Arts Agenda: Exhibits celebrating works from Renaissance to modern day


Museums throughout the world focus on the accomplishments of artists from the Renaissance to modern times in exhibitions that look closely at interesting periods in both art and individual artists' careers.


agenda100608-bAtlanta -- The High Museum of Art features art from one of the world's great museums in "The Louvre and the Masterpiece" from Oct. 12 to Sept. 6. Nearly 100 major works spanning thousands of years are included in the exhibition.

Baltimore -- The Walters Art Museum focuses on more than 200 pieces from its own collection in "Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry" from Oct. 19 to Jan. 4.

Chicago -- The Field Museum of Natural History looks at 200 years of a powerful and influential society in "The Aztec World" from Oct. 31 to April 19.

Los Angeles ­-- The J. Paul Getty Museum through Dec. 7 includes works by da Vinci, Goya and Tiepolo in "Light Touch: Exploring Humor in Drawing."

New York -- The curatorial departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrate the contributions of the museum's retiring director during his 31 years at the helm in "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions" from Oct. 24 to Feb. 1. The Met also looks at the work of celebrated Chinese artist Wang Hui in "Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632-1717)" through Jan. 4.

Through Jan. 5, the Museum of Modern Art explores van Gogh's night landscapes and twilight paintings in "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night."

At the Frick Collection, nearly 40 statuettes and reliefs from every phase of Andrea Riccio's career are on display from Oct. 15 to Jan. 18 in "Andrea Riccio: Renaissance Master of Bronze."

Some 800 years of history and Jewish life in a German city are unearthed in "Erfurt: Jewish Treasures from Medieval Ashkenaz." The exhibition, at the Yeshiva University Museum through Jan. 25, includes 167 pieces of jewelry and other objects.

"New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters," at the Japan Society through Jan. 11, focuses exclusively on bamboo as a sculptural medium.

Through Jan. 4, the International Center of Photography examines the career of its founding director in "Cornell Capa: Concerned Photographer."

In "Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds," the city pays tribute to the 90th anniversary of the birth of composer Leonard Bernstein in some 30 events through Dec. 13 at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the New York City Center and other venues.

agenda100608-bOmaha, Neb. -- Mexican muralist Diego Rivera's paintings, drawings and watercolors will be on display at the Joslyn Art Museum in "Diego Rivera: Masterworks From the Museo de Arts del Estado de Veracruz," from Oct. 25 to Jan. 18. Shown here is "View of Toledo."

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art through Dec. 28 focuses on "Thomas Chambers (1808-1869), American Maritime and Landscape Painter," considered to be one of the first modern artists in the U.S.

Phoenix -- "Edward Weston: Mexico," at the Phoenix Art Museum through Nov. 15, documents the photographer's formative, three-year sojourn in Mexico.

Portland, Maine -- Monet, Pissarro and Courbet are among the artists featured in "Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism" at the Portland Museum of Art through Oct. 23.

San Francisco -- In "Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes" from Oct. 25 to Jan. 18, the de Young Museum showcases new sculptures, drawings and installations by the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

"The Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon" at the San Francisco Legion of Honor from Oct. 16 to Jan. 18 pays tribute to the contributions of one of the great art patrons of his time. About 150 works from nine Berlin museums, donated by Simon, are included in the exhibition.

Washington -- The Phillips Collection looks at the latest mammoth project of Christo and Jeanne Claude, who will drape silver fabric panels over 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado. "Over the River, a Work in Progress," will be on view from Oct. 11 to Jan. 25.

Through Jan. 4, the Smithsonian American Art Museum features "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities."

White Plains, N.Y. -- The Westchester Arts Council is one of 68 exhibition sites throughout Westchester County participating in "All Fired Up," an exhibition of ceramic art through Nov. 20.


Berlin -- More than 200 works by Paul Klee are featured in "The Universe of Klee" at the New National Gallery from Oct. 31 to Feb. 8.

Roseau, Dominica -- The 12th annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, features such artists as Sean Paul and the Tabou Combo.

London -- Raphael and Botticelli are among the portrait artists included in "Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian" at the National Gallery from Oct. 15 to Jan. 18.

"Rothko," at the Tate Modern through Feb. 1, looks at the work of 20th century artist Mark Rothko.

Nearly 150 photographs of such diverse notables as Rudolf Nureyev and Margaret Thatcher are featured in "Bern Schwartz: Portraits of the 1970s" through Jan. 4 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Paris -- The influence of great masters on one of the world's most acclaimed artists is the theme of "Picasso and Masters" at the Grand Palais through Feb. 2.

Prague, Czech Republic -- "In Memory of the Castle," at the Prague Castle from Oct. 23 to Jan. 1, celebrates the 90th anniversary of Czech independence by focusing on key events in 1918, 1928, 1938 and 1948.

Stockholm, Sweden -- The eye is easily deceived in an exhibition of more than 140 trompe l'oeil works from the Renaissance to the present. "The Deluded Eye: Five Centuries of Deception" at the National Museum runs through Jan. 11.

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 (AEB-Media, Chicago).

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