Arts Agenda: Museums prepare a cornucopia of exhibitions for fall, winter


There's festive doings around the country as summer ends its course. Simultaneous exhibitions at museums here and abroad are on tap, and big names in art, especially Picasso and Rembrandt, are featured in exhibitions at a number of institutions.


Bloomington, Ind. -- If you're looking for diversity, you might enjoy the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival held in indoor and outdoor locations throughout the city from Oct. 5 to 8. The music, by performers from throughout the world, includes Brazilian, Italian folk, traditional Cajun and klezmer performances.

Chicago -- The Field Museum is attracting huge audiences to the King Tut exhibit, which continues through Jan. 1. But there's another exhibit worth catching. From Sept. 15 to April 1, the museum focuses on a pioneer scientist in "Gregor Mendel: Planing the Seeds Of Genetics," an exhibit that includes more than 100 objects, Mendel's handwritten notes and four videos.

Corning, N.Y. -- An opulent exhibit of glass is at the Corning Museum of Art in "Glass of the Maharajahs: European Cut Glass Furnishing for Indian Royalty" through Nov. 30.

Dayton, Ohio -- "Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Treasures from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam" is on view from Sept. 24 to Jan. 7 at the Dayton Art Institute.

Detroit --The title says it all. From Sept. 13 to Dec. 31, the Detroit Institute of Arts presents "The Big Three in Printmaking: Durer, Rembrandt and Picasso." Shown at left is Picassos Seated Woman with Wrist Watch. Also on view at the museum from Sept. 24 to Jan. 7 is "Annie Liebovitz: American Music," an exhibit featuring the photographer's portraits of music legends such as Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Pete Seeger.

Fort Worth, Texas -- Following its recent run at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, an exhibition on one of the world's first great female rulers comes to the Kimball Art Museum. "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh" is on view through Dec. 31.

Hartford, Conn. -- An exhibition on a significant period in American art returns to the museum that created it, following visits to other institutions. "American Splendor: Hudson River School Masterworks from the Wadsworth Atheneum" runs through Dec. 31.

Mount Vernon, Va. -- Mount Vernon's 18th Century Fair on Sept. 16 and 17 recaptures the spirit of a festive event from the time of George Washington.

Monterey, Calif. -- The Monterey Fairgrounds is the site for the Monterey Jazz Festival from Sept. 15 to 17, featuring Dave Brubeck, Bonnie Raitt and Oscar Peterson.

Newark, N.J. -- The Newark Museum shares the stage with the Jewish Museum in New York for the exhibit of an art form with mass appeal. From Sept. 15 to Jan. 28, both museums focus on 14 of the most innovative comic artists in "Masters of American Comics." The Newark Museum looks at comics of the first half of the 20th century, while the Jewish Museum collection shows post-1950 comic books and graphic novels.

New Haven, Conn. -- Through Jan. 14, the Yale University Art Gallery explores nighttime in the exhibition "To Know the Dark: American Artists's Vision of Night," featuring works by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Georgia O'Keeffe among others.

New Hope, Pa. -- It's free and it's lively. The 13th annual New Hope Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival on Main Street from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 includes music and features works by 125 artists.


New York -- A ground-breaking exhibition is at the Whitney Museum of American Arts from Sept. 28 to Jan. 28. "Picasso and American Art" explores the impact of Picasso's work and the role that Picasso played in the development of American art during the 20th century. In addition to works by Picasso, the exhibition looks at the work of a diverse group of American artists, including Jackson Pollock, Stuart Davis, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.

The International Center of Photography hosts a major exhibition from Sept. 14 to Jan. 7. "Ectopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video" looks at artists' responses to global environmental change. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art devotes an upcoming exhibit to a noted art dealer and patron of the arts in "Cezanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde," from Sept. 14 to Jan. 7. Also at the Met is "Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture" from Sept. 26 to Feb. 18 and a contemporary exhibit, "New Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert Polidori" from Sept. 19 to Dec. 10. 

Through Sept. 17 in sites throughout the city, "Celebrate Mexico Now," a festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture, returns for the third consecutive year. 

The Gustav Klimt painting "Adele Bloch to Bauer I," recently purchased for a record price of $135 million, has drawn huge crowds to the Neue Galerie, but there's much more to see at the museum. You have until Sept. 18 to see other works by Klimt, Egon Schiele and Austrian and German artists in the exhibition "Selections from the Permanent Collection."

Philadelphia -- About 300 works of art spanning three centuries are featured in "Treasures: The Arts in Latin America, 1492 to 1820" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Sept. 20 to Dec. 31. 

Sedona, Ariz. -- The 25th annual "Jazz on the Rocks Concert & Festival" is the big attraction from Sept. 21 to 24 at the Poco Diablo Radisson.

Washington -- "Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris," featuring the artist's haunting imaginary jungle paintings, is at the National Gallery of Art through Oct. 15. 


Amsterdam -- The focus is on Rembrandt and his art dealer in the exhibition "Rembrandt and Uylenburgh, Dealing in Masterpieces" at the Rembrandt House Museum from Sept. 16 to Dec. 10.

Antalya, Turkey -- The city hosts its first Sand Sculpture Festival on Lara Beach through Sept. 30. More than 100 sculptures represent such noted tourist sites as Cappadocia's Fairy Chimneys. 

Berlin -- Art Forum Berlin, the international fair for contemporary art, runs from Sept.30 to Oct. 4 at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds.

Bonn, Germany -- Two of the city's museums, the Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle and the Kunstmuseum Bonn, play host to works gathered from four Guggenheim museums around the world. The simultaneous exhibition, "The Guggenheim Collection," features Impressionists to contemporary artists and runs through Jan. 7.

Brussels -- The Royal Museums of Art and History focus on 3,000 years of culture in "Masters Of Pre-Columbian Art," on exhibit from Sept. 15 to April 29.

Dusseldorf, Germany -- A major exhibition, "Caravaggio: In the Footsteps of Genius," at the Museum Kunst Palast from Sept. 9 to Jan. 7, shows 30 paintings from various phases of the artist's career.

Munich -- If you're in Germany, you won't want to miss one of the country's biggest annual celebrations. Oktoberfest, held throughout the city from Sept. 16 to Oct. 4, draws about six million visitors annually.  

Wellington, New Zealand -- "Constable: Impressions of Land, Sea and Sky," at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, through Oct. 8, looks at the artist's work from early watercolors to later paintings.

Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and author of eight books, including "The ReissSource Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia, Chicago).

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