Exhibition Reviews

In Other Words

Reviewed by Kim Dhillon

Do we read or see art made of words? Is the aim of text in art to communicate efficiently?

Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters

Reviewed by Dominic Paterson

With near-simultaneous exhibitions at MoMA and MAK, it might be claimed that the poster designer Mihály Biró is finally breaking into the consciousness of art and design historians.


A Response to Mark Alan Hewitt's Review of "Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement"

Kevin W. Tucker

A response to Mark Alan Hewitt's review of the exhibition and the catalogue for Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior

Reviewed by Allysa B. Peyton

Until this show, there has been no major museum exhibition devoted to the most readily and widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon, leaving a Vishnu-shaped void in the U.S. exhibition program.

Gustav Stickley and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Reviewed by Mark Alan Hewitt

Stickley is widely regarded as the central figure in the American arts and crafts movement. Considering his importance, it is odd that no monographic exhibition of his work should appear until this show.

Der 1. Mai--Demonstration. Tradition. Repräsentation

Reviewed by Marta Filipova

“[O]n the continent, it was Austria, and in Austria, Vienna, which celebrated this festival in the most splendid and appropriate manner.” --Friedrich Engels

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe

Reviewed by Ittai Weinryb

A watershed study of the medieval reliquary, the exhibition emphasizes a novel and serious turn towards an understanding of reliquaries as “things".

Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork

Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

Charles LeDray works as a tailor, shirtmaker, and hatter, but in impossibly small sizes, bigger than for a doll, but smaller than for a child.

Exhibition Reviews


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A brief sampling--in no particular order--of some of the current or upcoming exhibitions we would like to see reviewed (this listing will be updated regularly and we are open to contributor suggestions):

North America

Detroit Institute of Arts

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

July 23, 2017 – October 22, 2017

The Museum at FIT, New York

Force of Nature

May 30, 2017 – November 18, 2017

The Drawing Center, New York

Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions

April 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s

April 7, 2017 – August 20, 2017

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. – A.D. 220)

April 3, 2017 – July 16, 2017 

Cleveland Museum of Art

African Master Carvers: Known and Famous

March 26, 2017 – July 16, 2017

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture

March 2, 2017 – August 20, 2017

National Museum of the American Indian, New York

Native Fashion Now 

February 17, 2017–September 4, 2017

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

February 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait 

Through January 28, 2018



Grand Trianon, Château de Versailles

Peter the Great: A Tsar in France, 1717

May 30, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

May 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018

Fashion and Textile Museum, London

The World of Anna Sui

May 26, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Design Museum, London

California: Designing Freedom

May 24, 2017 – October 15, 2017

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

May 6, 2017 – August 4, 2018

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Or Virtuose à la Cour de France: Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813)

March 16, 2017 – June 25, 2017

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia

March 8, 2017 – April 22, 2018

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

The First Gold | Ada Tepe: Europe's Oldest Gold Mine

March 7, 2017 – June 25, 2017

Centraal Museum, Utrecht

Rietveld's Masterpiece: Long Live De Stijl!

March 4, 2017 – June 11, 2017

Bibliothèque Forney, Paris

Mode et Femmes 14/18

February 28, 2017 – June 17, 2017

Science Museum, London


February 8, 2017 – September 3, 2017

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Music at Home

January 15, 2016 – June 25, 2017

National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Dublin

Shadow of Sodeisha: Japanese and Irish Art in Clay





Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF)

Sharing History: Arab World – Europe, 1815-1918