Arts Agenda: Monet, Matisse among artistic offerings for fall


From ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary works, fall offers an unrivaled opportunity to see art in virtually all its guises. New York will be of special interest to art lovers with the opening of major exhibitions and several new multimillion-dollar facilities.


Boston -- The Olympic Games may have ended but you will still want to catch Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit. On view through Nov. 28 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the exhibit features sculptures and other works of art from early Greek times as well as contemporary photos and images of modern athletes in action.

A Boston University Art Gallery exhibition through Oct. 24 focuses on a celebrated African-American artist in Jacob Lawrence: Chronicles of Struggle and Hope.

Columbus, Ohio -- Monet to Matisse: The Triumph of Impressionism and the Avant Garde through Dec. 31 at the Columbus Museum of Art is the first showing of the entire Howard D. and Babbette L. Sinak Collection, acquired by the museum in 1991. Included in the collection are 78 works by many noted Impressionists.

Therell be another reason to visit the museum from Oct. 5 through Jan. 16 when it presents Georgia OKeeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place. The exhibition, which focuses on OKeeffes landscape paintings, includes photographs of the sites that inspired the paintings.

Dallas -- Some of the most famous works of French romanticism and realism will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art beginning Oct. 17. The touring exhibition, Masterworks of French painting, Bonjour, Monsieur Courbet!: The Bruyas Collection of the Musee Fabre, Montpellier, includes 19th century works by Corot, Courbet, Millet and Delacroix never before shown in the U.S. A complimentary show drawn from the museums own collection, Before Impressionism: French 19th Century Art, is already on view. Both exhibitions run through January. 

Dayton, Ohio -- Another major collection focusing on European art is on view at the Dayton Art Institute through Jan. 16. Rau Collection: European Masterpieces spans 500 years and includes nearly 100 works from Fra Angelico to El Greco to Canaletto to the great Impressionists and post-Impressionists.

Denver -- A rare treat is in store for anyone interested in the pre-Columbian period in the Americas. Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca, on view at the Denver Art Museum Oct. 16 to Jan. 23, includes a display of more than 100 works of art, including ceramics, gold and silver jewelry, textiles, carved-wood ritual objects and monumental stone sculpture from the Tiwanaku culture.

Fort Worth, Texas -- A key figure in abstract art takes center stage in Robert Motherwell From the Collection: 1941-1990 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through Nov. 28.

Hawaii -- Pick any of Hawaiis islands and youll have until Oct. 16 to help celebrate the Aloha Festivals, billed as Americas only statewide cultural festival. This year Hawaiis youth is honored with concerts, parades and parties. 

Napa, Calif. -- Food, specifically rice, is the art of the moment at Copia, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts. Through Nov. 29, The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia takes a comprehensive look at the deep significance and meaning of rice in Asian culture through ancient ceramics, rare textiles, contemporary paintings and other artifacts.

Newark -- A fascinating period in history comes to life in the exhibition Nicholas & Alexandra: At Home With the Last Tsar and His Family on view at the Newark Museum through January. The exhibition includes more than 250 objects from five leading Russian museums and other sources.

New York -- The Big Apples fall art scene may attract as much attention as the Republican Convention did with key exhibits, new facilities and performances, and the New York Film Festival, which runs Oct. 1 to 17.

Among the Metropolitan Museum of Arts new attractions is one of the largest exhibitions of ancient Chinese art ever presented, China: Dawn of a Golden Age. 200-750 AD, Oct. 12 to Jan. 23. Other October Met openings include Gilbert Stuart Oct. 21 to Jan. 16, with 14 of the artists portraits of George Washington on view and, as a complementary exhibition, George Washington: Man, Myth, Monument, Oct. 19 to Feb. 7. Romare Bearden at the Met is on view Oct. 19 to March 6. The African-American artist wins further acclaim in The Art of Romare Bearden at the Whitney Museum of American Art Oct. 14 to Jan. 9.

A little farther up Fifth Avenue, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents one of the most comprehensive surveys of Aztec art and culture ever presented, The Aztec Empire, running Oct. 15 to Feb. 13.

Across town, the New York Historical Society offers a special exhibition, Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made America, through Feb. 28.

The performing arts will be in full bloom when one of worlds leading theater companies, the National Theater of Greece, makes a rare visit to New York for its production of Lysistrata Oct. 6 to 10 at City Center.

Fall heralds the opening of a facility for the worlds only museum devoted to art of the Himalayas. The new home of the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea features the exhibition Demonic Divine through Jan. 9.

Pittsburgh -- The 54th Carnegie International, a major survey of international contemporary art that includes more than 400 works, holds forth at the Carnegie Museum of Art Oct. 9 to March 20. To coincide with the exhibition, the city hosts the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts Oct. 8 to 24, featuring nine U.S. premiere performance events at sites throughout the city.

Washington -- From Haven to Home, a Library of Congress exhibition marking 350 years of Jewish life in America, runs through Dec. 18.

The National Gallery of Art explores the intriguing world of an artists exploration of lighting in Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, through January.


Edinburgh, Scotland -- The National Galleries of Scotland is the site of a major exhibition The Age of Titian through Nov. 3.


London -- The British Museum goes back many years for its archaeological exploration Sudan: Ancient Treasures on view through Jan. 9.

Helsinki, Finland -- The Ateneum, part of the Finnish National Gallery, celebrates the 150th anniversary of one of the nations most-celebrated artists in  Albert Edelfelt, running through Jan. 30.

Madrid -- The Spanish Portrait: From El Greco to Picasso, on view at the Prado Oct. 20 to Feb. 6, is a monumental exhibition spanning 500 years of artistic achievement.

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,

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