he creative work of museum curators
will be visible in the weeks ahead to travelers interested in
putting a cultural spin on their itineraries.
A listing of events centering on old and new masters, fashion,
photography and nostalgia follows:
Baltimore -- Through Jan. 4, "Work Ethic" at
the Baltimore Museum of Art shows how artists since the 1960s have
challenged the definitions of art and ventured into new areas of
Works by Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg and
Yoko Ono are shown and documented through interactive
installations, film, video and performance art.
Boston -- Oct. 26 is the opening date for an
exhibition that took five years to assemble. "Rembrandt's Journey:
Painter, Draftsman, Etcher," on display at the Museum of Fine Arts
through Jan. 18, includes more than 200 works from every phase of
the artist's career.
Denver -- Instead of placing its works in
storage while it undergoes renovation, Washington's Phillips
Collection is sending some of its finest pieces out on tour. In the
first stop of a five-city parade, the Denver Art Museum through
Jan. 4 is featuring "El Greco to Picasso from the Phillips
Honolulu -- If you're curious to see the
jewelry of one of the world's richest women, visit the Honolulu
Academy of Arts, where from Oct. 15 through Dec. 31 nearly 100
pieces will be on display in the exhibition, "Gems From the East
and West: The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection."
Clients also can visit Shangri-La, Duke's fabled oceanside,
Islamic-style retreat. The academy runs tours Wednesdays through
Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 pm.
Houston -- Houston's Museum of Fine Arts has a
photography doubleheader through Feb. 1. "American Vision:
Photographers From the West" includes Ansel Adams and Edward
Weston, while "American Vision: Photographers From the East"
includes work by Margaret Bourke-White and Edward Steichen. The
exhibits focus on ways the artists related to their geographic
Long Beach, Calif. -- The art of Fernando
Botero, whose oversize representations of people, animals and
objects have won international acclaim, are on view at the Museum
of Latin American Art. "Fernando Botero: The Evolution of a Master"
runs through Jan. 11.
Los Angeles -- Photography is the attraction at
the Skirball Cultural Center, where "The Photograph and the
American Dream, 1840 to 1940," surveys works by some of the
greatest names in photography. The U.S. debut of this international
exhibition runs Oct. 18 to Jan. 4.
Napa, Calif. -- The American Center for Wine,
Food and the Arts now is hosting two exhibitions. "Lunchbox
Memories," through Dec. 1, features colorful, metal lunch boxes
from the practical to the fanciful. "Salad Dressing," through Jan.
12, shows costumes and accessories created for art, fashion, drama
New York -- The Brooklyn Academy of Music's
Next Wave Festival, running through Dec. 6, features cutting-edge
dance, music and theater performances.
Beethoven lovers won't want to miss the New York Philharmonic's
three-week festival, "The Beethoven Experience," Oct. 21 to Nov. 8.
With two different programs each week, the Philharmonic will
perform Beethoven's nine symphonies and five piano concertos during
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring the "El Greco"
exhibition through Jan. 11, with 80 works spanning the master's
Across town at the American Museum of Natural History, the
Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites reopened after a major face-lift and
conceptual lift, with the focus shifting from classification to
process. The 158 samples on display include 10 giant specimens,
including the 34-ton Ahnighito, the largest meteorite on display in
On Oct. 18, the museum opens "Petra: Lost City of Stone," the
most comprehensive exhibition ever presented on the ancient Jordan
city. It runs through July.
Baseball buffs can take a folksy look at America's pastime in
"The Perfect Game: America Looks at Baseball," at the American Folk
Art Museum through Feb. 1. Included in the display are
baseball-inspired quilts, weather vanes and cigar-store
Philadelphia -- One of the most influential
fashion designers of all time takes center stage in "Shocking! The
Art and Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli" at the Philadelphia Museum of
Art through Jan. 4.
San Francisco -- The work of Diane Arbus, whose
portraits of odd, often freakish people were both insightful and
disturbing, is on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern
"Diane Arbus," an exhibition featuring 200 of her photos, runs
Oct. 25 to Feb. 8.
Washington -- The National Archives reopened
its renovated Rotunda exhibition space after a two-year hiatus. On
display are the country's most famous documents: the Declaration of
Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
A Library of Congress exhibition commemorates the bicentennial
of the Louis and Clark expedition and features another historic
document, the only remaining copy of a 1507 world map with America
Alvin H. Reiss, a long-time writer on the arts and tourism,
is editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is
published by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and
the Arts Knowledge Corp. For more details, visit www.travelartspartnership.com. Arts Agenda runs
periodically in Travel Weekly.