinger Dennis Doheny John Fawcett Tammy Garcia

Richard V. Greeves Logan Maxwell Hagege Harold T. Holden Doug Hyde Oreland C. Joe Sr. Z. S. Liang Jeremy Lipking Susan Lyon Mark Maggiori Bonnie Marris

Walter T. Matia Eric Merrell Denis Milhomme Dean L. Mitchell Jim Morgan John Moyers Terri Kelly Moyers Bill Nebeker Conchita O’Kane Dan Ostermiller

JoAnn Peralta Daniel W. Pinkham Howard Post Kevin Red Star Mateo Romero Gayle Garner Roski Roseta Santiago Billy Schenck Sandy Scott William Shepherd

AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462 | Event Contact 323.495.4331

Tim Shinabarger Mian Situ Adam Smith Daniel Smith Matt Smith Tim Solliday Margery Torrey Kent Ullberg Dustin Van Wechel Curt Walters

Brittany Weistling Morgan Weistling Kim Wiggins Jim Wilcox


Ashley Warren. Busy Bees, 2018. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist. Barry Huffman. Matt Jones Pottery, 2016. Oil on board. 28 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist.



Farm. Forage. Feast: High Country Foodways December 1, 2018 - April 20, 2019

Outsiders: The Inside Story of Folk Art December 1, 2018 - May 5, 2019

Southern Strands: North Carolina Fiber Art May 25 - October 27, 2019

Modern Visions, Mountain Views: The Cones of Flat Top Manor July 20 - November 9, 2019

Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina August 3 - November 30, 2019

Off of Main St in downtown Blowing Rock, NC |(828) 295-9099 | @brmuseum FineArtConnFullPageAD.indd 1

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Located along the iconic San Antonio River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum proudly presents the Night of Artists Exhibition, Live Auction & Sale. Featuring over 280 works, including paintings and sculpture from 80 of the country’s top Western artists, this 18th annual event is not to be missed. Jeremy Winborg, Beauty of the Desert, Oil, 40” x 25”




Brian and Greg Walker and Chance Browne © August 27, 1989. Collection of Brian Walker

February 10–June 2, 2019



AUCTION HIGHLIGHT Much more than a Western art exhibition and sale, The Russell is a Western art experience!

Charles M. Russell (1864‒1926), Approach of White Men, 1897, oil on canvas, 24 ⅛ x 34 ⅛ inches

M A RC H 21‒23, 2 019 Join us at The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum. The Russell is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious and fun western art events in the world. It is set to impress once again, offering competitive bidding for significant works by highlyacclaimed historic and contemporary Western artists.

400 13 th Street North | Great Falls, Montana | (406) 7278787 |

Plein Air Glacier: Paint Out 2019 Paint Out June 14 – 21 Party and Sale: June 22, 2019 Local, national and international juried artists paint the iconic landscape of Glacier National Park, the Swan and Flathead Valleys, in this annual plein air event hosted by the Hockaday.

Exhibition schedule 2019

Linda Tippetts , First Light on Sofa Mountain , oil

Above: Kathleen Dunphy , Casting Time, oil  Background Image: Rebecca Tobey , Going to the Sun Road with an Eclipse , ceramic

Going to the Sun: The Plein Air Painters of America Paint Glacier National Park May 31 – August 3, 2019 The Plein Air Painters of America, the original society of outdoor painters, are seasoned plein air painters and considered some of the best teachers of the genre today. Members share works from their Fall 2018 paint out in Glacier National Park.

2019 A Timeless Legacy August 13 – September 21, 2019 Event & Sale: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Renowned women artists celebrate Glacier National Park’s artistic legacy with landscape, wildlife, Native American and Western two and three-dimensional works.

Mark Makers

Hear the Whistle Blow: Art of the Railway

February 28 – May 11, 2019

September 27 – December 7, 2019

Painters and mixed media artists, Linda Hendrickson, Shelle Lindholm and Sheri Trepina discovered their natural connection to mark making while painting together. Their combined body of work highlights the unique diversity and versatility in mark making and emphasizes this technique as a fundamental element of creating art.

This major exhibit of fine art, artifacts and ephemera focuses on the railway and its importance as part of America and the West. The exhibit will include 35 to 40 original fine art images depicting trains, crew and track workers, country depots, majestic bridges, prairie and mountains, and other iconic railway scenes, from both historic and contemporary artists across America.

Richard Buswell: What They Left Behind

Members’ Salon 2019 Celebrates Hockaday’s 50th

April 18 – June 22, 2019 Richard Buswell’s photographs of commonplace objects, presented in isolation absent their typical surroundings, interfere with our comprehension, forcing us to look again rather than rely on our unconscious minds to process what we see. His stark, simple images help us penetrate the superficial appearance of objects from Montana’s past to contemplate the complex meanings that their histories and presence convey.

Opens December 12, 2019 Hockaday Museum artist members contribute works for the annual members’ show, with a special celebration culminating the 50th Anniversary of the Hockaday Museum of Art. Sheri Trepina , Aura, collage

Hockaday Museum of Art Artistic Gateway to Glacier National Park Visit for updates on our 2019 exhibits, workshops and other programs. 302 2nd Ave. East, Kalispell, Montana 59901 | 406.755.5268 | |   Twitter: @hockadaymuseum


“Opulent … a gratifyingly rigorous show.” —The New York Times

EMPRESSES Forbidden City of China’s

PEabody essex museum THROUGH FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing, China. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from Liu Dan; Henry Luce Foundation; the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Bei Shan Tang Foundation; Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and the Lynch Foundation; Shirley Z. Johnson and Charles Rumph; the Richard C. von Hess Foundation; Anonymous; the AMG Foundation; the Coby Foundation, Ltd.; Eaton Vance; American Friends of the Shanghai Museum; the Blakemore Foundation; Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo; Quan Zhou and Dr. Xiaohua Zhang; Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; Skinner, Inc.; the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation; Robert N. Shapiro; Sandra Urie and Frank Herron; and Dr. Young Yang Chung. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum. James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes have generously supported additional exhibition programming.

Liu Dan

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation MEDIA PARTNERS


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Drinking Tea, from Yinzhen’s Twelve Ladies (detail), Kangxi period, 1709–23, Court painters, Beijing, possibly including Zhang Zhen (active late 17th–early 18th century) or his son Zhang Weibang (about 1725– about 1775), hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, Palace Museum, Gu6458-7/12.© The Palace Museum.

161 Essex Street | Salem, Mass. |

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World-class exhibitions of American art on view in an iconic American homeplace

Leyendecker and the Golden Age of American Illustration Fall 2019

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light Spring 2020

Hopper to Pollock: American Modernism from the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Spring 2019

Reynolda is a rare gem among the nation’s arts and cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The centerpiece of the 180 acre estate, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents changing exhibitions and a renowned collection in an incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of tobacco baron R.J. Reynolds’s country home. Take your time, there’s a lot to discover at Reynolda. Images: Couple in Boat (c) 2019 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY; Edward Hopper, American (1882-1967), The Camel’s Hump, 1931, Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 50 1/4 in., Edward W. Root Bequest, 57.160, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, NY, Photography by John Bigelow Taylor and Diane Dubler; Tiffany Studios, New York, Vine Border Reading Lamp, ca. 1905, Leaded glass, bronze, H: 22 in.; Diam.: 16 in., N.86.G.11a; N.86.G.18b; N.86.G.12c, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, NY.

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