verything from Whistler to the Warner
Brothers, from Sondheim to symphony and from Norman Rockwell to Roy
Rogers awaits the culture-inclined domestic traveler. Here is a
• Baltimore -- "Whistler and Cassatt: Americans Abroad," at the
Baltimore Museum of Art through Oct. 12, offers nearly 100 prints
and drawings that explore the European influence on two of
America's noted turn-of-the-19th-century artists. "From Tent to
Temple: Life in Ancient Near East" at the Jewish Museum of Maryland
through July 20 will have special appeal to youngsters.
• Branson, Mo. -- There's something new at this stronghold of
country-western music, with the move of cowboy royalty from
California. A visit to the transplanted Roy Rogers-Dale Evans
Museum offers a peek at the famed horse Trigger and other
• Chicago -- The booming Chicago theater scene will be
especially hot this summer with the world premiere of a new Stephen
Sondheim musical at the Goodman Theater. "Bounce" runs through Aug.
• Dallas -- It's interesting to see Impressionist works that
focus on a brief period in an artist's life, as does "Renoir and
Algeria," at the Dallas Museum of Art through Aug. 31.
• Indianapolis -- In observance of its 50th birthday, the Nature
Conservancy has organized "In Response to Place: Photographs from
the Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places." At the Indianapolis
Museum of Art through Aug. 3, the exhibition features over 130
works by 12 photographers.
• Long Beach, Calif. -- Tea for Two -- and even more -- awaits
the visitor. More than 250 teapots, some dating to the Ming
Dynasty, are on display in an exhibit at the Long Beach Museum of
Art. "The Artful Teapot" runs through Sept. 14.
• Los Angeles -- Clients can catch a blockbuster show at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art. "Old Masters, Impressionists and
Moderns: French Masterworks From the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow,"
opens July 27 and runs through Oct. 13.
• New York -- You'll eat your art out through Sept. 7 at the
American Museum of Natural History's exhibition, "Chocolate." The
exhibition features free samplings every Saturday and Sunday at 1
p.m. Another dip into a brief period of an Impressionist's work can
be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where "Manet and the
American Civil War: The Battle of the U.S.S. Kearsarge and C.S.S.
Alabama" runs through Aug. 17.
• Philadelphia -- Your clients may be among the first visitors to
the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall -- three
blocks from where the Constitution was signed in 1787. The center
offers a multimedia experience to interpret many aspects of the
Constitution and its signing.
• Portland -- The Portland Art Museum is the first stop in a
two-year journey of the exhibition, "Becoming a Nation: Americana
From the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State." The
traveling show includes decorative objects from U.S. artists
capturing vivid moments in history.
• Stockbridge, Mass. -- "Freedom: Norman Rockwell's Vermont
Years," focuses on the work created by one of America's most
beloved artists during the years he lived in Vermont, 1939 to 1953.
The show at the Norman Rockwell Museum runs through Oct. 19.
• Washington -- In addition to the recently opened City Museum,
devoted to the capitol's history, the National Gallery of Art is
featuring a summer film preservation series that focuses on Warner
Brothers features from the 1920s and 1930s.
Alvin Reiss is editor of the the Travel Arts Partnership
newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazines, the Arts
& Business Council and the Arts Knowledge Corp. For details,
visit www.travelartspartnership.com. Arts Agenda runs
periodically in Travel Weekly.