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Forget the glass slipper fantasy — this glass-spun dress is the real deal! At the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), one of only two dresses designed by the Libbey Glass Company is now on view as part of the exhibition State of the Art: Revealing Works from the Conservation Vault.
Visitors can watch images from their dreams stripped of their individual significance and fused together into a single AI hivemind fantasy. “The Shape of Dreams” is a fresh exploration of a topic that has long fascinated artists, especially Dalí and his fellow Surrealists. The paintings on show trace how dreams have inspired painters for some 500 years, from Italian Baroque artists like Lodovico Carracci and Luca Giordano to 20th century figures such as Max Beckmann, Paul Delvaux, and Frida Kahlo.
Native Hawaiian artist Noah Harders takes a whimsical approach to style in Moemoeā, his first institutional exhibition opening next week at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Matt Wedel, a ceramist based in Albany, Ohio, builds sculptures that often resemble organic forms; some are recognizable, like “Lemon Tree,” whereas others are more abstract, like the brightly colored “Fruit Landscape.” These works will be among the nearly 150 on view. Nov. 5 to April 2; Toledo Museum of Art
The animation showcases the site’s enhanced connection to the Penn State Arboretum and the museum’s expanded double-height gallery spaces that allow for twice the amount of its collection to be exhibited versus the original building.
The surface is spectacular. Ranging from 19 inches to 12 feet tall, these vertical paintings are rendered almost entirely in natural shades of white, ocher, gray, maroon, beige and black. Their fascinating designs draw in viewers, and their meanings—as inscrutable as they may be—cause observers to wonder and to linger.
Six innovative weavings, made from designs commissioned by Pope Leo X, are on view at the Columbus Museum of Art, alongside nearly 50 other objects which serve to contextualize these works and their influence.
As a site of struggle itself, Montgomery, AL makes a perfect host for “A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence,” an exhibition examining how art has been used to protest, process, mourn and memorialize racially motivated attacks against African Americans.
After the 2020 removal of Confederate memorials, museums provide a place to confront the ugly past and find a way forward.
“The Chazen Museum of Art continues to put considerable thought into how it tells stories about the objects in its collection,” said Director Amy Gilman. “With re:mancipation, the Chazen has invited artist Sanford Biggers and MASK Consortium to take a deep dive into this single object—Thomas Ball’s Emancipation Group—while also considering how the museum can interpret multiple works of art in the collection.”
This spring, Matthew McLendon, the director of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, taught a class on a largely shadowy subject: museum collecting. Along with sections on repatriation and deaccessioning, McLendon took his students through the complicated process of acquiring artworks.