lvis Presley and the Beatles are
keeping company with the world's finest musicians in the coming
months as festivals and museums feature rock 'n' roll and rhythm
Chicago -- Paris was the mecca for many U.S.
artists in the years between the two world wars. "A Transatlantic
Avant-Garde: American Artists in Paris 1918-1939" at the Terra
Museum of Art from April 17 to June 27 focuses on 30 of these
artists and also includes works by such European painters as
Fernand Leger and Marcel Duchamp.
Dayton, Ohio -- "Edward Weston: A
Photographer's Love of Life" at the Dayton Art Institute through
July 18 not only shows works by one of America's most noted
photographers but also offers rare glimpses into his family
Dowagiac, Mich. -- The location is off the
beaten path, but for the baseball aficionado it might be worth a
visit. The traveling exhibit, "The National Pastime in Black and
White" at the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College from April 6
to Aug. 11, tells the story of America's black baseball players
through photographs and artifacts.
Los Angeles -- Exhibitions of the works of
photographer Diane Arbus have been among this year's most featured
art experiences. Through May 31, the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art features 200 Arbus photographs in the traveling exhibition,
"Diane Arbus Revelations."
Arbus also is featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art's
Geffen Contemporary, where "Street Credibility" through June 7
looks at her works and those by artists who were inspired by her
Memphis -- The city is celebrating the 50th
anniversary of what many consider the first rock 'n' roll
recording, Elvis Presley's "That's All Right, Mama." To commemorate
the event, outdoor celebrations are being held on six main stages
downtown every weekend in May.
If soul music's your thing, visit the Stax Museum of American
Soul Music. The museum features a replica of the original Stax
recording studio and Isaac Hayes' blue Cadillac. A new exhibition,
"My Africa, My Soul, My Song," runs through May 25.
Nashville -- There's more music in Tennessee at
the Country Music Hall of Fame, where a new, 5,000-square-foot
multimedia exhibit looks at a key era in this city's music history.
"Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues,
1945-1970" will be on display through December 2005.
New York -- Dance has a key place on Lincoln
Center's cultural menu. The spring season of the New York City
Ballet celebrates the Balanchine Centennial from April 27 to June
27 at the New York State Theater.
The American Ballet Theatre hosts its own spring season from May
10 to July 3 across the plaza at the Metropolitan Opera House.
For film buffs, Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival, from May
1 to 9, is a must.
For visual arts enthusiasts, meanwhile, the Biennial of the
Whitney Museum of American Art runs through May 30.
"It Was 40 Years Ago Today ... the Beatles in America" holds
forth at the Museum of Television and Radio through May 2, although
classic radio interviews with the band can be heard through June
Interesting but unusual new exhibits include "Sex Among the
Lotus: 2,500 Years of Chinese Erotic Obsession," which runs through
January at the Museum of Sex, and "The Subway at 100: General
William Barclay Parsons and the Birth of the NYC Subway," through
Dec. 31 at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and
North Adams, Mass. -- The giant, first-floor
Tall Gallery at MASS MoCA -- a factory turned museum -- overflows
with the first major museum exhibition of a noted multimedia
artist. "Matthew Ritchie: Proposition Player" remains on display
through spring 2005.
Philadelphia -- "Will We Ever Forget: Baseball
in Philadelphia, 1876-2004," running through Oct. 4 at the Atwater
Kent Museum, includes vintage photos, memorabilia and trading cards
as well as several talks on baseball Saturdays in April and
Virginia Beach, Va. -- It's Historic Garden
Week in Virginia from April 17 to 25, with stately homes and
residences throughout the state open to visits. A good place to go
is Virginia Beach, which hosts a day of the weeklong tour on April
West Palm Beach, Fla. -- Sunfest, Florida's
largest music, art and waterfront festival, runs this year from
April 28 to May 2. The event will feature such performers as Cyndi
Lauper, Peter Frampton and Hootie and the Blowfish.
Washington -- The Smithsonian National
Museum of American History takes note of the Beatles' first tour of
the U.S. in its exhibition through June 16, "The Beatles! Backstage
and Behind the Scenes."
Meanwhile, Frank Loesser, one of Broadway's greatest composers
-- "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really
Trying" are among his creations -- may be long gone, but the Arena
Stage is bringing him back to life with a world premiere. Shortly
before his death, Loesser wrote a complete draft of the music,
lyrics and book for "Senor Discretion Himself," which now, in a
polished version, will be presented April 9 to May 23.
Another theater luminary receives homage in "Tennessee Williams
Explored" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
From May 8 to Aug. 8, full productions of his most celebrated plays
with all-star casts will be performed.
The National Gallery of Art has "The Cubist Paintings of Diego
Rivera, Memory, Politics, Place" on view through July 25. Also at
the gallery will be "Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya," the first
U.S. exhibition devoted to the subject.
Long-time 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.