orld-class art exhibits, regional
concerts, unique theater presentations and outdoor festivals, all
these help enrich an overnight business hop or a long-planned
vacation trip. What follows is the first of an occasional series of
round-ups highlighting cultural hot spots worthy of any traveler's
• Beacon, N.Y. -- Dia Beacon is a 240,000-square-foot exhibition
space that most recently was a paper factory. Set on the east bank
of the Hudson River within easy driving distance of New York, the
just-opened museum houses works by such noted contemporary artists
as Donald Judd, Agnes Martin and Andy Warhol.
• Boston. Anyone fascinated by the life of Jacqueline Kennedy
has until Oct. 31 to visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum,
where an anniversary celebration is being chronicled as "The
Wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John Kennedy."
• Houston. A double delight of pop culture awaits visitors to
the Contemporary Art Museum. Running through June 29, "Splat Boom
Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art" showcases more
than 60 works of cartoon art. The museum also focuses on the world
of a noted pop figure in an exhibition running through June 15,
"Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith."
• New Orleans. The New Orleans Museum of Art kicks off the
Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial with "Jefferson's America &
Napoleon's France," through Aug. 31. The exhibition includes
Josephine's jewels and Jefferson's ivory notebook.
• New York. There's still time to catch the Metropolitan Museum
of Art's blockbuster exhibition, "Manet/Velazquez: The French Taste
for Spanish Painting." The closing date has been extended three
weeks, to June 29.
Although the Metropolitan Museum looks out on Central Park, tell
your clients to look in the museum to see the park. Through Aug.
31, the museum celebrates the park's 150th birthday with an
exhibition, "Central Park: A Sesquicentennial Celebration," which
includes original design renderings.
It's only a short walk from the Met to the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum, where a later era in art unfolds with "Picasso to Pollock:
Classics of Modern Art." The exhibition runs from July 4 to Sept.
Looking for some pop? Through Sept. 14, the Jewish Museum
provides a nostalgic view of some of America's greatest showmen in
"Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting."
Across the river in Brooklyn, colorful old pulp magazines of the
'30s and '40s come to life in "Pulp Art: Vamps, Villains and
Victors From the Robert Lesser Collection." Running through Aug. 31
at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the show features more than 100
magazine cover paintings.
• North Adams, Mass. MASS MoCa has an unusual show. "Fantastic,"
which runs through spring 2004, explores the relationship between
the paranormal and the utopian through the work of five
contemporary artists. North Adams is located in the Berkshires,
about a three-hour drive northwest from Boston.
• Philadelphia. U.S. history is on tap at the Atwater Kent
Museum of Philadelphia's new exhibition, "The Living Landmark:
Philadelphia's Independence Hall," running through Dec. 29.
• San Diego. "Degas in Bronze: The Complete Sculptures" comes to
the San Diego Museum of Art June 28. Running through Sept. 28, the
exhibition features a rarity -- 73 bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas
-- augmented by drawings, paintings and photographs.
• Vail, Colo. From July 18 to 26, the New York Philharmonic will
make a first-ever visit to Vail for a nine-day, six-concert
residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
• Amsterdam. There's good news for travelers with the reopening in
stages of the famed Rijksmuseum, which closed in April due to
asbestos problems. Rembrandt's "The Nightwatch" will be on view in
the reopened gallery of 17th century Dutch masters.
• London. Nostalgia reigns in London, where the Victoria &
Albert Museum brings visitors "Art Deco 1910-1939." Running through
July 20, the exhibition features over 300 items, including the 1930
foyer of London's Strand Palace Hotel.
Go back in time with a trip to the British Museum and visit
"London 1763," through Nov. 23 and even further back to celebrate
the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth. On the 400th anniversary of
the death of "Good Queen Bess," the National Maritime Museum in
nearby Greenwich is featuring the largest collection of the queen's
personal belongings through Sept. 14.
• Paris. A glamorous woman is being celebrated in "Marlene
Dietrich: Creation of a Myth," running through Oct. 12 at Musee
Galliera. The exhibition features more than 250 fashions and
accessories worn by the star in films, stage shows and in her
• Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. The Schleswig-Holstein Music
Festival is an event with an interesting concept -- a focus on the
music and musicians of a different country each year. "Great
Britain: May We Have the Pleasure?" is the theme for this year's
July 12 to Aug. 31 festival, featuring 130 events at 57 venues in
33 locations in such cities as Hamburg, Kiel and Luebeck.
Alvin H. Reiss, a long-time writer on the arts and tourism, is
editor of the periodical the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter,
(TAP), from which some of this material has been adapted. TAP is
published by Museums Magazines, the Arts & Business Council and
the Arts Knowledge Corp. Information on TAP is available at www.travelartspartnership.com.