Costumes of Downton Abbey
Nick Briggs, Carnival Film and Television


The world’s largest folk art fair brings thousands to Santa Fe during the International Folk Art Market, July 11 to 13, featuring more than 150 jury-selected artists from more than 54 countries. More incentive: The Santa Fe Opera, producing June 28 to August 23, will stage a season of classics, including Carmen and Don Pasquale.

A spate of summer shows gives artful meaning to window-shopping. Through August 10 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” will focus on the sculptural and scientific approaches the designer applied to ball gowns in the 1940s and ’50s. “Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede” at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, May 18 to August 24, pairs two great design icons of the ’60s and ’70s in paintings by Warhol and 40 garments by Halston, a Warhol collector and subject. And the “Costumes of Downton Abbey” brings the finery of TV’s Grantham family to Winterthur estate near Wilmington, Delaware, through January 4.

There’s more to admire than the foliage in a pair of outdoor galleries. From June 13 to November 30, Denver Botanic Gardens will showcase glass master Dale Chihuly’s sculptural installations that often mimic flowers, lily pads, reeds, and other flora. Both outdoors and in, Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley, New York, will showcase works by the celebrated Chinese sculptor Zhang Huan, best known for his Buddhist-inspired, often colossal works, through mid-November.