Autumn is an amazing time of year to visit an art museum, mainly because there tend to be fewer tourists. But it’s also just an easy, peaceful activity to do before the hustle and bustle of the holidays turn you into the subject of an Edvard Munch painting. And you’ll learn some fun tidbits you an use to impress your family at the big holiday feast. So, we’ve rounded up five standout limited engagements around the U.S. happening now that we think you’ll love even more than a pumpkin spice latte.
Could Michelangelo be the most famed name in the world of western art? We’ll save that debate for another post. But he’s certainly a titan among masters. And this incredible exhibition that runs November 13th through February 12th features almost 150 of his works (per the museum’s site, there are “133 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context”) in a display that may truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One word: Go!
Washington, D.C.—Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at the National Gallery of Art
The Golden Age of Dutch painting in the mid 1600’s is considered one of the most innovative moments in the history of art. Johannes Vermeer is the name most of us know well (“Girl with a Pearl Earring” ring a bell?), but he was surrounded by a fantastic group of contemporaries, friends, and rivals who constantly pushed each other to develop, refine, and surpass themselves. And with 70 works in this exhibit, you can see this story unfold for yourself. Then you can tell your friends and family that you’ve seen the (master of) light.
That pumpkin spice latte we mentioned? It would complement this next exhibit perfectly on an autumn day. All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins (2016), one of the famed Infinity Mirror Rooms by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is now on display in Dallas. Go immerse yourself in this polka dot pumpkin paradise to take that fall pumpkin obsession to a totally new level.
This isn’t just an exhibition of the great Picasso‘s work. You’ll also get to see some amazing African and Oceanic art that inspired a lot of what he created in the early 20th century to get a better understanding of a painter who to many can seem…well…odd. And if you do get a chance to see this traveling exhibition, consider yourself lucky. This is the only U.S. stop! So when your friends ask why you’re dragging them to the museum, you can just reply “We need to go now, Picasso it’s our only chance!”
This is the first major Klimt exhibit ever on the West Coast, with many of the pieces making their U.S. debuts. And through these works and the Legion of Honor’s Auguste Rodin collection, you get to experience the meeting of the two masters in 1902 as well as their individual stories in relation to each other around this time. And bonus: if you haven’t been to the Legion of Honor, it’s a lovely place even without Klimt’s signature gold leaving adorning its walls!