Visualizing 4000 Years of Spanish History

The collection of the Hispanic Society of America reveals the history of Spain and its place in the world, from antiquity to modern times. Unrivaled outside Spain, the scope and quality of the collection is hard to believe, considering that it was largely amassed by a single inspired collector. […]

Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait. Oil on Masonite (1946). National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The term “self-conscious” takes on a particular meaning in the era of social media, with millions of off-the-cuff selfies posted every day. The 60 indelible self-portraits in this exhibition show us that to paint or draw ones self-portrait requires self-consciousness of quite a different sort. […]

The Sacred Stained Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Glittering exhibition focuses on the design and production of Tiffany’s ecclesiastical window commissions, and explores these works in the context of both the art and social history of the period. At the heart of the exhibition are eleven outstanding, religiously themed windows made between 1880 and 1925 that demonstrate the signature designs, working methods, techniques, and production styles of Tiffany and his workshops. […]

Art of Native America: An exhibition of masterworks of indigenous art

A spectacular collection of Native American art is on long-term view at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. We couldn’t ask for more in an exhibition, for the purely aesthetic pleasure these objects give, for gaining a fuller understanding of their cultural significance, and for seeing indigenous art in the context of American art history. […]

Emil Hoppé: Photographs from the Ballets Russes

The names of two men — both sons of considerable wealth, born in the 1870s, and both culturally- and creatively-inclined — were widely recognized in the early years of the 20th century. Their celebrity was well-deserved at the time — and deserves to live on. Sergei Diaghilev (1872 – 1929) was a Russian art critic, […]

The Art of Rube Goldberg

Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg is not a name everyone would recognize. But drop half the letters and it becomes an adjective in the dictionary! Every English dictionary has a “Rube Goldberg” entry. Ours says, “ingeniously or unnecessarily complicated in design or construction.“ You know his name, you know his whacky contraption illustrations, you may even […]