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An Artful Harvest

August 2010 | BY | Fall 2010, Issue 73

“Pelvis IV” is part of “O’Keeffiana” at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Credit: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Gift of the Burnett Foundation/© 1987, Private Collection

As the temperatures begin to dip, you might find yourself spending more time inside. With so many stellar exhibitions opening this fall, we suggest you venture out to spend time in the light-filled museums across the country. To help you choose which museums to visit, we’ve hand-picked our favorites:

  • The Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington introduces a knockout for clay enthusiasts: “BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!” The newly minted biennial, though Jan. 16, features the work of ceramic artists living in the Pacific Northwest.
  • New Jersey’s Newark Museum kicks off a traveling exhibition that showcases the grandfather of the American Arts & Crafts movement in “Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement. The exhibition offers works from 1900 to 1913—everything from furniture and textiles to metalwork and lighting, Sept. 15-Jan. 2.
  • The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., celebrates Fleur and Charles Bresler’s gift of 66 works of turned and carved wood in “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection. Expect pieces by pioneers and working wood artists alike that demonstrate the extraordinary range of expression in the organic medium, Sept. 24-Jan. 30.
  • Dive inside the mind of American icon Georgia O’Keeffe in “O’Keeffiana: Art and Art Materials” at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M., Sept. 24-May 8, when the artwork is paired with preparatory materials like brushes, paints, sketch books and unfinished canvases.
  • Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s “CraftTexas 2010” is out to prove it applies to the craft scene. Expect 73 works in every medium, ranging from traditional to cutting-edge, all created by Texas artists, Sept. 25-Dec. 30.
  • Rousseau. Monet. Renoir. These are just a few of the legendary artists shown in “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay” at the de Young in San Francisco. More than 100 paintings from the renowned Paris museum go on display Sept. 25-Jan. 18.
  • The American Folk Art Museum in New York launches its “Year of the Quilt” Oct. 5-February with “Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. Soak in 35 quilts that demonstrate the visual power and historic importance of the medium.
  • Visitors to the Seattle Art Museum Oct. 8-Jan. 9 will get a glimpse of Paris: “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris” explores every facet of the legendary artist’s career through more than 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings.
  • “Photo Clay: In the Picture with Warren Mather” at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass., Oct. 9-Jan. 23, explores how the artist has pushed the boundaries of clay in the last five years. Mather’s unique process of transferring film, photography and computer-generated images onto clay promises to change how you see the medium’s potential.
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art explores what Andy Warhol meant when he said, “good business is the best art” in “Andy Warhol Enterprises” Oct. 10-Jan 2. Through more than 100 paintings, drawings, sculptures, films and videos, the exhibition illustrates the themes that captivated the artist—commerce, consumerism, reproducibility and the business of art making.
  • “Collection Focus in Fibers: John McQueen and Carol Eckert at RAM” proves just how different fiber artists can be—even while working in the same scale and structure. Go Oct. 17-Feb. 6, when the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin presents more than 25 pieces of the artists’ works from its permanent collection.

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