COVER: Colossal octopus by Orra White Hitchcock, based on an illustration by Pierre Denys de Montfort, 1828–1840. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.



The world of Bill Traylor

A sweeping retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum examines the life and work of one of the most remarkable figures in American art
Leslie Umberger

Glazing points

A pair of reverse-painted-on-glass miniatures offers new insights into the work of early American portrait artist Benjamin Greenleaf
Brian Ehrlich

Radical modernist and a shepherd at heart

An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art offers an opportunity to appreciate the earthy, elemental spirit in the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi
James Gardner

Warp, weft, and the American West

An exhibition in Colonial Williamsburg traces the evolution of Navajo pictorial weavings
Kimberly Smith Ivey

Caribbean twilight

The Jamaican artist John Dunkley invested colorful scenes of Caribbean life with a brooding sense of disquiet
David Ebony

Ornaments in the landscape

The Winterthur Museum in Delaware unveils an eye-catching exhibition of seven new garden follies
Carol Long

Art, science, and the Second Great Awakening

The American Folk Art Museum examines the work of Orra White Hitchcock, scientific illustrator and minister’s wife
Stacy C. Hollander

Art without adjectives

The Met’s exhibition of work from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation has the power to reframe the critical discussion of art
Elizabeth Pochoda