Arts Agenda: Impressionists, music festivals in summer spotlight

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American Impressionists are highlighted in several U.S. exhibitions. Major festivals, here and abroad, are in the spotlight along with recreations of musicals from Broadway's golden era. And there are exhibitions on two European princesses.

Domestic

 

Baltimore -- "Rodin: Expression & Influence," at the Baltimore Museum of Art from Aug. 1 to Feb. 10, includes sculptures by Rodin along with works by Degas, Renoir, Picasso and other contemporaries.

Cleveland -- Photography takes center stage at the Cleveland Museum of Art through Sept. 16 in "Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs From the Cleveland Museum of Art." Included are 117 works from the early days of daguerreotypes and images by 20th century photographers such as Ansel Adams, Gordon Parks and Alfred Steiglitz.

Cooperstown, N.Y. -- Baseball fans should mark July 27 to 30 on their calendars; that's when the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn will be enshrined this year, on July 29.

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- The Florida International Festival, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra, takes place here and in nearby communities from July 13 to 28.

Jackson Hole, Wyo. -- The summer season of the 46th annual Grand Teton Music Festival at Walk Festival Hall runs from July 11 to Aug. 25.

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Bloch Building, which just opened at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, features two major new exhibitions. "Manet to Matisse: Impressionist Masters From the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection" runs through Sept 9. "Developing Greatness: The Origins of American Photography, 1839-1885," which includes about 300 works, runs through Dec. 30.

Laguna Beach, Calif. --People pose as figures in great works of art to the accompaniment of an orchestra in the "Pageant of the Masters" from July 7 to Aug. 31 at the Irvine Bowl. The 90-minute performance includes re-creations of Monet's "Woman in the Garden" and da Vinci's "Last Supper," shown here.

Lenox, Mass. -- Picnics on the lawn are a key part of the experience at the Tanglewood Festival, July 6 to Aug. 26 in this Berkshire Mountains town, where the Boston Symphony is in residence. Guest artists include Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Leon Fleisher.

Los Angeles -- The Hollywood Bowl summer season, which runs through Sept. 30, features concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and weekend programs, including staged musical performances of "South Pacific" from Aug. 3 to 5, starring Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell.

The J. Paul Getty Museum focuses on works by a noted 18th century painter of animals in "Oudrey's Painted Menagerie" through Sept. 2. In collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Getty features "Greeks on the Black Sea: Ancient Art From the Hermitage" through Sept. 3. 

New York -- If you're near Lincoln Center this summer, you're bound to find a program of interest. The Lincoln Center Festival 2007, July 19 to 29, includes such international highlights as the Kirov Opera's presentation of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" and performances by the National Ballet of Marseilles and La Comedie-Francaise. After the festival ends, Mostly Mozart is the attraction from July 31 to Aug. 25.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors puts on free performances daily from Aug. 2 to 27. Jazz giant Dave Brubeck and his quartet are among the scheduled acts, performing at the bandshell in Damrosch Park on Aug. 5.

The New York Public Library at Lincoln Center has exhibitions on two leading performers in vastly different disciplines. "Invention: Merce Cunningham & Collaboration" runs through Oct. 18, and "Molly Picon, Yiddish Star, American Star" runs from June 26 to Sept. 22.

They're kicking up a storm at the 92nd Street Y from July 16 to 26 at the Jazz in July program featuring such artists as Billy Taylor, Bill Charlap and Sandy Stewart.

The New York City Center's Encores program features a first-ever summer production. "Encores: Summer Stars" is presenting "Gypsy" from July 9 to 29, starring Tony winners Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines.

The Whitney Museum of American Art presents "Rudolph Stingel," an exhibition of a contemporary artist noted for using a wide range of unusual materials, including carpet and painted aluminum, through Oct. 14.

At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, "Daring to Resist: Jewish Defiance in the Holocaust," runs until July 4, 2008. "The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity and the Jewish-American Dream," through Jan. 1, takes a light-hearted look at popular vacation sites, including Atlantic City, Miami Beach and the Catskill Mountains.

The Children's Museum of Manhattan's "Gods, Myths and Mortals," an extensive interactive exhibition focusing on Greek mythology, runs through Dec. 31.

Philadelphia -- You have until July 22 to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see, "Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush," the first U.S. exhibition to focus on these 18th century Japanese artists.

San Diego --A look back at the French village where Monet created many of his masterpieces is offered by the San Diego Museum of Art in "Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915" from July 21 to Sept. 30. Also featured are works by other artists who migrated there to seek advice from the great Impressionist. Shown here, Theodore Robinson's "The Wedding March."

Santa Cruz, Calif. -- New music, including several world premieres, is center stage at the 45th annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music from July 30 to Aug. 12 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium (with the festival's final day at the Mission San Juan Bautista). 

St. Louis -- Decorative arts, including textiles, jewelry, furniture and silver, are highlighted in "Symbols of Power: Napolean and the Art of the Empire Style" at the St. Louis Art Museum through Sept. 16. 

Washington -- The Phillips Collection includes works by Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson and Maurice Prendergast in "American Impressionism: Painting From the Phillips Collection" through Sept. 16.

Williamstown, Mass. -- The roaring '20s are brought back to life in "Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy" at the Williams College Museum of Art from July 8 to Nov. 11. Featured in the exhibit are works by Murphy contemporaries Braque, Picasso and Man Ray; theatrical sets; costumes; and the music of Cole Porter.

International

 

Avignon, France -- Theater, dance and music are the focal points of the avant-garde Festival d'Avignon from July 6 to 27, held at the Palais des Papes and other nearby sites.

Bayreuth, Germany -- The Bayreuth Festival of Wagner operas celebrates its 96th season from July 25 to Aug. 28 at the Festspielhaus.

Galway, Ireland -- Ireland's largest annual arts festival, the Galway Arts Festival at Colmans Garden from July 16 to 29, hosts more than 400 Irish and international artists and troupes, including Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

London -- The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are the setting for an exhibition commemorating the 60th anniversary of the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II, then a princess, to the Duke of Edinburgh. "A Royal Wedding: 20 November 1947," which includes film footage and outfits worn by the wedding couple, runs from July 28 to Sept. 25.

Monaco -- Another princess is honored at the Grimaldi Forum from July 12 to Sept. 23. "The Grace Kelly Years, Princess of Monaco" is set in 15 rooms, each reflecting a period of the princess' life.

Nice, France -- Roman ruins and the gardens of Cimiez provide an elegant setting for the more than 75 concerts featured at the Nice Jazz Festival through July 31.

Paris -- Spanish drawings from the 17th and 18th centuries are highlighted in "The Golden Age: The Age of Enlightenment" at the Louvre from July 12 to Oct. 8.

Quebec City -- Next year is Quebec's 400th anniversary, but from July 5 to 15 you can get a preview of the city's vitality at the Quebec City International Festival, with most performances held inside the city's old walls.

York, England -- Historical churches and stately homes provide the setting for the annual York Early Music Festival from July 5 to 14.

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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