The Art of the Japanese Fan: Selections from the Josephine West Ladd Collection
(through February 2, 2020)
Japanese aesthetics exerted tremendous influence on Americans and Europeans from the 19th century through a substantial part of the 20th century. This display captures the fascination of one American collector with folding fans as icons of Japanese design.
If These Walls Could Talk (January 15 - April 26, 2020)
Ginger Geyer's porcelain trompe-l'oeil sculptures of everyday objects placed throughout the Museum will set the stage for dialogues between Chlora (imaginary resident of the NCHM sometime in the past) and Ruby Virginia, her visiting friend, enacted by performance artist Jennifer Cumberbatch, dialogues between sculptor and actress, etc.
Numerous special one-time events are planned, dependent on the success of fundraising for this milestone museum project that will be followed by a reinterpretation of the Museum's "Dependency," the 9th-oldest building in Austin and the only extant habitation/workspace used by enslaved laborers (who worked on the construction of the Neill-Cochran House Museum).