Back to the museums
If you haven’t yet ventured back to your preferred museums, now is the time. Summer is coming to an end and the pandemic has deprived us of months of museum-going pleasure — reward yourself. We have assembled a list of some eye-catching exhibitions for the coming year. We’ll begin with a couple that are ending soon:
Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., June 26-September 19, 2021
Most of the 30 original panels from Jacob Lawrence’s series on the American Revolution have been reunited for this exhibition that has toured several museums. The artist conceived and executed the paintings during the mid-1950s as the Civil Rights Movement grew and his interpretation incorporated the actions of enslaved Black people as part of the arc of American history.
The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512–1570
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 26-October 11, 2021
Discover the celebrity culture of Renaissance Florence through the illuminating portraits of Jacopo Pontormo, Agnolo Bronzino, Rosso Fiorentino, and others in an exhibition that includes about 90 works — art, jewels and fashion — that document the culture of the Medici.
By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy, 1500–1800
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, September 30, 2021- January 9, 2022
The Detroit Institute of Arts, February 6, 2022-May 29, 2022
The DIA’s Judith and Her Maidservant by Artemisia Gentileschi anchors an exhibition that presents the perspective of Italian seventeenth-century women painters, including Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Elisabetta Sirani, and others.
The New Woman Behind the Camera
National Gallery of Art, Washington, October 31, 2021–January 30, 2022
The New Vision of the New Woman is explored in this survey of the work of 120 international women photographers dating from the 1920s to the 50s.
Afterlives: Recovering the Lost Stories of Looted Art
The Jewish Museum, August 20, 2021-January 9, 2022
A historic exhibition features paintings by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Gustave Courbet, and others, as well as Judaica and archival photographs tracing the journey of precious property stolen by the Nazis from Jewish collections during World War II — from the looting and illicit exchange of hands through to final restitution.
Flesh and Bones: The Art of Anatomy
The Getty Center, February 22-July 10, 2022
Explore the relationship of art and anatomy in an exhibition where science meets art, anatomical renderings, and illustrations from the sixteenth century onwards.
Looking deeper into 2022:
Surrealism Beyond Borders, Tate Modern, February 24 to August 29, 2022
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, March 12-July 25, 2022
Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You, I Mean Me, I Mean You
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 20, 2022-July 17, 2022
Africa Fashion, Victoria & Albert, Opening June 11, 2022
– Nancy Minty, collections editor