Event Calendar

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October 26, 2018 - April 7, 2019 Structured Visions: The Photographs of Ralston Crawford

Fascinated by the purified geometry of man-made things, Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) worked in a consistently formal, or abstract, manner across a variety of mediums. His photographs provide an essential look at a vital era of abstraction in American art, and at the cultural scenes and subjects from which that creative sensibility arose. 

Crawford used the camera as a tool of both documentary and artistic expression. Some photographs served as studies for later paintings or prints. Most, however, were created and appreciated purely as photographs. His subjects ranged from urban and industrial themes to ships and sailing, jazz, the people and culture of New Orleans, bullfighting and religious processions in Spain, and the destructive power of the atomic bomb. 

Wed 10am - 5pm 
Thu - Fri 10am - 9pm 
Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm 
Mon - Tue CLOSED 

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
4525 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO

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Exhibits Midwest
October 29, 2018 - August 4, 2019 Reimagining Captain Cook Pacific perspectives

250 years ago James Cook left England on the first of three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean. A skilful navigator, he visited many places new to Europeans and his voyage accounts were widely read and celebrated. Today, his legacy is sometimes debated. In the Pacific, Islanders continue to remember the encounters that occurred, reimagining them in artworks which reflect on their impact. 

This exhibition explores these Pacific perspectives and displays the work of contemporary Pacific artists, alongside objects collected on the voyages themselves. Michel Tuffery’s powerful painting Cookie in the Cook Islands, imagines how Cook might have been transformed by his Pacific experiences. Lisa Reihana’s Taking Possession, Lono, shows Captain Cook and his men about to hoist the British flag on a Polynesian island, raising questions about what each group might have understood by the idea of ‘taking possession’. An imposing Tahitian costume worn at ceremonies to mark the death of a chief, is on display for the first time in many decades. Collected on Cook’s second voyage and one of only a handful still in existence, it has been extensively conserved. 

As commemorations abound on this major anniversary, this exhibition considers some of the complexities of Cook’s legacy in the Pacific, from New Zealand to Vanuatu and from Australia to the islands of Hawaii. 

Open daily 10.00 – 17.30 
Fridays: open until 20.30* 
* except Good Friday 

Please note: the gallery will be closed to the public on April 10th, 2019 

Free admission 

Room 91 
The British Museum 
Great Russell Street

London, ENGLAND

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Exhibits International
November 2, 2018 - May 27, 2019 Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

Contemporary artist Betye Saar has shaped the development of assemblage art in the United States, particularly as a device to illuminate social and political concerns. A key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, Saar’s distinct vision harmonizes the personal and the political. Over the years, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in American culture by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society and create representations of strength and perseverance. This exhibition focuses on one facet of her work—washboards—created between 1997 and 2017. 

Tue - Thu, & Sat 10am - 6pm 
Fri 10am - 8pm 
Sun 11am - 5pm 
Mon CLOSED 

New-York Historical Society 
170 Central Park West 
(at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)

New York, NY

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
November 4, 2018 - August 18, 2019 Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Drawing primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition will explore how American artists have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century. As people are confronted each day with “selfies” via social media and as they continue to examine the fluidity of contemporary identity, this is an opportune time to reassess the significance of self-portraiture in relation to the country’s history and culture. The exhibition will feature more than 75 works by artists such as Josef Albers, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Joan Jonas, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Diego Rivera, Lucas Samaras, Fritz Scholder, Roger Shimomura, Shahzia Sikander and Martin Wong. “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today” is curated by Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition concludes the Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and an expanded, illustrated companion book will be published in spring 2019. 

11:30am - 7am daily 

Free admission 

National Portrait Gallery 
8th and F Streets NW

Washington, DC

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Exhibits Mid-Atlantic
December 11, 2018 - April 28, 2019 Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed

Comprising spectacular drawings from the Getty collection and rarely-seen works from private collections, this exhibition reveals the detective work involved in investigating master drawings. Many Italian Renaissance drawings tell stories of their creation and the purposes they served, yet sometimes even the most seemingly simple question - who drew it? - is a mystery. Discover what we know and don't know, what we'd like to know, and what we may never discover about these intriguing works of art and their world. 

10am – 5:30pm 
Saty 10am – 9pm 
Mon CLOSED 

Free admission 

Getty Center 
J. Paul Getty Museum 
1200 Getty Center Drive 
N. Sepulveda Blvd. & Getty Center Drive

Los Angeles, CA

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Exhibits West