“Judy Chicago: Herstory” at the New Museum through March 3, 2023 and “The Dinner Party” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (permanently on display)

With nearly 300 artworks, images, and maquettes spanning six decades and another 100 artworks by 80 other women artists spanning six centuries, “Judy Chicago: Herstory” may just be the largest survey ever mounted under one roof. On view through March 3, 2024, “Judy Chicago: Herstory” covers a lot of movements, moving from minimalism to performance art, participatory art, feminist art, figuration, and onto “Americana,” all the while remaining activist in spirit.

“Strong Women of the Italian Renaissance” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

In 1582, poet Moderata Fonte described women’s talents as “hidden gold,” a metaphor that frames this exhibit through masterful artworks and intricate artifacts. While the “strong women” angle requires a curatorial jackhammer at times, this rich, atmospheric show is certainly worth a visit before it closes on January 7.

“Fashioned by Sargent” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The curatorial work in “Fashioned by Sargent” is lush and deeply humanizing. How exhilarating to picture oneself as part of the process, to see the human element that casts these portraits not as relics but as working collaborations, pieces of an actual vibrant past.

Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960

Explore the stories of real-life sportswomen through the clothing they embodied at the Taft Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Sporting Fashion: Outdoor Girls 1800 to 1960. Sporting styles from this 160-year period led the way in transforming women’s lives both on and off the field.

Charles White: A Little Higher. Cincinnati Art Museum Exhibit. November 9, 2023 – February 25, 2024

In July 1967, Ebony Magazine declared Charles White “The Portrayer of Black Dignity.” Through this exhibition of his prints, charcoal drawings and paintings, you’ll learn that White, artist, draughtsman and teacher, was that and much, much more. Be prepared for raw emotions in portraits and narrative works: for anguish and defeat, for anger and longing in men, women and children caught in dehumanizing situations.

Editor’s comments. November 2023

With the holiday season upon us, the calendar is crowded with festivities. We hope you will take time to experience some of the exhibitions featured here with family and friends.

Editor’s Comment

Dears Readers Autumn arrives with her almost unbelievable colors, the annual source of pure joy to every  plein air painter I know, as the year slips away into the holiday season. Aeqai is featuring some equally enticing reviews for your enjoyment. We are focusing on some hometown nostalgia, experimental area output that reflected the issues […]