You can't blame the exhausted for taking a break during the holidays. Even museums, those time-honored institutions of high culture, need some time to decompress after a year's worth of hard-won spotlighted exhibitions. It's not that November and December cause a mass museum blackout. It just means a museum might take its own version of a nap instead of making its behind-the-scenes employees scramble to mastermind and organize a major exhibition. (And if you ever wander through a never-ending maze of museum offices, you'll get a feel for just how many type-A personalities it takes to run the show. By late November, they're all fairly worn at their... More >>>
Freeze-frame of an era: Vija Celmins' "German Plane" (1966) is just one of many contemporary works in the show that comments on social and political issues.