A variety of festivals dot the arts
calendar in May and June, with events taking place in Charleston,
S.C.; Toronto; Leicester, England; and Cannes, France. Meanwhile,
major exhibitions here and abroad focus on such artists as
Nevelson, Hopper, Corot, Munch and Monet.
-- One of America's most popular 20th century artists is
the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston through Aug. 19. "Edward Hopper" features nearly 100
watercolors, paintings and prints, including
his most famous work, "Nighthawks," shown here.
Charleston, S.C. -- The
Spoleto Festival USA, featuring U.S. premieres of theater, dance
and opera from throughout the world, takes place from May 25 to
June 10. Highlights include a new concert work by composer Philip
Glass, the first U.S. performances by the State Ballet of Georgia
and the return of the Gate Theatre of Dublin.
Chicago -- More than 30
monumental sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, covered in glass,
mosaics and mirrors, are the attraction in "Niki in the Garden" at
the Garfield Park Conservatory through Oct. 31.
Claremont, Calif. -- The new Claremont Museum of Art, which just opened its
doors in a renovated citrus packing house about 30 miles east of
Los Angeles, features the work of a local artist in its opening
exhibition. "A Conversation With Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings
1953-1995" runs through June 25.
Hartford, Conn. -- Nearly 400 works from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of
Art's collection of Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo art are on
display through Dec. 9 in the exhibition, "Faith and Fortune: Five
Centuries of European Masterpieces."
Jamestown, Va. -- The
400th anniversary of the first English settlement in North America
is being celebrated this year, with the top event, America's
Anniversary Weekend, held at the Jamestown Settlement, Historic
Jamestown and Anniversary Park, May 11 to 13. The event, featuring
appearances by top U.S. and British dignitaries, includes musical
performances and cultural events.
Los Angeles -- "Zoopsia: New Works by Tim Hawkinson" at the J. Paul Getty
Museum through Sept. 9, treats viewers to a menagerie of zoological
forms using common household and industrial items and reconfigured
images of Hawkinson's own body.
New Haven, Conn. -- Paul Mellon, a renowned art collector who gave millions of
dollars and significant works of art to museums, is being
celebrated with exhibitions in his honor here and in Washington
(see below). To mark the centennial of his
birth, the Yale Center for British Art, which Mellon founded,
features "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" through
--The American Ballet Theatre's
spring season at the Metropolitan Opera House from May 14 to July 7
includes the world premiere of a new production of "The Sleeping
Beauty" as well as other full-length ballets, including "Romeo and
Juliet," "Cinderella" and "Swan Lake," shown here.
A giant figure in
the pre-World War I fashion world is celebrated in a landmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition. "Poiret: King of Fashion,"
presented in a series of tableaux, runs from May 9 to Aug.
famous female aviator is celebrated through photographs, ads and
print media in "Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon" at the
International Center of Photography from May 11 to Sept.
"The Sculpture of
Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend" at the Jewish Museum
through Sept. 16, features 66 works by the famed sculptor.
The cultural and
natural history roots of fantastical beasts of land, sea and air is
explored in "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" at
the American Museum of Natural History from May 26 to Jan.
Museum of American Art is exploring one of the most revolutionary
periods of the 20th century, tracing the explosion of contemporary
art and pop culture in the '60s and early '70s. "Summer of Love:
Art of the Psychedelic Era" runs from May 24 to Sept. 16. The
Whitney also celebrates the centennial of the New York City
Ballet's cofounder in "Lincoln Kirstein: To See Deeply," through
Aug. 25. The exhibition focuses on the work of three artists
important to Kirstein: sculptor Elie Nadelman; photographer Walker
Evans and painter Pavel Tchelitchew.
The birds are in
flight, artistically, at the New York Historical Society through
May 20 where "Audubon's Aviary: Natural Selection" features 43
watercolors by the naturalist John James Audubon, accompanied by
surround-sound audio of chirping birds. Through Sept. 30, the
Historical Society also is displaying more than 70 works by a noted
Hudson River School artist in "The World of Asher B. Durand: The
Artist in the Antebellum New York."
Phoenix -- If you're a
car buff, "Curves of Steel: Streamlined Automobile Design" at the
Phoenix Art Museum through June 1 will entice you with 22 rare
American and European automobiles.
San Diego -- A noted
collection of Victorian art, "Waking Dreams: The Art of the
Pre-Raphaelites From the Delaware Art Museum" is featured at the
San Diego Museum of Art from May 19 to July 29.
San Francisco -- "Picasso and American Art" at the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art through May 28, includes some 40 works by Picasso as
well as works by Pollock, Lichtenstein and de Kooning.
Washington -- The 100th
anniversary of the birth of noted philanthropist and art collector
Paul Mellon is being celebrated in "Paul Mellon and the National
Gallery of Art " from May 18 to Sept. 10. The exhibit includes
photos, documents and memorabilia illustrating Mellon's influence
on the development of the National Gallery.
Amsterdam -- Some 120
galleries from the Netherlands and abroad are participating in Art
Amsterdam at Amsterdam RAI from May 9 to 13.
Basel, Switzerland -- The Foundation Beyeler through July 15 is featuring "Edvard
Munch," an exhibition that includes nearly 150 of the Norwegian
Berlin -- A treasure
trove of 19th century art from New York's Metropolitan Museum of
Art, including works by van Gogh, Gauguin and Monet, figures to be
a crowd-pleasing attraction at the New National Gallery.
"Metropolitan in Berlin" runs from June 1 to Oct. 7.
from May 18 to Sept. 16, Berlin's Museum Island comes alive with
visitors as the centerpiece of the world's longest open-air
Budapest, Hungary -- More than 500 Mongolian objects are included in "Genghis
Khan and His Heirs" at the Hungarian National Museum from May 24 to
Cannes, France -- Films
by the Coen brothers, Quentin Tarantino and Gus Van Sant, all past
Palme d'Or winners, are among those in competition when the Cannes
Film Festival holds forth at the Palais des Festivals and other
sites from May 16 to 27.
Leicester, England -- Medieval music is the attraction at the Leicester Early
Music Festival from May 19 to June 9, held at concert halls and
churches in the city.
Murcia, Spain -- For
the 300th anniversary of the birth of native son Francisco Salzillo
y Alcaraz, the city celebrates with an exhibition of more than 300
works by the artist and contemporaries Bernini and Zurbaran.
"Salzillo, Witness of a Century" runs through July 31 at the
Salzillo Museum and two local churches.
Paris -- The Louvre,
which houses the world's largest collection of Corot drawings,
displays many of them in "Camille Corot: 1796-1874," from May 31 to
Tokyo -- "Claude Monet
and His Posterity" at the National Art Center through July 2
includes nearly 100 works by the French artist along with works by
some of the artists he influenced.
Toronto -- Luminato,
the Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity, takes place at
various sites throughout the city from June 1 to 10. Focusing on
the innovative and avant-garde, the festival includes the world
premiere of "Book of Longing," a collaborative concert work by
Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen based on a collection of Cohen's
poems published in 2006.
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,