Arts Agenda: King Tut, Pissarro, Cezanne heat up the summer


King Tut is coming back to the U.S., and major art exhibitions are on tap throughout the U.S. and Europe. June also ushers in a very busy and eclectic summer festival season, with jazz, blues, country and classical on the docket.


Baltimore -- The Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art collaborated on an exhibition with over 75 French works on paper on display at each museum. The Essence of Line: French Drawings From Ingres to Degas runs June 19 to Sept. 11.

Boise, Idaho -- Georgia OKeeffe: Visions of the Sublime, from June 30 to Sept. 9 at the Boise Art Museum, spans the artists work over five decades and includes not only paintings by the artist but 24 photos of her by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, and landscapes by other American artists.

Boston -- The city is bursting with musical events, including the Boston Early Music Festival throughout downtown from June 13 to 19.

Other events include Boston Pops performances at Symphony Hall through July 6 and Boston Harborfest, June 29 to July 4, with over 200 events celebrating the citys history.

Chicago -- U-505 Submarine, a unique permanent exhibit and National Historic Landmark that explores in every detail, including onboard tours, the story of a captured German U-boat, resurfaced earlier this month at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Cooperstown, N.Y. -- Treasures From Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Erwin Church,  through Sept. 18 at the Fenimore Art Museum, features works from the home of the famed Hudson River School painter.

Durham, N.C. -- Duke University is the site of the worlds largest modern-dance gathering, the American Dance Festival, through July 23, featuring dance troupes from seven countries, including the Paul Taylor Dance Company from the U.S.

Katonah, N.Y. -- The setting is unrivaled and the music is first-rate at the 60th annual Caramoor International Music Festival, June 25 to Aug. 13.

Kutztown, Pa. -- The flavor is decidedly Pennsylvania Dutch at the annual Kutztown Festival at the Kutztown Fairgrounds from July 2 to 10.

Las Vegas -- The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which recently ended a blockbuster show of Monet works from Bostons Museum of Fine Arts, has turned to the same Boston source for its new exhibition. The Impressionist Landscape: From Corot to Van Gogh, through Jan. 8, 2006, includes, in addition to works by Corot and Van Gogh, works by Renoir, Gauguin, Cezanne and Monet.

Los Angeles -- The King is back. The eagerly waited Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs begins its 27-month tour of American museums at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, June 16 to Nov. 15.

New Haven, Conn. -- Yale University provides the setting for music, theater and lots of talk at the annual International Festival of Arts and Ideas, though June 25.

New London, N.H. -- The straw hat theater season gets into full swing and the 72-year-old Barn Playhouse features some of Broadways top musicals and plays through Sept. 4.

A newcomer to the Barns festivities is an original musical by this columnist. Tall Paul, A Tall Tale: The Legend of Paul Bunyan is set for two performances on Aug. 8.

New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art explores a top artists fascination with textiles in Matisse: The Fabric of Dreams -- His Art and His Textiles from June 23 to Sept. 25.

The 20-year artistic relationship between Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro provides a vivid theme for the exhibition, Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne and Pissarro 1865-1885 at the Museum of Modern Art from June 24 to Sept. 12. The museum also features over 500 photographs by Lee Friedlander in the exhibit Friedlander, through Aug. 29.

The musics hot at the 2005 JVC Jazz Festival with more than 100 concerts at Carnegie Hall and elsewhere throughout the city from June 14 to 25.

And everyones invited to dance under the stars at Lincoln Centers annual Midsummer Night Swing from June 16 to July 16.

Philadelphia -- Abraham Lincoln comes to life at the National Constitution Center in the debut of a traveling exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, running through Nov. 4.

Rochester, N.Y. -- Over 100 performances, including gigs by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Sonny Rollins, are highlights of the Rochester International Jazz Festival at the Eastman Theater and other local venues through June 18.

Stockbridge, Mass. -- The Art of the New Yorker: Eighty Years in the Vanguard is the attraction through Oct. 31 at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Vail, Colo. -- The Vail Valley Music Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater from June 26 to Aug. 4, features three leading symphonies in residence, including the New York Philharmonic, which gives six performances between July 22 and 29.

Vienna, Va. -- The festival season underway at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts includes virtually everything for everyone, ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet to Don Giovanni to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Washington -- Portraits of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp are among the photographic works included in Irving Penn: Platinum Prints at the National Gallery of Art from June 19 to Oct. 2.


Brugge, Belgium -- Memling and the Portrait, at the Groeningemuseum through Sept. 4, explores the work and influence of Renaissance painter Hans Memling.

Garmischen-Partenkirchen, Germany -- From June 24 to 28, the Richard Strauss Festival takes over this Bavarian Alps ski resort.

Hultsfred, Sweden -- The area is rocking with musicians, dancers, jugglers and acrobats at one of Swedens most clamorous celebrations, the Hultsfred Rock Festival, June 16 to 18.

London -- Tate Britain showcases the work of the 18th-century artist who celebrated some of Britains most noted figures in his portraits. Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity runs through Sept. 18.

Spoleto, Italy -- The Spoleto Festival is held July 1 to 17. 

Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge Corp. For more details visit

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