2009 Museum Calendar

American Representational Art Exhibitions

Hosted by Non-Profit Museums and Organizations



American Folk Art Museum
Up Close: Henry Darger and the Coloring Book *
October 6 through September 13
Cape Ann Museum
A Survey: Women Artists of Cape Ann from the Museum's Collection *
October 24 through ?
Denver Art Museum
Allen True's West *
October 1 through March 28
Charles M. Russell: The Masterworks in Oil and Bronze *
October 17 through January 10
Florence Griswold Museum
Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England *
October 24 through January 31
Also from RL: Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England at the Portland Museum of Art (7/16/09) and Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England at the Portland Museum of Art -- Introduction: The Call of the Coast; essay By Thomas Denenberg and Amy Kurtz Lansing (7/16/09)
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
American Modernism from the Lane Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston *
October 2 through January 31
Grand Rapids Art Museum
James McNeill Whistler and the Romance of Great Cities *
October 2 through January 10
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
The Color Explosion: Nineteenth Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection*
October17 through February 22
Katonah Museum of Art
Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War EraIn the Beitzel and Righter Galleries *
October 18 through January 24
Also from RL: Bold, Cautious, True: Walt Whitman and American Art of the Civil War Era (7/29/09)
Long Beach Museum of Art
Surviving Hard Times: WPA Artists *
October 9 through January 17
Mennello Museum of American Art
The Treasure of Ulysses Davis *
October 17 through January 1
Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 *
October 21 through January 24
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Elements of Nature: Equines and Still Lifes by Clarice Smith *
October 9 through January 10
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Art of the Red River War *
October 3 through February 14
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Frances Gearhart: California Printmaker 1910-1940 *
October 4 through January 31
Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting *
October 4 through January 31
Portland Museum of Art - Maine
Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David Driskell *
October 29 through January 17
Springfield Museum of Art
October 17 through November 28
Swope Art Museum
Radicals, Patriots & Artists of Conscience *
October 2 through January 2
Heartland Graffiti: writers from the Midwest *
October 2 through January 2
Telfair Museum of Art
Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914 *
October 1 through January 10
Tacoma Art Museum
A Concise History of Northwest Art *
October 3 through May 23
University of Kentucky Art Museum
American Exploration: Karl Bodmer and George Catlin *
October 11 through December 20



What is included

These calendars reference exhibitions devoted primarily to American representational art. Not all exhibitions submitted to TFAO are included in calendars.

Excluded content includes:

Resource Library selectively publishes publicity articles concerning retrospective exhibitions of artist organizations' individual members at museums or art centers. Artist organizations include cooperatives, clubs and other membership societies.

Revisions of dates are accepted and encouraged in order for calendars to be as accurate as possible. The deadline for inclusion in a current monthly calendar is the first day of that month.

To make the most of your visit to an exhibition

If you are touring, you will find American art venues to visit Indexed by State within the United States. Call the museum in advance to see if you can:

Exhibition dates may and do change without prior notice from museums to TFAO. Always verify dates directly with museums before visiting their exhibitions.

Museums often have closed days. Mondays are common in the USA but sometimes there are other closed days or multiple closed days. It's a good idea to arrive early or late in the day when there are less crowds. Many museums have tours for school children in the morning, causing increased traffic. Some museums have evening hours and many offer free days throughout the year.

When arriving you can get an idea of what the museum considers it's most cherished works by scanning the postcards in the museum gift shop. Or take a look through books that describe the museum's collection. Larger museums have kiosks, brochures, and even computer rooms for viewing the collection on a screen.

To enrich your visit you may enjoy reading TFAO's Museums Explained. Also, to learn how museums put together exhibitions and tour them, please see TFAO's Planning, Organizing and Touring Art Exhibitions.


How TFAO updates calendars

Future calendars are updated in two ways:


On a bimonthly basis, TFAO volunteers review the Calendar Update Schedule (see A-C D-G H-L M-Q R-S T-Z) to locate museums for which their furthest exhibition closing month has expired. TFAO then reviews the current and future exhibition sections of websites of targeted museums for new information. TFAO then updates the Schedule's listings for the targeted museums with new information by listing on the schedule the earlier of: 1. the furthest exhibition closing month in time or 2. a month which TFAO deems important for follow up. As a part of this review TFAO also updates the related exhibition calendar to include information on newly discovered exhibitions.


Future calendars and Calendar Update Schedules are checked and updated on a continuous basis as information is received by email from museum sources.


How TFAO uses calendars

Towards the end of each month TFAO volunteers review the calendar for all of the listed exhibition openings for that month. TFAO then reviews published exhibition articles and essays in the sub-index page for each related museum to determine if Resource Library has already published an article or essay concerning each calendar listing. If Resource Library has not yet published an article or essay, TFAO may send by email a request for exhibition information to the museum. TFAO sends requests near the end of the exhibition opening month to allow museums time to gather .jpg images and texts from gallery guides, brochures or catalogues, exhibition wall panels and labels, as well as press releases. TFAO requires six hundred or more words of text to publish a Resource Library article or essay for an exhibition.

* indicates inquiry made by TFAO regarding this exhibition.

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