Top 2021 Museum Tour Exhibits
Updated: May 4
Reproduced courtesy of Travel and Fanfare
Photo Courtesy of @GrantSellers
Museums across the United States are starting off 2021 with new long-running exhibits, significant collections or permanent displays. Here is a sampling of what to see at various historic and cultural institutions this year.
Plan ahead by logging onto their websites for admission requirements, ticket prices and COVID-19 related policies.
TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
“Walk This Way” at Taft Museum of Art This Cincinnati museum is putting historic footwear forward in an exhibit involving shoes tied to the subjects of labor activism, suffrage and the sexual revolution.
Opening on Feb. 27 and closing on June 6, and organized by the New-York Historical Society, this exhibit will feature over 100 shoes belonging to the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. Visitors will see silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition and early 1940s leather spectator pumps signed by the New York Yankees, among other selections.
“Picasso. Figures” at Frist Art Museum This museum in Nashville is marking its 20th anniversary this year with “Picasso. Figures,” an exhibition from the collection of Musée national Picasso Paris. Opening on Feb. 5 and running through May 2, this exhibit at the Frist Art Museum will delve into the abstract painter’s longtime fascination with the human figure as a means of expressing a range of subjects and emotions. It will feature 75 of his paintings, works on paper and sculptures from his various styles and periods. The Museum of Pop Culture will unveil “Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” on June 5.
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“Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” at the Museum of Pop Culture Beginning June 5, Disney fans will become mesmerized by this MoPOP exhibit, which will illustrate how the public saw the brand’s iconic characters through the artistry and creativity of their costumes. The exhibit will include articles of clothing linked to some of Disney’s toughest villains and kindest heroes. Many of them are to be shown on mannequins, while others via films and photographs. This collection of over 70 original pieces will range from ball gowns and sorcerers’ capes, to military uniforms, tiaras and glass slippers. It will close on April 17. Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at American Museum of Natural History
The long-anticipated opening of the museum’s redesigned Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals has been moved to spring 2021. The hall will house this AMNH collection featuring about 5,000 specimens from 95 countries.
Its redesign plan will educate visitors on how mineral diversity arose, the environments in which minerals form, how scientists classify them, and how humans have used them throughout history for personal adornment, tools and technology.
CUSTOMS HOUSE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER of CLARKSVILLE
“Start Your Engines!” at Customs House Museum & Cultural Center In Clarksville, Tenn., as an expansion of its permanent “Challenge & Champions” exhibit, this museum and cultural center will welcome in this multi-gallery exhibition showcasing local auto-racing history and the local legends that formed this sport. Beginning July 29, “Start Your Engines!” will encompass race cars, art, historic memorabilia and video footage of personal stories by those who laid the formation for area-based racing. It will run through Oct. 31.
“Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking” at Detroit Institute of Arts This African American artist is honored through this exhibit highlighting his life and work, revealing how his innovative printmaking expertise helped define the aesthetic of the American graphics “boom.” From March 20 through June 13, this exhibition will present over 80 works, including lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio prints and watercolors by Blackburn and the artists with whom he collaborated. Radiant Vision” at Fenimore Art Museum In Cooperstown, N.Y., the art museum will pay tribute to Keith Haring and his iconography in “Keith Haring: Radiant Vision,” opening May 29 and closing Sept. 6. It features over 80 works by the artist and activist from a private and extensive collection of lithographs, silkscreens, drawings on paper, and posters. Visitors will see seminal images such as Haring’s “Radiant Baby.”
“Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again” at The Modern From Feb. 19 through May 16, The Modern in Fort Worth, Texas will host a retrospective of Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s video works and photography early this year. The exhibition will dissect Iranian history, from ancient times to the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, exploring the political revolution’s human impact. From February through June, the Museum of Design Atlanta will present "Bike To The Future."
MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA
“Bike To The Future” at Museum of Design Atlanta This exhibition will showcase the latest in bicycle design, in presenting a collection of contemporary models from the new millennium. It will include Philippe Starck’s electric bike ‘MASS’ and Tobias Knockaert’s laser-cut bicycle, as well as prototypes and experiments made with unusual materials to serve a variety of functions. Bike accessories will also be featured, ranging from the magnetic bicycle light “iFlash One,” designed by the Danish studio Kibisi, to the “Hammerhead” navigation system and the “Hövding” airbag helmets. It will run from Feb. 13 through June 5.
“FOCUSED: A Century of Virginia Indian Resilience” at the Jamestown Settlement From Jan. 29 through March 25, 2022, this contemporary exhibit will center on the resiliency of Virginia’s Native American population. It will include photographs from collections held by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, images from anthropologist Frank Speck and Baltimore Sun photographer A. Aubrey Bodine, and portraits by contemporary American Indian photographers. Additionally, the exhibit will feature objects from the permanent collection of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, including a turkey feather mantle hand-woven in the 1930s by Mollie Adams, a leading member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe. Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago will host "Immersive Van Gogh" from Feb. 11 through May 2.
VLADIMIR KEVORKOV PHOTOGRAPHY
This new venue within Chicago’s Germania Club Building will usher in the U.S. premiere of this blockbuster art experience on Thursday, Feb. 11.
This 600,000 cubic feet of projections will immerse visitors into Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation will include “The Potato Eaters,” “Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and “The Bedroom.” Tickets will be on sale for viewings from Feb. 11 through May 2.
“THE LUME Indianapolis” at Newfields Coming in June, this new permanent attraction will feature nearly 150 state-of-the-art digital projectors that can transform two-dimensional paintings into a three-dimensional world that guests can explore through all their senses. Occupying the fourth floor of the building’s IMA Galleries, will showcase great artworks from floor to ceiling in 30,000 square feet of gallery space.