Arts Agenda: Exhibits pay tribute to historic figures


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:


Columbus, 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.

Elko, 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.

Grand 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 setting.

Houston -- 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.

Las Vegas -- 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.

Los 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.

New 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.

New York -- 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.

The historical 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.

Omaha, 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.

Celebrating its 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.

Portland, 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.

St. 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.


Bonn, 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 Kings.

Helsinki, 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.


London -- 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, Writer.

Monte 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.

The Louvre in Paris is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the coronation of Napoleon with some 50 works that pay tribute to the painting The Consecrations of Napoleon Painted by David.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 Napoleon.

Toronto -- Picasso and Ceramics is the featured exhibition at the Gardiner Museum and University of Toronto Art Centre through Jan. 23.

If you missed Modigliani: Beyond the Myth in New York you can see it now at the Art Gallery of Ontario through Jan. 23.

Long-time 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

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