What to See Now
June Shows: Something for Everyone
HANCOCK, MA. Hancock Shaker Village celebrates its 50th Anniversary with "True and Honest Before the World." Guest curators, including Michael Graves, Al Roker, Thomas Moser, the furniture maker, YoYo Ma and other celebs pick the items they feel best represent the enduring influence of Shaker culture. The charming village offers 20 historic buildings that visitors can peruse at leisure. This is hands on history, as artisans and gardeners demonstrate Shaker crafts while costumed staff members teach about Shaker life, worship and work in this "City of Peace." Runs through October 31.
NEW YORK CITY. If you love your garden, you definitely want to see how landscape designers of the Romantic era influenced your outdoor aesthetic. Stop in at the Morgan Library and Museum on Madison Avenue for a tour of scenic vistas, bucolic meadows and rustic retreats. The Romantic spirit is seen in environments that are in total opposition to the formal gardens of aristocrats. Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art and Landscape Design, running through August 29.
COLUMBIA, SC. Seventy-five contemporary ceramic masterworks show the changing face of ceramics today. Works by Rudy Autio, "the Matisse of ceramics," Peter Voulkos, whose free-flowing style began a movement, Robert Arneson, father of the American ceramic Funk Movement, and Betty Woodman, among others, make this a must see. "Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramics Research Center" is on view at the Columbia Museum of Art until September 5.
CLEVELAND, OH. The highly coveted Cleveland Arts Prize is 50 this year and the Cleveland Museum of Art is showing 30 works in all media from previous visual arts winners. The exhibition is accompanied by the Annual Awards event in the newly refurbed Gartner Auditorium on June 26.
BOZEMAN, MT. There's more to the Museum of the Rockies than dinosaurs and a great planetarium, although both are pretty fantistic. This summer, you can see the inventions of none other than Leonardo de Vinci. Forty of them, in fact, are brought to life in true-to-design working models. "Leonardo de Vinci: Machines in Motion" runs through September 29.
LITTLE ROCK, AK. "World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed" is one of the best surveys of Egyptian treasures you could see. The kids will love this! Running through July 9 at the Arkansas Arts Center.
LONDON. Grace Kelly style is on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum. One of the most photographed women of the 20th Century, she came to symbolize the classic, understated look that is once again popular. Grace Kelly's wardrobe tells the story of her fairy-tale life, as she evolved from Hollywood actress to Monaco's princess. If you're planning to visit London, be sure to buy tickets to this blockbuster show now. Tickets are available on the Victoria & Albert website. The Grace Kelly exhibition runs through September 2010. FYI, the V&A bills itself as the "world's leading museum of art and design."