Music is in the spotlight as U.S. museums
look at its relationship to the visual arts and bring to life Elvis
Presley, Bob Dylan and B.B. King in new exhibitions. Also, museums
feature unusual themes and explore everything from ceramics and
photography to clay and crafts.
-- B.B. King and The King himself, Elvis, are featured in
Ernest C. Withers: The Memphis Blues Again. The exhibition of
photos by a chronicler of the blues scene is the attraction at the
High Museum of Art, Feb. 5 to Aug. 7.
exhibition, The Art of Romare Bearden, also is featured from Feb. 5
to April 24.
-- The city is the stage for Tour de Clay, an exhibition
focusing on clay as an art form. Presented by Baltimore Clayworks
Feb. 19 to April 3, the exhibition, held at 122 venues throughout
the greater Baltimore region, includes works by more than 800
-- Chairs, an exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner
Museum Feb. 11 to May 8, focuses on photographer Dayanita Singhs
photos of chairs next to and projected on historical chairs from
the museums collection.
Charleston, S.C. -- This charming Southern
city opens its doors for its annual Festival of Houses and Gardens,
through April 2.
-- Touring the world for some time and attracting millions
of visitors, Body Worlds: The
Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies is not your everyday
On display at the
Museum of Science and Industry Feb. 4 to Sept. 5, the exhibition
helps visitors learn about anatomy and health through displays of
human bodies and body parts preserved through an unusual method
Angeles -- In addition to offering fabulous views of the
city, the Getty Center has exhibitions worth seeing. A
Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1810, through May 1,
explores the response of such artists as Goya and David to
political events of the time.
Violence in the Medieval World, through March 13, looks at a
culture of violence and its effects on daily life.
The Los Angeles
County Museum of Art takes a detailed look at furniture, ceramics,
textiles and other objects in The Arts and Crafts Movement in
Europe and America, 1880-1920: Design for the Modern World, through
In Visual Music,
Feb. 13 to May 22, the Museum of Contemporary Art explores art and
music in the past 100 years through works that show the
relationship between abstraction, color and a range of music forms
including jazz, rock and electronica.
Calif. -- Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food &
the Arts updates a popular exhibition with Icing on the Cake II,
Feb. 11 to June 6. Five culinary artists showcase their food
sculptures inspired by art, animation, architecture and their own
Fla. -- The Naples Museum of Art presents the first U.S.
retrospective in over 30 years of a key 20th century artist in,
Victor Vasarely: Founder of Op Art, running through April
-- The big news in the Big Apple is the long-awaited
opening of The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005, the
monumental art experience conceived by Christo and his wife,
saffron-colored fabric panels, hanging from 16-foot gates, will run
along 23 miles of pedestrian paths in Central Park Feb. 12 to 27.
Guided walking and trolley tours will be available to
Museum of Art, which will open its roof garden for viewing of The
Gates, also will show Diane Arbus Revelations, a retrospective of
the work of one of the U.S.s most noted photographers, March 8 to
May 30. Peter Paul Rubens 1557-1640: The Drawings, continues
through April 3.
The Museum of
Modern Art, back in its own vastly remodeled home in midtown
Manhattan, features art from an outstanding corporate collection in
Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection, Feb. 4 to
Explorer, a favorite character for young viewers of Nickelodeon,
comes to life in an interactive exhibition and learning experience
at the Childrens Museum of Manhattan through Dec. 31.
In its first
photography exhibition, the Neue Gallerie presents Portraits of an
Age: Photography in Germany and Austria, 1900-1938, March 11 to
is featured in an exhibition of rare 19th century photographs.
First Seen: Photographs of the Worlds Peoples (1840-1880) is at the
Dahesh Museum of Art Feb. 1 to May 1.
New York also is
the site for two prestigious art shows. The 17th annual Art Dealers
Association of Americas The Art Show will be at the Seventh
Regiment Armory Feb. 24 to 28. The International Artists Pavilions
Artexpo New York will be at the Javits Center from March 3 to
Beach, Fla. -- More than 80 U.S. and foreign independent
films will be screened at venues throughout the city in the 10th
annual Palm Beach International Film Festival April 4 to 14.
Salvador Dali, a centennial retrospective on display at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art Feb. 16 to May 5, offers a chronological
excursion into every aspect of the noted surrealist artists
creative life and includes more than 200 pieces of his
If you enjoy
looking at flowers you wont want to miss the largest show of its
kind in the world. The Philadelphia Flower Show will be at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center March 6 to 13.
-- Bob Dylans American Journey: 1956-1966 at the
Experience Music Project through Sept. 5 focuses on the early years
of the folk music legends career and includes over 150 artifacts,
film clips and photos.
Washington -- Berthe Morisot: An
Impressionist and Her Circle, through May 8 at the National Museum
of Women in the Arts, spotlights the work of the noted French
impressionist and her contemporaries, Degas, Monet and Renoir among
In the Russian
Tradition, at the Smithsonian International Gallery through March
20, features a major collection of 20th century Russian
chefs and over 280 domestic and international wineries
participating, the Washington DC International Wine and Food
Festival at the Washington Convention Center March 12 and 13
promises to be a feast to remember.
-- If you have time between flights, visit the
Rijksmuseums Schiphol Airport branch for Winter in Holland: Dutch
Winter Landscapes through March 21.
Hungary -- Theres big doings with the official March 15
opening of the Palace of the Performing Arts, a $171 million arts center housing the Ludwig
Museum, the National Philharmonic and the National Dance
participate in the 25th annual Budapest Spring Festival March 18 to
April 3 featuring over 200 concerts, exhibitions and open-air
performances in 60 sites throughout the city.
Edinburgh, Scotland -- The big attraction
at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Arts is Andy Warhol
Self-Portraits, Feb. 12 to May 2.
-- International Arts and Crafts, believed to be the
largest international exhibition of its kind, runs March 17 to July
10 at the Victoria and Albert Museum followed by visits to several
U.S. museums. The more than 300 objects in the exhibit include
furniture, textiles, stained glass, jewelry and
Maastricht, Netherlands -- The 17th annual
international fine art and antiques fair, Tefaf Maastricht 2005,
March 4 to 13 at the MECC Exhibition Center, includes over 200 art
and antiques dealers.
Plymouth, New Zealand -- Womad, the World of Music, Arts
and Dance, March 11 to 14, is a celebration of multiculturalism
held throughout the city.
Moritz, Switzerland -- An events title can help to attract
visitors, especially if its as intriguing as Snow and Symphony. The
festival of classical music and winter sports runs March 18 to
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 visitwww.travelartspartnership.com.