Art for the New Year

Philadelphia Museum of ArtWhat’s Open for art and antiques aficionados on New Year’s Day?

New Year’s Day is one of those days when there isn’t much to do. It may also be one of those days when it’s best to do nothing, but for those of us who can’t seem to stay put, there are a number of options.

Philadelphia Museum of Art– The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open on both new Year’s Eve and New year’s Day. Showing there are Josiah Wedgwood and the Antique, Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s and May Your Glass Be Ever Full: Drinking in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Europe.

The Walters Art Museum– The Walters Art Museum is open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On display are The Christmas Story: Picturing the Birth of Christ in Medieval Manuscripts and Mummified.

The Smithsonian– The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery are open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Don’t miss Grand Salon Installation—Paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Renwick.

New Year’s Day auctions include Langston Auction Gallery in Wilson, NC; Braswell Galleries in Norwalk CT; Nadeau’s Auction Gallery – Windsor, CT; Time & Again in Linden , NJ and J Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale, AZ.

In Denver, the Collectors’ Extravaganza’s Antiques At Wings, Wings Over The Rockies will open. And in Honolulu you might head to Arts with Aloha. Florida residents can look to St. Augustine for the 39th Annual Altrusa Club Antique Show.

Please let us know what you find to do in the comments section.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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