Museums offer sugar and other spring treats
It’s time to shake off the winter blues and head out for some spring adventures. Museums throughout the U.S. have exhibits in store to entertain and inform the whole family. Along with traditional art shows, you can explore topics from television to music, cartoons to dinosaurs and World War II to high fashion.
David Bowie Is
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
Through July 15
After touring the world for the last five years, a blockbuster David Bowie exhibit — organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London — comes to Brooklyn for a highly-anticipated run this spring. On display: 400 artifacts from the Brit-rocker-turned-New-Yorker’s career, including 60 costumes, 85 handwritten lyric sheets, album art, photos, 40 music videos, and an immersive, multimedia installation of an international tour.
Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective Michener Art Museum, Pennsylvania
Through May 6
The first major exhibition focused on a female artist in the Wyeth family showcases the work of Henriette (Andrew’s sister) and her husband Peter Hurd. Said Kirsten M. Jensen, chief curator: “Magical & Real is the first exhibition to explore the work and career of N.C.’s eldest child, Henriette, and N.C.’s student Peter Hurd, whom Henriette married in 1929.” The exhibit includes more than 100 works by Wyeth family members, most of which come from private collections and have not been seen in public. It heads to New Mexico this summer.
Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China Cincinnati Art Museum
April 20-Aug. 12
The first emperor of China in 221 B.C., Ying Zheng, is credited with unifying the country after defeating other regional states and then implementing cultural, political and economic reforms. In 1974, 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses from his reign were discovered in a mausoleum. Now, the objects are touring the states. Cincinnati’s exhibit includes more than 40 works that have never been on view in the U.S.
My Favorite Peanuts: Reflections of Family and Friends Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif
Through Sept. 16
The California museum dedicated to cartoonist Charles Schulz turns to memories and memorabilia from his family and friends this spring. The exhibit includes original comic strips, photographs, and reflections from Schulz’s wife Jean, their children, and close friends.
Into the Fold:
The Art and Science of Origami The Science Museum of Oklahoma
Through Jan. 13, 2019
Work by 30 origami artists from around the U.S. and world — including Vietnam, Australia, Israel, and Germany — can be seen in Oklahoma for the rest of 2018. The creations go from just millimeters tall to more than 80 feet long. “We are honored to showcase the work of some of the foremost origami artists in the world here in Oklahoma City ... doing almost unimaginable things with single sheets of paper, and beyond that, have had extraordinary influences in the application of origami to the sciences,” said Scott Henderson, director of SMO’s smART Space galleries.
Mr. Hershey’s Cuba: A Sweet Venture in Sugar, 1916–1946 The Hershey Story Museum in Pennsylvania
After being charmed by the island nation in the beginning of the 20th century, Milton Hershey opened a sugar mill in Cuba. He built a railroad and town for his employees there, creating a lasting relationship between the company and workers. Visitors will see film and photos, artifacts, and can view sugar samples under a microscope.
Magnificent Mona Bismarck Frazier Kentucky History Museum, Louisville
Through July 29
In December of 1933, a panel of seven famous couturiers in Paris named Louisville-native Mona Bismarck the “Best-Dressed Woman in the World,” an honor she won again in 1934 and 1936. Fifty of her admired ensembles can be seen in her home state.
The National Gallery of Art, Washington
Through July 1
Paul Cézanne painted almost 200 portraits in his career, including selfportraits and portraits of his wife Hortense Fiquet, son Paul, friends and neighbors. The National Gallery of Art has brought together 60 of these works from collections around the world for the first exhibition dedicated to his portraits. “This exhibition provides an unrivaled opportunity to reveal the extent and depth of Cézanne's achievement in portraiture,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art.
The first major exhibition of a female artist in the Wyeth family showcases the work of Henriette (Andrew’s sister) and her husband, Peter Hurd.