Arts Agenda: Exhibits focus on Napoleon, Princess Di, video games


Outstanding works of architecture are on view at leading museums along with the works of Impressionists and notable 20th-century artists and sculptors. The varied range of exhibitions during the next few months also includes shows devoted to historic figures such as Princess Diana and Napoleon.



Albany, N.Y. -- The Albany Institute of History & Art offers a view of the pioneering days of Egyptian archaeology in the traveling exhibition, GE Presents Excavating Egypt. On view through June 4, the exhibit, with over 200 objects, focuses on William Matthew Flinders Petries explorations in Egypt.

Baltimore -- Louise Bourgeois: Femme, on view at the Walters Art Museum from Feb. 11 to May 21, looks at the artists fascination with the female form with works drawn from all phases of her career. In a companion venture, the Contemporary Museum will present nine related copper-plate etchings by Bourgeois and a film from Feb. 11 to April 21.

The Baltimore Museum of Art focuses on the work of one of earliest African-American artists to win world acclaim in Henry Ossawa Tanner and the Lure of Paris, through May 24.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Frank Stella 1958, at Harvard Universitys Arthur M. Sackler Museum through May 7, looks closely at a single year at the beginning of a prominent American artists career.

Chicago -- The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present, at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum from Feb. 11 to Sept. 3, is a comprehensive, three-part project including two visual art exhibitions and an interactive gallery. 

The Museum of Science and Industry reprises one of its most popular exhibits with several additions through April 30. Game On 2.0: The History, Culture and Future of Video Games explores 40 years of video game history and offers more than 100 games for visitors to play.

Dayton, Ohio -- Diana, a Celebration, at the Dayton Art Institute from Feb. 18 to June 11, features more than 150 objects associated with the celebrated princess, including her wedding gown.

Katonah, N.Y. -- The suburbs are under close scrutiny in two companion exhibits in New Yorks Westchester County. I, the Burbs is a multimedia exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Arts through April 9 that examines modern-day, suburban life through the works of contemporary artists.

In nearby Yonkers, the Hudson River Museum features Westchester: The American Suburb, 1875-2000 through May 28. Each museum is offering attendees free passes to the corresponding exhibition.

Minneapolis -- The Childrens Theater Co. offers the world premiere of a production that promises a fun time for adults as well as youngsters. Reeling, inspired by silent film comedies and Keystone Kops chases, runs through March 4.

Mount Vernon, Va. -- Washingtons birthday can be celebrated where George himself would have celebrated it: at his homestead. From Feb. 18 to 20, a three-day celebration will feature a parade with a fife and drum corps, early American music and military demonstrations. 

New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a view of the artistry and architecture of a famous architect in Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture Into Architecture through March 5. The exhibit includes models of soaring Calatrava projects from throughout the world, including a design for a World Trade Center transportation hub and striking sculptural works.

The Museum of Modern Art offers another look at architectural excellence in On Site: New Architecture in Spain from Feb. 12 to May 1. The exhibition features photographs of 18 recently completed projects and models of 35 projects now under construction. The museum also features a retrospective of a Norwegian artist in Edvard Munch: The Modern Life of the Soul, from Feb. 19 to May 8. It marks the first retrospective of Munch by a U.S. museum in nearly three decades.

The Guggenheim offers another retrospective, this one devoted to a giant in the field of sculpture. David Smith, a Centennial runs through May 14.

One of the U.S.s outstanding modern dance troupes, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, presents its season at City Center from Feb. 18 to March 9.

Phoenix -- Monets Duck Pond will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum through March 12.Although there are only 12 works in Collecting the Impressionists: Masterpieces From the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, each is special. On view at the Phoenix Art Museum through March 12, the exhibition includes paintings by Degas, Monet, Pissaro and Renoir.

Portland, Ore. -- The story of a journey of exploration 200 years ago is unveiled in Lewis & Clark: The National Bicentennial Exhibition, which runs through March 11 at the Oregon Historical Society.

One of Europes outstanding private art collections is the attraction at the Portland Art Museum. Hesse: A Princely German Collection is on view through March 19.

Seattle -- Benaroya Hall is the setting for a festival of the music of Caucasus Mountain countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Icebreaker III: The Caucasus, features concerts and symposia and appearances by composers and performers from those countries. The festival is slated for Feb. 17 to 19.

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Andy Warhols Dream America: Screenprints From the Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, features nearly 100 prints made from 1967 to 1981, including series devoted to Marilyn Monroe and Mao. The exhibition runs through May 28 at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Tallahassee, Fla. -- The Museum of Florida History offers a glimpse into the life and times of Napoleon Bonaparte in Napoleon: An Intimate Portrait, from Feb. 8 to April 30.

Tacoma, Wash. -- The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935, at the Tacoma Art Museum through May 21, examines the different ways that artists such as Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia OKeeffe and Stuart Davis conveyed their views of American identity through their work.

Washington -- An exhibition that explores the ways that Shakespeare was presented to children is the feature at the Folger Shakespeare Library through May 13. Golden Lads and Lasses: Shakespeare for Children, includes paintings, books, comics, toys and DVDs.

A controversial art movement receives its due in Dada at the National Gallery of Art from Feb. 19 to May 14.

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Through April 16, the Norton Museum of Art looks at Matisse in Transition: Around Lorette, 1916-1917, an exhibition that focuses on a single year in the artists life when Lorette, a young Italian model, was the subject of his paintings.



London -- Aficionados of art with supernatural themes will relish the Tate Britain exhibition Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination on view from Feb. 15 to May 1. 

Menton, France -- Le Fete du Citron, the Lemon Festival, is one of the French Rivieras largest events, with music, theater and a parade of citrus-themed floats. The festival is held Feb. 10 to 26.

Utrecht, Netherlands -- Fifty years after artist Dick Brunas creation of a fictional rabbit, Miffy, the Centraal Museum on Feb. 18 opens the Dick Bruna House, featuring a retrospective exhibition of his career.

Vienna -- The work of an Austrian expressionist is the feature at the Albertina through March 19. Egon Schiele includes about 270 works by the artist. 

Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and 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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