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Autumn art happenings to get up to from home

20x200 artist Lisa Congdon's Creative Boot Camp online art class


We’re really into rounding up seasonal suggestions for art goings-on. Who doesn’t like a curated list of cool stuff to do and see? And this is exactly that. Buuuuut since we’ve got a global pandemic to keep in mind as we move into fall, these upcoming art happenings are all of the virtual variety. Culture from the couch! As such, this doubles as an installment in our ongoing guide to Armchair Art Appreciation—which, to shamelessly toot our own horns, is a must-read series for anybody in the market for awesome art things to do from home. Now onto our autumnal art event recs below! Even more on the blog.

+ Feel all academic at the start of the school year? Sign up for an art class led by 20x200 artist Lisa Congdon. 20x200 artist Jen Hewett also has a bunch of great online classes, like this tutorial for a hand-stamped tote—perhaps to stash your fall hibernation grocery haul?This is a text block. You can use it to add text to your template.

Jen Hewett's hand-stamped tote

+ Get Up Close and personal with The Broad’s curators while they take a deeper look at pieces in the museum’s collection. The videos are just the right length for a li’l work break.

+ Speaking of talks and lectures, we’d never miss the MoMA’s 9/23 virtual lecture in celebration of the Design Store’s Design Innovations for Women Pop-up. Register for Design for Sexual Wellness: The Rise of Sex-Positivity & New Cultural Norms here.

MoMA's Design Innovations for Women Pop-Up

+ Curated by Creative Women of Color, New Beginnings: From There to Here is the inaugural exhibition in the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s new office, and part of the HeART of Protest initiative honoring the 46 years of George Floyd’s life. See pieces from the exhibition online.

+ Take a cue from 20x200 artist Margot Guralnick and collect some fall leaves to arrange and photograph. She walks us (literally!) through her process on our IGTV.

Take an artful spin through the Bronx with Margot Guralnick

+ Your kiddos will dig the MoMA’s Little Member Afternoon on 9/23, a hands-on, one-hour online workshop exploring the colorful compositions of Henri Matisse and Alma Woodsey Thomas. Or sign them up for The Met’s virtual children’s classes (registration closes 9/14). LA’s The Broad museum has also been rolling out online family art workshops, and theirs are free and under five minutes. And Arts Together has a great spread of virtual classes, organized by age.

+ Museo Frida Kahlo is running a really cool virtual tour of the artist’s home, Casa Azul (where Kahlo was born and died), featuring carefully preserved personal objects and some of Kahlo’s most important works.

Casa Azul virtual tour

+ This nifty site hooks you up to exchange postcards with people around the world. The fact that so many small businesses (hi! it us!), artists, and makers depend on the post office is just one reason to support anything stamp-able. (Have you seen these stunning Ruth Asawa stamps?) Plus, receiving snail mail is majorly happy-making. 

New stamps featuring Ruth Asawa

+ In honor of their 150th anniversary, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is celebrating their impressive collection of Claude Monet’s work with a slideshow, a video from the curator of European paintings, and Monet-inspired music from a contemporary classical violinist.

+ While you’re at (so to speak!) MFA, don’t miss this deep dive into Jean Michel Basquiat’s work, contextualizing the visionary artist’s creations in relation to hip-hop. 

+ NYC’s School of Visual Arts has a number of excellent exhibitions available online thru Oct 1st—with more to come, we’d bet.

+ We spotted the conversation Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture on the Whitney’s calendar for next week and def suggest tuning in, but you can also keep an eye on their evolving fall online offerings here

+ Art Basel is launching two online viewing rooms this fall. The first initiative will be online from 9/23-9/26, and the second from 10/28-10/31.