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
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
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
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.
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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,