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
-- 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.
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
-- 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
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.
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.
-- 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
-- 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.
-- 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,
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.
-- 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
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.
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.
From Realism to Impressionism, an exhibit focusing on the life and
work of the German artist, is at the Jewish Museum through July
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.
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.
-- 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.
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
-- 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
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.
-- The Rembrandt House Museum
offers a major retrospective of drawings and paintings in
Rembrandt: The Quest of a Genius through July 2.
-- The Palace of Fine Arts
focuses on the work of a prominent Belgian neo-impressionist in its
Theo Van Rysselberghe Retrospective through May 21.
-- 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.
Spain -- The Museo Picasso
Malaga showcases 73 works from the Musee Picasso Antibes in The
Picassos of Antibes through June 11.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- 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
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).