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Now’s the time to start plotting your fall calendar, and AmericanStyle is here to help.
We’ve sifted through the listings for major upcoming shows and exhibitions all over the country to highlight the best of the best in every medium of contemporary craft, and whether you’d prefer staying close to home or hitting the road, there’s bound to be at least one blockbuster exhibition or retail show that sets your gotta-see-it juices flowing.
Whether you’re looking to brush up on your art history (we recommend “Americans in Paris—1860-1900,” a traveling exhibition organized by the National Gallery, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) or focus on your favorite medium (“Glass: Material Matters,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for instance, or “Sam Maloof— Dean of American Furniture Makers,” at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego), there’s something on the Fall/Winter Arts Calendar for just about everyone.
Read on, but be sure to keep a sharpened pencil and your Day-Timer nearby.
Museums Roll Out the Shows
Fall exhibitions run the gamut from painting and drawing to the funkiest of funky art furniture. Here’s a sampling:
“Americans in Paris: 1860-1900″ at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (through Sept. 24) travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on its next stop (Oct. 24-Jan. 28, 2007). The exhibition examines paintings by artists, including James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt, who found inspiration in Parisian education and culture.
“Transforming Chronologies: An Atlas of Drawings, Part Two” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (through Oct. 2) features late-19th-century to present-day drawings, inviting the viewer to draw new meaning from the artworks’ positioning next to one another.
“Paul Klee: New to the Djerassi Collection” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (through Oct. 9) consists of 23 handselected Klee works, collected by Dr. Carl Djerassi since 2000.
“Sam Maloof—Dean of American Furniture Makers” and “Martha Longenecker— Designer Craftsman”
at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego (running concurrently through Oct. 15) provide in-depth explorations of Maloof and Longenecker’s work in their respective fields of studio furniture and ceramics.
“Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., (through Oct. 15) explores the artist’s fantasy landscapes, portraits and jungle paintings.
“Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005″ at the Cooper- Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (through Oct. 29) explores the evolution of Western dining since the Renaissance through the museum’s flatware collections.
“Cai Guo-Qiang on the Roof: Transparent Monument”
in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden in New York (through Oct. 29) is a site-specific installation overlooking Central Park. Four works present the artist’s take on present-day issues.
“Splitting the Rainbow: Cut Glass in Color” at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., (through Nov. 1) showcases 19th- and 20th-century cased glass from Europe and the U.S.
“Life INsight: The Human Experience” at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Ky., (through Nov. 4) features ceramics, jewelry, metal, glass, fiber, studio furniture and mixed-media pieces inspired by the personal passages of life.
“Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker” at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Wash., (through Nov. 26) presents 52 of the artist’s one-of-a-kind colorful chairs that push the boundaries of studio furniture.
“European Works on Paper: Rembrandt’s Etchings” at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, (through Dec. 10) marks the new museum’s opening and also celebrates Rembrandt’s 400th birthday.
“Glass: Material Matters” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (through Dec. 10) is the first exhibition of contemporary glass organized by the museum, and incorporates more than 100 works.
“Decades in Glass: The ’60s” at the Corning Gallery at Steuben in New York (through Jan. 6) explores the early years of the American Studio Glass movement.
“Out of Time: Contemporary Art from the Collection”
at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (through April 9) features work in all mediums that addresses time as experienced through cinema, dreams and memory, including works by Cady Noland, Mona Hatoum and Bill Viola.
“Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor” at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., (Sept. 1-Jan. 15) is a comprehensive retrospective containing 80 ceramic works in a variety of forms, many from the artist’s private collection.
“Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection” at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, N.C., (Sept. 9-Dec. 31) showcases 125 19th- and 20th-century North American Indian baskets drawn from the permanent collection of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Okla.
“Simply Droog: 10 + 3 Years of Creating Innovation and Discussion” at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York (Sept. 21-Jan. 14) explores how the international design collective uses low-cost, industrial and recycled materials to transform everyday objects.
“Georg Jensen Silversmiths” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Nov. 17- March 2007) focuses on the work of the renowned group of designers who helped establish the Jensen company.
East Coast, West Coast, Best of Show
Line up your itinerary and pack your bags—it’s time to hit the craft show circuit! This list includes some of the best retail craft shows in the country and will see you straight through the beginning of 2007.
The Alexandria Festival of the Arts, Alexandria, Va., annually attracts more than 80,000 people and features artists working in Northern Virginia (Sept. 9-10).
Now in its 32nd year, Common Ground Sanctuary Art in the Park, Birmingham, Mich., boasts 190 artists and a silent auction (Sept. 16-17).
The first annual Fine Furnishings Milwaukee Show, Milwaukee, Wis., offers extraordinary custom furniture made by American artists (Sept. 23- 24).
The 16th annual Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona, Ariz., showcases more than 110 artists from all over the country plus ongoing live entertainment (Oct. 7-8).
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center Festival of Fine Craft, Millville, N.J., hosts more than 160 juried artists (Oct. 7-8).
Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, Mass., holds its 12th annual show of fine art and events for the whole family (Oct. 7-9).
Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, Texas, showcases more than 300 artists in all mediums, set against a backdrop of the downtown skyline (Oct. 14-15).
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Asheville, N.C., offers work by 200 craft artists on two floors, plus demonstrations and live entertainment (Oct. 19-22).
Westchester Craft Show, White Plains, N.Y., now in its 13th year, offers work by 115 juried artists in all mediums (Oct. 20- 22).
Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport, Ala., features more than 250 juried artists, plus continuous performances of blues, bluegrass, folk, country and gospel music (Oct. 21-22).
The 11th Annual Fine Furnishings Providence Show, Providence, R.I., offers custom furniture and handcrafted accessories at the Rhode Island Convention Center
American Craft Council Show, Charlotte, N.C., features work from the finest artists of American crafts (Nov. 1-3).
Autumn Festival—An Arts and Crafts Affair, Omaha, Neb., highlights hundreds of artists from more than 30 states selling handmade wares (Nov. 2-5).
International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, offers a wide selection of artists’ booths, lectures and classes
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pa., celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with an exhibition of works by 195 juried artists (Nov. 2-5).
SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Ill., an international exposition of galleries and artists, is coupled with an extensive lecture series on art and craft topics for collectors, enthusiasts and arts professionals (Nov. 10-12).
Best of the Northwest, Seattle, Wash., features regional artists in all mediums (Nov. 17-19).
Paradise City Arts Festival, Marlborough, Mass., includes some 175 artists exhibiting museum-quality contemporary and fine art (Nov. 17-19).
Washington Craft Show, Washington, D.C., presents 185 of the nation’s leading craft artists at the Washington Convention Center (Nov. 17-19).
CraftArt 2006, the annual Florida Craftsmen exhibition in St. Petersburg, Fla., takes place indoors and outdoors at the historic St. Petersburg Coliseum (Nov. 18-19).
The 43rd Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, Winston-Salem, N.C., held annually since 1963, showcases work by more than 150 craft artists from across the Southeast
Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Beach, Calif., is the original holiday festival, now in its 16th year
(Nov. 18-19, 24-26; Dec. 2-3, 9-10).
Celebration of Craftswomen, San Francisco, Calif., is the city’s largest holiday fine crafts retail fair
(Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3).
American Craft Council Show, Sarasota, Fla., promotes collectors and contemporary craft artists alike (Dec. 1-3).
The 21st Crafts at the Castle, Boston, Mass., sets up for its second year at the Hynes Convention Center
Tempe Festival of the Arts, Tempe, Ariz., includes more than 400 artist booths lining Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets (Dec. 1-3).
Best of the Northwest, Portland, Ore., features work in everything from metal to photography (Dec. 9-10).
PalmBeach3, West Palm Beach, Fla., is three shows in one, providing contemporary art, photography and decorative arts (Jan. 12-15, 2007).
Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, Ariz., presents a wide variety of art in all styles, housed in big white tents where participating artists set up working studios
(Jan. 13- March 25).