Arts Agenda: Festivals and fashion exhibits among offerings during spring


Festivals and fashion exhibitions bloom in springtime. Museum exhibits focus on such cultural icons as Frank Lloyd Wright, Picasso and van Gogh.


Anchorage --
"Gold," an exhibit at the Anchorage Museum from May 30 to Aug. 2, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Alaskan statehood. Doubloons from sunken Spanish galleons, a gold-plated room and one of Beyonce's Grammy awards are among the items featured.

Boston -- The Museum of Fine Arts looks at 16th century Venetian painting through the work of three of its greatest artists in "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" through Aug. 16. The museum also looks at a key period in a photographer's career in "Viva Mexico! Edward Weston and His Contemporaries" from May 30 to Nov. 2.

The Institute of Contemporary Art features "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" through Aug. 16. This marks the first museum retrospective of the artist known for his Barack Obama "Hope" poster.

agenda050409bCharleston, S.C. -- The Spoleto Festival USA takes over sites throughout the city from May 22 to June 7 with 43 productions featuring world-class artists in music, theater and dance.

Chicago -- The Field Museum focuses on treasures from the ancient Near East in "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects From the Cradle of Civilization" through July 5.

Los Angeles -- "Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture Around the Bay of Naples" is the attraction at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Oct. 4.

New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute examines the relationship between high fashion and beauty in "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" from May 6 to Aug. 9. In "Francis Bacon: A Centenary Retrospective" from May 20 to Aug. 16, the Met explores the celebrated painter's work over the course of his career.

The International Center of Photography continues its Year of Fashion with three exhibitions running concurrently from May 15 to Sept. 6. Along with the centerpiece, "Avedon Fashion 1944-2000," the other exhibits are "David Seidner: Paris Fashions, 1945" and "John Wood: Quiet Protest."

Both extinct and living animals are featured in "Extreme Mammals" at the American Museum of Natural History from May 16 to Jan. 3, an exhibition that includes everything from touchable fossils to models, media displays and computer-animated interactives.

Two photography exhibits, "Landmarks of New York" and "Harlem 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara," are on view at the New-York Historical Society through July 12.

Drawings and prints of plants and flowers are showcased in "George Ehret: The Greatest Botanical Artist of the 1700s" at the New York Botanical Garden through July 19.

Kids and many adults will love "Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games," an exhibit at the Japan Society through June 14.

agenda050409aThe Guggenheim Museum looks at architectural giant Frank Lloyd Wright's work, his concept of space and its impact on modern life through three-dimensional models, original drawings, blueprints and video in "Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward" from May 15 to Aug. 23. This 1959 photo of Wright overseeing construction of the museum is included in the exhibit.

Innovative stage designs from the Russian avant-garde to American theater of the 1960s are featured in "Creating the Modern Stage: Designs for Theater and Opera" at the Morgan Library & Museum from May 22 to Aug. 16.

The American Ballet Theatre's spring season at Lincoln Center runs from May 19 to July 11.

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art pays homage to Anne d'Harnoncourt, its longtime director who died in June 2008, with an exhibition featuring many of the works acquired during her tenure. "A Director's Vision: The Legacy of Anne d'Harnoncourt" runs through July 19.

Phoenix -- More than 40 ensembles from the early 19th century to the present illustrate the influence of the Middle Ages on today's fashions in the Phoenix Art Museum exhibit through July 5, "Medievalism: Fashion's Romance With the Middle Ages."

Orlando -- The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, billed as the oldest nonjuried festival in the U.S., takes over downtown from May 14 to 25.

Santa Fe, N.M. -- Works by more than 170 artists are included in the invitational show "Native Treasures: Indian Art Festival" at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center May 23 and 24.

San Francisco -- Works paralleling the careers of two famed artists in two different mediums are linked in "Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities" at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from May 30 to Sept. 7.

Washington -- "Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life," at the National Gallery of Art from May 17 to Aug. 23, focuses on the work of the 18th century Spanish painter.

Williamsburg, Va. -- As one of the 10 cities participating in the Virginia Arts Festival through May 31, Colonial Williamsburg has some star attractions. Patti LuPone and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra are featured in Festival Williamsburg at the Williamsburg Lodge from May 22 to 24.


Aix-en-Provence, France --
"Picasso-Cezanne" at the Granet Museum from May 25 to Sept. 27 uses 70 works by Picasso and 30 by Cezanne to demonstrate Cezanne's influence on the Spanish artist.

Basel, Switzerland -- In "Vincent van Gogh, Between Earth and Heaven: The Landscapes," the Kunstmuseum Basel showcases a major exhibition featuring 70 works by van Gogh along with 40 paintings by such contemporaries as Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. The exhibition runs through Sept. 27.

Bergen, Norway -- The Bergen International Festival, held throughout the city from May 20 to June 4, features more than 120 music, dance and theater events.

Brussels -- Bozar, the Center for Fine Arts, features "From van Dyck to Bellotto" through May 24.

Bruges, Belgium -- Paintings, tapestries and 250 other objects of art show the lavishness of a royal court in "Charles the Bold -- The Splendors of Burgundy" at the Groeninge Museum through July 21.

Dresden, Germany -- With its theme "The New World," the Dresden Music Festival presents 41 events in 20 venues throughout the city from May 20 to June 7, including such top ensembles as the Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Enkhuizen, Netherlands -- In this fishing village north of Amsterdam, the Zuiderzee Museum presents "Gone With the Wind," an exhibition through Nov. 22 that shows how the work of top Dutch fashion, jewelry and accessories designers relates to the Dutch dress tradition.

London -- An era comes to life in "Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence" at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The exhibition, which runs through July 19, includes all elements of Baroque style, including tapestries, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and paintings by Bernini, Rubens and Tiepolo.

"Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle" is the attraction through June 14 at the National Portrait Gallery.

Madrid -- One of Spain's great artists is featured in "Sorolla (1863-1923)," an exhibition at the Prado Museum from May 26 to Sept. 6 that includes about 100 paintings as well as the artist's 14 "Visions of Spain" panels.

Paris -- The Pompidou Center looks at the work of two leading 20th century artists in "Kandinsky," a retrospective running through Aug. 10, and "Alexander Calder: The Parisian Years (1926-1933)," which is on display though July 20.

Stockholm, Sweden -- The Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival, at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and other sites from May 27 to June 6, includes productions, broadcasts and exhibits.

Tokyo -- Through June 1 the National Art Center features "Children in the Collection of the Louvre," an exhibition that includes 200 works portraying youngsters by such artists as Titian and Velazquez.

Toronto -- "Contact," billed as the world's largest photography festival, featuring the work of more than 1,000 artists, runs through May 31 at more than 200 venues throughout the city.

Vancouver -- A major traveling exhibition, "Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces From the Rijksmuseum," is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 10 to Sept. 13.

Victoria, British Columbia -- More than 300 artifacts are included in the North American premiere of "Treasures: The World's Cultures From the British Museum" at the Royal BC Museum through Sept. 30.

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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