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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Museum of Manhattan's "Gods, Myths and Mortals," an extensive
interactive exhibition focusing on Greek mythology, runs through
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
York, England -- Historical churches and stately homes provide the setting
for the annual York Early Music Festival from July 5 to
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,