DART Planner: Museums Coast to Coast

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday November 18, 2021

Above: Joan Mitchell, South, 1989; Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; © Estate of Joan Mitchell
BLACK AMERICAN PORTRAITS These 150 works center Black subjects on the 45th anniversary of David Driskell’s groundbreaking exhibition, “Two Centuries of Black American Art.” (Nov. 7-April 17, 2022; Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

MIXPANTLI A pair of historical, artistic and cartographic deep dives — “Space, Time, and the Indigenous Origins of Mexico” and “Contemporary Echoes” — on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Tenochtitlan. (Dec. 12-May 1, 2022; Los Angeles County Museum of Art,

LUXUS MEANS CHANGE: JEAN BROWN’S AVANT-GARDE ARCHIVE An influential collection of Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus art. (Sept. 14-Jan. 2, 2022; the Getty Center,

 This huge survey of recent feminist art borrows its title from the poet Leslie Scalapino and includes eight thematic sections, with titles like “The Body in Pieces” and “Too Nice for Too Long.” (Aug. 28-Jan. 30, 2022; Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Calif.,

WITCH HUNT Vaginal Davis, Yael Bartana, Okwui Okpokwasili and a dozen other midcareer artists working in every medium demonstrate the range of contemporary feminism in a highly anticipated show that includes specially commissioned work and debut projects. (Oct. 10-Jan. 9, 2022; Hammer Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and

EDITH HEATH: A LIFE IN CLAY Meet the studio potter who founded Heath Ceramics, maker of iconic modern dinnerware in California clay. (Nov. 13-June 26, 2022; Oakland Museum of California,

HOLBEIN: CAPTURING CHARACTER IN THE RENAISSANCEThe 16th-century draftsman Hans Holbein the Younger, famous for a bone-chilling portrait of Sir Thomas More, also painted potential brides for royal suitors and designed robes of state for Henry VIII. A major presentation organized with the Morgan Library & Museum. (Oct. 19-Jan. 9, 2022; Getty Center, Los Angeles,

JOAN MITCHELL Eighty canvases by a midcentury painter whose work vibrated with force and color. Organized with the Baltimore Museum of Art and also traveling to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the show includes “Sans Neige,” a three-panel piece more than 16 feet long that hasn’t been shown since the 1970s. (Sept. 4 through Jan. 17, 2022; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

UNSEEN PICASSO Rarely seen etchings, lithographs and linocuts by the Spanish master. (Sept. 3-Jan. 10, 2022; Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, Calif.,

PIPILOTTI RIST: BIG HEARTEDNESS, BE MY NEIGHBORVideos, sculptures and colorful installations in this restlessly inventive Swiss artist’s first West Coast survey. (Sept. 12-June 6, 2022; the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles,


WHISTLER TO CASSATT Americans in France, and French influence on Americans, in 100 canvases. (Opens Nov. 14; Denver Art Museum,

Above: Njideka Akunyili Crosby, The Rest of Her Remains, 2010. Acrylic, charcoal, ink, collage and transfers on paper.
ON THE BASIS OF ART: 150 YEARS OF WOMEN AT YALE Eva Hesse, Howardena Pindell, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, An-My Le, Mickalene Thomas and Audrey Flack are just a few of the Yale-trained female artists in this grand roundup, celebrating the 52nd anniversary of coeducation at Yale College and the 150th at the university’s art school. Its title is partly derived from Title IX, the federal law barring any educational program receiving federal funds from discriminating “on the basis of sex.” (Sept. 10-Jan. 9, 2022; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.,

Above: Above: Nellie Mae Rowe, When I Was a Little Girl, 1978, crayon, oil pastel, marker, colored pencil, and pencil on paper
PICTURING THE SOUTH: 25 YEARS The artists tapped for the museum’s 25-year-old commissioned series, intended to expand representation of contemporary Southern subjects (while also building the High’s photography collection), include Kael Alford, Sally Mann and Dawoud Bey. (Nov. 5-Feb. 6, 2022; High Museum of Art, Atlanta,

REALLY FREE: THE RADICAL ART OF NELLIE MAE ROWEDrawing on the High Museum’s singular collection of work by Rowe (1900-82) — which includes chewing-gum sculptures, handmade dolls and a “playhouse” in her yard just outside Atlanta — this show is, according to the organizers, “the first to consider her practice as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the post-civil-rights-era South.” (Sept. 3-Jan. 9, 2022; High Museum of Art, Atlanta,


THERE IS A WOMAN IN EVERY COLOR: BLACK WOMEN IN ART Historical depictions of Black women in conversation with works by female Black artists from Elizabeth Catlett to Nyeema Morgan. (Sept. 16-Jan. 30, 2022; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine,

A MODERN INFLUENCE: HENRI MATISSE, ETTA CONE, AND BALTIMORE A largely chronological tour of the most notable of the more than 700 artworks the collector Etta Cone and her sister Claribel bought from Matisse in the first half of the 20th century. (Oct. 3-Jan. 2, 2022; Baltimore Museum of Art,

 On the museum’s grounds, Gibson has already built a psychedelic ziggurat inspired by the earth mounds of the pre-Columbian metropolis Cahokia (near what later became St. Louis). In October, he’ll enter the building with large hanging cube sculptures whose fringes recall Indigenous dance regalia. (Oct. 15-March 13, 2022; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Mass.,

WEAVING SPLENDOR: TREASURES OF ASIAN TEXTILES Rare costumes and luxury textiles from Persia, India, China and Japan are exposed to the light of a public exhibition space for the first time in decades. (Sept. 25-March 6, 2022; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo.,

Above: Sarah Miriam Peale (1880-1885). Peaches and Grapes in a Porcelain Bowl, 1829
TRANSFORMED: OBJECTS RE-IMAGINED BY AMERICAN ARTISTS This northern New Jersey museum has reopened with a show of 60 pieces, from the 19th century to the present, that evoke Jasper Johns’s famous admonition: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” (Sept. 23-Dec. 3, 2023; Montclair Art Museum, N.J.,


Above, Image courtesy of the Noguchi Museum
BEFORE YESTERDAY WE COULD FLY Furnished with a diverse gathering of African and American objects from the Met’s collection, this Afro-Futurist period room will pay tribute to Seneca Village, a free Black settlement destroyed in 1857 to make way for Central Park. (Opens Nov. 5; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

 Work by 69 emerging New York City artists who have passed through this museum’s prestigious incubator program. (Oct. 20-Jan. 16, 2022; the Bronx Museum of the Arts,

 The Greek design studio Objects of Common Interest has installed retrofuturist lights, furniture and sculpture — much of it tubular — amid the museum’s permanent collection of work by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi. (Sept. 15-Feb. 13, 2022; Noguchi Museum,

 Part 1 of a major two-part exploration of American fashion. (Sept. 18-Sept. 5, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

 Teasing out the European origins of Walt Disney’s fantasylands with animation cells and Rococo porcelain. (Dec. 10-March 6, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art,

LABYRINTH OF FORMS: WOMEN AND ABSTRACTION, 1930-1950 The latest welcome challenge to the old heroic-male-painter story of abstraction comes largely from the Whitney’s permanent collection, with works by 26 artists, including the titanic Alice Trumbull Mason, one of whose paintings provides the show’s title. (Oct. 9-March 2022; Whitney Museum of American Art,

MODERN WORLDS: AUSTRIAN AND GERMAN ART, 1890-1940Everything strange, new and beautiful from prewar Austria and Germany fills the elegant Neue Galerie on its 20th anniversary. (Nov. 11-March 13, 2022; Neue Galerie,

STETTHEIMER DOLLHOUSE: UP CLOSE Her sister Florine was a painter, but Carrie Stettheimer spent nearly two decades (1916-35) making a model house that included miniature paintings by Gaston Lachaise, George Bellows and Marcel Duchamp, who added a tiny copy of his 1913 “Nude Descending a Staircase.” (Nov. 19-May 20, 2022; Museum of the City of New York,

SURREALISM BEYOND BORDERS Following the subterranean tentacles of the Surrealist movement from Western Europe through eight decades and more than 45 countries around the world. (Oct. 11-Jan. 30, 2022; Metropolitan Museum of Art, metmuseum.orgAbove: Eugenio F. Granell, El vuelo nocturno del pajaro pi (The Pi Bird’s Night Flight), 1952; all images courtesy The MetropolitanMuseum of Art

 The New Museum’s fifth triennial, curated by Margot Norton and Jamillah James, brings together 40 young artists and collectives working to transform their mediums. (Oct. 28-Jan. 23, 2022; New Museum,

 This 96-year-old Lebanese writer and painter makes transcendent, simplified landscapes with glowing blocks of color; this focused solo exhibition complements the larger, concurrent Kandinsky show. (Oct. 8-Jan. 10, 2022; Guggenheim Museum,

GWENDOLYN BROOKS: A POET’S WORK IN COMMUNITYRecently acquired materials from an African American poet, including inscribed copies of many of her books, published with graphic covers by Black-owned presses. (Jan. 28-June 5; the Morgan Library & Museum,

CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS The North American premiere of a show that originated (naturally) in Paris has everything from his 1947 “New Look” to the present day, with photos, a “toile room,” more than 200 haute couture pieces and rooms devoted to all his successors as artistic directors. (Sept. 10-Feb. 22, 2022; Brooklyn Museum, Image above courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum

VIRGINIA JARAMILLO: HARMONY BETWEEN LINE AND SPACE Recent work by the octogenarian minimalist. (Nov. 7-Feb. 20, 2022; Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, N.Y.,

JASPER JOHNS: MIND/MIRROR This enormous retrospective of a highly influential American painter is taking place in two parts that are on view in New York and Philadelphia simultaneously. (Sept. 29-Feb. 13, 2022; Whitney Museum of American Art,, and Philadelphia Museum of Art,

JENNIFER PACKER: THE EYE IS NOT SATISFIED WITH SEEING With precise but lush portraits and still lifes, Packer pictures contemporary Black life — her models’ and her own. (Opening Oct. 30; Whitney Museum of American Art,


ICKNESSNguyen’s first solo institutional exhibition features a newly commissioned video that follows a Vietnamese child into Poland’s K-pop-inspired dance subculture. (Sept. 16-Dec. 13; SculptureCenter,

 A critical new survey for a polymath — artist, designer, editor, teacher — of Dada and abstraction. (Nov. 21-March 12, 2022; Museum of Modern Art,

THE POLONSKY EXHIBITION OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TREASURES The astonishing range of historical documents, art and objects in this new permanent installation includes an original copy of the Bill of Rights, an unpublished chapter of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” in manuscript and the only surviving copy of a “Wish you were here!” letter from Christopher Columbus to King Ferdinand. (Opening Sept. 24; New York Public Library,

 An enlightening exploration of the Pop artist’s relationship to the Byzantine Catholic church in which he was raised — with newly discovered documents, as well as drawings by his mother, Julia Warhola. (Nov. 19-June 19, 2022; Brooklyn Museum,


Above: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), Wheat Field (Le Champ de Blé) (detail), 1888
A crowd-pleasing roundup of van Gogh’s 19th-century favorites, from Delacroix to Hokusai. (Nov. 12-Feb. 6, 2022; Columbus Museum of Art,

 Born into poverty in Montmartre, Suzanne Valadon modeled for Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec before becoming a successful painter herself, specializing in vibrant, colorful female nudes. (Sept. 26-Jan. 9, 2022; Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia,

Above: Maxwell Alexandre, “We were the ashes and now we are the fire,” from the series “Brown Is Paper’’; 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
AboveAbove: This bombshell 450-work history of the Atlantic slave trade — which premiered in 2018 at the São Paolo Museum of Art — makes it to the States. (Oct. 24-Jan. 23, 2022; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Maxwell Alexandre, “We were the ashes and now we are the fire,” from the series “Brown Is Paper’’; 2018, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.Credit...Maxwell Alexandre; via Museu de Arte de São Paulo

 The curator Lisa Volpe puts together 90 photos by this famous painter, drawing on a previously unexamined archive. (Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,

 De Saint Phalle’s moment continues with this show dedicated to her earliest “Tirs,” canvases she shot with a rifle, and her “Nanas,” the endearingly exaggerated female forms for which she’s best known. (Sept. 10-Jan. 23, 2022; the Menil Collection, Houston,


 Celebrating the hottest new technology of the late 18th century, this show, the museum’s website says, includes images from all across Europe of “erupting volcanoes, amorous couples and mysterious tombs.” (Oct. 24-Feb. 21, 2022; National Gallery of Art, Washington,

 Biggers responds to the museum’s recently acquired quilts from Gee’s Bend, Ala., with a colored sand mandala, and he remixes figures, à la Rodin and Picasso, with forms borrowed from African art. (Oct. 16-Jan. 9, 2022; the Phillips Collection, Washington, Image above courtesy of the Phillips Collection

THE NEW WOMAN BEHIND THE CAMERA More than 100 international photographers appear in this comprehensive survey of women and photography in the early 20th century. (Oct. 31-Jan. 30, 2022; National Gallery of Art, Washington,

PREHISTORIC SPIRALS: EARTHENWARE FROM THAILANDHandsome red spirals adorn pots from a culture, more than 2,000 years old, in what is now Thailand. (Opens Nov. 1; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington,


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