If you’re headed out of Nebraska for the holidays, there are three notable exhibitions in regional museums that are worth a stop — or that can serve as an afternoon escape from the family.
The biggest and most important of the three is “Through the Eyes of Picasso,” which is on view at Kansas City, Missouri’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The exhibition, which is one of the largest temporary shows to be held at the museum, features 170 works. They include more than 60 paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Picasso alongside more than 20 works of African and Oceanic art that were part of his collection, pieces that he kept with him in his studio through his death in 1973.
Instructively, the exhibition also features works that the young artist encountered at the Musée d’ Ethnographie du Trocadéro in Paris, where he lived in the early 1900s. Those masks and sculptures unquestionably influenced Picasso in his experimentation and exploration of the abstraction of the human body and the invention of Cubism.
A selection of photographs of the artist at work and play complete the exhibition that was organized by Paris’s Musée du Quai Branly and the Nelson-Atkins.
The Nelson-Atkins is the only U.S. venue for “Through the Eyes of Picasso,” which was exhibited at Musée du Quai Branly earlier this year. It is on view at Nelson-Atkins through April 8. It will then travel to Montreal for its third and final showing in May.
Tickets for “Through the Eyes of Picasso” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students and are available at nelson-atkins.org. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended for the popular exhibition.
'Her Paris' in Denver
Impressionism is the most popular subject for museum exhibitions, the shows drawing thousands to see the art created largely in Paris in the 1870s and 1880s. So shows featuring the work of Manet, Monet, Degas, etc., are common.
“Her Paris: Women in the Age of Impressionism,” at the Denver Art Museum, however, concentrates on the women of the movement, featuring more than 80 paintings, including works from the best-known female Impressionists Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot and Rosa Bonheur.
“Her Paris” is something of a companion exhibition to “Women of Abstract Expression,” a 2016 DAM exhibition that explored the work of the women in the New York school of the mid century, such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan and Helen Frankenthaler.
“Women in the Age of Impressionism” is on view at the museum through Jan. 14. Advance tickets, again recommended, are available at denverartmuseum.org.
'Drawing in Space' in Des Moines
There’s no traditional drawing in “Drawing in Space,” the exhibition that has taken over the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Rather, artists Dave Eppley, Monika Grzymala, Heeseop Yoon and the collective, Numen/For Use, have used tape — as in ordinary tape — to create structures that fill open spaces and climb walls in the center’s three buildings.
The structures in “Drawing in Space” are interactive, with visitors walking underneath and through and, in one case, climbing inside. The popular exhibition is on view through Jan. 21. You might have to wait in line a bit — a limited number of people are allowed into the show at a time.
Also on view at Des Moines is the just opened “The Irrational and the Marvelous,” an examination of Dada and Surrealism. The show features work by Dadaists Marcel Duchamp and Hannah Höch and surrealism from Leonora Carrington, Roberto Matta and Dorothea Tanning.
Admission to all Des Moines Art Center shows is free.