America's major metropolitan-area museums continue to host major
exhibitions, but it's also worth going off the beaten path to see
some exciting and unusual exhibits at museums in smaller
Boise, Idaho -- Go west to see a spectacular
sculpture exhibition at the last stop of its U.S. tour. From June
19 to Sept. 18, the Boise Art Museum hosts "Degas in Bronze -- The
Complete Sculptures," featuring 73 works by the impressionist
artist. On loan from the Museum of Art of Sao Paolo in Brazil, the
bronzes are one of only four complete sets in existence.
Corning, N.Y. -- If glass is your thing, the
Corning Museum of Glass has an exhibit focusing on glass in
Renaissance Europe. "Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style
1500-1750" is on display through Oct. 17.
Dallas -- "Ellsworth Kelly in Dallas," at the
Dallas Museum of Art through Aug. 22, includes paintings, drawings
and sculptures from Dallas sources, including the studio of the
contemporary artist. The museum also is featuring "The Art of
Romare Bearden" June 20 to Sept. 5, with 125 works by the the
African-American artist on display.
Indianapolis -- Kids and their parents have a
treat waiting for them at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis,
which opens a permanent exhibition, "Dinosphere: Now You're in
Their World," on June 11. The show will enable visitors to travel
back to the Cretaceous period and experience the world of
Decidedly different experiences await the Indianapolis visitor
at the Indiana State Museum, which presents "Objects of Desire:
Cars and Clothes of the Jazz Age" through Oct. 3 and the
Indianapolis Museum of Art's Lilly House, which features "A Genius
for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era" through
Kauai, Hawaii -- If you're looking for
authenticity in your travel experience, you'll enjoy Koloa
Plantation Days Celebration July 19 to 26, a weeklong entertainment
fest featuring a crafts fair, block parties, Polynesian dancing and
Kutztown, Pa. -- The Kutztown Pennsylvania
German Festival, which lays claim to being the oldest folklife
festival in the U.S., also is one of the biggest. Held in eight
buildings and more than 70 large tents June 26 to July 4, the
festival, focusing on the area's cultural legacy, features nonstop
entertainment, more than 200 traditional craftsmen and Pennsylvania
New York -- Lincoln Center celebrates the
coming of summer with several special events. The Lincoln Center
Festival 2004, July 6 to 26, is a three-week parade of outstanding
events in every area of the performing arts by noted troupes and
artists from around the world. Midsummer Night Swing takes hold of
the Lincoln Center Plaza June 10 to July 16 for 27 nights of
dancing to live music.
New outstanding museum exhibitions opening in June celebrate the
art of two giants. "Childe Hassam, American Impressionist" runs
June 10 to Sept. 12 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and
"Constantin Brancusi: The Essence of Things" holds forth at the
Guggenheim June 11 to Sept. 19.
Philadelphia -- America's birthplace will host
a weeklong festival of free events June 27 to July 4. On the roster
are fireworks, movies, tall ships from Europe and the Americas and,
on July 4, the annual "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony at the Liberty
Portland, Maine -- From June 24 to Oct. 17, the
Portland Museum of Art explores an 80-year relationship between
U.S. and European artists in the exhibition, "Monet to Matisse,
Homer to Hartley: American Masters and Their European Muses."
St. Paul, Minn. -- The fifth and final year of
Peanuts statues will be displayed throughout the city through Sept.
19. "Doghouse Days of Summer" pays homage to native son Charles
Schulz and one of his immortal comic strip characters, Snoopy.
Santa Fe, N.M. -- As part of Russian Summer
2004, which continues throughout the city through Labor Day
weekend, the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts has on display
"Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home With the Last Tsar and His
Family." The exhibition, through Sept. 5, includes more than 200
art objects from the Imperial Court of Russia.
Saratoga, N.Y. -- Among the highlights of the
city's summerlong arts offerings are performances by the New York
City Ballet July 6 to 24 and the Philadelphia Orchestra Aug. 4 to
Lewes, England -- Europe's festival season is
off and running. The Glyndebourne Opera Festival's 70th anniversary
season runs through Aug. 29.
London -- The 2004 season at Shakespeare's
Globe Theatre, which continues through Sept. 26, has been named
"The Season of Star-Crossed Lovers." No wonder, since the featured
plays are "Romeo and Juliet," "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Measure
Montreal -- The Montreal Jazz Festival marks
its 25th anniversary June 30 to July 11. In addition to
performances by such artists as Tony Bennett, Oscar Peterson and
Wynton Marsalis, many free outdoor concerts are on tap.
Paris -- "Joan Miro 1917-1934," a major
retrospective focusing on the early years of the artist's career,
is at the Pompidou Center through June 28.
Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor
of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published
by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art
Knowledge Corp. For more details, visit www.travelartspartnership.com.