Arts Agenda: Birthdays of Darwin, Lincoln loom large in upcoming exhibits

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Museums are commemorating the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's and Charles Darwin's birthdays with major shows in their honor, and leading 19th century artists also are featured in a range of exhibitions.

Domestic

Columbia, S.C. --
A major traveling exhibition, "Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces From the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales," has begun its five-city U.S. tour at the Columbia Museum of Art through June 7. The collection of nearly 60 works includes paintings by the most important names in 19th century European art, including Monet, Renoir and van Gogh.

Fort Worth, Texas -- "Art and Love in Renaissance Italy" makes its home at the Kimbell Art Museum from March 15 to June 14.

Katonah, N.Y. -- The work of top pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is the subject of "Lichtenstein in Process" at the Katonah Museum of Art from March 29 to June 28. The exhibit focuses on preliminary sketches, drawings and collages.

Los Angeles -- Nearly 300 works by 120 German artists from 1945 to 1989 are featured in "Art of Two Germanys: Cold War Culture" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through April 19.

agenda030909bNew Haven, Conn. -- The link between visual art at the end of the 19th century and the pioneering theories of a famed scientist are explored in depth in the Yale Center for British Art exhibition "Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts" through May 3. Included among the nearly 200 objects are works by Degas, Monet and JMW Turner. Shown here, Degas’ "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen."

New York -- The New York Historical Society kicked off its yearlong Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial with the first of two exhibitions, "Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words," running through July 12. The show includes rare letters and documents written by Lincoln as well as prints, sculptures and photographs of the 16th president.

"Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect" at the Whitney Museum of American Art from March 12 to May 31 showcases the work of an artist known for her use of text and nontraditional media.

The New Museum is home to a triennial exhibition, "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus," from April 8 to June 14 that includes nearly 150 works by 50 artists, all born after 1976.

"Fashioning Felt," an exhibit focusing on the varied uses of the material, is the attraction at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum through Sept. 7.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center recognizes the anniversary of a leading dance company in "40 Years of Firsts: Dance Theatre of Harlem" through May 9.

A noted tap dancer performs his blend of tap and flamenco in "Savion Glover's Solo in Time" at the Joyce Theater through March 22.

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- The Santa Barbara Symphony is host to the International Guitar Festival, held at sites throughout the city from March 21 to 29.

Savannah, Ga. -- The annual Savannah Music Festival from March 18 to April 5 features nearly 1,000 concerts. It takes place throughout the city's historical district.

St. Louis -- "Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty" through May 17 at the St. Louis Art Museum includes more than 125 works.

St. Petersburg, Fla. -- The story recounted in the recent film "Defiance" is the subject of an exhibition at the Florida Holocaust Museum. "Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers" is on view through May 17.

agenda030909aWashington -- A citywide Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration, "Living the Legacy: Lincoln in D.C.," with more than 80 Lincoln-themed concerts, lectures, exhibitions, performances and tours, is on tap through April 30. A highlight of the festivities is the Library of Congress' "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition," which runs through May 9.

The National Gallery of Art focuses on a key genre of painting in "Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age" through May 3.

"Morandi: Master of Modern Still Life," focusing on Giorgio Morandi's use of ordinary domestic objects in his paintings, runs through May 24 at the Phillips Collection.

"Louise Bourgeois," the Hirshhorn Museum's major survey of an American artist's work, runs through May 17.

Wilmington, Del. -- Through April 12, the Delaware Art Museum shows important works from the Victorian era in "Paintings From the Reign of Victoria: The Royal Holloway Collection."

Yonkers, N.Y. -- The Hudson River Museum looks at the work of noted illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, including his cover designs for the Saturday Evening Post, in "J.C. Leyendecker: America's 'Other' Illustrator" through May 10.

International

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -- The Sixth Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival from March 21 to April 2, featuring ballet, opera, the visual arts and classical and Arabic music, will be presented at the Emirates Palace and other sites.

Berlin -- The Berlin Museum of Natural History features "Darwin: Journey to Knowledge" through Aug. 12.

Cape Town, South Africa -- Forty bands perform in virtually every jazz genre at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, held at the Cape Town International Convention Center on April 3 and 4.

Frankfurt -- The Schirn Kunsthalle looks at a scientist's impact on artists in "Darwin: Art and the Search for Origins" through May 3.

Humlebaek, Denmark -- All periods of a famed Dadaist and Surrealist artist are explored in "Max Ernst: Dreams and Revolution" at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art through June 1.

London -- Visitors can sample the London Burlesque Festival at sites throughout the city from April 1 to 5.

Lucerne, Switzerland -- The Lucerne Festival from March 28 to April 5 at the Culture and Convention Center and the Jesuit Church focuses on the music of Haydn and Handel.

Maastricht, Netherlands -- Billed as the world's leading arts and antiques fair, Tefaf Maastricht 09 from March 13 to 22 at the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress includes exhibitions from nearly 250 dealers.

Madrid -- The Museo Nacional del Prado will host the touring exhibit "Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective" through April 19.

Montreal -- The 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Bed-in for Peace, which took place at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hotel, is celebrated at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition "Imagine: The Peace Ballad of John and Yoko" from April 2 to June 21.

Paris -- Through June 29 the Louvre features "The Gates of Heaven: Visions of the World in Ancient Egypt."

St. Petersburg, Russia -- The Maryinsky Theatre is the site of the Maryinsky Ballet Festival from March 18 to 23.

Weimar, Germany -- The 90th anniversary of the famed Bauhaus design and art movement is celebrated in the city where it began with the exhibition "The Bauhaus Comes" at sites throughout the city, including the Bauhaus Museum, from March 28 to July 5.

Weimar also is one of the sites of the Thuringia Bach Festival from April 3 to 26, sharing the stage with eight other cities where Bach lived and worked in the German state of Thuringia.

Vienna -- More than 150 of Gerhard Richter's paintings and drawings are included in an eponymous Albertina Museum exhibit, which runs through May 3.

Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and author of eight books, including his latest, The ReissSource Directory of the Arts (AEBMedia, Chicago).

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