With the holiday season only a month
away, religious art, fittingly, is on display in museums throughout
the world. The season gets off to an early start in New York with
some major dance performances and important new museum exhibitions.
-- Fashion is art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
where "Fashion Show: Paris Collections 2006" is on display from
Nov. 12 to March 18. The exhibition includes about 10 designs shown
on Paris runways this year from 10 of the top fashion houses in the
world, including Chanel, Dior and Valentino. Through Nov. 26, the
museum also features "Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterpieces of
Lauderdale -- "Cradle of Christianity: Treasures From the
Holy Land," at the Museum of Art from Dec. 7 to April 15, explores
the shared history of early Judaism and Christianity.
N.Y. -- The Katonah Museum of Art explores female forms
from the past and present in two exhibitions. "Ancient Art of the
Cyclades" and "Wonder Women: Idols in Contemporary Art" run through
Angeles -- Religious art from the oldest continuously
operating Christian monastery is the focus of "Holy Image, Hallowed
Ground: Icons From Sinai" at the Getty Museum from Nov. 14 to March
4. The museum also features "From Caspar David Friedrich to Gerard
Richter: German Paintings From Dresden" through April 29, and an
exhibition surveying late-20th century American life in "Where We
Live: Photographs of America From the Berman Collection" through
-- The Miami Book Fair International will welcome about
300 authors, including Nora Ephron and Isabel Allende, to the
Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College downtown from Nov. 12 to
Beach -- "Art Basel Miami Beach," the sister show of "Art
Basel" in Switzerland, will be at the Miami Beach Convention Center
from Dec. 7 to 10. The contemporary exhibit showcases art from more
than 160 galleries throughout the world.
The Bass Museum
focuses on Germany and Austria through Jan. 21 with "Constructing
New Berlin," the first major art survey of post-Wall Berlin, and
"Austrian Art from the Bass Museum Collection" through the end of
-- The Metropolitan Museum of
Art gives viewers an inside look at one of America's most noted
residences, the home of an outstanding artist and designer, in
"Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall: An Artist's Country Estate" from
Nov. 21 to May 20. Organized in collaboration with the Charles
Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Fla., which has
one of the world's most extensive collections of Tiffany's work,
the exhibition of nearly 200 Tiffany designs features surviving
elements of the estate, which was ravaged by fire nearly 50 years
ago. One of the works on display is aWisteria
Panel, shown at left. The Met also features "Glitter and
Doom: German Portraits From the 1920s," Nov. 14 to Feb.
at the Morgan Library through Jan. 7 include "Fragonard and the
French Tradition," focusing on the work of the noted 18th century
French artist, and "Mozart at 250: A Celebration," tracing the
composer's career through letters, manuscripts and first editions
of his work.
(1727-1804): A New Testament," at the Frick Collection through Jan.
7, brings together 313 drawings by the Venetian master, the
largest-known New Testament cycle produced by a single artist. Also
on view are two rare religious panels by a famed Italian
Renaissance artist along with other devotional art of the period in
"Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting" through Dec. 31.
From Nov. 8 to Jan. 7, the Frick features "Masterpieces of European
Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
of the past five centuries is the attraction in the Guggenheim
Museum exhibition "El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth and History"
from Nov. 17 to March 28.
More than 200
photographs by one of America's most celebrated contemporary
artists are featured in "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life,
1990-2005," at the Brooklyn Museum through Jan. 21.
Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World" at the Whitney
Museum of American Art through Jan. 21, spans four decades in
focusing on the work of two 20th century pioneers of
The New York
Historical Society presents the final installment of its three-part
exploration of slavery in New York with "New York Divided: Slavery
and the Civil War" from Nov. 17 to Sept. 3.
All that glitters
is "Gold" at the American Museum
of Natural History from Nov. 18 to Aug. 19. The giant exhibition
illustrates the story of the precious mineral by showcasing gold
objects from museums and collections throughout the world. Shown at right is a hollow gold Inca figurine from
Dance takes center stage during the
holiday season with the New York City Ballet's production of
"George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center from Nov. 24
to Dec. 30. Meanwhile, the annual Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's
season at the New York City Center runs from Nov. 29 to Dec.
Theatre Company's season of August Wilson plays, with every seat
only $15, continues with the production of "Two Trains Running"
from Nov. 7 to Jan. 7.
Philadelphia -- The attraction for design
aficionados at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from Nov. 17 to April
1 is "Georg Jensen Silversmiths." The
museum continues its exploration of Latin-American art with "Mexico
and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts,
1920-1950" through Jan. 14.
N.C. -- "Monet in Normandy," at the North Carolina Museum
of Art through Jan. 14, features 50 paintings created by the French
artist during the years he lived in Normandy.
Williamsburg, Va. -- A famed Italian
collection makes its American debut in "Natura Morta: Still Life
Painting and the Medici Collections." More than 40 works by
Renaissance and Baroque artists are featured in the exhibition from
Nov. 11 to Jan. 7 at the College of William & Mary's Muscarelle
Museum of Art.
-- "Vincent van Gogh and Expressionism" at the Van Gogh
Museum from Nov. 24 to March 4 shows the Impressionist artist's
impact on early-20th century Expressionist artists.
-- An unusual holiday event, the Weihnukka Market at the
Jewish Museum from Dec. 3 to 31, is the only Christian-Jewish
Christmas Market in the country.
Liverpool, England -- The Liverpool
Biennial International Festival of Contemporary Art, through Nov.
26, can be viewed at more than 40 locations throughout the city,
including the Tate Liverpool Museum.
-- Several major retrospectives are on tap for visitors to
the National Gallery. "Velazquez," through Jan. 21, traces the
career of the noted Spanish artist. "Cezanne in Britain," through
Jan. 7, marks the 100th anniversary of the artist's death with an
exhibition of about 40 of his works in British
-- Comic books have been in vogue recently as the subject
of museum shows. The Ontario Science Center features the "Marvel
Super Heroes Science Exhibition" through March 25, covering the
history of Marvel Comics through 30 action stations, including such
figures as Spider Man and Iron Man.
and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of Arts Management and
author of eight books including his latest, "The ReissSource
Directory of the Arts" (AEBMedia, Chicago).