Exhibitions throughout the U.S. focus on
American visual and performing artists, from the 19th century to
modern times. Overseas, famed music festivals, both classical and
jazz, make their annual appearances.
-- Hale Woodruff in Atlanta, at the High Museum of Art
through Sept. 26, shows works created by the African-American
artist during the decade he lived in the Georgia city.
N.Y. -- In a little over a year, Dia: Beacon Riggio
Galleries, in a small town on the Hudson River, has established
itself as a key place to see art from the 60s to the present.
Housed in a 300,000-square-foot former factory, the museum mounted
its first in a series of temporary exhibitions with Going Forward
Into Unknown Territories. The exhibition of 1957 to 1967 paintings
by Agnes Martin continues through April 18.
-- One of the worlds most famous works of art becomes the
centerpiece of an exhibition at the museum it calls home, the Art
Institute of Chicago. Through Sept. 19, Seurat and the Making of La
Grande Jatte looks at the evolution of the work and its impact. The
130-piece show includes 40 works by Seurat related to his
masterpiece, reframed and reglazed for the exhibition.
Cooperstown, N.Y. -- Watercolors, oils and
wood engravings by a noted 19th century American painter are
featured in the Fenimore Art Museum exhibition running through
Sept. 6, Winslow Homer: Masterworks from the
Glimmerglass Opera features several performances through Aug. 22 of
the U.S. premiere of The Mines of Sulphur, an opera with a mystery
theme that won plaudits in its European performances.
N.Y. -- Richard Diebenkorn Prints 1948-1993 at the Katonah
Museum of Art through Oct. 3 marks the first retrospective of the
American artists prints.
-- The Minnesota Fringe Festival, billed as the U.S.s
largest festival of its kind, takes over the city from Aug. 6 to 15
with more than 150 shows in 20 different venues.
-- The Boss holds center stage at the Newark Museum, where
a multimedia exhibit devoted to the career of Bruce Springsteen
runs through Aug. 28. Troubadour of the Highway focuses on the
singers use of cars as a theme and includes photos, memorabilia,
videos and lyrics.
R.I. -- Its the 50th anniversary season for this citys
famed JVC Jazz Festival, which runs Aug. 11 to 15 with an all-star
lineup that includes Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick
Jr., Dianne Reeves, Ornette Coleman and the Lincoln Center Jazz
Orchestra (led by Wynton Marsalis).
-- Some 200 works by a noted contemporary American artist
are featured in Cotton Puffs, Q-Tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The
Drawings of Ed Ruscha, which runs at the Whitney Museum of American
Art along with a companion exhibit, Ed Ruscha and Photography,
through Sept. 26.
renovations, the Noguchi Museum in Queens has reopened. In addition
to its permanent collection and outdoor sculpture garden devoted to
the work of the innovative artist, the museums first temporary
exhibition, Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design, is on display through
A perfect segue
into this summers national political conventions is an exhibit at
the New-York Historical Society titled If Elected: Campaigning for
the Presidency. On display through Nov. 28, the exhibit looks at
the history of presidential elections from George Washingtons days
until the present. Included are scores of campaign items, among
them buttons, bandanas, banners, lanterns and slogans ranging from
Tippecanoe and Tyler Too to Keep Cool-idge.
The American Museum
of Natural Historys Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, through Oct. 3, uses
more than 200 live frogs to explore their evolution and
Philadelphia -- What has been termed the
last great decade of country music is the focus of the Print
Centers exhibition running through Aug. 21. Honky Tonk: Portraits
of Country Music 1972-1981, Photographs by Henry Horenstein,
includes photos of celebrities Minnie Pearl, Hank Williams Jr.,
Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.
N.Y. -- Youll be jamming at a jazz club and conducting the
Boston Pops at Making American Music: Rhythm, Roots & Rhyme, an
interactive exhibition running through Sept. 12 at the Strong
-- A Dutch collection of modern art, Van Gogh to Mondrian:
Modern Art From the Kroller-Muller Museum, is on display at the
Seattle Art Museum through Sept. 12, before traveling to Atlantas
High Museum of Art for an Oct. 19 opening.
-- The Folger Shakespeare Library draws on its expansive
collection of 16th and 17th century manuscripts and works of art
for its exhibition, Voices of Tolerance in an Age of Persecution.
Running through Oct. 30, the show explores individuals and
communities that responded to hate and intolerance in early modern
Gallery of Art features Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art From the
Victoria and Albert Museum through Feb. 6.
Germany -- The sound of opera rings loud and clear at one
of the worlds top music events. The annual Richard Wagner Music
Festival takes center stage through Aug. 28.
Germany -- The Cologne Ringfest, Aug. 13 to 15, is free.
Featuring virtually every kind of music, the open-air festival
draws 2 million visitors a year.
dAntheron, France -- The keyboards the thing at the 24th
annual Roque dAntheron International Piano Festival through Aug.
24. The festival in Provence features more than 75 artists
performing everything from baroque to jazz.
Austria -- Austria pays homage to Mozart and other
composers at the Salzburg Festival 2004, through Aug.
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 www.travelartspartnership.com.