6 Must-See Art & Design Exhibitions in November
From James Turrell in Mexico City to Bugatti race cars in Phoenix, these museum shows are not to be missed
1. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Berkshires
Opening October 2019
Sarah Oppenheimer: S-337473
Straddling the realms of art, architecture, and engineering, New York artist Sarah Oppenheimer creates striking interventions that become one with the spaces in which they are exhibited. Mass MoCA’s converted factory in the Berkshires will host two monumental glass-and-metal structures anchored by a pivot mechanism, which rotates upon contact by visitors, shifting the perception of the installation entirely.
2. Musée National Picasso, Paris
Through February 23, 2020
Picasso: Magic Paintings
Located in the magnificent 17th-century former Hôtel Salé, the museum is showcasing the poignant paintings Pablo Picasso did from 1926 to 1930, a short yet formative period when he reached new emotional depths that would be the foundation for his masterwork, Guernica.
Through June 14, 2020
Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s designs, many featuring exquisitely colored glass shades, are celebrated for their dazzling craftsmanship. This exhibition presents 20 stunning table and floor lamps that explore Tiffany’s many stylistic influences, along with period photographs.
Through January 4, 2020
Betye Saar: The Legends of Black Girl’s Window
Born in 1926, Betye Saar is best known for the fantastical assemblage-style works she began in the 1960s as well as her depictions of the African-American experience. She is now receiving long-overdue institutional recognition: MoMA, which recently acquired 42 rare early works on paper, is mounting a show dedicated to her printmaking practice. (Simultaneously, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is showcasing Saar’s personal sketchbooks and finished works in an exhibition titled “Betye Saar: Call and Response,” which runs through April 5, 2020.)
November 3–March 15, 2020
Legends of Speed
The evolution of race car design is showcased through some 20 iconic autos, proving that they are not only feats of engineering but also works of art. Accompanying the cars are stories of the legendary drivers behind the wheels. Among the highlights are a 1927 Bugatti Type 35 driven by Hellé Nice, a French dancer turned Grand Prix racer; a 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe; and the 1973 Porsche 917/30, one of the most powerful race cars ever constructed.
November 22–March 29, 2020
James Turrell: Passages of Light
For the past 50 years, American artist James Turrell has been fixated on the way light can be manipulated through space and color. This survey exhibition presents works from the 1960s to today and includes both small-scale studies as well as new works conceived for the museum. Don’t miss the drawings and models made for the famed Roden Crater, the dormant volcano in the northern Arizona desert that the artist has been converting into an elaborate celestial observatory since he acquired the dramatic site more than 40 years ago.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Late Fall issue under the headline “What’s On View.” Subscribe to the magazine.