Arts Agenda: Black History Month, influential artists in spotlight


Museums throughout the country celebrate Black History Month in February. Also, noted Impressionists and 20th century artists are in the spotlight.


agenda020209bBaltimore -- "A Circus Family: Picasso to Leger," at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Feb. 22 to May 17, features some 80 works by Matisse, Picasso, Leger, Toulouse-Lautrec and others looking at circus performers in performance and offstage. Shown here, Picasso's "The Acrobat Family."

Cleveland -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates black history with an exhibition through April 12, "The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive -- 1948-1983: 35 Years of the African-American Experience in Music."

Chicago -- "Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety and Myth" includes 89 works by the Norwegian master, along with others by such contemporaries as van Gogh, Gauguin and Monet, that probe the artist's career and artists who influenced him. The Art Institute of Chicago exhibit runs from Feb. 14 to April 26.

"Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship" is on view at the Field Museum from Feb. 27 to Oct. 25.

Through March 15, the Chicago Tourism Center focuses on "Exquisite City -- City of Cardboard," an exhibit that includes buildings, parks and neighborhood scenes made almost entirely of cardboard.

Fairbanks, Alaska -- From Feb. 24 to March 22, the aptly named Ice Park, which includes a Kids Park made entirely of ice, features the World Ice Art Championships, with more than 70 teams from around the world competing.

Los Angeles -- The Getty Center focuses on the Carracci family of painters in "Captured Emotions: Baroque Paintings in Bologna, 1575-1725" through May 3.

Milwaukee -- The work of a gifted Rembrandt contemporary is featured in the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition "Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered" from Feb. 7 to April 26.

Naples, Fla. -- More than 300 juried artists are included in the annual Naples National Art Festival in Cambier Park and nearby locations Feb. 21 and 22.

The Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art features a retrospective, "The Baroque World of Fernando Botero," through May 3 and "Norman Rockwell: American Imagist" through April 11.

New Orleans -- "Frederick J. Brown: New Portraits of Jazz Greats," at the New Orleans Museum of Art from Feb. 7 to April 26, highlights the work of the African-American painter.

New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art focuses on an artist's later work in "Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors" through April 19. "Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture From Renaissance to Revolution" is at the Met from Feb. 24 to May 24.

The annual Art Dealers Association of America exhibition, the Art Show, is at the Park Avenue Armory from Feb. 19 to 23.

A key exhibition, "Brucke: The Birth of Expressionism in Dresden and Berlin, 1905-1913," fills the entire Neue Galerie from Feb. 26 to June 29.

From Feb. 10 to May 10, the Frick Collection looks at "Masterpieces of European Painting From the Norton Simon Museum."

Designer outfits in Gothic settings are the attraction in "Dark Glamour" at the Fashion Institute of Technology Museum through Feb. 21.

The New York Flamenco Festival will take place at City Center, Carnegie Hall and New York University's Skirball Center from Feb. 13 to 22.

Palm Beach, Fla. -- The American International Fine Art Fair at the Palm Beach Convention Center from Feb. 4 to 8 draws 100 exhibitors from 13 countries.

agenda020209aPhiladelphia -- The big attraction in town is "Cezanne and Beyond," an exhibition of 150 works, 60 of them by Cezanne, that explores in depth the artist's influence on leading 20th century artists. The exhibition is on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Feb. 26 to May 17. Pictured, Cezanne's "The Bay of Marseille, Seen from L'Estaque."

"America I Am: The African American Imprint," at the National Constitution Center through May 3, uses artifacts, music and narration to explore 400 years of African-American contributions to America.

A sweet smell emanates from the annual Philadelphia Flower Show from March 1 to 8 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the theme is "Bella Italia," focusing on Italy's landscapes, gardens and culture.

San Diego -- "Black Womanhood," through April 26 at the San Diego Museum of Art, features more than 100 works.

San Francisco -- A prominent artist's association with music provides the focus for "Warhol Live" at the de Young Museum from Feb. 14 to May 17.

Savannah, Ga. -- Through Feb. 15, many sites throughout the city join together in the 20th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

St. Louis -- The 100th anniversary of the birth of a noted African-American dancer is celebrated in "Katherine Dunham: Beyond the Dance" at the Missouri History Museum through Nov. 8.

Washington -- Dance is on tap at the Kennedy Center this month with appearances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from Feb. 3 to 8, the Washington Ballet from Feb. 11 to 15 and the American Ballet Theatre from Feb. 17 to 22.

The historic Ford's Theatre reopens Feb. 3 with a new play about Abraham Lincoln, "The Heavens Are Hung in Black," which runs through March 8.

Williamstown, Mass. -- More than 80 oils, drawings, posters and lithographs are featured in "Toulouse-Lautrec and Paris" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute through April 26.


Amsterdam -- "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night" comes to the van Gogh Museum on Feb. 13 and runs until June 7, following its successful showing at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Berlin -- The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will be held at sites throughout the city from Feb. 5 to 15.

The Brucke Museum hosts "Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in Berlin" through March 15.

Bremerhaven, Germany -- The German Emigration Center looks at inland migration in a city across the sea in "The Flight After the Flood: New Orleans -- the City Left Behind." The exhibit, through May 10, includes as a centerpiece the "Floodwall" installation of discarded dresser drawers.

London -- A famed artist's relationship to art traditions is the theme of "Picasso: Challenging the Past" at the National Gallery from Feb. 25 to June 7.

"Van Dyck and Britain," at Tate Britain from Feb. 18 to May 17, examines the Flemish painter's influence on British art.

In "Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones," at the Victoria & Albert Museum from Feb. 24 to May 31, a hat designer selected some 300 hats for viewing, dating from 600 B.C. to the 1950s.

Madrid -- The international contemporary art fair, Arco Madrid, with a special focus on the art of India, will be held at the Isema pavilion from Feb. 11 to 16.

Montreal -- The Montreal High Lights Festival in the historical city center from Feb. 19 to March 1 includes concerts, exhibits and shows along with gastronomic activities.

Munich -- "Kandinsky -- Complete Prints" through Feb. 22 at the Lenbachhaus is the museum's last exhibition before closing for renovations.

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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