Fine Art Happenings: April through May

Walk This Way | Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

Fenton Footwear, maker, T-strap Pumps, about 1937, velveteen and leather, Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 249. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society

Taft Museum of Art through June 6, 2021
From silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition to leather spectator pumps signed by the 1941 New York Yankees, Walk This Way features more than 100 striking pairs of shoes and spans nearly 200 years—from the collection of high-fashion shoe designer Stuart Weitzman.

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrity Culture of Paris

Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Date: 1887/88

Art Institute of Chicago through June 28, 2021
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made a career depicting the most colorful personalities of Montmarte – a Parisian neighborhood known for its cabarets and dance halls.  This exhibit features a splendid collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters and paintings that beautifully capture his dynamic, influential artistic style.

Steffani Jemison, End Over End

Toss, 2021 (still) – Steffani Jemison Steffani Jemison (b. 1981, Berkeley, CA), Toss, 2021 (still). HD color video, with sound, 42 min., 20. sec. Courtesy of the artist and Kai Matsumiya, New York

Contemporary Arts Center through August 8, 2021
This exhibition of works by Steffani Jemison, Cincinnati-raised, Brooklyn-based artist, brings together two videos, alongside a new suite of kinetic sculptural objects and conceptual drawings on glass that unfold as a series of experiments, reflecting Jemison’s interest in performance and the politics of embodiment. Together, the objects, drawings, and videos explore the symbolic, expressive, and material implications of the act of “agitation” and “turning.”

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