Arts Agenda: Museum marquees boast baseball, Beethoven

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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 expression.

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 Collection."

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 locations.

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 and advertising.

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 festival.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is featuring the "El Greco" exhibition through Jan. 11, with 80 works spanning the master's career.

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 the world.

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 figures.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting 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 Art.

"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 named.

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.

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