Labor Day looming, clients will want to catch this seasons special
offerings before they close. Major festivals, some free to the
public, are on tap, including unusual and interesting exhibitions
and programs with appeal to families and children.
Mich. -- Georgia OKeeffe and the Sublime Landscape, at the
University of Michigan Museum of Art through Sept. 26, looks at the
artists landscape paintings.
-- The nations oldest multicultural arts celebration, the
National Folk Festival, features dozens of performing groups along
with traditional crafts and food. The free festival will be held
from Aug. 27 to 29 on the citys waterfront.
-- After years of planning, the National Underground
Railroad Freedom Center opened this month. The multipurpose
learning center, with two theaters, six interactive exhibit
galleries and a hall for interracial dialogue, commemorates the
struggle of slaves to escape to freedom.
Wash. -- In this small village on an island, the Orcas
Island Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its seventh season
through Sept. 3. Along with concerts, the festival features open
rehearsals, free pre-concert talks and meet-the-artist
-- Machu Picchu, one of the worlds most spectacular
archaeological sites, has fascinated visitors since the ancient
city was discovered in the mountains of Peru in 1911. Machu Picchu:
Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas, a traveling exhibition at the
Houston Museum of Natural Science through
Aug. 29, includes objects recovered from the old Inca empire that
are on public view for the first time, replicas of portions of the
site and panoramic photographs .
At the nearby
Holocaust Museum Houston, other historic photos are on display.
Pictures taken by Otto Frank documenting the childhood of his
daughter Anne Frank and other family members, along with four
family photo albums, can be viewed through Dec. 31.
-- Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s at the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Oct. 3, is a gigantic show
that explores many of the key movements in art in the post-World
War II years.
Meanwhile, a look
into the complex world of an artist who was a pioneer in
earthworks, including the famed Spiral Jetty at Utahs Great Salt
Lake, is offered in Robert Smithson, at the Museum of Contemporary
Art at California Plaza from Sept. 12 through Dec. 13. The
exhibition, which starts a national tour at MOCA, features over 150
works, including paintings, objects, photographs and films to
illuminate the career of an artist and writer who defied
Conn. -- Creating St. Peters, an exhibition that was to
have closed at the end of August, has been extended through Jan. 9.
The show, at the Knights of Columbus Museum, features more than 140
artifacts rarely seen before in public. The show is highlighted by
Michelangelos study model for the St. Peters dome in
Conn. -- Boats, Books and Brushes with Taste is a Sept. 10
to 12 festival that focuses on literature with readings by
well-known writers. It also includes music, art, food and tall
-- Live performances at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Festival are held morning, noon and night through Aug. 30, and
theyre all free. Visitors to Lincoln Centers outdoor plaza and
adjacent Damrosch Park can see and hear everything from percussion
ensembles to dance groups to Chinese opera. Indoors at Avery Fisher
and Alice Tully halls, the renowned Mostly Mozart Festival
continues through Aug. 28.
Kids will welcome a
new encounter with an old friend at the Childrens Museum of
Manhattan. Oh Seuss: Off to Great Places through August 2005 offers
25 different activity areas and scores of interactive activities,
based on themes from Oh, the Places Youll Go! and other Dr. Seuss
Anyone interested in
design wont want to miss a major exhibition opening at the
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on Sept. 10 and running though
Feb. 20. Design=Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel
Whiteread focuses on little-known design works by noted Minimalist
and post-Minimalist artists of recent years.
The Neue Galeries
reprises the exhibition held when it opened its doors in 2001. New
Worlds: German and Austrian Art, 1890-1940 continues through Sept.
enthusiasts can venture to Long Island City, where the Museum of
Modern Art Queens hosts Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective through Sept.
27. The exhibition offers a comprehensive look at welded-steel
sculptures and other works by one of the top artists of the 20th
-- The city is a mecca for children and their families
with U.S. history coming alive everywhere. A trip to the museum
district along Benjamin Franklin Parkway offers a slice of history,
such as the story told in Chocolate, the Exhibition at the Academy
of Natural Sciences through Sept. 6. On weekends, samples often are
The nearby Franklin
Institute of Science Museum presents Titanic: The Artifact
Exhibition through Dec. 31.
-- If clients cant visit one of Englands stately homes,
they may want to visit the Peabody Essex Museum, where Treasures
From Chatsworth, A British Noble House is on view through Nov. 7.
Works from the 16th century home include paintings, sculptures,
gems, jewelry and books from one of the worlds greatest private
-- Nearly 100 works by such American artists as Frederic
Edwin Church, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Cole are on view
through Oct. 3 in American Beauty: Painting and Sculpture, from the
Detroit Institute of Arts, 1770 to 1920.
-- The fifth annual San Francisco World Music Festival
will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3 at the ODC Theater, the Asian
Art Museum and other locations. The event features performances by
international musicians, educational programs and a world premiere
performed by the Kronos Quartet accompanied by a Chinese leaf
London -- For an
unusual insight into the way British royalty lived at the site
where they resided, clients will want to visit Londons Kensington
Palace. Number 1A Kensington Palace: From Courtiers Lodgings to
Royal Home, an exhibition that recently opened and will remain on
view through next June, uses photos and artifacts in the apartments
rooms to present a picture of those who lived there from the 1700s
through 2000, including two of its most noted residents, Princess
Margaret and Lord Snowden.
Austria -- Salzburg usually means Mozart, but in the fall
theres jazz from Oct. 29 to Nov. 7. Thats when the Salzburger Jazz
Herbst takes over the city. Among the performers scheduled are Dave
Brubeck, Miriam Makeba, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the
Count Basie Orchestra and Patti Austin.
-- Clients have until Sept. 12 to visit the Art Gallery of
Ontario, the only North American museum to host the exhibition
Turner, Whistler, Monet: Impressionist Visions. Featuring more than
100 paintings, prints and watercolors, the exhibition explores
contemporary landscape works by the celebrated artists.
-- All the arts are in full swing from Oct. 28 to 30, when
Wien Modern -- a festival of whats new in music, dance, the visual
arts and film -- surrounds the visitor.
Longtime arts and
tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of the Travel Arts
Partnership Newsletter, which is published by Museums Magazine, the
Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge Corp. For more
details visit www.travelartspartnership.com.