The emphasis in the arts is squarely on
the past, with a rich harvest of Old Masters on display in museums
throughout the U.S. To wit:
Ohio -- You might think youre meeting real people when you
encounter Duane Hanson: Portraits From the Heartland at the
Columbus Museum of Art through March 6. The exhibition features 22
of Hansons ultra-realistic sculptures of people. Another museum
attraction is Georgia OKeeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place,
which pairs 35 of the artists landscapes with photos of the actual
locations, on display through Jan. 16.
Nev. -- Both a location and an experience off the beaten
path await visitors to the 21st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at
the Western Folklife Center. The week-long event, Jan. 22 to 29,
draws thousands of visitors to poetry readings along with singing,
dancing, cooking and horsemanship.
Rapids, Mich. -- Henry Moore: Imaginary Landscapes at the
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park from Jan. 21 to May 8,
showcases 85 of the sculptors works in a 125-acre
-- Anne Frank: A History for Today at the Holocaust Museum
Houston Jan. 13 to April 2 explores the topic of discrimination
through photographs of the Frank family interspersed with photos of
historic events of the time.
-- The Pursuit of Pleasure at the Guggenheim Hermitage
Museum through Jan. 16 looks at everything from music to dance to
gaming to romance as featured in the works of such artists as
Titian, Degas, Velazquez and Picasso.
Angeles -- Three centuries of French drawing from a
notable private collection are featured through Jan. 17 in the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition, Passion for Drawing:
Poussin to Cezanne, Works From the Prat Collection.
Orleans -- The Convivial Art of the Cocktail at the New
Orleans Museum of Art through Jan.16 looks at the history of social
drinking by focusing on drinking vessels from the first century BC
to the present.
-- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a major art event in
the offing Jan. 15 to April 3. Peter Paul Rubens 1557-1640: The
Drawings, the first major U.S. retrospective of the Flemish masters
drawings, features 115 works.
El Museo del
Barrio, just north of the Met, offers Retratos: 200 Years of Latin
American Portraits through March 30.
Fraunces Tavern Museum downtown takes a close look at the life and
times of a native founding father in John Jay: The New Yorker Who
Changed the Nation, Jan. 18 to June 14.
Neb. -- A traveling exhibition worth viewing, Renaissance
to Rococo: Masterpieces From the Collection of the Wadsworth
Atheneum Museum of Art at the Joslyn Art Museum through Feb. 27
features 60 paintings.
Philadelphia -- Pontormo, Bronzino and the
Medici: The Transformation of the Renaissance Portrait in Florence
at the Philadelphia Museum of Art through Feb. 13 offers a glimpse
into great art of the 16th century.
200th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts kicks
off a yearlong celebration with In Full View: American Painting and
Sculpture (1720-2005), Jan. 11 to April 10.
Maine -- Early works by one of Americas best-known
photographers of the 20th century can be seen in Margaret
Bourke-White, the Photography of Design, 1927-1936 at the Portland
Museum of Art, Jan. 19 to March 20.
Ridgefield, Conn. -- The Aldrich
Contemporary Art Museum offers two new exhibitions Jan. 23 to June
22. Light, Sound, Space is a solo exhibition of site-specific
sculpture by artist Alyson Shotz, and a series of offbeat and witty
super-8 short films by Shannon Plumb features the artist dressed as
several different characters.
Petersburg, Fla. -- In celebration of the artists 100th
birthday, the Salvador Dali Museum presents one of the most
extensive surveys of his work. Dali & Mass Culture is on
exhibition through Jan. 30.
Germany -- King Tut will arrive in Los Angeles in June for
the start of his U.S. tour, but if you cant wait until then you can
visit Bonns Art and Exhibition Hall. Through May 1, you can see the
boy king in all his glory at the special exhibition, Tutankhamun:
the Golden Legend, Treasures From the Valley of the
Finland -- Winters here and so is the International Ice
Sculpture Competition. You can see it at the Helsinki Zoo, Jan. 17
and 18 and Jan. 24 and 25.
-- From Feb. 17 to May 15 the Tate Modern will present a
Swedish playwrights little-known but critically acclaimed paintings
in the exhibition, August Strindberg: Painter, Photographer,
Carlo -- What better way to celebrate the new year than by
going to a circus? The 29th annual Monte Carlo International Circus
Festival runs Jan. 20 to 28.
Paris -- The
Louvre museum is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the
coronation of Napoleon by focusing on a famed painting commissioned
by the Emperor entitled The Consecration of Napoleon Painted by
David. The exhibition through Jan. 17 features 50 works that pay
tribute to the painting.
You can get
another view of Napoleons coronation with a visit to Fontainebleu
through Jan, 25. The exhibition, The Pope and the Emperor, includes
paintings and other works of art commissioned by
-- Picasso and Ceramics is the featured exhibition at the
Gardiner Museum and University of Toronto Art Centre through Jan.
If you missed
Modigliani: Beyond the Myth in New York you can see it now at the
Art Gallery of Ontario through Jan. 23.
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.