Arts Agenda: Dr. Seuss show among places youll go in N.Y.


With 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.


Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Georgia OKeeffe and the Sublime Landscape, at the University of Michigan Museum of Art through Sept. 26, looks at the artists landscape paintings.

Bangor, Maine -- 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.  

Cincinnati -- 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.

Eastsound, 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 receptions.

Houston -- 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.

Los Angeles -- 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 convention.

New Haven, 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 Rome.

New London, 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 ships.

New York -- 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 classics.

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. 13.

Modern-art 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 century.

Philadelphia -- 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 available.

The nearby Franklin Institute of Science Museum presents Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition through Dec. 31.

Salem, Mass. -- 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 libraries.

San Diego -- 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.

San Francisco -- 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 player.


An exhibit at Londons Kensington Palace offers insight into the royals who lived there.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.

Salzburg, 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.

Toronto -- 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.

Vienna -- 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

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