Arts Agenda: Feminist art in the spotlight in Los Angeles and New York


Feminist art is in the spotlight this month. Also, foreign museums are offering retrospectives of major artists as well as a look at the art of ancient civilizations.



Atlanta -- The Louvre Atlanta exhibition program is proving to be a hit at the High Museum of Art. The latest exhibition of works from the Louvre in Paris, "Decorative Arts of the Kings" through Sept. 2, features tapestries, silver, furniture and other art commissioned for the courts of King Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI.

Chicago -- The Field Museum focuses on 13,000 years of history with the opening of a permanent exhibit on March 9, "The Ancient Americas," featuring 2,200 artifacts. 

Complementing the Field's new installation is "Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries," from March 30 to Sept. 3.

Fairbanks, Alaska -- If you like your culture chilled, you might enjoy the World Ice Art Championships at the aptly named Ice Park, through March 25.

Kansas City, Mo. -- "The Dead Sea Scrolls" at Union Station through May 13, includes 10 scrolls and some 100 artifacts.

Los Angeles -- "Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution," at the Museum of Contemporary Art through July 16, is an international survey of the feminist art movement featuring the work of 119 artists from 21 countries.

Mobile, Ala. -- The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center offers visitors a close look at a cataclysmic event in "A Day in Pompeii" through June 3, including frescoes, sculpture and other objects. 

New York --A city and its art from 1888 to 1939 is the focus of "Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali," at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from March 7 to June 3. The comprehensive exhibition features 300 works in a range of media by many artists associated with the Spanish city, including Picasso and Miro. Among the works is Miro's "The Hunter," shown here. Another exhibit coming to the Met, "Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797," demonstrates how the Italian city's art was influenced by the Islamic world. It runs from March 27 to June 8. 

The Brooklyn Museum celebrates feminist art in a big way with more than 100 women artists represented in "Global Feminism" from March 23 to July 1, the opening exhibition of its new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. On opening day, the museum will restore the landmark feminist work "The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago to public view on a permanent basis.The museum also focuses on the work of a major 19th century American artist in "Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape" from March 30 to July 29.

"Van Gogh and Expressionism," at the Neue Galerie from March 22 to July 2, examines the Dutch artist's influence on German and Austrian Expressionism. In addition to several key works by Van Gogh, the exhibition will include works by Egon Schiele, Max Beckman and Gustav Klimt.  

The history of human evolution from our early ancestors millions of years ago to the modern man is traced in great detail at the newly opened Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of Natural History.

The Lerner and Loewe musical classic "My Fair Lady" takes the stage at Lincoln Center in a unique New York Philharmonic program. Performances of the semistaged concert will take place March 7 through 10. Featured in an all-star cast are Kelsey Grammer, Kelli O'Hara, Marni Nixon and Brian Dennehy.  

Robert Moses, the urban planner who changed the face of New York and much of Long Island in the mid-20th century, is the focus of corresponding exhibitions at two museums. "Robert Moses and the Modern City: Remaking the Metropolis" is at the Museum of the City of New York through May 28, and "Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Road to Recreation" is at the Queens Museum of Art through May 27.

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- "Celebrity," as explored by 41 artists, is the attraction at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art through April 29. The exhibit features film clips, paintings, photos and sculpture.

Tampa -- It isn't often that a city gets to celebrate itself on stage, but that is happening at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Through April 29, the spotlight is on a  new musical,  "Cigar City Chronicles: A Musical History of Tampa." 

Washington -- The Corcoran Gallery of Art is the only U.S. museum to feature one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on Modernism yet presented. "Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939," runs from March 17 to July 29.

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- The use of circular motifs in a noted American artist's work is explored in "Georgia O'Keeffe: Circling Around Abstraction," at the Norton Museum of Art through May 6.

Williamsburg, Va. -- The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg, which reopened last month in new, expanded galleries, features 11 new exhibits through mid-summer 2008, including "We the People: Three Centuries of American Folk Portraits" and "Cross Rhythms," a display of folk musical instruments.

Williamstown, Mass. -- The work of one of America's best-known pop artists, on his way to becoming an international icon, is featured in "Warhola Becomes Warhol, Andy Warhol: Early Work" at the Williams College Museum of Art through June 10.



Antwerp, Belgium -- The Royal Museum of Fine Arts is the setting through May 27 for "Prayers and Portraits," a display of 15th and 16th century Flemish diptychs.

London -- "The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings," at the Royal Academy of Arts from March 17 to June 10, includes about 100 works by the artist.

An unusual topic, social dancing at the Royal Opera House from 1940 to 1945, is the theme of "Dancing Through the Wars" at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms through May 31.

Works by noted European and American fashion photographers are featured in "Face of Fashion," at the National Portrait Gallery through May 28.

Madrid -- "Tintoretto," a retrospective featuring 60 works by the 16th century Venetian master, is on display at the Prado through May 13.

Through May 20, the Thyssen-Borne-misza Museum and the Fundacion Caja Madrid are joining forces to present "The Mirror and the Mask: The Portrait in the Century of Picasso." The comprehensive exhibition, presented chronologically and thematically, features 150 portraits and sculptures by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Hockney and Warhol.

Maastrich, Netherlands -- The Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre is the setting for TEFAF Maastrich, one of Europe's leading art and antique fairs, from March 9 to 18.

Paris -- Through April 30, the Musee Guimet offers a rare view of a trove of art and artifacts in "Afghanistan, Rediscovered Treasures: Collections of the National Museum of Kabul."

Toronto -- "Ancient Peru Unearthed: Golden Treasures From a Lost Civilization" is the attraction at the Royal Ontario Museum from March 10 to Aug. 6.  

Zurich -- A great sculptor's most memorable works, including "The Thinker" and "The Kiss," are among the treasures on display in "Rodin: A Retrospective" at the Kunsthaus Zurich through May 13.

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" (AEBMedia, Chicago).

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