here's no shortage of arts activities
in the months ahead, including several key photography exhibits,
interesting views of impressionism and some extraordinary birthday
celebrations. A rundown follows:
Allentown, Pa. -- The Allentown Art Museum
focuses on "Allen Ginsberg: Beat Generation Photographer," through
Nov. 2. Poet Ginsberg's photos capture such beat notables as Jack
Kerouac, William Burroughs and Timothy Leary. While at the museum
be sure to see a small gem on permanent display -- a Frank Lloyd
Wright Library transported intact from a Wright house in Wayzata,
Atlanta -- Bring your camera to Atlanta on Oct.
3 when the city kicks off its month-long Atlanta Celebrates
Photography! event, which culminates in a show of photos on Oct. 5.
Throughout October, more than 200 photography events will be held,
including "Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50," a traveling
exhibit organized by the Aperture Foundation at the High Museum of
Art, through Nov. 29.
The High also features an exhibition of works by one of
America's greatest photographers. "Ansel Adams and His Legacy
Featuring Classic Images From the Ansel Adams Archive" runs through
Beach Haven, N.J. -- If you're a fan of Mark
Twain and the era in which he lived, you can visit a seaside resort
brimming with Victorian homes and professional theater. "Tales by
Mark Twain," a play with music drawn from Twain's prose, will be at
the Surflight Theatre from Oct. 15 to 19.
Boston -- The Boston Ballet celebrates the
return of Rudolph Nureyev's production of "Don Quixote," with
original sets and costumes. Performances are from Oct. 16 to 19 and
Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
Buffalo, N.Y. -- Drivers can find 57 surprising
works of art and sculpture along the "Art on Wheels Arts Trail,"
stretching from the shores of Lake Erie to the shores of Lake
Ontario. Unusual sculptures and cars turned into works of art are
on the grounds of cultural and historic attractions. From Oct. 12
to the end of the month, 40 of the pieces will be moved to
Buffalo's Bidwell Parkway to form a "parade" of art several blocks
Easton, Pa. -- A colorful birthday party,
Crayola's 100th, is set for Oct. 11. A morning parade culminates in
a celebration in Centre Square, the site of the Crayola crayon
factory, where the world's largest Crayola crayon will be
Flint, Mich. -- Frida mania continues. "Frida
Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon," at the Flint Institute of Arts
through Nov. 11, features more than 50 photo portraits of the
artist, including several by noted photographers.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- The largest collection
of Vatican art and related objects to tour North America, "Saint
Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes," is on view at the
Museum of Art through Nov. 23.
Indianapolis -- "William Blake and 'His Little
Band of Brothers,' " at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through next
March, focuses on prints and drawings of one of England's most
original artists and includes the museum's recent acquisition of
his "Illustrations of the Book of Job," considered by many a
Los Angeles -- The Los Angeles County Museum of
Art's sure-fire attraction through Sept. 28 is "Modigliani and the
Artists of Montparnasse."
Milwaukee -- An unusual exhibit at the
Milwaukee Art Museum, "The Quilts of Gee's Bend," features 70
quilts of exceptional quality made by black women in Alabama. It
runs through Jan. 4.
New York -- Film buffs will want to flock to
the Big Apple for the Film Festival at Lincoln Center, running from
Oct. 3 to 19.
"September 11 Photo Project," an exhibition of photos and
statements from more than 700 contributors, concludes its national
tour at the New York Public Library's Humanities and Social Science
center on Sept. 20.
The Museum of Modern Art Queens pays tribute to "Ansel Adams at
100," through Nov. 3.
Vermillion, S.D. -- It's out of the way, but
the National Music Museum, which houses more than 10,000 musical
instruments, is well worth a visit. The museum celebrates its 30th
anniversary with an exhibition, "Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris and
Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution and Romance,"
through Nov. 2.
Washington -- Another museum celebrating its
anniversary, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, heralds its 10 years
with an important exhibition. "Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished
Story," featuring writings never before seen outside the
Netherlands, runs through Dec. 12.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art focuses on "The Impressionist
Tradition in America," an exhibition through April 2004 that
includes works by such masters as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and
John Singer Sargent. Interestingly, the museum features a
surprising view of the same style of art in a series of life-size,
three-dimensional sculptural versions of famed impressionist works.
"Beyond the Frame: Impressionism Revisited, the Sculptures of J.
Seward Johnson Jr." through Jan. 5 features the sculptor's 3D
versions of such famed paintings as Monet's "Garden at
A national tour of "The Art of Romare Bearden," which includes
130 works by the African-American artist, runs from Sept. 14 to
Jan. 4 at the National Gallery of Art, before moving on to its next
stop, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Auckland -- Visitors will discover a thriving
high-fashion industry during L'Oreal New Zealand Fashion Week. From
Oct. 20 to 24, New Zealand designers showcase next year's
Buenos Aires -- Tango enthusiasts will be
flocking to Argentina for the Second World Tango Festival, to be
held at various sites throughout the city Oct. 5 to 12.
Edinburgh -- Just before Monet's last years at
Giverny, where he painted his celebrated water lilies, he painted
landscapes and seascapes. Visitors can see 77 of them in "Monet:
The Seine and the Sea" at the Royal Scottish Academy. While at the
Academy, don't miss an exhibition of works by noted American artist
Helen Frankenthaler. "Frankenthaler: Paintings on Paper --
1949-2002." Both exhibitions run through Oct. 26.
Munich -- Perhaps you can't consume 5.7 million
liters of beer as last year's participants did, but if you're in
Germany from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, you'll want to be in Munich for
the annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk festival.
If Munich is too crowded, with more than 6 million visitors, and
you're still thirsty, head to the Stuttgart Beer Festival,
Germany's second-largest festival, running from Sept. 27 to Oct.
St.-Paul-de-Vence, France -- Creativity
flourished in early 20th century Russia and although many of the
artists of that era have been forgotten, with such notable
exceptions as Chagall and Kandinsky, they happily have been
rediscovered in the new exhibition, "Russia and Its Avant-Gardes."
The exhibition at the Fondation Maeght runs through Nov. 5.
Vienna -- Travelers with an eye for craft and
design will find a harvest of excellence awaiting them in the
city's centennial salute to the Vienna Workshops. The Workshops,
founded in 1903, were an alliance of designers and craftsmen.
Scores of handmade, decorative objects in virtually every
material will be on display at the Museum of Applied Art Vienna and
at art dealers throughout the city from Sept. 24 to the end of the
Alvin H. Reiss, a long-time writer on the arts and tourism,
is editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is
published by Museums Magazines, the Arts & Business Council and
the Arts Knowledge Corp. For details, visit www.travelartspartnership.com. Arts Agenda runs
periodically in Travel Weekly.