Hollywood continues to provide thematic
material for U.S. museums, while European museums explore the
ancient cultures of African nations. Great artists of the past and
present also are on display, and jewelry shares the museum
-- If youve always wanted to be in pictures, or even if
youre just a fan, you have until Jan. 9 to visit the Museum of
Science and Industry. Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking, designed
in cooperation with Paramount Pictures, includes a Meet the
Moviemaker section and several dozen interactive spaces, including
a production room, design room, stunt room and a Soundstage
Experience where visitors star, film and edit their own
Worth, Texas -- Fun is artist Red Grooms strong suit, and
visitors will have a ball at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,
where Grooms Ruckus Rodeo will be exhibited from Dec. 12 to Feb. 6.
The work is a giant walk-through that re-creates the Fort Worth
Rodeo through three-dimensional figures and painted two-dimensional
Greenwich, Conn. -- Drawn by the Brush:
Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens at the Bruce Museum of Arts &
Sciences through January 30 features 40 sketches by the master
painter that helped him formulate concepts for later
-- The Miami Art Museum offers a major reappraisal of 20th
century art in Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s
through April 24. The exhibition, which focuses on artistic
experimentation with geometric abstraction, features more than 120
works by artists such as Ad Reinhardt, Barnett Newman, Dan Flavin
and Sol LeWitt.
-- James McNeil Whistler: Selected Works from the
Hunterian Art Gallery, through Jan. 2 at the Dixon Gallery and
Gardens, focuses not only on the artists paintings and prints but
on his personal belongings, including manuscripts and
Haven, Conn. -- Some of the most celebrated images of the
Holy Land, made over 160 years, are on display in Jerusalem and the
Holy Land Rediscovered through Jan. 9. The exhibition, featuring
David Roberts tinted and hand-colored lithographs, adjoins the
Creating St. Peters: Architectural Treasures of the Vatican
exhibition, whose run has been extended through Jan. 9.
-- One of the Big Apples seasonal highlights, the New York
City Ballets annual production of The Nutcracker, runs through Jan.
2 at Lincoln Centers New York State Theater. Jewelry is spotlighted in several new exhibitions in the
city. At the American Museum of Natural History, Totems to
Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and
Southwest features more than 500 objects, most of them contemporary
works, in a range of materials and motifs. The exhibition runs
through July 10.
American Folk Art Museum showcases Masterpieces of American Jewelry
through Jan. 23, and the Museum of Art and Design focuses on Seaman
Schepps: A Century of Design through Jan. 2. The provocative title of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts
upcoming Costume Institute exhibition, Wild: Fashion Untamed, which
runs from Dec. 7 to March 13, refers to the influence of animalism
on fashion. Statuettes from the 16th
century through the 18th century have been drawn from a
little-known but top-quality private collection for an exhibit at
the Frick Collection. European Bronzes From the Quentin Collection
runs through Jan. 2.
Across the river
in Queens, several exhibits are attracting interest. As another
indication of museum fascination with Hollywood, the American
Museum of the Moving Image celebrates the 100th anniversary of the
Loews theater circuit. The exhibition, From Penny Arcade to
Megaplex, featuring films and photos, runs through Jan. 31.
The recently reopened Noguchi Museum looks at
the artists involvement with the performing arts in Noguchi and
Graham: Selected Works for Dance through May 1.
Mass. -- The Peabody Essex Museum focuses on the little
known art of Nunavut, Canadas newest territory, in the exhibition
Our Land: Contemporary Art From the Arctic, on display through Jan.
N.C. -- Its well off the beaten path, but Seagrove, which
boasts the largest community of working potters in the country and
is home to nearly 100 pottery shops, has an exhibition that craft
lovers will savor. Through Jan. 29, the North Carolina Pottery
Center is presenting Santa Elenas 16th Century Spanish Kiln
Exhibit, complete with priceless artifacts and scale models from
the site of one of the oldest European-styles kilns in
Scottsdale, Ariz. -- For the first time,
but only through April 30, architect Frank Lloyd Wrights private
living quarters at Taliesin West, which he added to the site in
1940, are open to the public.
Washington -- The artistic repercussions
of the friendship between two of the 20th centurys greatest artists
are explored in detail in the Phillips Collection exhibition,
Calder Miro, running through Jan. 23. In Gerard ter Borch, the National Gallery of Art focuses on
the radiant work of the 17th century Dutch artist. The exhibition
runs through Jan. 30.
Letter writing in
Renaissance England, at the Folger Shakespeare Library through
April 2, draws on the librarys collection of early printed letters
and explores many genres of letters and the processes of sending,
saving and copying them.
-- Morocco: Melting Pot of Cultures, at the Nieuwe Kerk,
Dec. 17 to April 17, offers a rare view of nearly 300 art objects
from Morocco. Jewelry, bronzes, earthenware, carpets and costumes
range from pre-Islam days until the present.
-- The art and artifacts of another African nation are
explored in detail in the British Museums Sudan: Ancient Treasures,
on display through Jan. 9. The loan exhibition, which includes many
objects never seen outside Sudan, takes visitors from thousands of
years ago through 1885.
France -- Haydn, Vivaldi and Monteverdi are among the
composers featured at the Festival de Musique Ancienne, which takes
place throughout the city through Dec. 22.
-- The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Caja Madrid
Foundation are sharing an unusual exhibition focusing on the work
of Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin before he left for Tahiti.
Gauguin and the Origins of Symbolism runs through Jan.
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 www.travelartspartnership.com.