Arts Agenda: From Garden to Aviary, spring is busting out all over


Spring heralds the performing arts with everything from Shakespeare to Shostakovich plus dance, jazz and country music on center stage. The visual arts are well represented with major exhibitions of classical and contemporary artists on tap.



Albuquerque, N.M. -- North Americas largest Pow Wow, the annual Gathering of Nations, featuring Native American music, dance and food, will be held at the University of New Mexico Arena April 27 to 29.

Atlanta -- Niki in the Garden, an exhibition of the massive and whimsical outdoor sculptures of Niki de Saint Phalle, is the attraction at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from April 29 to Oct. 31.

Boise, Idaho -- Downtown sites will be buzzing with music at the annual Gene Harris Jazz Festival, named for the noted jazz pianist who was born in the city, from April 6 to 9. Latin jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez is the headliner.

Chicago -- The Art Institute of Chicago looks at the centuries-old ceramic art of Indian communities in Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest through June 18.

Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius at the Museum of Science and Industry from April 14 to Sept. 4, offers total immersion into the life and work of the artist and includes more than 60 large-scale models of some of his most innovative designs.

Los Angeles -- The first stop for a major traveling exhibition from the first experimental museum in the U.S. runs from April 23 to Aug. 20 at the Hammer Museum. Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, The Societe Anonyme: Modernism for America, focuses on a society founded in 1920 to promote contemporary art to Americans and includes 240 works by such artists as Brancusi, Duchamp, Mondrian and Kandinsky. Kandinskys Multicolored Circle (Mit Buntem Kreis) is one of the included pieces.

Miami -- A collection of Jewish ceremonial art by painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn, Avoda: Objects of the Spirit, is featured at the Jewish Museum of Florida through Aug. 20. 

Las Vegas -- Rubens and His Age: Masterpieces From the Hermitage Museum at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum through July 31 includes nearly 50 works designed, commissioned or owned by the Flemish master.

Nashville -- The career of one of the giants of popular music is explored in the recently opened exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I Cant Stop Loving You: Ray Charles and Country Music runs through Dec. 31, 2007.

New Orleans -- Even a hurricane cant silence the sound of music. The 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the Fairgrounds Race Course from April 28 to 30 and May 5 to 7 includes such performers as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Fats Domino and Elvis Costello. 

New York -- The performing arts take center stage with several key events. The New York City Ballets Diamond Project Festival at Lincoln Centers New York State Theater from April 25 to June 25 features new works by seven noted choreographers, including Eliot Feld and the Bolshoi Ballets Alexei Ratmansky.

Lincoln Center celebrates Shostakovichs centennial with performances by the Rotterdam Philharmonic of four of his symphonies on April 9 and 10, and the Emerson String Quarter performs all 15 Shostakovich string quartets from April 27 to May 14. Flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja makes her annual visit to the Repertorio Espanol with performances through April 17. 

Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from April 5 to July 2, features more than 150 works of Tibetan armor from the 13th through 20th centuries, many exhibited for the first time.

The New-York Historical Societys Audubons Aviary through May 7 includes 40 original Audubon watercolors, prepared for his masterwork, Birds of America. The works are so delicate that they can only be exhibited for a few weeks every 10 years.

Max Liebermann: From Realism to Impressionism, an exhibit focusing on the life and work of the German artist, is at the Jewish Museum through July 30. 

Lower Manhattan comes alive with film at the fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival from April 25 to May 7.

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art through Aug. 13 examines an American artists formative years in Ellsworth Kelly: Paris/New York, 1949-1959. An exhibit though May 21, Fit for a Princess: Grace Kellys Wedding Dress, celebrates the 50th wedding anniversary of the Philadelphia-born actress-turned-princess.

Andrew Wyeth: Memory and Magic, which runs through July 16 at the Museum of Art, has been such a major attraction that two nearby museums are presenting Wyeth shows in conjunction with the museum. The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., Wyeths hometown, is offering Andrew Wyeth: Master Drawings From the Artists Collection, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is presenting Something Waits Beneath It, featuring early works by the artist. Both shows run through July 16.

Phoenix -- Constructing New Berlin from April 9 to Sept. 24 at the Phoenix Art Museum is the first major survey of contemporary art in post-Wall Berlin.

The Heard Museum looks at the work of artists from seven countries organized around a desert theme in Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert from April 8 to Dec. 31.

Salem, Mass. -- The Peabody Essex Museum looks at the ways artists have interpreted the northeast corner of the U.S. in Painting Summer in New England from April 22 to Sept. 4. Included among the more than 100 paintings are works by Edward Hopper, George Bellows, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.

San Diego -- The San Diego Museum of Art offers a small but significant exhibit, Goyas Portraits from April 8 to June 18, highlighting the museums own painting, Goyas Portrait of the Marquis of Sofraga, alongside Goya portraits from other museums. 

Washington -- The Phillips Collection celebrates the completion of a major renovation project with The Renoir Returns: A Celebration of Masterworks from the Phillips Collection from April 15 to July 30; featured works include "Luncheon of the Boating Party." Another major Phillips exhibition, Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec: London and Paris, 1870-1910, which completes its run on May 14, focuses on the creative dialogue between French and British artists in the late 19th century.

Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Mexico and Peru, runs through May 28 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.



Amsterdam -- The Rembrandt House Museum offers a major retrospective of drawings and paintings in Rembrandt: The Quest of a Genius through July 2.   

Brussels -- The Palace of Fine Arts focuses on the work of a prominent Belgian neo-impressionist in its Theo Van Rysselberghe Retrospective through May 21.

London -- Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master, through June 25 at the British Museum, features nearly 100 drawings, including studies for key works, by the great Renaissance artist.

Malaga, Spain -- The Museo Picasso Malaga showcases 73 works from the Musee Picasso Antibes in The Picassos of Antibes through June 11.

Munich -- Ballet Week from April 17 to 24 at the National Theater features a Bavarian State Ballet performance accompanied by the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England -- The Royal Shakespeare Company launches The Complete Works, beginning April 6 with Romeo and Juliet. The year-long celebration, ending in April 2007, includes all of Shakespeares plays, sonnets and poems.

Toronto -- Frank Gehry -- Art + Architecture at the Art Gallery of Ontario through May 7, offers a detailed interpretation through models and film of five major projects by the noted architect. Through May 21, visitors can closely examine one area of a major Canadian artists work in David Milne Watercolours -- Painting Toward the Light.

Vienna -- The Spring Festival at the Konzerthaus, a 40-concert season through May 7, features the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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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