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Exhibitions, December 2020

Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704), The Battle of Lowestoft, circa 1690, oil on canvas, 40¾

Adriaen van Diest (1655-1704), The Battle of Lowestoft, circa 1690, oil on canvas, 40¾" x 71¼". Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust.

—Through December 6
—Denver, Colorado

Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection showcases about 60 paintings gifted to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) by the Berger Collection Educational Trust in 2018. The exhibition presents a chronological selection of works ranging from the 1400s through the late 1800s, telling the story of Britain’s rich cultural history. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the places, personalities, and events that shaped a nation over the course of five centuries.

The DAM is located at 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway in Denver. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is by advance purchase of timed tickets and is $13 for adults, $10 for Colorado residents, seniors, and college students, and free for youths 18 and younger and for members. For more information, call (720) 865-5000 or visit (www.denverartmuseum.org).

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Salley Mavor (b. 1955), My Bed: Afghanistan, from My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World by Rebecca Bond, illustrated by Sally Mavor, felt, thread, and wire.

Salley Mavor (b. 1955), My Bed: Afghanistan, from My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World by Rebecca Bond, illustrated by Sally Mavor, felt, thread, and wire.

—Through December 22
—Cotuit, Massachusetts

The Cahoon Museum of American Art presents Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches featuring the original artwork for the book My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World. The illustrations show a series of sculptural embroideries that celebrate cultural differences and highlight the universal theme of children sleeping safe in their beds. Author Rebecca Bond created the book’s poem, and Salley Mavor illustrated accompanying scenes that bring to life children across the globe and their varying surroundings.

The museum is located at 4676 Falmouth Road in Cotuit. Hours are Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Timed entry admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under and for members. For more information, call (508) 428-7581 or visit (www.cahoonmuseum.org).

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Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, Large Diamond Lounge Chair, circa 1952. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, director of acquisitions, conservation, and photography.

Designed by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), manufactured by Knoll Associates, New York City, Large Diamond Lounge Chair, circa 1952. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, director of acquisitions, conservation, and photography.

—Through January 3, 2021
—Athens, Georgia

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia was  organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida, in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and focuses on the evolution of design, artistry, and craftsmanship. The chairs offer a stylistic journey through two centuries of furniture, with examples by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, the Stickley brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry, and others.

The Georgia Museum of Art is concurrently showing The Seated Child: Early Children’s Chairs from Georgia Collections in an adjacent gallery.

The museum is located at 90 Carlton Street on the east campus of the university. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but you must reserve your timed ticket in advance. For more information, call (706) 542-4662 or visit (www.georgiamuseum.org).

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Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), illustration for Job cigarettes.

Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), illustration for Job cigarettes.

—Through January 3, 2021
—Reading, Pennsylvania

Reading Public Museum presents Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, including more than 70 original works by the artist many consider to be the creator of the Art Nouveau style. Posters, original drawings, an oil painting, and examples of magazine covers and illustrations are included in the exhibition.

The museum is located at 500 Museum Road in Reading. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, students, and youths four and older, and free for children three and under and for members. For more information, call (610) 371-5850 or visit (www.readingpublicmuseum.org).

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Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-29, oil on canvas. Missouri Historical Society Collections. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project. Reproduced by permission. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.

Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-29, oil on canvas. Missouri Historical Society Collections. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project. Reproduced by permission. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.

—Through January 10, 2021
—Dallas, Texas

Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art, currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), surveys changing representations of women in Mexican art through works by some of Mexico’s most renowned artists. The exhibition is inspired by the loan of the monumental painting Flores Mexicanas by Alfredo Ramos Martínez to the DMA from the Missouri History Museum. The painting is on view for only the second time in nearly a century.

The DMA is located at 1717 North Harwood Street in Dallas. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with a timed ticket obtained in advance. For more information, call (214) 922-1200 or see (www.dma.org).

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Gloria Vanderbilt (1924-2019), Gerta, 1964, oil on canvas, 41

Gloria Vanderbilt (1924-2019), Gerta, 1964, oil on canvas, 41" x 41". Private collection.

—Through January 29, 2021
—Huntsville, Alabama

The Huntsville Museum of Art is hosting Gloria Vanderbilt: An Artful Life, with over 35 paintings, lithographs, and sculptures by designer and artist Vanderbilt. Several photographs of her in her private world and a selection of memorabilia from her association with the museum are also on view.

The museum is located at 300 Church Street, Southwest, in Huntsville. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursday with $5 admission after 5 p.m.), and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military, $5 for youths six and older and for students, and free for children five and under and for members. For more information, call (250) 535-4350 or visit (www.hsvmuseum.org).

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Jim Dine (b. 1935), The Apocalypse: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, 1982, Arion Press, with hand-painted cast plaster relief sculpture, deluxe edition of eight. Gift of William P. Kosmas.

Jim Dine (b. 1935), The Apocalypse: The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, 1982, Arion Press, with hand-painted cast plaster relief sculpture, deluxe edition of eight. Gift of William P. Kosmas.

—Through April 25, 2021
—Minneapolis, Minnesota

A Collector’s Odyssey: Books & Prints from the William P. Kosmas Collection is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Born in Minneapolis, London-based attorney William Peter Kosmas (1940-2017) represented and advised contemporary artists, writers, and performers. His passion for collecting artists’ books and works on paper resulted in an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art that was recently donated to Mia by the Kosmas estate. This exhibition features more than 60 artists’ books and original prints reflecting Kosmas’s wide-ranging interests in art, poetry, and classical literature.

Mia is located at 2400 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but timed tickets are required. For more information, call 1-888-642-2827 or visit (www.artsmia.org).

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Tall-case clock, case decorated by Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1800, yellow pine, paint, glass, iron, steel, and brass. Museum purchase, 1973.

Tall-case clock, case decorated by Johannes Spitler, Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1800, yellow pine, paint, glass, iron, steel, and brass. Museum purchase, 1973.

—Through December 31, 2022
—Williamsburg, Virginia

Until the early 19th century, only the wealthy could afford tall-case clocks. Average people had little need for precision timekeeping. As society became more dependent on time regulation, clocks became necessary, and innovations made them more attainable. How clocks evolved and were made and used is explored in Keeping Time: Tall Case Clocks at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibit features more than 20 tall-case clocks from different regions.

The museum is located at 301 South Nassau Street in Williamsburg. It is open daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and ticket options, call 1-888-965-7254 or visit (www.colonialwilliamsburg.org).

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Admission information for these exhibitions was accurate as of press time. Most venues now require advance tickets, and many have other restrictions such as requiring masks. We suggest you confirm hours and policies before you visit.

Maine Antique Digest welcomes brief announcements of exhibitions planned by galleries, museums, or other venues. We need all press materials at least six weeks in advance of opening. Send to or Exhibitions, M.A.D., PO Box 1429, Waldoboro, ME 04572.


Originally published in the December 2020 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2020 Maine Antique Digest

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