A Chicago exhibit focusing on our
Evolving Planet and a stage production of The Lord of the Rings
trilogy in Toronto are among the cultural events expected to draw
considerable attention this spring.
-- The High Museum of Art focuses on a contemporary
artists four decades of self-portraits in Chuck Close:
Self-Portraits 1967-2005 from March 25 to June 18.
Beachwood, Ohio -- Religious items,
including a section of the Temple scroll, one of the Dead Sea
Scrolls, highlight an exhibit exploring the shared roots of
Christianity and Judaism. Cradle of Christianity: Jewish and
Christian Treasures From the Land of Israel is at the Maltz Museum
of Jewish Heritage from April 1 to Oct. 22.
-- David Hockney, Portraits, at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston through May 14, features some 100 works by the artist from
the 1950s to the present. The museum also is focusing on the
explosive 1967 San Francisco music scene in Light My Fire: Rock
Posters From the Summer of Love through Aug. 13.
University Art Gallery is presenting nearly 150 images of the city
in A Photographic Portrait of Boston, 1840-1865 though April
-- The Field Museum opens a mammoth permanent exhibit
focusing on Earth and its evolution over 4 billion years. Evolving
Planet, opening March 10, includes nearly 1,300 specimens and more
than 150 interactive displays.
-- Works of art made in the Americas many centuries ago
are featured in Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya
Kingship at the Dallas Museum of Art through May 7.
-- The title of the exhibition might fool football fans,
but its quite accurate. The Super Bowls Show: Still-Life Prints,
Drawings, Photographs and Vessels at the Detroit Institute of Arts
through April 30 includes dishes, cups, glasses, vases, urns and,
-- A rich range of cultural objects from the Pacific
collected during the 18th-century voyages of Capt. James Cook are
included in Life in the Pacific of the 1700s at the Honolulu
Academy of Arts through May 14.
Indianapolis -- An exhibit through Oct. 31
at the President Benjamin Harrison Home, Death in the White House:
A Nation Mourns, includes artifacts, clothing and documentation
relating to the eight presidents and three first ladies who died at
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Angeles -- A traveling exhibition focusing on the
landscape paintings of a 19th-century French artist, Courbet and
the Modern Landscape, has its premiere through May 14 at the Getty
-- The Whitney Museum of American Arts Whitney Biennial
2006: Day for Night, from March 2 to May 28, offers a sweeping
survey of the latest achievements in art.
West Side, the Armory Show International Fair of New Art runs from
March 10 to 13 at Piers 90 and 92 on the Hudson River.
From Queen to Pharaoh, from March 28 to July 9, the Metropolitan Museum
of Art takes visitors back to Egypts 18th Dynasty for sculpture and
decorative arts. The Met also features a textile exhibit through
Sept. 24, The Fabric of Life: Ikat Textiles of Indonesia.
Klee and America,
at the Neue Galerie from March 9 to May 22, includes more than 60
paintings and drawings by Swiss artist Paul Klee.
Irving Berlin is
back home in the Big Apple in Show Business! Irving Berlins
Broadway at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at
Lincoln Center. The vivid exhibition, through May 26, includes
everything from stage designs and programs to posters and photos as
well as sound stations for listening to Berlins songs as they were
performed on stage.
Museum of Natural History opens its new space show, Cosmic
Collisions, on March 18. The show features scientific simulations
and visualizations with narration by Robert Redford.
At the Brooklyn
Museum, William Wegman: Funny/Strange, from March 10 to May 28, is
a retrospective looking at 40 years of the sometimes quirky work of
Washington -- Through May 14, the
Hirshhorn Museum focuses on one of Japans leading contemporary
artists in Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Center for the Performing Arts salutes country music in Country: A
Celebration of Americans Music, an exhibition of historical
posters, from March 20 to April 9.
-- The Really Rembrandt? exhibition at the Rijksmuseum
from March 9 to May 24 focuses on paintings attributed to Rembrandt
that might possibly be the work of other artists.
Discovery of the Past, at the Nieuwe Kerk through April 17,
includes more than 300 palace treasures and works of gold from
museums in Jakarta and Leiden.
Hungary -- Hungarys largest cultural event, the Budapest
Spring Festival, will take place from March 17 to April 2. The
festival will be held in venues throughout the city and features
music, theater, exhibitions and open-air events.
Museum of Fine Arts spotlights Spanish art in Picture in Picture
through April 30.
Hague, Netherlands -- Dreaming of Italy, at the
Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery from March 11 to June 25,
features works by such Italy-enamored artists as Turner, Corot and
-- The National Portrait Gallery celebrates its 150th
season with Searching for Shakespeare, an exhibition through May 29
featuring portraits of Shakespeare and focusing on the search for
the most authentic likeness of the Bard.
Maastricht, Netherlands -- TEFAF
Maastricht 2006. The European Fine Art Fair, March 10 to 19 at the
Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Center, includes participation
by more than 200 top art and antique dealers from around the
-- The theater world is focused on the Princess of Wales
Theatre, where the $23 million production of The Lord of the Rings
combines all three books of the epic into a single production
featuring more than 70 actors, singers and musicians. Performances
are scheduled through June 26.
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 (AEB Media, Chicago).